Officers: 2016-2018

GALA-ND/SMC Officers serve for two-year terms. Any current member in good standing is eligible to run for office. More information about the purpose and duties of each office can be found in the GALA-ND/SMC Constitution.

Chair: Jack Bergen, ND ’77  chair@galandsmc.org

Jack graduated from Notre Dame in 1977 and has been a member of GALA ND/SMC for a number of years. He held the position of GALA- Vice Chair for Programs during 2012 and 2013 prior to becoming Chair in Spring 2014. He most recently worked as a Senior IT Manager at one of the most recognized and liked coffee brands in the world Dunkin’ Donuts until he retired in early 2015. Jack and his husband David live in the suburbs of Boston. He has one daughter, Kerri Bergen Byrne, who graduated from ND ’07 as an Arkie major and a daughter-in-law Rachel Byrne, ND ’06, ’08.  Kerri and Rachel have a “Little Domer” who Jack loves to spoil.

Jack started giving back to the LGBT community years ago as a volunteer at various community organizations in Boston. He was instrumental in getting his prior employer to offer domestic partner benefits to Gay and Lesbian employee’s years before gay marriage was allowed in Massachusetts. He also organized the company’s first participation in the annual Aids Action fund raising walk in Boston. Jack is also on the board of the ND Club of Boston where he is partnering with the local alumni club to sponsor events and raise awareness of LGBT issues.

During Jack’ first term, GALA started the LGBT student scholarship and kicked off the associated fundraising capital campaign to ensure continued funding.  In his second term as chair, his focus will be on strengthening relations with the ND Alumni Association and on building out a strong member base as GALA embarks on the student scholarship capital campaign.


Vice Chair for Programs: Holly James SMC ’02 programs@galandsmc.org

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As a bisexual alumnae of Saint Mary’s, Holly hopes to foster an inviting atmosphere in the ND/SMC LGBTQ community. As a Southern woman, as a Native woman, and as someone who is married to an incredibly supportive, intelligent and beautiful wife, she hopes to cast a wide net of inclusion and foster a fun and inspiring space for our longtime members and our newcomers alike. While GALA ND/SMC hosts wonderful events in Los Angeles, New York and Boston, Holly looks to explore events in Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago- other metropolitan areas that may not warrant events hosted solely by GALA ND/SMC, but could be co-hosted with local LGBT groups.

 

About Holly: SMC c/o 2002. She was a Student Manager, and loved the COUNTLESS hours working making Notre Dame athletics the best of the best. Unfortunately, her sexual orientation came into play over time, and she was unable to continue into her senior year with the SMO. Still, you will not meet a bigger fan of Notre Dame- and of college sports in general- than Holly!

Currently she is finishing her Masters of American Indian Law, and hopes to provide a much needed resource in our tribal courts. Previously, Holly worked 14 years in medical malpractice, construction defect litigation, and sports liability. In her spare time, she coaches football and golf, and also performs house and construction inspections to fund her school habit. She is now serving on the Board for an Indigenous Languages and Community Advocacy program in Seattle. Holly is looking forward to the opportunity with great relish to serve the ND/SMC LGBTQ community with the same vigor and enthusiasm.

Vice Chair for Membership: Angie Kueck ND ’95 membership@galandsmc.org

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Angie graduated with a degree in Biology in 1995 and then moved to Washington DC to complete her medical school training and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She then moved back to the midwest to complete her fellowship in gynecologic oncology in Ann Arbor and continued to wear her ND gear to the Big house.  She then became faculty at the University of Connecticut and remained a loyal women’s basketball fan even in hostile territory.  Angie taught the medical school curriculum on LGBT issues in health care.  She also volunteered at the HGLHC (Hartford gay and lesbian health collective) providing free STD/HIV screening and counseling.

While in Connecticut Angie met her wife, Katie, and now is kept constantly busy by her 2 1/2 year old twin boys Henry and Oliver (Class of ’35).  They will be moving soon for a new adventure to Austin, Texas.

Angie is committed to providing support and assistance to the ND/SMC students and making the campus a better place for LGBT students. She wants to increase awareness and membership in the alumni community.  She was inspired by the GALA ND/SMC alumni event at her reunion last year and wants to make the campus an all-inclusive place before her twins arrive on campus.


Secretary: Michael McCabe ND ’72  secretary@galandsmc.org

Michael McCabe picMichael graduated from ND in 1972 after 3 years in South Bend and one in Innsbruck Austria as part of ND’s Sophomore Year Abroad program. After a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany, Michael studied German Literature at Cornell where he also taught language and literature courses. Following graduate school, he worked first for a German publishing company, eventually moving into technology at Lotus, IBM and then Microsoft.

During the 1980’s and 90’s Michael worked as a volunteer in the IT department at God’s Love We Deliver, and later as a Buddy Team Leader at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Michael met his husband through a mutual friend when he moved to New York City after graduate school. They have been together 38 years so far and were married six years ago in New Canaan, CT (NY state would approve marriage equality exactly one year later on their anniversary).

Michael would like to offer more of his time and effort to GALA to support the contributions of those who have already been working to increase our visibility to the entire Notre Dame community. He has been shocked by the slow response of the University administration to the needs of current LGBT students. Michael believes there is strong support at ND from straight student, faculty, and even some alumni, allies. He would especially like to work to grow the connections between GALA and those allies in support of current LGBT students, faculty and staff.


Treasurer: Mallory Price SMC ’10  treasurer@galandsmc.org

Graduating from SMC in 2010, Mallory was selected as a recipient of a Point Foundation Scholarship, a national scholarship foundation for LGBTQ student leaders. Mallory attended the University of Chicago for her Master’s in Social Work and focused on supporting and advocating for LGBTQ youth and families disenfranchised both economically and socially. Mallory was a visiting fellow in UCAN Chicago’s LGBTQ Host Home Program and worked to house homeless LGBTQ youth who had been rejected by their families and living on the streets of Chicago. Mallory served as a manager at Chicago House and Social Service Agency, a non-profit in Chicago serving individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization. In 2015, Mallory was a recipient of  Chicago’s Windy City Times, “30 under 30” award given to the the top 30 people under 30 years old for their service and dedication to the LGBTQ community.

In June of 2015, Mallory took a position as Vice President of a commercial construction company in Chicago, which has enabled her to continue her advocacy within the LGBTQ community by joining forces with the American Institute of Architects, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Chicago’s PrideAction tank to work on low-cost housing options for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability, including the managing the construction of the first “Tiny Home” in Chicago.

Mallory is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently working on developing a psychotherapy office on the south side of Chicago to address the lack of services to, as well as support the needs of LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ and non-traditional families, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2016, Mallory completed a two year term as the Vice Chair for Membership of GALA and was instrumental in starting the LGBT Student Scholarship Program in 2015.