We are excited to announce our Q Center family is growing! As we have moved through the last year of repair and rebuilding, we have learned so much about what our community needs and wants. We are grateful for the tremendous effort so many of you have put into helping us get to a place of new growth. Q Center is thrilled to welcome two new members of our staff, Cory L. Murphy and Raina Daniels! Cory and Raina bring incredible experience, knowledge, and dedication to our communities.
“The hiring of these two wonderful and talented individuals is a testimate to the amazing support and leadership received from community over the last year. Cory and Raina bring added capacity which will allow Q Center to deepen our impact and meet community needs,” Stacey Rice, Executive Co-Director.
Stay tuned for more updates as we on-board our new team members and upcoming opportunities to meet Q’s staff!
Cory L. Murphy, a familiar name in our community for over a decade, has worked to empower LGBTQ Oregonians through his advocacy and activism. Cory’s work is well known as the former Director of Operations for Pride Northwest, celebrated club promoter at Boxxes & Red Cap Garage, and former Business Manager.
Cory’s volunteer service includes the GLSEN Oregon Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Safer Communities, past Chair of Portland Black Pride, PFLAG Black Chapter, and the Finance Committee of the City Club of Portland. In 2014, Cory was named the Emily G. Gottfried Emerging Leader Award from the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission.
As Q Center’s new Events Manager, Cory will be working to create events that offer more opportunities for socializing, community building, and ensuring a balance of programming that appeals to the full diversity of our communities. We are excited to welcome Cory to Q Center as he brings over 15 years of non-profit and event management experience to Q! Starting March 1st, you can connect with him at email@example.com. (**Cory uses he/him/his pronouns.)
Our new Program Manager is Raina Daniels, whose work and dedication to LGBTQ communities has led her to challenge social service systems to better support those in crisis or looking for welcoming spaces.
Raina’s extensive experience working for both 211 info and Lines for Life’s Youthline and crisis hotlines have prepared her to take on Q Center’s Information & Referral (I&R) system. I&R is a vital function of Q Center, which contains an ever growing database of over 300 statewide LGBTQ+ affirming services providers and businesses. In 2015 alone, Q Center served community members seeking culturally competent services through over 7,300 phone calls and roughly 1,000 emails. Raina is excited to foster the growth of this program through expanded training, tools, infrastructure, and partnership.
Raina has a lengthy background in community education, working in the past with Planned Parenthood, our friends at SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center), and other peer-to-peer programs, which brings her the depth of knowledge and skill needed to strengthen and enrich our volunteer program and the affinity and support groups who gather at Q. Starting March 1st, Raina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. (**Raina uses she/her/hers or they/their pronouns.)