Out! Raleigh 2016

May 7, 2016 - 11am-6pm

Festival Archives - Out! Raleigh 2015

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Leadership Team 2015

Organizing Committee 2015

Organizing Committee

Scott Hoar, Organizing Committee

Scott HoarScott Hoar is the communication lead of the Out! Raleigh Festival. He was involved with Communication and Outside Events for our 2013 and 2014 festivals. Scott is originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Raleigh area to attend Campbell University. After college, he decided to stay in the area and be a part of the LGBT community. Scott is currently working for Quintiles as a Lead Clinical Research Associate. Scott feels the festival is a wonder celebration of the community and our allies. He has seen the community and the festival grow over the past several years.
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Matt Wood, Organizing Committee

Matt WoodMatt Wood has been involved with Out! Raleigh since the beginning, having sold t-shirts in the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s tent at the very first Out! Raleigh in 2011. In 2012 he led the effort to develop outside events for Out! Raleigh and has been the point man for events every year since. He joined the Steering Committee this year and looks forward to guiding the event for a successful 5th anniversary in 2015!

Matt Wood is an alumnus of NC State University with a Master of Business Administration degree. He works locally in IT customer service for a Fortune 500 company and also serves as that company’s LGBT Employee Resource Group Lead for the local office. He started volunteering with the LGBT Center of Raleigh in October 2010, just after the first office opened off W Cabarrus Street. He enjoys camping, live music, music festivals, homebrewing, and cuddling with his pit bull, Cricket.
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Holly Owens, Organizing Committee

Holly OwensHolly Owens is heading up the KidsZone for the Out!Raleigh festival this year. She is a devoted ally and library volunteer for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. She is a professional organizer with Clearly Spaced professional organizing. Her passions include teaching swing dancing with her husband Chris and singing karaoke.
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Justin Thigpen, Organizing Committee

Justin ThigpenJustin Thigpen is in charge of Vendor Relations for Out! Raleigh 2015. He first became involved with the festival last year, volunteering with his company LGBT group at Merck pharmaceuticals. Volunteer of the month in September, he can typically be found serving food and wine during First Friday Events. He enjoys movies, reading, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.
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Communications

Scott Hoar, Organizing Committee and Communications Lead

Scott HoarScott Hoar is the communication lead of the Out! Raleigh Festival. He was involved with Communication and Outside Events for our 2013 and 2014 festivals. Scott is originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Raleigh area to attend Campbell University. After college, he decided to stay in the area and be a part of the LGBT community. Scott is currently working for Quintiles as a Lead Clinical Research Associate. Scott feels the festival is a wonder celebration of the community and our allies. He has seen the community and the festival grow over the past several years.
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Jim Manchester - Webmaster

Jim Manchester

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 Bobby Hilburn, the Center’s first Executive Director, and had been recruited to help out with the Center’s website the evening before OutRaleigh 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.

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Jeremy Billow - Social Media

Jeremy BillowJeremy is a recent Appalachian State University graduate and Co-head for the Raleigh Allies program at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. He possesses a Bachelors in Human Resources and will be attending NC State in January 2015 for an additional Bachelors in Human Biology before going to grad school to study Physical Therapy. Jeremy began doing volunteer work at App’s LGBT Center to help re-brand its image and was invited to several youth leadership conferences while he was a student.

Jeremy began volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in the Summer of 2013 and has been an avid volunteer since. Although he has volunteered at Out! Raleigh before on the day of the event, this is the first time he is part of the planning process and is eager to bring new ideas to revitalize the Festival’s Social Media presence.

Mike Meno - Public Relations

Mike Meno

Carlton Bassett - Photography Lead

Carlton BassettCarlton Bassett is a photographer and native Raleigh resident. Primarily working as a wedding, event, and portrait photographer, he also passionately enjoys photographing animals. Carlton is the LGBT Center’s artist of the month for March 2015; his work featuring animals is on display and for sale at the center. In his free time, Carlton lends his photography skills to several other organizations in the community including Crape Myrtle Festival, Stonewall Kickball, and the GLBT Center at NC State.

2015 marks the first year that Carlton will be involved with organizing Out! Raleigh. He first attended Out! Raleigh in 2013 and began volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in February 2015. If interested in helping photograph the event or to request his photography services, please email him.

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Bettie Wiggins - Graphic Design

Bettie WigginsBettie Wiggins is on the graphic design team for Out! Raleigh 2015. She is a newcomer to the LGBT Center this year and this is her first time helping with organization of the event, despite attendance since 2012. Her hobbies include baking and decorating cakes, singing, various visual arts, and otherwise being awesome. She made the “All Families Matter” cake for an outside event for Out! Raleigh 2013.

KidsZone & Amusements

Holly Owens, Organizing Committee and KidsZone Lead

Holly OwensHolly Owens is heading up the KidsZone for the Out!Raleigh festival this year. She is a devoted ally and library volunteer for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. She is a professional organizer with Clearly Spaced professional organizing. Her passions include teaching swing dancing with her husband Chris and singing karaoke.
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Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas

Faith Outreach

J Zirbel

J Zirbel

“I am a queer minister who is drawn to coloring outside the lines and working from the edge into the center to strengthen supportive, affirming community. I cannot imagine anything that could be more relevant to our life and well being than celebrating the diversity of our community. We are planning to have good times, lots of information and loving kindness packaged in the Out! Raleigh event.”
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Outside Events

Nora Augustine

Public Relations

Mike Meno - Public Relations

Mike Meno

Vendor Relations

Justin Thigpen, Organizing Committee and Vendor Relations

Justin ThigpenJustin Thigpen is in charge of Vendor Relations for Out! Raleigh 2015. He first became involved with the festival last year, volunteering with his company LGBT group at Merck pharmaceuticals. Volunteer of the month in September, he can typically be found serving food and wine during First Friday Events. He enjoys movies, reading, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.
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Decorating

Kim Chapin

Kim Chapin

Kim Chapin will be handling decorations for Out! Raleigh 2015. She is also a library volunteer for the LGBT Center and an ally of the Transgender Initiative. Originally from New Hampshire, Kim has lived in Raleigh since 2007 and currently works for the North Carolina Medical Board.

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Out! Raleigh 2015 and Center Development

James Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Director

James Miller

Hired in November 2011, James has quickly proven his ability as a natural leader for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBT community in the Triangle. A North Carolina native, James has worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and JSI International in Boston before taking his position with the center. His non-profit management experience and knowledge of the LGBT community have helped to shape the LGBT Center of Raleigh into a dynamic and growing community organization. He often says that Out! Raleigh is the best part of his job – just because he gets to see the ENTIRE community out and proud!

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Kelly Taylor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Assistant

Kelly Taylor

Kelly is the executive assistant at the LGBT Center with 12 years prior experience in grant writing and volunteer management. 2015 will be Kelly’s 3rd year bringing the Center lots of wonderful and energetic volunteers for Out! Raleigh. While this year she is without her trusty sidekick, Dale, who taught her all things related to our volunteers, Kelly has been able to enrich communications, develop volunteer incentives, and bring her own flare to the Center. Kelly is originally from the western part of North Carolina. In her spare time she can be found haunting local theaters to find a good play, and even perhaps behind the scenes banging out a great costume or two. She loves to read, travel, and can always be found in the kitchen making great meals for friends and loved ones.

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