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Leadership Team

David Heitstuman, Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Region’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ organization, is recognized as an imperturbable and results-driven political and communications team leader. He received the Stonewall Freedom from Fear Award in 2016 for his transformative work in the Sacramento LGBTQ+ community. Before coming to the Center he was chief consultant to California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and had served four prior speakers over 12 years in the Assembly including Toni Atkins, John A. Pérez, Karen Bass, and Fabian Nuñez. He also served as trip director for Assembly Democratic Campaigns, operations director for Steve Westly’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, advance team lead for Hillary Clinton 2008, Kerry-Edwards 2004, Howard Dean for America, and the Democratic National Committee. He started his career as a communications aide to Governor Gray Davis.

In addition to his statewide and national professional career, he is active in the local community serving as Chair of the Sacramento Parks & Recreation Commission and has served as President of the Sacramento LGBT Center Board of Directors, Member–at-Large on the Sacramento Valley Gay & Lesbian Softball League Board, and as Chair of the Sacramento City Special Events Ordinance Review Committee.

David holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration from CSU Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and business from Gonzaga University. He is also a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business LGBT Executive Leadership Program and the Equality California Institute Leadership Academy. He is well known for his event production prowess including bringing the Sacramento Red Dress Party to life in 2012. He enjoys volunteering for LGBTQ+ activist causes, weightlifting, softball, international travel, and dinner parties at home. He grew up in the Yakima Valley of Washington State and moved to Sacramento in 2001. He and his partner Spencer reside at the intersection of Midtown/Oak Park/Curtis Park.

 E-mail David | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 102

Koby Rodriguez (he/him/his) serves as the Chief Program Officer at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Within this capacity, Koby leads a department of 20 staff providing client-facing services to the LGBTQIA community in Sacramento, California. These client-facing services include Health Programs, Latinx Outreach, Community Resources, Youth Programs, Housing, and the Outreach & Training Institute. Prior to his appointment, he spent the previous fourteen years in higher education, most recently serving as the Associate Director of the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center, working with scholars and student staff to advance social justice and intersectionality programming in one of California’s largest university cultural centers. Before arriving to UC Davis, he led campus diversity, inclusion, residence life, and housing programs at the University of Redlands.

Koby’s radical social justice philosophies are informed by his Mixed-Latinx Queer identities. He also has experience as an instructor, conference presenter, and trainer, and currently serves as Past-President of the California Council Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE), a network of social justice educators and practitioners in California. He also previously served as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community Region VI Representative.

Both his undergraduate (Race and Ethnic Studies) and graduate (Higher Education) work took place at the University of Redlands. Koby resides in Natomas with his partner (Mikey), corgi (Konah), and shiba inu (Bao).

E-mail Koby | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 106

As Chief Development Officer for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Allison VanKuiken (She/They) brings nearly 2 decades of leadership experience from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to the role. Originally from Michigan, Allison’s early work included co-founding a music company and building multi-million-dollar private label coffee programs for some of the nation’s largest retailers.  It would ultimately be Allison’s interests in politics and the LGBTQ+ community that would define their career.  From their early beginnings as a volunteer organizer, Allison quickly rose to leadership to become a highly successful campaign manager and in time, legislative staffer in Michigan.

In 2012 after coming out as transgender, Allison’s work shifted to LGBTQ+ issues where she became the nation’s first openly transgender campaign manager to successfully win greater equality in an election.  From there, Allison went on to work in leadership roles with some of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Pennsylvania, and Equality California, where she helped advance equality in state legislatures across the country, build a highly successful leadership academy, run some of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ voter registration drives, and in 2017 helped organize the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ march in Los Angeles.

As a proud member of the transgender community, Allison is particularly fond of their experience as Executive Director of Trans Can Work, where they helped build the nation’s largest gender diverse employment program. As a strong proponent of workforce development, the program helped hundreds find employment, healthcare, and a better way of life.

Allison is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and holds degrees in Political Science and Public Relations. They are happily married and a proud parent to an ever confident and empowered 4-year-old. Their interests include reading, music, history, geology, travel, camping, hiking, mountaineering, mining, gardening, photography, cooking, and hot sauces.

