Delta Foundation Board of Directors
Gary A. Van Horn Jr. – President
Louise F. Stutler – Vice President
James R. Sheppard – Secretary
Mary Jo Geyer
Charles W. Honse – Emeritus Member
William R. Kaelin – Emeritus Member
Brian J. Stankavich
Donnie R. Thinnes – Emeritus Member
Charles P. Tierney – Emeritus Member
Community Advisory Council
Kristen “Kryspe” Miller – Chair
W. Jonathan Holmes
Dwayne “DJ” Wiggins
Joshua Dziabiak is a successful Internet entrepreneur who built, managed and sold his first company, MediaCatch, by the age of 18. He went on to combine his extensive Internet experience with his passion for the entertainment industry by starting Next in Line Records, an entirely Web-based record label. Dziabiak founded ShowClix in 2007 and serves as the CEO. He was recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under the Age of 30” in the nation.
Dana has been active with LGBT organizations locally and state-wide for many years. She has served as President of Steel-City Stonewall Democrats and is currently it’s Treasurer. She has also chaired the Advocacy Committee for Pittsburgh PFLAG and been on the planning committee for Pittsburgh Pridefest in past years. Additionally, Dana was recipient of the Barbara Gittings Activist of the Year award in 2007, presented by what was then known as Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, on behalf of her work to link SW PA advocacy efforts with planning and groups across the state of Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland County Community Safe Zone has also been a focus of her coalition building efforts.
Having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, the “city of bridges”, it is likely no coincidence that Dana sees the value of building the “bridging” capacity of LGBT organizations. She understands that creating sustainable change is a long term process, that the LGBT community is a highly diverse group itself, and is most interested in finding ways for various groups to work together with a variety of constituencies toward shared goals.
Dana is a faculty member at Seton Hill University and shares her home with Beth, her partner of 20 years and their very spoiled dog.
Honorable Dan Frankel
Dan B. Frankel is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 23rd District and currently serves as the House Democratic Caucus Chairman. He was first elected to the House in 1998.
An active community leader, Rep. Frankel is dedicated to promoting youth, environmental, and urban development initiatives and has been recognized for his community service through numerous awards. Most recently, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. Other honors include the Greenfield Organization Special Recognition Award, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Citizen of the Year Award, the Stark Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Dr. Howard A. Mermelstein Leadership Award from Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, and the Levinson Community Relations Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
Also an ardent advocate for civil rights, Rep. Frankel has championed legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. He is a past recipient of the Marjorie H. Matson Award, presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, in recognition of his tireless defense of civil liberties.
Rep. Frankel is a Commonwealth Trustee for the University of Pittsburgh, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, WQED Multimedia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Jewish Family and Children’s Service. He is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, a former treasurer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, and a past Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He and his wife Debra have three children.
Charles W. Honse
Chuck is very proud to be an Emeritus Board Member of the Delta Foundation, and has always been a very active member in the LGBT community.
Chuck moved to Pittsburgh in 1972 when it was still illegal to be a homosexual in Pennsylvania. There were virtually no LGBT organizations in town, and you were subject to arrest if you were caught dancing with someone of the same sex in a gay bar. A true champion for LGBT equality, he has founded or joined many organizations designed to meet the needs of the community over the years.
Chuck has been involved in the gay bar business in one way, shape, or form. He was a co-owner of the former Holiday Bar in Oakland, which united the gay community, dispelling myths and recruiting volunteers for the nation’s first major AIDS research study, now known as the Pitt Men’s Study.
He was proud to join forces with the original planners of Spark!, Splash, and Pride and in the Streets, and was very instrumental in helping to reorganize the Delta Foundation.
William R. Kaelin
A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Bill has been active in the gay community for over 40 years. A founding member of the Pittsburgh Tavern Guild and Delta Foundation, Bill has been involved with several businesses including the Norreh Social Club (now Donnie’s Place) and New York New York (now 5801). Bill also was very involved in the formation of the annual picnics and boat rides, and also served on the Board of Directors for the Lambda Foundation and Shepherd Wellness Center.
Michael A. Madden, MD
Michael A. Madden, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Gateway Health Plan, a managed care company serving Medicare and Medicaid recipients. In this role he is responsible for strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the Medical Management, and Pharmacy Departments and plays a central role in the implementation of the plan’s Prospective Care Management philosophy.
He previously served as the Medical Director for Medical Performance Management at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, focusing on better pay for better quality performance programs for hospitals, primary care and specialist physicians, and ambulatory care process and quality and was co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Quality Recognition Workgroup.
Before Highmark, he worked as a Medical Director for Gateway Health Plan®. His responsibilities included utilization and disease management programs. Prior to joining Gateway, he was a family practice residency faculty member and served as Executive Director of a multi-specialty physician group at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie. His practice career began in North East, Pennsylvania at a community health center.
