LGBT Center of Raleigh

324 South Harrington Street - Raleigh NC 27603 - 919-832-4484

Board Members

Stephanie Allen 2017Stephanie Allen, Chair
Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. Stephanie’s community outreach and advocacy experience includes serving as a board member of Pride Lafayette, a non-profit LGBT community center in Indiana; serving on the LGBT Studies advisory committee at Purdue University; service as a founding board member for the Bay Area Lesbian Archives Project, starting a small press dedicated to amplifying LBT, queer, and non-gender conforming women, and co-founding the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, a non-profit organization tasked with creating a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers. Stephanie earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, and a masters degree in English from Auburn University. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Stephanie worked in university administration as Associate Director of Social Equity and Inclusion at Mansfield University, and has been teaching at the college level for over 12 years. She relocated to North Carolina in 2015 to devote more time to her independent press. Stephanie is excited to join the Board of Trustees to represent the voices of Black lesbians and queer women of color in this area. She lives in Clayton, N.C. with her cat, Mango.
 
Jaci FieldJaci Field, Interim Vice Chair
Jaci Field is in her first year serving on the Board. She comes to us a veteran activist, planner, and organizer. She was honored with the first Board Emeritus appointment for the Crape Myrtle Festival. She received this recognition after serving CMF for over 15 years in various capacities, including being the first women to serve as solo Chair/Queen and President of the Board of Directors. Jaci also volunteers with Alliance of AIDS Services of NC and Love Wins Community Engagement Center among other organizations and events.
Jaci served on the Board of Team Atlanta, and she was the Venue Chairperson for the Atlanta Games when Atlanta presented a bid for the Gay Games in South Africa. Professionally, she has worked for world events and organizing committees like the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee, and the 1999 Special Olympic World Games. She currently works for the Athletic Department at the University of North Carolina.
Jaci loves to play kickball with Stonewall Raleigh’s Shady Pitches. She can be found most of the time with her son, Declan.
 
Willis WardWillis Ward, Secretary
Willis Ward, while Californian by birth, grew up primarily in the South due to being an Air Force Brat. After graduating from Texas A&M with a B.B.A. in Business Analysis & Research, he moved to Dallas and started working for IBM. He has called Raleigh home for over 20 years now and just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with IBM. Between 2007 and 2015, Willis was a member of the Human Rights Campaign North Carolina – Triangle Steering Committee. He served a 4-year term on the National HRC Board of Governors. Additionally he was the Triangle Steering Committee Chair and the Membership Outreach Chair, growing the Pride program membership continuously for 4 years. Willis is looking forward to continuing his LGBT advocacy at a local level with the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
 
Lauren DeAlto 2017Lauren DeAlto, Treasurer
A true Southern-belle, Lauren was born and raised in Burlington, NC. She attended West Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. The big city called her name and she moved to Atlanta, GA with her college sweetheart whom she married in 2008 but she couldn’t resist the siren call of home and they moved back to NC in 2010 to start their family. Her career in the Events industry started locally at Solas Entertainment in the Glenwood South district and eventually led her to the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel as Director of Catering. With her passion for planning and styling events Lauren strives to create unique and memorable experiences for her clients. Her true passion for this work is the close relationships she builds with her clients and community members.
 
John Q. AdamsJohn Q. Adams
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, John first moved to the Triangle in 1992 to attend college. When his UNC Tar Heels won the NCAA National Championship that year, he knew he had found his new home. After graduating from UNC, John moved to Charlotte to work for management consultancy Accenture. He returned to Chapel Hill in 2000 to pursue his MBA and launch his career in marketing, and has since worked in the field of brand strategy and management for companies including Kraft Foods, Hanesbrands, and Lowe’s Home Improvement. John is currently directing all brand strategy efforts for open source software leader Red Hat in Raleigh, where is also founded the company’s first LGBT employee resource group and has led its volunteer efforts for Out! Raleigh for several years running. He is excited to join the board and represent the voices of gay parents and children in our area, as well as build bridges with local corporate leaders. John lives in Holly Springs, NC, with his husband, three children, and crazy German shorthair pointer.
 