E-mail Allison | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 110

Corrigan Gommenginger (He/Him/His) is excited to be joining the Sacramento LGBT Center as CFO. Corrigan has been an operations and finance leader for healthcare, human services, and charitable organizations for 15 years. Corrigan previously served on the Board of Directors of Equal Rights Washington to help achieve Marriage Equality through the vote of the people- the first in the country.

In his spare time, Corrigan can be found cycling or kayaking along the American River with his Husband Rev. Dave and corgi, Duke. Corrigan also enjoys reading, home improvement projects, camping, meditating, and traveling.

E-mail Corrigan | ☏ (916) 442-0185

Lanz Nalagan is honored to serve the LGBTQ+ community in his capacity as Annual and Corporate Giving Director for the Center. 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 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 down in Sacramento, CA.

He’s a long-time board member of  the Stonewall Democratic Club and its newly created Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento. 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, tennis, skiing, spa days, reading (especially self-help books!), watching anything from Legally Blonde and West Wing to Star Trek and Ocean’s 11 and listening to anything from Broadway showtunes and punk rock to Motown and Lady Gaga.

E-mail Lanz  | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 125

Jose Emmanuel Vega, serves as the Director of Health Services for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jose became involved with his local LGBTQ organization (Dennis R. Neill Equality Center) at age 22. First as a volunteer, then as an advisory board member, and subsequently as staff taking the role of Deputy Director. He is passionate about the inclusion of diversity and intersectionality, eliminating homophobia, advocating for LGBTQ+ protections and rights, education, health, and community relations. Jose served as chair, appointed by City of Tulsa Mayor for the Hispanic/Latnix Affairs Commission and served as a City Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission for the City of Tulsa. Jose holds a bachelors in Health Administration and Hospital Management. During his time in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jose worked with elected officials to introduce bans for conversation therapy, advocated for hate crime city ordinance, directed and organized Tulsa Pride, spearheaded the rename of 4th Street to Pride Street which runs in front of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. He created city programs for Tulsa youth to learn about local government, allowing them to interact with city officials, tour city facilities, and encourage city volunteerism. Jose also created the first of its kind LGBTQ+ leadership program to grant opportunities and provide necessary tools for future leaders in his community. In his spare time Jose travels, writes and produces music, applies for acting and modeling gigs, volunteers, motivates and helps others to become involved in the community by passing the mic and amplifying voices in marginalized communities.

E-mail Jose | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 122

Robynne Rose-Haymer serves as the Director of Housing Services for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. With over twenty years of workforce development, program development & implementation, and leadership experience, Robynne’s continuing passion is helping young people obtain the education and skills they need to pursue their goals. Robynne began her career as an ‘on the ground practitioner ‘ working directly with low income families and communities of color on health & well-being and education issues. As local school district employee and leader, she planned the implementation of the WIA & Adult Career Technical Education programs districtwide. Focused on making an impact, Robynne extended her range to include consulting and grant writing for non-profit organizations seeking to build new programs or shore up existing ones seeking to serve community.
As a graduate of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP- Class VI), Robynne took her leadership skills to the next level by strengthening her boardsmanship and program management skills. Additionally, since Robynne completed the Prosperity Now Platforms for Prosperity Fellowship in partnership with Bank of America, Robynne has become a champion for financial capability integration into workforce development programming. In 2018 she graduated with a master’s in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness and started the journey for a doctorate at the University of the Pacific. Of all her accomplishments, her greatest is being a proud Mimi to two fabulous grandchildren and parent of three successful children.

E-mail Robynne | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 126

Moe Copeland is ecstatic to be joining the team at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center as the Case Manager of the Short-term Transitional Emergency Program!  Moe’s love for housing began many years ago, working both in care homes for adolescents with developmental disabilities and residential housing in higher education.  Working with LGBTQ+ youth, the highs (and the lows), and the delicate intricacies of housing are what keep Moe’s passion for housing alive and thriving.  After clocking out, Moe can be found at your local karaoke spot, on the stage reciting a monologue or two, or brushing his fluffy beard.  Say hello!

