Board of Directors

The CenterLink Board of Directors advises, governs, oversees policy and direction, and assists with the leadership and general promotion of the organization so as to support its mission and needs.  In keeping with our organizational value of governance by an inclusive and open process, a majority of seats on the Board are held by leaders of LGBT community centers and are elected by a vote of all member centers.  A limited number of Board seats are filled by appointment, in order to assure representation of diverse viewpoints and appropriate expertise to prudently govern CenterLink.  Board elections are held in late Fall for two-year terms beginning in January.  The Board generally meets monthly by conference call, and in person two or three times per year.

LGBT Community Center Executive Directors interested in becoming CenterLink Board Members can find information in our Board Member Information and Election Center.

Meet The Board

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Chris Bartlett, Board Co-chair

William Way LGBT Community Center
Executive Director
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Chris Bartlett is the Executive Director of the William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in Philadelphia (www.waygay.org).  For over 20 years, he has been an innovative thinker and leader in technology-driven community organizing, having led the SafeGuards Gay Men's Health Project, the LGBT Community Assessment, and the national LGBT Leadership Initiative.  He also serves on the board of the Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men,  and is the founder of the Gay History Wiki, which documents the lives of the gay men who have died of AIDS in Philadelphia  (http://gayhistory.wikispaces.com). He is an avid user of social media and can be found on twitter at http://twitter.com/harveymilk.

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Cece Cox, Board Co-Chair

Resource Center
CEO
Dallas, Texas

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CECE COX, J.D., Executive Director and CEO, Resource Center Dallas, has more than 25 years experience in executive management and leadership, both in the nonprofit and private sectors – including law, journalism, business consulting, arts, and advocacy.  As CEO, Cox oversees one of the largest centers of its kind in the United States.  More than 50,000 people each year use the Resource Center through its programs and services for individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Her activism and support of the community have included work at the Turtle Creek Chorale, Legal Hospice of Texas, Youth First Texas, the regional office of Lambda Legal, and an appointment to both a City of Dallas board and task force.

Cox is a member of the executive committee for SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, board member of Dallas Women’s Foundation and an advisory board member of Black Tie Dinner.  She is also a former president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance (DGLA).  During her tenure at DGLA, she was instrumental in the passage of the City of Dallas’s nondiscrimination ordinance and the adoption of nondiscrimination policies at DART, DISD and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.  She is also a former co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Dallas.  In 1999, Cox received the Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Black Tie Dinner.

She is an alumna of both Leadership Dallas and Leadership Lambda, a former board member of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas, and an attorney.  Prior to joining the Center, Cox’s law practice was focused on commercial litigation and transactions, bankruptcy, employment law and municipal law. She is a volunteer attorney for Legal Hospice of Texas.

Cox is also a former professional photographer whose national, regional and local clients included Frito-Lay, Phillips Petroleum, TGI Friday’s, American Greetings, the American Heart Association and D Magazine. She also co-authored a book chronicling the 1993 March on Washington for gay and lesbian rights. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from SMU.  She is the mother of one son, and the partner of the Hon. Barbara J. Houser.

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Candice Nichols, Board Secretary

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert - Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California

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Candice Nichols is currently the Director of Programs and Operations at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA.  Candice proudly served at the Executive Director of The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada for ten years. Under her leadership, The Center expanded programs to serve the youth, senior citizen and mainstream LGBT community. Nichols forged partnerships with local organizations and agencies which transformed The Center into a central hub for those seeking services and acceptance.

Prior to joining The Center, Nichols worked for several Southern Nevada non-profits. In the early 1990’s she held the position of Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, and then during the height of the AIDS epidemic became Director of Prevention Education for 11.5 years at Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), the largest AIDS Service Organization in Southern Nevada.

Candice Nichols is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a mother of two adult children and proud grandmother of two adorable grandchildren. Her family has expanded with the addition of her life partner, Suzanne Miele’s two adult daughters.

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Paul Moore, Board Treasurer

David Bohnett Foundation
Program Officer
Los Angeles, California

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Paul Moore is the Program Officer for the Las Angeles-based David Bohnett Foundation, where he has worked for over a decade.   Moore is additionally charged with handling select special assignments and initiatives related to Mr. Bohnett’s private equity firm, Baroda Ventures.

