Elizabeth Schwartz—Miami, Florida
Elizabeth Schwartz is the Co-Chair of the SAGE Board of Directors. She has been practicing law since 1997 and is one of Miami’s best-known advocates for the legal rights of the LGBT community.
While her South Beach-based firm equally works with straight and gay clients in matters of family law, estate planning, and probate, Schwartz has made a name for herself representing the LGBT community, with a focus on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy). She lectures locally and nationally about the importance of LGBT couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning, second-parent adoption, and contract, and has been on the forefront of providing crucial legal protections for LGBT families. Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council, and she serves as an adoption intermediary helping make forever families of all kinds. In addition, Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, assisting intended parents, gestational carriers, and egg and sperm donors with their legal needs.
Also a certified family mediator and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, she treats the law as a therapeutic profession, facilitating relationship dissolution with minimal investment of emotional and financial resources. A Miami Beach native, Schwartz received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami in 1997.
Further, Schwartz is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of NCLR and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Schwartz is co-chair of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association and sits on the GLBT Projects Fund of the Miami Foundation and the Our Fund Program and Grants Committee. An active member of her synagogue, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Schwartz serves on their Narot Endowment Fund board.
Kevin Williams—New York, NY
Kevin Williams is the Co-Chair of the SAGE Board of Directors. Williams is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Pfizer Rare Disease, where he leads a Medical Affairs organization of approximately 150 medical colleagues around the globe supporting Pfizer’s efforts and portfolio in Rare Disease.
Williams joined Pfizer in January 2004 as a Director, Regional Medical & Research Specialists working in the HIV disease area. Following his move into a Team Leader position in July 2005, he has served in various leadership roles during his career at Pfizer, most recently as the Global Medical Affairs Vice President for Rare Disease in Pfizer’s Global Innovative Pharma business unit.
Williams received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Following a two-year fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA and a brief academic career as an Instructor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, he spent eight years in private practice caring for HIV-positive patients while maintaining an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.
In addition to his medical degree, Williams has a Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Charles Middleton—Palm Springs, CA, and Chicago, IL
Charles R. “Chuck” Middleton the SAGE Board of Directors Treasurer, has had a long and distinguished career in higher education. He was the fifth president of Roosevelt University until his retirement in 2015. Over 40-plus year career, he taught more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, wrote nearly 100 scholarly and public policy papers, and authored The Administration of British Foreign Policy, 1782–1846.
When Middleton came to Roosevelt in 2002, he joined a university with a rich, proud history and powerful story to tell. He embraced the quest to elevate Roosevelt’s image, and higher education in general, and advance its position as a distinguished institution with the principles, vision, and tools to prepare students for meaningful roles as leaders in their professions and communities.
In addition to his commitment and work in higher education, Middleton’s dedication to community engagement, including advocacy for inclusiveness, social justice, and LGBT rights, is evidenced by his many professional and civic commitments. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY, the Boards of Directors of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the LGBT Center on Halsted (where he is Board Vice Chair), the Point Foundation Board of Governors, and the Chicago History Museum Community Advisory Council. In 2011, he joined the SAGE Board of Directors and the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Board of Directors. He is a member of the Commission on Inclusion of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., and Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education.
Middleton is a family man with a passion for cooking, fishing, and international travel. He and his partner of 31 years, John S. Geary, currently live in Palm Springs, CA, and Chicago, IL, and have five children and four grandchildren.
Douglas E. Harris—New York, NY
Douglas E. Harris currently serves as Secretary and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for the SAGE Board of Directors. Harris is a Managing Director in the New York office of Promontory Financial Group LLC, where he advises on derivatives and capital markets regulatory, compliance, and risk management issues.
Formerly, Harris was the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of BrokerTec Futures Exchange LLC and BrokerTec Clearing Company LLC. Before joining BrokerTec, Harris was a partner in the Regulatory Risk Services and Derivatives and Treasury Risk Management Groups at Arthur Andersen LLP. From 1993 to 1996, he held the position of Senior Deputy Comptroller for Capital Markets at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Previously, Harris served as Assistant General Counsel of JPMorgan and General Counsel of JPMorgan Futures, Inc.
