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Employees
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Adrian Shanker    l    Founder & Executive Director (he/him/his)
 is an experienced LGBTQ+ community leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health policy and promotion, barriers to care, and health equity. He is the founding executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown Pennsylvania, a fast-growing and high-impact community-based organization with a focus on arts, health, youth, and pride programs. He currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in the Biden-Harris Administration, as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration. He also serves as a Board Member for the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and he serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. He previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years during the fight for marriage equality.

Adrian created and broadly implemented the biannual Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment and he is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health (PM Press, 2020). He earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College. City and State Pennsylvania included Adrian in their 2021 Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 list, and he has been named a “Healthcare Hero” by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News. Adrian lives on unceded Lenape land in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Liz_Bradbury_Headshot.jpgLiz Bradbury, M.F.A.   l   Director of the Training Institute (she/her/hers) has been a full-time advocate for the LGBT community since 1994 and an organizer since 1979. In 2004, she co-founded PA Diversity Network, where she served as Executive Director for ten years. She helped lead successful efforts to pass model LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination and domestic partner legislation in nine PA municipalities. She served for 15 years on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown (including three years as Chair) where she wrote the guidelines for discrimination investigations and trained investigators. She has encouraged many businesses to adopt equal spousal benefits. In addition to her work as Director of the Training Institute, Liz serves on the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

She previously co-founded, and for ten years, coordinated PA Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Political Action. She has been called in as an expert to testify, speak, and debate on LGBT issues and marriage equality in dozens of venues. She created the national award winning photo project: Same-Sex Couples: Facing Inequality, which was displayed at Fortune 500 companies and the PA State Capitol in the years before PA achieved marriage equality.

Liz has written over 400 published articles and essays. She is also the national award-winning author of the Maggie Gale Mystery Series. Liz and her partner of 28 years, Patricia Sullivan, were the first couple from Pennsylvania to get a civil union (Vermont 2000). They were legally married in Connecticut in 2009 and now live in Allentown. Liz can be contacted at [email protected].

Matt_Easterwood_headshot.jpgMatt Easterwood, CFRE    l   Director of Development (he/him/his) is an experienced development professional with a background in development communication. Prior to his current position, Matt worked as Philanthropy Coordinator at Da Vinci Science Center. He would say that he did not find fundraising, fundraising found him. Matt graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an Associate of Arts in both Communications and TV/Film. He serves as Vice President of Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter and serves on the Planning Committees for Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute and the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast. He also serves on the Events/Development Committee for the LGBTQ Business Council at the Chamber. When he isn’t working, Matt enjoys pursuing personal development opportunities, spending time outdoors during warm weather seasons, reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, and planning vacations. Matt can be contacted at [email protected].

Katie_Suppes_headshot_3.jpgKatie Suppes, M.Ed.    l    Director of Programs, Research, and Evaluation (she/her/hers) is a seasoned program evaluator with a strong commitment to continuous learning and improvement. Katie most recently worked as the Director of Learning & Development at Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. She earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University where she focused her studies in education equity and public policy. She earned her bachelor's degrees in English and Political Science at Moravian College and completed a year-long term of national service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Katie has been named a Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business and she is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Katie can be contacted at [email protected]

Sharon_Brotzman_headshot.jpgSharon Brotzman    l    Administrative Manager (she/her/hers) is a dynamic administrative professional with more than 20 years of administrative experience at Lehigh Valley organizations including Ingersoll Rand, Synergetics, and Wolper Information Services. She is the parent of a teenager, two kittens, and a dog. A passionate supporter of animals, Sharon has taken in many litters of stray animals and helped them to find forever homes. When not at work, Sharon can be found taking care of animals, swimming, visiting family, and traveling to New York. Sharon can be contacted at [email protected].

