Board of Directors

Luis Ruiz | He/Him

President, Member since 2014

Continuon Services, LLC

Luis is a Real Estate Management professional with nearly two decades of experience in new development, construction, tenant coordination, project management, and finance. As part of the myriad of projects he has been involved in, Luis has traveled extensively throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

Recently Luis was Chief Financial Officer with Continuon Services, LLC, a full-service benefits management company and an industry leader in benefits management based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that Luis worked with Mass Mutual and MetLife as a Financial Services representative, working with clients to create Financial Plans to allow them to achieve their retirement plans and goals.

For over twenty years, Luis has also dedicated his spare time to the service of a series of LGBTQ organizations as a means of giving back to the community, raising awareness, and combating misinformation. Early on, he volunteered with Joining Hearts, an organization based in Atlanta raising funds to support prevention, care, and housing assistance for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Luis has also supported for many years the HRC (Human Rights Campaign). In 2015 Luis was part of GLAM (Gay, Lesbians, and Allies with MetLife) and was invited to walk with MetLife in New York’s Pride Parade – which coincidentally occurred the weekend after the Supreme Court gay marriage equality ruling.

Luis has been a member of the Out Georgia Business Alliance since 2014, quickly becoming an Ambassador to the organization. In 2020 he joined the Board of Directors as the Membership and Networking Chair and then elected in late 2021 as Vice President for the current year (2022).

Luis holds a BA in Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas, a Master’s degree in Industrial Management, and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.

In his downtime, Luis lives in Buckhead and spends time with his partner in crime, Bandit, a Blue Cairn Terrier/Chihuahua mix with unsurmountable energy and personality.

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Walter D. Scott-Williams | He/Him

Vice President, Member since 2021

FRWRD, LLC & Kinetic Solutions, LLC

Walter D. Scott-Williams is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., with strong roots in Atlanta, GA, that spans over 10yrs. He is a Dual Degree Engineering graduate with a Bachelor in General Science from Morehouse College and a degree in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T. While matriculating through college, Walter completed several internships at General Motors, where he initially gained exposure to the automotive industry and supply chain operations. He was selected to participate in General Electric’s two-year Operations Management Leadership Program upon graduation. Mr. Scott-Williams’ professional work portfolio also includes time as a Senior Consultant with Capgemini serving as a Business Analyst, Project Management Analyst, Data Analyst, and Functional Test Leader. Following his 4yr tenure at Capgemini, Walter served 3yrs as a Performance Improvement Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY). He utilized his experiences to define and drive business transformations through process improvements and best practices.

Walter is now the Co-Founder of FRWRD, an electric vehicle infrastructure company, and the Founder & CEO of Kinetic Solutions, a media and strategic consulting company. His goal in entrepreneurship is to leverage his interests in media, design, process engineering, and love for humanity to create new opportunities for others. With a strong interest in community Walter has previously served as an Executive Board Member of Youth Action Philadelphia and contributed significant time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Junior Achievement, and Habit for Humanity. Walter looks forward to serving on the Board of OUT Georgia Business Alliance in its continuance of positively impacting LGBTQ communities throughout Georgia.

CEO & Founder, FRWRD LLC & Kinetic Solutions LLC

Gabrielle Claiborne | She/Her

Secretary, Member since 2014

Transformation Journeys Worldwide

Gabrielle Claiborne is Co-founder and CEO of Transformation Journeys Worldwide, an inclusion training and consulting firm with a transgender focus. She travels extensively, helping cutting-edge organizations position themselves to attract and retain the best talent, and foster collaborative working environments, thus maximizing innovation and directly impacting the bottom line by creating fully trans-inclusive cultures. Some of her clients include Home Depot, Sun Life Financial, Royal Bank of Canada, Comcast, Mercedes Benz, UPS, Kaiser Permanente, Cox Media, WarnerMedia, New York City Pride, the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech, and the Centers for Disease Control, among others.

Gabrielle has been an out and active transwoman since 2010. She served on the Executive Board of Atlanta Pride for the past five years and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee on the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Trans & Gender Expansive (TGX) Initiative, as Co-Chair of the Trans Affairs Committee on the City of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Mayoral Advisory Council, as Chair of the Out Georgia Business Alliance's TGX360 Initiative and as Advisory Board Member of Out Front Theater Group. In 2020, she published her memoir meets self-help book, Embrace Your Truth: A Journey of Authenticity. In 2019, the Atlanta Business Chronicle acknowledged her as their Diversity & Inclusion “Outstanding Voice” Award recipient, and she delivered a TEDx talk for Centennial Park Women's TEDx, Building Your Courage Muscles. In 2018, Gabrielle received the Georgia Small Business Administration’s LGBT Small Business Champion Award in recognition of her efforts in advancing LGBT business ownership. In 2015, Gabrielle was chosen as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist, and her work was featured in Forbes in 2018 and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017.

