The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Monday, Aug. 6, announced the appointment of Dallasites Dawn Meifert and Cordey Lash to its 35-member board of directors.
Meifert is CEO of MergeMedia Group and Lash is a global account executive for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Both Meifert and Lash have been active GLAAD supporters in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for several years, a GLAAD spokesperson said. They were co-hosts for GLAAD’s recent Dallas Chef Invasion major donor event, as well as serving as national advocates in the LGBT community.
In a written statement released Monday, Neil Giuliano, GLAAD president, called Meifert and Lash “astute and passionate LGBT advocates,” and said that with them joining the board, “GLAAD is strengthened in its work of changing hearts and minds. Their extraordinary breadth of experience complements the composition of the existing board and emboldens our advocacy efforts in Texas and throughout the country.”
Meifert said she looks forward to working with Giuliano and the “tremendous opportunities ahead to build on our successes for advancing full equality .”
Lash said he, too, is looking forward to his term on the board, adding, “I expect the next several years to be transformational for GLAAD as we continue to establish important new footholds to end homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.”
Meifert is a nationally recognized director, photographer and creative thought leader. In her 16 years in the field, she has photographed a number of celebrities including Jeff Bridges, Kevin Costner, Jackie Collins, Tommy Lee Jones and Denzel Washington. She also has worked with such Fortune 500 clients as American Airlines, Coors, Disney, New Line Cinema, People, Pepsi, Universal and Warner Brothers. As president and CEO of MergeMedia, Meifert oversees the development, growth and overall direction of the company. She is also responsible for leadership on creative strategy and planning on all client accounts.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007