LEADERSHIP

PEG CORLEY, Executive Director

Peg Corley is the Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center Orange County. She served on the Center’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2010 and was Chairperson of the Board from 2006 to 2009. During her time as Chairperson, Peg facilitated a financial turnaround, stabilizing the agency and leading to the purchase of the LGBTQ Center OC’s permanent home in Santa Ana. The LGBTQ Center OC is where it is today in large part because of Corley’s vision, commitment and financial expertise stemming from her 19-year career in the financial services industry. Peg has also served on oversight committees and Boards of Long Beach schools. She is a former President of the Board of Trustees of Westerly School of Long Beach, an independent, co-educational K-8 school founded in 1993.

Peg is passionate about non-profit work and she is excited to have rejoined her amazing and dedicated team at the LGBTQ Center OC as they continue their work as THE change agent for achieving the vision of a stronger and healthier LGBTQ+ community in Orange County.

MENTAL HEALTH

ANN MASON, Associate Director / Director of Mental Health

Ann Flory Mason, LMFT, is the Associate Director and Director of Mental Health at the LGBTQ Center OC. Ann came to LGBTQ Center OC in 1995 as a trainee in practicum for her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling degree at National University. She completed her internship at the LGBTQ Center OC and became a licensed marriage family therapist in 2001. She opened a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA and continued her involvement at the LGBTQ Center OC as an HIV/AIDS counselor. In 2003 she completed the requirements to become a clinical supervisor and began supervising MFT trainees and interns at the LGBTQ Center OC. The LGBTQ Center OC is highly regarded in the community for its culturally competent and affirming MFT training program.

ANNE CAMERON, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor

Anne Cameron, LMFT, provides clinical supervision at The LGBTQ Center Orange County for trainees and interns who are completing their clinical hours toward licensure in psychotherapy. Anne’s approach is strength-based and respectful, encouraging interns to explore while being patient and present with themselves as they develop their skills.

Anne has worked within the LGBTQ community for over 25 years.  She has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Orange County since 2005 and has worked as a Crisis Clinician with Del Amo Behavioral Health in Torrance since 2010.

RAIEKA KIANIAN, Mental Health Counselor

Raieka Kianian, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT (#110658), is a Mental Health Counselor at The LGBTQ Center OC. Rae began working with The LGBTQ Center OC as part of her practicum as a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee while completing her Master of Arts Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. While in undergrad at California State University, Northridge, she volunteered with The Trevor Project as a Crisis Counselor and worked with Vote for Equality canvassing against Prop 8, in support of marriage equality. Her educational background and clinical experience have led her to work collaboratively with individuals, families, and groups to overcome various presenting concerns. She specializes in working with the members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities by providing a safe, affirming, and culturally relevant spaces for clients looking to overcome various challenges that may arise. Rae is passionate about creating spaces for underserved communities, like Middle Eastern/SWANA (Southwest Asian/ North African) individuals and families who may not have access to culturally competent therapeutic services. In her spare time, Rae enjoys photography, reading, attending shows, being in nature, and attempting to keep houseplants alive.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

STEPHANIE CAMACHO-VAN DYKE, Director of Advocacy & Education

Stephanie Camacho-Van Dyke joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2011. As the former Youth Program Manager, she helped to develop the Youth Program from a weekly drop-in social group to a comprehensive program that supports the diverse needs of Orange County LGBTQ youth and young adults. In her position as Director of Advocacy and Education, Stephanie contributes to the fields of advocacy and education through her ongoing collaborations with Gender and Sexualities Alliance student leaders, educators, and administrators across Orange County. She is passionate about her advocacy work with public schools and universities around inclusive literacy education, policies, and curriculum development and implementation to reflect the intersections of sexuality, gender identity and expression, and identity. Stephanie earned her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of California at Davis and her MA in English Language and Literature from California State University at Fullerton, where her graduate research relied heavily on queer, feminist, and critical theories. She was awarded several academic fellowships for her research, including the prestigious Sally Casanova Fellowship Award. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, gardening, visiting museums, attending shows, and spending time with her partner and their two cats.

