2019-2020 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 (she/her/hers) has been a member of the OCEC Board of Directors since 2014. She currently serves as the organization's secretary and representative to the We Breath Advisory Committee, a statewide anti-tobacco initiative working to eliminate tobacco use disparities in the LGBTQ+ community. Before joining the OCEC Board, Anna served as a member on the organization's Legal Committee and Pride Planning Committee. And, in 2013, she would go on to become a founding member and the first president of Orange County LGBT Pride. Anna remains on the OC Pride Board, now serving as the organization's secretary and vendor coordinator. Anna is a civil rights and constitutional law attorney practicing in Long Beach. She was recently named partner of the law firm Michel & Associates, PC, and has been recognized eight times as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. 

Justin is active in local non-profit and political organizations in addition to his role on the board of OCEC. He has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim and the Orange County Young Democrats. He is a Founding Member and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Lavender Democrats OC, Orange County's LGBTQ Democratic club.

 

Equity issues have been central to his professional work, having worked almost two years as the only OC staff member for Equality California, the largest state-wide LGBTQ civil rights organization. He now works in Government Affairs as the full-time Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (PACER) in Orange County for the California School Boards Association. 

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.

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.

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