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 Lobby Day is a real treat.
His other volunteer positions include: President, Friends of the College-Conservatory of Music; VP, Gay Chamber of Commerce; Cincinnati Pride Committee; President, Davidson College Cincinnati Alumni Chapter as well as support for Arts Wave and the Emery Theatre.
A Virginia native, John resides in the thriving Over-the-Rhine area of downtown Cincinnati.
Jennette Caden is currently the chair of the Equality Ohio (C4) board of directors, along with being a grandparent (!), holding two part-time jobs, plus is a full-time student at Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, where she is working toward her BA degree in English (Professional and Technical Writing) with a minor in LGBT and Sexuality Studies. Jenny is also a member of Rainbow Alliance, the WSU LGBT student organization and is serving as an advisor to WSU to help them establish a set of gender transition guidelines for students. Prior to this, she worked at NCR Corp. and served as the Dayton Chapter Representative for League@NCR, the NCR Business Resource Group for LGBT employees. In that capacity, she also helped NCR establish their Gender Workplace Transition Guidelines, which she put to the test successfully the following year. She is a past board member of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, has edited the Greater Dayton Rainbow Directory of local LGBT businesses and resources for the last five years, and currently serves on the Out and Equal Transgender Advisory Committee. As an out transgender woman, she is also a frequent speaker about transgender issues at places like LGBT events, medical schools, college classes, and area organizations, just to name a few, and in 2007 she was the first transgender speaker at the annual Dayton Pride Dinner.
Lynn Calloway relocated to Ohio in 2005 from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she resided for 17 years. While in North Carolina, she was an active volunteer for the Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, as well as the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. Upon relocating to Columbus, she quickly became involved as a volunteer for Columbus HRC, Stonewall Columbus and Equality Ohio. Lynn is passionate about equality and hopes to work towards making Ohio more accepting of its residents who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
Lynn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice while working full time at a large law firm. She is currently a paralegal at a private law firm. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, playing golf and spending time with her partner, Anita. They reside in Blacklick, Ohio.
Rick Incorvati is co-founder and current president of the LGBT activist group Equality Springfield, and he is an advisor with Youth First Springfield, a support group for LGBT and allied teens. A member of Equality Ohio since 2005, Rick has been a Lobby Day team leader and has represented the Springfield area on Equality Ohio’s Local Action Team. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors and currently chairs the Public Policy Committee. In 2011, he received Progress Ohio’s Barbara Klass Sokol Activism Award for his LGBT advocacy work.
Rick is an Associate Professor of English at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he teaches courses in British Romanticism and the literature of lesbian and gay writers. He is the faculty advisor for Wittenberg’s Gay/Straight Alliance and a recipient of the University’s Lillian C. Franklin Award for promoting diversity and the Outstanding Service Award for his outreach in the community. He was voted an honorary member of the graduating classes of 2009 and 2011. He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church where he has served as Senior Warden and outreach coordinator. An Ohio native, he grew up in Barberton and attended John Carroll University. He received his MA and PhD in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met his partner, Kent Brooks. They now reside in Springfield.
Bonnie Meyer is a doctoral student at Miami University in Oxford, where she is currently writing her dissertation on how the lack of anti-discrimination policies impacts the personal and public lives of LGBTQ public school teachers. Prior to returning to Miami for her doctoral degree, she was a high school teacher in northwest Ohio where she was discriminated against after being outed. Because of this, she is passionate about and quite interested in the work happening around equal housing and employment and has been an invited speaker on this topic on numerous occasions. At Miami, Bonnie has also served as the education chair and the president of Haven, Miami’s graduate LGBTIQ alliance and has been involved in efforts around worker’s rights. After earning her doctorate degree later this year, she hopes to continuing teaching and working at the collegiate level as well as continue her involvement in equal housing and employment policy actions happening in Ohio and Kentucky.
Bonnie and her partner, Katie, reside in Covington with their two beagles where they own and operate a coffee shop/bar hybrid that has been recognized for its involvement in progressive work around issues of social justice and community involvement.
Janica Pierce-Tucker graduated from the University of Tennessee summa cum laude in 1999 and from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, in 2002. She worked as a practicing lawyer with Chester, Willcox & Saxbe, LLP and now is an associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, concentrating in the area of labor and employment and litigation.
Janica is presently on the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio Attorneys for Justice and serves as President. She sat on the Board and is past President of the American Diabetes Association, and she is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Columbus and the African-American Leadership Academy. Janica is also past President of Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court for the Board of Commissioners for Grievances and Disciplines and she currently serves as a board member. In 2006, she was recognized by Business First by receiving their “Forty Under 40” award. For the past six years, Janica has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. The Columbus Bar Association recently awarded her the Community Service Award, and she has had articles published in numerous publications.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Ms. Tucker now resides in Grove City with her husband, Anthony Tucker, their daughter Brooklynn and her four stepsons, Anthony II, Khalil, Antonio, and Zanis. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Anonymous is a resident of Central Ohio who has been told that she will be fired if her employer finds out that she is a member of the LGBT community. Anonymous was previously a youth representative on the Equality Ohio board, and her situation brings a unique perspective to the Board, particularly with respect to our non-discrimination work.