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.
- Chair: Clifford Rosky
- Vice Chair: Michelle Corigliano
- Secretary: Marina Gomberg (on temporary leave)
- Interim Secretary: Steve Verno
- Treasurer: Todd Olsen
- At-Large: Billy Stern
- At-Large: Matthew Moore
- Melyssa Davidson
- Jay Magure
- Candice Metzler
- Candice Pitcher
- LeAnna Porter
- William Pratt
- 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
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
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
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 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
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.
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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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.
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 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 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.