STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Board of Directors

Read our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan here.

The Board of Directors are the ultimate organizational and fiduciary body governing the affairs of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.  Their responsibilities include making all major policy decisions, setting the strategic direction for the organization and approving an annual budget. 

The Directors delegate the day-to-day operations of the organization and execution of its programs to an Executive Director, who serves as the organization’s chief executive officer.

The Board meets every other month and achieves their goals through a number of committees (i.e., finance, executive, audit, collections, governance, development, etc.)

Members of the Board of Directors

Ronald Herron

Chair

Dr. Ronald D. Herron, Ed.D. is retired Vice President Emeritus of Southern Connecticut State University where he previously was the VP for Student and University Affairs. Ron has held previous positions with SUNY Purchase, Columbia College, Keene State College and Temple University.

Ron has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Ron is a Past President of the Chief Student Affairs Offices Association and is a founding member of the Connecticut Post Secondary Education Committee for Foster Youth and is Co-Author and was Project Director for Connecticut Campus Coalition to End Violence Against Women. Ron makes his home in Fort Lauderdale.

Jackie Bennett

Vice Chair

Jacquelyn “Jacki” Bennett currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.As CAO, she manages the organization’s operational aspects including finance, human resources, payroll and benefit administration, IT and facility needs.She oversees the annual budget process, financial strategy and analysis, as well as grant compliance, monitoring and evaluation procedures. Bennett serves as a thought partner to the senior team on the organization’s strategy and Board engagement; and works closely with the President and executive team to develop a robust operational and financial plan that drives decision-making around SoFIA’s short- and long-term objectives, fundraising strategies, and cost management protocols. 

Before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Bennett served as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Wyss Foundation, located in Washington DC, where she was responsible for providing the vision, strategy and operational direction to the finance, information technology, human resources, grantmaking, facilities, and planning and evaluation activities of the Foundation.

Previously, Bennett served as the Chief Operating Officer for Freedom House, an international NGO, dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. Jacki has served in senior staff positions at the National Council of State Housing Agencies, the Human Rights Campaign, and as Operations Director of the Gore 2000 presidential campaign. Jacki served in the Clinton Administration as the Finance Manager for the White House Office, and on the staff of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).

A native of Iowa, Jacki is a graduate of Iowa State University. She and her wife, Liz, currently live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with their vizsla, Bettie.

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Alan Beck

Treasurer

Alan H. Beck joined MMP in 2015. He brings 25 years experience as a publisher and marketing professional. He has worked closely with Chambers of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureaus to create products to promote their jurisdictions. With respect to the Internet, Alan has been an early innovator and adapter to social media.

He sits on the Board of Directors of Travel Gay Canada and is a member of IGLTA, NGLCC, NGLCCNY, GSBA, GGBA, MDGLCC, Toronto Tourism, Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Travel, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Provincetown Business Guild.

Joseph Wert

Secretary

Joseph Wert is a semi-retired Management and HR Consultant who worked for several large professional services firms in Boston, San Francisco, and New York City before relocating to Fort Lauderdale. Joe has also been a senior executive in the mental health field, including the CEO of a large residential facility and the Head of Human Resources for Reuters America and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

He completed his B.A. at DePauw University, his M.Ed. at Northeastern University, and his Ph.D. studies at Boston College. He continues his consulting work as an executive coach and HR thought leader and serves as an advisor to several nonprofit Boards. Joe and his husband Michael are also active with the Master Chorale of South Florida.

Maria Lescano

Executive Committee

Maria has had her own law practice in Fort Lauderdale Florida for over 20 years where she specializes in family law and immigration law. Maria has served the Broward County community by her past appointments to the Broward County commission on the status of women, and the Broward County school board diversity committee.

Currently Maria is Mayor Jack Seiler’s appointment as the the co-chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale charter review board. Maria’s past volunteer board experience includes six years that she served on the national board of GLAAD. Maria is a first generation Cuban-American, native Floridian, who lives in Fort Lauderdale with her partner, Jean.

Idan Doerfler-Eckstein

Board Member

Idan earned his degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Director of IT Training at the University of Miami.

A resident of Fort Lauderdale since 2011, Idan serves on the Parks, Recreation, and Beaches Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, and is an active supporter of Slow Burn Theatre. He has been a volunteer at Stonewall and a supporter of various SNMA activities.