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Jesse loves to go to work as the Assistant Director of Youth Programs at the Center. He not only gets to help young LGBTQ+ people get greater access to resources and social support, but he also gets to hear their unique perspectives on life, growing up LGBTQ+, and navigating the world today.

Jesse graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. He enjoys reading about social and economic theories that explore how the relationships between power, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and race construct society. His education informs his approach to creating a supportive and inclusive space for Sacramento’s diverse LGBTQ+ youth community.

Jesse spends his free time playing video games such as World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm. He enjoys the strategy and critical thinking skills that games demand. He also enjoys the unique thrill of escaping into prosocial forums were people learn to work in teams, build long lasting friendships, and most importantly, slay dragons.

 E-mail Jesse | ☏ (916) 442-0185 ext. 107

Staff Members

Aaron Armer (they/they) is a 23 year old whose advocacy is focused on decolonizing internalized messages of white supremacy and they believe we have to be just as committed in dispelling stigmas surrounding Black, Brown, and queer communities as society is at perpetuating narratives that cause harm to our strong already very vulnerable communities. They want to re envision a world where those who are most marginalized have sufficient resources, legislation and love allocated to protecting their livelihood.

Allis (They/She) is a born and raised Sacramentan and an API queer person of color. They serve as the Case Manager of the Host Home program, which is the newest of the housing programs at the Center which helps Youth experiencing homelessness to match with a local community member for a private living space. Responsibilities of theirs include supporting Youth through case management, support groups, and home visits.

Currently, they’re working to complete their MSW requirements, and previously graduated with a BA in Art from UC Davis. Work experiences have included LGBTQ community advocacy and counseling, assisting in the operations of a free HRT clinic, medical social work in a hospital setting, and coordinating events for members of the CSUS Social Work Student Association.

Outside of their 9 to 5, they enjoy learning about languages, cooking, gardening, making art, watching anime, trying to knit, doing yoga at home, hiking or camping throughout Northern California, and being  nerdy with their partner.

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Ariela Cuellar (she/her/hers) identifies as thick, queer, salvadoreña/latinx, Leo sun, Taurus moon, Gemini rising, dog mom, and pizza fanatic. She grew up in Vallejo CA (shoutout to the 707!) and on her spare time can be found hanging out with friends and her partner, at local parks with her dog Waldo, and searching for the best pupuserias in town. Some of Ariela’s side hobbies include photography, creating YouTube videos, and hosting a Live show on Instagram where she shows people how to make essential oil DIY products.

She graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a major in Communication and minor in Sociology. Ariela loves engaging with community members (online and in-person) and is very thankful to be a part of the queer community in Sacramento. She is very passionate about social justice advocacy and creating online content that supports the identities of all folks under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.

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Casey is so grateful for the opportunity to put his passion for and skills in data management to use for the LGBTQ Community. He’s been a member of the community for twenty years, having held positions at New Helvetia Coffee Shop and Hot Rods Burgers in his youth. When he’s not crunching numbers and nerding out on Excel, you’ll find Casey singing karaoke and playing table-top role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Shadowrun with his wife, Shantra and son, Aaron. He looks forward to serving his community as Data Coordinator at The Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

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Christina was born Guadalajara and raised in the beautiful and sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

She graduated from University Of Guadalajara in 2015 from the Multimedia Art School where she majored in Photography and Audiovisual Production. During her time in Mexico, she was an active member of “The Starving Artist Studio Gallery, Vallarta ArtWalk, SETAC (LGBT Center), the LGBT Galleries and participated in Art Shows like “Irreal Visual” and “Emergente”.

Even though Christina was able to experience many opportunities in Mexico that other Trans women were not, she had to leave her country and seek asylum in the United States. During the beginning of her transition and arrival in the United States, she realized of the need of bilingual services, legal resources, employment programs and support groups for the LGBTQ Latinx Community who represent one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States.

For the past 7 years, Christina has worked in the creative industry as Audiovisual Producer for “Info Channel Mexico”, an active participant in FICPV (International Film Festival of Puerto Vallarta), FICG (International Film Festival Of Guadalajara) and Premio Maguey.

