Meet the many generous people who inspire us to expand our efforts to new heights.


Los Angeles, CA

Diana is the Controller for Renewable Resources Group (“RRG”), a registered investment advisor in the private equity space focusing on investments in developing water, agriculture, and renewable energy assets. Diana’s previous experience includes a 12-year tenure with the asset management audit practice at PwC (both in San Francisco and Sydney, Australia offices), a fund accounting oversight role at a boutique asset management firm in Seattle, WA, and a Controller role at a real estate firm in Redondo Beach, CA. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration with double options in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Geological Sciences at the California State University, Chico. She maintains an active CPA qualification in the state of California. In her free time, Diana enjoys travel, photography, and exercise. She resides in Redondo Beach, CA.


New York, NY

Alexia Korberg is a partner in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she specializes in complex civil litigation. She represents clients in high-stakes commercial disputes across a range of industries, including private equity, banking, media, energy, insurance, technology, and biomedicine. She has extensive experience in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration.

Alexia’s first career was in private equity, and she applies her concomitant understanding of finance, securities, and business to all of her commercial representations.

Alexia also has an active pro bono practice. She was part of the legal team that successfully litigated U.S. v. Windsor from the district court to the U.S. Supreme Court, helping to establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and a series of cases in Mississippi that invalidated the state’s bans on gay marriage and adoption. Alexia has also authored several Supreme Court amicus briefs, including on behalf of lawyers who have had abortions. She currently represents Mississippi’s last remaining abortion provider in a challenge to several unconstitutional abortion restrictions.

The New York Law Journal named Alexia a “Rising Star” in 2020; the New York State Bar Association presented her with the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” award in 2020; Benchmark Litigation named her to the “40 & Under Hot List” in 2020; the LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40” in 2019; and the American Bar Association honored Alexia with its “On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyers” award in 2018.

Alexia’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Slate and elsewhere, and she is regularly invited to speak about her practice.

Alexia earned her B.A. from Columbia University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.


Los Angeles, CA

Jerry Rojas is the Executive Vice President of Film and TV at Shelter, with over 20 years of experience in publicity, awards and events in both studio and agency settings.


As EVP, Rojas handles the building and running of the company’s awards and events division, which offers services to film, television and streaming clients, including national and awards publicity, strategy, event planning and sponsorships.


His most recent awards and event campaigns include Wolfwalkers (APPLE), Respect (MGM/UAR), No Time To Die (MGM/UAR), The Mauritanian (STX), Supernova (BLEECKER STREET), The Assistant (BLEECKER STREET), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBCUniversal), Mr. Mayor (NBCUniversal), The Good Lord Bird (SHOWTIME), Immigration Nation (NETFLIX), Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox Searchlight), Hustlers (STX), and Golden Globe winner Missing Link (LAIKA). Along with his studio clients, Rojas has also initiated community engagement and outreach programs, collaborated with The Point Foundation, Ghetto Film School, the Arizona State University and continues to seek mentorship opportunities.


Rojas previously worked at Focus Features’ awards and publicity units for over 10 years as the Senior Director of Awards & Events, responsible for overseeing the company’s special events, premieres, festival and convention activations, as well as awards and tastemaker screening programs. His campaigns included Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Victoria and Abdul. His other titles include Loving, Nocturnal Animals, The Theory of Everything, Dallas Buyers Club, Milk, Moonrise Kingdom, The Kids are All Right, Beginners, Burn After Reading and Atonement.

Prior to Focus Features, Rojas worked at Film Independent as part of the Events and Sponsorship team where he secured sponsorships for the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, managed high-level donors, and produced events for the organization.


San Francisco, CA

Marnie Merriam is passionate about connecting people, developing communities and supporting platforms where LGBTQ voices can be raised and heard. She is an experienced leader known for building and driving global engagement strategies, and developing teams for successful, high-visibility customer, partner and internal event programs.

Marnie is currently Head of Global Executive Programs for Slack Technologies. She and her team design and lead programs around the globe to connect customers with the team at Slack. She previously launched and led the DocuSign Executive Briefing Program, and managed the Symantec Global Briefing Program. Prior to entering the tech sector, Marnie worked in non-profits including working at Point Foundation. She also served a year in the AmeriCorps National Service Program. Marnie attended the University of Delaware, majoring in Mathematics.

Beyond work, Marnie loves spending time outdoors and on the water. She’s a two time competitor in the Pacific Cup, a sailing race from San Francisco, CA to Kaneohe, HI; and a silver medal competitor in Dragon Boating at the World OutGames. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her fiancee, rescue pup and two cats.


Los Angeles, CA

Jake Rostovsky, MA, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, Point Foundation alumni, noted advocate and consultant. Openly transgender since he was thirteen — Jake uses his personal experience and professional background as a mental health clinician to educate and facilitate deep and meaningful learning experiences for individuals centered around topics facing his community. Through appearances on Oprah, Buzzfeed, Dr. Phil and global news sources, he has brought a unique and dynamic voice to an often-ignored cause.

Currently sitting as Chair of the West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board, Jake takes an active role in influencing legislation both locally and nationally, as well as promoting awareness to political problems the Transgender community faces on a daily basis. Jake is honored to have served as a mental health clinician for Gateways Hospital, Being Alive Los Angeles and the LA LGBT Center, and to have made progress towards eliminating the mental health disparities facing the LGBT community.

In his free time, Jake is a true crime junkie and loves everything Disney. He tries to bring an element of fun and whimsy to every experience he creates.


Charlotte, NC

Michelle Adams is a Consumer Lending Complaint Executive Office Leader for the Enterprise Complaints Management Office at Wells Fargo.  She and her leaders oversee escalated complaints for several Wells Fargo businesses including Home Lending, Auto Lending, Personal Lines and Loans and Education Finance Services.  Together, they work to address and understand customer concerns while contributing to consistent complaints management processes throughout the company; improving controls, responsiveness, compliance and an enhanced customer experience.  Adams is an experienced operations, strategy and change leader, who has held a variety of strategic roles in the financial services sector since 2010.

A Charlotte resident, Adams most recently served as the Global Technology & Operations Data Management and Performance Measurement Executive at Bank of America. Immediately prior, she led Regulatory Complaints and Social Media Servicing, where she was responsible for production oversight of complaint resolution via regulatory agencies, public officials and advocacy organizations, and managing the bank’s response to customers requiring service through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Adams also led the bank’s  Enterprise Shared Services Initiative Management group, and served as chief administrative officer and head of Business Management Strategy & Delivery for Global Wealth & Investment Management Technology. Additionally, she spent seven years at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., as director of product information, running enterprise-wide strategic initiatives. Adams held earlier leadership roles with Chicago-based internet start-up companies, and consulted on market analysis and strategies for companies in a variety of industries.

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and an MBA in strategy and marketing from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Adams serves on the Susan G. Komen Charlotte board of directors. She previously served as chair of the Pine Lake Preparatory board of directors and as a member of the Kaleidoscope Foundation board of directors. Adams has been married for over 20 years and has two teenage sons. She also is a life-long competitive swimmer.


San Francisco, CA

Dr. Christopher Nizer resides in San Francisco, originally hailing from just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. He owns and runs his own private chiropractic practice in the Bay Area, specializing in a technique called Atlas Orthogonal. Dr. Nizer is a 2006 graduate from Miami University (OH) majoring in Exercise Science. In 2011, he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Ga. After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Nizer spent 2.5 years practicing in Lima, Peru. This experience sparked his interest in language, culture and travel.

Mixing his love of travel with that of hiking, Dr. Nizer spends free time on trails both locally and internationally. He has hiked the paths through Machu Picchu, Patagonia and the GR-92 in Spain. For true down time, he enjoys relaxing vacations and holidays with his family, especially his nephews and niece.


Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Gambaro is a Commercial Endorsements Executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Gambaro works in the Los Angeles office where she creates and negotiates opportunities for clients in on-camera commercials, print, and voice-over campaigns, both domestically and internationally.

Gambaro began her career at CAA in 2002.

Gambaro graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Business/Marketing and went on to receive her law degree from Southwestern Law School.

Gambaro currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Webb Schools of California.


New York, NY

Anthony is a Director in Marketing and Client Service at Renaissance Technologies.  Prior to joining Renaissance, he worked at the multi-strategy asset management firm, Amaranth Advisors, and completed an internship with the public diplomacy section of the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland.  He holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa.  Anthony earned the CAIA designation and is a CFA Charterholder.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he currently lives in New York City.

In his spare time, Anthony plays volleyball, is part of a book club, and has ridden six times in the AIDS/Lifecycle.


Los Angeles, CA

Sean Rourke is a Senior Client Strategist for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In this capacity, he advises clients on meeting their short- and long-term financial goals through a broad range of investment, trust and estate planning vehicles.

Mr. Rourke has 25 years of experience in the field of wealth management and private banking. Prior to BNY Mellon, he served as Senior Vice President and Private Banker for City National Bank. Prior thereto, he was a Vice President at U.S. Trust Company in both Los Angeles and New York. In this role, he managed significant portfolios for high-net-worth individuals and charitable foundations. Other past positions include Vice President of the Rockefeller Trust Company, where he oversaw the administration of family and charitable trusts, and relationship manager at the Bank of New York’s Private Bank, where he advised clients on banking, investments and estate planning.

Mr. Rourke holds Series 7 and 63 investment licenses. He is a graduate of the New York State Bankers’ Association Trust School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena College in New York. He is a Certified Wealth Strategist.

