William Way elects board at first meeting of 2016

The William Way LGBT Community Center elected several members to its board of directors Jan. 8 at its first board meeting of the year.


After five years as co-chair of the board, Jeff Sotland stepped down as his term ended. The center’s new co-chair will be Paul Steinke. He will join existing co-chair Laurie Ward.

All four board candidates up for election were approved: Steve Brando and Anh Dang, as well as Marc Coleman and Chad Bundrock, both of whom are new additions to the board.

The board also appointed two new members: Jose Sabalbaro and John Loesch. Steinke was reappointed to the board.

Board terms are two years, with members allowed to serve up to three terms. 

While the ballots were being counted, executive director Chris Bartlett outlined the center’s plans for the upcoming year, including the move of its archives from the east side of the building to the west, which will double its size. The archive’s current space will become a reading room.

The center’s upcoming events include its Night Out at the Opera in February, Homecoming in late spring, the Indigo Ball Preview Party in July and the Indigo Ball Oct. 8.

After the elections, the board held its first meeting of the year, which was not open to the public.

Dang reported on the center’s finances. The center reported total revenue of $1.09 million for fiscal year 2015, compared to its budgeted revenue of $982,072. The surplus was attributed to better-than-expected individual giving, as well as increased building and program revenue.

Total expenses for the center for fiscal year 2015 were reported at $1.08 million, over the budgeted expenses of $939,310. The center came in under budget in general operations and personnel for 2015 and was over budget in building, marketing and program expenses.

For more information, visit www.waygay.org. 

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