Employees Board of Directors
Adrian Shanker l Founder & Executive Director (He, Him, His) is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
An accomplished organizer, Adrian has led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT progress through municipal non-discrimination and relationship recognition laws and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, he has developed leading-edge health promotion campaigns to advance health equity through behavioral, clinical, and policy changes. Adrian administered data collection for the 2015 and 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessments. He is the editor of Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, which NBC News listed as one of "ten LGBTQ books to watch out for in 2020" and he co-authored "Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue", a chapter in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. At the appointment of Governor Tom Wolf, he serves as a Commissioner on both the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He also serves as a Board Member for both the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Association and the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Adrian 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. Named a "Healthcare Hero" by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named 'Person of the Year' by Philadelphia Gay News, Adrian has received numerous recognitions for his leadership, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County's 'Liberty Bell Award', the City of Allentown's 'Human Relations Award', Anne Frank Center USA's 'Spirit of Anne Frank Award', the Alumni Achievement Award from Muhlenberg College, and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' and The Elucidator Magazine named him a "Young Trailblazer of the Lehigh Valley". In 2013, Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream.
Liz 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 (VT 2000). They were legally married in Connecticut in 2009. They live in Allentown. Liz can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon 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.
Matt Easterwood l Development Manager (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 on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern PA Chapter and serves on the Planning Committees for Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute and the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and 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@example.com
Kim Ketterer | Youth Programs Manager (She, Her, Hers) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica LaPorte l Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager (she/her/hers) is a passionate feminist and advocate who strives to create a community that is healthy, safe, and supportive for all. She graduated summa cum laude from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Jessie previously worked at Women’s Resources of Monroe County in the field of sexual and domestic violence. There she had the opportunity to serve by working directly with survivors, planning outreach events, providing training for professionals, coordinating prevention efforts, and facilitating Monroe County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force and she served as Co-Chair of the Monroe County Children and Youth Advisory Board. She currently serves as a member of the Northampton County Suicide Prevention Task Force. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, running marathons, and eating pizza.
Katie Suppes, M.Ed. l Research & Evaluation Manager (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 is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Katie can be contacted at email@example.com.
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 LGBT community. Ariel can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Kapila, M.S.W. l Librarian (She, Her, Hers) is a long-time feminist, diversity advocate, community organizer, volunteer, and cat lover. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 2000, where she continued to work with a focus on women's issues, specifically violence against women. Kathleen trained and worked at the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Crime Victim's Treatment Center and was part of a group that went to Zagreb in 2002 to work with the Croatian Red Cross on issues related to rape trauma. For many years Kathleen also worked with her late partner, Bernadette Cozart, on community based environmental projects. First with the Greening of Harlem in New York and later with the Community Action Development Committee here in Allentown. She has worked at Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley and prior to her current employment, was a frequent volunteer here at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Kathleen has been passionately fond of books her entire life and is very happy to be spending her retirement as the Center's Librarian. Kathleen can be reached at email@example.com
Alaina Schaeffer, C.H.E.S. | Healthy Eating & Active Living Coordinator, Youth Programs (She, Her, Hers) is a Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from Temple University. Alaina most recently worked at Center for Humanistic Change, where she facilitated health prevention programs in various schools around the Lehigh Valley. She is a former Health Programs Intern at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, and also interned with the American Red Cross. Her “practice what you preach” mentality and fun-loving personality help her to relate with youth and provide health education in positive ways. In her free time, Alaina enjoys most outdoor activities, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Alaina can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reilly Callahan l Development Assistant (She, Her, Hers) received her Bachelor’s of Science in biomedical engineering at Lehigh University and expects to complete her Master’s of Arts in sociology at Lehigh University in 2020. She is engaged in the community as a health screening volunteer at the Allentown and Bethlehem School Districts and as a member of the Life Enrichment Staff at Cedarbrook Nursing Home. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a tutor in the Chemistry Department. She strives to continue serving her community and improve upon her advocacy skills, two goals that she finds critical for her ultimate target of becoming a medical practitioner. Reilly enjoys both outdoor activities like hiking and camping and indoor games like Bananagrams and Catan. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Morgan Wolper l Digital Archive Assistant (She, Her, Hers) is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, with a major in Media and Communications and a double minor in Public Health and Women’s & Gender Studies. She previously served as Library Intern at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Her main focus has been social justice and human rights issues such as advocating for bans on LGBT conversion therapy, becoming more involved in prison reform, and supporting reentry programs. She hopes to get a Masters in Criminal Justice in the Fall and pursue her passion towards helping those in need within the criminal justice system. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
Léon Hyacinthus Pagonis | Training Institute Intern (He, Him, His) is a student at Lehigh Carbon Community College pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Classical Studies, with an interest in literature and gender and sexuality in antiquity. After graduation he hopes to teach LGBT history in the future. In his free time, Léon enjoys reading, writing and drawing.
Maria Shior | Health Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a graduate student at Kutztown University where she plans to complete her Masters of Social Work. Maria completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Central Michigan University where she went on to work with children and families in foster care for two years in Kansas. Maria has since been involved in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties working with veterans struggling with homelessness. Maria enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing when she has the opportunity.
Christopher Sorich | Development Intern (He, Him, His) is a student at Moravian College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Classics. Chris plans on attending Florida International University (FIU) continuing his education researching both the chemistry and ecology of tropical plants. In his free time, Chris enjoys reading, coffee, and last-minute adventures with friends.