Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Per the Center’s bylaws, the board will not have less than five (5) nor more than seventeen (17) directors. The Center seeks cultural, racial, economic, faith, age and gender diversity as well as representation from a variety of professional disciplines including accounting, HIV, mental health, real estate, communications/public relations, law, youth and senior services.

For information about the Center’s application process for the board, click here.

Board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 – 8 p.m. and are open to the public. The location varies, based on availability of space. Call the Center at (916) 442-0185 for location details.

Officers…

BioPic_MarquezCarlos2Carlos brings a unique portfolio of experiences to the Center in the areas of public affairs, nonprofit management, and civic leadership. Over the last decade, he has worked in a variety of capacities advancing the missions and advocacy goals of some of the most notable progressive organizations in the country. This has included American Civil Liberties Union, United Way, Service Employees International Union, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He currently serves as the Political Director for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) where he manages the organization’s statewide electoral program.

Prior to joining CCSA, Carlos was the Deputy Political Director for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund where he oversaw the organization’s western political operation and coordinated candidate and incumbent relations in 13 states. And in 2010, he shepherded San Diego’s citizen-led redistricting effort as Vice-Chair of the City’s Redistricting Commission.

The provision of health and human services became a passion of Carlos’ while at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. During his tenure as Director of Programs & Public Affairs, he managed the agency’s public policy initiatives and a suite of community programs, including LGBT senior and youth services. Carlos’ past board service includes the New Leaders Council and HONOR PAC, a political action committee focused on the political empowerment of Latina/o LGBT communities.

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BioPic_DouteStephanieStephanie is well versed in the management and operations of non-profits. As the Director of Membership at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Stephanie has cultivated a sound understanding of how to build meaningful partnerships, craft innovative solutions to meet organizational needs, and create coalition and collaboration with diverse people and groups in communities.

Stephanie is a member of, and volunteers for both the California Society of Association of Executives and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. She is an alumnus of the Leadership California CIT program, and the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). She is passionate about leadership, mentoring, team building, people, and community building.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her wife, their eight-year-old son, and twin baby daughters. You might also find her out snapping photographs at any local spot, organizing events and activities for the parent teacher organization, sitting in a quiet place reading or strumming her guitar, or cheering her son on in whatever his latest sporting or musical endeavor may be.

✉ E-mail Stephanie | ☏ (916) 442-0185, x102

BioPic_CocharanGlendaGlenda Corcoran’s career has been committed to public service and advocacy. Most recently, she worked in the California State Assembly, concentrating on Social Justice, Public Safety, and Local Government. Glenda is an attorney and volunteers at the Sacramento Volunteer Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal assistance to low-income clients.

Additionally, she serves as a board member for St. John’s Program for Women and Children, a program that assists families transitioning from crisis to self-sustainability. As a supporter of the local art community, Glenda is an ongoing sponsor and volunteer with the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento. Glenda is married to Dustin Corcoran, CEO of the California Medical Association. They have two children, Dylan and Fletcher.

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BioPic_RayaGeorgeA native of Sacramento, George is a long-time Latino LGBT community activist. In 1970, while an undergraduate student at California State University Sacramento, he helped organize Sacramento’s first openly LGBT organization, the Society for Homosexual Freedom. To secure a charter for the LGBT student group, the students first had to sue CSUS for the right to have a campus organization. We won our court case on Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly issues.

In 1974, George became California’s first full-time LGBT rights legislative advocate with the State Legislature in Sacramento. He successfully lobbied passage of the Willie Brown Consenting Adult Law, decriminalizing sex between consenting adults. Recently, he retired from Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, where he was a Human Services Specialist.

As a Board member, George’s area of interests are outreach to cultural and ethnic minorities, LGBT elder issues, HIV/AIDS prevention and transgender issues.

Currently, he serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Latino Center of Art and Culture, co-chair of the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association and on the board of Sacramento Rainbow Village, an organization which seeks to develop housing for LGBT elders. Formerly, he served on the board of the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball League and on the Board of his union, Public Employees Union, Local #1. George earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from California State University Sacramento and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

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Board Members…

BioPic_BordenTreTre Borden is a born and raised Sacramentan and a proud Jesuit alumni class of 2002. After graduating from Yale College in 2002, Tre honed his sense of style and appreciation for the cultural impact of the creative class in New York where he launched a tailoring company, interned for Oscar de la Renta and DIESEL and worked as a freelance reporter for New York Magazine.

Tre returned to California and began working in the office of Mayor Johnson before attending and completing his MBA program at the UCD Graduate School of Management, focusing on entrepreneurship and clean-technology. After a short time in the energy sector he entered the arts and began working with artist Danny Scheible co-founding Tapigami, a new art movement developed by Scheible. Together they brought the innovative tape-based art to venues such as Maker Faire, The W San Francisco, The California Museum, and to a successful Kickstarter funded project in 2013. Tre also helped launch FLYWHEEL, a business incubator for creative talent in Sacramento in spring 2012 as the program manager at the Arts & Business Council

Tre also started and ran a temporary art space that repurposed a 7,300 sq. ft. car dealership inside the Sacramento Downtown Plaza mall. Called Exhibit S, this unique experiment of artist studios, gallery and gallery store provided a collaborative platform for artists, entrepreneurs, developers and the creative community at large.

Recently Tre has built on these experiences heading up Bright Underbelly, a 70,000 square foot mural that will be placed under the W/X Freeway at the site of the Sunday Farmer’s Market, California’s largest. He also curated the permanent artist installations at the Warehouse Artist Lofts, and co-produced PORTAL, a temporary installation and exhibition platform in front of the Crystal Ice House project. Tre was recently named Young Professional of the Year by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to Sacramento’s changing landscape. He is excited to bring his eye for community engagement and creative expression to the Center’s Board of Directors.