Every aspect of the Foundation’s grant-making process comes under Moore’s purview, including monitoring grant requests and grantee reports, conducting site visits, and representing the David Bohnett Foundation at community and industry events.  He thoroughly embraces the Foundations’ philanthropic mission, and brings strong interpersonal skills and a keen intellect to his interactions with grantees, board members, and the public.

Among Moore’s chief responsibilities is supervising the Foundation’s entire David Bohnett CyberCenters program, which currently number over 60 centers nationwide.  The CyberCenters offer free Internet access and technology support to the LGBT community, and provide educational and job-search resources for seniors and youth.  His operational oversight of the popular program includes facilitating grant requests, directing logistics, organizing conference activities, maintaining grantee relationships, and fostering alliances with potential sites. 

A native of Orange County, California, Paul Moore holds a B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from California State University, Northridge and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he was a Society and Business Fellow.  Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, he was a licensed property insurance agent in Boston, Massachusetts. 

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Marsha Botzer

Botzer Consulting
Seattle, WA

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Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 35 years. Marsha founded Ingersoll Gender Center and continues to serve the organization.

Marsha was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding member of Equality Washington, and served as a board member for Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, and Seattle Counseling Service.  Marsha was a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and co-chair of the Seattle City LBGT Commission.

Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2005-6 and again in 2009-10.  She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, and served on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors during development of the Version 7 Standards of Care. In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign.  In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington DC, speaking at the Capitol Rally.  Since 2011 she has been a Faculty member of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Community Center’s Emerging Leader’s Project, focusing on work with China.

Marsha received the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education, and in 2006 Lambda Legal selected Marsha to receive its Civil Rights Hero Award.  In 2007 she was given The Task Force Leadership Award and in 2009 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. In 2011 Marsha received the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award for Community Service, and in 2013 the Inaugural U.S. Edition Trans 100 List selected Marsha for membership.

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Lorri L. Jean

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
CEO
Los Angeles, California

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Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) civil rights movement. Jean serves as CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest LGBT organization.  Previously, Jean served as the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  OUT Magazine has twice named her one of the 50 most powerful gay people in the nation, Los Angeles Magazine named her one of L.A.’s 100 most influential people and in September, 2014 it named her one of the ten most inspiring women in Los Angeles.

Jean has been an activist on LGBT issues for thirty-five years.  She was the lead plaintiff in the successful landmark lawsuit against Georgetown University to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  She also was the first openly LGBT person to receive a top secret security clearance from the Central Intelligence Agency.  In 1989, with her appointment as Deputy Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA"), she became the highest-ranking openly LGBT person in the Federal government.

While serving at the helm of the Center, Jean has driven a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing revenues from $8 to $84 million and the numbers of people served every month to more than 42,000.  While running the Task Force, Jean oversaw an organizational turnaround that brought the organization to financial solvency and increased annual revenues to an all-time high.

Jean and her partner of 23 years, attorney Gina M. Calvelli, live in Hollywood.  They were legally married in 2008.

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David Kilmnick

Long Island GLBT Community Center
CEO
Bay Shore, New York

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David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW has more than 23 years of experience working on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the community and advocate for equality under the law.

David founded Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) in 1993 and has led the organization through growing and developing substantially in its 21-year history including the purchase of the first GLBT community center on Long Island. The most significant growth was in 2005 when David established the Long Island GLBT Services Network (The Network) to expand services for Long Island’s GLBT community throughout the lifespan. The Network included two other new organizations – the Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center) for adults and families, and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) for seniors so that GLBT Long Islanders of all ages have access to needed programs and services.

Today, David is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network that serves tens of thousands annually, reaches an additional 80,000 through education and outreach and employs 30 full-time staff members in four Community Centers located in Woodbury, Bay Shore, Patchogue and Sag Harbor. The Network in the fall of 2014 announced the first ever affordable housing in the New York tri-state area for LGBT and LGBT friendly seniors in Bay Shore and expanded its service region to include Queens County. With an annual budget of over $3 million, The Network service region includes over 6 million people that spans the entire length of the Long Island Expressway from the Midtown Tunnel to Montauk.

David has been widely recognized for his work on Long Island, throughout New York State and across the country. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Civil Liberties Union Equality Award and the Lawrence Timpa Humanitarian Award for Professional Service from the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. He is past co-chair of the Board of Directors for Centerlink, the national organization that represents nearly 200 GLBT Centers, was appointed to the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Taskforce in 2009, and was named to the 10th Annual Long Island Press Power List in 2012 and 2013 as one of the 50 most influential Long Islanders.

