Alex has lived in Raleigh since 1995, when his family moved from New York State to the City of Oaks. In 2008, he briefly left Raleigh for four years to attend UNC-G where he earned his Bachelor of Art in Psychology. After he graduated in 2012 he moved back and started working at Marbles Kids Museum. Soon after he was promoted and worked on a leadership team responsible for leading over 60 Team Members in a fast paced, ever changing museum environment. Currently, Alex works at Workplace Options as a Work-Life consultant, where he assists client locate services that affect their daily life. He is most proud of his employer's commitment to improving the lives of their clients and also those in their community, as Workplace Options was named Organization of the Year for 2015 by the LGBT Center of Raleigh. He has also been volunteering with the LGBT Center since 2013 and plans to continue to volunteer for a while. (He is signed up to volunteer until 2099.) The Center honored him with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.
This is Alyssa’s third year coordinating the KidZone. She has served as a volunteer and intern for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. She is a campus outreach coordinator for Common Cause NC. She attended UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central University and will never let living in Raleigh convince her to cheer for the Wolfpack! She enjoys movies, concerts, traveling, and taking selfies in her free time. This year she is looking forward to seeing all the amazing Out! Raleigh dogs! One word that describes Alyssa is passionate.
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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Annyeonghaseyo y’all! All the best things come from the South and Andrew is no exception. Having roots in Granville County NC, Andrew came back home and has been a resident in the greater RTP for 5 years since leaving the Washington DC metropolitan area. He first started getting involved at the Center in September 2016 and has been making connections ever since. Andrew brings corporate experience working at Zift Solutions and has serviced a fair representation of the fortune 500 over the course of his career. On Sundays, he prays for the Nation and attends Christ the King in Raleigh. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, since it’s better when made at home, although store bought is fine. Here’s to his first year on the planning committee.
Brian is the food coordinator for the LGBT Center’s First Friday Art Reception. He has been a front desk volunteer since March 2016 and a First Friday coordinator since July 2017. Brian graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 where he studied public health. He currently resides in Chapel Hill and works as a project manager for a medical company in Durham. Brian can usually be found cooking or baking, binge-watching full seasons of television shows while playing video games, playing the clarinet, or neglecting responsibilities on the Internet. Brian tells us, “One word to describe me is versatile (as in I am adaptable and multi-faceted).” We’ve heard that about him!
Colin is retired from a very large company that starts with “I,” has three letters, and ends with “M.” He worked there for 40 years. In retirement, Colin decided that he would rather give back than take, so he now volunteers at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, as well as the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Colin has been very happily married to Ada for nearly 38 years. He has one son Grant, who is 29. In his spare time, Colin is a fitness fanatic, spending many hours each week training. He also enjoys reading, family life and finding new and nice beers. This year will be his third as an Out! Raleigh volunteer. He’s truly enjoyed the previous two.
James Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Director
2018 will be James’ 7th 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 Farley and a mob of others hold down the Center’s tent in 2011's Out! Raleigh during the violent wind storm that blew through that day. 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.
This is Katie’s third 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. 2018 will mark Kelly’s 6th 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.
Kori is the Office Assistant/Volunteer Manager at the LGBT Center of Raleigh. They came on initially as a volunteer in March of 2017 and then joined the staff in August of 2017. This will be Kori’s second year helping with Out! Raleigh, but first year on the planning committee. When not tracking down volunteers, organizing the Center’s closets and slowly growing a post it note forest on their desk, Kori likes to spoil their two dogs (Pierogie & Panini), travel, spend time with friends and model for the fine arts.
Kris graduated from East Carolina University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has a background in marketing. Their first experience with Out! Raleigh was in 2016 and it was one of the first LGBT Center events they attended. Coming from the small town of Zebulon, they were overwhelmed with the sheer number of LGBT folx and allies who flooded the streets of downtown Raleigh. Soon, the LGBT Center became a second home to Kris and they made the move from Zebulon to Raleigh. The Center had such a huge impact on Kris’s life that they wanted to give back by becoming a volunteer. They have since joined the Leadership Team for Transgender Initiative and have represented the Center at multiple events across the Triangle. Kris is passionate about social justice and, in their spare time, can be found playing Burger Time at Boxcar, eating tots at The District, dancing at Ruby Deluxe, and doing karaoke at Flex.
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Lara is the Vendor Coordinator for Out! Raleigh and 2018 will be her first year with the LGBT Center. Before working with the LGBT Center, Lara was active in Raleigh's vibrant community outreach scene and she's looking forward to bringing that energy to this year's festival. As a Raleigh native, Lara's enjoyed watching the city she calls home become a diverse and welcoming hub in the southeast while still holding onto its smaller town charm. When she's not at the center or one of the many museums downtown, Lara enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her dogs, gardening and cooking with her partner. Oh, and don't bring up bad movies in front of her unless you want to be stuck in an hour-long conversation about the importance of BMX Bandits in Australian action/sports movies and their role in launching Nicole Kidman's career.
Nora is a PhD student, interdisciplinary educator, open mic barkeep, and all-weather activist currently residing in beautiful Carrboro, NC. She started volunteering at the Center shortly after moving to the Triangle from Chicago in 2013, and she fooled them into awarding her Volunteer of the Month in April 2015. With special interest in advocating for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence, Nora’s proudest accomplishment thus far has been conceiving and organizing an event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016 in which four different IPV/LGBTQ organizations across the Triangle united for a film screening and panel discussion. Outside of the Center, Nora volunteers as a support group facilitator at the Compass Center for Women and Families, serves on the Safe Zone speakers’ bureau with UNC’s LGBTQ Center, and is a two-time “Lowest Bowling Score” prizewinner in the annual Carolina Abortion Fund bowl-a-thon. This is her fourth year of volunteering at Out! Raleigh and her third year on the planning committee — she is so pleased to return to her rightful post in 2018 and wrangle volunteers with her personal hero, Kelly Taylor! Nora wants you to know that if she ends up taking the Out! Raleigh stage with her band (High Bushy Tails), nepotism was definitely not involved.
Victoria Rain Coleman
Victoria is a Raleigh resident, LGBT Volunteer, and local photographer. She has been with the Center since November of 2016 and will be assisting with social media and photo coverage for Out! Raleigh. Her passions include design, psychology, and crafting. All of which come together in a unique mixture to create an eager-to-learn and open minded personality. She is excited to see members of our community from all over North Carolina out and about this year sharing their experiences and meeting new neighbors!