 

Christina Graham, M.P.H.   l   Data & Evaluation Manager (she/her/hers) is a public health researcher who is passionate about using data to inform evidence-based programming. Christina previously worked as a Research Technologist for Penn State University’s Administrative Data Accelerator. She is a member of the American Evaluators Association and earned her masters in public health from George Washington University and a bachelors of arts in Epidemiology from the University of Rochester. She loves coffee and spending time with her sisters. Christina can be contacted at [email protected].

Stephen Jiwanmall    l   Communications Manager (he/him/his) is an experienced media professional with a background in print and broadcast journalism. Stephen previously worked as a multimedia journalist, host, and producer at Lehigh Valley Public Media, reporting for PBS39 (TV) and WLVR (radio). His career has included stops in Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as north Florida and south Georgia. In 2015, Stephen earned state and national recognition for his reporting of transgender issues in Bucks County after the suicide of trans teenager Riley Moscatel. In the Lehigh Valley, Stephen has covered stories on Pride and LGBTQ+ history. Stephen has a bachelor's degree in communication from La Salle University and a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. Stephen serves on the Northampton County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Marketing & Communications Committee of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. He is an active member of his church and is teaching a course in video journalism at Lehigh University for the Fall 2021 semester. He lives in downtown Allentown with his husband Ian and their rescue dog Opal. Stephen can be contacted at [email protected].

Kim_Ketterer_headshot.jpgKim Ketterer    l   Youth Programs Manager (any pronouns with respect) is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ youth. Kim strives to empower youth to ask questions, fight for answers, and find their passions. For six years, Kim worked as the Coordinator for The Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity at Lehigh University, where she also served as interim director for more than a year. In that role, she coordinated the Lehigh Valley LGBT Intercollegiate Conference for three years. She also has experience in healthcare settings, including at Banfield Pet Hospital and Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital. Kim earned her B.S. in Media Communications with a concentration in graphic design at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Kim also has a certificate in HIV Prevention Counseling from Pennsylvania Department of Health and she volunteers on the Scholarship Committee for the LGBTQ Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time she enjoys board games, live music, cooking, and spoiling her cats. Kim can be reached at [email protected].

Kimberly Levitt, M.P.H., D.H.S.   l   Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager (she/her/hers) earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health and Wellness at The George Washington University and her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She developed a graduate research project focused on access to PrEP. Her work has been presented at several conferences. Previously she worked at the Tampa Bay Lightning, the U.S. Department of State, PEPFAR and also at Boston Children’s Hospital. Named a "Healthcare Hero" by Lehigh Valley Business, Kimberly serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of Health Equity at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and and Advisory Board for American Public Health Association's newspaper The Nation's Health. She strives to continue educating and promoting the importance of LGBTQ+ health, and HIV/AIDS prevention through a community outreach approach. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys running, yoga, shopping for shoes, planning travel, and spending time with friends and family. Kimberly can be contacted at [email protected].

Ariel Torres    l   Pride Programs Manager (he/him/his) is a longtime leader in the Lehigh Valley drag community and has experience engaging volunteers in support of numerous LGBT non-profits. Previously, Ariel worked as the center's Administrative Manager and before that, as a reception coordinator at Salon James in Allentown and as assistant manager of All City Self Storage. Ariel performs across Pennsylvania as Elektra Fearce St. James and has received numerous drag titles including, Miss Gay Pennsylvania America (2009), Miss Stonewall (2009), Miss Gay Allentown America (2009), and Miss Diamonz (2007-2008). Ariel enjoys using his artistic vision to raise funds for LGBT organizations while celebrating drag as a cultural art form within the LGBTQ+ community. Ariel can be contacted at [email protected].

Reilly Callahan, M.A.  l    Health Outreach Coordinator (she/her/hers) received her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering as well as her Master’s of Arts in sociology at Lehigh University. Reilly began working with the Center in 2019 in the Development Department before moving into the Health and Supportive Services Team in 2020. Throughout her years as a student, she engaged with the community as a health screening volunteer in the Bethlehem Area School District, as a member of the Life Enrichment Staff at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, and as a tutor in the university's Chemistry Department. She is passionate about health equity and is currently applying to medical school. On the weekends, Reilly enjoys being outside on a hike or inside playing games like Bananagrams and Catan. Reilly can be contacted at [email protected].

