(Chicago, IL, August 16, 2017) – Howard Brown Health today announced new board leadership for 2017/2018 with Mario Treto, Jr., legal counsel for the City of Evanston, elected Chair of its Board of Directors.

Joining Treto are Executive Vice Chair Bethany Pagels-Minor of Cars.com, Treasurer Mark Hawkins of Columbia University in New York City, and Secretary N. Charles Thomas of Northwestern University.  Officers at-large include Emily Byrne-Driver of Elegant Custom Drapery, Becky Rowland of City of Milwaukee Health Department, and Fawna Stockwell of Upswing Advocates.

Duke Alden, JD of Aon Corporation, who served as Chair of the Board since 2012, will assume the role of Immediate Past Chair.  In recognition of his dedication to the mission and leadership during challenging times, Howard Brown presented Alden with a TRUE LOVE commemorative trophy at its recent open house in Rogers Park where the organization unveiled its new TRUE LOVE art installation.

“Being a part of the tremendous legacy of Howard Brown, and the effort to ensure it remains a local and national treasure to the LGBTQ community, has been one the greatest honors of my life,” said Alden. “Howard Brown’s growth and strength is a testament to our dedicated staff, loyal patients, and engaged stakeholders. I leave this role more confident than ever that Howard Brown will continue to be the health system of choice and excellence for the LGBTQ community of Chicago and beyond.”

He noted the significance of transitioning the organization’s Board leadership to Treto, 32, who is Howard Brown’s first Chair of Latinx decent and only the second person of color to assume the helm of the Board.

“As a young professional, Howard Brown has played an important part in my life in meeting my unique healthcare needs as a Latino gay man,” Treto said.  “As a member of the Board since 2014, I am elated that Howard Brown is now in a position to serve diverse LGBTQ people near where they live and work citywide.  Deepening our commitment to all segments of the city, and people from all walks of life, is what most inspires me to serve in a leadership capacity at Howard Brown.”

The Board of Directors also recently elected Austin Baidas, former senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Transportation, as the newest member of the Board.  A full list of Board members is posted at https://howardbrown.org/board-members/.

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About Howard Brown Health:

Howard Brown Health is the Chicago-based community health center serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies, serving more than 26,000 people each year at seven clinical sites, including the Broadway Youth Center. Founded in in 1974, Howard Brown provides primary medical care, behavioral health services, specialty chronic and infectious disease services.  The organization conducts community-based clinical and behavioral research and educates and advocates around issues of concern to patients.