In addition to his innovative work in the GLBT community, David is a professor at several colleges and universities, including University of Maryland-University College in Nonprofit Management, Capella University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and at Walden University in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Kilmnick received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in Social Welfare, where his dissertation focused on heterosexist attitudes and changes following contact with an openly gay instructor. David and his husband, Robert, live in Centereach with their two Yorkshire Terrier children, Sparky and Petey. 

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Michelle Kristel

WBB+McCormack
Executive Search Consultant
New York, NY

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Michelle is an Executive Search Consultant with WBB+McCormack, a firm with more than 20 years experience placing top leadership talent in LGBT, HIV/AIDS, healthcare and progressive organizations.

Michelle is the former executive director of In The Life Media (ITLM), a nonprofit organization producing social change media to raise awareness of issues related to gender, HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights. Michelle joined ITLM in 2002 in the position of production manager. In 2006, following succession of promotions, she was appointed executive director. ITLM's signature series, IN THE LIFE, was broadcast nationally on PBS from 1992 through 2012.

In keeping with her commitment to amplify and diversify LGBT voices in media, Michelle is a member of the business advisory team for Jillian's Peak, a web series exploring the lives of African American lesbians. She is also a member of the steering committee of the Publishing Triangle, an association of authors, readers and publishing professionals, and a volunteer for the Food Bank of NYC.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts from New York University. 

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Lorraine Langlois

Metro Wellness & Community Centers
Executive Director
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Lorraine Langlois, Executive Director of Metropolitan Charities, has been running what is now one of the largest and most respected HIV/AIDS and GBLT service organization for over 15 years. However, it is surprising how few people know who she is.

Langlois, a native of Ottawa , Ontario (Canada) had worked for the Canadian government for 14 years and decided she needed a change and return to school. Her parents had a condo in one of the Suncoast beach communities, so she was somewhat familiar with the area. She decided St. Petersburg would be a good place to start her new life.

Lorraine, acquired a Health Management degree at St. Pete College to add to her U.S. government recognized Business Management degree. Her involvement with King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church came about when she started dating one of the church’s ministers. “I got real involved in the life of the church,” she says, “and helped out with some of the administrative work of Metropolitan Charities starting in about 1993.” At the time, Metropolitan Charities was a very small operation, without even one full-time employee. The operating budget for that first year was just $42,000, and the agency operated out of a small room in King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church.

Utilizing her strong leadership skills, compassion and guidance over the years, Langlois has grown Metro Charities to become the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations and nationally known GBLT community centers, operating with an annual budget of over $2,500,000, 45 employees and offices in both St. Petersburg and Tampa. Metro Charities has evolved to become the known service leader in providing case management services, mental health counseling and substance abuse programs to people with HIV/AIDS.

Lorraine continuously leads Metropolitan Charities to success today, just as she did in the beginning. Her most recent leadership accomplishments at Metro Charities include the building/land purchase of the Metro Thrift Store located in downtown St Petersburg and successfully implementing the new GLBT Community Centers in St Pete and Tampa and continues to be an influential leader in our community.

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Clarence Patton

The Pipeline Project
Director & Developer
Brooklyn, NY

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Clarence Patton is the Founder and Director of the pipelineproject, a leadership development and advancement effort with the goal of producing programs and engaging in activities that together will represent a long-­‐term effort to increase the number of people of color working primarily within the nation’s LGBT rights, service and advocacy sector and ultimately increase the level of diversity in the leadership of our movement.

Additionally, he is the Principal of pipelineconsulting, which provides organizational and leadership development for institutions, using an organizational systems-­‐based frame, and a filter of diversity and inclusion.

A skilled Professional Coach and Advisor trained in Interpersonal Leadership Styles, he advises individual professionals on career planning, problem-­‐solving, strategic thinking and forward planning, and groups with Board, Executive and staff management, relationship-­‐building, and strategy.

