BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Shannon John Mery, Board Chair
Nick Romei, Vice-Chair
Louise Martino, Treasurer
Lou Storey, PsyD, Secretary
John Mikytuck, Executive Director
John Mikytuck has worked to address issues impacting the LGBT community for more than two decades. Most recently leading Garden State Equality during their post-marriage equality transition as Interim Executive Director. Since returning to his native state of New Jersey in 2011, Mikytuck has been a leading voice for homeless and out of home LGBT youth. Over the last three years, Mikytuck created and co-produced Becoming Visible, NJ’s first conference to address LGBT youth homelessness, served as Development Director at NJ’s first group home for LGBT youth, and co-founded the NJ LGBTQA Youth Stakeholders Group, a coalition of over 30 NJ organizations working to address issues impacting the community.
For many years, Mikytuck worked as an advocate, educator and filmmaker fighting HIV/AIDS. In 2007, Mikytuck won an Emmy Award for ‘Youth & AIDS’, a news story he produced on abstinence only HIV programs. In 2011, Mikytuck’s film The Newcomer, a hard-hitting feature documentary on Richard Heyman, America’s first openly gay mayor, screened at the Miami LGBT Film Festival and later aired on PBS. Mikytuck earned a BS in business administration from Cornell University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. Mikytuck is an avid scuba diver. His diving trips have taken him to Cuba, Thailand, Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Red Sea while visiting Egypt.