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About the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs
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About the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs is the first of its kind in the nation. It was established by an Executive Order from Governor Tom Wolf in August 2018 (read here). Its goal is to advise the Governor and state agencies regarding policies, programs, and legislation that impact LGBTQ communities and to serve as a resourceful intermediary between LGBTQ communities and state government. It is composed of appointed commissioners from across the Commonwealth, each acting as a representative and advocate for LGBTQ communities.

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Commissioners

  • Todd Snovel – Commission Director
  • Anne Wakabayashi – Chair
  • Shaashawn S. Dial – Co-Vice-Chair
  • Tyler Titus – Co-Vice-Chair
  • Ben Allatt
  • Rich Askey
  • Mark Barbee
  • Chris Bartlett
  • Rosemary Browne
  • Patricia Bucek
  • Kathy Cameron
  • Joanne Carroll
  • Marc Coleman
  • Katharine Dalke
  • Jim DePoe
  • Lawrence Farnese
  • Dan Frankel
  • Elicia Gonzales
  • Amber Hikes
  • Jodi Hirsh
  • Malcolm Kenyatta
  • Michele Kessler
  • Jason Landau Goodman
  • Maryellen Madden
  • Jere Mahaffey
  • Michael Mahler
  • Adil Mansoor
  • Adanjesús Marín
  • Sean Meloy
  • Gerald Montano
  • Sebastian Palaez
  • Brian Patchcoski
  • Sarah Rosso
  • Kristin Seale
  • Adrian Shanker
  • Henry Sias
  • Brian Sims
  • Sean Strub
  • Ciora Thomas
  • Roberto “Tito” Valdes
  • Harry Young
  • Heshie Zinman

Todd Snovel – Commission Director

Todd Snovel serves as the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

Prior to this appointment, Todd served as assistant dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College where he led the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and initiated campus-wide efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Todd also teaches college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualities, and identities. He holds a B.A. in English Communications from Lebanon Valley College and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Mansfield University.

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    Todd remains active in his community advocating for equality and access to education, the arts, and healthcare. He has served on the boards of Lebanon Family Health Services, the Lebanon Community Theatre, The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, and the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Todd is the former chair of the Lebanon County Commission for Women and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Lebanon Valley through the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Todd is an inducted member of the Dream Team for the Women’s Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and serves on the Women’s Fund Advisory Committee. He was the 2014 recipient of the Athena Award from the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce and received the Wheeler Freedom Award in 2015 for his support of the LGBTQ community in Lebanon County.

    Todd has provided workshops and trainings on issues of diversity, inclusion and global engagement for businesses, organizations, and conferences and is an active presenter, contributor, and Foundation trustee for ACPA: College Student Educators International. In his spare time, you might engage Todd through his passion for vocal performance and theatre, event planning, literature, travel or sharing his personal journey through a 175-pound weight loss and commitment to leading a healthier life.

Anne Wakabayashi – Chair

Anne Wakabayashi serves as the Alumnae Director for Emerge America, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for office. She has extensive experience working in politics and advocacy in Pennsylvania, including multiple cycles at the SDCC, fundraising for Equality Pennsylvania, running multiple campaigns and serving as the Founding Executive Director of Emerge Pennsylvania.

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    In addition to the Commission, Anne serves on the Board of Director of Liberty City Democratic Club in Philadelphia. Anne is thrilled to be working with the commission to ensure that the voices of our community are heard in the halls of power in Pennsylvania.

Shaashawn Dial – Co-Vice-Chair

Bio to come.

Tyler Titus – Co-Vice-Chair

Tyler Titus, father of two amazing little humans, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, advocate, trauma specialist, and elected School Board Director. Tyler became the first openly elected transgender official in the State of Pennsylvania in November 2017.

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    He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Crime Victim Center. He was appointed to co-chair of the State’s first LGBT Commission of Affairs created by Governor Tom Wolf. In addition, Tyler regularly presents at local and national conferences on the topics of trauma, suicide, and ways that communities can reach out to under-served populations.

Ben Allatt

Ben Allatt is currently the Vice President of Harrisburg City Council and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Harrisburg University. He is a devoted community advocate and public servant. He was born in Philadelphia, raised in New Jersey, educated at Messiah College, and has made his home in Harrisburg for 20 years.

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    He is married to Stephen Baldwin and they are the proud dads to two cats, Bode Miller, Layla Rose, and the most recent addition, a new puppy named Maxwell.

Rich Askey

Rich Askey is the President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). He has a record of extensive leadership at the local, state, and national levels. As a local president, he led his local through both the Empowerment Act and the Financial Recovery Act. Rich served as PSEA Southern Region’s treasurer and president-elect.

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    His statewide Association service includes one year as PSEA’s vice president, two years as PSEA’s treasurer, several years as a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and five years as a member of NEA’s Board of Directors. Having spent 32 years as a music teacher, he is especially proud of his work in low-income neighborhoods. Rich received his Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and he also participated in Harvard University’s “Public Education Leadership Project” for two years. He lives in Fairview Township with his husband.

Mark Barbee

Bio to come.

Chris Bartlett

Chris Bartlett is the Executive Director of the William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in Philadelphia.

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    For more than 25 years, he has been an innovative thinker and leader in local and national community organizing, having led the SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project, the LGBT Community Assessment, and the LGBT Leadership Initiative. He serves on the LGBT Commissions for both the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania.

Rosemary Browne

Rosemary Browne has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors working to improve the quality of life of residents of South-Central Pennsylvania. Since 2014, she has proudly served as President & CEO of Alder Health Services, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ+ community in a culturally competent, affirming, and empowering environment.

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    The agency provides behavioral health, primary care, case management and support services, education, prevention and wellness services, and HIV/STD testing. She serves on several regional and state collaborative boards and community partnerships that work to reduce health disparities and advance social justice issues affecting the LBGTQ and other marginalized communities.