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Business excellence award winners announced

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Keystone Business Alliance – Central PA’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the inaugural Business Excellence Awards.

Winners include Corporate Partner of the Year - Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Certified Supplier of the Year - Jodi Christman of Christman Consulting; Advocate of the Year - Todd Snovel, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs; and Member of the Year - Joanne Carroll, President of TransCentralPA.

Winners were nominated by chamber members, and selected based on their contributions to the LGBT business community locally. The honors will be presented at the organization’s annual dinner Fri., Jan. 25 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Todd Snovel is executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, at our 2019 Annual Dinner. Todd was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's inaugural executive director of the newly-created Commission for LGBTQ Affairs in July of 2018. Prior to that time, Todd served as assistant dean at Lebanon Valley College leading campus-wide efforts in diversity and inclusion and teaching college level courses on the topics of genders, sexualities, and identity development. 

Jodi Christman of Christman Consulting has been a certified LGBT Business Enterprise since 2017, and in 2018 led Keystone Business Alliance's successful rebranding project. The firm brings strategic thinking and smart execution to marketing and technology challenges, and works with small businesses, associations, nonpro´Čüts, marketing agencies, government agencies and corporations with traditional marketing and digital solutions. With a strong sense of direction in the physical and digital world, Christman Consulting helps companies navigate technical and marketing options to ensure implementation of the right approach, message, usability and functionality.

Members 1st Federal Credit Union was named to receive the first Corporate Partner of the Year. Members has been a member of the alliance since its founding, and has shown continued and deepened commitment to LGBT equality in business. Keystone Business Alliance and Members 1st share important values like ethics, respect, and community involvement, and strive to enrich our communities in central Pennsylvania.

Joanne M. Carroll is the President of TransCentralPA; an organization committed to providing advocacy and caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies. TransCentralPA also provides gender education and information to businesses, organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.  She has been a member since 2001.

On August 6, 2018, Carroll was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf, and sworn in as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Affairs Commission. She is the past president and past vice president of EqualityPA, and serves as a member of the Governor’s LGBT Working Group, the Millersville University - President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity, and is a past member of the PA Medical Society LGBT Health Disparities Task Force, as well as a past member of the PA LGBT Leadership Council. She is currently a member of the Transgender American Veterans Association and is a Co-Chair of the Keystone Conference, “A Celebration of Gender Diversity”.

Carroll is an active member of the Penn Central Conference - United Church of Christ - Open and Affirming Ministry Team, and is the Past Vice-President of the Leadership Team of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lancaster. She is also in the process of becoming an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ.

Keystone Business Alliance is committed to expanding the economic opportunities of LGBT and allied businesses through advocacy, education, and partnership with the local business community. Founded in 2007, KBA is an affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and serves eight counties in Central Pennsylvania.

The Central Voice is 2019 Media Sponsor for KBA’s annual dinner.