Sean volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. Sean is a board member of Point Foundation, the national LGBTQ+ scholarship and leadership development fund.


New York, NY

Dr. Paul Testa is the Chief Medical Information Officer at NYU Langone Health. In this capacity Dr. Testa serves as the clinical informatics physician leader; stewards efforts around clinician digital experience; telemedicine initiatives; and shepherds programs in the areas of clinical quality, data management, predictive analytics and informatics research. He works closely with physician and nursing informatics groups to transform and advance how NYULH delivers care via new technologies which the NYU Langone continues to implement and optimize with innovative new health IT start-ups and established partners. Dr. Testa informatics team played a critical role in NYULH earning the 2017 HIMSS Davies Award in addition to the EMRAM Stage 7 designation for both inpatient and ambulatory.

Dr. Testa serves as an Assistant Professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health. He lectures and publishes on topics in health care information technology, risk management, regulatory compliance, and emergency medicine.

Prior to entering the field of clinical medicine, Dr. Testa practiced law in New York and Boston providing counsel to academic medical centers. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, he earned a JD at Boston College Law School, a MD at Dartmouth Medical School, and a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in public health law at Harvard University.


Co-Vice Chair – Sacramento, CA

Stacy Smithers is the former Senior Vice President of Marketing of the Western United States for Wells Fargo. In addition to being on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, Stacy has also served on the boards of Equality CA, The Trevor Project, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Currently, she is living the retirement dream and being a wife and mom 24/7.


Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY

Glenn is a global leader with nearly 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, including with Avon, Coty and The Estee Lauder Companies.

Glenn joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 2005.  He is currently Senior Vice President & Global General Manager overseeing the Smashbox, GLAMGLOW, and BECCA brands. Glenn resides in Los Angeles and New York City with his husband Calvin, and their two Miniature Schnauzers, Oliver and Parker.

Glenn is passionate about employee career growth and extends this dedication in many ways, including through his executive co-chair role of The Estée Lauder Companies’ LGBTQA employee resource group, wELCome.

Glenn attended North Carolina State University, majoring in Computer Science.


Los Angeles, California

Kevin Chase is currently a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of Diversified Search, a national retained executive search firm, where he is a member the firm’s Not-for Profit & Higher Education search practice. Immediately prior to Diversified, Kevin was a Partner at McCormack & Associates, the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ-owned executive search practice and a national leader in Diversity & Inclusion recruiting at the executive and Board level. His search experience also includes dozens of Senior Executive and Board searches for organizations in the LGBTQ advocacy movement as well as HIV/AIDS service providers.

In his 20+ years in executive search business Kevin has been a Partner Los Angeles offices of Battalia Winston International and A.T. Kearney Executive Search, and before that in the New York office of Paul Ray Berndtson for many years before relocating to California. Kevin spent much of his early career in Tokyo, initially in the international public relations office of NEC Corporation and later with Haas International, Inc., a New York and Tokyo-based executive search boutique. He began his career in public relations at Hill & Knowlton in 1989.

Kevin grew up in Bountiful, UT, and received a B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University, where he minored in Japanese and also studied Spanish. He currently resides in the Faircrest Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He and his partner Paulo Murillo are the proud parents of Yuki, the world’s most adorable Maltese/bichon mix.


Los Angeles, CA

Brittany Ellenberg grew up in La Porte, Texas, where she graduated valedictorian of her high school class. Brittany then attended the University of Texas at Dallas, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. During college, she created the University’s Diversity Council, a forum for improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Brittany served as President of College Democrats, President of Students for Political Education, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK) and as Political Liaison for PRIDE, an LGBTQ student organization. After founding the University’s College Democrats chapter, Brittany was appointed Vice-Chair of the LGBT Caucus for the national organization, College Democrats of America. At the University, Brittany was also active in moot court, mock trial and interned at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project. During college, Brittany traveled to developing countries conducting international human rights research and providing aid to indigenous, refugee, and LGBTQ populations in Costa Rica, Peru, Jamaica and Thailand.

In 2013, Brittany received the Archer Fellowship where she worked at the U.S. Department of State on issues of civilian security, democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Brittany then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an officer in OutLaw and on the Executive Board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. She was named a Grant Folland Scholar for her commitment to LGBTQ rights, and also selected for Windy City’s 30 Under 30. In summer 2014, Brittany received the International Human Rights Fellowship to work at Minority Rights Group International in London doing impact litigation for minority populations around the world. Brittany was the Business Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law. She has represented LGBTQ refugees through the International Refugee Assistance Project, and served as a Child Advocate for immigrant children through the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Brittany was selected as a Salzburg Cutler Fellow for her academic work on international law, and travelled internationally to study issues relating to comparative law, including conducting constitutional reform research in Morocco for United Nations Women.

Brittany is now an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she practices labor and employment law, and holds a strong commitment for pro bono work, including submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of several LGBTQ organizations opposing the Trump administration’s travel ban. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles.


New York, New York

Richard has just made the move to Credit Suisse Private Banking after 15 years at UBS. He is very excited to be with such a wonderful firm and looking forward to many happy years there. Before joining UBS in 1994, Richard was a Senior Vice President in charge of the southeastern region of Fidelity Brokerage Products group and previously a Vice President with Bankers Trust.

Richard is involved in many noted arts, cultural, charitable and environmental organizations around the world. He is on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies International, a charity founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. He is also actively engaged in the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Palm Beach Preservation and has strong ties to the U.S. professional tennis community. His cultural activities involve the Whitney, MOMA, Guggenheim and Metropolitan museums in New York, the American Friends of the Louvre, the Prince of Wales Trust, the Venetian heritage, the Versailles Foundation and Art Basel. At Point, he chairs the Board Governance Committee.

Richard earned his B.B.A. in business marketing from the University of Georgia, Athens and holds Series 7 and 66 licenses.


Chair Emeritus – New York, New York

Jim Cummings joined Time Warner Inc. in July 2010 as Senior Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits.

Jim works closely with Time Warner’s Compensation & Human Development Committee on a wide range of issues relating to executive compensation and employment and is responsible for the design and delivery of Time Warner’s compensation and benefits programs. His work includes both domestic and international rewards, and he works closely with each of the Company’s divisions to ensure pay and benefit programs support each group’s unique talent and employee profiles.

Prior to joining Time Warner, Jim was a Principal in Towers Perrin’s (now Towers Watson’s) Executive Compensation Practice. In that role, Jim served as trusted advisor and primary point of contact for approximately 20 clients, including management teams and Compensation Committees, for all areas of executive compensation assessment and design. For his clients, Jim acted as an ongoing business partner to ensure program alignment with business strategy and priorities, ongoing market evolution, and regulatory or other technical developments. He worked across a number of industries, but his primary client relationships involved other entertainment and media companies, including The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, and Comcast Entertainment Group. For over 15 years, Jim worked in Towers Perrin’s Boston, Seattle and San Francisco offices.

Jim received a B.S. degree in economics from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. Jim continues to be actively involved with Stanford, leading a variety of alumni and fundraising activities. He also attended Oxford University, where he studied international trade and European monetary integration.


New York, New York

Jennifer Barbetta is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Starwood Capital Group, where she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and operations of the firm, its operating companies and its global offices. In this role, she partners with Starwood’s senior leaders to evaluate and pursue corporate development opportunities, oversee the firm’s financial functions and guide many of Starwood’s non-investment functions. She is a member of Starwood’s Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Starwood, Jennifer was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. She spent more than 23 years at Goldman Sachs in various roles within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Most recently, she helped lead the firm’s Global Portfolio Solutions Group, providing multi-asset class products and solutions to institutional and individual investors with a focus on customized asset allocation, tactical implementation, risk management and portfolio construction. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Strategic Client Service of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and prior to that, spent 15 years in their Alternative Investments business.

Jennifer earned a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Villanova School of Business, the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Kimberley Academy and the Emeritus Board of the Point Foundation.  She and her wife, Victoria, have three children and reside in Montclair, New Jersey.



Los Angeles, California

Calen D.B. Ouellette currently serves as a Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of External Relations at the Univeristy of Southern California in Los Angeles. In his capacity, he directs all advancement, communication and marketing efforts targeting the Ostrow School of Dentistry including the USC Divisions of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy.

Ouellette is a nationally recognized advancement and public relations leader with expertise in higher education, health care and consumer marketing. His previous experience encompasses the award-winning design and execution of public relation campaigns for Porter Novelli — who’s clients included Oral-B, Gillette, McDonalds, READ California and the X-Prize Foundation among others — and NBC Studios in New York City.

Ouellette is originally from Montana and holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. He is the chair of the Development Committee at Point.


Washington, D.C.

Glen H. Ackerman is the managing member of Ackerman Legal PLLC, a six member general practice law firm committed to working towards the fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The firm, located in the District of Columbia, serves the Washington metropolitan area including, Maryland and Virginia. Ackerman Legal encourages clients to “LIVE WHO YOU ARE”.

In addition to serving on Point Foundation’s National Board of Regents, Glen is the President of GAYLAW, an affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association, and on the Board of Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, which works towards improving the health of women who partner with women including, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Glen is the benefactor of the Ackerman-Gemette Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to law students interested in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans.

Glen earned his Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in governmental affairs from Capital University Law School. While at Capital, Glen was instrumental in forming BiGLAW, a student organization for LGBT students and their allies. Glen earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in history from Loyola University New Orleans.


