LL Board of Trustees

Sue_Greer_2015KG MacGregor, President

KG MacGregor is the pseudonym for Sue A. Greer, who received her PhD in journalism & mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a focus on political & issues polling and strategic audience analysis, she built an international clientele that included newspapers, magazines, government institutions and non-profits. From 1999-2004, she was director of research of TRAC Media Services, which provided programming and fundraising support for public television. KG has authored twenty-one lesbian romance novels, all published by Bella Books. Her sixth Bella novel, Out of Love, won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Romance. She collected Golden Crown Awards for Out of Love, Without Warning, Worth Every Step, Photographs of Claudia (romance), and Secrets So Deep and Playing With Fuego (romantic suspense). An avid hiker, she divides her time between Palm Springs and her native North Carolina mountains.

John Rochester Photo, March 2015 croppedJohn Rochester, Vice President

John Rochester is a First Vice President, Senior Investment Management Consultant, Portfolio Manager, Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley.  He currently serves as the Treasurer and Immediate Past President on the Board of Directors for Santa Fe Performing Arts – a children’s education, outreach and adult contemporary performing arts organization, as well as a Trustee for the Museums of New Mexico Foundation.  He has served on local community and national boards that address diverse issues such as health/social services, hunger, the arts, children’s education and several LGBTQ organizations.  John has received a number of awards for his charitable work including the National Volunteer of The Year for Colin Powel’s America’s Promise, The Alliance for Youth, What a difference a day makes as well as the Point of Light Award – the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Simpson College and has been actively involved in media and the performing arts his entire life.  In addition to continuously working in the financial industry for the past 28 years, John has been active in national print and video promotion and he hosted a nationally syndicated financial radio show from 1995 through 2007.  He currently resides with his husband in the town in which he grew up – Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Denise Penn

Denise Penn, Secretary

Denise Penn is Vice President of the American Institute of Bisexuality, an organization focused on research and education that has supported over 30 scientific studies in more than five countries. As an advocacy journalist, reporter and editor based in Orange County, California, she has covered issues for the LGBT and HIV affected community for nearly two decades. As a clinical social worker, she has worked with hospice patients and families and designed educational materials. She also produced and hosted an award-winning LGBT community television program for twelve years, interviewing community activists, political figures, and ordinary people with stories to tell. She received BA degrees in English and Social Science Research and earned a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University.

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J. Michael Samuel, Treasurer

J. Michael Samuel is Manager and VP of Professional Practices in Audit at First Republic Bank. He has held a similar position in Union Bank and Wells Fargo Audit after he retired from the Federal Reserve 12th District as a Audit Director. He is a frequent guest speaker on audit practice and has appeared throughout Silicon Valley and San Francisco at numerous audit and control conferences for the International Institute of Auditors, Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve Bank System. For more than 15+ years he has served as a facilitator and group leader for the University of California AIDS Health Project, a Shanti volunteer for more than four years, and served on the founding board of Directors of Golden Gate Performing Arts. He also has served on the Food For Thought AIDS Food Bank Sonoma County Auction committee.

 Lisa GirolamLisa Girolamii

Lisa Girolami is currently a Director and Executive Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide. Her projects included The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the pre show films at Disney Hollywood Studios, the Aladdin Virtual Reality attraction at EPCOT, new magic renovations for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland, the redesign of Paradise Pier and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure, and the current Avatar project at Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

Since 1979, previous positions within the entertainment industry included Motion Picture Production Executive, at Disney, Touchstone, and Buena Vista Pictures (Good Morning, Vietnam; Roger Rabbit; Honey, I Shrunk The Kids; Dead Poet’s Society, Three Men and a Baby; Ruthless People; Outrageous Fortune; The Color of Money; Adventures in Babysitting; D.O.A.; Tough Guys; Flight of the Navigator; Ernest Saves Christmas; Can’t Buy Me Love; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills); Production Manager, Assistant Director and Production Coordinator on various film and TV projects including The Terminator; Critters; Re-Animator; Just Like Magic; Summer’s End, and Philip Marlowe; Show Producer for Seuss Landing, one of the themed islands at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Escape in Orlando; and Creative Director for the Los Angeles County Fair Association.

Lisa Girolami is an author with Bold Strokes Books and her novels include Love on Location, The Pleasure Set, Run to Me, Jane Doe, Fugitives of Love, Cut to The Chase, and The 45th Parallel. 

Ms. Girolami received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters in Psychology from the California State University, Long Beach. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

She happily resides with her wife in Long Beach, CA and may be found at LisaGirolami.com.

