Q Center Advisory Members

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.

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JACKIE YERBY
Jackie Yerby serves on the Q Center Advisory Committee.  She is currently on the board of Basic Rights Oregon and has previously served on the board of the Cascade AIDS Project including one year as the Board President.  She is a straight, cisgender woman.  She is proud to have been named a 2016 Queer Hero.  She is the Executive Director for Bradley Angle, a non-profit that works with survivors of domestic violence to achieve safety and long-term stability. She has a passion for capacity building, leadership development, equity and social justice.

 

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JOE LEBLANC
Joe LeBlanc is a Cajun genderqueer butch who believes in personal storytelling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTQ identities, issues, and concerns. He is the founder and board chair of BUTCHVoices, and longtime activist and advocate for gender and racial justice.

Joe is also a founder and former coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, Portland’s first community foot patrol. He currently works as the communications manager for Camp Fire Columbia. Joe was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW, and was recently named as one of the Queer Heroes for 2016 by GLAPN. He enjoys bow ties, road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.

 

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DEBRA PORTA
Originally from Texas, Debra has been actively engaged in Portland’s LGBTQ community for over 10 years. She served as board president for Pride Northwest from 2007 to 2015, helping to grow Portland’s annual Pride weekend festival and parade into a nationally recognized celebration. As president, Debra prioritized community engagement and inclusion.  A strong believer in the power and strength of community, Debra has been active in state and local politics, working on local campaigns and supporting grassroots organizing efforts. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Queer Heroes NW award, honoring individuals whose risk, sacrifice, service, inspiration, or example have made them heroes to the LGBTQ community at large. In 2016, she received her Master of Public Administration, with a specialization in nonprofit management, from Portland State University.

Currently, Debra serves as part-time executive director for Pride Northwest and works full time in Student Services at Portland Community College, where (among other things) she mentors and supports LGBTQ students through the PCC Queer Resource Center.  When not working, she spends time with her wife and adopted kitties in North Portland.

 

NATALIA KAY O’BRIEN
East Coast born and raised, Natalia Kay O’Brien (She/Her/Hers) moved to Portland in 1999, lured by riot grrrls, queercore music, and great coffee. In 2003 she founded Siren Nation, a presenting arts organization with a mission of celebrating and promoting women artists. Natalia has worked in the trades, the music industry, as a nanny, but mostly in the nonprofit sector, where she can put her passion for equity and community building to good use.  She earned a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University, and has served in many roles for nonprofits as a volunteer and professionally. Natalia has been honored to serve Q Center as an advisor since early 2015, lending her expertise to writing grants and managing the center’s social media presence. Natalia and partner Finn, senior dog Charlie, and cats Enso and Panda live and garden in Roseway.