Christina has also participated and covered LGBTQ events such as SF Pride 2016 -2018, Trans March #Giveusourroses 2018, Vision of Equality 2018, TDOV 2019, and Transgender National Health Summit 2019 etc.

Christina is currently in a happy stage of her life, as the Bilingual Outreach Coordinator and the facilitator for the first Trans Latina Women Support Group in Sacramento. She is able to focus on the needs of the Latinx Community and experience the diversity that makes the LGBTQ Community so special. working with the Bilingual Department of The Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

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Ericx is from the small, Danish town of Solvang, California. They recently graduated from UC Davis where they majored in Community and Regional Development and minored in Theatre and Dance. During their time at Davis, they were an active member of La Familia and ally for the Asian Pacific Islander Queers (APIQ). They worked as the Gender and Sexuality Coordinator for the Latinx community and also worked as the Campus Climate Coordinator for the Cross Cultural Center. In 2016, they received the Angelina Malfitano Award for their work in UC Davis queer and trans community over the years.

In their down time, Ericx likes to make people laugh. They are a very theatrical person with over a decade of experience in creating quality puns and dad jokes. They are fluent in the art of puppet-making and can always find a way to make something out of nothing. Ericx also enjoys playing with makeup and teaching others how to create drag personas. Their lifetime goal is to use theater as a tool for community engagement.

Ericx is very excited to be a part of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. They are looking forward to working with LGBTQ+ youth in the community.

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Gray Muranaga (they/them/theirs) is proud to be joining the Sacramento LGBT Center as a Housing Navigator and Case Manager. Gray graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2018. They spent the time after graduation providing support to families in the social work and human services field, and are excited to provide that same support to youth in their community. Because of their passion for social justice and advocacy, Gray is hoping to go back to grad school for a Master’s in Social Work in the near future. In their spare time, Gray likes to watch Netflix, cuddle with their cat (and teach him tricks!), longboard, do jigsaw puzzles, and play video games. Gray identifies as an agender, genderqueer, androgynous, butch lesbian.

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Jordan Hosein-Hedmann (he/him/his) is a Trinidadian- Jamaican who was born in Miami, FL. Jordan is passionate about QPOC issues and is focused on creating more inclusive spaces for queer people of color. He enjoys traveling, learning, and hanging out with his loved ones. Jordan looks forward to serving the community by producing events that appeal to the diverse community of Sacramento.

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Juan (he/his/him) is excited to join the team as a Youth Advocate. An aspiring doctor, he obtained his undergraduate degree in physiology and neuroscience from UC San Diego and is currently finishing his last semester of post-bacc at CSU East Bay and studying for the MCAT before applying for medical school next summer (wish him luck!). Juan is super passionate about working with youth, especially queer and POC, and has previous experience working as an RA in his college’s LGBTQ themed housing. He hopes to go into the mental health field as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and views working for the Center as an opportunity to give back to his community and for personal and professional growth. Back when he had free time, he enjoyed learning languages (Portuguese and at some point will continue Italian) and being an amateur photographer.

Judah grew up in Sacramento and has been a long time Queer Activist in the Sacramento Area. From working to dismantle and defeat Proposition 8 in 2008 to his work on the planning committee for Trans Family Day, he has dedicated his work to advancing the priorities of youths and the LGBTQIA+ community. He identifies as Queer, FTM Trans masculine and gender queer. He is a loving father of two human children and one furry dog. And enjoys camping, nature, table top role playing games, and television and film.

He is excited and honored to serve this community as the Director of Transgender Advocacy with the Trans and Queer Youth Collective. He has a passion for using education, knowledge, and community outreach as a tool for bringing communities together to uplift and thrive themselves. He received a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in education and social psychology from the University of California, Davis. Currently he is earning a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University.

Judah is hoping to keep working towards creating safe and thriving spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community where their voices can be brought into the spot light and the barriers that have long kept Queer people from fully thriving will be dismantled. He hopes this opportunity to provide mental health services to the broader Sacramento area will work to that end and is excited to see what the future holds for the community.

