MEAGAN COOPER, Chairperson

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

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

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.

IRENE SARBER, Secretary

Irene Sarber is a Human Resources executive with experience in the design and execution of HR and corporate strategy.  She brings over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, contributing currently at First American Title Insurance Co. in Santa Ana, and previously at CO-OP Financial Services and SCE Federal Credit Union. She also served on the Board of the Center for Financial Empowerment, a 501c3 bringing interactive financial education to underbanked youth and families in Los Angeles County.

GORDON BUSENBARK

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

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 HILLENBRAND

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.

BRIAN KELLER, MD

Dr. Keller is a family physician with the Kaiser Permanente network. He has served as the Acting Chief as well as Assistant Chief of his department of 100+ physicians, and as an elected member of the board of directors for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Brian graduated from UC Riverside and the UCLA medical school. Dr. Keller joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s board of directors in 2009.

PEARL JEMISON-SMITH

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.

BRIT CERVANTES, PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UCI DIVERSITY CLINIC

Pronouns: They/Them or He/Him
Brit Cervantes is the Program Coordinator for UCI’s Pediatric Gender Diversity Program. Their role within the program is to assist patients and families with navigating their social, legal, and medical transition. Brit is also the Co-Chair to the LGBTQ Center OC’s Trans*itions Health and
Wellness committee which was established in 2015. This committee plans transgender day of remembrance, transgender day of visibility, and Orange County’s largest transgender pride event. They received an Associate’s degree in both Liberal Arts and Communications, cum laude
from Saddleback. Brit is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Communications.

GAVIN KANE

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.

ALI CHEN

Ali is an Experienced Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and also a proud member of Youth Empowered to Act (YETA), where she helps organize events geared toward engaging queer youth in Orange County. She first became involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy through her experiences as a co-chair of the Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islanders Club (QTAPI) at UC Santa Barbara. Together, she and her QTAPI co-chairs focused on creating safe spaces, coordinating intersectional programs and socials, and strengthening solidarity among the queer organizations on campus through collaborative events. The sense of pride and happiness she experiences from community building and connecting with other LGBTQ+ individuals is what drives her to continue her queer youth advocacy today. Through her efforts, Ali hopes to play a prominent role in uplifting the voices of queer youth in Orange County and empowering them to dream big. Ali joined the LGBTQ Center OC’s board of directors in 2020.

JAMES PREWITT

James is currently a group facilitator and coach with Heardtly Heard, LLC. In this role he creates and conducts group therapeutic interventions for newly sober clients at multiple substance abuse treatment facilities within Orange and LA counties. He is the Community and Diversity Co-Chair for the Orange County Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign, the largrest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the world. Before arriving in California, James served as AVP and Senior Compliance Officer for regulatory affairs with HSBC in New York, New York. Prior to that role he was a trainer and claim team manager handling natural catastrophe operations for State Farm Insurance in multiple cities across the United States.  State Farm provided him the opportunity to be the Diversity & Inclusion management director for his region. James received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and is currently a second year EdD student in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

MATTHEW SCHREINER

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 BORGMAN

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.