Board of Directors

Michael Knote

Founder / Volunteer Executive Director

Pronouns: He/Him

Michael Knote (he, him) founded Have A Gay Day as a social media presence February 25th, 2012.  In 2016 Michael with the help of his friends and board turned the social media presence into a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Michael has received multiple Community awards for his work including the Humanitarian of the Year award from the NCCJ of Greater Dayton, the Ruby Award from the LGBT Her/ History Project and the Daray Lorez Community Activism Award.  Michael has had years of experience as a Community advocate and Community Servant.  He devotes his time to personal growth in developing his knowledge to expand the work of Have A Gay Day.

Laura Gentner Hutchinson

Vice President / Board of Directors

Pronouns: She/They

Laura Gentner Hutchinson (she/they) is an LGBTQ+ allyship educator, consultant, and public speaker from Dayton, Ohio. Laura’s passion is empowering individuals to take action toward a world marked by radical inclusion, and her mission is to make “ally” a verb — literally. Through their focus on intersectional LGBTQ+ support, Laura helps communities practice proactive and authentic inclusion. Laura has two degrees from the University of Dayton, including a Masters of Science in Education, where they also spent 5 years establishing UD’s first LGBTQ+ student services program.

Dee DiVittis 

Treasurer / Board of Directors

Pronouns: They/Them

Dee DiVittis (they/them) is an indirect tax senior at Ernst & Young, based in Columbus, OH, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Accounting and a minor in Public Policy and Leadership from Carlow University. As a co-chair of the Columbus Unity Group, EY’s internal LGBTA+ professional network, Dee directly supports the firm’s DE&I initiatives.

Dee is a life member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. As an alumni volunteer, Dee helps student members and advisors with chapter finance concerns and has presented at conferences on various chapter finance and leadership topics.

Dee joined HAGD’s board of directors after volunteering during food pantry open hours. Identifying as a nonbinary and pansexual person, Dee understands the value that HAGD brings to the community by creating a safe and supportive space for all, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

When Dee is not working or volunteering, you can find them spending time with friends around Columbus, their family in western Pennsylvania, or at home with their two orange tabbies.

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