Thursday, July 9, 2015

2015-2016 Gay Central Valley Board Of Directors

Meet Gay Central Valley's NEW Board of Directors

Chris Jarvis, PRESIDENT

In 2005, after a long career in Hotel Management, Chris stepped away from the corporate world and decided to devote his energy to LGBT activism in the Central Valley. After writing and working for several local websites, as well as organizing local events, in 2009 he was integral in founding Gay Central Valley, an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the underserved LGBT Community in the Central Valley of California. In 2011, he envisioned and helped create 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 a consistent voice in Gay Central Valley’s Cultural Competency Training.

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Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong, SECRETARY

Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong is an author, a stay at home mother, and an active LGBT activist. 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 written collection, Our Stories: Voices of the LGBT Community Anthology. 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. She runs a book club, a skeptics group, and is currently working on a series of children’s books.

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Kayleia Southard, TREASURER

Kayleia formerly served as Treasurer for the Fresno City College Diversity Club and as Secretary for the Fresno Lions Club. A recent college graduate, with a degree in Communication, Kayleia is the youngest Board member. Currently she serves as Fresno LGBT Center Manager and can normally be found trapped in the storeroom.

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Paul Hernandez, BOARD MEMBER

Paul, is also known by his alias Leilani Price, drag queen and Miss Gay Fresno for Life of the Imperial Dove Court de Fresno / Madera. In 2015 Leilani Price was elected Empress of the Imperial Dove Court in Fresno/Madera. Originally from Tulare, CA, Paul decided to get involved with the Fresno LGBT community upon moving to Fresno in 2011. Paul has always served his communities and enjoys helping others. He currently works as a Project Manager for a federally funded non profit health care facility. As Leilani Price, Paul participates in various organizations and events to help promote equality within the community. Aside being a entertainer, Paul enjoys softball, volleyball, sewing and dedicating his extra time to coming up with ways to raise money for local non profits. Paul dreams to one day be a civil rights leader.

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Bobbie Mendez, BOARD MEMBER

Bobbie is co founder of NEED THE BUCK$ ENTERPRI$E$, a not for profit organization, which for the last nine years has organized events and raised money for various local and non profit organizations. She co-founded Team STR8 with a TWIST for the Fresno Aids Walk and is the current Captain of that team. Additionally, Bobbie is a three year member and greeter of the Visalia Pride Lions Club (a fraternal organization). Her work history includes; Executive Chef, Detention Facility Supervisor, S.P.A.B. School Bus Driver, Mountain Crew Supervisor (for USFD and USPS), Vocational Training Instructor (food service/automotive specialties), and beer Route/Salesperson. Bobbie is a 2007 graduate and alumni of California State University Fresno, with a BA in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Option). For leisure she enjoys oil painting, rock concerts, and fine wine.

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Rachel Martinez, BOARD MEMBER

Rachel is a roller derby athlete with the V-Town Derby Dames and is a talk show host on Central Valley Talk Live “The Rage Cage”. Rachel has her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and in 2010 she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration (Leadership, Management, and Communications). Rachel co-founded the Facebook group Derby Dish, and was formerly the Marketing Director/Sponsorships Director with Central California Area Derby (CCAD). She is the newest member of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and planning committee. She is an avid supporter of causes near to her heart, including animal rights, equality and suicide prevention.

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Bryan Dixon, more commonly known as Bryan Van Haughton and even more commonly by his alias, Rachel Cutrone (Drag Queen extraordinaire) is a Fresno based clothing designer, artist and drag personality. Bryan is an active member of the LGBT community with a passion for performance and a flair for the dramatic. He is new to community organizing but full of ideas and energy.

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