PEG CORLEY, Executive Director
Peg Corley is the Executive Director of the LGBT Center Orange County. She served on the Center’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2010 and was Chairperson of the Board from 2006 to 2009. During her time as Chairperson, Peg facilitated a financial turnaround, stabilizing the agency and leading to the purchase of the LGBT Center OC’s permanent home in Santa Ana. The LGBT Center OC is where it is today in large part because of Corley’s vision, commitment and financial expertise stemming from her 18-year career in the financial services industry. Peg has also served on oversight committees and Boards of Long Beach schools. She is currently President of the Board of Trustees of Westerly School of Long Beach, an independent, co-educational K-8 school founded in 1993.
Peg is passionate about non-profit work and she is excited to have rejoined her amazing and dedicated team at the LGBT Center OC as they continue their work as THE change agent for achieving the vision of a stronger and healthier LGBTQ community in Orange County .
ANN MASON, Associate Director / Director of Mental Health
Ann Flory Mason, LMFT, is the Associate Director and Director of Mental Health at the LGBT Center OC. Ann came to The Center OC in 1995 as a trainee in practicum for her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling degree at National University. She completed her internship at the LGBT Center OC and became a licensed marriage family therapist in 2001. She opened a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA and continued her involvement at the LGBT Center OC as an HIV/AIDS counselor. In 2003 she completed the requirements to become a clinical supervisor and began supervising MFT trainees and interns at the LGBT Center OC. The LGBT Center OC is highly regarded in the community for its culturally competent and affirming MFT training program.
STEPHANIE CAMACHO-VAN DYKE, Youth Program Manager
Stephanie Camacho-Van Dyke began her journey with the LGBT Center OC in 2011. She has since expanded her role as Youth Program Manager by continuing to facilitate youth social drop-in groups, organizing engaging youth and community events, and providing guidance and support to Youth Empowered to Act (YETA), the LGBT Center OC’s youth advocacy group. She also visits Gay Straight Alliances in Orange County to provide support to queer and transgender students. Stephanie has a Bachelors of Arts in Literature and English Language with an emphasis in queer and feminist literature from University of California, Davis. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in English at California State University, Fullerton.
ANNE CAMERON, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor
Anne Cameron, LMFT, provides clinical supervision at The LGBT Center Orange County for trainees and interns who are completing their clinical hours toward licensure in psychotherapy. Anne’s approach is strength-based and respectful, encouraging interns to explore while being patient and present with themselves as they develop their skills.
Anne has worked within the LGBT community for over 25 years. She has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Orange County since 2005 and has worked as a Crisis Clinician with Del Amo Behavioral Health in Torrance since 2010.
DANNIE CESENA, Trans* Services Coordinator
Dannie Cesena, Transitions Services Coordinator, has worked with non-profits for over 10 years in program development and advocacy. Dannie is a WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) Member and his goal is to educate the medical community on the health care disparities faced by the transgender community. He has grown and strengthened the Trans*itions Health and Wellness Program by developing affirming programs for trans youth and adults in schools (middle, high schools and universities), medical settings (hospitals, clinics and medical schools), and the workforce. He has orchestrated a committee of proactive and dedicated volunteers who plan trans events, educate businesses, and mentor Trans* Youth. He is a frequent guest speaker on trans rights and the law.
LUIS F. GOMEZ, Immigration Resources Specialist
Luis Fernando Gomez joined the LGBT Center OC in 2015 as an intern while finishing up his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, Luis joined the staff of the LGBT Center OC as our DACA/DAPA Coordinator . Now our Immigration Resources Specialist, Luis is available to provide information about forms of immigration relief available to members of our community. We will ensure that qualified individuals are referred to a qualified legal services provider, who is BIA or State Bar authorized to assist with applications for deferred action, other immigration remedies, and citizenship.
JORGE HERMOSILLO, Immigration Resources Project Assistant
Jorge Hermosillo is our Project Assistant for Policy & Advocacy. Jorge started as a volunteer for the Center in the summer of 2016, then became an intern for our Immigration Resources Specialist. Growing up, Jorge has always had a passion for activism starting as young as 13 years old, where he attended his first protest for immigration reform in Kansas. But since the age of 4, Jorge has been interested in musical performance and the arts. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where he became active in volunteering for food banks and the battered women’s shelter. Which in return motivated him to help with the LGBT community and immigration issues surrounding the Latino community. Jorge’s passion for helping others propelled him to go above and beyond for the LGBT Center OC by helping develop presentations for education on social issues, building relationships out in the community, coordinating immigration education events, to recruiting volunteers for Citizenship Fairs.