Recently, Transformation Journeys Worldwide was honored to be chosen as the Out Georgia Business Alliance 2018 Small Business of the Year and received the Atlanta Hawk’s prestigious 2019 True Comes in All Colors award for its cutting-edge inclusion work. The firm is also proud to be an NGLCC-certified LGBT Business Enterprise.

Gabrielle holds a BS in Mathematics from Emory University and pursued a degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is the proud parent of three adult children and lives in Atlanta.

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Maria A. Alvarez | She/Her

Treasurer, Member since 2019

My Virtual CFO - ATL

Maria A Álvarez owns My Virtual CFO - ATL, which provides unparalleled personalized accounting services to a broad range of clients across the Atlanta area.

Maria is an energetic professional with over twenty years of accounting, finance, and executive experience in multi-million dollar companies, non-profits, government agencies, and native corporations. Most of her career has been in leadership roles where she has increased efficiency to maximize profits and reduce costs while improving the quality of services.

During her career she strives to cultivate strong relationships with business owners, organizations, and government leaders by being a dynamic representative and spokesperson for her organization.

Since a very young age Maria has devoted herself to volunteering with many LGBTQ+ organizations. For instance, in college she worked with the Women’s Center and organized the Take Back the Night 5K fundraiser and several other events. She also organized the Coming Out Day with the Gay Lesbian, Bisexual Student Association at George Mason University. While living in Washington, DC, she became involved with HRC and Capital Pride. Once she moved to Alaska, she volunteered for Covenant House and became treasurer for two non-profits: Radical Arts for Women and Identity Inc., the main LGBT organization in Alaska. She also has helped organize Alaska Pride.

Maria successfully navigates diverse perspectives and anchors solid business relationships and partnerships. She is a firm believer in change through leadership. Throughout her travels worldwide, she has encountered many situations where people have been discriminated against and disenfranchised. These experiences have taught her to be more compassionate and accepting. Maria aims to empower by advocating inclusion to demonstrate leadership wherever she goes and encourage others to discover their voice.

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David J Gacsko | He/Him

Immediate Past President, Member since 2016

Hierarchy, Inc.

David Gacsko is an accomplished creative leader whose contributions to the advertising and marketing industry have been recognized through numerous awards and accolades. With a career spanning several decades, Gacsko has worked with a diverse range of industries, including film, television, CPG, retail, technology, banking, design, fashion, and beauty.

As the Founder and Executive Creative Director of Hierarchy, David has established an independent creative agency that has become renowned for its innovative and inclusive approach to advertising. In addition to leading his team at Hierarchy, Gacsko is also an avid mentor who is committed to fostering the growth and development of emerging creatives.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, David is known for his dedication to civic leadership and his unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and has served as President of the Out Georgia Business Alliance. In recognition of his contributions to the community, he was recently named a Diversity Civic Champion by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and appointed as Ambassador for Goodwill of North Georgia.

Gacsko's commitment to creating a more inclusive and ethical workplace is reflected in his professional credentials. He holds Inclusive and Ethical Leadership certifications from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the prestigious Goldman Sachs Small Business Cohort. He graduated from the Art Institutes and the American Academy of Art.

Through his work, mentorship, and community engagement, David Gacsko has established himself as a visionary leader dedicated to driving innovation and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the advertising and marketing industry. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA, where he continues to inspire and empower those around him.

As a 15+ year transplant from Chicago, David has genuinely embraced living in the south and resides in Midtown Atlanta with his impressive feline, Griffon. He is an avid traveler checking off one country at a time and a lover of all things ATL.

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Carlton Brown | He/Him

Small Business Relations, Member since 2014

Occasional Occasions, by Carlton Catering

Founded in 1994 by Mr. Carlton A. Brown, Occasional Occasions by Carlton has been repeatedly praised for its culinary displays, dynamic flavors, and unique table presentations. Chef Carlton is the Founder and owner of Occasional Occasions by Carlton LLC, a boutique-style, custom catering company specializing in Contemporary Southern cuisine with a fusion twist.  Also providing off-premise catering for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. He has launched a national subscription program of gourmet condiments called Bon Appetit Y ‘all by Carlton™ and Pantry Picks™.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Occasional Occasions is a Minority, NMSDC Certified MBE, NVBDC Certified Veteran Owned Business, and LGBTBE Certified LGBT owned establishment.  His cuisines, talents, and presentations can be viewed via his website at OccasionalOccasionsCatering.com.

