About the Board
Shannon Anderson, Madison, Chair
Shannon Anderson, CFP®, is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial. She moved back to Madison in 2008 after living in Buffalo, NY for 10 years. In Buffalo, she served the LGBT community as president of Pride Buffalo. Here in Madison she has served on the boards of OPEN (Out Professional and Executive Network) and Outreach.
Virginia R. (Ginny) Finn, Milwaukee, Vice Chair
Ginny Finn lives in Milwaukee and is an attorney and consultant to non-profit organizations. She currently serves as Executive Director at ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. A former health law adjunct instructor at UW-Milwaukee, she speaks frequently throughout the midwest on breast cancer-related topics. Ginny is a graduate of Coe College, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Joanne Holland, Madison, Treasurer
Jose Salazar, Milwaukee, Secretary
Jose was born in the city of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico; migrated to the US in 2004 and moved to Milwaukee in April 2005. Since then Jose has been working to improve the health and wellness of the LGBT Community. Jose works for the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center as the HIV Department Manager. He joined the Equality Wisconsin Fund board in September of 2010 and the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund Board in 2013. Jose is a strong advocate of Fair Wisconsin’s mission to improve the quality of life of LGBT individuals, which in turn creates a stronger community.
Robert Starshak, Fox Point, Immediate Past Chair
Robert Starshak is a retired radiologist, and a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has served on the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund Board since 2007. He lives with his life partner, Ross Draegert in Fox Point. He has a long history of philanthropy and service to the LGBT community. Among other functions, he has been the vice president of the Cream City Foundation, southeast Wisconsin’s LGBT charitable foundation. He and Ross share two passions: activism for equality for LGBT persons and collecting American Federal antiques.
Eyon Biddle, Milwaukee
Eyon Biddle, Sr. is a 32 year old family man, and proud father of 3 beautiful children. He is a lifelong Milwaukeean, and a self identified Southside Chicagoan. Since 2004 he has been active in his community and has served in professional roles as social worker in the juvenile justice and public school systems for two local non-profit organizations in Milwaukee. He has held various roles within the Service Employees International Union as union organizer, union representative, political/organizing director, lobbyist and executive director. Eyon is also a former elected official, serving the people of the 10th district on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, and a former aldermanic candidate for the 15th District. Currently he is the Political and Organizing Director for SEIU Local 150. Eyon currently sits on various boards such as True Skool, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Wisconsin Progress, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, and All Black Everything:The ABE Movement. He is a proud resident of the Northside/Central City of Milwaukee.
Helen Boyd Kramer, Appleton
Helen Boyd is the author of two books about transgender issues and identities, My Husband Betty (2004) and She’s Not the Man I Married (2007). She currently teaches gender studies at Lawrence University, has spoken at numerous conferences and universities, and most recently appeared on Dan Savage’s podcast.
F. M. “Mike” Fitzpatrick, Green Bay
F.M. “Mike” Fitzpatrick is the bilingual case manager at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) in Green Bay, vice-president of the Brown County Food and Hunger Network and a contributor to Quest, the statewide LGBT news and entertainment magazine.
Ruth Irvings, Shorewood
Ruth Irvings is a lawyer with Nelson Irvings & Wessels SC. She concentrates her work in estate planning, including planning for same-sex couples and domestic partners, and speaks regularly to community and professional groups on LGBT legal issues. She and her partner have two sons.
Todd Larson, Blanchardville
Todd Larson served with the United Nations (UN) for two decades, most recently in New York and Geneva, and previously in various field postings with both the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Todd led a 12 year effort for the UN to recognize the same gender relations of UN staff for the purposes of accrual of related benefits and entitlements of employment. Ultimately successful, Todd’s advocacy directly prompted the first concrete, internal steps in defense of LGBT rights in the 60 year history of the UN. Todd is currently Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (www.iglhrc.org).
Rachel Strauch-Nelson, Madison
Originally from Hartland, Wisconsin, Rachel Strauch-Nelson draws some of her communications expertise from her role as press secretary for the 2006 Fair Wisconsin campaign. Since then, she has worked in a variety of communications roles including as communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the office of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. Strauch-Nelson currently lives in Madison and works for the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Willem (Will) Van Roosenbeek, La Crosse
Willem Van Roosenbeek is the Director of LGBTQ Services and Programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is also a presenter and trainer on issues related to LGBTQ Issues, Hate & Bias Response and Inclusive Excellence. He lives in La Crosse with his partner Tara DeLong and their dog Lily.