John D’Emilio is President. He is a professor emeritus of history and of women’s and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He continues to research and write about the U.S. since World War II, social movements, and the history of sexuality. A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, he is the author or editor of more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: the Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, with Estelle Freedman and Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.
Hal Shipman is the Treasurer. He is an IT Manger for Rotary International in Evanston, directing software development and automation. Hal was first exposed to the high quality of Gerber/Hart’s collection when he was trying to track down a text he needed for his coursework at Northwestern for his MA in Literature. He began volunteering at the Library after he read Jim Down’s Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation and was struck by how vital it is to preserve our history as a community. Hal is particularly interested in the efforts to make the archives’ material available to a wider audience through technology. He is currently working with the Library Director, Wil Brant, on a data visualization of the LGBT spaces in Chicago over time. When this tool is complete, it will be available on the Gerber/Hart website. Hal is a co-founder of the Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club and a past member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board.
Carrie Barnett was the co-owner of the now closed People Like Us Books. She worked in the nonprofit world as the business manager of Northlight Theatre. Carrie holds a master’s degree from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, which is part of the business school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After the bookstore she was the vice president for technology at ComputerWorks of Chicago and is currently a partner in a small firm that makes practice management software for chiropractors. Carrie served on the board of Gerber/Hart in the early 1990s as both treasurer and president, and is currently president of the board. Carrie was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1998.
Fred D. Barnhart is President. Fred is currently Dean of University Libraries at Northern Illinois University, and previous to that was Associate Dean of University Libraries at Loyola University Chicago. After studying anthropology and East Asian Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington, Fred’s educational path included Taiwan, mainland China, and eventually library school and law school. While there are many reasons to cherish and support the Gerber-Hart Library and Archives, especially the unique materials spanning from pre-Stonewall to the AIDS crisis and beyond, Fred continues to be impressed with the collection’s draw for volunteers and researchers of all ages, especially those currently in high school and college. His goal as board member is to continue to raise the profile of the collection for both academic research and community building.
Don Friedman is a realtor, ranked among the top 10% in the Chicago area. In addition to his role as treasurer, Don is managing the relationship with our landlord and participating in the development of new policies and procedures. Don is an experienced jazz performer and is interested in Gerber/Hart’s role in the preservation and future advancement of Chicago’s LGBT community’s unique position within the city’s performing arts arenas.
Ames Hawkins is the Associate Provost for Faculty Research and Development and an Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Ames is an educator and activist who publishes in scholarly and literary realms, both in print and online. She served as curator and co-editor of the Lambda Literary Foundations 25th Anniversary 2103 eBook Collection, 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary Authors and Those They Inspired. Ames is interested in further promoting the visibility and presence of Gerber/Hart in Chicago and the Midwest as an historical and literary resources as relevant to the future of queer literature and as it is our GLBTQ past.
Charles Katzenmeyer is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The Field Museum. He oversees museumwide development, government relations and a membership community of 50,000 households. From 2002 to 2013, he was senior vice president for external affairs at the Adler Planetarium. Charles has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He’s a longtime community activist and has extensive experience serving on multiple boards of directors at both the local and national levels. Charles is helping lead Gerber/Hart’s development efforts and will be chairing our strategic planning committee.