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.
Alyssa joined The Diversity Center's Board in September 2015, after serving as a Finance Committee member. Alyssa is a finance, administrative and operations professional who has dedicated her professional energy supporting local nonprofit efforts for the last several years. She has focused on creating opportunities for clients and employees, managing budgets to maintain sustainable services, and working towards ending homelessness. Currently, Alyssa is focused on developing housing through her work at Envision Housing and has a passion for impacting real change in our community.
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.
Emilio Barajas joined The Diversity Center's Board in February 2017. Emilio was born and raised in Watsonville. He is a proud father to a beautiful daughter that's full of life. Emilio is involved in several humanitarian organizations and has spent the majority of his career in social services. Currently, Emilio works as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Emilio is the President of Pajaro Valley Pride. He is also involved with Conexiones and Triangle Speakers. Emilio is committed to bringing visibility and acceptance to the LGBTIQ+ community, and to be a strong voice for the bi community.
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.
Angelique joined the Diversity Center Board in October 2016. She also sits on the Finance Committee and is a member of The Leadership Circle. 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.
Kristin is a long-time Board Member who participates on our Governance Committee. She practices family law at Baskin & Grant, LLP. In Santa Cruz. She has served on the Santa Cruz County Domestic Violence Commission, the BAYMEC Board and the Mayor’s Santa Cruz City Public Safety Task Force. Kristin is honored to serve such a dynamic and dedicated 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, and is a member of the Leadership Circle. 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.
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
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