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Glen Ackerman

Washington, DC

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...

Chris Baker

Los Angeles, California

Chris Baker is Vice President of Information Technology for NBC Universal, where he is responsible for the successful governance, planning, and delivery of a $100M annual portfolio...

Jennifer Barbetta, Treasurer

New York, New York

Jennifer is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Portfolio Management which includes the Fixed Income, Equity, Quantitative Strategies and various Alternative Investment businesses within the Investment Management Division (IMD). 

Chris Boyle

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...

Sharon Brackett

Washington, DC

Sharon Brackett is 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.


Brian Branton

Washington, DC

Brian currently works as a director of government affairs for Novo Nordisk, where he lobbies on healthcare policy and prevention issues.

Mark Braun

Chicago, Illinous

Mark Braun, Vice President, is the National Practice Liaison for the LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice. He joined Northern Trust in 1983 in their management training program...

Kevin Chase, Co-Chair

Los Angeles, California

Since 2007, Kevin Chase has been a Partner at McCormack & Associates, the country’s oldest and largest LGBT-owned executive search practice and a national leader in Diversity & Inclusion recruiting at the executive and Board level.  Immediately prior to McCormack & Associates, Kevin was the Managing Director of Mahler Private staffing, a provider of specialized recruiting services for the family offices and private estates of ultra high net worth individuals and families.

James Cummings, Vice Chair

New York, New York

Jim Cummings recently joined Time Warner Inc. in July 2010 as Senior Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits. Jim works closely with Time Warner’s Compensation &...

Mitchell Draizin

New York, New York

Mitchell Draizin was drawn to the Point by reading about its Mentor Program about five years ago.  Since that time Mitchell has been a Mentor to one of the NYC based scholars...

Ronald W. Falcon, M.D.

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...

Shelley Fischel, Esq.

New York, New York

Shelley Fischel recently 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.

Shelley Freeman, Member at Large

Beverly Hills, California

Shelley Freeman is executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo’s Consumer Credit Solutions. The group comprises Wells Fargo’s non real estate consumer credit businesses...

Louis A. Gary

Atlanta, Georgia

Louis A. Gary, is a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial.  With a career initially founded in property & casualty accounting operations, Louis has worked for Allstate and Safeco Insurance Companies.

Nanci M. Glogauer, Non-voting Member

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.

Alan Guno

Los Angeles, California

Originally from Michigan, Alan is an entertainment-industry Finance professional in Los Angeles.  Most recently, he spent 18 years with the Walt Disney Company - working in Finance and Accounting positions at Buena Vista International Television and Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (stage musicals).

Kim Hackford-Peer

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...

Ashland Johnson

Washington, DC

Ashland serves as Policy Counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (D.C. Office). As Policy Counsel, Ashland helps advance NCLR’s federal policy and legislative priorities. Ashland’s work includes advocacy in many areas including federal legislation and regulations on housing, family law, health, and employment...

Ryan A. Miller

Austin, Texas

Ryan A. Miller, Ed.M., serves as Associate Director for Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin. In his role, he works with constituencies across campus on strategic planning, diversity education initiatives, campus climate incident response, and creating UT-Austin’s first institutional diversity plan. 

Andy Ortiz, Member at Large

Orange, California

Mr. Ortiz, an inspiring and innovative Human Resources (HR) professional with over 20 years of experience, joined Western Dental July 2014 as the Chief Human Resources Officer. 

Calen D.B. Ouellette, Secretary

Los Angeles, California

Calen D.B. Ouellette currently serves as a Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

James Patton, III, Board of Trustees Co-President - West

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.

John G. Pence, 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.

Clay Petre

San Francisco, California

Clay Petre is the VP of Strategy for Ross Stores.

Gautam Raghavan

Washington, DC

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.

Ron Rudolph

New York, New York

Ron Rudolph was drawn to Point nearly eight years ago after reading a small article on Point in the Advocate. Shortly thereafter he contacted Point to see how he and his...

Casey Ryan, Co-Chair

Chicago, Illinois

Casey Ryan is a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo’s corporate foreign exchange group. Casey consults with middle market and large corporations on currency risk identification, hedging solutions and financial reporting for currency derivatives. 

Kelli Smith-Bailey

Seattle, Washington

As a career educator, Kelli knows firsthand the importance of education and mentorship. Kelli has served students both in the classroom and as an administrator over her 20 year career both in California and in New York. Kelli was the Director for Admissions for Mt Sinai Medical School in New York City where she managed a staff that was responsible for the restructuring of the medical admissions process and review of over 6,000 applications annually

Kyle Spainhour, Chair Emeritus

Washington, DC

Kyle is the Senior Vice President of Internal Audit at Leidos - a national security, health and engineering solutions company.

Dan Stiffler

Boston, Massachusetts

Dan is a Senior Manager, Interactive Program Management with Sapient, a global services company headquartered in Boston, MA that provides business, marketing, and technology services to clients.


Ken Thaxton

Atlanta, Georgia

Ken is a licensed to practice law and 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.

Jonah Trout

Washington, D.C.

Jonah is currently an MBA candidate at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Prior to his studies, he served an almost six-year tenure with the Federal Reserve.  

Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & CEO

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.

James Williams

Los Angeles, California

James Williams serves as General Manager of Edelman’s Los Angeles office. In this role James oversees the direction of the office that includes practices in Digital, Entertainment and Technology; Consumer Marketing; Corporate; Healthcare and Digital. 

John Wolfarth, Member at Large

Boston, Massachusetts

John currently serves as EVP, Director of Digital Operations at Mullen, an interdisciplinary marketing agency based in Boston, where he manages a team of creative and technology...

Richard Ziegelasch, Co-Chair

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...

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