John Boggess is a Realtor in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Before moving to Cincinnati, he lived in Washington, DC where he worked a number of professional societies and other non-profits, including The Friends of the Kennedy Center and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. After earning a degree in Political Science, his DC time began with a job for US Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (VA). That experience, plus being the son of a county politician, means policy work is a real treat.
His current volunteer positions include: Past President and current board member, Friends of the College-Conservatory of Music; and grants review panel member for ArtsWave. Past activities included: board member of the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Pride Committee; President, Davidson College Cincinnati Alumni Chapter; and support for the Emery Theatre.
A Virginia native, John resides in the thriving Over-the-Rhine area of downtown Cincinnati.
Brooke Cartus is a facilitator with ImprovEdge. She received her Juris Doctor (JD) from The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and was a 2014 recipient of the Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award for exceptional service to the legal and educational community. She has worked with numerous statewide and national organizations including The Ohio Art League, the Ohio Educator’s Association, Equality Ohio and The Human Rights Campaign. She recently presented at the 2014 Ohio State University National Conference on Race, Diversity and Learning. She has facilitated public discussions with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including the Columbus Police Department and former NFL players Wade Davis and Chris Kluwe.
Brooke started her career at The Crane School of Music in New York studying classical music and continues to perform regionally and nationally as a stand-up comedian. She has been published by The Huffington Post, as well as Outlook Ohio and 614 Magazine.
Butch Frey is a veteran political organizer, social justice advocate and an Ohio native. He has worked as senior staff on multiple statewide campaigns across the country, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Kentucky. Most recently, Butch oversaw coalition engagement and coordination with the Ohio Democratic Party as the Ohio’s Deputy Political Director for Hillary for America. In 2007, he was inspired by the message and campaign of then Senator Obama, and started working first as an intern then an organizer throughout the 2008 primary and general election. After the campaign, Butch went on to join the Obama Administration in Washington, DC. From 2010-2011, Butch served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Afterward he joined the Department of Energy, first working as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Nuclear Security, before becoming the Special Assistant for Public Engagement for the Secretary of Energy. During the 2012 election, Butch returned to Ohio for the Obama reelection campaign overseeing GOTV efforts in Southwest Ohio. After leaving the Administration, he went on to establish Spark Clean Energy in 2013 with colleagues, and continues working to help young people find solutions to our generation’s toughest problems. Butch continues to work as a consultant and advisor to candidates across Ohio. He also serves as a Board Member for Equality Ohio and holds the role of Executive Vice President for the Ohio Young Democrats. Butch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio, and currently, is in his second year at University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Reginald Harris, MSW, LSW is a social worker, therapist, and arts educator. A former professional ballet dancer with ten years of professional performing experience, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Austin, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Dances Patrelle. In 2009, Reginald was one of a small group of arts educators to open The Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) – Chicago’s first and only public performing arts high school. In 2011, Reginald became dance department chair at Chiarts and worked to build a comprehensive and intensive dance curriculum. Currently, Reginald works as the Lead Social Worker/Coordinator for BrightLife Transitional Living Program, an LGBTQ youth homeless housing initiative of Lighthouse Youth Services. He is on faculty at Cincinnati Ballet Academy, is the Region 6 Chair for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), is a member of the Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee, and sits on the board of directors for the NASW Ohio chapter (Columbus), and Caracole (Cincinnati). Reginald holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Reginald has dedicated his life to service, social and economic justice, and arts education through activism, community engagement, and advocacy.
Dan O’Malley is the State Director of Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. A lifelong Ohioan, Dan attended John Carroll University in Cleveland where he received a B.A. in English in 2007. He also serves on the board of Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and the executive committee of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. He has worked on numerous political campaigns throughout the U.S. In addition to full LGBT equality, Dan’s other passions include workers’ rights, conservation, the arts, and Cleveland Indians baseball. He lives in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Lakewood, Ohio.
Joe Rettof is a political and non-profit consultant. He has worked for over a dozen multi-million dollar, statewide campaigns in different states across the midwest as a campaign manager, general consultant, fundraiser and strategist and has raised over $135 million for candidates, committees, ballot initiatives and non-profit organizations since 2006. In March of 2012, Joe founded the Ohio Alliance, an Ohio investor collaborative dedicated to building a vibrant, robust and ongoing political infrastructure that will promote forward thinking policies and initiatives while helping progressive candidates win elections. In 2011, Joe was the Budget & Finance Director for the We Are Ohio campaign against Senate Bill 5 raising over $32 million in just 4 1/2 months and winning in Ohio with more than 61% of the vote. In 2009 & 2010, Joe served al the Finance Director for the Ohio Democratic Party. He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager on two Wisconsin Supreme Court races in 2009 and 2007. Joe’s first job in politics was the 2006 Fair Wisconsin campaign, a campaign to stop a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in Wisconsin. He also met his wife, Heidi, on that campaign. Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and lives with his wife in Columbus.
Maureen Teed moved to Columbus with her husband in 2014 from Melbourne, Australia where she worked in the pharmaceutical industry with a specialty in oncology. Now retired, she is active in the welcoming community of Columbus, sitting on the Boards of COSI (community), Planned Parenthood (c4), OSU Friends of the Library and The Jackson HOA (President). Maureen grew up in Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M (BSc Food Science & Technology)), the University of Nebraska (MSc Food Science & Technology) and a stint working in Boston for a membrane technology company, she took a job in Melbourne, Australia. There she was responsible for developing industrial applications for micro-porous membranes in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. During her time in Melbourne, Maureen met and married her husband David. Eventually they moved to LA then to a small community east of Montreal, QC where they raised their four children and Maureen earned a BFA in Art. This was followed by a return to Australia, where two daughters still reside. Two sons joined Maureen and David in Columbus last year.
Joseph Wenger, Board Chair
Joseph Wenger is a native of the Central Ohio area. Joseph graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with a B.A. in History. In 2012, Joseph graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he received the Robert M. Duncan Service Award. While at Moritz, Joseph was co-chair of OutLaws, a student group dedicated to advancing equal rights for the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, and outreach.
Joseph is passionate about advocating for the LGBTQ community and looks forward to the day when all Ohioans can feel equally at home.