Robin Gow, MFA    l   Supportive Services Coordinator (they/he/ze & el/elle) is a trans and queer poet and educator from Kutztown, PA. They earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Adelphi University where they also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of English. At their undergrad, Ursinus College, Robin served as the president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and the Coordinator of the Rainbow Resource Center, developing events and support services for LGBTQIA+ students and advocating for more inclusive policies. Robin has given trainings on creating more inclusive spaces for trans people to colleges, healthcare networks, and schools across the country. They are the author of three poetry collections, an essay collection, and a forthcoming Young Adult novel, A Million Quiet Revolutions. As an autistic person, Robin feels passionate about celebrating neurodiversity in the queer community. They live in Allentown with their two spunky pugs, Gertrude and Eddie and are always excited about a new poetry book they're reading. He enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and board games with his friends and his partner. Robin can be contacted at [email protected].

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Gabby Hochfeld    l   Arts and Culture Programs Coordinator (she/her/hers) earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies from Moravian College in Bethlehem. Gabby has worked with the Feminist Majority Foundation as a student organizer, where she helped to promote candidates who supported an intersectional feminist agenda. She recently served as our health programs coordinator where she found a passion of public health education. Prior to her employment at the center, she served as a development intern here, where she found her passion for the center's mission. In her spare time, she enjoys attending local music shows, playing intense board games, struggling to roller-skate, and watching Golden Girls with her family. Gabby can be contacted at [email protected]

Elizabeth Keiser, M.A.   l  Graphic Designer (she/her/hers) is both a digital and traditional artist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a minor in art history, from Kutztown University and a master’s degree in digital media from Goucher College, MD. She was the former Creative Specialist at Lehigh Valley Zoo, developing their marketing department over the course of 7 years, and more recently a crafter and digital content creator for ArtSkills. In her free time, Elizabeth (aka Liz) enjoys spending time with her French bulldog, creating prop replicas from favorite films, and getting outdoors. Elizabeth can be contacted at [email protected].

Laura Mercedes Martínez, MFA   l   Grants Coordinator (she/her/ella) is an actor, writer, and theater-maker passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and history. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After completing her MFA in acting at Columbia University, she worked as a park ranger at the Stonewall National Monument in New York City. Researching and sharing the history of the LGBTQ+ movement with visitors in the park led her to understand the importance of activism in the safety and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community, not only in New York City but all over the world. She loves to develop new plays and improvise dance moves outdoors. Don’t be afraid to join her if you see her dancing around the Arts Walk! Laura can be contacted at [email protected].

Kiirstin (Kiir) Prokopowitz   |   Janitor (they/them/theirs) is a visual artist, graphic designer, and musician in addition to their work as the center's janitor. They previously worked in building maintenance at Hunterdon Art Museum, Second Base Vintage, and the Five and Dime Skate Shop. They earned a B.A. from Ramapo College in New Jersey with a focus on drawing and painting. In their free time, they enjoy skateboarding and being online.

 

 

 

Devin Yeatter   l   Health Outreach Coordinator (he/him/his) received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Lehigh University. As a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, Devin strives to better his community by making the commonwealth a more inclusive and welcoming place for all Pennsylvanians. He brings previous outreach experience to the team through his time working with various organizations and entities around the Lehigh Valley including, Planned Parenthood Keystone, PA Students for Biden, and the City of Allentown’s Community and Economic Development Department. During his spare time, he enjoys attending community events with his partner, performing improv comedy, and reading books about American history. Devin can be contacted at [email protected].

