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 in Allentown, PA, where he serves as Executive Director.
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 co-authored "Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue", a chapter in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. And he is a member of the Board of Directors for ACLU of Pennsylvania, a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and 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. He has received numerous prestigious honors, 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'. In both 2012 and 2018, Philadelphia Gay News named Adrian 'Person of the Year' and Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' in 2013. 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.
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. In her spare time she enjoys board games, live music, cooking, and spoiling her cats. Kim can be reached at email@example.com
Atticus Ranck, M.A. l Health Programs & Supportive Services Manager (He, Him, His) has been an advocate for the LGBT community for eight years. He most recently worked as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, an LGBT mental health agency in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he started as an intern working on name and gender marker changes for low income transgender people. He earned his M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University where he also served as president of the Feminist Graduate Student Association. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student activist for LGBT causes on campus. While working as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, the agency was recognized as a 'Best Places for Trans Folks' by South Florida Gay News. In addition to his work at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Atticus serves on the HIV Planning Group for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In 2017, Atticus was recognized as Young Alumnus of Distinction by Slippery Rock University. Atticus enjoys restoring and remodeling furniture and loves to read (and re-read) Harry Potter books. Atticus can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Reilly, M.F.A. l Development Manager (He, Him, His or They, Them, Theirs) is a feminist, LGBT rights and social justice advocate, and writer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Oliver has previously worked as an educator, business leader, and editor. Currently, Oliver teaches Research & Composition and Literature at Lehigh Carbon Community College and serves on the Boards of Directors for Planned Parenthood Keystone and the Center for Humanistic Change. Additionally, he serves on the Marketing Committee for the Hamilton District Main Street Initiative of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, the Nominating and Governance Committee for the Allentown Arts Commission, and the Community Alliance Summit Planning Committee for the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. He was part of the inaugural cohort of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley's Leadership Without Limits program and was named one of the Lehigh Valley's "40 Under Forty" by Lehigh Valley Business (2019). Oliver enjoys playing music, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with animals. Oliver 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
Zakkery Rome | Visual and Film Arts Coordinator (He, Him, His) earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Minor in Philosophy from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he got his start in queer advocacy work. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Student Worker at the university’s LGBTQA Program Center. He also served as Secretary and President of P.R.I.D.E., ESU’s LGBTQA student organization. As a student leader, he created and hosted many events; including film screenings, fundraisers, drag shows, and educational seminars for the campus community. He also partnered with university administration to ensure inclusivity and equity in their policies. Zakkery is an avid reader, video gamer, and lover of films, particularly queer films. He is a self-professed nerd, who has a burning passion for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and anything Marvel. He eats as much Italian food as he can get, wants to see more Broadway shows than he has, and hopes to one day adopt both a dog and a cat. Zakkery can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 your 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 email@example.com
Annemarie Shankweiler | Tobacco Education & Outreach Coordinator (She, Her, Hers) is an activist for intersectional feminist and queer causes. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bloomsburg University where she was President of I AM THAT GIRL and W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment). Annemarie recently worked at The Women’s Center, Inc. of Columbia and Montour Counties as a children’s counselor and educator where she worked with children affected by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and provided preventative programming in the form of puppet shows for children in schools. Annemarie is a semi-trained (not really) musician who loves Broadway musicals, chocolate, and art of all forms but has done a lot of cool paintings lately. Annemarie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaiah Zukowski l Supportive Services Coordinator (He, Him, His) is a queer activist and academic born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Peace Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore. He has worked in legal intake at the ACLU of Maryland and at the Futuro Latino Learning Center as an ESL instructor. His published research focused on the intersection between class discrimination, economic development and resource extraction in post-neoliberal Ecuador. He recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Colombia where he taught at la Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. In his free time, he is a musician who loves to sing old Colombian llanero ballads and is a mediocre baker who botches sourdough bread. Email Isaiah at email@example.com
Kat Gaburon | Development Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she is earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her capstone research focused on understanding the intricacies of mental illness in the LGBTQ+ community. In 2016 she earned her Associate’s of Arts from Montgomery County Community College, where she served as treasurer and then president of the GSA. Throughout her college career she has done costuming, set construction, lighting design, stage crew, and performed in both community and college theater, taken up swing dancing, and served as a journalist intern for MuggleNet. After college she hopes to work with an LGBTQ+ organization that focuses on youth or education and write a young adult novel. In her free time Kat enjoys reading, trying to follow along to podcasts, singing along to everything, and playing fetch with her cat Minerva.
Ryanne Rosengrant | Health Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a senior at Kutztown University. She is pursuing a Bachelor's of Social Work degree with a minor in Psychology in hopes to one day become a gender specialist. Throughout her time at Kutztown, she discovered her passion of advocating for LGBT rights and has dedicated her future work toward supporting the community. Following graduation, she will be completing the Advanced Master Program to obtain a Master's of Social Work at Kutztown University, with her expected graduation in 2020. Ryanne enjoys reading Harry Potter, spending time with her puppy, and watching Netflix.
Mikaela C. Wendel | Pride Programs Intern (They, Them, Theirs) is a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where they are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music with a minor in Music History. Mikaela serves as an Undergraduate Assistant at the University’s GLBTQ Resource Center, President of Allies of Kutztown University, Secretary of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity - Mu Zeta Chapter, and is a sibling of Lambda Delta Xi - Alpha Chapter, an LGBTQ+ Activism focused Greek-Lettered organization. Following their graduation in May of this year, they hope to pursue a Master of Arts in Arts Administration, and find a career where they can be regularly involved in the LGBTQ+ community. In their free time, Mikaela enjoys reading, going on adventures, and listening to spooky podcasts.