Our Board

Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Danny chaired and co-chaired the Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala for 9 years, expanding it to embrace the larger LGBTQ community beyond Orlando, from The Villages to the Space Coast. Founder and CEO of a software company serving libraries worldwide, he and his husband have long been active in giving back to their community through volunteerism, philanthropy, and promoting social equality. He has served on the boards of other non-profit and civic organizations, including the Orlando Ballet and the City of Winter Park Public Arts Advisory Board. Danny brings to the Board his business acumen and pragmatism, with a passion for equality and social justice.

Danny lives in Winter Park, Florida with his husband and partner of 30 years, Enrique de la Torre. 

Donn Smith-Lopez is a Gainesville-area native who returned to Florida after living for many years in San Francisco. His family is very active in the United Church of Gainesville (2015 Voice for Equality Award winner) which promotes an inclusive spiritual sanctuary for LGBTQ+ individuals by advocating for civil rights equality and the full inclusion of all people in society. Donn has served on the City of Gainesville Human Rights Board, Human Rights Council of North Central Florida Board and on local LGBTQ+ civil rights task-forces including, most recently, the ban on conversion therapy in Gainesville and Alachua County. In addition, he has co-chaired the EQFL Greater Gainesville Gala and served on its Steering and Host Committees.

Professionally, Donn has many years of experience in healthcare administration including private medical practices, Stanford University Medical Center and, currently, at UF Health-Shands Hospital. He also enjoys his part-time work as a medical coding instructor for adult learners. Donn has a Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Florida International University in Miami.

Donn and his husband, Dr. Melvin Smith-Lopez, are the parents of two happy toddlers. They are actively involved with their friends and large family and in social justice and diversity issues within their community. They enjoy traveling, particularly within Florida.

Nadine Smith, Executive Director

Nadine Smith is the Executive Director of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

An award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic meeting between then - President Clinton - the first Oval Office meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.

She is s a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee.

Nadine has been named one of the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She has received the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award and in 2018 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Floridians by Influence Magazine. She currently serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan.

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Selisse is the Founder of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest non-governmental organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. She is currently a consultant bringing years of experience in workplace equality, strategic planning and non-profit management to aid organizations and companies internationally.

For over 20 years as Out & Equal’s CEO, Selisse built the global LGBTQ workplace equality movement by creating a network of multi-national companies and governments to work toward LGBT education, empowerment, and visibility. When Selisse started Out & Equal, only 3% of Fortune 500 companies had LGBT protections. Through the work empowered by her vision and leadership, nearly ALL companies now protect their LGBTQ employees. In the past 20 years, Out & Equal has impacted more than 50 million people in over 60 countries and Selisse has brought the promise of equality to employees from every part of the globe.

Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; the Bonham Center Award in Toronto, Canada and has been awarded with honors from universities, corporations, media institutions, and legislators around the world. She was also awarded the Legacy Leadership Award from the San Francisco Business Times, now named the Selisse Berry Leadership Award. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.

She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas and a Master of Divinity degree in theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Selisse serves on several non-profit boards focused on LGBTQ justice and equality. She recently joined the statewide board of Equality Florida, as well as Center Link, the umbrella organization for LGBTQ community centers in the United States. Selisse is passionate about International LGBTQ issues and keynotes conferences and events around the globe. She is a board member of Safe Place International, an organization that provides support for LGBTQ refugees in Greece and other parts of the world. She is an avid traveler and currently lives in St Petersburg, Florida.

Dana Farmer is a Tallahassee native who grew up in St. Petersburg, returned to Tallahassee for undergraduate and graduate degrees at FSU, and never left. During her time in Tallahassee, she was fortunate enough to have been involved in the incorporation and development of local nonprofit organizations that are now 211 Big Bend, Refuge House, and Big Bend Cares. Her early career included 15 years spent in community mental health, followed by 26 years at Disability Rights Florida, the federally funded state-designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. As Public Policy Director, she worked in both Tallahassee and DC on issues that included rights protection, abuse and neglect, equal access, housing, voter protection, and funding. In addition to serving on the Equality Florida board, she serves on the board for the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition.

