Our Staff and Board of Directors


John Mikytuck, Interim Executive Director
John has been working to address issues impacting the LGBT community since 1990.  After graduating from Cornell University, John moved to New York City and began spearheading HIV/AIDS prevention and education projects in partnership with Gay Men’s Health Crisis(GMHC) and Gay & Lesbian Community Center(GLCC) with support from the New York Community Trust. 

In 2001, John moved to Key West where he served as Director of Prevention and Education at AIDS Help, Key West’s only AIDS service organization. During his tenure, John expanded the agency’s HIV prevention and education efforts by developing partnerships with faith-based communities and conducting research on the impact of HIV risk behavior among gay/bisexual tourists in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research(CAIR).  John’s research was later presented at the 2004 International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand and in several peer reviewed  journals.  John’s HIV/AIDS work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health(NIH), Health and Human Services(HHS), SAMHSA and Florida Department of Health. 

John’s LGBT advocacy expanded into journalism and in the mid-1990s he began writing, producing and directing stories documenting the LGBT experience for a number of different media outlets.  Over his career, John’s work has appeared on the History Channel, A&E Television and In The Life, the longest-running national news program documenting the LGBT experience on PBS.  In 2008, John won an Emmy Award for Hope’s Voice, a story he wrote and produced about HIV/AIDS and youth.  John’s most recent documentary The Newcomer, a film about America’s first openly gay mayor, premiered on PBS in 2013.   

Since 2011, John has been a leading advocate for LGBT homeless youth and those within the juvenile justice system.  John helped create and produce NJ’s first state-wide LGBT youth homelessness conference in partnership with the NJ State Bar Association’s LGBT Right’s Section, Covenant House, Anchor House and Garden State Equality.

John earned a BS from Cornell University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.  John was born and raised in Medford, New Jersey and owns a home in Ewing, NJ where he lives. 

Shannon Cuttle, Managing Director of Anti-Bullying Initiatives
Shannon Cuttle is a nationally recognized leader in the safe schools movement. As an educator and advocate for the past sixteen years, Shannon has driven innovation in education policy at the city, state, and federal levels. Most notably, Shannon served as Executive Director of the nationwide Safe Schools Action Network, founded the National Safe Schools Day, and played an instrumental role in the District of Columbia’s successful adoption of the country’s first citywide anti-bullying plan. A noted writer and speaker on safe schools, equity, and diversity in education, Shannon is currently the Director of Anti-Bullying Initiatives for Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest civil rights and safe schools organization.

Patrick Lenahan, Director of Operations
Patrick is responsible for managing the administration, finances, and human resources of Garden State Equality. In short, Patrick makes sure the doors stay open.

Additionally, Patrick fields the calls that come in through the Discrimination Hotline, ensuring that GSE is connecting people who need assistance with resources, and he serves as the intake coordinator and supervisor for GSE’s cadre of volunteers and interns. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked in sales and customer service for large New Jersey-based companies in the private sector. Patrick came to Garden State Equality as a volunteer in 2008, when he decided to assist in the campaign to win marriage equality. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors in recognition of his commitment to GSE.

A graduate of William Paterson University, Patrick also studied at Montclair State University and Institut Savoisien d’Études Françaises at l’Université de Savoie in Annecy-le-Vieux, France, where he was first in his class. 


Garden State Equality Education Fund Executive Committee

Chair: Jeff Gardner
Vice Chair: Vicki Wu
Treasurer: John Otto
Secretary: Kari Osmond
Add’l Members: Luanne Peterpaul, Toni Bonjavanni, Gary Cosgrove, Steve McIntyre, Lynn Centonze, Lori Marino, Robyn Gigl

Garden State Equality Action Fund Executive Committee

Chair: Luanne Peterpaul
Vice Chair: John Keating
Treasurer: Kim Otto
Secretary: Steve McIntyre
Add’l Members: John Otto, Robyn Gigl, Toni Bonjavanni, Gary Cosgrove, Lynn Centonze, Lori Marino, Kari Osmond, Vick Wu

Garden State Equality Advisory Board

Robert S. Powell
Trevor Powell
Becky Redington
Rey Redington
Jim Ringwood
Charles Rosen
Steve Rother
Jennifer Sciortino
David Sgro
Marsha Shapiro
Elder Rev. Kevin E. Taylor
Mary Theroux
Amanda Tolomeo
Louise Walpin
Shari Weiner
Vicki Wu
Betty Wyka
Paul Zilber
Rev. Jeff Ziegler
Matthew Zimmer
Sherry Zimmer
Bob Zuckerman
Patricia Bell
Corey Bernstein
John Berrier
Linda Berrier
Ronnie Billini
Toni Bonjavanni
Lashambi Britton-Moore
Dr. Stacy Brodsky
Denise Brunner
Rev. Gil Caldwell
Richard Cardillo
Salena Carroll
Rev. Matt Cimorelli
Emilia Colon
Kevin Costello
DeAnn Cox
Pam Daniels
Rev Bruce Davidson
Rev. L.L. DuBreuil
Rosi Efthim
Jennifer Ehrentraut
Leslie Farber
Marty Finkle
Christopher Gagliardi
Madison Galluccio
Rev. Rose Hardy
Richard Ho
Veronica Hoff Kairos
John Keating
Suzanne Kinzler
Shannon Kirk
Rev. Robert Kriesat
Tom Laurita
Patrick Lenahan
Isabella Levy
Felice Londa
Jimmy Madden
Richie Madden
Elizabeth McCarthy
Juan Melli
Mill Montejo
Shanna Moore
Joey Novick
John Otto III
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