Meet the Board

Gerardo Madrid


Gerardo Madrid was born in Mexico and to the States when he was three years old. He grew up in a small town named, Chatsworth, GA just one hour and forty minutes north of Atlanta. He moved to Charlotte, NC to pursue a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at Johnson & Wales University. There he was also involved with the Campus LGBT Pride organization. He was in charge of leading meetings, bringing community guests and speakers to campus, and executing events that promoted inclusion and community. He also stayed to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business, and later landed a full time job as a Human Resources professional. He still loves pastry, but realized it was more of a hobby. He is still seeking ways to be involved in Charlotte and the LGBT community. During his spare time he enjoys attending various run clubs, trying new restaurants and cuisines, traveling and spending time with friends.

Chad Turner


Chad has over 15 years of experience assisting businesses and professionals with their human resource  and organizational develop needs.  He is designated as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HRCI. Over the past eight years he has focused on training and advising small business owners, corporations and individuals in the areas of LGBT workplace issues, diversity, inclusion and policy development.  In addition to his career, Chad has been active within the community and continues to volunteer for various organizations.

Previously, Chad served as President of the Charlotte Business Guild and overseen the transition to the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  He continued to broaden the network of business owners and professionals by fostering a continued relationship with the Charlotte Chamber and gaining affiliation with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Under his leadership the CLGBTCC experienced unprecedented growth and received the 2016 Organization of the Year Award from the Human rights Campaign. 

In addition to moving the CLGBTCC forward under their mission, he believes that all organizations should reflect the communities they serve.  Every business owner, professional, college student and retiree that identifies as LGBTQ or supports equality for all should have more than just a seat at the table, they should be given a voice.

Jen Carbuto


Jennifer Carbuto is a Art Director for Intrigue, a New York Company that she has been with for 24 years. Originally from Long Island I moved to Charlotte 5 years ago. I joined the Business Guild in 2013 helping them brand themselves with a new logo & new marketing.  I feel its very important to give back to the community where I can. When I'm not helping on the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce board, I am a classroom mom for my children's classes. I have 3 children and husband. I love traveling, reading & checking out new microbreweries. 

Gabby Staskiewiz

vice president

Gabby has worked in the Infrastructure Technology field for over 20 years. Through her career, she has served in many roles ranging from Entry Level Support through Director.  With her experience in the non-profit, education, corporate and government giving her a broad insight into what it takes to have technology work for businesses to stay productive and secure in our modern business environment. In 2016, she left Florida to work with Colin the founder of Hermes Consulting USA to provide the SMB market bringing corporate grade IT solutions at affordable costs and without the need to have staff to maintain it.
 When she isn’t at a computer or talking to others about their Technology needs, Gabby volunteers as the Vice President of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce(, the Webmaster of a local Living history group (, and the Team Captain of a local Dragon Boat Team (

Bryan VanHuystee


Having spent most of my career in the financial services industry, currently a mortgage manager; I believe there is a general need in the community for professionals to donate time to improve the community we live in.

Having relocated to Charlotte in May, I am looking for ways to get actively involved and would like to commit to activities that I believe in. Being able to support the LGBT community is important to me, and I would like the opportunity to assist where possible. I am fully able to commit to the 1-20 hours a month of volunteer service, thanks to both a supportive partner and a Company that encourages community activity.

In September, I joined the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte and believe this along with the Chamber can be two good areas to support the community.

Prior to board positions have included the United Way as a general board member, the American Heart Association as the Silicon Valley Walk Chairperson for 2 years, Board member and President for my Church in Silicon Valley, Work to Future board member for over 11 years with being the Chair/Vice Chair of the Youth Committee and Board Member/Member Chairmen for the SIlicon Valley LGBT Chamber of Commerce.