Steven Llanusa is a gay parenting rights advocate, educator and community activist. Currently, Mr. Llanusa is a teacher at Smith Elementary School and board member of the Claremont Unified School District. He is also a father of three adopted sons and a husband to Glenn Miya. Steven is working with the Human Rights Campaign on Welcoming Schools and is developing a workshop that could reduce bullying of LGBT students.
Jodi Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit work, and an ardent commitment to social justice. During Ms. Schwartz’s tenure as Executive Director at LYRIC, she has developed San Francisco’s first LGBTQQ youth-specific case management program, and facilitated the formation of the Community Partnership for LGBTQQ Youth – an eight-agency continuum of services for LGBTQQ youth.
For 17 years, Tom Nolan was the executive director of Project Open Hand, an organization that provides meals to San Francisco individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS. Under Mr. Nolan, it expanded its mission to include those in Alameda County suffering from serious illnesses and seniors. His activism in LGBT issues started early: In 1987 he became the first openly gay person to serve as president for a board of supervisors in California’s 58 counties, and he co-created the county’s first response to the AIDS crisis.
Tom Carpenter’s fight for equal treatment of the LGBT community in the military was a personal mission. He served from 1970 to 1976 in the U.S. Marine Corps, piloted the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, and protected the nation as a respected Captain, More than two decades after his resignation from the Marines, Mr. Carpenter paved the way for the equal treatment of LGBT service members through his dedication to the repeal of the controversial policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
Stu Smith was a CEO in Silicon Valley in the 1960s and was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the late 1980s. As a way to help himself and others he began volunteering at Shanti Project. Smith now serves as Chairman Emeritus on the Shanti board and has learned the challenges nonprofits face in communicating their missions and needs. To that end, he got involved with other organizations and established relationships that allowed him to create his own non-profit, Tin Pan Alley Productions.