Los Angeles, California

Chris-Baker1Chris Baker is Director of Information Technology Business Consulting with Alvarez & Marsal and has held senior technology executive roles at NBCUniversal, Comcast, General Electric, M&M Mars and Nestle USA, specializing in the implementation of enterprise-wide corporate systems and the governance, planning, and delivery of $100M+ technology development and operations portfolios.

Mr. Baker, who is the chair of Point’s Technology Committee, graduated from the University of Southern California and is an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He has also served on the Trevor Project Board of Directors as Technology Chair since its origin, and has successfully completed 6 California AIDS Rides, the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride and the Canada AIDS Vaccine Ride, riding thousands of miles across North America on a bicycle and personally raising over $50,000 for vital services and programs benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Vaccine research.

A 4th generation Los Angeles native and legally married in California since 2008, Mr. Baker and his husband, Tim Smith, reside in Valley Village, California.


Chicago, Illinois

Chris Boyle is the Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean of the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. Previously, Chris worked for a dozen years in the world of undergraduate college admission and for six years as the Co-Director of College Counseling at North Shore Country Day. During these years, he also served in a number of roles with related professional organizations including serving as a member of the Illinois Association for College Counseling’s Executive Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s National Assembly.

In his current role, Chris works with the School’s faculty to further enrich the academic curriculum and programming. As well, he is charged with moving forward a number of the School’s strategic initiatives. His B.A. is from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Chris grew up surrounded by homophobia but was born into a family that has embraced him openly since he came out. Now a very happy Chicagoan, Chris works to support the efforts of a number of local organizations related to education, the arts, and equal rights for all.

Chris initially became a part of the Point Foundation community in 2005 through former Point Board Member Ronna Stamm. After a number of years working with the Scholar Selection Committee, Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2008 and the Board of Regents in 2011. He now chairs the Scholar Selection Committee

In Memoriam

Washington, D.C.

Sharon Brackett was a serial entrepreneur who is presently the President/CEO of Tiresias Technologies, a new startup company. In 2010 she was selected by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as one of Washington’s Smart100 CEOs for 2010 and then again, after transition, in 2011.

She has been a volunteer co-moderator of the Gender Identity support group of the GLCCB in Baltimore. She served as a co-chair for the NGLTF Creating Change conference in Baltimore for 2012. She wrote a regular column for Baltimore OUTloud, Rational T-hought, focusing on Trans rights and issues. Sharon was a founder of Gender Rights Maryland, a trans civil rights organization, and served as Board Chair.

She also was a founder of TransParent Day, and a board member of, a charity that is building an education program in Ghana, Africa. She was a former board member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Central Maryland in Baltimore (GLCCB). In her spare time she worked with youth groups with technical interests such as rocketry and robotics.


Los Angeles, California

Kevin-ChaseKevin Chase is currently a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of Diversified Search, a national retained executive search firm, where he is a member the firm’s Not-for Profit & Higher Education search practice. Immediately prior to Diversified, Kevin was a Partner at McCormack & Associates, the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ-owned executive search practice and a national leader in Diversity & Inclusion recruiting at the executive and Board level. His search experience also includes dozens of Senior Executive and Board searches for organizations in the LGBTQ advocacy movement as well as HIV/AIDS service providers.

In his 20+ years in executive search business Kevin has been a Partner Los Angeles offices of Battalia Winston International and A.T. Kearney Executive Search, and before that in the New York office of Paul Ray Berndtson for many years before relocating to California. Kevin spent much of his early career in Tokyo, initially in the international public relations office of NEC Corporation and later with Haas International, Inc., a New York and Tokyo-based executive search boutique. He began his career in public relations at Hill & Knowlton in 1989.

Kevin grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and received a B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University, where he minored in Japanese and also studied Spanish. He currently resides in the Faircrest Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He and his partner Paulo Murillo are the proud parents of Yuki, the world’s most adorable Maltese/bichon mix.


Chair Emeritus – New York, New York

Claudia Caine is the recently retired President and Chief Operating Officer of NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. NYU Lutheran is a 450-bed hospital – one of New York State’s largest Level 1 Trauma Centers, a designated stroke center and one of the state’s preeminent safety-net hospitals serving the culturally diverse and indigent patients of Brooklyn.

Ms. Caine has a stellar reputation for leadership expertise, inspiring and motivating staff and has been instrumental in redefining what a community hospital is in the 21st century by bringing some of New York’s best physicians and specialty services to NYU Lutheran Medical Center.

She spent most of her early career, 16 years, at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where she held positions of increasing responsibility from department administrator to the assistant dean of academic affiliations for Mount Sinai’s School of Medicine.

Ms. Caine received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.

In her spare time, she is a student mentor for NYU’s Wagner health policy and management program and has been a Point mentor. In 2008, the Nursing Department at NYU Lutheran Medical Center honored Ms. Caine with The Friend of Nursing Award for her dedication and ongoing commitment to quality patient care and nurse development. She was presented the Through the Glass Ceiling Award by Women in Health Management for outstanding achievement as a leader and role model as well as 2015 Top Women in Brooklyn Business award.


Chicago, Illinois

Jason Decker is the director of internal audit for Exelon Corporation in Decker-Jason1-224x300Chicago, Illinois. As the nation’s largest competitive energy provider, Exelon works in every stage of the energy business: power generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and delivery. In his role, Jason provides informed, robust, efficient, and innovative internal controls assurance and stewardship across the Exelon family of companies to enable the Exelon Audit Committee and Management to meet their governance and fiduciary responsibilities.

Since joining Exelon in 2008, Jason has held several roles of increasing responsibility within Information Technology and Finance, including leading several transformation and continuous improvement programs. Jason is a certified Project management Professional (PMP) and holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an MBA from Purdue University. Jason is on the leadership committee of Exelon’s LGBT employee resource group and supports internal diversity education and programming. Outside of Exelon, Jason serves on the National Board of Directors for Point Foundation, is a member of the Corporate Arts Council for Steppenwolf Theater and is a Posse Foundation scholar coach. He lives in Chicago with his partner Andrew and is an avid traveler.

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Co-Vice Chair & Treasurer – Los Angeles, CA

Brian Dent is the Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Beverly Hills, CA. He has been working in the area of financial planning and wealth management since 1997 and enjoys educating his clients in these areas. Prior to investment management, Brian’s experience is in corporate finance and audit.

Brian has been involved with Point Foundation for over a decade, as a volunteer, Trustee, Director and Treasurer. He is passionate about education and believes it is vitally important to provide scholarships, mentoring, networking and guidance to LGBTQ individuals.

A native of Philadelphia, Brian moved to Los Angeles in 1994 He has an M.B.A. in finance from Widener University in Philadelphia, and a B.A. in business economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


New York, New York

Mitchell Draizin was drawn to Point Foundation by reading about its Mentor Program. Since that time Mitchell has been a Mentor to one of the New York City based scholars. Mitchell and his partner, Philippe Brugère-Trélat, have also been active as contributors and promoters of the New York City Point Fund Raising Dinners.

Mitchell is the principal of Longview Capital Advisors, Inc. which serves middle market New York City real estate developers as a financial advisor as well as mortgage and investment banker.

Mitchell serves as a Trustee at Truman National Security Project/CNP, Advisory Board, Truman National Security Project/CNP, Advisory Board for The New Leaders Council (NLC), NY/NJ Board of Directors for Playworks and Board of Directors for The Congressional Award. In addition to mentoring young people who are entering the real estate and finance professions, he also volunteer teaches a high school course in economics and entrepreneurism in two New York City schools.

As a result of his work with young people and very positive experiences with Point, Mitchell has recently decided to increase his involvement to Point with the goal of helping the Foundation in its mission and to expand the number of scholars.


Pittstown, New Jersey

Dr. Ronald Falcon, M.D., is an expert in gay men’s health and HIV treatment strategies. He has a broad range of clinical and pharmaceutical experience, and currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Tibotec Therapeutics, a Johnson & Johnson Company that develops medications for HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Ron serves as national co-chair of the GLBT Affinity Group known as GLOBAL (the Gay & Lesbian Organization for Business And Leadership) at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he brings GLBT topics to the forefront, championing a number of initiatives aligned to the businesses and the Johnson & Johnson Credo.

A board-certified Family Physician and an accomplished speaker and educator, he received his M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed a residency and an HIV preceptorship at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. From September 2001 to May 2002, Dr. Falcon was a Policy Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He has served on the board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and founded the not for profit Rainbow Health Initiative which seeks to improve the health of GLBT people in Minnesota.

Previously, as a provider of primary and HIV care, Dr. Falcon served as Director of Primary Care at Regions Hospital HIV Clinic and Director of the HIV Treatment and Research Center at the Minnesota Comprehensive Care Center, where he collaborated on the preclinical development of antiretroviral therapy. Ron has lead several clinical trials in HIV, published numerous abstracts and articles and has presented CME lectures and conferences on GLBT health and the clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS and HIV therapy.

Ron and his partner Chad celebrated their 10 year anniversary by having a civil union ceremony in New Jersey with family, friends and co-workers. They are the proud parents of twin boys and two Portuguese Water Dogs.


Scarsdale, New York

Shelley Fischel retired as executive vice president, human resources and administration, for Home Box Office. In her role, she was responsible for overseeing the development, management and administration of human resources programs and policies affecting HBO employees. These included such functions as employment, employee relations, affirmative action, compensation and benefits, training, and internal communications. She was also HBO’s labor counsel.