Her first experience with LGBTQ+ advocacy was through involvement in ACT UP actions in Tallahassee. Then for several years in the early 1990s, she and several friends ran an LGBT Film Festival in Tallahassee which drew the ire of the national American Family Association and they attempted to shut down the showings. Their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, largely because of quickly mobilized local support eventually including the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the Leon County Public Library, our film venue. This support was again mobilized in 2010 and led to the passage of the Leon County Human Rights Ordinance which included gender identity and sexual orientation protections. Through her neighbor, EQFL Council of Leaders member Jim Van Riper, Dana became involved in Equality Florida and has been a member of the Tallahassee Gala Steering and Host Committees for several years.

Dana and her spouse Karen Stanford have been together for 27 years. They met at a fundraiser for Big Bend Cares, Karen was teaching at the University of Wyoming at the time. She accepted a job offer from Gov. Chiles while they were attending the 1993 March on Washington, of which Nadine Smith was a co-chair – a fortuitous occasion.

Barbara was a professor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY for 22 years and retired in 2011. Since moving to Fort Lauderdale with her wife Fran Epstein, Barbara and Fran have been actively supporting Equality Florida as co-chairs of the Broward Gala as well as Steering and Host Committee Members. They have also participated in Equality Florida Lobby Days in Tallahassee, a very rewarding experience. Barbara has also been actively involved in the work of Our Fund, chairing the iGive Grant Revision Sub-Committee and serving on numerous grant review panels. In addition, Barbara serves as a reviewer for The Point Foundation’s Graduate Scholarships/Fellowship Program. Barbara is also one of the founding members of The Galt Mile LGBT Community that promotes social events at neighborhood LGBT friendly venues, with a membership of over 500 neighbors.

Barbara has been a Member of The Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board, Mentor in The Take Stock in Children Broward High School Student Program, Reading Pal for Broward County Schools and Mathematics Tutor for Students Beyond High School Age to Earn their GED in Project Boost – Hands on Broward.

The most rewarding aspect of Barbara’s involvement in the causes she cares about is that in addition to making a contribution, she has met many wonderful people she now counts as friends.

Angus L. Bradshaw, Executive Director of Miracle of Love, Inc in Orlando, is a
thriving nonprofit leader serving Central Florida. A native of Central Florida, Mr.
Bradshaw graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from
Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU). He began his love for
community-oriented care after surviving childhood cancer himself. This experience
led Mr. Bradshaw to involve himself in his community through routine
volunteerism and philanthropy at the young age of 14.
Mr. Bradshaw has been supporting the mission of Miracle of Love, Inc. (MOL) an
HIV/AIDS service organization in Orlando, FL since 2003. Angus became the
Executive Director for Miracle of Love, Inc. in 2016 after working at MOL for 13
years. He has worked his way through the ranks. At MOL he is known for his
constant smile and fun-loving, compassionate, and supportive leadership. He is a
revered leader in the organization and the community who is equally known for his
fierce focus on making the mission. He believes it is integral to carry out the
mission with each employee and each client’s self-respect, dignity, and morale
intact. This is a virtue that has spread throughout the organization’s culture. Mr.
Bradshaw is aware that passion is not always enough, and he continually places
himself in the position of a student; learning and applying those lessons to improve
services and outcomes for those under his leadership. For this, he is valued by each
of his team members and is seen as a community champion with upstanding
repute. This has also given him expertise in many other areas, including social
services, housing, and fundraising.
Since becoming the Executive Director, Mr. Bradshaw has grown the operating
budget of the organization by nearly 50% (to $3M) and has increased the
workforce by more than 40%. He has grown and added numerous programs and
services including evidence-based behavioral programming targeting the LGBTQ+
community and numerous housing services to support those living with or affected
by HIV. Angus serves on multiple municipal committees in the Orlando
Metropolitan area. These include Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee for
Ryan White Part A – Orlando EMA Health Services Planning Council; Executive
Committee Member for the Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS Advisory
Committee; an Executive Planning Committee Member of SMART Ride, the
second largest AIDS charity bicycle rides in the U.S. He is the recipient of a Health
Equity Hero Award, was recognized as a Man of the Year in 2019, and was
recognized by the Florida House of Representatives as a Distinguished Leader in
Central Florida for Pride Month in 2020.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and everyday advocate for the rights of
members of the LGBTQ+ community and those living with or affected by HIV,
Angus is committed to the equity and equality of all individuals.