Damian Pardo

Board Member
Damian Pardo is a Financial Advisor at the Pardo Group at Morgan Stanley in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.  He attended Georgetown University and the University of Miami from where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration. He has been in financial services for 25 years, working with individuals and families on a very private and personal level.    A native of Coral Gables and Key Biscayne Florida, he holds the following professional designations: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ CFP® (Florida State University); Certified Investment Management Analyst ™ CIMA® (University of California-Haas School of Business), CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR ™ CRPC® (College of Financial Planning). 

 

Damian’s work in service organizations came as a natural extension of his work in wealth management at a local financial firm (Southeast Bank, N.A.), where there was an implicit commitment to service as a way of reinvesting in community.  He was President of the Board of Directors and served two terms as President for the region’s largest AIDS Service Organization, Health Crisis Network.  He remained on that Board through its merger to become Care Resource and remains a committed volunteer and supporter.  Damian served as the President of NETWORK, which was the first gay business networking organization in 1991 and which eventually became, through several iterations, the Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  In 1993, Damian founded SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), South Florida’s largest  advocacy and political organization, and served as the organization’s Co-Chair from 1993-1998.  He served on the Board of the Miami Foundation (formerly the Dade Community Foundation) for a full term from 2005-2011, and for 6 years sat on the LGBTQ Community Projects fund, which distributes funds to local LGBTQ organizations.  Damian was appointed to and served on the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board from 1995-2008. In 2015 he co-founded 4Ward Miami, Inc. which produces the Gay8 Festival and 4Ward Americas (an LGBTQI international human rights and business symposium). He also currently serves on the Board of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Damian has also served on the Board of Hands on Miami (Volunteer organization), GENESIS FUND (philanthropic fund), Sister Emmanuel Hospital (Non-Profit Hospital), and the Celia Cruz Foundation (Philanthropic Fund).

 

In 1997, Damian received national recognition as the recipient of the National Stonewall Community Foundation Award.

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Diana K. Bruce

Board Member

Diana K. Bruce (she/her/hers), Principal at Collaborate with Diana Bruce, provides strategic planning and capacity building to schools and organizations taking steps to be more inclusive of their diverse constituents. Throughout her 25+ year career, Diana has advanced access and equity through child and adolescent health, reproductive health, HIV/STI prevention, sexuality education and LGBTQ advocacy.

Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Diana served as Director of Health and Wellness for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for a decade, where she expanded supports for expectant and parenting students, launched DCPS’ initiatives to create school climates welcoming of their LGBTQ students and developed DCPS’ nationally recognized Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance. Diana also led AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families’ Policy and Government Affairs department, serving temporarily as Interim Co-Executive Director.

Diana holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Art from the University of Texas at El Paso. When not working, Diana parents her two amazing teens, teaches yoga and mentors young women new in their careers on the Women’s Information Network Advisory Council in Washington, DC.

Yvonne Rohrbacher

Board Member

Yvonne Rohrbacher currently serves as a learning and organizational Training Manager for a national chain of medical centers.

Yvonne Rohrbacher has been an integral part of the fabric of LGBTQ community in South Florida since she moved here from the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1988 and became immediately immersed in the work of Women in Network. She has been instrumental in shaping communication and marketing outlets for the LGBTQ community, having ,among other activities, served as Founder/Owner and Publisher of OUT Pages (the “yellow pages” of South Florida, 1992-1998), Founding Vice President of The Pride Center, Sponsor of first fundraiser for Equality Florida, and Board member and newsletter editor for Women in Network.

In all she has done, she has demonstrated her acumen as a community activist, her passion for grass roots engagement within the LGBTQ+ community and her commitment to LBTQ+ equality initiatives throughout the state of Florida — from Tampa to Key West.

Yvonne currently makes her home in Fort Lauderdale.

Diego Sanchez

Board Member

Director of Policy for PFLAG National – PFLAG National is the nation’s largest organization uniting families and allies in support of their LGBTQ loved ones, and “envisions a world where dignity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”

Prior to joining PFLAG’s senior staff, Mr. Sanchez was Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank, making history as the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staff member of Capitol Hill. Mr. Sanchez also has served on the DNC Platform Committee, the first openly transgender person ever to be appointed to that committee.

He also has served as Director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and AIDS Action Council in DC.

John Tanzella

Board Member

John Tanzella is the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the leading member-based global organization dedicated to expand LGBTQ tourism for the benefit of travelers and members. Prior to joining IGLTA, Tanzella served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Washington, D.C. Other experience includes corporate and LGBTQ sales manager at the Washington, D.C. Tourism Bureau, as well as 15 years with Delta Air Lines in various capacities including global business development and marketing.