She was also responsible for the management and administration of HBO’s nationwide facilities, which includes overseeing the company’s purchasing, distribution, food services, maintenance, real estate leases, facility design and construction, travel, medical, fitness, office services and security areas.

Fischel joined HBO in December 1979 as labor counsel. She was promoted to chief counsel, labor and special litigation in June 1982 and was named vice president and chief counsel, labor and litigation, in October 1983. She became vice president, human resources in August 1984 and was promoted to senior vice president, human resources in November 1986. She was named senior vice president, human resources and administration in August 1990.

Before joining HBO, Fischel worked for two years as an associate in litigation for the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.
Fischel is currently an adjunct at New York University College of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Advisory Council of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. She has a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Fischel and her husband Robert live in Westchester, New York. They have two children.


Atlanta, Georgia

Louis A. Gary is an Independent Financial Advisor through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC. Obtaining his B.B.A. in business management and accounting from Mississippi State University in 1982, the same year met his life partner of now 35+ year. Together they relocated to Atlanta to seek greater acceptance and opportunity in 1990.

With a career initially founded in property & casualty accounting operations, Louis has worked for Allstate and Safeco Insurance Companies. In 1996, he and a group of entrepreneurial investors and business developers created one of the first financial services internet portals, bringing discounted auto/home insurance and other voluntary benefits to employees of large corporations; where most first had access to internet technology at their work.

Louis was recognized by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as member of the year for his support in coordinating and hosting a network of LGBTQ Business Builder Luncheons around the Atlanta Metro. He has served on the founding board of the Out & Equal Atlanta affiliate, a workplace advocacy organization, the board of the Atlanta Prime Timers, an elder gay men’s social group, and is an advocate and volunteer for Atlanta’s Lost & Found Youth program for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Louis has always dreamed of funding an LGBTQ scholarship program at his alma mater. Having discovered Point Foundation, his mission is to increase Cornerstone memberships and Point Scholars from the Southeast.


Chair Emeritus – Los Angeles, California

Originally from Michigan, Alan is an entertainment-industry Finance professional in Los Angeles.  Currently, he is a member of the TV Group Finance team at Warner Bros.  As Executive Director of Finance, he has finance roles for television production and the Theatre Ventures group.  Previously, he spent 20 years with the Walt Disney Company – working in Finance and Accounting positions at Buena Vista International Television, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Additionally, Alan independently heads NAPA FunLand Productions, managing all aspects of music production, marketing, and distribution.  And as a singer and songwriter, Alan has been creatively advocating the issues and perspectives of the LGBTQ community.

Alan also has served on the Boards of Directors for the UCLA Anderson School’s Gay and Lesbian Business Alumni association (Vice President of Finance), the Options for Life Foundation (Treasurer), and Trans United with Family and Friends.  He is also proud to have been associated with Angels of Change at Children’s Hospital LA (transgender support services) as well as of Philadelphia, for which he was a contributing writer.

Alan attended the University of Michigan (receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree) and the Anderson School at UCLA (MBA).  He is very proud to have been introduced to Point Foundation through its mentor program, in which he was the mentor for Point Scholar Jake Rostovsky.


Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Kim Hackford-Peer joined the Gender Studies Program at the University of Utah as the Associate Director/Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in June 2011. In this capacity she works with her colleagues to manage the interdisciplinary program, advise students, and teach. She is a co-founder of Go YoU, a pathway program collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center, the Gender Studies Program, and Bryant Middle School’s Afterschool Program. She is involved in multiple educational and political action efforts in the state of Utah including work to reform current adoption legislation. Kim also partners with the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah to develop and deliver “Safe at Schools” trainings for educators. She volunteers at her children’s elementary school, is an avid supporter of the University of Utah Youth Theatre Program, and is on the Board of Directors for Bad Dog Arts.

Kim became “Dr. Mamma Kim” in 2010 when she graduated from the University of Utah with a PhD in education, culture, & society. Her dissertation “Mentoring the Imagination: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth Engaging and Expanding Mentoring in Utah” considers the multiple ways that LGBTQ youth experience mentoring. She follows the participants’ lead to call for, and present, possibilities for mentoring that include interactions and moments in time that expand our ability to (re)imagine – in order to (re)create – ourselves outside of our current contexts. As a graduate student, Kim was a TA for the Education, Culture, & Society Departments as well as a recipient of the University’s Steffenson Cannon Scholarship. Kim became a Point Scholar in 2007. As a Point Alum, she enjoys serving as a mentor to Cara Cerise, currently the only other Point Scholar to attend college in the state of Utah. Kim is also the chair of Point’s Alumni Committee.

Kim’s most treasured moments are spent with her family. Ruth, her partner, who attended Law School at the University of Utah. Together they have two children, Riley and Casey, who attend public school and keep their mammas more than busy! The family spends free time together in the garden, cooking, listening to music, playing board games, and going for nightly neighborhood walks and bike rides.


Washington, D.C.

An attorney, equity and inclusion strategist, and former Division I athlete, Ashland Johnson has over a decade of civil rights experience working with social justice communities, advising sports leaders, and serving in leadership roles in advocacy organizations.

Ashland recently served as the Director of Public Education & Research for the Human Rights Campaign, executing innovative, data-driven campaigns at the intersections of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, health care, sports, and faith. As a member of HRC’s senior leadership team, Ashland also helped establish and chair HRC’s Racial Equity & Inclusion table to further the organization’s commitment to and engagement with communities of color. Prior to HRC, Ashland served as Athlete Ally’s Policy Director, working with sports leaders to promote LGBTQ inclusion both on the field and under the law. She previously served as Policy Counsel for at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she helped develop the first national LGBTQ Sports Project. In 2016, Ashland was named as one of the 40 best LGBTQ lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Ashland has extensive experience working with major sports leagues and associations, including the NBA, NCAA, NFL, USOC, and various national governing bodies to strengthen their social responsibility programming, policies, and platforms at the intersection of inclusion, race, gender, and the law. She recently authored the groundbreaking report, Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports which provides critical insights and action steps for more inclusive sporting spaces.

Ashland is a graduate of Furman University, where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Basketball team. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a former National Board member of the American Constitution Society and currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Point Foundation.


Charlotte, North Carolina


Ryan A. Miller, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches courses in higher education and research methods. His research agenda focuses on student development and the conditions for creating inclusive campus cultures in higher education. His dissertation on the intersections of disability and LGBTQ identities received the 2016 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award from NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Ryan is an accomplished higher education scholar-practitioner, with professional experience at four universities spanning the areas of admissions, affirmative action/EEO, diversity affairs, federal TRiO programs, institutional research, intergroup dialogue, LGBTQ affairs, and student development. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin, with a doctoral portfolio in disability studies. Ryan received his master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from UT-Austin, earning both degrees as a Point Scholar.

Ryan serves on the board of directors for Point Foundation and editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and College Student Affairs Journal. He previously served as the founding co-chair of the LGBT Network of the Ex-Students’ Association of The University of Texas (Texas Exes), as a member of the Board of Trustees of Point Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Oasis, the GLBT Center of Northeast Florida.


Los Angeles, California

Jim is the CEO and President, Integrated Construction Associates – A seasoned developer and construction management consultant, James Patton brings more than 30 years of experience to his position as CEO and president of Integrated Construction Associates (ICA), an emerging leader in quality construction services for the City of Inglewood, California and the entire Southern California region.

ICA was formed by Patton and his associates in 2012 as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and is backed by a management team that has collectively completed more than $1 billion in successful construction projects throughout Southern California.

In partnering with clients, owners and design team members, Patton draws upon his expertise across all project phases – from initial vision through development, along with maintenance procedure training and post-occupancy reviews. He has developed and managed residential and commercial property portfolios on a national scale and has also served as an advisor for complex international projects. As a State of California licensed post construction contractor, Patton has established a strong reputation in the industry as a premiere service provider working to ensure exceptional results.

Beyond his work at ICA, Patton is an executive who believes in giving back. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2013 for Point Foundation, after having served on the Board of Trustees since January 2009.


San Francisco, California

Clay Petre is the VP of Strategy for Ross Stores. Previously, Clay was VP of Planning & Revenue Growth Management at Bacardi, USA. Before joining Bacardi, Clay has served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company where he led all GLBT recruiting activities and sat on the Leadership Group of McKinsey’s global GLBT organization. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs in Private Wealth Management. Clay holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Harvard College. Clay was raised in the mountains of Colorado, but now lives in both Miami and New York where he has been affiliated with the Point Foundation as a donor, a mentor, a strategy consultant, and now (very happily) a Director.


Washington, D.C.

As Vice President of Policy, Gautam Raghavan drives the Gill Foundation’s executive branch and agency efforts at both the federal and state level. He is responsible for crafting and monitoring new policy avenues to ensure a level playing field for all LGBT Americans.

From 2011 to 2014, Gautam served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBT community as well as the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. In this role, Gautam directed the White House’s outreach around major policy developments advancing LGBT equality, including President Obama’s support for marriage equality and the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor, the signing of an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers, the roll out and implementation of a Presidential Memorandum on international LGBT human rights, and administrative actions prohibiting LGBT discrimination in housing, health care, and other areas.

From 2009 to 2011, Raghavan served as Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and as Outreach Lead for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Working Group, where he directed all outreach and communications with key external stakeholders, including organizations advocating for and against repeal, scholars and research institutions with relevant expertise, and gay and lesbian military families and veterans.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Raghavan worked to strengthen the progressive movement and expand the Democratic Party as Director of the 2008 Obama Campaign’s Asian American Finance Committee, Midwest Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee under Chairman Howard Dean, and in other positions for the DNC and Progressive Majority.