Chef Carlton is an accomplished culinary professional who has tickled the palates of celebrities Who’s Who, such as The Housewives of Atlanta, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom, and Nikki Giovanni (Grammy-nominated American poet) just to name a few.  He has also provided services to such corporate giants as; The NFL (Superbowl VIII), Georgia PowerCoca Cola and NBA Team Washington Wizards alongside other corporate entities.

Chef Carlton received “Building a High-Performance Business” certification from Tuck School of Business at the Prestigious Dartmouth College.  He received the award from (Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) AGLCC Member of the Year, and AGLCC Businessman of the Year. He also received the LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year award.  Chef Carlton aired his own cooking show entitled “Cooking with Chef Carlton” on the AIB local Atlanta TV Network.  He acquired his CPCE Certification (Certified Professional Catering Executive).  He has appeared on WAGA Fox 5 “Breakfast with Buck,” highlighting his former breakfast restaurant “Hilda’s…A Breakfast to Write Home About!” and appeared on WXIA Channel 11 “Atlanta and Company,” demonstrating several live cooking segments.

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Paul Conroy | He/Him

Community Relations, Member since 2017

Out Front Theatre Company

Paul Conroy is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Out Front Theatre Company, Georgia's LGBTQIA+-focused theatre company. Originally from the Boston area, he holds a BA in English/Writing with a Minor in Theatre from Long Island University and an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho. As a playwright, his original musical,

The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular! (which he also directed) premiered at Out Front Theatre Company in December 2018. Other select directing credits at Out Front include Kinky BootsPriscilla, Queen of the Desert: The MusicalThe Most Fabulous Story Ever ToldThe View UpStairsLa Cage aux Folles and Xanadu.

Paul teaches courses in Theatre at Georgia State University, sits on Historic Atlanta's LGBTQ Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of the City of Atlanta's LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, for which he co-chairs the Arts, Culture, and Entertainment subcommittee.

He was named one of Georgia's 100 Most Influential LGBTQ+ people in 2020 and has been featured in The New York Times, The Times of London and numerous other media outlets, speaking about the importance of queer-centered arts. Paul is also the co-founder of the Queer Theatre Alliance, a national coalition of LGBTQ+-centered theatre companies. In 2022, Out Front Theatre Company was honored as one of Atlanta Pride's Grand Marshals for its annual parade and festival.

Paul resides in the Old Fourth Ward with his husband, Brian, and their four-legged child, Monty.

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Matt Keith | He/Him

Corporate Relations, Member since 2017

Bank of America

Matt Keith is the Business Strategies & Initiatives Executive supporting the Local Market Organization at Bank of America. Keith is responsible across the enterprise in driving business integration among 8 lines of business with 27 years in the banking industry. He drives the timely execution of channel priorities along with championing core processes for the organization.

Keith serves as Executive Sponsor for the LGBTQ+ Pride Georgia, sits on the LGBTQ+ Executive Leadership Team, and is a local Atlanta Leadership Team member. He organized Atlanta's first Pride parade participation, co-founding leader of Banker Pride, providing non-profit financial fundraising efforts across all local banks. In addition, serves as co-chair for the Atlanta Mayor's LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.

Keith is a 2-time recipient of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Award at Bank of America for his extended efforts for work in the LGBTQ space. He was a previous recipient of Out Georgia Business Leader of the Year and most recently named in 2021 the Market Integration Executive for Atlanta.

Keith is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration and resides in the Midtown area in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jack Kinley | He/Him

Community Relations, Member since 2007

The Collabo Group

Jack is the CEO & Founder of The Collabo Group where he leverages his experience in branding, employee communications, and HR consulting to help companies build a better-prepared and more diverse workforce for the business opportunities of tomorrow. The Collabo Group’s clients include Aon, the Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Mercer, Newell Brands, and UPS.

Jack received the International Association of Business Communications’ Gold Quill Award for his work promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle changes for Michelin employees. He was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the LGBT Business Champion of the Year in 2016. His Company is the 2017 recipient of the Out Georgia Business Alliance’s (OGBA) Corporate Partner of the Year. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Upstate LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina.

Jack previously served on the board of the OGBA from 2012 – 2017 as Communications Board Chair, Vice President, and President.

Jack and his husband moved to Newborn, GA, in 2020 to be closer to family and nature after 20+ years in Atlanta. They spend their weekends renovating their 1877 farmhouse, experimenting with farming, and frequenting antique shops all around the state.

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Katie Leikam | She/Her

Membership, Member since 2017

Katie Leikam, LCSW

Katie Leikam, MBA, LCSW, LISW-CP, is a gender specialist and mental health clinician with 12 years of experience working with the LGBTQIA, transgender, and gender-expansive communities. She works with her clients with gender identity, anxiety, autism, ADHD, relationship stress, family and religious trauma, and coming out to others. You can find her practice at www.katieleikam.com

Katie is also an author, speaker, and educator. She is the author of “The Gender Identity Journal: Prompts and Practices for Exploration and Self Discovery”.