Under his leadership, IGLTA took a giant stride forward and established the IGLTA Foundation as a means to both give back and raise the profile of the LGBTQ tourism community worldwide. The Foundation specifically focuses on research, education and leadership. In 2012, IGLTA was accepted into the United Nations World Tourism Organization, as its first and only LGBTQ affiliate member.

Alan Uphold

Board Member

Communication consultant and public speaking coach/trainer, serving executives from NBC/Universal, Viacom, Warner Brothers, Frito-Lay, Cunard/Princess Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank, and many other notable corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Uphold is currently a college professor of public speaking and communication at Los Angeles Community College and was formerly the Development Director-West of the Point Foundation – the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization focused on empowering, underwriting, and mentoring LGBT youth.

Uphold is a former member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality California, and former Chair of Directors of Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Anthony Varona

Board Member

Tony teaches law and is the associate dean for faculty at American University in Washington, DC. Before that, he served as general counsel and legal director for HRC, where he built HRC’s legal department. He serves on the board of GLAAD, and is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers and the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington.

He has served on the boards of the Human Rights Campaign and the Alliance for Justice, was on the New York Advisory Board for the American Constitution Society and was founding chairperson of the AIDS Action Council’s Legal Advisory Board. He has lectured widely and has appeared as a legal commentator on CNN, Fox News Network, Court TV, MSNBC, and in a variety of major daily newspapers and legal periodicals.

He was honored with the 2009 Hugh A. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Award by the Washington Hispanic Bar Association, was named the 2007-08 Washington College of Law Professor of the Year, and was profiled by the National Law Journal in May 2000.

Chuck Wolfe

Board Member

With a career that has taken him from the Florida governor’s office, to the Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and to being COO of the American Legacy Foundation, Chuck served for 12 years as President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and CEO of the Leadership Institute.

He has helped numerous LBGT political candidates win elections nationwide, and nurtured the skills of those who aspire to be in office. He led the President Appointments Project, which has helped more than 300 LGBT people land appointments within the Obama Administration.

Today, he is co-founder of Wolfe/Kinkennon, a strategy/planning/communication firm.

Gary E. Bitner

Emeritus

Gary Bitner heads one of Florida’s leading public relations firms, The Bitner Group, with national and international clients in the gaming, retail, tourism, transportation, education and other sectors.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and a former staff writer at the Fort Lauderdale News (Sun-Sentinel). He also worked in the public relations department at Marriott Corporation in Washington, D.C., and is a founding partner of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independent public relations firms.

He lives in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Fred Brugal

Emeritus

Born in Puerto Rico and trained as a Nuclear Physician at Cornell, Dr Fred Brugal is a Board Member at SNMA following a career in Medicine and Health Care Management. Moving into leadership positions at Merck & Co., he then became President of Pharmacy Managment at United Health Care Corp. and later moved to Glaxo SmithKline in London, launching a Global Health Care Management Division.

Fred is married to his Cuban partner of twelve years, William Breto and they share residences in New York City and Hollywood with their mini dachshunds, Samba & Rumba.

Klayton Fennell

Emeritus

Klayton Fennell is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast providing government affairs support and guidance to Comcast’s market-based government affairs teams, and to the Headquarter based business and operations teams.

In his role, Fennell develops, coordinates, and executes Comcast’s local political and regulatory strategy in over 6,400 communities in 40 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to his Government Affairs duties, Fennell serves as Comcast’s key contact with LGBT advocacy organizations, serves on Comcast’s Internal Diversity Council and is an Executive Champion to Comcast’s LGBT employee resource group, OUT.

A Florida native, Fennell earned his B.A. in Political Science from Jacksonville University and a doctor of laws from The Florida State University College of Law. Fennell and his husband, Valentine Vigil-Fennell, split their time between the Philadelphia area and South Florida.

Kenneth Tewel

Honorary

Former Deputy Executive Director, High School Division, New York City Public Schools; former principal Stuyvesant High School, Franklin K. Lane High School and Westinghouse High School in New York City.

Associate Professor, Programs in Supervision and Administration, City University of New York. National consultant to philanthropic organizations working on school and system level reform. Former Program Professor in Leadership and School Reform, Doctoral Program in Child and Youth Studies, Nova Southeastern University.

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