Employees Board of Directors
|Bill McGlinn l Interim Executive Director (he/him) was appointed by the center's Board of Directors in March 2022. He previously served as Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations at Muhlenberg College and as Director of Development and Community Relations at Da Vinci Science Center. He holds degrees from Yale University (M.F.A., Theatre), New York University (M.P.A., Nonprofit Management), and Notre Dame (B.A., Theatre/English). After retiring from Muhlenberg, he stepped up as a key volunteer at the center, where he has served as chair of the gala committee and the Campaign for Equity, which eliminated the center’s mortgage. Bill can be contacted at [email protected].|
Liz Bradbury, M.F.A. l Director of the Training Institute (she/her) has been a full-time advocate for the LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ-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 LGBTQ+ 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, CFRE l Director of Development (he/him) is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) with a background in development communication. He would say that he did not find fundraising, but rather that 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 cooking for one and eating for two. Matt can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Stephen Jiwanmall, M.S. l Director of Communications and Marketing (he/him) is an experienced media professional with a background in broadcast, digital, and print journalism. Stephen previously worked as a multimedia journalist at Lehigh Valley Public Media, and his career has included reporting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, Stephen earned state and national recognition for his reporting of transgender issues in Bucks County after the suicide of trans teen Riley Moscatel. Stephen has a bachelor's degree in communication from La Salle University and a graduate degree in 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 serves as a professional video journalism mentor at Lehigh University. Stephen also is the support group coordinator for Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, an organization for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their families. He lives in downtown Allentown with his husband Ian and their rescue dog Opal. Stephen can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Katie Suppes, M.Ed. l Director of Programs, Research, and Evaluation (she/her) 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 l Administrative Manager (she/her) 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].|
|Robin Gow, MFA l Cultural & Community-Building Programs Manager (they/he/ze & el/elle) is a trans and queer poet and educator from Kutztown. 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 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].|
|Christina Graham, M.P.H. l Data & Evaluation Manager (she/her) 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 masters in public health from George Washington University and a bachelors of arts in Epidemiology from the University of Rochester. Christina is a member of the project team for the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment. Her interests include spoiling her cat Fennel and drinking an unreasonable amount of coffee. Christina can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Kim 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].|
|Laura Mercedes Martínez, MFA l Grants Manager (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].|
Chrystina Obleschuk, MPH l Health Equity Programs Manager (she/her) earned her Bachelor’s at Muhlenberg College with a dual major in Biology and Public Health and her Master’s at Boston University with a focus on Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Maternal and Child Health. Her passion in the world of public health lies in the field of Reproductive Justice which ensures everyone has the resources necessary to make decisions about if, when, and how they wish to be a parent. At the center, Chrystina manages health programs that promote equity for the LGBTQ+ community throughout Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Chrystina enjoys reading books, baking and cooking, going for hikes, playing games with family and friends, and engaging in her newest Netflix binge on the couch with her dog Lance and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. She also loves travelling as much as her schedule and wallet will allow. Chrystina can be contacted at [email protected].
|Eric Yoak l Major Events Manager (he/him) began his work with LGBTQ+ nonprofits at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Through the LGBTQ+ on-campus organization SPECTRUM, he partnered with groups like the Imperial Court of Kentucky and the AIDS Volunteers of Lexington for fundraisers throughout the year. He also served on the Come Together Kentucky Conference planning committee, the Campus Pride Board of Directors, and was a founding participant of Morehead's protest movement against county clerk Kim Davis in 2015. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication, Eric worked as a board member for the Imperial Court of Kentucky for Reign 37 where he (and his drag persona Christina Vixen) helped organize and host events to raise over $100,000. After venturing from Kentucky, Eric worked with SunServe Social Services in Florida, working with LGBTQ+ teens to set and achieve goals to progress to the transition to independent living. He also created the "Dine and Drag" fundraiser for their youth department and hopes his experience working with the community and his event planning experience will bring education, awareness, and entertainment to the Lehigh Valley. Outside of work, Eric can be found on his couch reading, in drag performing, or in his kitchen cooking something involving carbs. Eric can be contacted at E[email protected].|
|David Celli l Healthcare Enrollment Coordinator (he/him) received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Rowan University. Previously, he has served as a community outreach intern at the center, where he found his passion in advocacy and being able to serve his community. Outside of work, David explores his passions in visual art, creative writing, cooking, and exploring nature. David can be contacted at [email protected].|
Mary Frasier l Health Education Coordinator (she/her) graduated from Gettysburg College with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and in History, with minors in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Peace & Justice Studies. Mary discovered her passion for nonprofit work in college when she worked for El Centro, an afterschool tutoring program for children K-5 in the local migrant community. Previously, she was a family worker for Lehigh Valley Families Together and worked closely with Northampton and Lehigh Counties' Children and Youth Services. Outside of work, Mary enjoys gardening, reading, drinking tons of coffee, and watching Mom. Mary can be contacted at [email protected].
