Board of Directors, Advisory Members, and Staff

Q Center Board of Directors

Working in collaboration with executive staff and community-based committees, the board of directors oversees and has ultimate responsibility for the general management, strategic direction, and financial affairs of Q Center. Board meetings are held monthly, and each board member commits to three or more weekly hours of additional volunteer service. Contact members of the board at:


Apply to join the board of directors: Q Center is committed to developing and maintaining a socially diverse and representative leadership team. We encourage applications from community members who are directly impacted by Q Center’s programming and services, and who are dedicated to promoting intersectional justice, resiliency, and connection in Portland’s LGBTQ communities. Download the Board Application Packet to learn more about volunteering for the Q Center board of directors.


Karen is treasurer for Q Center’s board of directors, chairing the board’s finance subcommittee.  She has been an obvious lesbian her entire life and is now of social security age. Pro LGBT legislation and equality in the workplace have been her focus since the early 1970s.  Karen has held a multitude of jobs, from yard maintenance to taxi driving to waitress to janitor to being a realtor to teaching third grade through college. As a teacher she specialized in behaviorally and emotionally challenged students.  Having benefited from using Q Center, she is on the board to add energy and another perspective in its continuous process of growth.


Leila is a member of the Q Center board of directors and co-director/youth coordinator for PFLAG Portland Black Chapter. Leila has been working with youth in Portland for the last 10 years. She also organizes with the Portland chapter of Black Lives Matter and is a passionate activist for social justice, youth empowerment, and the arts.



Alissa K. Jenkins has worked in advertising and marketing for 15 plus years.  Her experience consist of strategic media planning and buying for fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, NIKE, State Farm, Diageo as well as media companies ESPN. She moved to Portland in 2011 and currently heads up Media Strategy and Planning for NIKE Emerging Market Geographies. She is passionate about helping forge alliances across the spectrum of LGBTQ communities as well as potential supporters. Alissa joined the board in July of 2015 and has also been active in co-chairing the community engagement committee.



Gee is an actual user of Q Center’s services, programs, and facilities, and also a board member. She is a trans person of color, a visual artist, and an optimistic pragmatist. She’s held several leadership positions in the US military, where her skills in statistical analysis, quality assurance, project management, dispute resolution, and team building were highly valued assets. She is at Q Center to bring an unjaded perspective to discussions of inclusion, equity, rational or irrational optimism, and numerous opportunities for collaboration.


Avishai is a member of Q Center’s board of directors and co-chair of the board’s development subcommittee. As a second-generation queer, he has experienced the LGBTQA community through the eyes of a child, adolescent, and young adult, with much of his early career focused on advocacy for and working with kids facing mental health issues and special needs. He’s worked for nonprofits and in classrooms focused on diversity, inclusion, and navigating the challenges of childhood. In 2014 his passions led him to working for Capital M Lending, a mortgage brokerage with a conscience that believes in the power of strong relationships, sustainability, and giving back to communities in Portland and beyond.


Teresa is a member of the board of directors with Q Center, and also works as a youth program coordinator through PFLAG Portland Black Chapter. They have been with APANO for the past two years as a working community member and self-identify as a renegade organizer: working to bridge communities and strategic intention on an intergenerational level, bringing youth, adults, and elders to the table when it comes to understanding how everyone’s stories exist individually and intersectionally. Their passion and focus on placing a QTPOC (queer trans people of color) lens on their work informs their style of organizing by helping build leadership pipelines. This allows frameworks to be passed on to the next wave of developing leaders for a social justice movement that takes people with you and doesn’t leave them behind.


Athen is chair of Q Center’s board of directors and serves on the board’s finance and governance subcommittees. A white, queer, and hearing-disabled trans man, Athen was a founding member of Greater Portland Trans Unity and has been a peer facilitator in Q Center’s affinity groups program since 2009. He is a technical editor by trade and a community organizer, process facilitator, and conflict mediator at heart. Athen is passionate about creating an LGBTQ community center that promotes racial, gender, economic, and disability justice, and fosters an extended network of support for all sexual and gender minorities.

