Pilar Alatorre

Community Resource & Volunteer Coordinator
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Pilar graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology. Her areas of focus have been womxn, undocumented immigrants, low income tenants, individuals experiencing homelessness, and the LGBTQ community. She has had previous advocacy experience with several non-profits around Orange County, Washington D.C., and now with the LGBTQ Center […]

Andrew Dorado

Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel
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Andrew Dorado graduated from Loyola Law School with a J.D. and a LL.M. in Taxation. He also had a B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Management. Prior to working at the Center, Andrew worked in the real estate and employee benefits fields for various companies. Andrew enjoys participating in community programs and running legal […]

Mariel Fiedler

Youth Services & Transition Coordinator
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Mariel’s relationship with The Center began as a front desk volunteer and youth mentor in 2014, and she joined the staff in 2015. Mariel provides supportive services to the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population through case management, group facilitation, and cultural arts and events programming. She has worked in non-profit programming, education, and administration since […]

Joel Gemino

Youth Services Manager
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Joel has been mentoring and educating youth since 2005 when he started working at Chaffey High School in his hometown of Ontario.  At CHS Joel served as staff advisor for P.R.I.D.E., a Gay-Straight Alliance.  Joel has also developed and presented youth workshops on LGBTQ history and media at Models of Pride and the Western Regional […]

Porter Gilberg

Executive Director
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Porter Gilberg serves as the Executive Director for The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, a position he has held since 2014. He has been affiliated with The Center since 2007 first as a volunteer and later as a staff member. Gilberg holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles […]

Otis Harris

HIV/STI Testing Counselor
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Otis joined the field of HIV prevention after he was diagnosed with the virus in February 2010. At that time of his diagnosis, Otis was not educated about the virus, but was determined to learn more. In his own words, Otis states that he,”wants to be the last person on earth to be diagnosed with […]

Ellen Hartwick

Clinical Director
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Ellen Hartwick first volunteered with The Center to support the development of the TransParent Families groups and The Guidebook for Educators on Transgender Students project. Ellen has served organizations that provide mental health, advocacy, and support to children, youth, and adult survivors of trauma for the past 20 years. She has provide individual, family, and […]

Dominique Hernandez

Senior Services Coordinator
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Dominique is currently enrolled in the Masters of Psychology /Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University L.A. She ultimately wants to obtain a degree in Art Therapy. Dominique’s path to Antioch was one that began late in life. As the rest of her class mates were heading to college after high school graduation, Dominique was […]

London Jones

Community Outreach & Operations Manager
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London comes to The Center with nearly a decade of relevant nonprofit leadership experience. She is a passionate human services professional with expertise in program design and evaluation, youth leadership development, and creative arts programming. Before joining The Center, London served as the director for Antioch University’s LGBTQ youth counseling center.  Prior to that she […]

Daniel Martinez

Domestic Violence Services Counselor Advocate
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Daniel graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in mental health in 2015. He has experience working with low-income immigrant families and working alongside probation helping aggressors make changes in their lives via Anger Management classes. Recently he has found himself advocating directly for LGBTQ communities, and […]

Giovanna Martinez

Relationship Counselor and DVS Manager
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Giovanna has worked with  survivors of intimate partner violence since 2001 and specializes in helping individuals heal from unhealthy relationships . She accomplishes this through education, intervention and empowerment of  how healthy and unhealthy relationships can affect her client’s lives. Prior to becoming our Relationship Counselor and  DVS  Manager, Giovanna spent 14 years as a […]

Zaya Z. Mejia

Trans Health Coordinator
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Zaya graduated from California State University, Long Beach and fell in love with the city. She began volunteering with at-risk youth in 2009 and in 2015 began her career assisting young adults with varying ability levels to transition into independent living, find employment, and pursue higher education. Zaya aims to utilize her experience in program […]

Jess Nuñez

HIV Testing Counselor & Outreach Specialist
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Jess graduated from the University of Redlands with BAs in Music Performance and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Before working at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, they worked at the LA LGBT’s Youth Center with TAY homeless individuals in Hollywood as a Youth Advocate and Outreach Specialist. Jess began their relationship with The Center […]

Dan Pitre

Director of IT

Dan Pitre first reached out to the Center in 2010 to provide volunteer professional IT services.  In 2011, Dan was promoted to a staff level position to serve as the Center’s IT Director.  Dan is also President of e-Pitre Solutions, an IT service provider with a focus on nonprofit and education organizations.  Dan has a […]

Ismael Salamanca

Director of Health & Wellness Services
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Professional Life Ismael, or commonly known to others simply as Ish, has worked in HIV prevention since 2000, is the lead  phlebotomist in his department and has been with the Center for almost 10 years. In his tenure at the Center he has developed a trustworthy HIV counseling & testing program. Consequently, he was able […]

Meftihe Taye

Executive Assistant
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Meftihe is a brand new US Citizen and resident of Long Beach. She was born in Kenya to Ethiopian refugees who were waiting for safe passage out of Africa. They took the first plane available, and landed in Australia. Growing up in Australia, Meftihe developed a very strong passion and commitment to human rights. She has been volunteering in […]

Justin Potier

Board Chair & President

Justin has had a very diversified career in the real estate industry. In 1994 he began his career in title insurance assisting agents in increasing their business by selling residential and multi-family properties for the best possible price in the shortest amount of time. Licensed in 2003 Justin continued his expertise in marketing and selling […]

Stella Ursua

Board Vice Chair

Stella Ursua, Board Vice Chair, serves as Outreach and Partnerships Manager at GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles, and is President of Green Education, Inc., both local non-profits focused on connecting disadvantaged communities to clean energy, healthy homes and sustainable neighborhoods. Stella is the Founder of Southern California’s largest annual Earth Day event, the Green Prize Festival, […]

Jay Hong

Board Member

Jay is retired from a 35-year career with a Fortune 10 company where he managed several international businesses.  His work  and relationships with people around the world has deepened his appreciation for diversity and equality.  Jay is now active in Long Beach where he supports several non-profit organizations.  He believes The Center, our multi-faceted programs […]

Mario Gonzalez


Mario is the Manager of Community Relations at the Port of Long Beach, a premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. Mario is the Port’s primary community liaison and manages a team of community outreach professionals, interns and contractors who share the Port’s messages about […]

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