Board

Equality Utah Board of Directors

Equality Utah's Board members are talented, hard-working, volunteer leaders who have governance responsibility for the organization. These leaders combine their passion and professional skills to pursuing Equality Utah's vision while maintaining a commitment to its mission.

Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Clifford Rosky
  • Vice Chair: Michelle Corigliano
  • Secretary: Marina Gomberg
  • Treasurer: Todd Olsen
  • At-Large: Billy Stern
  • At-Large: Matthew Moore

Directors:

  • Melyssa Davidson
  • Jay Magure
  • Candice Metzler
  • Candice Pitcher
  • LeAnna Porter
  • William Pratt
  • Steve Verno
  • Donna Weinholtz

Equality Utah Advisory Council

Equality Utah's Advisory Council is comprised of Founding Board Members, those instrumental in the founding of the organization, Past-Chairs of Equality Utah's Board of Directors as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have held or who currently hold an elected position at the state level. Equality Utah is grateful for the leadership of these outstanding individuals.

  • Bruce Bastian
  • Jackie Biskupski
  • Jim Dabakis
  • Carol Gnade
  • Laura Milliken Gray
  • Tim Houpt
  • Terry Kogan
  • Kris Liacopoulos
  • Jane Marquardt
  • Barbara Nash
  • Stephanie Pappas
  • Gary & Millie Watts
  • Doug Wortham
  • Marcia White

 

Board Bios

Michele Corigliano

Michele T. Corigliano is a native of New Jersey, and the daughter of immigrant parents from Italy and Lebanon. For the last 17 years, she has owned a chain of successful day spas throughout Salt Lake City. She was also a business owner in New Jersey and later in Southern California.

Corigliano has been active in the LGBT movement since the early 90’s when her cousin dealt with horrific discrimination as he passed away from complications due to AIDS. The love, loyalty and service of his friends and community has inspired the last nearly 25 years her service to the LGBT community.

She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a minor in Economics. She received her M.B.A. from Westminster College of Utah in 1997 with an emphasis in Marketing. She resides in Salt Lake City and is a single mother of two adult sons.

Melyssa Davidson

Melyssa D. Davidson is a partner at Morris Sperry where she focuses her law practice on community and condominium association law, real estate and commercial contracts. She is a Patiño Fellow and a member of the Wasatch Front Inns of Transactional Counsel. She also frequently presents legal education courses and seminars on business, real estate and employment law topics. Davidson’s pro bono work includes advising and assisting women and other minority business owners in her community regarding business formation and employment relations.

Prior to joining Morris Sperry, Davidson’s legal practice also encompassed employment law, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She has served on Boards of Directors for the University of Utah Young Alumni and Beehive Honor Society. Davidson earned her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Utah and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law where she was the Note and Comment

Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and member of the Order of the Coif. She resides in Park City, Utah with her husband and two children.

Marina Gomberg

Marina Gomberg is the Interim Executive Director of Equality Utah (having taken a temporary leave from her role on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors). She is a communications professional with nearly 10 years experience managing public relations and marketing strategies for clients in the nonprofit, private and public sectors. She is currently heading the communications team at the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, and previously worked as a Public Relations Account Manager and Branded Content Specialist for local PR/advertising firm, The Summit Group Communications. She also served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Utah Pride Center, the state's LGBT community center. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Gender Studies from the University of Utah, and has been engaged in LGBT activism ever since, including serving on the Advisory Board for OUTreach Resource Centers and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Utah Steering Committee. Marina's passions lie in activism, the arts, writing, travel and food. She lives in Salt Lake City with her wife and cats and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Jay Magure

Jay Magure is Vice President of Government Relations for 1-800 CONTACTS. He has more than 40 years experience in politics having been involved in campaigns for local, state and federal candidates as well as extensive lobbying activities. Prior to joining 1-800 CONTACTS, Magure served as Chief-of-Staff for the Mayor of Salt Lake City and helped guide the city through the 2002 Winter Olympics which are regarded as the most successful in history. Magure also served Salt Lake City as a firefighter for 10 years.

During his tenure as a firefighter, he served as president of the largest International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) local in the state, and spearheaded the establishment of political action committees for the Professional Firefighters of Utah as well as most of the larger locals.

Magure earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Humboldt State University. He has four children and 10 grandchildren.

Candice Metzler

Candice Metzler is a community organizer and public educator with more than 18 years of experience. She is currently the Board Chair of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. Her work with TEA of Utah continues to help create positive change for diverse populations throughout Utah and beyond.Metzler’s work as a public educator and community organizer began in 1996 when she founded Wilderness Watch of Utah. Her work with the dedicated members of Wilderness Watch of Utah helped to educate the public and preserve Native American rock art and wilderness areas throughout the State of Utah. She has also served on the Utah Pride Center Mental Health Advisory Board and is currently part of the Utah Transgender Provider Group. She has facilitated a transgender/gender exploration youth group through the Utah Pride Center since 2011.

Metzler earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah, and she is nearing the completion of her Ph.D in Social Work the University of Utah, which she hopes to complete in 2016. Her research interest includes improving mental health practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied populations.

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore has long been involved in the LGBT civil rights movement through board membership and leadership, including service on the Boards of Directors and as Board Co-Chair at both Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Moore is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, in addition to his service on the Board of Equality Utah.

