December 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Barbara Kinney, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at 

Adam Ouanes, gay news, Washington Blade

Adam Ouanes

Congratulations to Adam Ouanes on his position as a Transplant Social Work Intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ouanes said, “As part of the Kidney Transplant’s multidisciplinary team, I conduct psychosocial assessments for potential patients and living donors and participate in the decision making process regarding patient candidacy for transplant or donation.”

Previously, he worked as a hospice volunteer with the Visiting Nurse Association of Philadelphia, and is still working as a peer counselor with the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia. Before deciding to go back to school and embark on his current career, Ouanes worked in retail for Bloomingdale’s, and as supervisor at Diesel in Washington, D.C.

He has his BFA in acting from the Ira Blind School of Theater Arts, University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and expects his master’s in social service in May of 2020 from Bryn Mawr College.

Congratulations also to Bo Billups who has joined TTR Sotheby’s International Realty Downtown D.C. brokerage. Billups is a veteran Realtor and long-time resident of Washington, D.C.  He was named to Washingtonian Magazine’s 2017 list of the 100 Best Real Estate Agents and has experience as a residential loan officer and real estate investor. His insights into residential real estate have been the subject of appearances on HGTV and News Channel 8. As an advocate for stronger communities, Billups worked hand-in-hand with members of D.C.’s local government to help establish a free ID program for homeless residents.

He said, “I’m thrilled to have joined TTR Sotheby’s International Realty for this next chapter in my real estate career. The company’s sincere commitment to community service reflects my own passion for volunteerism and community building.” He remains an active volunteer with Toastmasters International and has served as its club president. He is also a member of the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Artistic Circle.

Previously, Billups worked with Coldwell Banker and APEX home loans. He has his bachelor’s in government and international relations from the University of Virginia.

Bo Billups

Congratulations also to Lloyd E. Shipley on his new position as a resident manager with EJF Real Estate Services. “I am pleased to be continuing my career in this way and looking forward to managing multiple buildings for such a great company,” Shipley said.

Over the years, he has been active in real estate and worked for a number of companies including Tilton Bernstein Walsh Real Estate. His experience there included everything from coordinating property closings to assisting clients with staging their homes for sale. He also worked for them as a property manager. Shipley attended the University of Maryland University College studying business management and paralegal studies.

Lloyd E. Shipley

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