OutServe-SLDN Announces Six New Additions to its Board of Directors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Contact: Andy Blevins, Executive Director
Phone: 202-328-3244, ext. 1
(WASHINGTON) December 20, 2018 – Today, OutServe-SLDN is proud to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors — Lars Anderson, Nathaniel Boehme, Danyell Brenner, John Harry, Hanna Tripp, and Todd Weiler. The Board provides leadership, guidance, and oversight to the organization as it carries out its mission of supporting and representing the LGBTQ military and veteran communities.
“I am thrilled to have these passionate leaders joining the team,” said Andy Blevins, OutServe-SLDN Executive Director. “All current and former service members themselves, they have also dedicated large portions of their personal lives to serving those that serve us. Each of them truly personifies the mission we seek to accomplish here at OutServe-SLDN.”
“It is my firm belief that our strongest and most ready military is one that is reflective of the society it serves,” said Todd Weiler, incoming Board Member of OutServe-SLDN. “Both in and out of the Pentagon, I have worked towards this goal and it is an honor to join OutServe-SLDN, an organization that is leading for countless LGBT Americans that serve or wish to serve our Nation.”
“I am honored to join the Board of Directors for OutServe-SLDN and to throw my efforts in with such an amazing and diverse group of folks,” said Nathaniel Boehme, incoming Board Member of OutServe-SLDN. “For the vast majority of my military career I had to keep silent about who I was at the risk of my entire career. It is exciting to be a part of the team seeking to ensure that those in the LGBTQ community can serve openly and authentically, and to work to correct the injustices of those forced to serve in silence.”
“Since its inception, diversity has been the foundation of this nation’s armed forces,” said Hanna Tripp, incoming Board Member of OutServe-SLDN. “It is a true privilege to be able to help contribute to OutServe-SLDN’s efforts to ensure the continued strength of our military through inclusive service while also protecting the benefits and services that have been earned by our LGBTQ veterans.”
“We are thrilled to have the fresh perspectives of our newest colleagues joining us in the Board room,” said Wes Reynolds, MD, Co-Chair of OutServe-SLDN’s Board of Directors. “We are living in a time where our military and veteran communities are consistently attacked by our country’s leadership. There is a lot of work to still be done to ensure open and authentic military service for all is achieved. However, we are Stronger Together and I am confident that with these new additions to the team — we will prevail.”
The Board has also voted in a new slate of officers, who will officially take their positions in the new year. Wes Reynolds, MD, an Air Force Veteran, and Josh Fontanez, an actively-serving Soldier, will serve as the Board’s Co-Chairs. Monique Clarke, an actively-serving Marine, and Jeff Mueller, an actively-serving Airman, will serve as the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
“I am excited to be joining Wes in this new position, helping to push such an important organization into its next chapter,” said Josh Fontanez, incoming Co-Chair of OutServe-SLDN’s Board of Directors. “I have had the pleasure of serving this community in various capacities over the last several years. This new position will give me the opportunity to have a wider impact and to help create more movement for OutServe-SLDN’s members and staff as we work to make our world more inclusive, affirming, and equitable.”
New Board Members
Lars Anderson (he/him), Air Force Veteran (Air Force Academy graduate)
Nathaniel Boehme (he/him), actively-serving Airman and the first state-legislature confirmed LGBTQ coordinator for a state VA facility in the country
Danyell Brenner (she/her), actively-serving Sailor
John Harry (he/him), Air Force Veteran
Hanna Tripp (she/her), transgender Air Force Veteran
Todd Weiler (he/him), Army Veteran and the Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
New Board Officers
Co-Chair: Wes Reynolds, MD (he/him), Air Force Veteran
Co-Chair: Josh Fontanez (he/him), actively-serving Soldier
Secretary: Monique Clarke (she/her), actively-serving Marine
Treasurer: Jeff Mueller (he/him), actively-serving Airman
Press contact: Andy Blevins, 202-328-3244, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OutServe-SLDN is a nationwide, non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog, and policy organization that represents the LGBTQ+ military community—Service members, veterans, civilian DoD, and their spouses and families—worldwide. Its mission is to address and end—through litigation, policy advocacy, and education—all forms of unequal or unfair treatment against members of its community on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.