Last Thursday, the National Stonewall Democrats board of directors elected new leadership. Melissa Sklarz (Stonewall Democrats New York), who has been serving as Co-Chair, was reelected to that position. Craig Roberts (San Diego Democratic Club) was elected as the other Co-Chair. Shane Larson (Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, DC), who had been serving as Co-Chair, was elected as Secretary, while Bill Jacobs (Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada), who had been serving as Secretary, was elected Treasurer. All were elected to a one year term. We’d like to thank Melissa, Shane, Bill and outgoing Treasurer Chris Massicotte (Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, DC) for their service, and wish the new officers well as they embark on another year leading the NSD board.
Last night, the National Stonewall Democrats PAC elected a new set of officers as well. Olga Hernandez (Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio) was elected to her first term as Co-Chair and Stephen Handwerk (Louisiana Stonewall Democrats) was reelected as Co-Chair to another term. Rich Bailey (Stonewall Democrats of Austin) was reelected to the post of Secretary and Bill Jacobs was elected as Treasurer.
In staff-related news, Communications Director Linsey Pecikonis has left National Stonewall Democrats and has taken a position as the Communications Manager for Equality Maryland (EQMD), the state’s LGBT advocacy group. EQMD is gearing up to head the campaign to make the Free State the next to pass marriage equality in their legislature.
“Linsey has been a great member of the NSD team and we’re going to miss her,” said Executive Director Michael Mitchell. “We’re thrilled that Linsey will be working with Equality Maryland as they head into a very busy time achieving marriage equality there.”
Says Linsey, “Working on NSD’s ElectEquality program – especially with the great organizers of the EqualiTeam – was one of the highlights of my career because of the strength of conviction of our members, our supporters and our community.”