MEET OUR BOARD
The Diversity Center’s Board of Directors is responsible for guiding The Diversity Center's long-term vision and planning. The Board also oversees the executive director, focuses on the continued financial stability of The Diversity Center and participates meaningfully in fundraising efforts.
Joined August, 2012 - Claudio has been the Board President since March 2014. Claudio participates on the Diversity Center's Fundraising, Major Donor and Marketing/Communications Committees, and is also part of the Diversity Center's Leadership Circle. His previous board experience includes various not-for-profits, most notably the national Names Project (AIDS Memorial Quilt) and the Dean's Policy Advisory Council, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. Professionally, he consults to small businesses on strategic marketing and market research.
Stella joined The Diversity Center’s Board in June, 2013. Stella is the chairperson of the Governance Committee and volunteers weekly at the Center. Also, Stella is a member of The Diversity Center’s Leadership Circle. Stella’s commitment to social justice guided her professional career as a public school principal. She focused attention on services to Latinx families, gay youth, immigrant children and juvenile offenders while leading schools in East Salinas, Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz. She is a UCSC alumni and an experienced board member of local social-profit agencies. Currently, she is a member of the Diversity Partnership Advisory Committee at the Santa Cruz County Community Foundation.
Leigh Guerrero joined the Board in 2013 and currently chairs the Finance Committee as Treasurer of the Board. Leigh has served on the Women’s Health Center Board and participates in many community-wide social justice efforts. She has over 15 years experience in non-profit finance and program management. Leigh is a Co-Director of adult substance use disorder programs at Encompass Community Services.
Joined April, 2012 - Marile became Vice president in March of 2013, is currently chairing the Governance Committee and participates on our Fundraising, Major Donor and Business/Sponsorship Committees. Marile is also part of the Diversity Center's Leadership Circle. She was an HR administrator for Intel before retiring, has volunteered on and off with the Center since 2008, and is very enthusiastic about the Diversity Center and actively enjoying her time thus far on the Board.
Joined August, 2011 - Kristin is our current Board Secretary, and participates on our Governance Committee. She is also a Board member for BAYMEC, a member of the Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz and is a family practice lawyer at Baskin and Grant. Kristin recently became a member of the City of Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force.
Joined September, 2012 - Pat participates on the Diversity Center's Governance, Fundraising, Major Donor and Events Committees, and is also part of the Diversity Center's Leadership Circle. Pat first became involved with us through the Triangle Speakers program in the mid 1990's, later serving as Board President and supervisor of the Program Coordinator before helping engage the merger of Triangle Speakers as a program of the Diversity Center. Professionally, Pat was in public administration and management in the transportation planning sector, serving as the long-time Deputy Director, and then acting Executive Director for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. She became a fused glass artist in her early retirement and donates platters, ornaments and jewelry pendants to the Center.
Joined August, 2011 - Randy participates on the Diversity Center's Governance, Fundraising, Major Donor and Business/Sponsorship Committees, and is also part of the Diversity Center's Leadership Circle. Randy moved to Santa Cruz in 2010 with his husband, Jeremy, and brings a lot of nonprofit experience with him from his time in Fort Lauderdale and his involvement with their LGBTQ+ Community Center, the Fort Lauderdale Grand Opera, the Mental Health Association, Symphony of the Americas, Miami City Ballet and Museum of Art. Randy is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Soquel and at UCSC counseling center.
Marc Zammit joined the Diversity Center Board in June, 2016 and is a member of the Center’s
Leadership Circle. He has been an active volunteer and committee member of the 60+ Senior program since 2014.
As a partner in Changing Tastes consultancy group, Marc specializes in the development of operational and marketing strategies anchored in environmental, consumer health and social justice values in the space of the food supply chain. He has participated in a variety of business advisory positions for non-profit organizations including: The Association of Family Farms; The Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Round Table; The Seafood Watch Advisory Board; The Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative; the First Lady’s Health Care Initiative and The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops.
Marc is currently serving on the board of Protected Harvest, a non-profit standards setting and third-party certifier of sustainably-grown California food product. He is a founding member and serving on the Business Leadership Council of the Menus of Change Initiative (a project of the Culinary Institute of America) as well as the Seafood Sustainability Roundtable (a project of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.)
DIVERSITY CENTER BOARD MEETINGS
Board meetings are held offsite from 6-8pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Members of the public are invited to participate.
If you'd like attend a board meeting, or if there is something you like the board to discuss/be aware of, please contact our Executive Director.
Diversity Center advisory council
The Advisory Council is a group of community leaders and experts who are committed to providing the Diversity Center with professional counsel and assistance.
Ralph Alpert, Attorney-at-Law (retired)
J.M. Brown, Communications Strategist, Miller Maxfield Inc
Ceil Cirillo, Former Redevelopment Director, City of Santa Cruz
MariaElena De La Garza, Executive Director, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County
Mike Dively, Foundation Director (retired)
Roger Doughty, Executive Director, Horizons Foundation, SF Bay Area’s LGBTQ+ Community Foundation
Kathy Goldenkranz, Leader of Out in Our Faith
Carlene Hawksley, M.D., Chief Pathologist, Dignity Health, Dominican Hospital
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Debbie King, Principal, Debbie King Consultants; Faculty, Institute for Women’s Leadership
John Laird, State of California Secretary for Natural Resources
Cynthia Leachmoore, Enrolled Agent, Expert on Same-Sex Taxation
Margaret A. Leonard, Attorney-at-Law (retired), former Co-Chair of the Diversity Partnership Fund and former Boardmember of the Santa Cruz Community Foundation
Walter Loewenstern, Entrepreneur, PhD in Engineering from Stanford
Dana McRae, County Counsel, Santa Cruz County
Leticia Mendoza, Executive Director, YWCA Watsonville
Nannette Mickiewicz, M.D., President, Dominican Hospital
Maryanne Rehberg, LCSW, Consultant in Child Welfare Trainings
Clare Sheils, former Co-Chair of Diversity Partnership Fund of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz
Nina Simon, Executive Director, Museum of Art and History
Sandy Skees, Managing Director-West Coast, Fenton Communications
Adam Spickler, Former Diversity Center Board President, Analyst for the County of Santa Cruz, Human Services Department