Meet the Board


Gerardo Madrid

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

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.

Kawana Davis

PRESIDENT

Currently a Resource Consultant Supervisor for Republic Services. A true Environmentalist at heart, you can find her volunteering for Trees Charlotte as a Tree Master 2.0 to ensure a diverse tree canopy through the city of Charlotte. She is also a board member of the Domestic Violence Advisory Board and the Community Relations Committee for City Council.

She also shares her professional talents as the President of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Her biggest reward is being a TreeMaster 2.0 with Trees Charlotte to help diversify the canopy, provide stewardship and pruning education.

Ashley Lauren

Board of directors

I was born in Supply, NC. My mother and father believe in strong Christian beliefs, sound moral character and education. Because of them , I furthered my education post high school on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in child development and family relations and a Master of Education in communication science and disorders. I currently provide home health speech therapy services for Kindred Healthcare. I have experience planning and executing target goals, managing budgets and fundraising. I own an in-home after school /drop-in service providing beginner piano lessons, tutoring and free speech therapy for children with mild communication disorders.

My career and passion for our youth define my belief in community service. I married and am a wonderful mother of two this past June. Together we strive to provide a well-balanced life for our children and inequality I choose to grow in partnerships with community service organizations to better serve my community.

Lee Ziglar

board of directors

I was raised in the very small town of Advance, NC (or some of you may know Mocksville). I was the first one in my family to attend college at UNC Charlotte and received my BA in Marketing in December 2015. I’m passionate about LGBTQ issues and was the youngest Board of Director for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce. At the end of 2015 I was hired on with Amazon as an Area Manager in Baltimore, Maryland. In this role I have developed my leadership skills in ways I never thought possible. Amazon has provided me with what I’ve always needed, opportunity. In November 2016 I relocated with my partner, Ethan back to Charlotte to launch one of our company’s newest facilities CLT2. Currently, I manage a $40 million department and oversee 300+ associates on an ongoing basis. I am open to new ideas and love to network. I look forward to meeting every member, big and small, in the LGBTQ Chamber. Cheers!

Jen Carbuto

Marketing

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(http://clgbtcc.org), the Webmaster of a local Living history group (https://goo.gl/z6B8p2), and the Team Captain of a local Dragon Boat Team (https://goo.gl/FoHV5Z)
 

Bryan VanHuystee

Treasurer

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.