Dr. Madden graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University School of Medicine, did his family practice residency at the Medical College of Virginia-Fairfax, and completed his Certificate in Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
James R. Sheppard
Jim Sheppard serves as the Special Assistant to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Jim attended Seton-La Salle High School and the University of Pittsburgh. In his role in the Mayor’s Office he is the staff facilitator for the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Council which advises the Mayor on ways to improve the City of Pittsburgh for the LGBT community. He is also the neighborhood liaison to Brookline, Beechview, Carrick, Overbrook, and Bon Air. Jim currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and the President of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats.
A community advocate and activist in South Pittsburgh, Jim was invited to sit on the Board of Directors in September 2012. He also serves as a Commissioner on the City Of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and as President of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats.
Douglas A. Shields
Doug began his career in public service as Chief of Staff to the late Mayor Bob O’Connor during O’Connor’s tenure on Pittsburgh City Council. In 2004, he decided to run for office and was elected to represent the 5th Council District where he served as the Chair of Council’s Committee of Engineering and Construction, Chair of the Finance Committee, and finally Council President in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008. During his span as President, Doug amassed a strong record of accomplishment. He reorganized Council’s Standing Committees and negotiated an enhanced role for Council in the budget process. He took the lead in assuring that proper processes had been followed in all matters that must, by law, come before City Council for a vote. Doug created the successful Council Town Hall “Road Show” which brought Council members to each District for a comprehensive tour and interactive meeting with constituents.
Doug chaired and now sits on the Board of the Regional Development Funding Corporation. He also served as Treasurer and Board Member of the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) and served on the Boards of Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh Municipal and Comprehensive Pension Funds, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Recovery Center, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance (SIDS), and the First Tee of Pittsburgh.
He has been recognized by several organizations for his many years of dedicated service, including the 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. He was named as a Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, and was the Grand Marshal for the 2008 Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March.
A lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Doug and his wife Briget have lived in Squirrel Hill for more than 25 years and have two children.
Brian J. Stankavich
Brian is currently employed by Guardian Protection Services at its corporate headquarters in Warrendale, Pa as a Field Sales Trainer. Brian is very active both personally and professionally, and volunteers his time for the Washington County Builders Association, is on the Committee for Planning the annual Home Show, various Persad Center events including Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art and Spell, the Delta Foundation, among others.
Born in Pittsburgh, Brian graduated from Computer Systems Institute with a degree in System Analysis and Accounting. The son of Dolores M. and the late John A. Stankavich, Brian currently resides in Burgettstown (in his grandparents house) and enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and working on his house and yard. He has one sister.
Louise F. Stutler
Louise has been working in the IT industry for over 32 years; the last ten years at Highmark, where she is currently the Manager of Claims Services Convergent Solutions.
Currently, Louise represents Highmark on the Pittsburgh GLBT Corporate Roundtable. Formed in 2007, the group’s mission is to assist and educate Pittsburgh area workplaces to create safe and affirming environments in which all employees are empowered to reach their human and career potential, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
Louise and her partner Lynn Ross have been together for 21 years, and were married in Stratford, Ontario, Canada in April 2006.
Donnie R. Thinnes
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Donnie is an Emeritus Board Member of the Delta Foundation. Donnie is one of the co-founders of the Lambda Foundation and the Pittsburgh Tavern Guild, serving as its President for several years. The Tavern Guild is best known for starting the long tradition of annual LGBT events in Pittsburgh such as the summer picnics held at North Park and the Three Rivers Majestic boat cruises on the river. A graduate of the Connelly Trade School, Donnie served several years of military active duty in Vietnam. When he returned home in 1969, Donnie’s career started in the bar business. In 1973, he purchased his first bar–the Norreh Social Club–located on Herron Avenue in Polish Hill. After 38 years in the same location, the bar is now called Donnie’s Place.
Throughout the years, Donnie has been a partner in several different business ventures including the Trimbull Clothing Manufacturing Company in Blairsville, PA, a Mexican deli on the North Side, and several real estate investment properties on the North Side and Polish Hill. He has also represented many non-profit associations over the years.
Chuck P. Tierney
Born in Munhall, Chuck is one of the founding members of the Pittsburgh Tavern Guild and the Delta Foundation, and was often thought of as the “idea man” for LGBT fundraising. In the 1970’s, he was instrumental in the formation of the Golden Triangle Picnic Association which was the forerunner of the North Park picnics. During the 1980’s, he added the July 4th boat rides on the Gateway Clipper, and in the 1990’s, he began work on the annual City Theater fundraising event.
In 2007, after three decades, Chuck is currently retired and living in Squirrel Hill. In 2010, he was honored by being chosen as one of the Grand Marshals of the Pride Awareness March.
Gary A. Van Horn Jr.
Gary was elected as the President of the Delta Foundation in August 2007, and is serving his second two-year term on the Executive Board. Prior to joining the board Gary was one of the original organizers of the Pride in the Street, Splash and the Spark! events. In his professional life, Gary is the Managing Partner of the Van Horn Group, which operates local restaurants and bars as well as some other endeavors. In 2005, Gary acquired Images Bar on Liberty Avenue. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Gary currently lives in Mt. Washington. Gary has one younger brother Chad who is an attorney in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His mother Debby can be seen at many of the Delta Foundation events.