Harris is a Director of the National Futures Association, the self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry, where he serves on the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Compliance and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Bar Association of the City of New York; the New York State Bar Association (Structured Products and Derivatives Law Committee); the American Bar Association (Derivatives & Futures Law Committee); the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association; and the Financial Markets Association. He recently served on the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee and previously served on the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee.
Harris is a former Chairman of Career Gear, a nonprofit organization that provides work and interview-appropriate clothing for low-income men entering the workforce. Harris earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. (with honors) from Harvard College.
William E. Weinberger—Los Angeles, CA
William “Bill” Weinberger is a former Co-Chair of SAGE’s board who currently serves as the Development Committee Chair. He is the first SAGE Board member from Los Angeles. Weinberger is a partner in the law firm Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, where his practice focuses on complex business and real estate litigation and employment matters, including trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour class actions.
Weinberger brings to SAGE years of experience on nonprofit boards and in civic and professional affairs, including service as a founder and co-chair of the National LGBT Bar Association, president of the L.A. Lesbian and Gay Law Association, treasurer and director on the GLAAD Board of Directors, director of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center Board of Directors, President of the Congregation Kol Ami Board of Trustees, and member of the California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice. Weinberger served on the Elected L.A. Charter Reform Commission and also served as a gubernatorial appointee on the California Law Revision Commission. His pro bono activities have included work as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Southern California and Lambda Legal.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Weinberger received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where he resides with his spouse and their son.
Members at Large
Michael J. Burke—Jersey City, NJ
Michael Burke has had a successful career in organizational and financial management in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. As the Chief Operating Officer of New York Life’s private foundation, he has operational and financial oversight of the foundation and manages operations and budgeting for the company’s corporate responsibility activities.
Before joining New York Life, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the largest foundation exclusively dedicated to supporting Brooklyn-based nonprofits. Before that, Burke helped found and was the Chief Operating Officer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a local development corporation dedicated to supporting the redevelopment of the City’s third-largest business district.
Burke previously served as Chief of Staff for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and in the private sector was Vice President of community and housing development matters for Manufacturers Hanover Trust and Chemical Bank.
Throughout his life, he has been actively involved in community-based advocacy. He served on the boards of directors of the arts and education organizations BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn and Best of Brooklyn, and served as both Treasurer and Chair of the Board for Brooklyn’s primary LGBTQ advocacy and service organization, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.
Burke grew up in Wisconsin but has lived in the New York area for more than 30 years. He earned his Bachelors in Political Science from Columbia College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Later in life, he became a trained archaeologist and has worked on a variety of digs in Israel and Greece. He and his husband, Evan, live in Jersey City, NJ.
David Canter-McMillan—New York, NY
David Canter-McMillan is a former SAGE Board Co-Chair and longtime supporter of SAGE.
Lisa Davis—New York, NY
Lisa Davis is the Global Head of Enterprise Services within Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citigroup and is responsible for the delivery of best-in-class enterprise platforms in billing, core banking, and Client Relationship Management, as well as business and process transformation in data management and digitization.
Her team is responsible for ensuring global platforms deliver capabilities and functionality that enable consistency and standardization, focus on innovation and big data initiatives through data discovery that incentivize business expansion, and leverage digitization as a best practice.
Previously, Davis was Senior Program Manager in the Transaction Services Program Management Office. In this role, she led teams responsible for the rollout and implementation of global enterprise-wide projects, process, re-engineering initiatives, and large multifaceted, multiregional client deals. Davis established program-management discipline across businesses and functional areas within Transaction Services and implemented governance and communication models and risk management to ensure the delivery of end-to-end solutions across the enterprise and for clients.
Davis joined Citi in 1999 in the New York offices of Smith Barney as an Assistant Vice President in General Services, responsible for executive dining, conference services, and special event planning. Through various talent development and mobility initiatives, Davis was asked to move from General Services to Global Transaction Services to help kick off a global effort establishing and implementing a metrics-driven process to institute and track best practices within regional customer service centers.
