Staff & Board

Staff

Leslie Ewing – Executive Director
Leslie is a longtime resident of the Berkeley/Oakland area who has worked to strengthen the LGBTQ community for over twenty-five years, starting with her involvement with the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and AIDS Emergency Fund. Prior to becoming Pacific Center’s Executive Director in 2008, Leslie raised community health care funding as the Development Director of Lyon-Martin Health Services. She is also a founder of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Email: lewing@pacificcenter.org

Louise Monsour, LMFT – Clinic Director
Louise is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Berkeley. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations Management from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, where she graduated with distinction. Louise has been at the Pacific Center since 2009, first as the Director of Clinical Training and now as the Clinic Director. She was core faculty in the Counseling Psychology graduate program at JFKU and also served on the Board of Blue Oak Therapy Center for several years. Louise specializes in working with all issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity. She also provides cultural competency training for agencies and businesses that serve LGBTQ clients.
Email: lmonsour@pacificcenter.org

Erin Harrell, PsyD – Clinical Training and Services Coordinator
Email: eharrell@pacificcenter.org

Jared Fields – Deputy Director – Youth Program Manager – Acting Volunteer Coordinator
Jared is Bay Area transplant and has lived in Oakland since 2011. He came to Oakland to serve as an Americorps with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. He then spent several years working with at risk youth in West Oakland. He has a passion for working with youth and is glad he can now be serving the thriving LGBTQ community of the Bay.
Email: jfields@pacificcenter.org

eddie gesso – Operations Manager
eddie has lived in Oakland since 2003 and joined the staff of Pacific Center in 2008 after completing his BFA at California College of the Arts. eddie’s community involvement includes volunteerism for Lambert House, the Seattle LGBT Community Center, the Queer Cultural Center, National Queer Arts Festival, and Fresh Meat in the Gallery.
Email: egesso@pacificcenter.org

Anne Mitchell, LCSW – Peer & Older Adult Program Manager
Email: amitchell@pacificcenter.org

Katie Tims – Clinical Administrative Assistant
Email: ktims@pacificcenter.org

Cat Maness – Quality Assurance Coordinator
Email: cmaness@pacificcenter.org

Rina Herring, MSW – Older Adult Program Coordinator
Email: rherringr@pacificcenter.org

Jeannette Biffle – Bookkeeper
Email: bookkeeper@pacificcenter.org

Board

Vera Hannush – President
Vera is the Grants Officer at Taube Philanthropies, a hip-hop dance instructor at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, member of SWANABAQ (South West Asian North African Bay Area Queers), and a volunteer at the YEAH! homeless youth shelter. She is the chair of the board’s Community Committee and a peer group facilitator for FOCMEQWT (feminine-of-center Middle Eastern Queer Womyn and Trans) peer group at Pacific Center.
Email: board@pacificcenter.org

Donna Woll – Vice President
Donna is currently employed by Alameda County as a child welfare supervisor. She works primarily in the courtroom and acts as a liaison between the Courts and the Social Services Agency. She has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. Donna served as a therapy intern at the Pacific Center in 1996. Donna has served on two previous boards. The first was for a domestic violence shelter and the second was for a philanthropic organization in Santa Barbara who presents humanitarian awards to outstanding GLBTQ members in the community and offering scholarships to LGBTQ youth. Currently is also the secretary on the board for the East Bay Frontrunners.

George Zamora – Secretary
George is currently a Policy and Program Analyst in Student Affairs at the University of California Office of the President where he provides policy development and decision support on key issues that impact diverse communities throughout the UC system, including LGBT students, faculty, and staff. In that role, George has helped facilitate the implementation of gender-inclusive facilities on every campus, as well as the integration of questions about sexual orientation and gender identity into the admission application. Prior to joining the University, George served as Program Manager at The California Endowment, where he funded projects aimed at improving health equity and access for LGBT, low-income, and communities of color. He also contributed to the creation of a philanthropic affinity group named Queer Leaders in Philanthropy. George earned his BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley and MA in Public Administration from New York University.

Bensen Hayden – Treasurer
Bensen is Vice President and 30-year employee of CH2M, a Fortune 500 global engineering company that provides consulting, design and construction services for corporations and federal, state and local governments. Bensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University. Bensen brings an analytical mind and business acumen to the Pacific Center Board of Directors as well as a sincere passion for the advancement of the LGBTQ community.

Darryl Moore – Member
Darryl grew up in Fontana, California. He graduated from UC/Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with honors, and attended the University of Chicago where he earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy. Darryl has been married to his husband, Bradley Johnson for twenty-two years and they live in Berkeley, CA. Highlights of Darryl’s public service include his election (2000) to the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees (representing Albany, Emeryville, and Berkeley) and becoming the first openly gay African-American elected to office in the East Bay. He was also elected (2004) to the Berkeley City Council and served on the Berkeley City Council for 12 years. Darryl has been the Chairperson, Treasurer, and Board member for the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) a civil rights organization empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He also currently serves on the boards of Bay Area Community Services (BACS), and Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS).

John Scroggs – Member
John is currently the Chief of Staff for the Vice Provost at the University of California, Berkeley. John has served with the Berkeley faculty/staff queer group, LavenderCal, and was the 2014-15 Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on LGBTQ Issues at Cal. Prior working at UC Berkeley, John spent 20 years living and working at Texas A&M University, where he co-founded the LGBT Professional Network, the Rainbow Grads queer group for graduate students, and was a member of and later served as an advisor to the undergraduate GLBTA student group.

Stephanie Luz Hernandez – Member
Kieran McMonagle – Member
Robert Reiter, Esq. – Member

 
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