Before founding the pipelineproject and pipelineconsulting and, he was both Executive Director of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-­‐Violence Project (the Anti-­‐Violence Project) and Acting Executive Director of the National Coalition of Anti-­‐Violence Programs (NCAVP). Prior to leading the organization, he both created the position of Director and the Department of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the Anti-­‐Violence Project there, founding the first-­‐ever statewide LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network in New York providing resources for LGBT DV services around the state, and had earlier served as Development Director.

As part of his work with both the pipelineproject and pipelineconsulting, Clarence is in the unique position to provide coaching and strategic thought support to LGBT Movement leaders at emerging, management and leadership levels.

Mr. Patton resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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Glennda Testone

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
Executive Director
New York, New York

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Glennda Testone joined The Center as its first female Executive Director in 2009. Since then, she has strengthened The Center’s programs for adults, youth and families, ensuring all LGBT New Yorkers have an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. Testone recently helped launch a new Center brand, celebrated 30 years of service by the organization and embarked on a $9M capital building renovation to transform the LGBT community’s home on W 13 Street.

Testone came to The Center from The Women's Media Center (WMC) where she served as the Vice President for three years. Prior to the WMC, Testone was the Senior Director of Media Programs for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Testone has appeared on CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, and has been quoted in outlets including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Out and W Magazine. She is a member of the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which works to implement Governor Cuomo’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Testone also sits on the Executive Board of the City University of New York Institute for Health Equality and is a member of the Bronx Borough President’s LGBT Policy Task Force. In 2005, Testone won Syracuse University’s LGBT Foundation Award for Outstanding Alumni. In addition, she has served on the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and was a Tenenbaum Leadership Institute Fellow at Milano, the New School for Management & Urban Policy.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Testone has a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Women's Studies from The Ohio State University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner.

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Stacie Walls-Beegle

ACCESS AIDS Care
CEO
Norfolk, Virginia

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Stacie Walls-Beegle has 25 year non-profit management experience. Her executive management experience includes leading non-profits through mergers and developing new HIV/AIDS programs including opening the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads in 2010.  She has extensive grant writing and community planning experience.  She has developed and managed a wide range of HIV/AIDS programs.

She graduated from Washburn University and University of North Carolina Management Academy for Public Health. She lives in Norfolk Virginia and is a native of Kansas.  She has 25 years of human service experience in developmental disabilities, mental health, HIV/AIDS and LGBT program development. 

Ms. Walls-Beegle serves on several committees, including the Greater Hampton Roads Ryan White Planning Council, where she is Chair of the Care Strategy Committee.  She also previously served as President on the Board of Directors for Dining Out for Life International and currently serves as Membership Chair.  She is very active with homeless providers and policy at the federal, state and community levels and serves as Chair for both the Norfolk Continuum of Care, the Homelessness Taskforce of the Greater Virginia Peninsula Continuum of Care Council and Program Monitoring committee for Virginia Beach.  

Ms. Walls-Beegle has a special interest in international development and worked with the Dutch NGO ‘AIDS Foundation East/West’ in Moscow, Russia, providing training and capacity building around HIV/AIDS care and treatment.
Stacie lives in Norfolk Virginia and is married to John.  They have two children, Patrick and Molly.

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Marvin Webb

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Director of Operations and Member Services
New York City, NY

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Marvin Webb joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues as Office Manager in May 2010. He was promoted to Director of Operations and Member Services in January 2012. In his membership services capacity he works on strengthening and broadening the content and work of Funders for LGBTQ Issues by developing and implementing a range of collaborative projects and resources; responding to member requests for assistance and information; and directing Funders for LGBTQ Issues recruitment and retention strategies. In his operations capacity, he oversees the administrative and financial activities, human resources and operations of the organization.

Previously, Marvin completed his MBA practicum as an intern in Human Resources at the international human rights organization Witness, and before that as the HR & Business Manager of a public relations firm in New York City. Marvin moved to New York City in 1989 to begin his 17-year career as a professional modern dancer. He has danced the works of various choreographers, including Martha Graham, Doug Varone, Ralph Lemon, Ron Brown, and Liz Lerman.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Marvin received his BA from Creighton University, and his MFA, in modern dance, from New York University. In 2011, Marvin received his MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from Baruch College. Marvin believes in making a big impact through smaller activities. He volunteers his time as a math tutor at Manhattan Day and Night School and as a kitchen worker at God’s Love We Deliver. Along with serving on the board of CenterLink, Marvin is Vice President of the board of Dance Films Association.

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