MEAGAN COOPER, Chairperson (She/Her/Hers)

Meagan Cooper is the Senior Director of Global Recruitment for Masimo. Meagan is responsible for strategy development and diagnosis of talent acquisition needs. She creates, designs and develops programs to address talent gaps and aligns talent needs with business objectives. By partnering with the senior leadership team and human resource leaders, Meagan determines innovative strategies to recruit top talent globally. Meagan’s goal is to build, manage and inspire a world-class, high-performing global recruitment team, and one that can effectively scale for the future. Meagan graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and received a Certificate in Human Resources Management from UCI. She currently serves on both the Providence College School of Business Advisory Council and the UCI Career Pathways Employer Advisory Board.

BILL IHRKE, Vice Chair (He/Him/His)

Mr. Ihrke is a Partner in the Government & Regulatory Law Section of Rutan & Tucker, LLP. His practice emphasis includes city attorney and municipal finance issues, land use and entitlement, developing and financing affordable and market rate housing and mixed-use projects, and matters relating to economic development, infrastructure investment, and past-redevelopment public-private partnerships. Mr. Ihrke currently serves as the City Attorney for La Quinta and served as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Yorba Linda and Duarte; counsel to the successor agencies to the former redevelopment agencies of Adelanto, Twentynine Palms, Yorba Linda and Duarte; and General Counsel for the Irvine Community Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation specializing in affordable housing established by the City of Irvine. Along with working at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Mr. Ihrke served as a Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he advised appellate judges on cases involving Constitutional and federal regulatory requirements, among other matters. In December 2012, Mr. Ihrke was named to the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers list.

DAVID BEARD, Treasurer (He/Him/His)

David is Vice President, Corporate Counsel of HSF Affiliates LLC, a franchisor of several leading real estate brokerage brands. Prior to working at HSF, he was an attorney with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University College of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. David joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s board of directors in 2014.


Gordon H. Busenbark has over 30 years of global experience in the life sciences industry, including experience with companies involved in biologics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He worked for Baxter Healthcare for 23 years, in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting, operations and general management. His experience at Baxter included seven years working in Europe, where he was CFO of Immuno AG in Vienna, Austria, when Immuno was acquired by Baxter. He was also President of Baxter’s global Plasma Therapuetics business for five years. More recently, he has been the CFO of four smaller life science companies – Encysive Pharmaceuticals, Xytis Pharmaceuticals and Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals. Gordon is currently the CFO at Cianna Medical, a privately-held medical device company focused on breast cancer therapies. He has both a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah. Gordon is the proud father of an adult son, Andrew, and daughter, Megan. Gordon and his partner Alfonso Martinez, live in Signal Hill.


Rafael Z. Bustos is an Assistant Vice President and Premier Banker for Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Rafael has been in the banking services industry for almost 20 years, including 14 years with Wells Fargo Bank. He has served in various roles in the Retail Banking Group, including Branch Manager for 7 years managing several branches in the Orange County area. Rafael is currently the Vice President of Wells Fargo Volunteers for the Orange County Chapter, as well as a Board Member for Wells Fargo PRIDE LA/OC Team Member Resource Group. Rafael is very active and involved in the LGBTQ Community and he has been a key player in bringing support from The Wells Fargo Foundation to Orange County and Long Beach Pride events. Rafael currently sits on the Board of Directors for Advance! A Non Profit Organization in La Habra where he also resides with his partner of 19 years, Jeremy. Together they enjoy traveling, the arts, photography, modernism, theater, live concerts and spending time with their two nephews and nice. Giving back to the communities where they live and serve is very important and dear to their hearts. Rafael joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s Board of Directors in 2016.


Phillip is Director of Story Development, Operations for Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Phillip’s career in production began over 21 years ago in the advertising world where he worked with such companies as Aardman, Blue Sky Films, WildBrain and The Mill. He took a brief hiatus to help start a non-profit cancer research organization but returned to production working on the animated film “Barnyard”. From there he went to Sony PlayStation where he worked on marketing materials for the launch of the PS3 as well as several of its initial game releases including the producing of the pre-rendered cinematics for “Lair”. Phillip joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s board of directors in 2013.


