Board of Directors
Scott came to William & Mary from his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Public Policy. A Louisiana native, Scott moved to New Orleans shortly after leaving Williamsburg to attend law school at Tulane University. Hurricane Katrina arrived shortly thereafter, but Scott returned and graduated in 2008.
Scott now lives in Washington, D.C. and is an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s Energy Regulatory and Enforcement group. Scott represents a wide range of energy-related companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal and state agencies. Scott is a member of the Energy Bar Association and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Scott also serves on the Legal Community AIDS Walk Task Force, which raises money for the Legal Services Program of Whitman-Walker Health, the largest non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area assisting individuals living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.
Scott spends a significant amount of time in New Orleans with his partner of six years, Patrick. When he is not squeezed into an airplane seat, you are likely to find Scott trying out a new restaurant in Washington or New Orleans, cheering on the New Orleans Saints from nosebleed seats in the Superdome, or planning his next trip or scuba diving adventure. Scott also has a keen interest in the production, history, and science of wine, and recently was awarded an Advanced Certificate in wine and spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London.
Scott is honored to serve as GALA’s next President and looks forward to growing the LGBT alumni network!
Originally from Suffolk, Va., Ben arrived in Williamsburg in fall of 2003 and has never left. In 2007 he received his B.A. in Hispanic Studies and earned his M. Ed. in 2009 in Higher Education Administration. Now the Assistant to the Dean of Students, Ben works primarily with transfer students and “non-traditional” student populations (adult learners, veterans, etc).
While an undergraduate Ben was involved as an Orientation Aide, a founding father of Kappa Sigma and an avid (read: overly enthusiastic) drummer in the Pep Band. These days Ben can still be found at nearly all Tribe athletic events, advising Kappa Sigma and taking in all the Colonial glory that Williamsburg has to offer.
Ben’s excited to engage younger alumni in GALA and learn from the experiences of those who came before. In addition to GALA, Ben serves on the boards of the Williamsburg Alumni Chapter and VISEDAL — a non-profit that provides educational opportunities for children in Managua, Nicaragua.
Paul Brockwell Jr. hails from rural, southern Virginia (Brunswick County, to be specific).
Paul joined the board in December 2011 and prior to that served two terms as chair of the Young Guarde Council, the College’s young alumni constituency. He received his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the College. At W&M, Paul served on the editorial board of the DoG Street Journal, both as opinion editor and managing editor for production before deciding to focus his time on academics, serving the Undergraduate Honor Council and working for Residence Life.
After graduating, Brockwell worked for two years in Virginia state government – first as an assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, then to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Despite loving his coworkers, Paul decided to take his pastime of talking about and understanding politics to the Fourth Estate, hoping to cover the affairs of government with an eye towards increasing civic engagement among his contemporaries. In 2010, he completed a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Paul’s interests include words, political satire, comedic arts, pop culture and graphic design (a recent love). He also geeks out for the Supreme Court and civic engagement. He lives in Richmond and works as a writer and editor at the University of Richmond, where he edits the back half of the alumni magazine, writes stories and slogans and dabbles in social media. In his down time he watches way too much TV and wanders the city in search of great food, coffee and dessert.
Robert is from Chesterfield County, Va., just over an hour from the College, right outside Richmond. Robert joins us as GALA’s new Treasurer.
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Robert arrived in Williamsburg in 2004, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Government and a minor in Sociology. While at the College, Robert was active with the Lambda Alliance, Greek life (as both a member of Theta Delta Chi and a Board Member of the Council for Fraternity Affairs Judicial Board), the Student Assembly Department of Diversity Initiatives as the Assistant Secretary of Sexual Orientation, Botetourt Hall Council, and the Orientation Program.
After William & Mary, Robert took a year off to work and study for the LSAT, which ultimately led him to the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his law degree and a certificate of specialized study in International and Comparative Law in 2012. By a number of chance events, Robert became interested in immigration law and spent his first summer working for a small private firm in Pittsburgh representing immigrants in a wide variety of circumstances. He currently lives in California where he’s an immigration attorney with the Department of Homeland Security.
Robert maintains strong ties to Virginia, visiting family and friends in Richmond and DC often. When not working, you can often find him reading a good book or riding his bicycle, always looking for a new path to explore.
James was born and raised in Southeast Virginia, about an hour’s drive from the College in Chesapeake. James joins us as GALA’s new Secretary. James is the deputy director of Virginia21 and also serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.
James received a B.A. in government and religious studies from the College in 2012. At William & Mary, James served on the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council, worked for the Office of Residence Life as a Program Advocate, interned with the Office of Community Engagement & Scholarship, was a brother in Alpha Phi Omega, and welcomed prospective students as a Tribe Tour Guide.
James is passionate about civic engagement and loves geeking out about American history. In his spare time he enjoys going to museums, reading, as well as spending time with friends and loved ones.
