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.
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.
Ken Schneck is an Associate Professor and Director of the Leadership in Higher Education Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He is also the producer and host of This Show is So Gay, an award-winning, long-running, nationally syndicated radio show/podcast focused on people using their voices in a unique way to create dialogue around LGBTQ topics. He is also a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, regularly writing pieces for the “Gay Voices,” “College” and “Impact” sections. He received his doctorate as a gay Jew from a Jesuit college in NYC writing a dissertation entitled (no joke!) “That’s so gay: Deconstructing the word gay in the daily parlance of high school students”.
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 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.