Board of Directors

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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 twenty-one (21) directors.

The board is growing and currently seeking expertise in the areas of accountancy, philanthropy, commercial architecture and real estate, banking and finance, executive level corporate leadership, criminal law and public policy, government contracts, community engagement, public housing development, human resources, marketing and public relations, data analysis, youth development, workforce development, senior issues, amongst others. All board members are expected to acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals, make a personal financial commitment, and dedicate time and professional expertise toward strategic goals.

We are committed to building organizational leadership that is diversely reflective of the community we serve and actively seek applications from people of color, women, transgender and gender non-confirming individuals, lesbians, gay men, bisexual persons, older adults, immigrants, people living with HIV, formerly homelessness persons, and people with disabilities.

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

Board meetings are held monthly and there is an opportunity for public comment at the start of each meeting. Call the Center at (916) 442-0185 x123 for meeting details.

Officers…

Natalie Fujikawa is an Employment Law Partner with the firm Gordon & Rees LLP, where she represents businesses in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. She is an active member of the Sacramento legal community, having served on the Boards of Directors for SacLegal, Sacramento’s LGBT Bar Association; the Sacramento County Bar Association; and the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council.

Additionally, she is a founding member of 100+ Women Who Care Sacramento Valley, an organization that nominates and contributes directly to local nonprofits. Natalie lives in Sacramento with her wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Rudy and Francis.

Frank 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 Vice Chair of the California Budget & Policy Center, a member Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Regional Homelessness Advisors, 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.

Carl E. Colegrove, Jr. (Hoopa Valley Tribe)

He, Him, His

Carl Colegrove has worked in non-profit Native American health and social services agencies for more than a decade and is an advocate for Native American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Carl has invested his passion, humor, and professionalism as Executive Coordinator of the Sacramento Native American Health Center since January 2014. He has a business degree and completed his project management certificate, which has helped to define the organization’s processes, implementation of infrastructure, and strengthen systems that support the organization’s strategic growth, sustainability, and culture.

Carl is invested in the creation and support of warm, welcoming and safe spaces for the underserved. The opportunity to work in community health, as part of an inclusive health home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the uninsured, people of color, and members of the LGBTQI and Two-Spirit community, regardless of socioeconomic status, continuously inspires his heart and spirit.

Carl is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located within the mountains of northwestern California where he grew up and still refers to as home. He has been a resident of Sacramento since 2008 and recently purchased his first home in a community that he has fallen in love with.

In his free time, Carl enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, and other outdoor adventures.

Ms. Jody Nelsen retired from her career in university administration to serve as the president’s spouse – first at The University of Texas Pan American and currently at Sacramento State.  In addition to her president’s spouse duties, Ms. Nelsen has a passion for assisting non-profit organizations.  While at UT Pan Am, she served as the president of the board of directors of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and currently she is on the board of the Sacramento Family Justice Center Foundation and the LGBT Community Center.  She also serves on the advisory board of the Sac State Wellness Committee that works to identify and remedy issues surrounding student hunger, homelessness, mental health, and financial literacy.

Previously, Ms. Nelsen was the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Prior to that she served as the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas.  She received her BBA from Loyola University in 1990 and her MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1997.

Ms. Nelsen has a passion for assisting those who have lost a loved-one to suicide.  She lost her only child to suicide when he was 25 years old.  She currently facilitates a support group for suicide loss survivors that meets the first Wednesday of every month called Healing Together.  For more information about the support group, send an email to SuicideLossHealingTogether@gmail.com or call (209) 730-3281.

Board of Directors…

Carlos 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 LGBTQ+ communities.

Darcy currently serves as the Director of Communications at the California Commission on Women and Girls,  which works in a culturally inclusive manner to promote equality and justice for all women and girls by advocating on their behalf with the Governor, the Legislature and other public policymakers, and by educating the public in the areas of economic equity including educational equity, access to health care including reproductive choice, violence against women and other key issue areas identified by the Commission as significantly affecting women and girls.

Darcy is also the Founder and CEO of Activism Articulated, an advocacy and crisis communications firm in Sacramento. In this role she works closely with local, state, and national leaders to craft strategies and communications efforts that support progressive social change and help movement leaders to increase their impact, build strategic partnerships and respond to crises. Her previous work includes providing support for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, development and support for the Build. Black. Coalition, Black Women United, Women’s March Sacramento, a wide variety of legislative issues and candidates, and producing events at the Crocker Art Museum and the CLARA Center for the Performing Arts.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors in Photography and Visual Communication from Mills College in Oakland California. She and her wife Jasper live in Sacramento California with their two cats Rocket and Quill.