LAURA KANTER, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs
Laura Kanter joined the LGBT Center OC in 2011. She has worked as a middle and high school counselor in Santa Ana Unified School District. Laura’s post-graduate work included research on the experiences of LGBT youth and the best policies and practices to support them. She is an advocate and activist who has fought for marriage equality, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the rights of Transgender students, school discipline policies, restorative justice and immigration reform. She is a Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and was given the OC Weekly 2012 award for Best Voice for the Little Gay in Orange County. Laura has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
TATE MARTINEZ, HIV Testing Coordinator
Tate started as a front desk volunteer with The Center OC in September of 2008. He started as an HIV test counselor shortly thereafter. After years as a volunteer, he was brought on as the HIV Test Coordinator. His duties include HIV counseling and testing, risk assessment and harm reductions counseling, HIV education and prevention, as well as referrals to clients for additional services.
TONY ORTUNO, Youth Program Coordinator
Tony Ortuno began his career with the LGBT Center OC in 2012 as a Queer Dream Summer Intern. Tony’s community work began with two leading Orange County grassroots organizations: the Orange County Dream Team and DeColores Queer Orange County. The passion of community activism stemmed from his own marginalized experience as a queer undocumented Latino male. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science.
TONY VIRAMONTES, Director of Prevention Services
Born and raised in Orange County, Tony joined the LGBT Center OC in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Santa Cruz. While in Santa Cruz, he became an activist using theater as a platform to educate his community. Immediately after finishing his BA Tony was accepted into UCSC’s Theater Arts Graduate Certificate Program which he completed in 2006. . El habla Espanol.
DAN LU, Marketing Coordinator
Dan started with the LGBT Center OC in the Spring of 2016. He relocated to Orange County from the Bay Area to find sunshine, endless beaches and countless theme parks. With a passion for photography, writing, and a background in Journalism and Communications; Dan has worked with several television stations and publications to inform the community about local news and events. He was a writer for San Jose State University’s newspaper with a focus on the LGBTQ community and worked as a social media director for Los Angeles-based Daniel Magazine, an LGBTQ magazine. Dan brings his experience in writing, marketing and years of non-profit experience to the LGBT Center OC. Plus, he will FaceTweetGram everything about the LGBT Center OC!
JENNY HIGGINS, Events & CO4 Operations Manager
Jenny started volunteering in June of 2015 with the LGBT Center OC after moving to Orange County from Scottsdale, AZ. Jenny is now a full-time employee working on curating art shows and programming at CO4 and planning events for the LGBT Center OC which is a big passion for her with her baking and pastry background. Jenny is a long-time supporter of LGBT rights having worked with AIDS and LGBT organizations in Arizona for many years prior to moving to Orange County. Jenny has a passion for helping people find their way and connecting people with the right resources to help them do so.
CHANDELLE LOOP, Volunteer Coordinator
Chandelle W. Loop has volunteered her time in numerous organizations since the age of 15. Her notable volunteer experience includes Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society, Society of the Promotion of Japanese Culture, UCR Conversation and American Culture Program, and many others. Her experience lead to her sign up to volunteer for the 2015 Orange County Pride Festival, not realizing the O.C. had more to offer for the LGBT community. After being exposed to the Center on 4th, Chandelle became a dedicated volunteer, ultimately joining the Center’s Events Committee with a focus on obtaining auction items for the Center’s fundraisers. With experience and background in management for convention volunteers; she joined the LGBT Center OC team in 2016 as the new volunteer coordinator.
DARBY RESTORICK, Community Liaison Specialist
Darby Restorick has been involved with the LGBT Center OC since 2007. She began as a volunteer, and became a full-time staff member in June 2011 when she was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Restorick was promoted to Community Liaison Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Ms. Restorick provides support for all programmatic and administrative staff. Her duties include volunteer coordination, IT support, facilities management, and support for HR, accounting, and fund development.