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.
Louise Monsour, LMFT – Clinical 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 the Director of Clinical Training at the Pacific Center since 2009 and has served on the Board Blue Oak Therapy Center since 2007. Louise specializes in working with all issues related to sexual or gender identity, dissociative disorders and characterological disorders. She also provides cultural competency trainings for agencies that serve LGBTQ clients.
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.
Jared Fields – Youth Program 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.
Anne Mitchell, LCSW – Peer & Elder Services Coordinator
Katie Tims – Clinical Administrative Assistant
Cat Maness – Quality Assurance Coordinator
Jan Herzog – Bookkeeper
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.
Donna Woll – Vice President
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.
Dr. Nadesan Permaul – Treasurer
Currently Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Political Science at Berkeley. The former Director of the A.S.U.C. and prior to that Director of Transportation on the Berkeley campus, he retired from administrative duties in 2011 after 34 years of service. He was President of the California Alumni Association from 2003-2005, and served on the Board of the Alumni Association for almost a decade. He was Alumni Secretary for the Order of the Golden Bear at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as a past President of the Greater Oakland Y.M.C.A Board, and currently is on the Board of the Pacific Center of Berkeley. He earned his B.A., his M.A., and his PhD at Berkeley in Political Science.
Sheila O’Rourke, Esq. – Member
Sheila currently serves as associate campus counsel at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the University of California, she was a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. She has been a fan of the Pacific Center since the early 1980’s when she participated in a “coming out” group.
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.