A first-generation immigrant, Gautam was born in India and raised in the Seattle suburbs. He is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Andrew and beagle Penny.


Chicago, Illinois

Casey Ryan is an experienced foreign exchange risk manager, consulting with corporations in the US and abroad on currency risk identification, hedging solutions and financial reporting for currency derivatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate foreign exchange and business development, working for money-center banks and foreign exchange brokerage firms.

Casey is a graduate of Richmond – The American International University in London, England, where he studied international relations. In his spare time, Casey is an avid world traveler, enjoys reading, deep-sea fishing and has a strong commitment to volunteerism.


Boston, Massachusetts

Dan is Associate Director, Project Management Office (PMO) at Rightpoint Consulting | Boston, an independent digital experience agency driven by insight, design and technology to evolve the way their clients do business. For more than fifteen years Dan has provided targeted digital, mobile and technical solutions to many Fortune 500 companies including Ford, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Warner Music Group, Best Buy, Estee Lauder, Fidelity Investments and CVS Health.

Dan started his career at American Airlines and held positions in Revenue Management and Flight Service management before joining Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Razorfish, and ATG Oracle. He came to Rightpoint from Sapient, a global services company that provides business, marketing, and technology services to clients.

Dan earned a B.A. in communication from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Baylor University. When not traveling the world – he has visited all seven continents and all 50 states and territories – Dan is an avid runner, skier, scuba diver and Red Sox baseball fan. He and his husband, Ken Sullivan, live in Boston.


Atlanta, GA

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken Graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot.

While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence.

During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing.


Chair Emeritus – Los Angeles, CA

James Williams, retired General Manager of Edelman’s Los Angeles office, is the principal of a specialty Communications Marketing practice, James Williams Consulting. In the five years James ran Edelman Los Angeles, he oversaw the direction of the office that included 150 employees and practices in Digital, Entertainment and Technology; Consumer Marketing, Corporate, Healthcare and Digital. The diverse client base in Los Angeles included many best-in-class brands, including Activision, Microsoft, STARZ, Sunkist, Taco Bell, Petco, Edwards Life Sciences, Warner Bros, Disney, Mattel and many others. Edelman was named the #1 Public Relations office in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal for all five consecutive years under his leadership.

Prior to joining Edelman, James served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Planning at Ogilvy Public Relations in Los Angeles, as well as Managing Director. Previously, he also was named Global Account Director and Partner at Ketchum, working in Ketchum’s Atlanta, Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices.

His work has been recognized by the public relations industry, receiving two PRSA Silver Anvil awards, two PRSA Silver Anvil Awards of Excellence and many SABRE and CIPRA awards.

In addition to the Point Foundation, James is member of the Board of Directors for CoachArt, a California-based philanthropy that identifies coaches and mentors in the arts and athletics for children living with chronic illness. He is also a retired member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, James earned a B.A. in journalism. He also serves as a guest lecturer in communications and public relations at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

He and his husband, Marc Wenderoff were recently married after celebrating 33 years together.  They live in Southern California and spend time in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA.


Founding Director

San Francisco, California

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Educated in the public schools of Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana. A. B. in political science and economics from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1958. Commissioned Naval Officer (Ensign through Lieutenant commander) from 1958 – 1967. Various administrative assignments aboard ships, with Admiral’s staffs, and, from 1965 – 1967, served as a White House Social Aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, Washington, D.C. Taught at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD and earned a Masters Degree from American University in the field of Government.

From 1967 to 1974 served as an Economist and International Negotiator for Trans World Airlines in New York and the International Air Transport Association in Geneva, Switzerland. Named High commissioner for Commercial Coordination of IATA for an eighteen month stint living in Geneva.

In 1975, founded the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California. The gallery is one of the nation’s premier galleries for American Realism: past and present. The gallery represents important American realist painters and sculptors from across the country whose works are acquired by a cadre of high-end collectors internationally and from all fifty states. Served frequently on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and, from 1997 through 1999, served as its Board President.

John Pence and the John Pence Gallery have been active in San Francisco’s non-profit community as host for numerous fundraising events: including Project Open Hand, the AIDS Emergency Fund, Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco’s New Main Library, Project Read, San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus, GLSEN, and numerous others.


  • AB in political science and economics from Wabash College, 1958
  • MS government, American University

In his own words . . .

“As a member of the Board for The Point Foundation, I hope to contribute to providing college educations to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students who are deserving but are unable to attend college due to financial need or having been abandoned by their families. These scholarships will enable potential leaders to join the mainstream and serve as active spokespeople in their collegiate environments — openly out and proud to be gay and/or trans and willing to speak out in an eloquent manner about the contributions gay and trans men and women are making every day in every way.”


San Francisco, CA

Kyle serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Audit Executive for Leidos – a national security, health and engineering solutions company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company’s 19,000 employees support vital missions for the U.S. government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. In this role Kyle leads the internal audit function and is responsible for planning and executing financial and operational audits to evaluate the company’s internal controls, its adherence to company policies and procedures, and its compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Kyle also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Leidos LGBTQ employee resource group which was established in 2015.

Prior to joining Leidos, Kyle enjoyed a 26 year career with Motorola Inc., serving in various finance roles, including nine years of international assignments primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His final six years with the company he served in Corporate Finance roles, leading Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and then the Internal Audit function for Motorola Mobility, which was spun off in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2012. Kyle was the first “out” executive at Motorola and was the Executive Sponsor for the LGBTQ employee resource group for seven years.

In addition to Point Foundation, Kyle has also served on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates, a national non-profit organization which champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and Equality Illinois, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for LGBTQ people in Illinois.

Kyle lives in Washington, D.C. with his partner Eric Siemers.


Dallas, Texas

Shelley Freeman was executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo’s Consumer Credit Solutions, a group focused on providing consumers the financing they need to achieve their financial goals and dreams.

A longtime veteran of the financial services industry, Shelley has had a lifelong commitment to helping customers succeed financially and to building high-performing teams. Before taking the helm of Consumer Credit Solutions, Shelley served as the Community Bank’s Affluent Segment and Customer Experience Executive, overseeing all aspects of customer service in Wells Fargo’s banking stores and launching the company-wide effort to drive the partnership between the Community Bank and Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement.

Shelley, who started her career in the brokerage business and joined Wells Fargo in 1996, also has served as lead region president for Wells Fargo’s Florida Community Bank, regional president of Wells Fargo’s Los Angeles Metro Community Bank and head of Wells Fargo’s Investment Internet Services.

Shelley serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the Point Foundation. She is a past board member for a number of organizations, including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the Center Theatre Group, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She also served as a commissioner for the L.A. Police Commission, appointed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Shelley has been honored with the Point Passion Award (2011), the Jewish Vocational Service Leadership Award (2009), the L.A. Community Development Corporation Community Responsibility Award (2009) and the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League (2006). A graduate of Wilkes University, she holds Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.


Los Angeles, California

Andy Ortiz is senior vice president, Organization Effectiveness and chief people officer for Health Net, Inc. He is responsible for strategy, policy development and administration of all aspects of human resources, including compensation, benefits, performance evaluation and rewards, staffing, equal employment and diversity, leadership and talent development, organization effectiveness and change management. He also is a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Ortiz rejoined Health Net in June 2015, having previously worked for the company as vice president, Talent Management and Leadership Development from 2002 through 2008. Prior to rejoining Health Net, he served as chief human resources officer at Western Dental Services/Brident and senior vice president, Organization Effectiveness for Warner Bros. Entertainment Group. Mr. Ortiz has held numerous leadership roles in a variety of industries, including health and dental insurance, entertainment, financial services and automotive.

Mr. Ortiz earned a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Woodbury University and a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from California State University, Fullerton. He is a certified executive coach from the Hudson Institute of Coaching and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Mr. Ortiz serves on the board of directors of Point Foundation, and he also serves on the Southern California Advisory Board of The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. The company is currently ranked #216 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of corporations. Health Net’s mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company provides and administers health benefits to approximately 6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, dual eligible, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs, and managed health care products related to prescription drugs.


Chicago, Illinois

Alexia Ward currently manages the business tax functions of Avant, Inc. Prior to joining Avant, Alexia provided Business Tax Services in the Chicago Tax practice of Ernst & Young for 6 years. She was the co-Leader of EY’s LGBTA Professional Network, Unity. In this role Alexia promoted the firm’s diversity and inclusiveness policies through cultural and client events and community partnerships with LGBTQ youth and education programs.
Prior to her career as a Certified Public Accountant, Alexia spent a decade working in the social justice arena advocating for LBT women in the areas of healthcare access and criminal justice reform. As a Community Organizer for the Southern Center for Human Right’s Alabama programs, she steered the establishment of the Legislative Committee on Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System – a statewide task force of lawmakers and community leaders addressing the critical population of women in prison. Prior to that she raised funds through special events for the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago in order to promote more inclusive policies and procedures by healthcare professionals to better serve the medical needs of lesbian bisexual and trans* women.
Alexia earned a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia and a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Vassar College. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Point Foundation – a national scholarship and mentorship organization that empowers LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. She knows the lyrics to all the 80s hair band ballads and lite rock favorites.


Boston, Massachusetts

John currently serves as EVP/Group Creative Director at MullenLowe, an interdisciplinary marketing agency headquartered in Boston. In his role, John manages a team of writers, art directors, designers, and content specialists who produce work ranging from broadcast to web sites to social media campaigns.