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BioPic_FoxSageCaptain Fox is a seasoned military veteran with over twenty years of experience in creating change within local, state, and federal organizations. Her life experiences range from a high of being a wandering vagabond to a low of working as an IT Director for a Fortune 500 company. Concurrent with her work as an IT Consultant in California, she’s actively engaged in multiple levels of activism for both LGBT and Veteran’s causes.

Sage enlisted in the Army in 1993, trained and served with Special Forces and worked for the Army Chief of Staff before receiving a direct commission as a Signal Officer in 2009. She was the first transgender Soldier invited to openly serve in uniform as her identified gender. When she’s not fighting for a cause or consulting she spends her time with her four children, at the gym, on her motorcycle or running barefoot on the Northern California trails.

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BioPic GrantCoonsDr. Grant-Coons first received his Master’s in clinical psychology (MA) from Antioch University in Los Angeles and specialized in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy. He then went on to complete his doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles with an emphasis in multi-cultural and community psychology.

Dr. Grant-Coons has been a psychotherapist since 2006 working mostly with marginalized communities. He trained at several community agencies including AIDS Project Los Angeles providing individual therapy and running support groups for HIV positive gay men. The Los Angeles LGBT Center working with LGBTQ victims of domestic violence and facilitating anger management groups. South Central Training Consortium working with homeless families and women of color and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital-High Risk Youth Program working with homeless and runaway youth.

He has also been in private practice since 2009 providing individual, couple’s, family and group psychotherapy. Before relocating to Sacramento, Dr. Grant-Coons was the Lead Clinical Supervisor at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services-Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles developing and facilitating support groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors and providing suicide prevention trainings all across the United States and Canada. Currently, Dr. Grant-Coons has his psychotherapy private practice, Empowered Living Therapy, in Midtown Sacramento continuing his work to help empower disenfranchised communities throughout all of Sacramento.

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BioPic_KookToddTodd is currently the Director of Philanthropy at the Sacramento Children’s Home, where he actively works to advance the mission of Sacramento’s oldest not for profit organization.

Todd has been a Sacramento resident since 2011 and is originally from Syracuse, New York, where he lived until attending college in Rhode Island at Providence College. After graduating from Providence in 2008, Todd had traveled around the United States for his previous employer, Guidance in Giving, Inc., until settling on living here in Sacramento.

He is an active member of the community through his involvement with Metro EDGE, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Todd is dedicated to advancing the services, programs and the overall well-being of the LGBT community through his work at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and hopes that people that identify as LGBTQ feel welcome, needed and safe in our community.

In his spare time, Todd plays softball in the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball League, is an avid skier, and an active traveler.

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Mecca Head Shot2Frank Mecca has served as Executive Director of the County Welfare Directors Association for 25 years, during which he has helped establish CWDA as a leading advocacy and policy organization in the field of public human services.

Under Frank’s leadership, the association has been instrumental in the development of significant human services programs and policies, including helping shape the CalWORKs program, creating the Adult Protective Services program, and advocating for significant child welfare reform efforts such as extending foster care support to youth after age 18.

Frank is a board member of the California Budget & Policy Center and a member of the California Child Welfare Council. He is a former president of the National Association of County Human Services Administrators. Frank is also a past member of the Board of the Sacramento Valley Gay and Lesbian Softball league (SVGLS) and has
played in the league since its inception.

Prior to joining CWDA, Frank served as a fiscal and policy analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where he had oversight responsibility for most child welfare programs, including Child Welfare Services, Foster Care and Adoptions. He holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in social welfare policy from the

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Lanz Nalagan works in Development for the Pacific Crest Trail Association. He also serves as Political Director for West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. Over the years, he grew passionate about campaign finance and philanthropy in the political and non-profit sectors, and he is grateful that his current work reflects that.

After immigrating from the Philippines, Lanz grew up in the East Bay area of California and attended school in the beautiful Central Coast- earning a B.A in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He also lived in Washington, D.C before settling in Sacramento, CA, where he’s lived for five years.

He’s a long-time board member of Sacramento Stonewall and more recently with the Asian Pacific Islanders of Sacramento equivalent. Lanz is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and hopes to earn his CFRE- Certified Fundraising Executive- in the near future, to continue funding causes he’s passionate about. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, playing league tennis, skiing, square dancing and spending time with family and friends.

BioPic_MikalsonPoshiPoshi has focused her career on improving the lives of those whose sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression does not meet with society’s expected norms. Although she uses the term LGBTQ as a commonly recognized acronym, she has a deep understanding that these five letters do not begin to represent the vast diversity within our communities. She strives to keep this diversity in the forefront of all her local and statewide research, policy and advocacy work.

Poshi holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from CSU, Sacramento. She is currently the LGBTQ Program Director for NorCal MHA. As part of her work, she was the lead author and editor of the groundbreaking report First, Do No Harm: Reducing Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Populations in California. She also conducts LGBTQ awareness trainings to increase knowledge, sensitivity and affirmation among providers, educators, and families. Through the lens of mental health and wellness, her work promotes equality and equity in all facets of LGBTQ lives.

Poshi began her relationship with the Sacramento LGBT Center more than 13 years ago when walking up the Center stairs were, quite literally, her first steps toward publicly coming out. She credits her social work internship at the Center for leading her to the work she is doing today. Her life is made even richer by her wonderful wife, children, and multiple rescue animals.

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