Charles King - President of the Board
Charles King is the current president of the board of directors, and creator of the Black and White Event in York, Pennsylvania. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, but has lived in many parts of the United States form Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and now lives outside of York, PA. He has extensive knowledge of non-profit organizations, HIV/AIDS, fundraising, production, event planning, and has learned his trade by volunteering for many things like the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stephen's Point, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Collin's College School of Technology in Tempe, AZ, and The Art Institute of Phoenix. He was recently married to Greg King in Norwalk, CT.
Gregory King - Board Member
Gregory King is an owner of Garretson Tile Co. in Gettysburg and is a longtime volunteer in the LGBT non-profit community. He has previously served as a board member of Common Roads and The Central PA LGBT Community Center Coalition for a period of eight years. He joined The Black & White Party as an informal volunteer in 2008 and joined the Board of Directors in late 2009.
Frank Pizzoli - Board Member
Frank Pizzoli has published extensively on HIV/AIDS, gay issues, health care treatment and policy, alternative health care and wellness, and managed care. He's been active with The Black & White Party since it's inception.
With 85 other HIV-positive people, he appeared (May 2004) on the cover of and inside POZ magazine photographed by internationally-known photographer Spencer Tunick. The installation was presented in Chelsea's I-20 Gallery and is subject of an award-winning HBO/Cinemax documentary "Positively Naked".
In 2007, he produced "Second Lazarus", a 30-minute documentary film on living with HIV in south central PA. Funds were provided by Cable Positive, The Tony Cox Community Fund, and AIDS Fund of South Central PA. A 10-min. version is available on youtube and on thecentralvoice.ning.com.
His work has appeared nationally in Lambda Book Review (Edmund White review and interview), White Crane Review, Instinct, POZ, Rivendell's Q Syndicate and Press Pass Q, HIV Plus, AlterNet Syndication, Positively Aware, Body Positive, New York Blade News and Washington Blade, as well as on radio and television. National magazine cover stories include POZ and Body Positive.
He is founding publisher and editor of central PA's Central Voice newspaper and founder of nonprofit Positive Opportunities, Inc., a Points of Light Foundation award winner (2001).
Sean Maloney - Director of Development
Sean is the Director of Development for a national civil rights non-profit organization called the Equal Rights Center. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. where he has taken his passion for LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS work and other issues and transferred them into a career of advocating for social change and bringing about an end to discrimination. Sean most recently lived in Central Pennsylvania where he was actively involved in the LGBT community, and remains dedicated to the cause that the Black & White Party has taken up. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University and a B.S. from Binghamton University in Upstate New York.
Timothy A. Wood - Board Member
Native of Baltimore, MD, born November 17, 1961. Tim has since resided in PA for over 30 years. For the last 10 years, Tim has been a successful business owner and hair designer in Harrisburg, PA.
Originally licensed in PA, trained with Chadwick's of New York and London, Bumble and Bumble German Design Team in New York, Sebastian International in New York and Los Angeles, received SDA (Sebastian Design Artist) accreditation, educator for 6 years with Sebastian International Design Team.
Original board member of the Black and White Party from its inception in 2007. One of my primary roles has been to come up with a different theme each year. I've handled the VIP gift bags, worked with the VIP section, procuring donations for Silent Auction, and assisting in any and all board related activity including joining the recent National Black and White Committee Board.
Jamie Filippelli - Board Member
Jamie Filippelli has been involved in HIV/AIDS fund-raising in South Central PA for many years.
His experience in business management, including that of retail and restaurant management has provided the necessary leadership/outreach experience needed to participate in several areas of the planning of The Black and White Party, York for the last two years.
As a member of the local planning committee, he has been put in charge of the design and implementation of the Hair and Make-up for the 2009 & 2010 events, in addition to heading up two pre-event fund-raisers for the 2010 event under his title of "Hillside leatherboy".
Ralph Walker - Vice President
Ralph has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. He has been working in the synthetic DNA synthesis industry for the over 20 years. For the past 10 years he has been the Director of Advanced Technology for AIC of Framingham MA. In 1999 he worked at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and part of his duties at that time was the AIDS/HIV liaison between the clinical labs of the university hospital and the state of Maryland. This role helped to ensure that funds were allocated appropriately to the state regions based on need.
Ralph has been an attendee and supporter of The Black and White Party since 2008 and joined the Planning Committee in 2010 for the 2011 event. In June of 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Executive Board. He looks forward to working with the other members of the Board and Planning Committee to help the event grow and support the needs of our area.
Peter Jones - Treasurer
A self-proclaimed geek and gadget junkie, Peter is excited to be taking over the duties of treasurer and becoming further involved with The Black & White Party. Born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and educated in Great Britain, he moved to the United States in 1993 and is now a U.S. citizen. Peter is the Chief Financial Officer for Penny Toys, a Vintage Style and Propping Company and is also employed by UPS. He currently lives in Lancaster County with his lovely wife Penny and enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and enhancing his photography skills. Peter looks forward to helping The Black and White Party grow to continue to provide services and support to the HIV/AIDS community.
Jenny Beth Kissner - Board Member
Jenny Beth has called York, PA home since 1995. She joined the Black & White Party in 2010.
Mary Beth Ching - Board Member
Born and raised in Rutland, Vermont - she now resides in York, PA with her wonderful family. She's been a member of the Board of Directors since its inception in 2007. Over the years her duties have included acquiring silent auction items and donations, along with program ads and sponsors. She gathers and organizes the database for all donations to assisting with donation requests and thank you letters. Graduated from York College of PA and has sang/danced her entire life! She has a special place in her heart for this event - she knows that the only way to help more people and truly making a difference is by spreading the word and taking a stand! She has grown so fond of the group that is involved with the Black and White Party and considers them all great friends.
