Gay Central Valley Board of Directors
President: Chris Jarvis
Secretary: Kaylia Metcalfe
Treasurer: Kelly Campbell-McKay
Member: Jessica Graves
Member: Kayleia Southard.
If you would like information on volunteering or being active with Gay Central valley, please email us at info@Gaycentralvalley.org
In 2005, after a long career in Hotel Management, Chris Jarvis stepped away from the corporate world and decided to devote his energy to LGBT activism in the Central Valley. In 2009 he founded Gay Central Valley, an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicted to serving the underserved LGBT Community in the Central Valley of California. In 2011, he founded the first physical LGBT Community Center in Fresno in over 20 years. He works every day to not only run Gay Central Valley and to manage and staff the Fresno LGBT Community Center, but also to diligently promote awareness, education and support of the LGBT Community. Chris is also a consistent voice in Gay Central Valley's Cultural Competency Training.
Contact Chris at Chris@gaycentralvalley.org
Kaylia Metcalfe is relatively new to Fresno, but not to LGBT activism. She has been working toward equal rights for over fifteen years all over California. As a writer and active volunteer with Gay Central Valley, Kaylia has been involved in multiple panel discussions, event committees, and LGBT related projects, including the Our Stories: Voices of the LGBT Community Anthology. She is a regular contributor to Blade California and to Fresno’s Community alliance. Currently, her focus is on fund development, the community center, and making Fresno a safe place for the LGBT Community. Kaylia is also a consistent voice in Gay Central Valley's Cultural Competency Training.
Contact Kaylia at Kaylia@gaycentralvalley.org
TREASURER, Kelly Lynn Campbell
Kelly formerly served as the Vice President of Trans-E-Motion and as a volunteer at the LGBT Community Center where she hosted “Trans Friendly Day”. She has been active on panels, events, and fund development for the LGBT community for more than three years and brings a background of politics, grassroots organizing, and community networking to her new position with the GCV Board.
Contact Kelly at Kelly@gaycentralvalley.org
Board Member, Jessica Graves.
Jessica is well known in the Fresno LGBT community by her alias of Justin Cider. Drag King. She is a recent college graduate from Fresno State and has a Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in agriculture communications. Jessica enjoys volunteering with Fresno's favorite lesbians; The Fresbians. She looks forward to learning and getting even more involved in the community she loves.
Contact her at Jessica@gaycentralvalley.org
Board Member, Kayleia Southard.
Kayleia formerly served as Treasurer for the Fresno City College Diversity Club. She currently serves as Secretary for the Fresno Lions Club. A recent college graduate, with a degree in Communication, Kayleia is the youngest Board member. She also volunteers at the Fresno LGBT Community Center on Thursdays for "Lesbian Days!"
Contact Kayleia at Kayleia@gaycentralvalley.org
GAY CENTRAL VALLEY ADVISORY BOARD
Pamela Tramell - Community Member
James Figueroa - Reel Pride
Victor Kral - Community Member
Dawn Marie Luna - GSA Director
MaryJane Skjellerup - Youth Leadership Institute
Justin Kamimoto - My LGBT Plus
Taylor Harris - Community Member
Luis Tejeda - United Student Pride - CSUF
Rhea Martin - Californians For Justice
If you would like to become a part of Gay Central Valley, please check out our open volunteer opportunities.
The Fresno LGBT Community Center is open