Howard Brown Health Center Announces Its Expanded Board of Directors

CHICAGO – At its 2014 Annual Meeting held on May 29, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) announced the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors and launched “40 PROUD,” a year-long campaign to commemorate HBHC’s 40 years of service to the community.

“I am very pleased to welcome our new members to our Board at what is a very exciting time for the organization,” says HBHC Board Chairman Duke Alden. “The Board provides overall vision, strategy and oversight to the organization. The newly expanded Board will play an instrumental role in guiding the organization to improve health care for our community.”

With the election of seven new members to the Board, all of whom receive their primary care at HBHC, the newly expanded Board will help ensure that its governance better reflects HBHC’s diverse patient populations. The following individuals were recently elected (company listed for affiliation purposes only):

  • Roger Fierro of Brooklyn Builders
  • Becky Rowland
  • Emily Sater-Murray of Elegant Custom Drapery
  • Robert Schultz of University of Michigan Survey Research Center
  • Miguel Torres of Citadel LLC and Mr. Chicago Leather 2014
  • Mario Treto of the City of Evanston
  • Oscar Zambrano of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

They join nine continuing Board members: Duke Alden, Frank Buttitta, Marian Carrington, Austin Duus, Robert Fortney, Vanessa Griggley-Owens, Matt Neilson, Ryan Siemers and Jeff Todd.

Two others were re-elected to serve new three-year terms: R. Bernard Mims and Mark Hawkins.

“Under the 40 PROUD theme, Howard Brown will remember our organization’s milestones as well as four decades of progress toward LGBTQ rights,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.

HBHC’s 40 PROUD activities will include the annual Garden of Eve dance party on Friday, November 7, community discussions, and education on LGBTQ health topics. For more information about the annual meeting, including pictures, go to