Milwaukee LGBT center makes new hires


The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center recently announced a series of new hires.

They include:

• Tom Hanley as director of programming and operations. He is a former principal of Golda Meir School.

“Tom has a reputation as a strong leader and facilitator of excellent teams,” said interim center Karen Gotzle. “He brings great ideas and enthusiasm to the position.”

Hanley’s duties are to manage the center’s daily operations.

“Tom has a very strong commitment to the LGBT community, and we are thrilled that he is bringing that commitment and his extensive skills to the center,” said center board co-chair Jennifer Morales.

Hanley said, “I am very excited for the opportunity to help develop an organization that operates effectively, efficiently and with unmatched accountability, in order to provide additional program offerings that are of high interest and importance to a broader LGBT community.

• Public ally Syd Robinson, who has lived and worked in Milwaukee for 10 years. A news release said Robinson is a public ally with Americorps. Robinson is skilled in e-marketing, graphic design and branding in social media and will serve as the center’s communications coordinator.

“I’m thrilled to be here and truly appreciate being placed at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center,” Robinson said. “Identifying as a transgender man has not always been easy; especially at the workplace. Now that I feel totally comfortable in my surroundings, with my co-workers, and with my fellow allies, the sophistication of my productivity has increased by being free to be my whole self. This positive change has shown through my work and I’ve already jumped into some new developments that are happening at the center. This is a very exciting time for me.”

• Carmen Barnes is the third addition to the staff, joining the center as a youth program coordinator.

Barnes, according to the news release, “believes that everyone experiences special challenges in their lives and may benefit from the therapeutic value that counseling offers in order to heal. She sees counseling and therapy as an opening for individuals to receive support and guidance as they find their own unique paths back into happiness and recovery from an addictive past.”

The center is at 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee.

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