Since early July, APD's GLBT liaison Officer Patricia Powell has solicited applications and vetted candidates to be among the nine members of a new GLBT advisory board, a body that will "serve as a critical link between the APD and the GLBT community, assisting the department in better understanding its public safety needs." Those individuals were announced today.
APD Public Affairs Manager Carlos Campos told CL last week that in forming the board, they wanted to cover as many demographics as possible and elect members to have their own constituencies in one way or another.
Here are the members:
Ebonee Bradford Barnes. Business owner and grassroots GLBT activist. Founder of Sunshine Productions, an events coordinating and fundraising company. She is vice president of In The Life Atlanta and a member of the Board of Governors of Diversity and Inclusion for the Human Rights Campaign.
Betty Couvertier. Activist/Community Organizer and Producer of WRFG Radio’s “Alternative Perspectives,” a program about the GLBT community and its allies. Couvertier has been involved in a number of organizations over the years, including the Human Rights Campaign, Georgians Against Discrimination and the Atlanta Pride Festival Committee.
Tracy L. Elliot. Executive Director of AID Atlanta since April, 2007. Elliot is currently on the board of the Southern AIDS Coalition and the Harvard Club of Georgia, and he is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009. Elliot has also served as a bank vice president and division head for 13 years.
Glen Paul Freedman. Executive Assistant to the Honorable Lisa M. Borders, President of the Grady Health Foundation. Freedman currently serves on the board of directors and has served as the past president of the Atlanta Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Pride Committee.
Tracee McDaniel. Transgender advocate, founder and executive director of the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Inc. McDaniel is a certified peer counselor and certified HIV/AIDS Risk/Reduction Prevention Pre & Post-test Counselor. She has been involved in a variety of organizations, including serving on the Atlanta Pride Committee board of directors, the Human Rights Campaign Diversity Committee and the board of directors for Someone Cares, Inc.
Terence McPhaul. Executive Director and CEO of Youth Pride. McPhaul has a host of knowledge and certification in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and mental health counseling. He has also been an adjunct professor in the psychology and organizational management and leadership departments at Morris Brown, Spelman and Clark Atlanta universities.
Joshua M. Noblitt. Minister of Social Justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown. Noblitt also serves as a mitigation specialist at the Federal Defender Program, Inc. for the Northern District of Georgia. He has also served on various boards and organizational leadership teams, including the board of directors for the Reconciling Ministry Network, an organization dedicated to full inclusion for GLBT people in the United Methodist Church both in policy and practice.
Philip Rafshoon. Founder, owner and operator of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse since 1993. Philip is involved in a broad range of community and political organizations. He has received numerous awards over the years including the Human Rights Campaign Community Leadership award and two Atlanta Phoenix awards. Rafshoon served as a corporate co-chair of the 2004 AIDS Walk Atlanta and received the Community Service Award from AID Atlanta in the same year.
Molly Simmons. Emory School of Law graduate and Assistant Vice-President of Legal Services and Ethics, Privacy & Compliance Officer for Chamberlin Edmonds, an Atlanta-based company providing patient advocacy-based eligibility and enrollment services for its clients. Simmons is also a former DeKalb County Police patrol officer who won Officer of the Month in February 2000.
Worthy of note: Board member Noblitt was one of the men who was attacked in Piedmont Park back in July.
The board's first meeting — all of which will be open to the public — will take place on Monday, Sept. 20 (venue and time TBA).
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