Brad O’Conner, President

Brad currently works as a local political consultant with the firm Checkmate Strategies, LLC. Brad has managed the successful campaigns of Ann Arbor Mayor Chistopher Taylor,BradO State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) and first openly out LGBT Circuit Judge Carol Kuhnke (Washtenaw County). Brad also served as field organizer for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, field organizer for Congressman Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) and recently as field director for the campaign of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor).

Brad also serves on the boards of the Washtenaw Democratic Party and the Ann Arbor Democratic Party. He graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and History from the University of Houston. Originally from Houston, Texas, Brad currently resides in Pittsfield Township with his husband Nathan Furey.

Kerene Moore, Vice President

Kerene Moore is currently a practicing attorney for Legal Services of S. Central Michigan (LSSCM) where she has represented underserved Michigan residents in civil legal matters for the past 7 years. Kerene is a graduate of The University of Michigan where she earnedkerenemoore a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Juris Doctor degree. She has a strong commitment to public service, including performing voting rights work prior to joining LSSCM. Kerene values providing a voice to marginalized community members, and regularly advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community, survivors of domestic violence, undocumented immigrants, disabled persons, and other underrepresented populations. She currently resides in Ypsilanti with her partner and two sons.

Logan Casey, Secretary

Logan is a graduate student at the University of Michigan, working on a PhD in political science. His research focuses on LGBT politics in America, particularly the influence of emotions on prejudice and public opinion. He is also studying the experiences and impactrsz_loganc of transgender politicians worldwide.

Since 2013, Logan has also served as a member of the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission. There, he worked to overhaul and update the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which was successfully passed in October 2014.

Logan identifies as queer and transgender. In 2009 and 2010, he was a member of the local drag troupe Drag King Rebellion. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and has called Michigan home since 2008.

Roberta Allen, Treasurer

Amy McLoughlin, At Large

Amy McLoughlin currently works as school counselor at Ann Arbor’s AmySkyline High School. She has her Master’s of Education degree from Bowling Green State University and was voted class clown in high school. In the last 20 years, Amy has worked with the Boy’s and Girls’s Clubs of Toledo and has designed Education programs for both COSI Toledo and Ford Motor Company.

Amy moved to Ann Arbor 6 years ago after she was asked to DJ Neutral Zone’s Queerprom and met her partner Callie. They have a dog named Jojo and a Muppet named Waffles.

Jason Morgan, At Large

Jason Morgan is currently working as the Director of Government and Media Relations for Washtenaw Community College in Ann Jason Morgan cropArbor, Michigan. His professional experience includes: serving as a district representative for Congressman John Dingell, congressional campaign staff for Congressman Bart Stupak’s campaign, as a legislative aide to State Senate Minority Leader Mike Prusi, and Assistant and Scheduler to Congressman Bart Stupak in Washington, DC. Jason also served as an intern for Senator Hillary Clinton and was elected as an alternate delegate supporting Mrs. Clinton to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is also a mentor for the youth leadership and fellowship program, Young People for the American Way.

Travis Gonyou, At Large

Travis is a political strategist working in local, state, and federal politics. Most recently, he was the campaign manager for Congresswoman Debbie Dingell’s first congressional campaign, and before that he served as the Director of Special Projects and Senior Field Representative for Congressman John Dingell.

Through his work with campaigns and legislative offices, Travis has experience in TravisGcommunications, public relations, outreach, fundraising, and crafting field strategy. Travis currently is the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Youth Caucus and is a vice-chair of both the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Democratic Parties. He has also served on a variety of community organizations such as Eastern Leaders Group.

Travis graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies. He has lived in Ann Arbor since 2009 and is originally from Livonia, Michigan

Charlotte Myers, At Large

Travis Radina,  At Large

Ernest Kalina, Services & Program Director

The sense of belonging to a community and supporting that community is a vital part of Ernie’s life.  He has a special affinity for the GLBTQ community. Upon completing a long career in public education, Ernie went back to school to get his second graduate degree, attaining a MSW from the School of Social at the University of Michigan. ErnieK

Ernie’s passions are in helping to strengthen the GLBTQ community through both his role as a community activist and also as a clinical social work.  He has two young adult daughters, Elizabeth an architect who lives in Brooklyn, NY and Katherine who attends Grand Valley College. Ernie resides in Ann Arbor with his life partner Jim, and their “baby”, Lucy, a very well behaved black cocker spaniel.  Ernie is excited to be apart of the team at the JTCC.

Jim Toy,    

The name “Jim Toy” is synonymous with the queer movement in the state of ToyMichigan. The first publicly “out” man in Michigan (1970), Jim  establishedimgres the first campus center in history devoted to the support of sexual minority group members. His status as a TBLG icon is based on over 40 years of tireless effort to create safety and equality for people of all sexual and gender preferences through his speaking, teaching, writing, administrating, organizing and protesting. The Jim Toy Community Center is honored to be associated with his name and to dedicate its work to his causes.


Past Presidents

  • Sandi Smith—2013,2014
  • Terence J. McGinn—2012
  • Linda Lombardini—2011
  • Barry MacDougall—2008, 2009, 2010
  • Michael G. McGuire—2007
  • Jeremy Merklinger—2004, 2005, 2006
  • Meredith Hochman—2003
  • Audrey Wojtkowiak—2002
  • Jarrod Van Kirk—2001
  • Linda Lombardini—1999, 2000
  • Mark Leonard—1997, 1998
  • Kathy Liddle—1995, 1996, 1997

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