Madison BrewerMadison Brewer
Madison is an entrepreneur by birth and an open source legal technologist by trade. She's an Export Compliance Specialist for Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions. She serves on the leadership team for Red Hat’s Pride organization, working to drive continuous improvements in company policies, and promote an inclusive and supportive work environment that allows for members of the LGBTQ+ community to bring their whole selves to work. Madison participates in various Stonewall Sports Raleigh LGBTQ & Ally sports teams and serves as an active member of Pride in the Triangle. She's a proud alumna of Appalachian State University, where she served as Vice President of Kappa Delta Sorority and competed on App State's Alpine Ski Racing Team. Madison envisions a future where our differences are celebrated as superpowers that empower us to live authentically and transparently. She is thrilled to serve on the board and looks forward to creating opportunities to scale the Center into the future. Madison lives in Cary, NC with her wife, Maine coon cat, and pit-bull-blue tick hound. In her spare time, you'll find her building something in her workshop or pulling weeds in the garden.
 
Jimmy CreechJimmy Creech
Jimmy Creech was an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1999. He served as a pastor in churches of the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1990. When he was the pastor of Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh, he co-founded the Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality in 1988 and served as its convener until 1990. He worked with the North Carolina Council of Churches from 1991 to 1996. In July of 1996, Jimmy was appointed Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. In March of 1998, he was acquitted in a church trial of a charge of violating the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church when he celebrated a covenant ceremony for two women in September of 1997. In a second church trial held in Nebraska on November 17, 1999, a jury declared Jimmy guilty of “disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church” and withdrew his credentials of ordination for celebrating a holy union for two men earlier that year. Since then, he has devoted himself to actively advocate for the full inclusion, acceptance and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in religious communities and in civil society. In 2011, Jimmy published a memoir, entitled, Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays (Duke University Press). And, in 2011, the LGBT Center of Raleigh named Jimmy as our Distinguished Service Award Recipient. Jimmy is retired and living in Raleigh.
 
Randy LewisRandy Lewis
Randy Lewis is a proud, passionate, liberal thinker, social-justice advocate, entrepreneur, and songwriter whose mission is to be the change that he wants to see in the world. Randy is also a community minister, a father, and the husband to his spouse D’mitri. He holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Divinity degree. He serves as the Managing Director of Clergy 211, an organization of inclusive and progressive clergy that provides non-judgmental rite-of-passage ceremonies for people of all walks of life. “I am working hard to make the LGBT Center of Raleigh better because I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. The Center, through its services, activities, and educational opportunities, supports these values while also providing safe and rewarding spaces and a measure of wholeness, assurance, and hope to those in our community.”
 
Anna Lineback 2015Anna Lineback
Anna claims both Tennessee and both Carolinas as home states. She enjoys her work with students with special needs. She previously served on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors and is excited to focus energy more locally on the Center's growth. When not working or volunteering, Anna enjoys hiking and kayaking, or (on rainy days) reading and doing crossword puzzles. Pronouns: She/her or they/them
 
Powell MarshallPowell Marshall
Powell is a native North Carolinian who grew up in Winston Salem, studied in Greensboro, and currently lives Raleigh with his sweet precious four-legged spoiled rotten sweetheart, Maybelle. As an Interior Planner and Designer for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he takes pride in improving working, educational, and healing environments of faculty, staff, and students. Given the core design values to engage the mind, body, and soul, he hopes to build upon the same nurturing relationship in the Center. Growing up in a conservative Southern Baptist community in the South, he understood what it felt like to be on the outside. We’ve come a long way since then, but we can still face the same struggle of acceptance. The need to belong, to feel safe and welcomed is still part of what makes us human. Understanding we all come out in different ways and at different points in our life, he whole-heartedly appreciates the implicit need for the Center and wants to build the bridges to a supportive and engaging group who’s here to help, listen, and build up. Powell has been a volunteer with the center for three years and is currently the Co-Chair of the Center’s Development Committee.
 
Gavin Vincent 2017Gavin Vincent
Gavin Vincent has a Master of Arts in Sociology and originally hails from northeast Pennsylvania. He’s called the Triangle home for the past several years and currently resides in Durham. When not working in academics, he enjoys video games and the occasional book (time permitting).
 

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