Prior to joining Citi, Davis was the Senior Operations Manager at Sodexho Marriott Services in the Food Services Management division and Special Events Manager at Marriott Management Services prior to the Sodexho-Marriott merger in 1998. Davis is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Davis led the Citi PRIDE Network NYC Chapter as Co-Chair from 2011 to 2014 and now leads a Citi Women Emerging Talent program focused on identifying and growing the next generation of women leaders. She received her MBA from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Long Island University.
Carlene Jadusingh (CJ)—New York, NY
Carlene Jadusingh (CJ) is an attorney at the Law Office of Carlene Jadusingh in New York, specializing in general civil litigation as well as immigration law. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, New York State, and both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
As an immigration attorney, Jadusingh is also licensed to practice immigration law throughout the country. She is a former U.S. Probation and U.S. Pretrial Services Officer in the federal court, Eastern District of New York, where, among her many achievements, she created and supervised their first alternative to incarceration program for young adult offenders.
In addition to serving as a SAGE board member, Jadusingh is the former president of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) and the former chair of LeGaL’s Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee. She has published written work for the New York State Bar Association and has also been published in the New York Law Journal, as well as the University of Idaho Law Journal. Jadusingh received a B.A. cum laude in Forensic Psychology from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
Chris Kann—New York, NY
Chris Kann is a distinguished real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, recognized for his in-depth knowledge of Manhattan real estate and his love of architecture and design.
A philanthropist and LGBT older adult advocate, Kann has hosted SAGE’s annual Toys Party since 2001. This critical fundraiser for SAGE has been instrumental in raising awareness about LGBT older adults among younger communities. Under Kann’s leadership, the event has become one of New York’s most anticipated holiday parties.
Bruce J. Lederman—Washington, D.C.
Bruce Lederman is the President and CEO at Charles E. Smith Life Communities. Lederman is an experienced leader with an extensive operations and business-development background, primarily focused on the eldercare industry.
Lederman has proven his ability to align organizational culture to key results and facilitate the development and deployment of strategic initiatives. His extensive experience leading teams has led to key successes. He is a known resource regarding skilled-nursing facility operations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as the changing landscape of long-term services and supports for older adults.
Philip Lumpkin—Chicago, IL
Philip Lumpkin served as the Executive Committee and Chairs Governance board of SAGE’s Chicago affiliate, Center on Halsted, for almost a decade before stepping down in 2016. Previously, he was the Corporate Vice President for Provider Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Lumpkin moved to Chicago in 1976 to work on the Blue Cross Blue Shield merger, exploring how treatment protocols vary by region, training, and cost. He held a variety of positions within the organization, concentrating on health services research and data collaboration, until his retirement in 2008.
Lumpkin has been an active member of Chicago’s business and cultural community for more than 40 years, serving on multiple boards including River North Dance company, an international contemporary jazz-based dance organization. He is also on the Auditorium Theatre board of Roosevelt University, where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the board and is a member of the Development Committee of Truth in Accounting, an organization that brings better transparency regarding debt loads.
Lumpkin is passionate about opera. He serves on the Ryan Opera Center Board and co-chairs the development committee, which nurtures talented young artists. As a Master Gardener, he volunteers his time answering questions about Midwest gardening in South Haven, Michigan. He lives part-time in Palm Springs, California.
Jim Obergefell—Washington, D.C.
After careers in teaching, training, IT consulting, and real estate, Jim Obergefell is now an LGBTQ activist, speaker, and author. He is also the co-founder of Equality Vines, the first cause-based wine label that supports organizations devoted to civil rights and equality for all.
Obergefell is the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, a decision that brought nationwide marriage equality to the United States on June 26, 2015. He and his husband John launched their legal battle with the State of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful marriage on John’s impending death certificate. John died of ALS three months after their first court hearing, and Obergefell continued the fight along with more than 30 other plaintiffs from four states.
Since the ruling, Obergefell has continued his work as an activist and as a speaker with Keppler Speakers. He co-authored the book Love Wins with Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist with the Washington Post, which is about the lovers and lawyers in this historic Supreme Court case. It was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins; Temple Hill Productions and Fox 2000 will produce a feature film based on the book.
