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.
Rachel Strauch-Nelson, Madison, Vice-Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.