Heidi Bruins Green (chair), consultant/researcher
As President of BiNet USA Faith Cheltenham helps coordinate bisexual advocacy, outreach and networking efforts for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid and other non-monosexual communities in America. BiNet USA helps connect bi individuals with over 75 grassroots organizations across the U.S. that provide support, social activities, and advocacy opportunities for a sorely under-served community.
Faith has been involved in LGBT activism since 1999 when she was named a HRC Campaign College intern and served as an LGBT liaison in campaigns running against Rick Santorum and George W. Bush. As a UCLA student she also co-founded UCLA's Queer Alliance, Fluid, BlaQue and QueerxGirl organizations. After studying history and film/TV at UCLA, Faith was featured as a cast member of FX Network's Emmy award-winning reality docu-series on race in America, "Black. White." She then went on to produce web content for the Sarah Ferguson Foundation as part of her employment as a web producer, and her interviews have included Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Clive Davis, Brandy, and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.
Faith has spoken at locations as varied as the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference, UCLA, San Diego Comic Con, and Yale University. Faith has been in LGBT oriented PSA campaigns for the American Institute of Bisexuality and the US Census, has been featured in segments by CNN, Logo TV, and in 2012 was named one of Advocate magazine's "Forty under 40". In 2013, University of California President Mark G. Yudof named Faith to a 2 year appointment to the University of California LGBT Task Force. Faith has written on LGBT issues for Advocate.com, HuffingtonPost.com, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and in 2012 was featured on the White House website in celebration of LGBT Pride Month.
Faith is the proud mom to Michael "Storm" Cheltenham Kanninen and balances her advocacy and writing career with being a parent and partner to her husband Matt Kanninen, a Sr. Android Developer of social mobile games in Los Angeles.
Susan Gore is an educator and entrepreneur. By the age of 30, she had worked in television, earned her Ph.D. in psychology, taught in the United States and Europe and become executive director of a national non-profit association. She transferred the same energy into corporate marketing for two Fortune 500 firms in addition to opening the Washington, DC office of a socially responsible money fund. In 1991, Susan created The Mentor Group, a virtual network of experts specializing in strategic leadership, diversity and inclusion, and mentoring program development. In 2011, Susan reached a fork in her career path and joined the Ebby Halliday Company.
In May, Skinner House Books is releasing Coming Out in Faith: Voices of LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists, which Susan edited with her good friend and colleague, Rev. Keith Kron.
Susan is a world traveler who likes nothing better than “the next trip” and coming back to the home at Cedar Creek Lake she shares with her partner of 20 years, Dr. Ann Wigodsky.
Gary North is a longtime journalist, editor, writer, labor leader, and bi activist. He helped found BiNet USA (serving on its board several times, including stints as president, VP, secretary, and treasurer), founded and ran the first national bi newsletter, spearheaded and ran the first bi/pan/fluid institute at Creating Change, and served as president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild/AFL-CIO, steering the local into a successful merger with statewide CWA Local 9400.
Dani joined the staff of NCLR in May 2013 and supports the Development department as the Development Manager for Events. Prior to joining NCLR, Dani was the Associate Director of Events at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the only national nonprofit solely devoted to LGBT workplace equality. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University in June 2008 (concentration: medical anthropology), which bred a fascination for ethnography and primatology. While at university, she conducted field research into the Sonoma County Public School District’s HIV/AIDS and STD education curriculum; San Francisco’s low-income medical marijuana community; and primate social behavior. A native northern Californian, she’s loved living in San Francisco for the past decade.