Lambda Board Elects New Co-Chairs and Members

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February 16, 1999

(NEW YORK, February 16, 1999) -- The nation's oldest and largest legal organization for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS announced Tuesday the election of new co-chairs, officers and members for its board of directors.

Cynthia H. Hyndman, a partner with the Chicago law firm Robinson Curley & Clayton, and Donald M. Millinger, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, took the helm as co-chairs of Lambda's 29-member board at its February meeting in Los Angeles.

Gale Richards of San Francisco and Shedrick O. Davis III of Los Angeles stepped down as co-chairs, each having served the two-year term limit in that position.

Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart said, "Thanks to the dedication, fiscal oversight and fundraising from Board members like Gale and Rick over the years, we've come a long way since beginning as an all-volunteer organization in 1973. We now have more than 50 staff members and a budget for the 1999 fiscal year of nearly $4.2 million. Lambda and our community are indebted to both our new and departing co-chairs for so much support."

Cathcart continued, "Don and Cindy are veteran supporters of Lambda's civil rights mission, each working indefatigably for a number of years as board members. They will be an exciting team that ensures Lambda's continued growth."

Millinger's law practice focuses on corporate and securities matters. He also serves on the board of directors and as president of the American Music Theater Festival and on the board of managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society.

Said Millinger, "Lambda is the nation's preeminent gay legal organization. As co-chair, I hope to be as effective as the dedicated attorneys and other staff that keep Lambda on the cutting edge of this civil rights movement."

Hyndman is a labor and commercial litigation attorney and also a cooperating attorney for Lambda's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago. Previously, she was a cooperating attorney with the Boston legal group, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.

"This is a most crucial time for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV. Lambda must keep getting stronger in order to meet the demands we face, and I am excited to have an expanded role in that effort," said Hyndman.

Also at its meeting Feb. 6 and 7, the Board elected as treasurer Martha E. Stark, a corporate and tax lawyer with experience in government finance and public policy. Currently director of a study regarding New York City housing development costs at New York University Law School, Stark also teaches at the Hunter College Graduate School of Public Affairs and Planning. She serves as treasurer of the North Fork Women for Women Fund on Long Island and coaches two girls basketball teams. Stark replaces Frances Goldstein, who became Lambda's deputy director last fall.

Re-elected as Board secretary was San Francisco member, George D. Tuttle of the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

New to Lambda's Board are Robert S. Michitarian of San Francisco, John H. Schwab of Chicago, and Victor Byers Flatt and Jon H. Klapper, both of Atlanta. All four already are active Lambda supporters in their communities.

Michitarian is corporate counsel for the biotechnology firm Genentech, Inc. Schwab serves as counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, overseeing labor and employee relations matters for the Chicago and Kansas City regions. Flatt is an associate professor of environmental and administrative law at the Georgia State University College of Law. And, Klapper is a corporate and securities partner with the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Photos of Cynthia H. Hyndman and Donald M. Millinger are available upon request.


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