|Gabby Hochfeld l Arts and Culture Programs Coordinator (she/her) 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].|
|Braden Hudak, M.A. l Social Media Coordinator (he/him) received a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and a 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’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].|
|Elizabeth Keiser, MFA l Graphic Designer (she/her) 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 (a.k.a. Liz) enjoys spending time with her French bulldog, creating prop replicas from favorite films, and getting outdoors. Elizabeth can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Owen Pudliner l Community Health Advocate (he/him) attended Lehigh Carbon Community College, transferring to Kutztown University pursuing a Computer Science degree. He has held a variety of jobs, from bartender to farmhand and always takes any opportunity to learn from others and their experiences. He is an avid runner, passionate musician, and lover of fermented foods and beverages. He is also a proud dog dad to two mixed breed dogs. Owen can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Jordan Sánchez l Healthcare Enrollment Coordinator (they/she) is studying at Oregon State University for her B.S. in Environmental Science with two minors in Sustainability and Queer Studies. They are from San Diego and have worked in the California community college system for five years. Her work in higher education has been centered in student equity and previously worked as the LGBTQIA+ Equity Specialist. She is excited to continue her work with LGBTQ+ communities and provide access to healthcare for queer and trans folks in Western Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys reading the original Nancy Drew books and watching horror movies with her wife and two dogs. Jordan can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Tiersa Curry l Digital Archives Assistant (she/her) graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The Temple, Pennsylvania native also has an associate’s degree in Social Sciences from Reading Area Community College. Her interest is in queer people of color (POC) communities, womanism, queer linguistics, and archives. Tiersa aspires to pursue a career in applied anthropology and hopes to travel for her work. She currently works as an assistant high school field hockey coach and, when she is not busy, Tiersa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, skateboarding, knitting, and listening to music. Tiersa can be contacted at [email protected].|
Peter Flood l Community Health Worker (he/him) is a Gettysburg College graduate with a major in anthropology and minors in history and religious studies. He worked at the Da Vinci Science Center for five years, serving as a member of the STEAM Team and Outreach Education for three years. His interests include reading and writing fiction with a focus on including LGBTQ+ people in genres like fantasy and science fiction. He thinks there are few things more enjoyable than curling up in front of the fire with a good book. Peter can be contacted at [email protected].
|Meaghan Lawlor l Community Health Worker (they/them) is a graduate from Cedar Crest College with bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Theatre with a minor in psychology. They are an actor and writer who is passionate about LGBTQ+ plays, literature, and history. Previously, they have interned and served as a Box Office Agent at Shawnee Playhouse, acting in a variety show there and at Northampton Community College Theatre. They have had a range of jobs, including as a lifeguard, warehouse member, and call center representative. They enjoy spending time with their sisters, their cats Isabelle and Jasmine. They love acting, writing and reading, baking, embroidery, and discussing LGBTQ+ shows and characters with their friends. Meaghan can be contacted at [email protected].|
|Kiirstin (Kiir) Prokopowitz | Janitor (they/them) 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.|
|Mary Foltz, Ph.D. l Collaborating Scholar (she/her) 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. Mary can be contacted at [email protected].|
Molly Heller l Graphic Design Intern (she/her) is working under admirable colleagues to strengthen her design skills and experience for a cause that she is passionate about. Molly is a Communication Design student in her third year at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. The designer in her is never truly off the clock-- taking inspiration from labels, signs, and posters everywhere—but when she’s not working, she can be found reading or book shopping. Molly can be contacted at [email protected].
Meredith McGee l Grants Intern (she/her) is a biology and history dual degree candidate at Lafayette College. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health in order to advocate for LGBTQ+ and reproductive health issues. She is currently in the process of writing a thesis on the representation of lesbians in 20th century media. In her free time, Meredith loves to cook and spend time with her dog Ember. Meredith can be contacted at [email protected].
|Karena Paleologo l Grants Intern (she/her) holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Wellesley College, a Master's of Teaching in Secondary Science Education from Simmons College, and is currently working on her Master's in Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University. She is also currently a Policy and Advocacy Intern at PFLAG National, where she has been working to provide resources for chapters to combat curriculum censorship and book bans and tracking anti-LGBTQ+ bills moving through state legislatures. She hopes to go on to pursue her Ph.D. in Education Policy once she completes her current degree, with a focus on LGBTQ+ civil rights in schools. In her free time, she participates in community theater and sings in a local cover band. She can be contacted at [email protected].|
William Thompson l Major Events Intern (he/him) is currently working toward an associate's degree in marketing at Northampton Community College. He aspires to earn his bachelor’s in business administration and to run a non-profit one day. He works part-time as a painting instructor, putting the twist in Painting with a Twist! William can be contacted at [email protected].
Photo credits for staff headshots: Megan Keller Photography