Professionally, Moore is the Head of Compliance for Goldman Sachs’s Salt Lake City Office, and global co-head of Regulatory Audits & Inquiries and Compliance Employee Services. At Goldman Sachs, he serves on the Global Compliance People Development Committee and the SLC Leadership Council, and is a Co-sponsor of the SLC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as a Vice President and was named Managing Director in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Moore worked in the Enforcement Division of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where he served as an Enforcement Director. Previously, he was a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Moore served in the first Clinton Administration as Special Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Administration. He was also the primary author of Public Service in a Time of Crisis: A Report and Retrospective on the Legal Community's Response to the Events of September 11, 2001, which was published in 2004.

Moore earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Moore and his husband moved to Utah in 2012 from New York City.

Todd Olsen

Todd Olsen has more than fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate and hotel development. He is currently Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer for Dee’s, Inc., a property management company that manages and develops restaurants, commercial properties, hotels, and ranches. He has acquired great expertise in financial management of these projects and has responsibility for oversight and direction for the corporations’ financial stability. Olsen is also a key financial advisor for several other real estate corporations.

In addition to his role as Treasurer of Equality Utah, he currently serves as a Trustee of the Utah AIDS Foundation, an organization that empowers people who are affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Olsen received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Candice Pitcher

Candice Pitcher is an attorney with specialties ranging from same-sex estate planning to financial services regulations. She has practiced law for ten years, working in private practice for a large local law firm then moving in-house with a subsidiary of an international bank. While in private practice, Pitcher was involved with all aspects of commercial businesses, including general business litigation and contract negotiation. She also specialized in estate planning and probate. Pitcher now focuses her practice in the financial services regulations and compliance realm.

She is actively involved in her community, previously serving on the Utah State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division leadership committee as a liaison with And Justice For All, which provides civil legal aid to those who cannot afford it, and serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

LeAnna Porter

LeAnna Porter is the owner and designer with Mountain Desert Landscape Design, a residential landscape design company that encourages the use of environmentally appropriate plants and surroundings to promote a conscious outdoor living. She is an entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in customer service business-related fields. She is trained in conflict resolution and personality recognition.

Porter has been involved in supporting and affirming the beliefs of Equality Utah for nearly a decade, and has been a volunteer and support of both the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Utah chapter. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in residential landscape design & construction from Utah State University.

William Pratt

William T. Pratt is a sixth generation Utahn and a long-time advocate of fairness and equality. As a Community Planner, Pratt has 18 years of planning experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He holds a Master’s Degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and currently serves as a Planning & Project Manager with Basin Recreation in Park City. He lives in Park City with his partner of 16 years and their dog, Milo.

Clifford Rosky

Clifford Rosky is Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches courses on criminal law, constitutional law, and sexuality, gender and law. Before joining the faculty, he served as a Research Fellow for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. While at the Williams Institute, he submitted an amicus brief in the successful same-sex marriage appeal to the California Supreme Court, developed teaching materials for a casebook on sexual orientation and law, and co-authored more than 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in the United States.

Rosky is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published each year. He has provided commentary on sexuality, gender, and same-sex marriage to numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, CNN, and Al Jazeera. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School.

Billy Stern

William (“Billy”) Stern is General Counsel at Ancestry.com, and has served in that capacity since 2009. He is responsible for all aspects of Ancestry’s legal and regulatory compliance and reporting, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, Board relations and communications. Stern was responsible for Ancestry’s initial public offering, secondary public offerings, and debt financings. He also led the legal negotiations in Ancestry’s sale to an investor group led by Permira Adviors and related debt offerings and recapitalization.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Stern was General Counsel at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”). He represented MSLO in a wide array of licensing transactions, SEC matters, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to joining MSLO, Stern had been in private practice since 1994, with a focus on corporate and securities law. He was an associate and then Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP prior to becoming a Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., one of the nation’s leading intellectual property firms.

Stern was an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he taught a course entitled “the Business of Licensing.” He received his A.B. from Brown University, and his J.D and M.B.A. from The University of Chicago. He is admitted to practice in Utah, New York, Connecticut and Colorado.

Steven Verno

Steven Verno is the Salt Lake North East Region President of Zions Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Salt Lake City. He has 36 years of experience in the banking industry, with extensive experience in Human Resource Management, Small Business Lending, Consumer Banking, and Financial Analysis. He currently chairs the Zions Bank LGBT Business Forum and serves on the bank’s Diversity Council. He also serves on the Finance Committee for Crossroads Urban Center, a local non-profit organization that assists and organizes Utah residents with low incomes, diversities, and disabilities. Verno is President of the Salt Lake City Gay Athletic Association, an organization that provides competitive recreational activities to the LGBT community. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Christ United Methodist Church, where he was the Youth Director for many years. He has also worked as a volunteer for the Plan B Theater, Junior Achievement, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Verno earned his Bachelors degree in finance from the University of Utah and earned three degrees from the American Institute of Banking. He is a native of Salt Lake City and has a husband and partner of 13 years.

Donna Weinholtz

Donna Gonzalez Weinholtz grew up Florida, a fourth generation granddaughter of Florida pioneer, Manual Gonzalez, and third generation granddaughter to European immigrants. She is currently retired and co-hosts a progressive radio show with Utah Senator Jim Dabakis. Prior to joining the board of Equality Utah, Weinholtz was among those arrested during the 2014 Utah Legislative session for civil disobedience in a sit-in at the State Capitol urging the Legislature to hear a bill that would ban discrimination in housing and employment for gay and transgender Utahns. She was also recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Utah chapter with its Allies for Equality Award with her husband, Michael Weinholtz.

Before retiring, Weinholtz managed a temporary staffing agency and became the Florida division President of a start-up staffing service and successfully opened three additional offices. Weinholtz received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Stetson University. A resident of Utah for sixteen years, she has a husband, a son in college and two very large Siamese cats.

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