Pearl is a retired Registered Nurse who worked at UCI Medical Center for 20 years in Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and as an AIDS Coordinator. She has been actively involved in volunteer work for many years. She was one of the founding members of the AIDS Services Foundation, Founding Co-Chair of AIDS Walk OC. , chaired the HIV Planning /Advisory Council and was co-chair of LIFE lobby. She has been an advocate for Gay rights and HIV/AIDS issues for the past 30 plus years.


Gavin is currently working at California State University, Fullerton for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. In his role, he helps support the everyday operations of the second-largest division at CSUF, which oversees many important departments such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Outreach and Recruitment, and the Diversity Resource Centers. Prior to his current role, Gavin attended UCLA and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, summa cum laude. He has extensive experience working alongside young adults, having worked as a writing tutor throughout his four years of college and currently serving as a co-facilitator for the Prism Youth Group at the LGBTQ Center OC. Gavin’s interests lie in working with college-aged individuals on their personal, academic, and career endeavors, especially transfer students, recent college graduates who are transitioning into the workforce, and individuals who belong to marginalized communities.


Jay is an industry DEI leader, coach, and strategist who founded The Akinzee Group, LLC consulting services. Akinzee helps organizations create an optimal environment for innovation and productivity to flourish through equity and diversity. He is the Community and Diversity Co-Chair for the Orange County Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the world. He serves on the Customer Experience Certificate Program Advisory Board at the University of California Santa Barbara Professional and Continuing Education, Extension. Jay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and is currently a second-year doctoral student in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.


Matthew is the Product Implementation Manager for Deposits, Online & Mobile Banking for California Bank & Trust. For the past 24 years, Matthew has been working in the financial services industry in the Southern California market. During his tenure at U.S. Bank, he led the southern California Spectrum Business Resource Group, connecting employees with the local LGBTQ+ communities throughout Southern California. In 2018, Matthew was recognized during the Desert Visibility Awards to celebrate LGBT service in the Coachella Valley. Matthew has been an active member of the LGBTQ Center OC Events Committee for the past for yours, and in January 2020 became the chairperson for the Events Committee. Matthew joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s board of directors in January 2020.


Greg was born in Northwest Indiana and grew up on the south suburbs of Chicago. He has a huge accepting family. Currently living in Garden Grove with husband Paul and their two fur babies! After receiving their Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management), Greg moved to Southern California. He spent over 15 years in the mutual fund industry until 2018, when changes in the market forced the company to reorganize. Greg decided with their downtime to find a way to give back to the community and reached out to the LGBTQ Center of OC and signed up immediately to be a volunteer. He focused on outreach events and had the privilege of representing the Center at many events until the recent pandemic. He found a new career in medical diagnostics managing a team in the direct contracts department. Greg is currently in school completing a MBA in Organizational Leadership and looks forward to giving back to the Center and community as a board member.

SCOTT G. JUHL (He/Him/His)

As the Vice President of Marketing for First American Title’s residential direct business, Scott leads a full-service marketing organization that supports national field sales activities with strategy development and execution, social media/social advertising, multicultural resources, online reputation management, internal/external communication, graphic design, video production and more. Prior to joining First American, Scott had a successful career as an international marketing professional with escalating leadership responsibilities across multiple industry segments, including industrial, consumer products, non-profit development support and financial services. In addition to his marketing responsibilities, Scott currently sits on the Corporate Board of Governors for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and is a founding member of First American’s LGBTQplus employee resource group. Outside of work, he is a founder and former board member of the Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company where he focused his volunteer efforts on show marketing, audience development and box office. He is also an avid traveler, having visited over 70 countries, including a two-year expatriate assignment in Munich, Germany.


Crystal is an Assistant Vice President in Orange County for U.S. Bank. As part of the Orange County leadership team, Crystal is responsible for coaching and developing her colleagues on all the digital banking platforms. Crystal has been in the banking industry for 18 years and she is highly motivated in creating the best banking experience for every customer by showing them how easy and convenient digital banking can be. In addition to be being a dedicated U.S. Bank employee, Crystal is also actively involved in her community. She is a board member of U.S. Bank’s Spectrum Business Resource Group for the Southern California region.