Joe Sangirardi, President and Founder

Joe currently serves as director of development for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute in Washington, D.C. In his role, Joe helps cultivate and steward major donors, foundations, and companies to support Victory Fund. He got his start with fundraising at OU after graduating in 2013 and joining the President's Associates program, an annual giving fund that supports President's Boren's vision and priorities for the university. 

During his tenure at OU, Joe was a founding father of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and served as student body president. Joe is a 2013 Letters graduate. Joe and his boyfriend Jeff live in Washington, D.C.

Greg Kubiak, President Emeritus

Greg D. Kubiak is Chief Public Affairs Officer for SURA, a non-profit consortium of research universities.  He is responsible for managing the public relations and policy activities to promote SURA's visibility as a regional organization with national impact, with the media, government agencies, partner organizations and member institutions. Before joining SURA in 2004, Greg was Senior Policy Manager with the Southern Governors’ Association – the oldest and historically largest regional governors' association.  Prior to joining SGA, he worked for other non-profit and policy organizations as well as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma.     

A native of Spencer, Oklahoma, Greg earned a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1983, when he also served as student body president of UOSA, now the Student Government Association (SGA). He authored, "The Gilded Dome: The U.S. Senate and Campaign Finance Reform" published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1994 and has completed 11 marathons.  Active in a number of volunteer and charitable organizations, he is completing his 10th year on the Board of Directors of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.  He and his husband, Joe, live in Washington, D.C.

 

Kely Van Eaton, Vice President

Kely is a 2010 graduate of the OU College of Industrial Engineering, currently consulting as a software project manager for healthcare record implementations around the country. He enjoys traveling for work and pleasure, returning to Norman for Homecoming and Sooner Scandals, participating in College of Engineering events in the Tulsa area, and spending time with lifelong Sooner friends. 

Thriving on campus involvement, while at OU, Kely served the student body as Campus Activities Council (CAC) Chairman, a member of the Crimson Club, Tour Guide, PLC Alumnus, and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Kely currently serves the OU LGBT Alumni Society as its Vice President, where he organized the first OU/TX LGBT Alumni Soiree at the the 2015 Red River Rivalry, welcoming more than 50 alumni from both universities.

Matt Epting, Treasurer

Matt Epting graduated from OU in May 2015 with a dual bachelor's degree in political science and public relations. While at OU he served as student body president and the president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. 

Currently he serves as the Director of Development for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, and Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to abused and neglected children. In his free time, Matt enjoys listening to podcasts and attempting to cook. As the Treasurer of the LGBT Alumni Society, Matt is responsible for coordinating the society's scholarship program.

Derek Case, Secretary

Derek has 4+ years of professional experience in international education and management consulting. Before moving to Dallas, he was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Linz, Austria. He currently serves clients in the energy and utilities industries as a Change Management consultant and project manager, with a focus on increasing user adoption of new technologies. Since 2014, Derek has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas.

Matt Sumner, Membership Chair

Matt Sumner serves as the acting Treasurer of the OU LGBT Alumni Society. Throughout his life, Sumner has been involved with LGBTQ organizations across Oklahoma. In the early 2000s, Matt helped with the establishment of Bixby High School’s first Gay Straight Alliance. This aspiration was met with heavy opposition but the group was successfully founded and Mr. Sumner was awarded as the 2006 Community Hero from the Tulsa Oklahomans for Human Rights. 

Sumner attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration in 2011. During his time at OU, he founded a student-led organization (P.E.A.K.) that celebrated diversity amongst its members and elevated common grounds between traditionally dissimilar groups of people. Matt has an unfettering love for the musical arts and he served as the 2010 Drum Major of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. After graduation, Sumner worked for Chesapeake Energy and concurrently earned his masters degree in Energy Legal Studies from Oklahoma City University. Mr. Sumner currently resides in Tulsa and serves as the President of the board of directors for the Openarms Youth Project.

Andy Duty, Parliamentarian

Andrew Duty, PhD, is an assistant research professor of microbiology and assistant director for the Center for Therapeutic Antibody Development (CTAD) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, formerly the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. In this capacity, Andy oversees development of several early stage therapeutic projects originating from research at Mt. Sinai that have potential for drug development. Prior to joining the faculty at Mt. Sinai, Andy served as a scientific consultant with Capra Consulting, LLC, a medical research consulting firm, where his clients ranged from large pharmaceuticals and venture capital management firms to state and public agencies.

A native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and a proud Sooner, Andy graduated with his doctorate in microbiology and immunology from OUHSC and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 2007, where he also served as chairman of the Campus Activities Board. Prior to this, Andy completed bachelors’ degrees in biochemistry and Letters at OU, graduating in 2001. Andy currently resides in Manhattan.

LGBT Club Officers

  • Andy Duty
  • Matt Sumner
  • Joe Sangirardi
  • Matt Epting
  • Kely Van Eaton
  • Derek Case
  • Greg Kubiak

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