Prior to Mullen, John was Regional Creative Director for Zentropy Partners (now McCann Relationship Marketing) and VP/Creative Director at Hill, Holliday. A copywriter by trade, John’s career has included award-winning work for clients such as British Airways, Coca- Cola, Adventures by Disney, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, General Motors, Google, MassMutual Financial, S.C. Johnson, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, John moved to Boston to pursue his M.A. in communication studies from Emerson College. He also holds a B.A. in journalism from Spring Hill College. In addition to Point Foundation, John currently serves on the Board of Directors of ArtsBoston and Fenway Health. He and his husband live in Boston’s South End.


Los Angeles, California

Jorge Valencia began his tenure as the Point Foundation’s Executive Director in January 2007. He brings to Point a wealth of experience in managing and growing nonprofit organizations, a proven ability to design and manage the infrastructure of expanding organizations and extensive experience with, and sensitivity to, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth issues.

Jorge served as President and Executive Director of The Trevor Project from 2001 — 2006. The Trevor Project is a nationwide non-profit organization established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning teenagers and to aid in suicide prevention by operating the nation’s first round-the-clock toll-free suicide prevention helpline aimed at LGBT youth. Under Jorge’s guidance, The Trevor Project increased its operational budget by 800% and its foundation-based grant funds by 900%. He created and managed its major donor program and expanded its volunteer pool to more than 500. Jorge’s leadership contributed to Trevor’s growth as a nationally recognized youth service organization, and he continues to serve on the Trevor Project’s Leadership Council.

Jorge gained his operational, administrative and management experience at a range of non-profit, corporate and governmental enterprises. Before working at The Trevor Project, Jorge directed the Corporate Communications division at Pueblo Corporation, a marketing firm located in Los Angeles. Some of his clients included Ford Motor Company, DirecTV, Food 4 Less and Sprint PCS. From 1996 – 1999, Jorge was Director of Communications at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), an organization that conducts leadership seminars for promising youth. At HOBY, Jorge directed all public relations activities, as well as the production and implementation of organizational public relations for the non-profit organization comprised of four regions, 5,000 volunteers and over 14,000 annual participants. From 1993–1996, Jorge served as the Director of External Affairs for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a political appointment in the Clinton Administration. While at the SBA, Jorge represented the Administration and SBA interests at numerous speaking engagements, conferences and media interviews conducted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He also worked in the Office of Public Liaison for the Presidential Inaugural Committee from 1992–1993 for the incoming Clinton Administration. Prior to that Jorge served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Power Productions International, where he was responsible for creating and negotiating contracts with LA Gear, Reebok International and City of Hope.

Jorge earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1989. As an openly gay man who grew up in a Mormon Latino family in Texas, Jorge brings with him a keen personal awareness of many of the issues of rejection and marginalization faced by many LGBT youth, including Point Scholars. As a past board member Affirmation, Jorge has helped other LGBTQ Mormons and their families live productive lives consistent with their faith and heritage. Jorge’s diversity of life experience includes extensive travel abroad and within the United States. Jorge is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is a talented and accomplished public speaker. He is a member of the Clear Channel Local Advisory Board, as well as The Palette Fund Advisory Board. Jorge has a passion for helping LGBT youth and an ability to communicate that interest and passion effectively to both the LGBT community and the general public.

Read a blog post by Jorge Valencia, “Building Self-Confidence in LGBTQ Youth to Disempower Hate.”


Gardnerville, Nevada

Nanci Glogauer has a broad and varied background in a number of areas. Her business career encompassed virtually all operational and administrative functions spanning more than 23 years of corporate experience and 18 years of non-profit experience.

In an executive position as GTE West’s (now Verizon) Area Manager of Business Sales and Sales Support, she directed the sales functions and special customer events for all GTE California business sales accounts. She directed a sales force and technical and administrative support organization of 400 employees located in California, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. She was also accountable for sales revenues in excess of $300 million annually. In other positions as Area Manager and General Manager, Nanci was responsible for company-wide service departments where she directed a technical work force in operations support of over one million customers. In 1991, Nanci received the GTE Winners Circle award for outstanding major customer service performance in the top 1% of all GTE sales and service organizations.

After 23 years in the corporate for-profit world, Nanci began consulting with for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as serving on a non-profit board. She accepted the position of Executive Director for Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation in January 2000 and provided oversight and management of the construction of the 33,000 square-foot community non-profit center with a construction grant of $6.6 million. Nanci led the foundation’s non-profit community collaboration efforts. Additionally, as Executive Director of the community center, Nanci served as the landlord for twelve resident non-profit agencies and over fifty community user agencies that utilized the center and worked directly with donors and community members. In this position Nanci managed an annual $3.1 million budget and worked with 12 resident and approximately 50 non-resident non-profit agencies to establish unique community foundation collaboration as well as managed the community foundation business. Nanci was also responsible for securing donors for operational expenses; donor advised funds and was the Co-Chair of the Parasol Celebrity Golf Event for five years with event proceeds netting an average of $700,000 to $1 million each year. In 2003, Nanci received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Chamber of Commerce. For her work in the community Nanci received the Chairman’s Award from the Parasol Foundation in 2004, and in 2006 the Visionary Award from the foundation and community.

Nanci retired from her position at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, but continued as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors until she accepted a full time position with Point Foundation. Nanci joined the Point Foundation, a national scholarship granting organization, in October 2004 as Administrative Director where she led the organization’s program functions, administration, policies and procedures, operational processes, programming and special fundraising events. In January 2007, Nanci accepted the position of Chief of Staff which she continues to hold; managing staff in New York and Los Angeles.

She currently serves as a Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Emeritus Board Member, Past Trustee of the Barton Community Hospital Foundation Board and most currently she was appointed by the Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to serve as one of 30 members statewide on the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.


New York, New York

Richard has just made the move to Credit Suisse Private Banking after 15 years at UBS. He is very excited to be with such a wonderful firm and looking forward to many happy years there. Before joining UBS in 1994, Richard was a Senior Vice President in charge of the southeastern region of Fidelity Brokerage Products group and previously a Vice President with Bankers Trust.

Richard is involved in many noted arts, cultural, charitable and environmental organizations around the world. He is on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies International, a charity founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. He is also actively engaged in the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Palm Beach Preservation and has strong ties to the U.S. professional tennis community. His cultural activities involve the Whitney, MOMA, Guggenheim and Metropolitan museums in New York, the American Friends of the Louvre, the Prince of Wales Trust, the Venetian heritage, the Versailles Foundation and Art Basel. At Point, he chairs the Board Governance Committee.

Richard earned his B.B.A. in business marketing from the University of Georgia, Athens and holds Series 7 and 66 licenses.


New York, NY

Dr. Salman Azhar is the Chairman of Neurology and Rehabilitation Services and Senior Vice President at Lutheran Medical Center (Brooklyn NY), one of the first institutions in New York City to receive Joint Commission and New York Department of Health designation as a Primary Stroke Center.

Dr. Azhar received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his residency in neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City), followed by a two-year fellowship at NIH focusing on stroke. Board-certified in neurology and vascular neurology he serves as an investigator in multiple clinical trials in acute stroke and stroke recovery. He is also a member of the New York Department of Health Stroke Advisory Group and the New York American Heart Association Stroke Task Force.

He leads the Physician development committee that is responsible for increasing physician gift giving as well as enhancing the alumni network for the residency programs at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Azhar sits as an ad-hoc member on the Lutheran Healthcare Board of trustees Development committee.


Washington, D.C.

Mario Acosta-Velez is Director of State Government Affairs for Verizon East Region. He manages relations with customers, employees, government, community partners, business organizations, and stakeholders with a focus on building alliances to promote public policies that are consistent with Verizon’s goals and objectives. In this capacity, Mario is responsible for Verizon’s foundation regional giving, corporate social responsibility, community engagement, and government affairs initiatives in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and has implemented several Verizon’s strategic community outreach programs in diverse communities including high-visibility STEM education partnerships and consumer technology education initiatives that increased the company visibility as a good corporate citizen and technology leader in the region.

Mario served as the National President of GLOBE of Verizon (currently Prism of Verizon), a company-wide LGBT employee resource group, and works closely with the company to advance LGBT diversity and inclusion, build strategic community partnerships, and increase employee engagement.

Mario served in a mayoral appointment to the District of Columbia Mayor’s Age-Friendly DC Task Force, in which he led an initiative to promote age-friendly businesses. He served as Chairman of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of Leadership Greater Washington, and currently serves on the GALA Hispanic Theater board of directors.

In 2019, Mario received the Business of Pride Award from the Washington Business Journal.  In 2014, Mario received the Washington Business Journal Minority Business Award and was featured as a Hispanic executive and leader in the national Hispanic Executive Magazine. He is also recipient of the 2009 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers award by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility.

Mario previously served as Human Rights Commissioner with the District of Columbia’s Commission of Human Rights from 2002-2008 and on the Mayor’s Workforce Investment Council from 2000-2008. In 2008, the Council of the District of Columbia honored Mario with a ceremonial resolution in recognition of his contributions in public service and leadership.

He is a graduate of the Harvard University’s 2005 Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, and holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MPA and a BA in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico.


Co-Chair – St. Louis, MO

Jen Wohlner heads a team of technical program managers in the engineering department at Datadog, a SaaS cloud monitoring and DevOps company.