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Julie Strathdee, MFTA (She/Her) is unbelievably honored to be the
Mental Health Director for Trans & Queer Youth Collective, an LGBTQ+ mental health youth group that Julie started in 2018 which is now merging with the Sacramento LGBT Center and provides wrap around crisis support and gender-affirming services to trans and queer youth in rural and suburban areas.

Queer identified, Julie was born in Canada and raised in Carmichael in what she considers to be a desert for LGBTQ+ resources. She graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and went on to receive her Masters in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in the South Bay. She has worked as a youth director and a Marriage and Family Therapist in school districts, community mental health agencies, non-profits and private practice. In 2017, Julie returned to her hometown to bring LGBTQ+ mental health services to the resource dessert she grew up in.

Her love for reducing mental health stigma and fostering community amongst LGBTQ+ kiddos is paralleled only by her love for Christmas lights and snagging craft supplies at the Dollar Tree. In her spare time you can find her walking around midtown staring up at the trees, or sitting in them. Make sure to say hi if you see her around!

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Kelsie is so happy to have the opportunity to serve her local community through advocacy and leadership.

As a military dependent, Kelsie has moved for most of her life but has been in the Marysville Norcal area for the last 10 years, she has recently moved to Sacramento and couldn’t be happier.

Kelsie has been working within the LGBTQ+ community for the last six years, working specifically with suicide prevention, campus climate among LGBTQ+ youth on college campuses, foster youth, and youth experiencing trauma.

Kelsie will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Fall 2018 from California State University, Sacramento. She will then go on to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. Ultimately, she would like to be a social worker serving those most in need.

Kelsie started out as a youth programs and front desk volunteer for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center in October of 2015. In February of 2016, she worked at the center as an AmeriCorps member in youth programs working with youth on skill development. In September 2016, she became a Peer Youth Advocate in the center’s youth programs.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing philanthropy work through her sorority, and spoiling her three cats and one dog.

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Kyle Sewell (He/Him/His)  officially joined the staff as a Youth Advocate in 2019 after volunteering for many months. Kyle is eager to help the center push the gay agenda that is equality! He works in the Q-spot and finds it very rewarding to work here and to help the youth that come in.

His ultimate career goal is to become a physical therapy assistant. He’s currently going to Cosumnes River College working to complete his Kinesiology degree before applying to the Medical program at UNR.

He enjoys sports and other physical activities. Some of the sports he’s done are: swim, soccer, tennis, volleyball, football, and more. Favorite hobbies in his free time are video games, ceramics, and painting.

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Marcy Basila is a recent Sacramento State University graduate. She was an intern at the center before she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  In the Fall 2018, she will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration on LGBTQ issues, Seniors, and Veterans.

Marcy is a mother of four children and has a grand-pup named Sunny. She is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and is a parent to an LGBTQ+ youth. Her hobbies include cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Self-care is an important part of being a Social Worker and Marcy enjoys movies and popcorn.

Marcy’s experience from interning with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center has brought meaning and compassion with her work. Her passion to help the most marginalized has taken her advocacy work to the California State Capitol lobbying for LGBTQ+ rights.

She would like to thank the Sacramento LGBT Community Center in giving her the opportunity to be a part of their team, helping the LGBTQ+ community thrive.

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Mari Wrobi (they/them) is a queer, nonbinary & intersex activist born and raised in Sacramento, California. In May 2019, Mari graduated from California State University, Sacramento with two Bachelor’s degrees; one in Psychology and one in Deaf Studies. Mari first became actively involved with the LGBTQ+ community in Sacramento in 2017, when they started volunteering at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

Since then, they have worked with the PRIDE Center at CSUS; CSUS’s LGBTQ+ club on campus, Queer Union; the Lavender Library; the Gender Health Center; Queer Voices, an educational performance panel on LGBTQ+ identities;  and so much more. Most recently, Mari became a youth member and intersex advocate with the international organization, interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth. With their “Intersex 101” educational workshop, they have traveled both the state and nation educating people on intersex existence, intersectionality, and experience. In their spare time, they can be found playing their favorite card game, Magic the Gathering (and running an LGBTQ+ Magic group in Sacramento) or performing spoken word on queer resistance and resilience through art.

