Board of Directors

The Board guides the general membership of Bunny Hosts throughout the year as they work through the key steps in preparation for the big event.

Their responsibilities range from simple administrative duties like collecting membership dues, to more involved endeavors, like solidifying sponsorship agreements. They are elected into Board membership status by the Hosts, and requires 1 full year as a host in good standing to be illegible for nomination.

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Stephen Duckett

President

Stephen has lived in several locations across the U.S., most recently, Washington D.C., and is happy to call Houston home. He has been an active Bunny since 2015 and quickly became involved in the organization’s leadership. Stephen is serving his fourth year as a Board member and first year as President. Stephen received a B.S. in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI), a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). He works as a Healthcare Revenue Cycle Managing Consultant at The Chartis Group transforming health systems under a complex regulatory and rapid change environment across the country. Outside of Bunnies, Stephen enjoys gardening with native species, monarch and wildlife preservation, traveling, cooking and spending time with his two dogs.

 

“It is the people who are different that make the advances, that create the new ideas, who dream dreams and have visions of what can be, not satisfied with what is. So be courageous, and don’t be afraid to be all that you are, even when sometimes you feel different.”

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Div Kumar

Vice President

Div is a DC transplant and a member of BOTB since 2018. He is currently serving his second term on the Board as Vice President. Div has a bachelors in Computer Science, a Masters in Geographic Information Systems and he currently works as a GIS Solutions Architect at Waste Management, Inc. When he is not working, Div enjoys being outdoors, traveling, crossfit, training for the MS 150 and taking his frenchie, Juno, to dog parks.

 

“be kind”

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David Melo

Treasurer

David is a native Houstonian with a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Houston. He loves calling Houston home because of the diversity and culture this city embraces. David joined Bunnies in 2018 as a host and is currently the Treasurer for the organization. He is the head of the Treasury Management Department for a local community bank working closely with corporate clients offering solutions to maximize their receivables while extending their payables.

 

Outside of the organization David enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys the theatre/arts and is a proud member of the MFAH and Houston Ballet. David is a dad of two pugs, who are his world.

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Dale Labang

Secretary

Dale Labang has been a proud Bunny since 2018 and joins the Board for his first term serving as the Secretary. He was volunteering at a beneficiary event and sat next to a former President of Bunnies. He learned about what Bunnies on the Bayou does for the Houston LGBTQ community and decided to join. Dale moved from Tampa Florida to Houston 11 years ago. He went to school at the University of South Florida and earned a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations. He is a Skilled Nursing Facility Liaison in the Texas Medical Center for 11 Skilled Nursing facilities and has had that role joyfully for over 10 years. Dale loves to write in his spare time. He is the author for “A Roadmap for Today’s LGBTQ Youth” and he is working on a second book.

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Chad Cornwall

Member at Large

Chad is a native Houstonian and third year member of Bunnies on the Bayou. This will be his first year serving on the Board as VIP Chair. He joined the organization with the desire to give back to the local community in an impactful way. Outside of his duties as a Bunny, Chad has the privilege of servicing clients in the wedding and events industry as a published floral designer and event stylist. When he’s not busy flowering the city, you can find him eating his way through Houston’s diverse restaurant scene, scouring local resale shops for vintage finds or binge watching the latest obsession.

 

“It’s like that book I read in the 9th grade that said, ‘Tis a far, far better thing doing stuff for other people.'” – Cher (Clueless)

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Natan Cruz

Member at Large

My name is Natan Cruz. This is my third year with Bunnies on the Bayou. I am an aspiring actor, working on my craft every day. On my off days I enjoy fitness, and video games. My favorite libation is a margarita.

 

“Never allow someone to silence you. Speak your truth, you are not voiceless”

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Brandon Rhodes

Member at Large

Brandon is a Houston native who left for a while but was glad to be back home. After enjoying Bunnies on the Bayou for many years as a guest he finally made the leap and became a Bunny in 2018. Brandon is currently serving his first year on the Board. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Psychology and currently works as a Deputy Political Director for Service Employee International Union of Texas, overseeing the political action and Community Outreach operations. When he is not working on his Bunnies duties Brandon enjoys traveling and spending time with his partner and family. Brandon is a major cologne collector who owns over 300 different scents.

Interested in joining our board?