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DC Center Elects Officers

LGBT community center begins the new year with both veteran leadership and newcomers

The board of directors for The DC Center, the District’s LGBT community center, on Jan. 3 announced the center’s new board members and officers for 2014, naming three new board members and four new officers taking on leadership roles.

New board members are elected by a vote of the existing board members and serve three-year terms. The three newest members are: Julie Enszer, a visiting professor and Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland’s Department of Women’s Studies and a former employee the Gill Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute; Louis Lopez, the deputy chief in the employment litigation section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and a former counsel to the chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity commission; and Mindy Michels, the program director of Dignity for All: LGBT Assistance Program at Freedom House, who worked to implement pro-LGBT legislation in Albania, and a former director of American University’s GLBTA Resource Center.

Returning to the board of directors are: Eddy Ameen, Matthew Corso, John Crow, Martin Espinoza, Michael Fowler, Holly Goldmann, Patricia Hawkins, Jason Laney, Michelle Ross, Michael Sessa, Ashley Smith, Kelly Zimmerman and Patrick Zorrow.

Sessa, who has been serving as the board’s president, is stepping down and will be replaced by Fowler, who becomes board chair. Hawkins will replace Ross as vice chair, Ameen will become the new secretary, and Corso will become the new chief communications officer, a newly created position. Crow will return as the board’s treasurer.

In a statement, Sessa and DC Center Executive Director David Mariner praised the newly elected board members and officers, saying: ”We are thrilled to welcome such distinguished members of D.C.’s LGBT community to the Board of Directors and are excited to see a new leadership team take the helm in 2014. The breadth and depth of experience on the board comes at an opportune time as the DC Center continues to grow and serve the diverse interests of the local LGBT community.”

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