Jerome MurphyJerome Murphy

Jerome Murphy received an MFA in 2011 from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as ProgramAdministrator, and taught Introduction to Creative Writing to undergraduates in Spring 2011 with an emphasis on exploring the dichotomy between literary and commercial strategies in fiction, and structural and stylistic elements of poetry. He currently serves on the Arts & Science Community Building Team, and is a member of NYU’s Administrative Management Council. As an undergraduate at Stanford University he assisted Diane Middlebrook in researching Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage (Viking, 2003), following Middlebrook’s seminar on Plath and Hughes. From 2007-2009 he was Literary Associate at Maria Carvainis Agency, with a particular interest in YA fiction. He currently serves on the Host Committee for Lambda Literary Awards, as Chair of The Gift Bag Committee. His critical writing has appeared in LA Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary and in his monthly feature column Outwords, which he authored for Next Magazine from 2010-2011. (More work is archived online at http://www.ellisonian.org/.) He fondly remembers his time as a clerk at Oscar Wilde Bookshop prior to its 2009 closing, and he currently enjoys literary performance collaborations including Emotive Fruition Poetry Series at the Bowery Poetry Club and Bureau of General Services, Queer Division. He consults for NYU’s alumni series Ink.ed MFA. He is currently particularly interested in anti-violence initiatives.

Amy Scholder

Amy Scholder

Amy Scholder has been editing and publishing progressive and literary books for over twenty years. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture. She has served as editorial director of the Feminist Press, editor-in-chief of Seven Stories Press, US publisher of Verso, founding co-editor of HIGH RISK Books/Serpent’s Tail, and editor at City Lights Books. Over the years, she has published the work of Sapphire, Karen Finley, June Jordan, Kate Bornstein, Kathy Acker, David Wojnarowicz, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gaitskill, Joni Mitchell, Kate Millett, Elfriede Jelinek, Muriel Rukeyser, Laurie Weeks, Justin Vivian Bond, Virginie Despentes, Ana Castillo, and many other award-winning authors.

S. Chris Shirley

S. Chris Shirley is an award-winning writer/director and global head of internal communications at McGraw Hill Financial. His debut novel, Playing by the Book, was published by Magnus Books in June 2014 and selected as one of ten great LGBT summer reads by The Advocate. He is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic. Chris directed ”What’s Your Name,” a music video that aired nationally and made the annual MTV-Logo Top 10. His short film, “Plus,” played at film festivals internationally. Chris received his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and later completed his MBA at Columbia University, where he served as class president.


Salem West

Salem West is the Publisher of Bywater Books, a feminist and lesbian press in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previously she held numerous national-level management positions with TRW and Johnson Controls, overseeing a wide array of facility security, Salem Westrisk management, and environmental integration programs for the Departments of Energy and Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the Architect of the Capitol. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and in 2007 she became President and Chief Operating Officer of AcuTech Government Services, which provides security vulnerability assessment and design and engineering services for numerous US and foreign governmental agencies. In 2011, she founded her breakout blog, The Rainbow Reader, which combined homespun essays with queer- centric perspectives in book reviews focused on LGBT literature. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Public Policy, she is the co-author of two books, June Magee, R.N., Festival Nurse, and Hoosier Daddy, a 2014 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She and her wife, author Ann McMan, reside in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Jan Zivic

Jan Zivic, aJan Zivic, Board of Trustees Lambda Literary Fellow, received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco in 2012.  In 2011 she published a memoir piece in the Porter Gulch Review, and more recently, a short story in Temporary Shelter, Eleven Stories, edited by Karl Soehnlein, an award-winning Lambda Literary author.

In 2007, Jan co-founded vibrantBrains, a cognitive gym and start-up listed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies.”  In previous careers Jan taught English and Film and sponsored the literary magazine at high schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. After moving to California, she spent more than twenty years in Executive Search with several international consulting firms, as well as founding and managing her own firm with offices in SF and LA, The Zivic Group.

She has received the Cable Car Woman of the Year Award, the Maya Angelou Award for Community Leadership from the Center for Excellence at the University of California Medical School, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of California, PA, all for her community philanthropic and volunteer leadership.  Jan and her daughter, Jessica, live in the Bay Area.

Want to Join our Board

Lambda Literary is currently accepting applications for a seat on our board of directors.

Please consider what we are looking for:

  • Skills: We need to round out our board skills in many areas, including Legal, Corporate Fundraising, Accounting, Grant Writing, Major Gifts, and Publishing

  • Diversity: We would like for our board to better reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve in areas such as sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, geographic location, etc.

  • Basic Criteria: The board is primarily responsible for fundraising and governance.  Each board member must have the ability to fulfill Board Member Expectations, including the $3,000 Give/Get (the minimal annual fundraising requirement for each board member).

  • Additional Criteria: The ability to promote a collaborative, team environment that is focused on the mission of LLF above all else is also very important

So, if you—or someone you know—has what it takes to be on the Lambda Literary Board, we invite you to fill out the application and submit it to tvalenzuela@LambdaLiterary.org.