Exciting PFLAG National Leadership Change

On January 17, PFLAG National’s board of directors named a new Executive Director of PFLAG National, Brian Bond. PFLAG National’s Board President Kathy Godwin said, “I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the helm of PFLAG National. He has a proven record of success unifying people across communities, building strong alliances and partnerships, and working in challenging environments and moments to effect change. His personal story—as a young gay man raised in rural America—will resonate with so many people, including our supporters and members. I know Brian is the leader PFLAG needs to continue our work, and greatly expand our reach.”

During the Obama Administration, Bond served as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and primary liaison for the LGBTQ community. Prior to his political service, Bond was the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and is credited with expanding the success of the organization and support for LGBTQ candidates during his six-year tenure.

Mr. Bond’s reputation, background and resume are impressive. LGBTQ leaders and supporters are applauding his appointment. To learn more read PFLAG National’s press release:

In Omaha, we have a committed leadership team. Our chapter has a volunteer board of eight members. Each board member agrees to serve a two-year term with a maximum of eight years. I serve as PFLAG Omaha’s president and have the privilege of serving with the following board members: Suzanne Doupnik, Vice President; Maria Bateman, Treasurer; Kelly Coleman, Secretary and members at large Michele Fisher, Patrick Heese, Luke Pella and Mariano Uberti. The board meets monthly to discuss and manage our chapter’s business. It’s an important responsibility and everyone on the board is a valued and much appreciated member.

I encourage you to visit our chapter support meetings and get to know your board of directors and the many other PFLAGers and guests who join us monthly. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. On the second Thursday we meet at Countryside Community Church and on the fourth Thursday we have a Spanish & English bilingual meeting at OneWorld Community Health Centers. Meeting information, including what to expect at a meeting can be found at:
http://pflag-omaha.org/ More information about our bilingual meeting can be found at http://pflag-omaha.org/latino/

Carrie Spencer