2017 Gala Co-Chairs

ivettelopezIvette Lopez

Ivette Lopez Sisniega is Atlanta Dinner Co-chair for 2016-2017 galas. Originally from Mexico by way of Texas, her passions meet at the intersection of gay, lesbian and Latino issues.  She’s volunteered with various organizations including the Latin American Association, Young Hispanic Professional Austin Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Austin, Latinintas, an online magazine written by Latinas for Latinas and ALLGO, a Texas statewide organization for queer people of color, among others. She’s been an LGBTQ marketing thought leader, blogger and the first female co-chair of the LGBTQ marketing team for public relations firm, Fleishman-Hillard. Ivette is a seasoned PR and Corporate Communications professional with InterContinental Hotels Group and has worked for companies such as Sony, UPS and AT&T.

Ivette López Sisniega es la co-presentadora de la Noche de Gala de HRC Atlanta del 2016 y 2017. Originalmente de México y después de Texas, Ivette encuentra su pasión en la intersección de los asuntos LGBTQ y Latinos. Ha sido voluntaria en varias organizaciones incluyendo Latin American Association, Young Hispanic Professional Austin Association, La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Austin, Latinitas, una revista para jovencitas en línea, y ALLGO, organización para minorías LGBTQ en Texas, entre otras. Ivette ha sido una voz de experiencia en marketing a los mercados hispano y LGBTQ estadounidenses, siendo bloguera de ambos temas para una empresa líder internacional de relaciones públicas. Ivette se dedica a comunicaciones corporativas en InterContinental Hotels Group y ha trabajado en empresas tales como Sony, UPS y AT&T.

ryanrocheRyan Roche

Ryan Roche is excited to serve as the Atlanta Dinner Co-Chair for the 2017 and 2018 galas. An Atlanta native, Ryan has engaged and volunteered with a number of organizations over the years. Ryan currently serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., and is a current member and former co-chair of the steering committee for Emory GALA, Emory University’s LGBTQ alumni affinity group. In addition to his volunteer activities with LGBTQ organizations, Ryan is also active in the Emory University alumni community where he previously served as President of the Oxford College Alumni Board as well as in leadership positions on various committees. Ryan is currently employed by Emory University where he supports the undergraduate residential experience.

 

Former Gala Dinner Co-Chairs

Year Co-Chair 1 Co-Chair 2
2016 Michael Caston Ivette Lopez
2015 Brigid Scarbrough Michael Caston
2014 Andrew Land Brigid Scarbrough
2013 Kaitlin Porter Andrew Land
2012 James Matthew Garrett Kaitlin Porter
2011 Julie Wood James Matthew Garrett
2010 Brad DiFiore Julie Wood
2009 Ebonee Barnes Brad DiFiore
2008 Jason Lowery Ebonee Barnes
2007 Lynn Shepodd Jason Lowery
2006 Chuck Stephens Lynn Shepodd
2005 Deneen Goddard Chuck Stephens
2004 Glen Paul Freedman Deneen Goddard
2003 LeeAnn Jones Glen Paul Freedman
2002 Michael Lappin LeeAnn Jones
2001 Cindy Smith Michael Lappin
2000 Terry Davis Scott Brown
1999 Tom Thomas Terry Davis
1998 Kelly Gilstrap Tom Thomas
1997 Ray Hom Kelly Gilstrap
1996 Lawrie Demorest Ray Hom
1995 Rob Epstein Lawrie Demorest
1994 Robert Gleadall Becca Sherrill
1993 Pamela Evans Robert Gleadall
1992 Michael Bailiff Pamela Evans
1991 Edie Cofrin Eli Saleeby
1990 Mia Mundale David Green
1989 Stosh Ostrow Jackie Johnson
1988 Jackie Johnson Stosh Ostrow