Nominations are now open for all officer positions for 2018-2020. If you know of someone who may be interested, or would like to become one yourself, contact Jack Bergen, Chair at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: Currently Vacant (Term Through Spring ’18) email@example.com
The Vice Chair for Programs is directly responsible for GALA-ND/SMC’s programs and coordinates volunteers who organize regional and local GALA-ND/SMC events across the country. The Vice-Chair for Programs also oversees the efforts of special ad-hoc program committees, made up of GALA-ND/SMC members, which may include but are not limited to:
• Reunion Committees to coordinate the planning of the organization’s involvement in member gatherings
• Service Project Committees to organize GALA efforts in service projects at the national, regional and local level
Vice Chair for Membership: Ram Ballesteros, ND ’09 firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Vice Chair for Membership, Ram is responsible for managing the processes to maintain current members, recruit new ones, conduct member communications, and process new membership applications. He’ll also undertake a revamping and modernization of our back-end membership systems in hopes of improving the overall member user experience. He will work to make membership interactions and engagement as easy and seamless as possible so that we can all focus on our group’s mission (and have some fun doing it)!
Ram describes his time at Notre Dame as some of the best years of his life. Although initially concerned about his sexuality, he was met with nothing but acceptance, support, love, and community (even from his dorm’s rector!). During his undergrad years he was actively involved with the Hispanic Student Group, Spanish Mass Choir “Coro Primavera”, the Hispanic Business Students Association, and the Core Council.
After graduation, Ram began his career at Notre Dame, where he worked with student services software as a project specialist focusing on maintenance and upgrade efforts. He developed a real passion for software product management and business process disruption through innovation and design. He now works in New York City at a startup called Haven Life where he hopes to spread financial stability through life insurance and other financial products directly to millennials.
Ram is also active in the community via the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame (HAND), the NY Alumni Association, and Out in Tech. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner of nine years, also an alumni, who he met while a student at Notre Dame. Feel free to reach out to him anytime!
Secretary: Michael McCabe ND ’72 email@example.com
Michael 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 39 years and were married seven 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: Andrea Green ’11 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea graduated from Notre Dame in 2011 and joined GALA ND/SMC after attending the annual scholarship fundraiser in New York in 2017. At Notre Dame, Andrea was the Treasurer of the College Democrats club and was involved with the Progressive Student Alliance.
Andrea is now a manager at KPMG and has been at the firm since graduating. As an ally, Andrea has been very involved in the firm’s LGBT employee resource group, pride@kpmg. She was the co-lead of the Los Angeles chapter for two years before moving to New York. In 2017, she was selected to join the P15, a leadership council supporting the Pride Advisory Board in executing national goals for the pride@kpmg network.
While proud of the progress Notre Dame has made in the LGBT space in recent years, there is still much work to be done. Andrea is so excited to join GALA to continue advocating for Notre Dame’s LGBT students, employees, and alumni.