LEADERSHIP

PEG CORLEY, Executive Director (She/Her/They/Them)

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

KEL WILLIAMS, Director of Mental Health (She/Her/Hers)

Kel Williams, LMFT, is the Director of Mental Health at the LGBTQ Center OC. Since earning her Master’s Degree at San Diego State University, Kel has worked with at-risk youth involved with CWS and Juvenile Probation, and as a psychiatric emergency responder with the San Diego Police Department. Kel believes her job as a therapist is to be a container and hold all the things too difficult for others to manage alone. In 2019, Kel completed the requirements to become a clinical supervisor and began supervising MFT trainees and interns. Kel’s approach to supervision is solution-focused and strength-based, empowering interns and trainees to utilize their individual strengths as a way to develop their skills and to assist their clients in the therapeutic journey. The LGBTQ Center OC is highly regarded in the community for its culturally competent and affirming MFT training program and Kel is excited to work within the LGBTQ community providing support and guidance to a new generation of mental health professionals.

ANNE CAMERON, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor (She/Her/Hers)

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.

YANEL BUENO, Mental Health Counselor (They/Them/Theirs)

Yanel Bueno (They/Them/Theirs) joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2021. They received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Queer studies and a Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Fullerton. They have a background working with non-profit organizations and schools specifically with domestic violence, youth diversion programs, youth health and sex education, and community mental health. Yanel has worked as a mental health therapist for 3 years with children, youth, and adults. Yanel’s life goal is to work with disadvantaged and marginalized communities and empower them to thrive at their full potential through the lens of mental health. Yanel has a passion to dismantle the stigma of mental health, specifically in the LGBTQ and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) populations. In their free time, they like to spend time with their two fur babies, go camping, watch the sunset at the beach, read, make spiritual connections with beautiful humans, and spend time with family.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

STEPHANIE CAMACHO-VAN DYKE, M.A., Director of Advocacy & Education (She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Stephanie Camacho-Van Dyke (she/her/ella) 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 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. As a biracial person who is half Chicanx, Stephanie was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Orange County when she was three years old. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, visiting museums, attending shows, and spending time with her partner and their two cats.

ANA MARSON, Youth Programs Assistant (She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Ana Marson joined LGBTQ Center OC in 2021, with the hope to put her passion for equality and advocacy to use. She was previously working with youth as a student supervisor, overseeing the health and safety on campus and came to the center to continue efforts for advocacy and education within the LGBTQ community. With extensive knowledge in the workforce, she wanted to bring her skills to a workplace that offers inclusion, embraces diversity and resources to those in need. Ana attended Musician Institute for audio engineering, also completing several courses at Cerritos College, completing courses for Women’s studies and hopes to continue her education specifically related to social behavior. Ana’s hobbies include reading, art, music, photography and videography. She plays the bass in an all-girls rock band and has created several videos and collaborations for a local studio. As a queer immigrant, she has been committed to helping people within the community with various events and participated in the Orange County Aids walk in previous years. Ana spends her time with her wife Jennifer and two children, Abigail and Brooklyn. Their home also is shared with their 4 dogs, 4 cats, bunny, chinchilla, bearded dragon and turtle. She has a soft spot for animals and enjoys helping others, you can often find her and her family spending time outside, enjoying nature and doing volunteer work.

JOCELYN GOMEZ, Youth Program Assistant (She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Jocelyn Gomez joined the LGBTQ Center OC in 2021. Born and raised in Orange County, Jocelyn has volunteered in different organizations that focus on youth, mental health, homelessness, and immigration issues. She graduated in 2019 from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Public Administration and Communications. Before joining the Center, Jocelyn worked with the city of Newport Beach as a Recreational Leader and a non-profits organization as a Case Manager here in Santa Ana. Jocelyn is working to obtain her MPA in Urban Affairs at California State University Long Beach and hopes to continue her career in local government and public policies. Overall she wants to bring social awareness and equality to those who are voiceless and is dedicated to be a public servant to society and empower the community. In her free time, Jocelyn loves spending time with family, watching films, attending concerts, and enjoying the yummy food in Orange County.

MANNY ANTUNEZ, Youth Program Coordinator (He/Him/El)

Manny Antunez joined the movement as the Youth Program Coordinator for the LGBTQ Center OC in 2021. As a life-long Orange County resident, Manny has a passion for serving the communities that have shaped him throughout his life. He recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science specializing in Community Health Education. Currently, he attends the University of California, Irvine and is working on his Master’s in Public Health. After completing his MPH, Manny hopes to continue his career in community outreach, specifically focusing on issues of health, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and the impact of health-based disparities on marginalized communities.

IMMIGRATION

LUIS F. GÓMEZ, Director of Immigration Resources (He/Him/His/El)

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 (He/Him/His/El)

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.

JUAN PLASCENIA, Immigration Outreach Coordinator (He/Him/His/El)

Juan Plascencia is an Immigration Outreach Coordinator whose life challenges brought him to the LGBTQ Center OC. His intersecting identity of gay, undocumented, and a DACA Recipient makes it his passion to bring resources to his community. Juan’s journey in community advocacy began when he was selected as a Youth Commissioner for then city council member, Mayor Pro- Tem Michele Martinez. Soon after Juan worked in the Youth Civic Engagement program in the City of Santa Ana. A prime example of his work was bringing the first ever Drag Queen Storytime. Through this effort we were able to highlight the inequities LGBTQ youth face across the nation leading to city involvement in LGBTQ educational policy with Youth First OC, where Juan began volunteering. Since 2012 Juan has been active in the movement for immigration rights and a pathway for citizenship for Dreamers. His passionate work allowed him to march with labor rights activist Dolores Huerta, and Sylvia Mendez who played a vital role in the Supreme Court Case Mendez v Westminster. Most recently, Juan helped organize Dreamers from across the nation to address their representatives for support of the undocumented immigrant community, especially DACA. As a result, Juan was invited by Congressman Correa to attend the Biden Presidential Inauguration.

HEALTH, PREVENTION, & TRANSGENDER SERVICES

 

TONY VIRAMONTES, Director of Prevention Services (He/Him/His)

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 (He/Him/His)

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.

DEVELOPMENT

JACKIE GARCIA, Director of Marketing & Development (She/Her/Hers/Ella)

Jackie, 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.

SYDNEY NATHAN, Marketing Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

Growing up in Orange County, Sydney has spent much of her life participating in youth advocacy efforts, including leading her high school GSA and participating in various social justice movements. Graduating from California State University, Fullerton with her Bachelor of Art in Advertising and American Studies, Sydney is passionate about utilizing her creative skills to support the LGBTQ community and those who are underrepresented in our society. In 2021 she began as a Marketing Internship at the LGBTQ Center OC and soon entered the role of Marketing Coordinator. She is excited to be a part of the team and make a difference in her community!

COMMUNITY & EVENTS

CHANDELLE LOOP, Community & Events Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

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 (He/Him/His)

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.

ADMINSTRATION

LEANN MONSON, Director of Finance & H.R. (She/Her/Hers)

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!