Carrie Barnett is the President. She 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.
Don Friedman is the Treasurer. He’s 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.
Roland Derylo is the Secretary. He studied Engineering Technology and Construction Management at Purdue University. As the youngest Board Member, Roland hopes to garner interest in our institution from the millennial generation via social media and at various area events. Roland invests in and rehabs real estate and enjoys creating custom home solutions. He is an avid skier, globe trekker, and a passionate home cook.
Jack Johnson is the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President, Public Policy at Choose Chicago. Prior to that he was Chief of External Relations at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Jack has expertise in executive management of budgets, finance, human resources, information technology,membership, sponsorship and strategic direction. He is chair of the bylaws committee and is helping develop a stronger, more sustainable institution by leading the creation of a public participation policy and communication plan for Gerber/Hart.
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.
Kevin Mumford was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a major in history. He pursued a doctorate at Stanford University, and joined activist causes in the Bay Area. He was a founding member of United Colors, a focus group aligned with Queer Nation SF. After graduating, he has taught at a number of schools, including the University of Minnesota, Towson University, and the University of Iowa. In 2012, he joined the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has a residence in Lakeview East. He is the author of a number of books and articles, including an award-winning essay on race and gay rights in Philadelphia. He is currently completing a new book on African American activism tentatively titled, Neither Straight Nor White: Remaking Black Gay History from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis.
Norman Sandfield. For more than 30 years, he has been an organizer of gay and lesbian Jewish activities and of the Jewish AIDS programs, in Chicago and internationally, as part of his membership in Chicago’s Congregation Or Chadash, where he served on the Board for 24 years, with three terms as president. He cofounded the Jewish AIDS Network–Chicago and has worked on interfaith relations. He is a past-president of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Organizations, and co-chaired the 11th International Conference of Gay and Lesbian Jews in 1989. Norman was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1999. He is serving as the chair of the operations committee.
Mary Ann Smith. During her more than 30 years of dedicated public service, including more than 20 years as Alderman of the 48th Ward, Mary Ann has been especially active in the areas of public safety, communitydirected development, and public sector accountability. She’s taking a lead role in fundraising, particularly the event side of things. She has a great network of people who have generously donated their time and ideas to help us finalize some of the facility issues we faced.