Margie Cook came to William & Mary in March 2010 as the assistant director of the Center for Student Diversity. She previously worked for 15 years at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, including 7 years as the inaugural Director of their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center. At NIU she developed a Safe Zone Ally Program that has been used as a model at colleges and universities across the country. She has also worked as an employee Diversity Trainer and was the Program Coordinator for the NIU Women’s Studies Program.
In 1988, as a naïve young college graduate who had no idea of and no preparation for what she was getting herself into, Margie joined the Peace Corps and went halfway around the world to a country she knew nothing about, where they spoke a language she had never heard. Thus began a life-long interest in learning about and teaching about diversity. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, and that sometimes helps, too.
She has been involved in advocating for and educating about social justice issues since her Peace Corps days. In Illinois, she was a founding member of a local, grass-roots advocacy organization that successfully led a campaign to have sexual orientation (in 1998) and then gender identity and expression (in 2000) added to the city of DeKalb’s human rights ordinance. At the time, DeKalb was only the third jurisdiction in Illinois with an ordinance providing non-discrimination protection based on gender identity. Margie has also previously served on the board for Youth Outlook, a nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ teenagers.
Margie lives in Richmond with Mary, her partner of 15 years; their daughter lives in Illinois and works with high school students.
Wayne N. Curtis, ’82
Wayne joined William and Mary GALA in 1987 and served as a member of the Board of Directors in the late 80s and early 90s. As Vice President, he helped plan GALA’s celebration of the Tercentenary of the College in 1993. He returned to the Board in 1998, became Treasurer in 2000 and President of the Board in 2003. With the election of a new President in 2011, he served as Treasurer.
Originally from Stafford, Virginia, Wayne received an AB from William and Mary and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware. He then spent 12 years in Boston, working in advertising and publishing — including three years as an Editor and Publication Manager at Alyson Publications (one of the earliest and largest gay and lesbian publishing houses), two years as the Assistant Art Director for a national magazine, and four years as Production Manager for an international academic publisher.
Wayne now lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his partner, Ed, and since 1998 has had a successful career as a Realtor affiliated with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. He’s a consistent top producer, has appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters, and through Long and Foster’s professional university has taught newly licensed agents the keys to successfully practicing real estate in Maryland. Wayne is also President of the Board of Trustees for Carroll Museums, Inc., a non-profit organization charged with preserving and interpreting two of Baltimore’s most historic sites.
Brian Lewis, ’91
Born in Richmond, VA, Brian was raised in Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. He graduated from The College of William and Mary, with a double concentration in Government and Theatre. His studies also took him to Paris, where he developed his fluency in French, and to North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied acting. He fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved to New York. While working in Guest Services and Sales at the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Brian studied with legendary actress Uta Hagan. He’s played roles Off-Broadway, on TV, in Films, in numerous TV/Radio commercials, and has voiced several audiobooks. His true joy and success, however, was discovered when he began selling homes.
Brian is now an Executive Vice President at Halstead Property, LLC in Manhattan. Named one of “Manhattan’s Premier Brokers” by NY Living magazine, he’s been a featured real estate expert on NBC, PBS, CBS, FOX, CNN, CNBC, and in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal NY Magazine, Financial Times, NY Observer, NY Sun, and NY Post. For the HGTV television network, he serves as the on-camera New York pricing expert for their nationally televised show, My Home Is Worth What?, and the New York on-camera host for HGTV’s National Open House. He is also the on-camera Manhattan property expert for the BBC. He leads seminars for Halstead agents on how to effectively market homes, how to best work with buyers, and how to propel their businesses. He’s privileged to serve as a Board Member for Brokers Build – Habitat for Humanity, where he donates a portion of every commission.
Thomas J. Linneman
Associate Professor of Sociology
College of William and Mary
Though not an alum of William and Mary, Tom’s twelve years on the faculty of the university, as well as his participation in numerous GALA events over the years, has earned him “honorary” alum status and he is very happy to serve on the GALA board. Tom received his B.A. from Rice University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. For the Sociology department, Tom teaches courses on statistics, social change, the media, and sexualities. He was the recipient of the College’s 2005 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. He is the author of two books: “Weathering Change: Gays and Lesbians, Christian Conservatives, and Everyday Hostilities” (New York University Press, 2003) and “Social Statistics: The Basics and Beyond” (Routledge, 2011). He has also published research on gay masculinities as portrayed on the sitcom “Will & Grace,” gay men’s responses to their aging bodies, and the complex relationship between atheism and homosexuality. He served as Chair of the Sociology Department from 2006 to 2011. Tom lives in Richmond with his partner and their two dogs. Though Tom and his partner have never appeared on HGTV, they do watch it regularly, and their house was on the Woodland Heights House Tour a couple of years ago.
Anonymous Members (Classes of 1981 and 1984)
GALA is working toward the day when sexual orientation will not be used as a reason to discriminate in the workplace or in society in general, making confidentiality unnecessary.
William and Mary GALA currently has openings for members of the Board of Directors.
If you are an active member in good standing, and you are interested in serving the College, Alumni/ae, and the greater GLBT community, please contact us.