Meet our Director of Education and Programs - Kori (they/them). Kori started as a volunteer with the Center at the beginning of 2017 and quickly moved into the Office Manager role that summer. They have been in this director position for almost two years now.
Originally from NW Indiana, they appreciate the warmer days and small amounts of snow in NC. Kori received their undergrad degree in psychology and is currently finishing up the Nonprofit Management Program at Duke University. They have gone through the Training for Trainers program with the Transgender Training Institute and uses their own extensive research to facilitate training sessions on various topics within the LGBTQ+ community.
Kori lives in Raleigh with their partner, Jordan, and 3 dogs - Pierogie, Panini, and Loki. During the pandemic, Kori and Jordan have planned, bought, and started converting a 20-year-old van into a camper!
Feel free to reach out for any questions about Center programs, community partnerships, or any of your training or educational needs at email@example.com.
Les Geller (he/him) is our SAGE Central NC Program Coordinator! He was one of the founding members of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, as well as having served on the Board of Directors of the Center for its first 6 years.
While on the Board, Les, along with fellow Board member Lorraine Johnson, created a program called “Gay & Gray.” This program was intended to provide connection, services and social opportunities to members of the LGBTQ+ community age 50 and over. Within three years Gay & Gray transitioned into SAGE Raleigh, an affiliate of SAGE USA, and is now known as SAGE Central North Carolina.
Today, Les also heads up an initiative to build affordable and mid-market senior housing in Wake County that will be welcoming and affirming for the LGBTQ+ elder community.
You can reach Les at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Lora (she/her), our Youth & Family Initiative Coordinator! Lora started off as a regular volunteer in 2015 with the goal of putting her allyship into action. A little over a year later she began working with the youth programs and relaunched our Youth Drop-In program before moving onto being the coordinator in 2019.
Originally from Central Illinois, Lora enjoys the warmer weather and southern hospitality. She comes to us with over 19 years of experience in education and mental health. She received her undergrad from Northern Illinois University majoring in Psychology with a minor in communicative disorders. In 2018 she received a master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Most recently she launched a telemental health practice to provide LGBTQ+ affirming counseling services throughout the state of North Carolina. Lora uses her extensive background and training to support our youth and strengthen the programs we provide.
Lora lives in Pinehurst, NC; however, she doesn’t mind the drive to Raleigh (pre-COVID). She enjoys road trips, concerts, and loves watching movies! The thing she has most in common with our youth is her love for Panic at the Disco. During the pandemic she has become a loving plant mother and is attempting raised garden beds this month!
You can reach Lora at email@example.com.
Dolph Goldenburg (he/him) serves as our Interim Executive Director. Dolph has led several LGBTQ+ and AIDS service organizations as either a permanent or interim Executive Director. He's excited about bringing his skills to the Raleigh Center during this time of transition.
You may write to Dolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.