David M. Leas - Planning Committee
David is presently co-chair of the AIDS FUND of South Central Pennsylvania, a position he has held for the past three years. He had served on the Board of Directors for AIDS Community Alliance for six years and has been a relentless advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
David conceptualized and organized the first DINE OUT fundraising event in 1992 and had been involved with the organizing committee for 14 years. This event started in Lancaster and recruited area restaurants to donate a portion of an evening's receipts to help fight HIV/AIDS in the community. The event later grew to include the Harrisburg and York areas and had raised more than $400,000 under his leadership.
David had been employed by Isaac's Restaurant and Deli from 1987 until October 2008. His last position was Vice President of Operations, a position he has held since May 1989.
Prior to Isaac's, David and a partner owned and operated a restaurant/nightclub at the Railroad House in Marietta, PA, from 1976 to 1985. After selling his business interest, he started a catering operation and shared a bakeshop with a high school acquaintance.
David served as Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the PA Restaurant Association and served as chair of the Membership Committee.
He resides in Elizabethtown, PA with his partner Ben Dunlap.
Chad Alan Carr - Board Member
Chad-Alan Carr currently serves as the Founding Executive/Artistic Director for the Gettysburg Community Theatre, a non-profit organization dedicated to training, education and performing opportunities for musical theatre in Adams County. Originally from Houston, Texas where he is a well-known musical theatre "triple threat" performer and director/choreographer, Chad relocated to Pennsylvania in 2005 where he directed many highly acclaimed productions such as: My Fair Lady, Camelot, Disneys High School Musical, Disneys 101 Dalmatians kids, Man Of La Mancha, A Chorus Line, Children of Eden, Disneys High School Musical 2, CATS, LesMiserables, Peter Pan, Nunsense, and Big River.
Chad received his formal training as a scholarship student of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre Program at Sam Houston State University where he was also later awarded a Distinguished Theatre Alumni Award for "achievement in professional theatre". Chad has also worked with such nationally acclaimed artists and Broadway veterans as: Jack Dabdoub (Original Cast Man Of La Mancha/Camelot), Marie Danvers (The Phantom Of The Opera), Rob Gallagher (South Pacific-Lincoln Center Revival), Katie Clarke (The Light In The Piazza/Wicked), and Greg Graham (Original Cast Hairspray/Billy Elliott); in addition to Emmy Award television actors, Chad Brannon and Meredith Hagner; Christina Aguilaira's choreographer Jermaine Browne; American Ballet Theatre's George de La Pena; and the ballet star of the movie musical CHICAGO, Ekaterina Schelkanova.
With over 100 productions to his name, Chad has been involved in professional and community theaters across the country for the past 20 years. He performed in the 50th Anniversary Broadway National Tour of Singin' In The Rain, which toured 46 states in the U.S., plus Canada. The Black & White Party is always the gem of his season and is very near to his heart! He sends thanks to everyone for their dedication and support of this beautiful cause.
Mitchell L. Ernst - Board Member
Mitch has been performing for as long as he can remember, and is very proud to bring his abilities to the Black & White Party. Having performed for RoundTable Productions, Bube's Brewery, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and The New Jersey Renaissance Faire (Among others), he looks forward to adding to the theatricality of this great event, and loves adding his own twist to many familiar themes. Mitch's alter-ego, Jade DeVere, has recently begun performing for Black and White also, and both of them are happy to everyone involved with this great cause!
Shannon L. McElroy - Secretary & PR Director
Shannon is a Baltimore native who moved to York, Pa in 2010 and has been involved with The Black and White Party since that time. She is the Caring Together Program Manager at Family First Health and has been working directly with individuals with HIV/AIDS since 2008. Shannon is also a certified medical case manager and is trained to perform rapid HIV testing.
She has a master's degree in Human Services/Nonprofit Management from Capella University, a graduate certificate in Job Development and Job Placement for individuals with disabilities from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor's degree in English from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. Due to her love of the arts and history of performing, in 2012 she has taken on the role of Vice President of the Friends of Cedar Crest Performing Arts.
In her "spare" time Shannon enjoys her pets, traveling, crafting, and reading. Shannon has a passion for people and is thrilled to be working with the executive board as the Secretary and Public Relations Director for The Black and White Party. She looks forward to growing the organization and many more successfully Black and White events in the future!
Penny Jones - Planning Committee Member
I live with my wonderful husband and our soppy boy kitty Nici. All my kids have tails. I had a successful business working with stylists providing props for magazines, movies and commercial ads. Finding the special items that they sought and also providing merchandise for individual enterprises world wide. Since retiring I have volunteered with Theraputic Horseback Riding working with autistic and severely disabled children. I have also been a Life Group Leader working with children through our church. I have a passion to serve and make a difference for others lives. It is important to me to reach the out. The issue of HIV/AIDS has been very much a core issue since the beginning. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with this group.
Marilynn Jones - Board Member
Marilynn was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and now resides in Glendale Arizona. I have two sons including Charles King which is of course why I have been so involved with Black and White.
Marilynn has been involved with the Black and White party since it was created in 2007. I have helped with the setting up and taking down and everything in between. The first year was a huge success even though it was done with a limited amount of volunteers. Since 2007 the Black and White Party has grown tremendously and seen a lot of wonderful changes thanks to all the skilled people involved. I am so proud to have been a part of this great group of dedicated people.
I am very passionate about HIV/AIDS and was able to do my internship with the Milwaukee AIDS Center. I have done needle exchange, AIDs testing, working the AIDs line taking calls and interviewing new clients. I earned an Associate Degree in Human Service in 2004. I want to be able to say that I was able to help others when they had a hard time helping themselves. Being a part of Black and White has given me that opportunity with the money raised going to help people living with HIV/AIDs.
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