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Matías (they/them) is a vegan non-binary, Brown femme. Matías serves as the sexual health programs coordinator for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. In this capacity, Matías is responsible for all testing conducted at The Center. In addition, Matías works collaboratively with the state, city and local organizations to improve sexual health through education and advocacy in the Sacramento region. Hit them up to get tested!

Matty is delighted to serve the community as a Housing Advocate for the S.T.E.P. program. Having grown up in the farming community of Yuba City, Sacramento has long been their hub for all things queer, and they’ve found their chosen family among the LGBTQ+ community.

Matty identifies as gender nonconforming, asexual, panromantic, polyamorous, and is a member of the leather community. Assigned male at birth, they prefer they/them pronouns, having divorced the Patriarchy through intersectional feminism’s liberation.

In addition to queer activism, Matty is also a freedom of mind advocate, speaking out against religious abuse, conversion therapy, extremism and undue influence. They’re also neurodivergent, a body positivity advocate, and a parent to two queer children. They’ve taken on the criminal justice, mental health, and education systems on behalf of themself and their family, and they’re excited to channel their passion into the S.T.E.P. Program.

Maura is excited to be joining the Sacramento LGBT Center team as a youth advocate. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with LGBTQ+ youth in the Q-Spot. Maura was born and raised in Sacramento and recently moved back to town after graduating from Willamette University with a BA in Music and minors in Women and Gender Studies and Psychology. She is passionate about music’s relationship with social justice and looking at the ways music is used for social critique surrounding issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. Maura is continuing her education as a graduate student at Sacramento State. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with her two dogs.

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I am highly organized, detail oriented, and consistently meet deadlines. I like a clean workspace and a logical filing method. I find this increases my efficiency and helps the rest of the team stay on track. I thrive on setting goals for myself that are essential to my personal growth and professional success. I always challenge myself to learn new skills that will help me to improve myself, do better work and ensure quality and positive outcomes. I am dedicated, loyal, and above all passionate about my work. Because I love what I do, I am naturally motivated, committed, and driven to do my best.

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Morgan Summers (They/them) is honored for the privilege to serve their community as a Housing Advocate at the S.T.E.P. House. When asked how they would describe Morgan, youth stated the following:

“Fun, easy to approach, and easy to talk to.”

“Nerdy in a good way. Just wants everyone to have fun. Inclusive. Whenever we play board games and stuff tries to get everyone involved.”

“Super genuine, caring, compassionate, honest. You have integrity. You follow the rules. You have respect for others. You’re always smiling and vibrant. You’re very present. You’re very aware and attentive.”

“They are very understanding. They’re kind, intellectual, and honest.”

“Memorable, outgoing, fun, chill to be around.”

“I feel like you’re fun and you try to engage with us and stuff… You can be pretty meticulous, but that also means you are good at checking up on stuff.”

“Morgan is a very kind and caring person who encourages us to strive for our best! We have great conversations and from them I have learned a lot from majestical creatures to important life lessons. It is always great spending time with Morgan!”

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Rae is excited to join the team as Office Coordinator. Sacramento is Rae’s hometown, and she has been involved in local activism since she was a teenager. Rae also serves on the board of directors for Sacramento Take Back The Night, which aims to resist sexual and gender-based violence through community-led action. In her spare time she enjoys backpacking, concerts, and crafts. Please let her pet your dog!

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Riley started their career path as a senior in high school when they took an AP psychology class, and five years later, they graduated from California State University Sacramento in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. They got their Associates Degree in psychology from American River College in May 2016 and received a certificate in technical theatre during the following semesters.

In March 2017, Riley started volunteering in the Q-Spot at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and became an AmeriCorps Peer Youth Advocate at the center a year later. In 2017, they also served on the Transgender Inclusion Task Force at California State University Sacramento on the AB 1732 subcommittee overseeing the facilities’ compliance with California’s neutral bathroom bill. Currently, Riley holds the Youth Advocate & Project Coordinator position at the center and spends most of their time in the Q-Spot with the youth.

