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 and on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
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 (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, 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 [email protected].
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 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].
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 protected].
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. Sharon can be contacted at [email protected].
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 LGBTQ+ history. Stephen has a bachelor's degree in communication from La Salle University and a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. Stephen serves on the Northampton County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Marketing & Communications Committee of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. He is an active member of his church and serves as a public speaking and debate coach for Roseland Academy in Tallahassee, Florida. He lives in downtown Allentown with his husband Ian and their rescue dog Opal. Stephen 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].
Kimberly Levitt, M.P.H., D.H.S. 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 and Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She developed a graduate research project focused on access to PrEP. Her work has been presented at several conferences. Previously she worked at the Tampa Bay Lightning, the U.S. Department of State, PEPFAR and also at Boston Children’s Hospital. Named a "Healthcare Hero" by Lehigh Valley Business, Kimberly serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of Health Equity at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and and Advisory Board for American Public Health Association's newspaper The Nation's Health. 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 protected].
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 protected].
Reilly Callahan, M.A. l Health Outreach 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. Reilly began working with the Center in 2019 in the Development Department before moving into the Health and Supportive Services Team in 2020. Throughout her years as a student, she engaged with the community as a health screening volunteer in the Bethlehem Area School District, as a member of the Life Enrichment Staff at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, and as a tutor in the university's Chemistry Department. She is passionate about health equity and is currently applying to medical school. On the weekends, Reilly enjoys being outside on a hike or inside playing games like Bananagrams and Catan. Reilly can be contacted at [email protected].
Devin Yeatter l Health Outreach Coordinator (He, Him, His) received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science at Lehigh University. As a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, Devin strives to better his community by making the Commonwealth a more inclusive and welcoming place for all Pennsylvanians. He brings previous outreach experience to the team through his time working with various organizations and entities around the Lehigh Valley including, Planned Parenthood Keystone, PA Students for Biden, and the City of Allentown’s Community and Economic Development Department. During his spare time, he enjoys attending community events with his partner, performing improv comedy, and reading books about American history. Devin can be contacted at [email protected].
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 [email protected].
Laura Mercedes Martínez, MFA l Grants Coordinator (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].
Rev. Brandan Robertson | Faith Organizer (He/Him/His) is a noted author, activist, and Christian minister. A prolific writer, he is the author or contributing author to twelve books on spirituality, justice, and theology. Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for human rights, Robertson has worked with political and social leaders around the world to end conversion therapy and promote LGBT+ rights. He has worked as a national organizer of people of faith on a wide array of social and political issues for numerous respected organizations. Most recently, Robertson served as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA from 2017-2021. Robertson received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology, and is completing his Masters in Political Science at Eastern Illinois University.
Kiirstin Prokopowitz | Janitor (They, Them, Theirs) 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.
Michaela Hoenig l Development Intern (She/Her/Hers) is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College, working on a double major in Public Health and Political Science. She is planning on getting her Masters in Public Health degree after undergrad. She enjoys working with children, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and making friends.
Susie Poore l Development Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a recent graduate from Lehigh University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is now pursuing a master's degree in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She plans to focus her studies on queer media theory and intersectional feminism in an effort to highlight the authentic and vibrant diversity of queer women's identities. She hopes to apply this knowledge to a lifetime of LGBTQ2IA+ nonprofit advocacy work and public service in elected office. In her free time, Susie enjoys hiking, baking, reading queer YA fiction, and watching the Great British Bake Off.
Emma Markus l Health Team Intern (They/Them/Theirs) is a rising senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland pursuing a major in Clinical/Counseling Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After undergrad, they hope to get a Master’s in Public Health and work in non-profit LGBTQ+ spaces to increase affirming care access for vulnerable populations. In their free time, Emma enjoys going on adventures with their girlfriend, reading, and bothering their cat Uno.
Victoria Brandvold l Health Team Intern (She/Her/Hers) is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in public health and theatre. In the future, she plans to work with nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of groups of people who are at an increased risk of developing different negative health outcomes. She is specifically interested in helping others fight mental health and addiction struggles. In her free time, she enjoys running, singing, and spending time with her sister.
Melinda Rother l Community Archives Intern (She/Her/Hers) graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2019, where she earned a B.A. in the History of Art and is attending the University of Pittsburgh to earn a master's degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.), with a focus on Archives and Records Management. Working with and handling objects of various artistic mediums during her undergrad provided a perfect segue into the world of archives. Her brief experience in the field has already shown her how crucial it is to uplift the recorded voices and experiences of marginalized groups, and she is eager to help carry out this work at Bradbury-Sullivan. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career working with metadata and digital asset management. In her free time, she loves to sing and play the piano, listen to music, and spend time outdoors.
Vicky Wrigley | Data & Evaluation Intern (She/Her/Hers) is a current graduate student at Lehigh University working towards an M.S. in statistics. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2014 with a B.S. in mathematics. Her professional ambition is to conduct research and analysis on issues affecting marginalized communities and devise practical and effective solutions. She loves to write YA fiction stories, take long walks, and play punk music with her band.
Photo credits for staff headshots: Megan Keller Photography