Paul Feeney is a sales Account Executive at Oracle Corporation, a Fortune 500 software and computing systems company with a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. In 2005, he joined Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle in 2010. Prior to joining Sun, Paul was a 10-year veteran of various sales and technical positions at Sterling Commerce, a Dublin-based software subsidiary of AT&T.
Paul also served three years as the Board President of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus. Under Paul’s leadership, the group implemented a strategic planning process, established a well-funded endowment, hired a full-time executive director, and transitioned from working to a governing board. Paul is also the Secretary of the Columbus chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Paul was born in Columbus and attended Thomas Worthington High School before going to school at Vanderbilt University. His Bachelor of Arts degree is in Molecular Biology with a minor in French. He currently lives with his partner, Chad Braun, in Columbus’ Arena District, where he is an avid hockey fan.
Michelle Heritage has served as the Executive Director of the Community Shelter Board since April 2010. She was the President/CEO of St. Vincent Family Center from 2001 to 2010.
Michelle has extensive non-profit and public sector experience including more than 20 years in leadership roles in the homeless system, mental health, child welfare and the alcohol and drug system. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Dayton, and has been a licensed social worker and a certified chemical dependency counselor in the State of Ohio.
Wally Lanci is an owner and Corporate Counsel of Consolidated Graphics Group, Inc., a comprehensive solution for marketing initiatives. Consolidated has the brightest minds and the most advanced equipment to bring a clients brand to market. From full-color printed marketing materials, branded uniforms and direct mail, to electronic solutions for client efficiency, Consolidated helps their clients to push their brand in the marketplace. Wally is a lifelong Clevelander and is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a BS in Marketing and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Wally has previously served on the boards of Near West Theatre, Recovery Resources, Inc., Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation. He currently is a member of the HRC Cleveland Steering Committee, serving as the 2012 & 2013 Gala Co-Chair, a Partner with Cleveland Social Venture Partners, the VP of Member Involvement at Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland, and is currently the VP of the Equality Ohio Education Fund Board.
Samantha M. Quimby, Esq.
Samantha Quimby is an Intellectual Property attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC and specializes in trademark, copyright and unfair competition. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Legal Studies. She went on to graduate from Capital University Law School with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2003 and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Business and Taxation in 2006. While relatively new to the LGBT advocacy front, she has provided pro bono legal services on an as needed basis for non-profit arts organizations in the Central Ohio area, such as the Franklinton Arts District (FAD) where her brother served as past President and founder of FAD's Urban Scrawl event held annually in Dodge Park. She is an avid college football fan.
Gretchen Snediker is a Talent Management Specialist at Progressive Insurance where she also serves as Communications Chair for the Progressive GLBT Employee Resources Group. Gretchen grew up in Worthington, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Gretchen lives in Ohio City with her husband Scott and French bulldog, Myrtle.