RALPH KENNEDY, Board President | Vice President of Compensation, BMO Harris Bank: Ralph is widely respected among the bank's international leadership and is instrumental in maximizing our relationships in the banking sector. His patience and humor have helped build a collegial atmosphere that has aided Legacy Board cohesion, efficiency, and effectiveness.
CHRISTIE "KIT" WELCH, Board Vice President | Real Estate Broker, Baird & Warner: As a real estate professional Kit's skillset is a welcome addition to our board as we prepare to establish a permanent physical space for the Legacy Project. Her service on East Lakeview Neighbors Association board of directors complements Legacy's close relationship with the Northalsted Business Alliance at a time when we are expanding the Legacy Walk's our role as a tourist destination.
RENAUDA RIDDLE, Board Treasurer | Revenue Auditor for the State of Illinois: Renauda's many years of experience in fiscal management and accounting (Center on Halsted) has empowered her to re-invent the Legacy Project's financial tracking and projections to better manage donors and plan for growth.
JEFF HAURYKIEWICZ, Board Secretary | Manager/Automotive, TTX Company: Jeff brings his passion for planning and logistics to the Legacy Project Board of Directors. New to working with non-profits and serving on community boards, he has been instrumental in helping to advance our organization's corporate outreach and is always among the first to volunteer his time for our special events.
DR. GABRIEL GOMEZ, Co-Director Legacy Project Education Initiative (LPEI) | Professor, Chicago State University: Gabriel's fascinating background – from founding member of ACT-Up/Chicago and Queer Nation during the 1990s – the most turbulent era in LGBTQ history – to full professor today – has sharpened his awareness of history and its importance for our young people. Gabriel has been indispensable in helping to create the Legacy Project Education Initiative, which will be spearheading the build-out Illinois's new LGBTQ-History-Inclusive Curriculum.
PAUL HIGHFIELD | Senior Manager, Levi-Strauss Store Development: Having directly or indirectly sponsored 25% of the Legacy Walk's plaques, Paul’s knowledge of corporate- and community-based philanthropy and crowdsourcing has made him a vital resource to the Legacy Project’s fundraising goals.
JOSHUA OAKS | Digital Policy Manager, AIDS Foundation of Chicago: Joshua's background in media management and event planning has been immensely important for the Legacy Project's efforts to build a more robust public presence; and his organizational skills, vision, and dogged tenacity has helped to expand the number, type, and scale of our special events and fundraisers.
ROXANNE MEYER | Underwriting Specialist for Aging Services, CNA Insurance: Roxanne's energetic personality and highly disciplined organizational skills have had a lasting impact on our corporate engagement efforts. As President of CNA's LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, she brings a keen insight to our work with corporate partners.
MATTHEW HARTZ | Managing Director-Senior Program Manager Commercial Credit, CIBC Bank: While Matthew's business acumen has helped shape the Legacy Project board's approach to informed and responsible mission expansion, his great work ethic and infectious sense of humor make working with him a pleasure.
Legacy Project Staff
VICTOR SALVO | Creator, Co-Founder, and Executive Director: Victor is the originator of the Legacy Project. He brings 40 years experience as both an LGBT activist and a business owner to his work overseeing the biographical research, intellectual content generation, structural design and engineering, fundraising, and operations management of the Legacy Project's various physical installations and policy initiatives. He was inducted into Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame in 1998.
SCOTT LUNDIUS | Director of Strategic Planning: Scott brings over 30 years of experience working in support of several arts, music, education, and community non-profits. He specializes in organizational analysis, planning, facilitation, management, and developing programs designed to meet mission goals with the fewest resources possible. Scott’s patience and vision have had an invaluable impact on expanding the Legacy Project’s philanthropic footprint and raising its profile.
CARRIE MAXWELL | Senior Biographical Researcher and Legacy Project Webmaster: Carrie brings many years of experience in professional journalism at CNN (Atlanta) and locally to the Legacy Project. Additionally, she spent several years as a classroom teacher in the Chicago Public School system. Combined, these experiences have given Carrie a keen sense of "what people need to know" that informs everything she does. Her tireless work to transfer nearly 600 pages of content from the old website to the new one was nothing short of Herculean.
JENNIPHRE ZIAS | Legacy Wall Installation Coordinator: Jenniphre regularly takes time off from her corporate presentation work at Alterna Graphics to manage installations of "The Legacy Wall" on its travels around the country. Since 2015 Jenniphre has worked on over 30 site-builds for this one-of-a-kind traveling installation featuring digitally interactive content from the Legacy Project database. Her steady reliability and steadfast commitment have enabled the Legacy Project to plan out Legacy Wall installations up to 18 months in advance.