2018 Board of Directors

 

Alex is serving her second year with OCEC. She assists the Marketing Committee and the School Compliance Task Force. Alex is an elementary teacher with Santa Ana Unified School District. She also volunteers her time with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her spare time Alex enjoys: skiing, walking, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Falcon.

Anna currently serves as Secretary of OCEC, and is involved with the committees for Membership and Interfaith & Cultural Outreach (“ICO”). Before joining the OCEC Board, Anna served as the President of Orange County LGBT Pride. She is a constitutional law attorney practicing in Long Beach and has been recognized five times as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. A newly minted mother of two, Anna spends her free time singing silly songs, playing at the park, and drinking imaginary tea.

Brian currently serves as Vice Chair of OCEC, involved with the committees for Membership and ICO. He is a Mental Health Care Coordinator serving families in the Orange County area. Brian is actively involved in his faith journey at IUCC as Chair of the Stephen Ministry and is a proud member of the Bear Community. Brian has many different interests including: wine tasting in Temecula with husband Dave, SCUBA diving, reading Dan Brown, dirt bike riding, playing cards, Zumba, and scary movies, to name a few. Catch him teaching Zumba at one of the local health clubs or simply burning up the floor somewhere in the OC/LA/Riverside County areas.

Darby joined OCEC in November 2016, and currently serves as Treasurer, but has been involved in the local community for almost a decade. She currently works full-time at AmCheck as an Account Director, where she provides payroll, HR, and benefits support for her clients. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, and watching Parks and Recreation.

Felicity is a founding board member of OCEC and currently serves as Chair. She also heads the OCEC Membership Committee. Felicity is involved with a number of other organizations promoting human and civil rights, such as Women For: Orange County, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Friends of OC Detainees, and the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council. After graduating from college, she spent twelve years in Mexico and works as a Spanish tutor. Felicity enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, talking politics, dancing, and attending Zumba classes as often as possible.

Karyl is a founding member of OCEC’s School Compliance Task Force, supporting schools and educators in their efforts to comply with state and federal education laws, and creating schools that allow LGBTQ and all students to be authentically themselves and to flourish. She is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at California State University, Fullerton, and a writer (plays and prose) and speaker on topics related to K-12 education reform in the interest of social justice. Karyl enjoys travel and, with a daughter on each coast, spends half her time in New York City and half in Southern California. So Cal down time often finds her at the local art house film center, hiking, or tracking down the best ramen spots in Little Tokyo. In New York, she attends as much live theater as possible and enjoys the many museums.

Priya graduated with a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from UC Irvine in 2008. Since that time, she has been teaching a variety of Gender Studies courses at UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Saddleback College. Priya is the mother of a transgender child, and is currently working as an advocate for transgender youth in public schools in Orange County.

Dannie has worked with non-profits for over 10 years in program development and advocacy. Dannie is a WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) Member and his goal is to educate the medical community on the health care disparities faced by the LGB and Transgender community. He has grown and strengthened the Trans*itions Health and Wellness Program at the LGBT Center OC by developing affirming programs for trans youth and adults in schools (middle, high schools and universities), educates and trains medical settings (hospitals, clinics and medical schools) and the workforce. He has orchestrated a committee of proactive and dedicated volunteers who plan trans events, educate businesses, and mentor Trans* Youth. He is a frequent guest speaker on Transgender rights, LGBT healthcare and the law.

Dannie has been awarded the Diversity Spirit Achievement Award from City Career Fair Productions for his work in training employers; The Girl Scouts Gold Star Award for his work with Trans Youth; The 2017 Pro Bono Community Partner Award from UC Irvine School of Law; and was OC Pride’s 2017 Community Grand Marshall and received their Community Icon Award. He will receive his Masters in Public Health this May.

Alison is a former high school English Language Arts teacher and an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton.  Her teaching and research examines issues related to equity and social justice in school curriculum policy, and practice.  In addition to her work in academia, Alison is active with multiple nonprofit and grassroots initiatives related to social, legal, and economic equity. She is currently on the board of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, is a former board member of the Rhode Island Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, and was a founding member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence's LGBT Task Force.  She has led safe schools, gender equity, and domestic violence initiatives throughout the Northeast, and is a co-founder of the Ladera Ranch Social Justice Committee, a parent-led grassroots coalition that engages more than 450 families in working collectively to promote multicultural education, equity and inclusion throughout South Orange County.