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 email@example.com.
Katie 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 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 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
Christina Graham Brasavage, 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 holds a master’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University and a B.A. in Epidemiology from the University of Rochester. She loves coffee and spending time with her sisters. Christina can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Ketterer l 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 email@example.com
Kimberly Levitt, M.P.H. 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 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During her MPH she developed a research project focused on access to PrEP. Her work has been presented at several conferences. She is in the process of earning her Doctor of Health Sciences degree. Kimberly most recently worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Community Hockey department programming and promoting health and wellness events for the community. Previous to that she worked at the U.S. Department of State, PEPFAR and also at Boston Children’s Hospital. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Reilly Callahan, M.A. l Health Outreach & Supportive Services Coordinator (She, Her, Hers) received her Bachelor’s of Science in biomedical engineering as well as her Master’s of Arts in sociology at Lehigh University. Throughout her years as a student, she engaged with the community as a health screening volunteer at the Allentown and Bethlehem School Districts, as a member of the Life Enrichment Staff at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, and as a tutor in the university's Chemistry Department. She strives to continue serving her community and advocating for equitable health, two goals that she finds critical for her ultimate target of becoming a medical practitioner. On weekends, you can likely find Reilly outside on a hike (with her partner, dog, and cat!), or inside playing games like Bananagrams and Catan with her friends. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Keiser 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@example.com.
Kristen Leipert, M.L.I.S. | Archivist (She, Her, Hers) is an expert archivist and records manager who is interested in the collection, organization and preservation of historical materials for public use and access. She has been working with the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive since 2018 as the Digital Projects Archivist at Muhlenberg College’s Trexler Library, and will continue to manage the archives at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University. Previously, she was the Archivist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Kristen strives to make archives inclusive, easy to use, and fun. In her time away from work, she enjoys knitting, dancing in her kitchen, and spending time with her family.
Claudia Hanover l Development Assistant (She, Her, Hers) is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Political Science at Lehigh University and earned her Bachelor's of Science with a major in Marketing and a minor in Mass Communications. She previously served as an intern for Lehigh University's Pride Center and is currently a member of Lehigh's Women's Lacrosse team. She hopes to pursue a career as an attorney, advocating for marginalized communities. Claudia enjoys binging TV series on Netflix, playing her PS4, and watching sports when she isn't working. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Lim | Data and Evaluation Intern (He, Him, His; They, Them, Theirs) is a student at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a Master of Science in Computational Biology. He plans on exploring ways to use data analytics to help drive meaningful, progressive policy. In his free time, Cody enjoys cooking, singing, and playing Dance Dance Revolution at a semi-competitive level.
Melissa Stough l Development Intern (They, Them, Theirs) is a student at Kutztown University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, with an interest in professional writing and social issues. After graduation, they hope to explore grant-writing further and also find ways to provide resources to LGBT+ college students. In her free time, Melissa enjoys writing, yoga, learning American Sign Language, and baking.
Kenna DeValor l Development Intern (They, Them, Theirs) is a published author, activist, artist living in Lehigh Valley, PA and currently attends Bucks County Community College for Literature. Kenna is a Vocal Major alumni from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Kenna plans to receive a PhD in Literature at the end of their educational career and hopes to be a professor at an esteemed college. Kenna is also working on their first novel and strives to have LGBT+ characters represented in their novels. When not working or writing, Kenna loves to cosplay, create stunning makeup looks, play Animal Crossing, read classic literature, tutor young students in English, and spend time with friends.
Connie Ticho l Health Programs Intern (They, Them, Theirs) is a 2020 graduate from Chapman University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production. Planning on attending law school in Fall 2021, she hopes to one day work as a professional advocate on behalf of the queer community. In her free time, Connie enjoys painting, hiking, and experimenting with new vegan recipes.
Monica Vasturia | Training Institute Intern (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate from Temple University where she majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She is focused on serving the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly the community’s youth. In her spare time Monica enjoys cooking, spending time with her loved ones, and taking on new sewing projects.