ALI CHEN, Youth Program Coordinator

Ali Chen was born and raised in Los Angeles County and later moved to the Central Coast to pursue her Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Accounting at UC Santa Barbara. It was there where she first became involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy through her experiences as a co-chair of the Queer Asian and Pacific Islanders organization. Together, she and her co-chairs focused on creating safe spaces, coordinating intersectional programs and socials, and strengthening solidarity among the queer organizations on campus through collaborative events. Since graduating, Ali has moved to Orange County and continued her queer youth advocacy through joining the LGBTQ Center OC’s Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) coalition, serving on the Center’s Board of Directors as a Youth Representative in 2020, and spearheading the QTBIPOC Financial Empowerment Workshop Series. She joins the staff as a Youth Program Coordinator in 2021 in an effort to further her contributions towards uplifting the voices of and empowering queer youth in Orange County.

HANNAH BRINEGAR, Youth Program Assistant

Hannah Brinegar joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2020 as an intern working with the Center’s youth programs and marketing team. They are currently studying for their Bachelor’s in Communications at California State University Fullerton, and are passionate about LGBTQ+ activism and history. They look forward to assisting the Center in its youth engagement and outreach programs. In their spare time, they can usually be found at a thrift store, playing The Sims, or eating very spicy food.

KARINA TREJO, Youth Program Assistant

Raised on Tongva Land, Karina Trejo pronouns they/she/he is a first generation Mexican, Non-binary, Queer, Lesbian. They are also an educator, healer, yogi, creative, and community and cultural worker. She centers love, movement, and breathing in all areas of their life. They have a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton where they focused on social justice among marginalized communities within the healthcare system. They began their journey with the LGBTQ Center interning with the youth programs in 2017 as a youth facilitator for Rainbow Group and a year later transitioned her way in assisting with the Trans*itions Health and Wellness Program and has volunteered ever since. Now in 2021 is a part of the staff as the Youth Program Assistant to implement LGBTQ and mental health competency and curriculum to youth, adults, organizations, and administrators. They can’t wait to continue to create brave and safe spaces and leave a large impact on the community to live optimal and blissful lives. In their free time you’ll catch them reading, journaling, doing yoga, lifting weights, meditating, being in nature, spreading love, roller skating, and drinking matcha lattes.

IMMIGRATION

LUIS F. GÓMEZ, Director of Immigration Resources

Luis Fernando Gomez joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2015 as an intern while finishing up his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, Luis joined the staff of the LGBTQ Center OC as our DACA/DAPA Coordinator . Now our Director of Immigration Resources, Luis is available to provide information about forms of immigration relief available to members of our community. We will ensure that qualified individuals are referred to a qualified legal services provider, who is BIA or State Bar authorized to assist with applications for deferred action, other immigration remedies, and citizenship.

JONATAN GUTIERREZ, Immigration Outreach Coordinator

Jonatan Raziel Gutierrez Urzua is the immigration outreach coordinator for the LGBTQ Center OC. Originally from Morelos, Mexico, Jonatan has spent the last 14 years living in Santa Ana and had used the wide variety of services that the LGBTQ Center OC offers multiple times before signing up to becoming an intern in 2019. Having a close relationship with the immigrant community since he is part of the DACA program, Jonatan ensures that the members of our community receive the proper information regarding forms of immigration relief and they are aware of the free immigration services that the LGBTQ Center OC offers.

HEALTH, PREVENTION, & TRANSGENDER SERVICES

TONY VIRAMONTES, Director of Prevention Services

Born in Orange County, Tony joined the LGBT Center Orange County in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Graduate degree in Theater Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz .  While at the LGBT Center Tony has been extremely active running, creating and maintaining programs that address the health needs of the LGBT community.  He has chaired the HIV Integrated Plan Committee  and the California Planning Group, where he helped develop HIV Prevention strategies at the state level.  Tony helped create the first and trans affirming health and wellness program in Orange County, Trans*itions Health and Wellness.  Since 2018 Tony has been heading our tobacco prevention efforts working with youth to create change at the policy level.