She has spoken at national conferences such as Gender Odyssey Los Angeles, The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, The National Trans Health Conference, and the United States Association of Transgender Health. She provides continuing education certifications to fellow clinicians through her in-person and her online courses, The Clinician’s LGBTQ Learning Platform.  (https://lgbtqia-learning.thinkific.com/) She also trains treatment facilities throughout the nation on gender-affirming mental healthcare.

Katie has been quoted as an expert in publications such as Huffington Post, Bustle, and Prevention magazine and has been featured on numerous podcasts.  She is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and South Carolina.

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Bruce Logue | He/Him

Networking, Member since 2014

PalmerHouse Properties

Bruce Logue is an Associate Broker at PalmerHouse Properties.  Besides providing services to his clients as a REALTOR®, he is also a mentor to new agents helping them use the tools and develop the skills needed to effectively assist their clients with buying, selling, and investing in real estate.

After many years in the graphic design and printing field, Bruce’s career prior to selling real estate focused on marketing implementation and fulfillment.  He has also provided consulting services to engineer processes to enhance customer satisfaction for various businesses in the financial services and utility industries.

Bruce has been a member of the Out Georgia Business Alliance since 2013. He previously served as Secretary on the Executive Board and assisted with the implementation of the Ambassador program while serving as Networking Director.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he also lived in St. Augustine, FL area for 20 years before relocating to Atlanta in 2006.  Bruce resides with his partner Tim and their dachshund Max in Vinings, GA.

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Matt Mitchell | He/Him

Special Events, Member since 2012

Mitchell Event Planning

Matt is a multi-award-winning Master Certified Wedding Planner and the Owner and Lead Planner at Mitchell Event Planning, a full-service wedding and event planning company that provides inclusive professional assistance to all couples in love and delivers the best wedding experiences in Atlanta and beyond.

Matt has served on the Board for Voices of Note, the non-profit organization for the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus and the Atlanta Women's Chorus. He has also served as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Wedding International Professionals Association, and currently serves as the Vice-President of WIPA Atlanta. Matt is a Certified Inclusive Professional (CIP) through Equally Wed, and is a Certified Educator through the Certified Wedding Planner Society. He is a wedding industry speaker/educator and has had the pleasure of speaking on stages all across the U.S.

Mitchell Event Planning has been recognized with the 2021 & 2022 Best of Georgia awards in the Event Planner category and is proud to be an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise.

Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration & Management from The University of Alabama. He has been a resident of Georgia for 8 years, a member of OUT Georgia since 2021, and is the proud dog Dad to his Miniature Schnauzer, Tucker.

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Dewayne Queen | He/Him

At-Large, Member since 2021

Swank Arts & Entertainment, LLC.

Dewayne Queen, a native of Baltimore, MD, founded Swank Arts & Entertainment, A professional service provider specializing in events production, logistics, media, and marketing. We have also created a multi-media production division that provides space to the Black community through services to and support of its LGBTQIA+ community to share their stories and perspectives.

After graduating from high school, Dewayne moved to New York to attend Nyack College. At Nyack, he was instrumental in developing the current musical theater program. While in New York, Dewayne studied and perfected his craft. Dewayne performed in two tours of the musical, Rent and worked in Patrik-Ian Polk’s, The Skinny.

Moving to Atlanta In 2016, Dewayne became a valued team member of Delta Airlines. In addition to his robust travel schedule, Dewayne is an ambassador and member of Equal, Delta’s LGBQTIA+ Business Resource Group. He is also an ambassador for LGBTQIA+ matters for Delta’s Inflight community. Annually, Dewayne volunteers to work on Delta’s Atlanta Pride Parade committee.

And if that isn’t enough, In 2021, Dewayne created and chaired the countries first awards program honoring the tireless efforts of the transgender community. The Trans Life Awards is an annual event that takes place during Labor Day Weekend to empower, uplift and celebrate the beauty of transgender men, women, and gender-nonconforming members of our community.

CEO, Swank Arts & Entertainment, LLC

Stephen Scriber | He/Him

Legal Affairs, Member since 2012

Modern Estate Planning, by Scriber Law Group, LLC.

Stephen Scriber is an attorney and the owner of Modern Estate Planning, an Atlanta-based law firm that helps our clients celebrate their lives of our clients and tap into their power to create the legacy of their choice. In addition to running a growing practice, he has numerous involvements with charitable and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, having served on the board of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and the Atlanta Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal.

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