Jen previously led product management at Livepeer, a decentralized video transcoding and live-streaming platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Before Livepeer, Jen co-founded Lex (formerly @_personals_), a lo-fi, text-based social app for the queer community. Jen was the product manager for platform engineering at Fastly, an edge cloud platform. Previously, Jen worked as a senior technical program manager for site reliability engineering at LinkedIn and at BuzzFeed where she led the software infrastructure and tools infrastructure groups and launched BuzzFeed’s early video products.

From 2006 to 2010, Jen attended the University of Southern California as a Point scholar where she earned a BFA in fine arts with emphases in sculpture, video and interactivity. She also received USC’s trustee scholarship, a full academic scholarship. After graduating, Jen served on the Point Foundation Los Angeles Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2015.

Jen Wohlner currently resides in St. Louis. In her spare time, she runs marathons, rides her bicycle very long distances, makes drawings and ceramic sculptures, cooks feasts for her wife Jill, and goes on walks with her three dogs, Pikachu, Mrs. Peanut Butter and Bean.


Pete Subkoviak is the Health Care Innovations Consultant at Alight Solutions in Chicago, Illinois, where he oversees a Fortune 500 company’s pioneering insurance program for transgender health services. Prior to this Pete worked for SEIU 775 in Seattle, where he directed a campaign to create a new public insurance system for Washington state’s 4.5 million worker and retiree populations. In his spare time he is actively engaged with local organizations working on 21st century economic and workforce issues, income inequality, and campaign finance reform.

Pete was a 2012 Point Foundation scholar, earning his master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before working for President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council. Prior to becoming a scholar he worked for HIV and LGBT organizations in Chicago and was instrumental in creating the TransLife Center, a pioneering social service program for transgender individuals.


Ted Farley joined the Point Foundation with over a TedFarley-new-biodecade of experience working for the LGBTQ community and struggling youth. He most recently served as the Executive Director of the It Gets Better Project, an international non-profit organization working to provide support and access to resources for LGBTQ young people.

Ted began his career as an attorney with the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where he established free legal clinics for LGBTQ people and survivors of domestic violence. In 2011, he received the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project in recognition of his outstanding service to the community; he was selected as a member of the Arcus Foundation’s inaugural class of leadership fellows in 2014.

Ted has a Bachelor’s from George Washington University and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.


Krystal is an Advisor at Goldman Sachs and a CFA charterholder. As an Advisor in the Investment Management Division, Krystal develops and manages multi-asset class portfolios for individuals, families and nonprofit organizations. Prior to assuming her current role, Krystal was a business development strategist for the head of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management focused on accessing growth and cost saving opportunities for the Division. Before her role at Deutsche Bank, Krystal was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers/Barclays, executing capital markets transactions for the Firm’s most strategic clients. Krystal earned her MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and her A.B Cum Laude in Mathematics & Economics from Bowdoin College.


New York, NY – Co-Chair

Peter Lichtenthal is Global Brand President, Bobbi Brown and Bumble and bumble at The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). In this role, he heads global business operations for two of the company’s most innovative color and hair care brands. He has spent more than 30 years working in the beauty business, 27 of them at ELC, in various senior roles throughout the corporation. With his vast experience in marketing and general management, both in North America and International, Mr. Lichtenthal brings his broad and uniquely well-rounded perspective and leadership skills to Bobbi Brown and Bumble and bumble.

Since joining Bumble and bumble in April 2007, Mr. Lichtenthal directed the launch and incredible growth of Bumble and bumble within Sephora, while maintaining creative and sales momentum within the professional salon channel. Bumble and bumble is Sephora’s number one hair care brand and continues to outpace competitors. By appointing an influential Global Artistic Director with deep knowledge of the brand’s heritage, Peter reinvigorated the Bumble and bumble Salon Network and reignited the Network’s engagement with the brand.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Lichtenthal also oversaw Smashbox Cosmetics, where he worked with the California team to help solidify the brand’s growth momentum. Earlier in his tenure at ELC, as Global General Manager of M·A·C Cosmetics, Mr. Lichtenthal used his broad array of skills and insightful management style to help strengthen M·A·C’s global leadership position. As Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Estée Lauder, he was responsibility for driving the Fragrance, Makeup, Skincare, Promotions, Special Events and Online departments. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager of Estée Lauder International, after having spent over 10 years in marketing working on notable launches such as Advanced Night Repair, Fruition, pleasures, Pure Color makeup and Resilience Lift. Mr. Lichtenthal began his career in Advertising at Young and Rubicam, and Marketing at Avon Products.

Mr. Lichtenthal has a BA in English from Brandeis University and a Masters in Marketing from Northwestern University. He also studied in Paris at the Institute of European Studies and speaks fluent French.


Mike Cipresso is a business development executive at Google focused on scaling mobile payments across the globe.  Mike manages a team to engage with merchants and point-of-sale vendors to integrate Google’s technology into their business operations.  Mike joined Google almost 8 years ago and has held a variety of positions, including leading a team of business development professionals to launch and scale Google’s same day delivery project, Google Shopping Express.  Prior to Google, Mike was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers for 8 years where he covered the technology and financial sectors.  Mike holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and an MBA from UC Berkeley.  Mike lives in San Francisco with his French Bulldog Wilma and his fiancé Kalman.  Mike is a total travel nut (visited over 60 countries) and loves extreme sports (marathons, 500+ mile bike rides, etc).


Terry Longmore is a Senior Systems Analyst with Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida and works mostly with business intelligence and decision support systems.

Terry’s father was an officer in the U.S. Army and Terry grew up living overseas and across the country. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Management Information Systems and Accounting, passed the CPA and CISA exams, and completed graduate studies at UCLA. After decades of programming and managing some of the largest computer systems in the world, Terry still feels more like an undergraduate freshman than a seasoned technology guru.

South Florida is the perfect place for Terry to pursue his other passion: scuba diving amongst the amazing coral reefs and sea life in the open ocean and the Florida Keys. Terry helped introduce Point Foundation to the South Florida LGBTQ community as a host of Point’s first Cornerstone event in Miami. He continues working hard to make sure educating our LGBTQ youth is a priority in this Southern state.




San Francisco, California

Aaron P. Leifer is Associate Director of the Proposal Center at AT&T Business. Certified in both knowledge management and Knowledge-Centered Service (KCS) practices, he leads a team that designs, builds, and uses tools to author, capture, and standardize business process and reusable proposal content. He’s also worked in roles supporting proposal management, executive communications, and human resources staffing and recruitment.

Aaron grew up in Fresno, California, and attended the University of California, Irvine, graduating cum laude with a degree in psychology. While in college, he was very active in student media and government, as well as campus LGBTQ and cultural organizations. These experiences sparked an interest in giving back that continues to this day through Aaron’s support for Point Foundation and other charities. He also volunteers as a councilmember on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), an advisory body to the SFMTA board of directors. He also chairs the CAC Administration, Operations, and Customer Service Committee. 

A resident of San Francisco for more than 20 years, Aaron enjoys exploring the local restaurant scene, attending films and live cultural events, and traveling near and far to visit friends and family.


Washington, D.C.

James is a Partner in PwC’s Forensics Practice and an internationally recognized Forensic Accounting Investigator. James’ professional experience includes leading complex corruption, financial statement and asset misappropriation investigations across more than 60 countries and on six continents.

James has been a leader in PwC’s GLBT+ diversity efforts for 15 years. He currently serves as the Partner Champion for PwC Shine (GLBT+ Employee Resource Group) and previously served as the chief liaison to PwC’s GLBT+ Partner Advisory Board for continuing to promote full equalization of all benefits for GLBT+ employees.

James is a CPA (licensed in Ohio and the District of Columbia), a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  James previously served on the Board of Calvary Women’s Services and on the Finance Committee of Whitman-Walker Clinic, both in Washington, DC.

James was raised in Ohio and currently resides in Maryland with his Partner, Fabrice Simeon and their adorable dog-ter, Juliana.


Boston, MA

Sarah is a marketing professional and digital expert with over a decade of agency and client side experience. Sarah currently serves as the Director, Global Franchise Strategy and Management for the Nerf brand at Hasbro, Inc. In this role, Sarah develops and executes global brand marketing strategies, campaigns, and talent and brand partnerships across the Nerf portfolio, including Nerf blasters, Super Soakers, Nerf Sports and Nerf DTC.

Prior to Hasbro, Sarah spent many years marketing at companies such as Digitas – a top global digital agency, Altisource – an innovative mortgage and real estate service provider, and Maguire Associates – a higher education consulting firm. Her career has been defined by a relentless desire to shake things up and push the bounds of what’s possible across industries. Whether creating a fun content series with the world’s biggest athletes and celebrities to show that you’re really never too old to have fun with Nerf, or revolutionizing the way consumers can buy and sell homes from the comfort of their couch with the launch of an innovative real estate company, or partnering with top brands like Nike, (RED), and the NFL to create unique brand experiences that no one else can offer – her work is all about pairing forward-thinking technologies and platforms with trending consumer behaviors to drive engagement and build brand love.

Sarah received her MBA from Babson College and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont, where she was captain of the Division 1 Women’s Basketball team, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Women and Gender Studies.

During her spare time Sarah enjoys being outdoors and being active, food culture, traveling, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering with a number of organizations.

Nathan Friedman

New York, NY

Nathan leads the multifaceted brand, marketing, communications, and production functions for Understood. He brings more than 20 years of experience building iconic brands, crafting engaging campaigns, and leading teams through complex operational challenges to his role as Chief Marketing Officer.

