Deena Abuyounes

Community Outreach & Operations Manager
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Deena first became involved with The Center in 2012 as a volunteer. They currently hold BAs in Political Science and Environmental Public Policy from UC Berkeley and have dedicated their time toward working in non-profit development and administration.  Deena enjoys all of their time spent interacting with members of the community and providing support for all of The Center’s […]

Pilar Alatorre

Community Resource 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 […]

Ruby Chevreuil

Client Services Coordinator
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Ruby Chevreuil graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and made her way to Southern California to pursue Non-Profit work. She has been working for Non-Profit organizations in different capacities and hopes to utilize her experience and skills in new and exciting ways for The Center’s Mental Health Services Program. She is passionate about […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daniel Martinez

Domestic Violence Services Counselor Advocate

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 […]

Jesse Medina

HIV/STI Program Coordinator
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Jesse has been volunteering in the Long Beach community since 2009, working with home cleanup programs and beach cleanup crews around the local area. His passion for finding new and consistent volunteer opportunities led him to The Center where he volunteered at the front desk and enjoyed working with members of the community for over […]

Sarah Ann Nguyen

HIV Testing Counselor
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Sarah graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Sociology with a Concentration in Health and Social Welfare. She identifies herself as an advocate who supports her community’s rights and well-being. Sarah had previous experience in public policy as well as working with different LGBTQ non-profits in Washington, D.C. and Orange County. When […]

Julie Owen


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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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As the Director of Health & Wellness Services at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Ismael Salamanca oversees the HIV counseling and testing programs, prevention education & outreach services, support groups, senior services and wellness events held on site. With over 14 years of professional experience, 7 of those at The Center Long Beach, he has […]

LaDawn Best

President and Board Chairperson

LaDawn Best is the Program Director at Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles. PHE is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Prior to her […]

Justin Potier

Board Vice Chair

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 […]

Ron Nelson


Ronald C. Nelson was appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art in February 2007, where he oversees an annual budget of $3.5 million. His position is responsible for day to day operations as well as the long term planning, financial direction, and artistic programming of the Museum. With experience as both a […]

Sylvia Rodemeyer


Sylvia is co-founder and Program Director of The AMP Organization, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting queer creativity, culture, and community through music, art and philanthropy. She is also a writer and editor for a variety of publications throughout southern California and online. She holds a B.A. in journalism from CSULB. In addition to her role on […]

Justin Boettcher

Board Member

A long-time resident of Long Beach, Justin Boettcher is venturing into his first non-profit role and is excited to be involved with his local community. Justin studied Marketing at California State University of Fullerton. Over the past 10 years, he’s worked for L’Oreal, Beazer Homes, Hot Topic, and currently Urban Decay as the Director of […]

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