Breana Stanley- "She/Her/Hers"
Executive Vice President; Executive Board
Breana Stanley joined us as Events Coordinator in February 2017 and quickly grew the organization's activity and funding base. Her work was so impressive that as our organization grew, she was promoted to the role of Vice President in November, 2017.
She lives in Eau Claire with her husband, children, and two cats. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and currently working on her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Breana is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and Netflix. Reach her directly here.
Dan Bennett-Hardy- "He/Him/His"
Vice President - Operations (formerly Secretary); Executive Board
Dan joined the Chippewa Valley LGBT committee in Fall 2012 and was an active participant in meetings and events for well over a year prior to accepting the position of Secretary in December 2013.
With the exception of a year abroad and three years living in Sheboygan after graduate school, Dan has lived his entire life in the Chippewa Valley. He graduated from North High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he earned his B.A. in Technical Writing.
Dan works at United Health Care in Eau Claire and lives in Chippewa Falls with his husband, Jason.
Tanya Potter - "She/Her/Hers"
Vice President - Finance (formerly Treasurer); Executive Board
Tanya joined the board in February, 2017, in the newly-created position of Volunteer Coordinator which was necessitated by the opening of our new offices. She has lived in the Chippewa Valley since 2001 and loves this area. She holds her BSW from UW-Eau Claire and has worked at Bolton Refuge House for the past 11 years. She is a big fan of social justice, hiking, camping, sarcasm, gardening, cooking, and baking. She's not a huge fan of running, cleaning, or paperwork, but she does it anyway. Tanya lives with her daughter, cat, dog, and her partner. To reach Tanya directly, or if you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Jeanne Bruski - "She/Her/Hers"
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Jeanne works at Xcel Energy and is a part of their SAGE group.
She has served on the Board since August, 2017, and has accepted a number of changes to her position, which is now nicely defined as "Youth Outreach" from its original "Outreach and Fundraising Coordinator" which proved to be more than one job as we grew.
Ron Bower - "He/Him/His"
Ron has over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, management, and sales. He earned a Master of Science in Marketing and Communication from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Ron and his husband Tim have been together 19 years (legally married 5 years). They relocated to Eau Claire in 2018 with their cat, Kluber. He is a avid reader of biographies and thrillers, loves baseball, and is an 80’s music and movie aficionado.
He has served on the Board since August, 2018.
Megan Melville - "She/Her/Hers"
Parents Group Facilitator
Megan joined The Center in March, 2018, with the specific intent of supporting parents of LGBTQ+ children. She currently facilitates our monthly Parents' Group, TransParents, which is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Rhea Virnig - "She/Her/Hers"
Trans* Group Facilitator
Rhea has been working with the Center since June, 2018, and took over as facilitator of our trans* support group in August.
Sarah Bjorklund - "She/Her/Hers"
Web Liaison [interim]
Sarah re-joined the Center in August, 2018, and immediately set to work updating and migrating our website.
Grantwriting Coordinator (Managing Board), Fundraising Coordinator (Managing Board)
Office Manager (Occupational Board), Group Leaders (Growth Position in the Occupational Board)
Contact for these or other open positions.
Board Members Emeriti
We thank you for your service
Ann Hoeppner - Treasurer from 2006-2018. Thanks to Ann's financially stalwart policies, the Center was able to build up funds to re-open.
Lisa Lee - Media Liaison from 2017-2018. During the 18 months Lisa served in our Media position, our contacts and resources with local media grew exponentially. She helped the Center achieve many of its media goals and served as a positive voice for our community. She stepped back from the position to prepare for a planned relocation with her family.
Kyle Lancette - Media Coordinator 2014-2016, Events Coordinator 2013-2014. Kyle put together the first Big Gay Variety Show from scratch and helped make it bigger in its second year! He was also instrumental in getting us media exposure as we grew our BINGOs - the single act which we can trace that started us on the road to achieving our fundraising goals and re-opening the Center. Kyle passed away in 2018.
Sarah Webster - Events Coordinator 2014-2015. Sarah put together the 2nd Big Gay Variety Show and brought us 3 of our 20+ BINGOs!
Lane Campbell - Events Coordinator 2015. Lane brought an innovative series of fun, free events to CV LGBTQ+!
Amanda Schaefer - Web Coordinator 2014-2015. Thanks to Amanda we have a website again!
Alex MoeHagen - Web Coordinator 2017. Alex helped maximise our site's mobile capabilities, and re-invented its look.
Mark Quam - Board Member at large, 2013-2017.
George Stamm - Board Member at large, 2011-2016.
The Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Board would like to thank the following individuals for their support and contributions: Tony Laundrie, Alicia Motzko, Joe Luginbill, Mike Beranek, Thomas Beranek, Jon Seybold, and Amanda Reynolds.
MEET THE BOARD
Jason D Bennett- "He/Him/His"
President; Executive Board
Jason has served as the President/Chair of the Chippewa Valley LGBT Community Center since December 2013. Jason joined the board in May, 2012; he served as the organization's Secretary from August 2012 until December 2013.
A lifelong Wisconsin resident born in Eau Claire, Jason has called the Chippewa Valley home for most of his adult life. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for both his Bachelor and Master's degrees.
Jason works in Rice Lake as a Speech and Language Pathologist. He lives with his husband, Dan, and their four cats in Chippewa Falls.
"It has been my pleasure to serve the Chippewa Valley LGBT community as we move forward toward improving the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Chippewa Valley region!"