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Board of Directors

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Q7 prides itself on having constituted a diverse board that includes people of all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations and cultural and faith backgrounds. Our Board members have distinguished achievements and sophisticated, high levels of expertise, which enables them to consider a variety of perspectives and ultimately make the most informed decisions. 

Meet The Board

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Leon A. King II President of the Board

Mr. King is the Principal Founding Director of Q7 and a practicing civil rights attorney, who is also the former general counsel and then commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; deputy commissioner for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (Pre-Trial - All Baltimore City Jails); deputy city solicitor for civil rights and then labor for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a former Associate Teaching Professor for Criminal Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. King was the first openly gay man to head a City Department in the City of Philadelphia, and the highest ranking openly gay law enforcement officer in the country during his time with the Philadelphia Prison System. In addition to having extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar, complex organizations with thousands of employees, Mr. King has extensive experience as a member of, or as legal counsel to, several non-profit boards, examples include: Current Board Member, The Transparency Project (Police Corruption) Past Board Member, Attic Youth Center (LGBT Youth) Past Board Member, William Way LGBT Community Center Past Board Member and Legal Counsel, Renewed Heart Ministries   Past Board President, 608 W. Phil-Ellena Street Unit Owners Association Mr. King is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, with a degree in political science and earned his law degree at Philadelphia’s Temple University, James Beasley School of Law. His education, professional experience, leadership ability, courage, and community involvement, has been recognized in the form of many awards. Examples include: The Gilbert Baker National OutProud Award Congressman Lucien E. Blackwell Guiding Light Award 2011 Mayoral Tribute, City of Philadelphia, Mayor Michel Nutter 2011 Dedicated Service Award, 2010 Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award, AIDS Education Month, Philadelphia. FIGHT 2008 United States Congress, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2008 Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Certificate of Congratulations 2008 City Council of Philadelphia, Citation of Recognition 2007 University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology, Recognition Award, 2 005 Community Legal Services, Equal Justice Award Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Certificate of Congratulations 2004 Fraternal Order of Police, Recognition for Dedication to Law Enforcement 2001 City of Philadelphia Police Department, Citizen’s Commendation for Bravery While still technically a baptized member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mr. King no longer attends, or feels beholden to any Adventist or other corporate church. He considers himself to be a follower of Jesus, full stop. At the same time, he still wholeheartedly believes in the vast majority of Adventist faith principles and is an excited 7th Day Sabbath keeper. He worships, communes, and fellowships with Jesus, and fellow Christians, within the groups of Q7, with his favorite pastors on social media, and through the Scripture studies he leads for those who ask. Mr. King’s spiritual journey began at a young age, as a third generation Seventh Day Adventist, and resulted in his baptism into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1976 at the age of 12. He attended Browning Elementary School, South Lancaster Academy, and Loma Linda University, all Seventh Day Adventist education institutions. It was while enrolled at Loma Linda University in Riverside California, that Mr. King was shorn from his Christian faith by the homophobia, hypocrisy, lack of love displayed by all Christians. His faith also failed because of his personal failure in being charmed by non-spiritual things, and as a typical 19-year-old he did not recognize that he was not immortal. His new belief that Jesus was not real, that if God existed he did not care, and that he had every right to be as angry as he was at God for being deceived about it all from the beginning. This period lasted 28 years or so. In a process that took many years, Mr. King heard God’s voice again, and re-established his connection to Jesus and his faith in the Gospel in 2014 as a gay man who God created, loved, and had a purpose for. Like many ither LGBT individuals, Mr. King returned to the church of his youth figuring things had changed, and that for those how did not know about God’s acceptance of gay people, all he had to do was explain. This proved to be a fantasy. While he received many spiritual blessings at the Seventh Day Adventist Church he attended for the next 5 years, and cherishes much of the time he spent there, in the end the homophobia, deception, hypocrisy, and hurt, was too much to bear. He quit going to church. It was during, shortly after, and as a result of his experience in this church, that Mr. King founded F.U.E.L., First Friday, AMGV, and now Q7. Mr. King believes that in the 21st century the time has come for LGBT Christians to stop spending so much time advocating to be accepted in the corporate churches of their youth, or to have to bend what they believe in order to fit into churches that are accepting of LGBT believers. Rather the idea should be to just look to Jesus as their leader and create their own spaces of worship, fellowship, and scripture study. We LGBT Christians do not need anyone’s permission or approval to believe, worship, or gather together as Christians. Mr. King also believes that LGBT Christians need to be better at helping each other and focusing more our own individual responsibility to spread the Gospel to all people. As the Scripture says: “….you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9), or as the old Christian song says: “This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine” Mr. King lives in the East Mount Airy Section of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his husband of 37 years Randy and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zula.

