Out! Raleigh 2019

May 4, 2019 - 11am-6pm

Festival Archives - Out! Raleigh 2013

Leadership Team 2013

Planning Committee

Steven Butler, Executive Committee

Steven Butler

Steven Butler is an Eastern NC Native and moved to Raleigh 3 years ago. He joined the LGBT Center of Raleigh shortly after relocating to Raleigh as a general volunteer. He has been involved with Out! Raleigh since our inaugural event in 2011.

Since being involved, he has taken on more responsibility each year (there was a lot of arm twisting involved!!!). Now, part of the Out! Raleigh Executive Committee, he is excited to work with such a great team to deliver the 2013 event, “Family, Friends & Fun,” to you.

Steven works at Carolina Conceptions, a local private infertility practice. Their practice proudly welcomes the LGBTQ community for their family planning needs! Outside, work and volunteering, he enjoys spending time with friends, good coffee, wine, vegetarian/vegan dining, thrift/vintage/antique shopping, art and music.

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Carson Fernandez, Executive Committee

Carson FernandezCarson Fernandez, Executive Steering Leadership Brainchild Committee member, has been a participant with the Out! Raleigh team since a few moments after arriving at the first event, where he was enlisted into the army of folks holding down the LGBT Center tent as it attempted to blow off down the street. It was while holding tightly onto that pole that he met some wonderful people who were also fighting gale force winds (something the LGBT community has been doing figuratively for years), and saw some fine looking folks who appeared as attractive wet as they did dry. “I have to be a part of this team!” he told himself, but not in those words.

After a year of running Vendor Relations, and on the tails of a fantastic second event, Carson was cajoled into helping plan the next one, which is this one. It’s his fine sense of citizenship, his realization that things can always be better than they were, and his desire to make the springtime as gay as the Yuletide, that keeps him coming back for more.

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Kellie Burris, Executive Committee & Vendor Relations

Kellie BurrisKellie Burris is the newest member of the Out! Raleigh Executive Committee. She will also be handling Vendor Relations for our 2013 festival. Kellie is originally from Greenville, NC. She moved to Raleigh from Washington, DC in August 2011 and currently works as a Visual Resources Assistant at NC State University. She got involved with the LGBT Center of Raleigh as a library volunteer after visiting their booth at last year’s Out! Raleigh festival. Since then she has gotten involved in the center’s other initiatives, including the Women’s Initiative and as an ally in the Transgender Initiative.

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Communications

Rebecca Chapin (lead) - Graphics & Website

Rebecca ChapinStopping by the Center to learn about the newly-formed Transgender Initiative in 2011, Rebecca soon found herself in a leadership role for the initiative. As a graphic artist, Rebecca has created many images for the Center’s site and for Out! Raleigh. She is passionate about making sure that the Center is a welcoming place for everyone in the gender spectrum. Rebecca also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

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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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Oscar Garcia - Graphics & Website

Oscar GarciaOscar is a recent transplant from the Midwest, Michigan to be precise. After living in New York and Chicago moved to Raleigh in May of 2011 to be closer to his family. While working as a graphic designer at a local advertising agency, he felt the need to become more involved with the LGBTQ community of his newly adopted city. His first foray into volunteering with The Center with the help of its Executive Director, James Miller, came as designing the 2012 RICO program and collateral materials. He is excited to offer his design skills and time as part of the communications committee for OUT! Raleigh.

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David Groves - Social Media Guru

David Groves

David recently moved back to Raleigh after 7 amazing years in San Francisco. As both a former employee of White Rabbit Books and performer at Legends (as well as a cast member of “Camp: The Movie”), he was always used to being totally involved in the Raleigh gay community. This time around, he is using his “love of all things gay” as a volunteer at the LGBT Center of Raleigh and for Out! Raleigh.

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KidZone & Amusements

Holly Owens (lead)

Holly OwensHolly Owens is heading up the KidZone 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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Drew Graham

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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

Matt Wood

Matt WoodMatt Wood first got involved with OutRaleigh as a volunteer for the inaugural event in the LGBT Center of Raleigh tent. His primary duties included selling t-shirts, administering surveys, and helping to keep the tent from blowing away in the annual torrential downpour so prevalent during early May. Since that fateful day sloshing through the streets in the rain trying to save as many OutGuides as possible, he has been hooked on helping to plan the event (not to mention the post-planning committee cocktails and dish-fest). He organized the bulk of last year’s outside events and looks forward to working with his new minion … er, co-chair, Amos!

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Amos Cooper, Jr.

Amos CooperAmos is a banker by day, planner extraordinaire by night. Born and raised in the triangle Amos has always been the face of many things social.Volunteering with the LGBT Center has allowed him to not only give back to the community but to also build upon a great network that he already has in place.

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Public Relations

Scott Hoar

Scott HoarScott Hoar is a newer member of the Out! Raleigh Festival. He will be handling Public Relations for our 2013 festival. Scott is originally from Boswell, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Raleigh area to attend Campbell University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology. Scott is currently working for Quintiles as a Senior Clinical Research Associate. After years of being a member of the LGBT community and attending the Out! Raleigh festivals since its inauguration, he wanted to be a part of the festivities and be able to communicate the ideals and importance of the festival and the LGBT center.

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Vendor Relations

Kellie Burris

Kellie BurrisKellie Burris is the newest member of the Out! Raleigh Executive Committee. She will also be handling Vendor Relations for our 2013 festival. Kellie is originally from Greenville, NC. She moved to Raleigh from Washington, DC in August 2011 and currently works as a Visual Resources Assistant at NC State University. She got involved with the LGBT Center of Raleigh as a library volunteer after visiting their booth at last year’s Out! Raleigh festival. Since then she has gotten involved in the center’s other initiatives, including the Women’s Initiative and as an ally in the Transgender Initiative.

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Decorating

Kim Chapin

Kim Chapin

Kim Chapin will be handling decorations for Out! Raleigh 2013. 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 2013 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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