Board of Directors

Councils and Committees

National Leadership Council

Nevin Caple, NY

Katherine Carroll, CA

Diane Holland, MN

Fiona Martin, CO

Debora Ortega, Ph.D., CO

Barbara Russo, NY

Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq., FL

Sara Sperling, CA

Alison Burgos, FL

Shalanda Baker,Esq., HI

David Flugman, Esq.,NY

National Advisory Council

Roberta Achtenberg, Esq., CA

Carol Alpert, NY

Susan A. Gore, TX

Joyce Hunter, NY

Lory Masters, TX

Raquel Matas, Esq., FL

Nancy Polikoff, Esq., DC

Ruthann Robson, Esq., NY

Abby R. Rubenfeld, Esq., TN

Carmen Vazquez, NY

Kate Clinton, NY

Yesenia Leon, FL

Jill Schlesinger, NY

National Family Law Advisory Council

Over the past three decades, NCLR has partnered with talented attorneys across the nation to advance the rights and protections of LGBTQ parents and families. In 2003, NCLR convened a group of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys from around the country to discuss family formation and protection issues, evaluating national trends and state-by-state cases. The meeting proved to be invaluable to both NCLR and the private practitioners involved in addressing the ever-evolving legal challenges LGBTQ families face. The group has continued to grow and meet annually, and in 2006, was formally formed as NCLR’s National Family Law Advisory Council with San Francisco attorney Deborah Wald as the founding Chair. The Council consists of 44 family law attorneys from more than 15 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington state, and Wisconsin.

Lauren Barros, UT

Jane Bassett, MI

Suzanne Bryant, TX

Carol Buell, NY

Lee Carpenter, PA

Emily Doskow, CA

Mariette Geldenhuys, NY

Diane Goodman, CA

Laura Gray, UT

Kathie Gummere, AZ

Debra Guston, NJ

Janet Helson, WA

Joan Hollinger, CA

Debra Hunt, TX (in memoriam)

Eva Juncker, MD & VA

Courtney Joslin, CA

Joyce Kauffman, MA

Deb Kinney, CA

Karen Langsley, TX

LeeAnn Massucci, OH

Allison Mendel, AK

Connie Moore, TX (in memoriam)

Patricia Novotny, WA

Tiffany Palmer, PA

Lynn Perls, NM

Nancy Polikoff, D.C.

Raegen Rasnic, WA

Abby Rubenfeld, TN

Elizabeth Schwartz, FL

Julie Shapiro, WA, In Memoriam

Susan Silber, MD

William Singer, NJ

Judith Sperling-Newton, WI

Lori Surmay, GA

Kim Surratt, NV

Sharon Thompson, NC

Judith Turkel, NY

Arabia Vargas, TX

Deborah Wald, CA

Tanya Washington, GA

Bradley Weidemann, NC

Richard Wilson, IL

Claudia Work, AZ

Michele Zavos, D.C. & MD

Born Perfect Advisory Committee

The Born Perfect Advisory Committee is a collection of top experts in their field who have joined the fight to end conversion therapy, including survivors, mental health professionals, faith leaders, youth advocates, and civil rights defenders. Their expertise informs every action the campaign takes, guides the direction of the advocacy, and sets the goals of legislation, litigation, administrative advocacy, and public education.

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