Q Center Advisory Members

The advisory committee extends the leadership capacity and wisdom of the Q Center board of directors. Members of the advisory committee are recruited based on their ability to contribute specialized and extensive knowledge, experience, or competencies to Q Center’s governance. Advisory members attend and actively participate in meetings of the board, but do not vote on resolutions.


Naaman is a gay man and the executive director of SAFE of Columbia County, a rural domestic and sexual violence victims advocacy program. With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit administration, he has spent his professional life as an artist and organizer for missions that promote compassion and resilience. Naaman feels that a visible, vital queer community is necessary to maintain a healthy quality of life for all Portlanders.


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Jackie is currently on the board of directors for Basic Rights Oregon and has previously served on the board of Cascade AIDS Project, including one year as the board president. She is a straight, cisgender woman. She works with environmental organizations to build strong foundations for equity and inclusion in their organizations and across the environmental movement. She has a passion for capacity building, leadership development, equity, and social justice.

Q Center Staff

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Q Center’s Program Manager, Raina Daniels is a queer pansexual dyke-identified person with a mixed white eastern european ethnic background. She’s a Rust Belt transplant from a working class background who has been “out” and engaged in youth advocacy and harm reduction health education since her early teens. Raina’s education from Antioch College was firmly rooted in youth empowerment, popular education, community governance, feminist and queer theory. Her years of work coordinating and promoting peer-to-peer support, suicide prevention, and hotline-delivered social service programs have shaped an extremely rewarding career which spans the disciplines of public health, direct service, communications, and tech. Raina is dedicated to bridging gaps between LGBTQ people and resources they need to survive and thrive!



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Q Center’s Senior Community Program Manager, Susan Kocen holds a master’s degree concentration in Gerontology. Under her guidance and with her commitment to community building, Q Center’s *eRa* (Encouraging Respect for Aging) program has grown into a welcoming and respectful place where LGBT people in their later years can gather, participate, and find friendship and support. Susan has 15 years’ experience in the mental health field, and more than 10 years, locally and internationally, as a community facilitator and educator. She is passionate about ensuring that LGBT elders are seen, known, and appreciated, and that they are supported by networks formed and connections made.




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As Q Center’s Events Manager, Cory L. Murphy has been an advocate and organizer within Portland’s LGBTQ and Black communities for over fifteen years. He has served on numerous boards and committees including GLSEN Oregon’s Board of Directors, Metro’s PERC, the City Club Finance committee, Portland PFLAG Black Chapter, and past Co-Chair of Portland Black Pride. Prior to joining the Q Center staff, Cory served as Director of Operations for Pride Northwest & the Portland Pride Festival. In 2014, he received the Portland Human Rights Commission Emily. G Gottfried Emerging Leader Award.




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Q Center’s Executive Co-Director, Development and Community Relations, Justin Pabalate is a queer person of color and a first-generation Filipino-American on his father’s side. Justin worked for 10 years in the credit union industry, where he gained deep knowledge of financial systems management and accountability. He deepened his commitment to community and nonprofit resource building while working as development manager at Basic Rights Oregon. Q Center was one of the first places that welcomed Justin to Portland. He is dedicated to seeing it thrive as an open, welcoming, and empowering community-driven home for everyone.




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Q Center’s Executive Co-Director, Operations and Programs, Stacey Rice is a trans woman who joined the Q Center family in 2012. In addition to her experience as a small-business owner for a fast-paced, multidimensional business, Stacey has 10 years of relationship building and marketing experience in corporate sales and nonprofit environments. Stacey loves working at Q Center because she has seen first-hand how it changes people’s lives. A dedicated community builder, Stacey is committed to ensuring that Q Center serves Greater Portland’s LGBTQ community members who most need it.