In addition to his SAGE board role, Obergefell is a member of the National Advisory Board for the GLBT Historical Society and the Board of Advisors for the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. He has been honored with awards from organizations such as Equality Florida, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU of Southern California, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, SAGE, the Ohio Democratic Party, the Santa Clara University School of Law, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the City of Cincinnati, and more. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its 2015 Global Thinkers, and Out magazine named him to its 2015 Out 100 list.
Barbara Peda—Westfield, NJ
Barbara P. Peda is the President of the Wells Group LLC, where she consults on business strategy, marketing, product management, and leadership. Previously, she was Senior Vice President in the Business Services Division of AT&T.
Peda previously served as Director of Choice One Communications and Safe Harbor Technology. She was a Trustee at the Independent College Fund of NJ and at Lambda Legal, and an Advisor at the Northridge Group. She also served on the Finance Committee of Manhattan Theater Club. Peda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montclair State University and attended the Executive Management Program at Yale University.
Laurie Peter—Morristown, NJ
Laurie Peter received her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work. The majority of her early clinical social work career was at a trauma center in Denver, Colorado. She has served on the boards of the National AIDS Fund as Vice-Chair and Jersey Battered Women’s Service. She maintains her LCSW license in both New Jersey and Colorado.
Currently, she is collaborating with Smith College School for Social Work on a research project addressing interpersonal violence in the LGBTQ community. In addition to her social work career, she has also collaborated on the research and development of Domaine de Canton liqueur. She and her partner Betsy reside in Harding Township, NJ.
Cindy T. Rizzo—New York, NY
Cindy T. Rizzo is the Senior Advisor of Evaluation & Strategy at the Arcus Foundation in New York City. Arcus is a private foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and with the natural world. It advances its mission through strategic grantmaking, leadership, and listening and learning in two areas: LGBT social justice and conservation of the world’s great apes.
Rizzo has also served on the boards of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, where she co-chaired the committee that planned and oversaw the opening of the synagogue’s new building. Other past board service includes Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (founding board member and former chair) and the National LGBT Task Force.
Prior to Arcus, Rizzo was the Director of Grantmaking at the Boston Foundation,and oversaw the foundation’s health and human services portfolio; she was also the Associate Director of Development at Fenway Health Center, Boston’s LGBT health center. Cindy holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.
Rizzo is a published author of three novels as well as short fiction and essays. In 2014, her first novel won the Debut Author Award of the Golden Crown Literary Society. Find her writing on Amazon (fiction), at her blog, and on Medium.
Linda E. Scott—New York, NY
Linda Scott has 20 years of experience in global corporate governance, proxy voting, and engagement. She is a Managing Director and Associate Corporate Secretary at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she is responsible for outreach to shareholders on corporate governance policies and practices.
Scott engages with institutional investors, proxy advisory firms, and governance thought leaders. She advises the JPMorgan Chase Board on current and emerging governance issues, recommends governance matters for consideration, and facilitates communication between the Board of Directors and the activist investor community. She is also responsible for all logistics for the Board of Directors meetings.
Previously, she was Managing Director of Governance for Owners, responsible for the firm’s stewardship service program. The program operated from three international offices, providing proxy voting and engagement services on behalf of global investor clients.
She has also served as Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and Director of Investor Affairs at the New York State Common Retirement Fund. In these positions, she addressed a variety of governance, environmental and social issues that impact the economic value of long-term investments. Scott also served as Assistant Director of Communications for the New York State Comptroller. She is Chair of the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute and past Treasurer of the Council of Institutional Investors. She is active in New York City civic affairs and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Care for the Homeless and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.
She received an M.A. from Yale University and a B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford).
Elliott Sernel—Palm Springs and Los Angeles, California
After earning his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of California at Berkeley and his JD at L.A.’s Southwestern University School of Law, Sernel served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stanley N. Barnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985 and thereafter to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern California.
Beginning in 1986, he worked at the South Coast Air Quality Management District and held various legal environmental positions, engaged in both civil and criminal prosecutions, and was responsible for teaching administrative hearing judges as well as conducting annual training workshops throughout California. He retired as a senior deputy district prosecutor in 2010.