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Jean Pedro Padro Carrisquillo Board Vice Chair and Corporate Vice President

  A founding board member of Q7, Jean P. Padró Carrasquillo (he/him/his) started out as a high school science teacher at the Academia Adventista Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A graduate of a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from Antillean Adventist University in 2014, Mr. Padró Carrasquillo decided to change course and is now pursuing a Master’s of Public Health degree from Walden University, and upon completing that degree will resume his studies to become a medical doctor at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in New York. Mr. Padró Carrasquillo is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a 4th generation lifelong Seventh Day Adventist who grew up in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, but now lives in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Padró Carrasquillo was compelled to leave Puerto Rico and move to Chicago because of the undue pressure that came from family and his faith community when he came out. Upon relocating to Chicago, he struggled to find a faith support network that shared his still unshaken belief as a Christian and a Seventh Day Adventist. He found that support in Q7’s F.U.E.L. (Faith Utilized in Everyday Living) and First Friday groups. Mr. Padró Carrasquillo recognizes that all too often LGBTQ+ individuals are pressured to reject their faith, and/or their particular brand of Christianity. Fueled by a strong endeavor to assist and support LGBTQ+ people that confront this loss of community and also have to leave their homes, he decided to become a founding board member of Q7. Through the services of Q7, he aspires to provide support services to find a home and a community of faith for these individuals. “Revelation 3:20 reminds us that the Lord is eagerly seeking for us as we are. While others attempt to destroy our access to God, He offers us an invitation to truth, freedom, happiness, and love”

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Elizabeth Ryan Treasurer

Ms. Ryan, has decades of experience in non-profit finance, currently serving as the Community Finance Director at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, North Carolina, an $80M Association operating 17 family YMCA locations and 2 residential camps. She is also the past Controller of Discovery Place, a science and discovery nonprofit also located in Charlotte and Alexander Youth Network, a nonprofit specializing in children’s behavioral and social services. Throughout her career, she has served on boards and consulted on financial and IT solutions for small nonprofit organizations. Metrolina Aids Project, Lutheran Family Services, Mecklenburg Ministries are a few of these organizations. Ms. Ryan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Computer Systems and Valdosta State University with a degree in Accounting. She spends most of her free time in the great outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling and kayaking. Ms. Ryan was raised a Catholic, but no longer considers herself a part of that faith tradition. She remains deeply connected to God, and while she considers herself a Christian, she does not identify with any particular Christian denomination. Ms. Ryan lives in Matthews, North Carolina with her dog Roo and cats, Bean and Jack.

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Greg Shaffer Board Member

AN Board member of Q7 as Chairperson of Q7’s Advisory Committee, Greg Shaffer has an impressive gift of evangelism in both the Word and song. Mr. Shaffer has worked as a colporteur, street evangelist and has conducted evangelistic series in the United States and in Central America. Many have come to the Lord during his crusades. He to this day is a spiritual advisor to many. ​Mr. Shaffer who is [4th generation] Adventist is returning to his Christian roots. Not as a member of the any denomination but he is called to serve Christ and His Universal church. At age 23 Greg stepped Aside from his young adult ministry to explore his sexuality. He grew angry with God because of his misunderstanding of scripture. The Holy Spirit has called Greg back to ministry after rediscovering the True Love of God and good theology. Jesus and Mr. Shaffer have long been in conversation, and Mr. Shaffer has is now being called back to ministry. Q7 intends to use his talent and leadership to develop its fellowship groups, and to use his ministry skill to help other gay Christians. ​Mr. Shaffer grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania attending the Allentown, Seventh Day Adventist Church. He attended Lehigh Valley Christian HS He now resides in {bound brook NJ] with his husband of six years Javier. He no longer attends a fixed church of any domination, rather he utilizes informal groups of fellow Christians (including the Q7 F.U.E.L. fellowship) for spiritual support. He also informally and joyfully hares the Gospel wherever he goes, with whomever he meets. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16

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The Honorable Khrystian E. King L.C.S.W., M.S.W., LL.D (honoris causa) Board Member

Khrystian E. King is a third term counselor at large on the City Council of the second largest City in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester (pop. 211,392). He graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology, and later earned his Master of Social Work from Simmons College and a Certification in Public Management and Leadership from the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University. Khrys was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws which was conferred by his alma mater, Wheaton College, in 2020, for his advocacy for the empowerment of Worcester’s children, youth, and families. Mr. King has been a social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the last 23 years. He has worked tirelessly to protect, support and empower children and their families throughout the Worcester Area. He also serves as Regional Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 509’s DCF Chapter. Mr. King is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2016, King became the first black man to serve since 1936 and the first black man to ever be elected city-wide in the City of Worcester. He is a cofounder of Black Families Together, a Worcester organization that addresses systematic racism. He is also a cofounder of the Black and Latinx Municipal Caucus, a statewide group of BIPOC elected officials. Khrystian of course lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, is married to Tatiana King M.S.W / L.C.S.W. and has three beautiful daughters: Jailyn, Alexandria and Leiyani. His eldest daughter Jailyn is also a M.S.W. L.C.S.W clinician. Social work runs in the family veins. Mr. King is a 3rd generation, baptized Seventh day and Adventist, who of course rejects the homophobic teachings of the church that have wounded the LGBT community. He attends the College Church of Seventh Day Adventists in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.

