Amy Cox is a Partner / Manager at Deep South Entertainment. She graduated in 1999 from North Carolina State University with a BA in Communications with a minor in Social Work. Deep South Entertainment has assisted with the planning, production, and implementation of Out! Raleigh since the inaugural festival in 2011. Having been with Deep South for 17.5 years, Amy has taken on multiple roles within the company. In 2005, she started taking the lead on running events and festivals for the company. When a collective of volunteers/leaders from The LGBT Center of Raleigh approached Dave Rose & Amy Cox in 2010 about doing the Out! Raleigh festival, Deep South was 100% on board and ready to support the efforts. As an ally in the community, Amy has thoroughly enjoyed producing this very inclusive festival that is for everyone. In 2016, Deep South Entertainment was honored at The LGBT Center Gala as the Organization of the Year. Upon receiving the award Amy said, “This community brings so much more to me than I to it. Thank you!”
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Alyssa is working in the KidZone for Out! Raleigh 2016. This is her first year being involved with Out! Raleigh. She has served as an intern and volunteer at the Center. She is a campus outreach coordinator for Common Cause NC. She enjoys movies, concerts, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Briana Proctor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Program Director
Briana joined the LGBT Center of Raleigh in 2014 as an MSW intern with North Carolina State University. When she graduated, Briana accepted the position of Program Director. This will be her 3rd year working with Out! Raleigh. Briana is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, and now resides in Wendell with her wife and two playful cats, Munkey and Chester. Briana loves to travel, and has fond memories of her wedding in Hawaii where she eloped and spent 16 days with her wife Barbara, on the beautiful island of Oahu. Briana is excited to be assisting Daniel with Vendors for Out! Raleigh 2017.
Daniel Varela has lived in the Triangle for almost 3 years. When his schedule allows, he tries to volunteer with the Center as much as possible. He was excited and surprised at how active the LGBT community is in Raleigh. Having moved from the Tidewater area of Virginia, he wasn't used to seeing such an LGBT presence. He hopes to increase his presence in the community. In his free time he enjoys trying local food, music festivals, traveling. and champagne.
Jack is a senior at North Carolina State University, majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. He is also working on a minor in nonprofit studies - which is what led him to the LGBT Center of Raleigh two years ago. He began working at the Center through a course at the university and is now back as our spring intern. He is excited for his first year on Out! Raleigh’s planning committee and first year as Social Media Coordinator. Jack lives in Raleigh with his boyfriend Tom and two cats, Kit and Shadow. Jack and Tom plan to explore California life after graduation, but don’t worry, he’ll be around from time to time.
James Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Director
2017 will be James’ 6th year spearheading Out! Raleigh. James finds enjoyment and excels at the nitty gritty pieces no one else is able to do. Hired as Executive Director at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in November 2011, he quickly proved his ability as a natural leader within and outside of the LGBT community in the Triangle. Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, James came to the Center with a public health background and non-profit management experience. James gets to live and work by the motto “Gay for pay,” while impacting the community he loves, often saying that Out! Raleigh is one of the best parts of his job because he gets to see the ENTIRE community out and proud!
Jim was one of those people who helped Carson and a mob of others hold down the Center’s tent in 2011. He had just met the Center’s first Executive Director and had been recruited to help out with the Center’s website the evening before Out! Raleigh 2011. Jim has lead the Center’s Web Team ever since. In 2012, the Center decided to ignore all the other extremely dedicated volunteers who do so much to keep the Center running every day (to whom Jim is eternally grateful) and awarded him the Volunteer of the Year 2012 recognition. Jim runs a website development business that serves dozens of community businesses and organizations. As expected, he makes sure the Out! Raleigh Website is up to date.
John started volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in November 2015 and loves finding new ways to help out. This is his second year with Out! Raleigh, and is helping with the website and communications. He is eager to be a part of the planning for this year and bring some new ideas. John moved to Raleigh in 2012, and has been a visitor to the LGBT Center of Raleigh since then. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. He enjoys web design, new technology, meeting new people and spending time with his fiancé David and cats.
Jonathon joins the Out! Raleigh team as a freshman this year. He recently moved from California where he was a long-standing volunteer and Board Member at The Center Orange County in Santa Ana, California which is one of the oldest LGBTQ nonprofit centers in the United States. There his primary objective was assisting the board with the planning of events, social media, and marketing. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, attended its High School where he was a six-time letterman, a Who’s Who of American Students, and a nationally-ranked swimmer. He then attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. On a scholarship for swimming, he studied English and Nutrition primarily. After his studies, he focused his efforts towards Hospitality Management, Private Events, and Social Media Relations thanks in large part to his parents who have owned restaurants his entire life.
Most of Jonathon’s passions relate directly within the industries he works. He is an avid social media fanatic both personally and professionally, and he is certainly OUT and about socially in the community as he is on the Stonewall Sports Dodgeball Team. He also volunteers at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Swimming is a key component in Jon’s life as his father used to take him to Fort Lauderdale, FL to the Swimming Hall of Fame where his love for the oceans really began. He has always felt he has to do his part in preserving our ocean resources so the next generation can enjoy all the marine recreational activities that he has enjoyed through his thirty four years here on Earth. He was integral in assisting/creating the ECO-Warrior Foundation which is the nonprofit organization in Orange County, CA started by James Pribram, the retired pro-surfer who works directly with the Coastal Commission to clean the beaches of Southern California.
His last position prior to moving to Raleigh, NC was as the Principal Partner in the social media relations company American Gothic Social, LLP. The company focused on creating websites, graphic design, developing content strategies for social marketing campaigns, and public/private events for local restaurant and hotel venues. In Raleigh, Jonathon works for The Angus Barn assisting the team in any way possible, utilizing his event knowledge for potential public/private event sales, and the execution of currently contracted events. He is thrilled to be part of the Out! Raleigh team and is settling as a new member of our community.
This is Katie’s 2nd year helping with the Out! Raleigh festival, working with volunteer coordination. During her graduate studies, she found sanity by volunteering with her wife Emi. In her free time, she enjoys cats (any furry animal really), cooking, and playing the occasional social board game.
Kelly Taylor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Assistant Director
Kelly is the Assistant Director at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. 2017 will mark Kelly’s 5th year at the Center helping to bring lots of wonderful and energetic Volunteers for Out! Raleigh. During the last five years, she has been able to enrich communications through pounding out a grant or two, working with some great interns, developing volunteer incentives, and bringing her own flare to the Center. Kelly is originally from the western part of North Carolina. In her spare time, she can be found busting out a show tune, haunting local theaters to find a good play, and even perhaps behind the scenes banging out a great costume or ten. She loves to read, travel, and can occasionally be found in the kitchen making something yummy for an event at the Center.
Nora is a doctoral student, composition teacher, and all-purpose activist (among other things) currently residing in beautiful Carrboro, NC. She started volunteering at the Center shortly after moving to the Triangle from Chicago in 2013, and she tricked them into choosing her for Volunteer of the Month in April 2015. Outside of the Center, Nora volunteers with Triangle for Choice, ReachOUT NC, and the Safe Zone Speakers’ Bureau in the LGBTQ Center at UNC. This is her third year of volunteering at Out! Raleigh and her second year on the planning committee — she will sorely miss working with Kelly at the volunteer table, but she’s so excited to help plan entertainment for/by the LGBT community at this year’s event! Nora wants you to know that if she ends up taking the stage with her own band (High Bushy Tails), nepotism was not involved.