Sernel is a financial supporter of a number of LGBT organizations. He served three terms on the board of Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest national LGBT legal-rights organization, from May 2010 to May 2017, serving on variously the executive, development, and governance/nominating committees.
He has also served on the board of the Solomon Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to educate and engage people from underserved and minority communities, as well as the Los Angeles–based Center Theatre Group, one of the largest not-for-profit theater companies in the country.
He lives with his partner of 10-plus years, Larry Falconio, and their two dogs. They live primarily in Palm Springs, California, and enjoy spending time in Los Angeles and New York City, where they also have homes.
Frank Stark—New York, NY
Frank Stark was less than a year old when he was brought by his parents, who were Jewish refugees during World War II, from a small French town to the United States. Frank’s involvement with the LGBT community began in earnest in 1987, when he was asked to go to the LGBT War Conference.
There he was introduced to Sherri Cohen, then Executive Director of the former Fund for Human Dignity, who asked Frank to join the Fund’s Board of Directors. His initial task was to develop and implement the fund’s first major donor annual campaign. Both the organization and Frank were pleased with the outcome, and he was subsequently elected Co-chair of the Board. Subsequently, he was asked to join the Board of New York City’s LGBT Community Center.
Stark soon became involved in the Center’s capital campaign to rebuild its headquarters. As the first co-chair of the campaign, he took pride in helping the Center raise over $10 million from New York City’s LGBT community. After completing the maximum term of six years, Stark left the Center Board in 1998.
Stark served on SAGE’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004 and rejoined the Board in 2007. He served as Board co-chair from 2009 to 2011 and completed his maximum term of six continuous years in 2013. While part of the Board, Frank was instrumental in creating and chairing the SAGE Investors Circle (SAGE’s enhanced major donor program), as well as chairing and restructuring the Board’s Development Committee. In January 2015, Stark returned to the Board. He is proud to have been honored with the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 SAGE Awards Gala.
One of the tenets of his philosophy is that the value of a person’s life is partly measured by how he or she has affected the world around them. Being involved with SAGE and its mission has allowed him this opportunity.
Roy Wesley—Chicago, IL
Roy Wesley is a research scientist and COO at Fermalogic, Inc., a biotech company that isolates natural products from soil microbes. He received his AB from Washington University, St. Louis, in German and Comparative Literature, his MS from Wayne State University in Cell and Molecular Biology, and his PhD from CUNY in Cell and Molecular Biology.
He also holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from New England College of Optometry, Boston. Previously, Wesley was a senior research investigator at Pfizer (Maywood, NJ, and Groton, CT), followed by clinic director at Wesley-Jessen, Inc. and President and Clinic Director at the National Eye Research Foundation.
He has been a committed volunteer in the LGBT community. He served on the Lambda Legal Board of Directors for six years, serving two years as Co-Chair of the national board, and has frequently volunteered with SAGE in the Chicago area. Previous board experiences were with NE Illinois Boy Scouts of America as CFO, President of the Winnetka Interfaith Council, Darien Condominium Board President, and CFO of the Werner Erhard Foundation Board.
Wesley has lived in Chicago with his husband for two-plus decades. They were married in 2013 and have two sons and three grandchildren. Wesley is currently writing a biographical memoir of his father, Newton Wesley, and the development of the contact lens industry in the United States.
Jason Young—Philadelphia, PA
Jason Young is Assistant General Counsel, Legal & Finance, at FS Investments (formerly known as Franklin Square Capital Partners) in Philadelphia. In addition to serving on SAGE’s Board of Directors, Jason also serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Association for Law and Business, and on the Board of Directors of the Clifford Chance Foundation, Inc.
Prior to joining FS Investments, Young was a partner in the Americas Banking & Finance practice of Clifford Chance in New York. His practice at Clifford Chance focused on domestic and cross-border transactions with particular emphasis on financing for professional sports franchises. He was recognized multiple times by Chambers USA as a notable nationwide sports law practitioner.
Young received a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Tulane University in 1996 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1999. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Helen G. Berrigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.