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Michael Resnick, Esquire Board Member

"Michael Resnick, Esquire, is the former Director of Public Safety for the City of Philadelphia. In that role he had authority  over the Police, Fire, Prisons, and Emergency Management Departments  of the City and a budget of over 1 billion dollars. Mr. Renick is also the former Commissioner of the Maryland Department of Public Safety (pre-trial), Acting Commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System, and a Deputy City Solicitor for Civil Rights for the City of Philadelphia. A graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Business and Finance, Mr. Resnick obtained his law degree from Widener University, and now serves as the Director of Criminal Justice Programs for Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ​Mr. Resnick is not a Christian but of Jewish heritage.  Yet it is his heritage and the Hebrew concept of Tikkun Olam,  “You are to pursue justice—and only justice” (Deuteronomy 16;20) which has defined his life and motivated him to join the Q7 Board.   As Mr. Resnick likes to say: ”we change the world by helping others, even when they are not exactly like us” Mr. Resnick lives with his husband of 33 years, and their two children in the Powelton Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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Randi Dee Robertson Board Member

Randi is a simulator/academic instructor and First Officer for JetBlue Airlines, and is based at JetBlue University, Orlando, FL. In addition, she runs her own consulting practice, R2 & Associates Consulting LLC, where she consults with companies, faith communities, and organizations as they seek to meet the needs of their transgender clients and employees. These include Reformation Project and SDA Kinship. Her professional career started as a nursing home administrator prior entering the United States Air Force. She was commissioned in 1988 as a Second Lieutenant and retired from the Air Force at the end of 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Air Force she held leadership positions at the squadron, wing and headquarters of the United States Air Force. For most of her career, she worked as a pilot, including: flying the C-9 Nightingale, flying the C-5 Galaxy and flying as a C-5 Evaluator Test Pilot for nearly nine years. She held several Squadron leadership positions, and in addition, she was the Air Force Material Command, Command Chief C-5 pilot for six years. For a time she was assignedto Headquarters, United States Air Force, at the Pentagon, as a staff officer in the human resource arena. During her time at the Pentagon, she was awarded an additional career specialty code as Mission Support Officer in addition to her USAF Command Pilot rating. After retiring from the USAF, Randi spent four years as an Associate Professor of Aviation and Program Development at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, where she led a major overhaul of the university's Aviation program and curriculum. In addition, she quickly joined forces with one of her colleagues working to help create safe and inclusive spaces and to sponsor a student LGBTQI+ organization for the Andrews student population. After leaving Andrews and moving to Florida, she joined Flight Safety International – Orlando, where she worked as a simulator/academic Instructor teaching the Cessna Citation XL/XLS/XLS+ aircraft to clients from around the world until mid 2019. In addition to her instructor roles, she was a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on her aircraft and was quickly moved into a position as a mentor for new instructors. Randi’s academic education and training includes: Masters of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; Bachelor of Industrial Technology, Aviation, Andrews University; Bachelor of Science in Health Care administration, Southern Adventist University. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air War College, Air Force Command and Staff College, and the National Defense University, Reserve Component National Security Course. When considering her spiritual journey, Randi notes that she grew up in a loving home with three siblings, in a small Seventh Day Adventist college town, where her father was a professor and administrator at Southern Adventist University. Her mother, also an educator, taught from K-12 and college classes until her retirement. Her early community life deeply formed her religious experience and knowledge, which led her to take active roles in all of the church communities she has been a part of. Growing up Seventh-day Adventist, she remains one to this day. Her personal beliefs and faith live in a deep experience of her journey of faith as a transgender woman. As such they are rather simple, but when considered take very deep commitment. Randi now bases faith in Jesus of Nazareth’s summation of the law, when he was asked which of the commandments was the greatest. Quoting from Matthew 22, 37 He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  38 This is the greatest and first commandment.  39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ Randi also drwas from Matthew 25: 31 to 46. These two passages form the basis of how she attempts to live out her faith experience. It is worthy of note that she see great value in scripture from both the Jewish Bible and the Christian New Testament. Randi is blessed with a loving and supportive family. She and her spouse have been married to for 38 years and have two adult children. She attends the Whole Life Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orlando, Florida.

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