Previous roles include General Manager of a mid-sized agency and President of a consultancy focused on branding and marketing strategy for startups in the impact space. He is also an advisor with The Collaborative Fund and serves on the board of directors of the Point Foundation – the largest LGBTQ+ scholarship fund.

Nathan began his career at Ogilvy, where he drove strategic marketing and communications efforts, eventually leading its West Coast operation as Regional Managing Director. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a B.A. in Political Science.


Secretary – Washington, D.C.

Celina Gerbic is the Development Director at School for Friends, a Quaker preschool devoted to diversity in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. She has been involved in building and collaborating on community outreach, fundraising and event planning in the DC community.  She serves on the DC Public Schools LGBTQ Steering Committee and helped found the GSA “Leading With Pride” Conference held annually in DC.  She has served on the DC Citywide Bullying Prevention Task Force, and helped plan “It Takes A District:  Tools & Tips to Prevent Bullying”.  She served on the Panel Planning Committee with Ford’s Theater Lincoln Legacy Project, assembling a panel “To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace:  Envisioning a World Beyond Hate” in 2013.  Celina formerly served as a member of the DC Concerned Providers Coalition and received their Excellence Award for Leadership & Commitment to LGBT Youth in 2013.  She is a founding member of the 17th Street Festival, and has previously served as Arts & Entertainment chair for the festival.  She received the Youth Advocate of the Year Award from the DC Center in 2017.  She previously served as Co-Chair of the Trevor Project’s DC Ambassadors Committee and served as Chair of their Education and Community Outreach Committee.  Most recently, Celina founded IllumiNATION DC, an Inauguration 2021 event to bring light and hope to the nation’s capital.

Celina has served on Point Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2018, and previously served as a Washington, DC Trustee from June 2012 to January 2018, and led straight ally outreach in 2011 and corporate sponsorships in 2010 through the DC Host Committee.  She has co-chaired DC’s annual “Taste of Point” event since 2013.

Celina was formerly a trial attorney focusing on employment discrimination law, and was a partner in a Boston firm, Thornton & Naumes. She was Co-Counsel on Ortiz del Valle v. National Basketball Association, a sex discrimination case, resulting in a trial verdict of $7.85 million. Celina graduated cum laude from Boston University and Boston University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and D.C. Celina was recognized with Boston University’s Young Lawyer Chair Award in 2000 and was named one of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 1998. She previously served on Boston University School of Law’s Executive Board and co-chaired the Young Alumni Committee.


New York, NY

Eddie Santos transitions directly to the Board of Directors from the Los Angeles Board of Trustees after having served two terms since January 2014. Eddie is freelance television writer and producer in Los Angeles.  He helped launch “Dr. Phil.” He’s been a Supervising Producer for “Dr. Phil” and “Tyra Banks” and a Co-Executive Producer for TD JAKES.  He’s recently wrapped a project for NETFLIX called “A Little Help with Carol Burnett.”  Eddie received his B.A. in Communications and English from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ. One of his first jobs in TV was the “Phil Donahue” show, hosted by pioneering talk-show host Phil Donahue, which taped at 30 Rock in New York City. After nearly a decade in TV producing in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to launch the “Dr. Phil” show, which is now in its 16th season.

He served on the Board of LifeWorks for two years and chaired silent auctions for LifeWorks events for three years. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and in his free time can be found in a creative writing class, spinning, hiking, doing Pilates, yoga, in search of the perfect martini or traveling around the world.


Boston, MA

Ben is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Owl Labs where he leads strategy and business operations, manages cross-functional initiatives driving organizational efficiency, and develops company culture and leadership communications. He works alongside the executive team to make sure the trains run on time and good ideas become well-executed deliverables.

Over the past 15 years at technology companies of various shapes and sizes, Ben has amassed deep expertise in digital media and advertising technology, sales operations and customer success, and product development. But he is most proud of the incredible teams he has built and developed along the way.

Ben attended Boston University College of Fine Arts where he studied opera, and he remains a dedicated supporter of the arts community in New England. He is a proud member of the board of directors of Point Foundation where he serves as chair of the finance & technology committee.


New York, NY

Matt Barbey is the Executive Vice President of Barbey Capital Management which oversees private investments throughout the United States concentrating on commercial real estate and media publications. He also serves as the Director of Strategy for the Village Voice newspaper in New York City. Along with his parents, Pam and Peter Barbey, he is the advisor to their family foundation, the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, which has a named scholarship with Point Foundation. In addition to the Point scholarship, they work to fund charitable causes and organizations focusing on helping at-risk youth, the enrichment of the theatre and arts community, investigative journalism, and several other national and local non-profit campaigns. He lives in Greenwich Village, New York City with his wife, Oksana Barbey and their cat, Busya.



Jim Holmes represents major media and entertainment entities, as well as their insurers for Clyde & Co. He defends clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and copyright infringement, misrepresentation of likeness, unfair competition and breach of contract actions. He works with clients on the defense of claims brought against their marketing practices, including advertising (broadcast and print media), and internet marketing (websites and social media). He also advises clients on cyber liability issues, including the implications and coverage for data and privacy breaches.

He is a long-time and fearless advocate for diversity and LGBT rights and has served in numerous prominent bar and civic leadership roles. In June of 2019, Chambers USA, which ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the world, awarded Jim the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for LGBT+ Equality.

In August 2019, Jim became a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors – the first to be seated as an “at large” diversity member on behalf of the LGBT community.  He advocated for the creation of the LGBT seat to the House of Delegates, to ensure equality is always addressed with foremost concern.


Chicago, IL

Kelly Horton is a nationally recognized food systems and environmental nutrition policy expert. A high performing executive level public affairs leader, Kelly has served in leadership roles in private and publicly held for-profit companies, non-profit management, within the Obama Administration, and as a senior advisor to several members Congress. As a change agent, Kelly is relied on as a strategic advisor, influencer, advocate, and stakeholder relations builder. Her passion and commitment to serving as a catalyst to create dynamic business decisions informed by solid science has helped move the needle on transparency and build trust in the food system.As Senior Vice President, Food Advisory & Corporate Reputation within Edelman’s Food & Beverage COE, Kelly D. Horton, MS, RDN advises clients and lead projects related to corporate reputation, public affairs, and issues management including food and nutrition policy, sustainability, food safety, animal health, agriculture, evolving farming and production practices, and industry communications. Prior to working at Edelman, Kelly was North America Policy Director for Mars, Incorporated. Kelly earned her Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.


Atlanta, GA

Seth Persily currently serves as Principal and CEO of Conglomerit. An attorney and serial entrepreneur, Mr. Persily has operated at the intersection of law and technology for over two decades, having founded and sold 4 separate ventures.

Mr. Persily believes strongly in the importance of giving back to his community, and has served on the National Board of Directors for GLAAD, the Atlanta Board of Directors for YouthPride and Georgia Equality, and as a Judicial Officer for the City of Atlanta’s Civil Service Commission appointed by Mayor Shirley Franklin. Mr. Persily authored the book Arguing Equality, an advocacy guide for same-sex marriage. He obtained his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University in 1996, and his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1999. A New York native, Seth relocated to Atlanta in 1999, where he lives with his partner and twin daughters.


San Francisco, CA

Over the past 20 years, Ben Kozub has worked in the pharmaceutical/biotech marketing across global and US marketing and sales leadership positions in HIV, HIV PrEP and HBV, HCV and other liver diseases.  During this time, he has combined his passion for advocacy and pharmaceutical drug development to help champion change and innovation across viral diseases both globally and in the US.

Among Ben’s professional goals include moving HIV from a life-saving disease to a chronic condition and expanding PrEP as an essential tool to end the global HIV epidemic.  At Gilead Sciences, Ben was responsible for the build out of the US HIV Prevention business unit, leading to broad PrEP expansion among the healthcare providers and consumers and resulting in over 250,000 active PrEP users by the end of 2019.  Before that, he led multiple global product launches for HIV treatment as the global marketing lead, obsoleting a multi-billion-dollar product portfolio with a new portfolio of medications with long- term safety benefits.

After a brief stint at Biomarin Pharmaceuticals in 2020 as head of marketing for a novel gene therapy for hemotherapy, Ben recently joined CymaBay Therapeutics as VP of Marketing, a company specializing in liver diseases with high unmet medical needs.

Ben received his undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Maryland and JD from Chicago- Kent College of Law.  He currently lives in Ross with his husband Scott and their dog Parker.  Ben enjoys participating in the many outdoor activities that Marin has to offer (running, biking, hiking and tennis), while also maintaining his indoor activities rooting for all of the Philadelphia professional sports teams.

Megan Hastings is a Senior Director at the Massachusetts General Hospital – Physicians Organization where she is responsible for the Business Transformation, Physician Analytics and Business Intelligence departments. Her teams support programs and digital health technology related to the revenue cycle, reduction in physician administrative burden, performance management, and contracting and modeling for physician payer contracts.
Megan joined MGH in 2010 as the Program Director for Compass, a multi-year program aimed at the replacement of patient administrative systems with a single platform across Mass General Brigham. Prior to joining MGH, Megan was a Vice President at Health Directions, LLC where she oversaw and directed revenue cycle process improvement initiatives for Health Systems, Physician Groups and Academic Medical Centers. Megan holds a BA in Economics and Government from Hamilton College. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, cooking and spending as much time as possible in her happy place, Vermont. She lives in Boston with her husband and two children.