TATE MARTINEZ, HIV Testing Coordinator

Tate started as a front desk volunteer with LGBTQ Center OC in September of 2008. He started as an HIV test counselor shortly thereafter. After years as a volunteer, he was brought on as the HIV Test Coordinator. His duties include HIV counseling and testing, risk assessment and harm reductions counseling, HIV education and prevention, as well as referrals to clients for additional services.

TOBIAS VASQUEZ, Health Navigator

Tobias P. Vasquez was born and raised in North Orange County, mainly in the cities of Anaheim and Fullerton.  Their upbringing reflects the struggles of the immigrant, working-class, Chicanx experience in Southern California. Tobias has interests in mental health, positive psychology, intersectional social justice, and Queer art & culture.  They have worked for and volunteered for various non-profits and social justice organizations in the East Bay & Orange County.  They are also a social sciences scholar with degrees from Fullerton College and UC Berkeley.

ATTICUS O’DANIEL, Programs Assistant

Atticus O’Daniel was born and raised in Northern California but left to Orange County to pursue college and career in 2013; they’ve lived here happily ever since. They received their Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health Education from California State University, Long Beach. While pursuing their degree they worked at the CSULB Wellness Center providing health education regarding various topics to their fellow students. They had interned/volunteered at LGBTQ Center OC since March 2019 and loved serving their community so much, they wanted to work at the Center. They want to use their knowledge and expertise to create health equity and mobilize their community to create change that will positively impact future generations

DEVELOPMENT

JACKIE GARCIA, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT

Jacqueline, an Orange County native, returned to her hometown determined to support the LGBTQ Community through her marketing and creative skillset. Her career includes film production, event production, and advertising. Jacqueline is dedicated to using marketing and story telling to help elevate the impactful work the Center does on a daily basis. In 2019, she initiated and led the Center’s rebranding efforts and its most successful social media campaign to-date (#ProudHolidays). She is excited to continue to impact and strategize significant ways to help spread the Center’s mission.

COMMUNITY & EVENTS

CHANDELLE LOOP, Community & Events Coordinator

Chandelle W. Loop has volunteered her time in numerous organizations since the age of 15. Her notable volunteer experience includes Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society, Society of the Promotion of Japanese Culture, UCR Conversation and American Culture Program, and many others. Her experience lead to her sign up to volunteer for the 2015 Orange County Pride Festival, not realizing the O.C. had more to offer for the LGBTQ community. After being exposed to the Center on 4th, Chandelle became a dedicated volunteer, ultimately joining the Center’s Events Committee with a focus on obtaining auction items for the Center’s fundraisers. With experience and background in management for convention volunteers; she joined the LGBTQ Center OC team in 2016 as the new volunteer coordinator.

RILEY WILLIAMS, Programs Assistant

Riley Williams, originally from a small town in Nebraska, started his LGBTQ advocacy in his high school’s GSA club here in Orange County. Since then, he has spent his time bringing attention to the community as well as expressing his passion for animation, art history, and disability rights. In March 2018, he joined the LGBTQ Center OC team as the programs assistant, expanding resources and helping with the programs and events where needed. Currently, he is in college pursuing his degree in Animation and hopes to use this platform to bring more visibility in shows and movies.

ACCOUNTING & HUMAN RELATIONS

LEANN MONSON, Director of Finance & H.R.

LeAnn Monson is the Director of Finance and Human Relations for the LGBTQ Center OC. She brings 20 years of knowledge and experience in Accounting, Management and Human Resource. She currently holds an Associates degree with the emphasis in Accounting and Finance. LeAnn‘s passion to help others, lead by a positive example and advocate for human rights makes her feel at home with the LGBTQ Center OC. She is proud to be a part of the LGBTQ Center OC and looks forward to volunteering her time, as well as assisting in the various events and programs. In her spare time, LeAnn loves to cook and entertain. One of her passions is events planning, whether it be a birthday party or a wedding, she will be there to help!