January 8, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Center announces new board
David Mariner, Michael Sessa, D.C. Center, LGBT, gay, bisexual, transgender, lesbian, gay news, Washington Blade

We are thrilled to welcome such distinguished members of D.C.’s LGBT community to the Board of Directors,’ said outgoing Center Board President Michael Sessa (on left) and Center Executive Director David Mariner. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A civil rights attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, an assistant professor of women’s studies at the University of Maryland, and an official at the international human rights organization Freedom House were recently elected to serve on the board of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community.

The three new members are joining 13 existing board members and several new officers who were elected or re-elected at the Center’s annual meeting on Dec. 16, according to Matthew Corso, a board member who serves as the Center’s chief communications officer.

“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,” said outgoing Board President Michael Sessa and Center Executive Director David Mariner in a statement.

The new board members are Louis Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Employment Litigation Section at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Julie Enszer, a Ph.D. candidate and visiting assistant professor at the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland; and Mindy Michels, Program Director for the Dignity for All: LGBT Assistance Program at Freedom House.

The existing members returning to the Center board are: Corso, Eddy Ameen, John Crow, Martin Espinoza, Michael Fowler, Holly Goldmann, Dr. Patricia Hawkins, Jason Laney, Michelle Ross, Michael Sessa, Ashley Smith, Kelly Zimmerman, and Patrick Zornow.

The board officers for 2014 elected at the annual meeting are Fowler, chair (new); Hawkins, vice-chair (new); Crow, treasurer (returning); Ameen, secretary (new); and Corso, chief communications officer (new).

The new and returning board members and officers assume their positions less than two months after the Center moved into its new and larger home at the city’s Reeves Center municipal building at 14th and U St., N.W.

More information about the board members and the Center’s programs and upcoming events can be found at thedccenter.org.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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