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.
Marc Zammit joined the Diversity Center Board in June, 2016. 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.)
Stella joined The Diversity Center’s Board in June, 2013. Stella is the chairperson of the Governance Committee and volunteers weekly at the Center. 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.
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George Camany joined the Diversity Center Board in August 2018. George grew up in Watsonville and has been an active member of his community since his youth. George’s efforts in creating awareness and advocating for equality as a student at Watsonville High School was recognized by the city of Watsonville with proclamation in 2002 & 2003. George is former Queer Youth Leadership Awardee (QYLA) and is now assisting with the Q.Y.L.A Legacy Project. Currently George uses his knowledge and experience in networking and branding as the Public Relations Coordinator for Pajaro Valley Pride, since its inception in 2016. As a professional, George spent most of his career in New York managing luxury retail brands. Currently, George is operating a multimillion-dollar retail store here in California. His store is not only a top donor but also known for its volunteer work throughout the surrounding community. George’s goal is to inspire those around him to create and shape the type of world they want to live in through kind actions and community.
Robin joined the Diversity Center Board in March, 2017. S/he has been an active participant and a co-leader of the Transgender and Queer Support Groups since 2009. After completing an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Finance at Stanford University, her/his career has centered around a professorship in the School of Business at San Jose State University and independent consulting in the field of business policy and management. She/he is currently serving on the Finance Committee and the Strategic Planning Task Force for the Diversity Center. His/her commitment is to serve the LGBTQ+ Community by providing a safe group atmosphere, and to stand up in the society for our equal rights to be ourselves, authentically, in these challenging times.
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. 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.
Joined April, 2012 - Marile became Secretary in March of 2013, is currently chairing the Governance Committee and participates on our Fundraising, Major Donor and Business/Sponsorship Committees. 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.
Angelique joined the Diversity Center Board in October 2016 and she also sits on the Finance Committee. Angel has been an active Volunteer for the Diversity Center since 2014 and has been a Triangle Speaker since 2015. She served in the US Air Force and is The Diversity Center’s Rainbow Veterans Group Facilitator. Angelique was a small business owner for over 15 years and was formerly in management at Hearst Corporation as well as AutoNations USA. Angelique is deeply committed to the Diversity Center and it’s impact in the community.
Ron Indra joined the Diversity Center Board in September 2018. Ron taught at Harbor High School for 34 years. He was the founding Advisor for Harbor’s Queer/Straight/Alliance (QSA)/Rainbow Society in 1991. Ron is also a member of the Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) GLBT Task Force and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Task Force, helping to protect LGBT students throughout Santa Cruz County. Ron has degrees in Political Theory, Philosophy and a JD. He also has run summer camps for teenagers and has been a financial consultant. Ron has been recognized as an “Educator of the Year” in California, as a Queer Youth Leadership Award (QYLA) “Ally to Queer Youth,” and was honored with a Proclamation at the Santa Cruz LGBTQ+ Pride for his work with queer youth in schools. Ron was awarded a “Life Time Achievement Award” in 2016 by the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County. Ron was awarded the “Community Hero Award of Santa Cruz County-United Way 2017. Ron received an Outstanding Teacher Award (grades 9-12) at the Eddy Awards sponsored by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. Currently, Ron chairs a task force working to help: trans students in our schools, implement the FAIR act (LGBT people in history) in our schools and SB#71 so LGBT students can see themselves in sex ed. Ron works with student teacher candidates at UCSC educating them on being sensitive and effective advocates for LGBT students in their classrooms.
Christopher joined The Diversity Center Board in September 2018. He is a native New Yorker, living in California since 2011. While he spent his early career in television and media sales, Chris' passion and commitment to diversity and the LGBTQ+ community led him to his new career path. Chris was the Global Chair of Yahoo's Pride Employee Resource Group from 2015 until 2018. At that time he championed the creation of gender neutral restrooms, changed Yahoo's user gender registration and enforced the signing of amicus briefs for LGBT Supreme Court Cases. Currently, Chris leads Diversity Recruiting for Oath: A Verizon Company. Additionally, he is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)'s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force as well as the Silicon Valley LGBTQ Employee Resource Group High Tech Alliance. He is committed to ensuring that every individual has the right to be their authentic self in and out of the workplace.
Gail joined the Diversity Center Board in September 2018 and she is also a long-time Triangle Speaker. Gail retired as the Superintendent/Principal of Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District after a 43-year career in education. Throughout her personal and professional life Gail has worked tirelessly to insure safe learning and working environments, serving on the Santa Cruz County Safe Schools Project and Out in Our Faith.Gail was a member of the Temple Beth El Board for 15 years in a variety of roles, including the President. Gail is currently a member of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, representing area 4. She and her spouse of 34 years have lived in Felton for 25 years. Gail’s spare time is spent walking in Henry Cowell State Park with their dog Cocoa, doing Jazzercise, Cross fit and tending to her bonsai plants.
Dana McRae joined The Diversity Center’s Board in September 2018. Dana was born and raised in Santa Cruz and has a daughter who has benefitted from Diversity Center programs. Dana is a life-long volunteer and has served on the Center’s Advisory Council. She is employed as the Santa Cruz County Counsel.
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
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
Leticia Mendoza, Executive Director, YWCA Watsonville
Nanette 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