Riley is also a member of the Kaiser Transgender Member Advisory Council for the Greater Sacramento Area. This committee is working to help Kaiser Permanente staff and health care specialists better interact with and provide services for their transgender patients, as well as to create more efficient service portals and support systems for transgender patients within Kaiser Permanente.

Riley enjoys supporting LGBTQ+ youth as they grow and create the future of our community. They look forward to a Queer Community based in love, acceptance, compassion, knowledge, and strength. Outside of work, Riley enjoys skateboarding, hiking, video games, petting their cats, and propagating succulents.

Riley identifies as Gender Neutral and uses they/them/theirs pronouns.

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Robert Portillo (He/Him & They/Them) is honored to be working with the LGBTQIA+ Sacramento community. As Executive Assistant he will be the direct line to the Chief Executive Officer. He will be the primary point of contact for external constituencies and as a liaison to the Board of Directors and leadership team. Their degree in International Studies: Latin American Studies from Humboldt State University is beneficial to the Center because they have a diverse background in politics and social issues. They studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where they were immersed in the Latin American culture and LGBTQIA+ issues in the country.  From working at an environmental lobbyist firm to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Robert has experience in varying work environments and working with diverse groups of people.

In his spare time, Robert loves to spend time with his pup, Chewy, reading, going on a run, and hanging out with his friends. Robert loves to explore new cities and travel to experience other LGBTQ communities.

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Silver is new to Sacramento and excited to serve the Sacramento LGBTQ+ community through his role as a Youth Advocate. He is currently finishing up his degree at the California State University of Sacramento in Psychology with a focus in Chemical Dependency Counseling with youth. He believes a strong foundation within a community like ours can help get youth off drugs and off the streets. Silver has worked closely for years with at-risk and youth experiencing homelessness and has also been an advocate for services for the undocumented families in his community.

In his free time, Silver is passionate about his family, Human rights, and working out. Having grown up in the central valley Silver loves exploring and hiking in the mountains, taking day trips to San Francisco or to the Beach. You can always find him trying new foods at a local restaurant or with friends being over-competitive at board games. Say Hi and recommend your favorite restaurant!

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My name is Slao Yokoi. I am originally from The beautiful island of Guam and have made the city of Sacramento my home. Some of the things I enjoy most about Sacramento are swimming in the beautiful rivers, visually taking in the gorgeous landscapes, art spotting through the city, eating at my favorite local spots and the general hospitality of the people. I have been moving back and fourth throughout the years in and out of Sac, but recently decided to her my forever home after obtaining a position at the Sacramento LGBT center as the House Manager at TLP. I had discovered the center years ago through a friend and was blown away by its mission and services it provides for our LGBTQ+ community members. The center has a reputation in the community as a place you can go and feel safe, welcome and celebrated for who you are. And above all, accepted. I knew that I wanted to be apart of that, and the team at the center. And through a stroke of luck found myself interviewing for a position earlier this year. I feel honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to help further our visions and help in our mission to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. Where we support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community.

My name is Sydney, but I usually go by Syd. I use She/Her and They/Them pronouns. I recently moved back up to the Sacramento area after finishing my undergraduate education in Santa Cruz.
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in June of 2020, where I studied Psychology and Feminist Studies, with a concentration in Sexuality and Gender Studies. I am so excited to be serving the LGBTQ+ community in Sacramento.
My long term goal is to be a sexual health educator and approach sexual health in an inclusive and queer centered way! I have a husky mix named Pepper and in my free time I like to take her camping and hiking. I also love to roller skate, read, and do pretty much anything that gets me outside.

Volunteer Coordinators & Leads

Nearly 800 people volunteer with the Center annually as board members, council members, program coordinators, event organizers, facilitators, writers, designers, receptionists, resource specialists, youth mentors, advocates, artists, HIV testers, and so many more roles we couldn’t possibly list them all here. A very special group of volunteers provide leadership of key areas, giving time and talent year-round.