Dr. Humberto Temporini joined The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in South Sacramento in 2010 and currently serves as the Assistant Physician in Chief for Human Resources, Physician Wellness and Development. Prior to his current role, Dr. Temporini served as Chief of Psychiatry from 2014-2017, where he provided exceptional leadership to an expanding department and helped develop TPMG’s Interventional Psychiatry program.

With a background in Forensic psychiatry, Dr. Temporini is a highly sought out expert witness and leader in the medical industry, helping to address the interface between psychiatry and law. Dr Temporini served as an expert witness with the Sacramento Superior Court in multiple cases, and is currently an Expert Reviewer for the California Medical Board. Dr. Temporini has also collaborated with the Connecticut General Assembly on matters ranging from gun control legislation to the management of mental illness in prison populations. Dr Temporini is a 2019 Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Dr. Temporini moved to California in 2006 and served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis School of Medicine, where he continues to teach. In addition, he has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut and Yale University.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Temporini earned his bachelor’s degree from Colegio Manuel Belgrano and medical degree from the Universidad del Salvador School of Medicine, both in Buenos Aires. He pursued a post-doctoral degree in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He then moved east for his residency training in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University in New Haven. Dr. Temporini is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr Temporini has a keen interest in sports, having played rugby throughout high school and college. He is presently an avid runner, hiker and cyclist.

Josh is a Managing Director and Lead Client Partner in Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice, with several national industry roles including leading his firm’s work with the state and local governments of California and Arizona.

He also represents Deloitte in various national government industry organizations such as NGA, NASCIO, CompTIA, ITI and other organizations that improve state and local government services. With 23 years of leadership experience in government industry, Josh’s focus has been on enhancing states’ abilities to engage with citizens and improving business processes across a wide spectrum of state programs.

Josh serves several local at-risk youth-focused organizations in communities including foster youth, LGBTQ, homeless, and minority youth. He lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with his wife, Lucy, and their three busy kids.

Dr. Joshua Moon-Johnson (he/him) has nearly two decades of experience as a social justice focused educator, author, speaker, and consulting. He currently serves as the Dean of Student Services, Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College and is also a founder and managing partner at PMJ Consulting, LLC. Joshua has published multiple books; his first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism was a #1 Best-seller on Amazon.com for Gay & Lesbian Activism. Joshua’s other books include, Authentic Leadership, which is about LGBTQ+ educational leaders, and Queer People of Color in Higher Education. Joshua previously served as the Assistant Dean/Director of the Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as the Director of the LGBT Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joshua received a doctorate in higher education and LGBT studies from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in student affairs from Binghamton University, and a master’s degree in Marketing Analysis from the University of Alabama. Joshua has served as a board member for multiple educational and social justice organizations, including NASPA (Student Affairs in Higher Education) MultiRacial Knowledge Community and Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE Region V), and Just Communities in Santa Barbara. Joshua is from Mississippi, but is happy to call Sacramento his home. He lives in Curtis Park with his husband Aaron. In Joshua’s free time he is usually dancing, running, appreciating the art of drag, or participating at his local church.

Ken Plumlee is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on brand strategy, strategic planning, and marketing innovation. In 2004 he co-founded lumens.com, an online retailer of design-oriented lighting and home furnishings. Lumens was sold to a private equity fund in 2016. His prior business was Access Health, Inc., a venture-backed healthcare information services company where he was founder and CEO. Access Health was founded in 1988, went public in 1992, and was acquired by McKesson Corp in 1998.

Ken has served as a member of several public company boards as well as a number of Sacramento area non-profit and arts organization boards. Ken enjoys theater, travel, hiking, skiing and whitewater rafting. He splits his time between his home in midtown Sacramento and New York City.

Patrick Harbison is the owner of Patrick Harbison Public Relations (PHPR), a full-service public relations firm in Sacramento.

With more than 15 years of experience as a publicist, media consultant, publicity professional and media booker, Patrick leverages his extensive contacts within broadcast and print media to yield coverage for his firm’s diverse client base which includes marquee city-wide events, politically-minded organizations and daytime television actors.

Patrick is a three-time Hermes award winner, has been voted “Best of Sacramento” in various categories by both the Sacramento News and Review and the KCRA A-List and was selected as one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s top “40 Under 40” professionals in 2014. In 2015, the Sacramento Public Relations Association named him the Public Relations Professional of the Year and in 2016 Patrick was named Influencer of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America. In 2017, Comstock’s Magazine named him one of its Emerging Leaders and Access Sacramento awarded him its “Power of the Voice” award. In 2018 PHPR was selected as the inaugural Agency of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America.

Patrick is a dedicated advocate for Sacramento non-profits and regularly donates his time and PR expertise to area organizations including WEAVE, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Sacramento Theater Company and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

A lifelong Sacramento resident, Patrick lives in midtown with his fiancé Charles.

Todd 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 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 LGBTQ+ 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.