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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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@example.com.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 LGBT history. Stephen earned his B.A. in Communication for La Salle University and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University. Stephen serves on the Northampton County Suicide Prevention Task Force, is an active member of his church, and serves as a public speaking and debate coach for Roseland Academy in Tallahassee, Fl. He lives in Bethlehem with his husband Ian and their rescue coonhound Opal. Stephen can be contacted at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 bingeing TV series on Netflix, playing her PS4, and watching sports when she isn't working. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Ezra Creedon l Development Intern (He, Him, His) is a senior at Kutztown University. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. In the fall of 2021, Ezra plans to apply to graduate school with the ultimate goal of becoming a research psychologist. He hopes to develop mental health treatments that meet the unique needs of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. Ezra is also an avid reader and a cat lover.
Sephora Delice l Health Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a senior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in Neuroscience and French with a minor in Public Health. She is planning on applying to medical school after graduation. Her goal is to become a Doctor without Borders so that she can travel to developing countries and help underrepresented communities. She enjoys cooking, reading, and writing. And really enjoys dancing as a way to relieve stress.
Nathaniel Kenyon l Development Intern (He, Him, His) is an undergraduate student of psychology and LGBT studies at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduation, Nathaniel (Nat) plans to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology and work with trans youth. In his free time, he enjoys baking, Dungeons & Dragons, and spending time with his cat.
Katrina Rankis l Data & Evaluation Intern (She, Her, Hers) Katrina is a recent graduate from Temple University, where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. Katrina dreams of opening her own wellness practice for women and LGBTQ+ people. Her intention is to treat trauma and PTSD with holistic and spiritual methods of healing. In her daily life, Katrina is a huge fan of pop music, romantic comedies, and long walks with her dog, Maggie.
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.