Mary Foltz, Ph.D.    l   Scholar-in-Residence (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. She also serves currently as the Co-Director of South Side Initiative. Her research focuses upon contemporary U.S. literature with a specific emphasis on LGBTQ studies, queer theory, and environmental literary criticism. With a Scholars and Society Fellowship from ACLS, she will serve as the scholar-in-residence at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center during the 2021-2022 academic year. Prior to receiving this fellowship, Foltz developed a number of arts and history programming in collaboration with community center staff. She worked with a team to create two Lehigh Valley LGBTQ+ history exhibitions, “Pride in Print: Moving Above Ground and Embracing our Gaydar” and “Pride Guides and the Early Years of Lehigh Valley Pride Festivals.” She also developed oral history projects to enhance the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive’s collections. In addition, Foltz currently facilitates the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group.

Braden Hudak    l   Communications Associate (he/him/hisreceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from Kutztown University. During his time at Kutztown, he engaged with the surrounding community through his volunteer efforts with Kutztown Community Partnership and his elections as student body president. Braden is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Political Science from Lehigh University. Braden’s dream is to use his passion for advocacy, and policy knowledge to better his community by assisting in making it a more inclusive, and equitable place for all people. In his free time, Braden enjoys spending time outdoors with his two Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers; Benson and Harper. Braden can be contacted at [email protected].

Susie Poore    l   Development Associate (she/her/hers) graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Political Science and English. Her senior creative writing thesis was a semi-autobiographical account of her own coming-of-age after coming out story as a gay woman. While there, Susie also used her platform as a student athlete to advocate for queer and trans inclusion in sport. She is now pursuing her M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Susie has served as co-captain of Lehigh Athletics' TIDE (Tackling Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity), president of NYU's Rainbow Alliance, and an inaugural member of the Queering Spaces training team at Seacoast Outright. She hopes to apply everything she's learned, both in- and outside the classroom, to a lifetime of nonprofit work and teaching as a professor of queer and feminist studies. Susie first joined the Center as a Summer 2021 Development Intern and is beyond excited to continue on with the Development team. In her free time, she enjoys baking all kinds of bread, rooting for the Seattle Storm (+ Elena Delle Donne), watching sapphic TV shows, and getting outdoors. Susie can be contacted at [email protected].

Emma Kautz   |   Development Intern (she/they) received her B.A. in Gender Studies and English with certificates in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice from Mount Holyoke College in 2021. In their free time, Emma enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, writing poetry, and tending to her many pets which include four dogs, three chickens, and one very grumpy chameleon.

Alissa Renales   |   Community Archive Intern (they/them/theirs) graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, focusing on British Literature, and Secondary Education. They are now pursuing a Master of Information degree with a Concentration in Archives and Preservation at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where they also work. Alissa has spent their professional life in library, academic, museum, and special collection settings and plans to continue working in comparable environments. They are passionate about history, plants, and the written word in all forms, among many other things. A particular interest of theirs is to find marginalized individuals from history to show those within and without the LGBTQIA+ community that we have always been here. Alissa's passion projects include volunteer reference librarianship, studying and researching plants, baking, preparing vegan food. They also enjoy finding excuses to add historical context and background to any conversation, and living the mindset that everyday can be Halloween. They are also always happy to talk about the Universal Monster movies.

Renee Tedder | Data & Evaluation Student Experience (they/them/theirs) is a graduate student at the University of South Florida, working to complete their M.P.H. in Epidemiology. They also completed their B.S. in Public Health, B.S. in Biology, and B.A. in Art at Cedar Crest College. In their spare time, they enjoy foraging for wild foods and painting.

Sabrina Williams | Data & Evaluation Student Experience (she/her/hers) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology: Human Biology from Temple University in 2017. She is currently completing her graduate studies with Regis College to obtain her Master in Public Health degree in Epidemiology. She will be completing her practicum semester with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center working alongside the Research In Smoking Elimination (RISE) Study. In her free time, she enjoys writing music, playing video games, and snowboarding.

Photo credits for staff headshots: Megan Keller Photography