Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2017-09-01T10:53:19+00:00

CARL JORDAN, Chairperson

Carl Jordan is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for U.S. Bank, managing 97 branch offices in the Southern California market. Carl has been in the banking industry for 38 years, including 25 years with U.S. Bank. He has served in various roles that include, branch management, small business banking, district management and regional management of the U.S. Bank Southern California Metropolitan Market.

Carl attended Long Beach State University and in 2008 graduated CBA’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at Furman University in South Carolina.

Carl is the National Management Advisor for the U.S. Bank Business Resource Group, focusing on our LGBT community and employees.

Carl currently sits on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Greater Los Angeles (CA). He has traveled to Bangladesh and Viet Nam on International Builds for Habitat for Humanity. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Discovery Science Cube, Santa Ana CA, supporting their mission to inspire and educate youth through science based programs, such as STEM Proficiency. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Center in Orange County.

GARY POLSTON, Vice Chairperson

Gary is an experienced attorney in private practice. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University and a Bachelors of Arts from California State University, Fullerton. His former positions include Corporate Counsel for Jellco Container, Inc. Gary also serves as Vice President of the board of directors for Project Cuddle, Inc. Gary joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2012.

DAVID BEARD, Treasurer

David is Vice President, Corporate Counsel of HSF Affiliates LLC, a franchisor of several leading real estate brokerage brands. Prior to working at HSF, he was an attorney with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University College of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. David joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2014.


Gordon H. Busenbark has over 30 years of global experience in the life sciences industry, including experience with companies involved in biologics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He worked for Baxter Healthcare for 23 years, in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting, operations and general management. His experience at Baxter included seven years working in Europe, where he was CFO of Immuno AG in Vienna, Austria, when Immuno was acquired by Baxter. He was also President of Baxter’s global Plasma Therapuetics business for five years. More recently, he has been the CFO of four smaller life science companies – Encysive Pharmaceuticals, Xytis Pharmaceuticals and Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals. Gordon is currently the CFO at Cianna Medical, a privately-held medical device company focused on breast cancer therapies. He has both a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah. Gordon is the proud father of an adult son, Andrew,  and daughter, Megan. Gordon and his partner Alfonso Martinez, live in Signal Hill.


Rafael Z. Bustos is an Assistant Vice President and Premier Banker for Wells Fargo Bank, NA.  Rafael has been in the banking services industry for almost 20 years, including 14 years with Wells Fargo Bank.  He has served in various roles in the Retail Banking Group, including Branch Manager for 7 years managing several branches in the Orange County area.

Rafael is currently the Vice President of Wells Fargo Volunteers for the Orange County Chapter, as well as a Board Member for Wells Fargo PRIDE LA/OC Team Member Resource Group.  Rafael is very active and involved in the LGBT Community and he has been a key player in bringing support from The Wells Fargo Foundation to Orange County and Long Beach Pride events.

Rafael currently sits on the Board of Directors for Advance! A Non Profit Organization in La Habra where he also resides with his partner of 19 years, Jeremy.  Together they enjoy traveling, the arts, photography, modernism, theater, live concerts and spending time with their two nephews and nice.  Giving back to the communities where they live and serve is very important and dear to their hearts.  Rafael joined the LGBT Center OC’s Board of Directors in 2016.


Duane is the co-owner of Colette’s Events. He learned the hospitality industry from the Ritz Carlton, while training as a National Figure Skater for the United States. Duane then moved on to the Surf & Sand Hotel where he honed his talents as Banquet Director and then Food and Beverage Director. Wanting more experience in a larger capacity Duane then joined American Golf Corporation as Regional Director for 8 private country clubs around the Southern California region. Duane joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2010.


Lance Hassell  is  the Western Division, Vice President of Operations for Covenant Care. A company specializing in post acute care services such as Nursing Home, Sub-Acute Care, Home Health, and Therapy.  Prior to relocating to Southern California in 2012. Lance was the Regional Vice President for 14 years with Avalon Healthcare headquartered  in Salt Lake City. He has served as board member for Utah Alzheimer Association and Valley Mental Health Services.  In 2008-2012 worked as adjunct  surveyor  for the Commission of Accreditation for Rehab  Facilities  (CARF). Graduate of Weber State University in Health Care Administration and Graduate Studies at the University of Utah Public Administration. Lance Hassell joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2014.


Phillip is Director of Story Development, Operations for Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Phillip’s career in production began over 21 years ago in the advertising world where he worked with such companies as Aardman, Blue Sky Films, WildBrain and The Mill. He took a brief hiatus to help start a non-profit cancer research organization but returned to production working on the animated film “Barnyard”. From there he went to Sony PlayStation where he worked on marketing materials for the launch of the PS3 as well as several of its initial game releases including the producing of the pre-rendered cinematics for “Lair”. Phillip joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2013.


Mr. Ihrke is a Partner in the Government & Regulatory Law Section of Rutan & Tucker, LLP. His practice emphasis includes city attorney and municipal finance issues, land use and entitlement, developing and financing affordable and market rate housing and mixed-use projects, and matters relating to economic development, infrastructure investment, and past-redevelopment public-private partnerships. Mr. Ihrke currently serves as the City Attorney for La Quinta and served as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Yorba Linda and Duarte; counsel to the successor agencies to the former redevelopment agencies of Adelanto, Twentynine Palms, Yorba Linda and Duarte; and General Counsel for the Irvine Community Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation specializing in affordable housing established by the City of Irvine. Along with working at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Mr. Ihrke served as a Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he advised appellate judges on cases involving Constitutional and federal regulatory requirements, among other matters. In December 2012, Mr. Ihrke was named to the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers list.


Dr. Keller is a family physician with the Kaiser Permanente network. He has served as the Acting Chief as well as Assistant Chief of his department of 100+ physicians, and as an elected member of the board of directors for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Brian graduated from UC Riverside and the UCLA medical school. Dr. Keller joined the LGBT Center OC’s board of directors in 2009.


Bio coming soon!


Maxwell was born and raised in Santa Ana and has lived throughout Southern California. They first came out as a member of the LGB community in middle school, later as a transgender man in 2012, and came out once more in 2016 as a non-binary individual. Their large blended family has been accepting and loving every step of the way.

Shortly after coming out as transgender in 2012, Maxwell began attending Rainbow Youth and later attended Trans*Fusion when it was first created. They now facilitate Trans*Fusion, Rainbow Youth, and InbeTweeners, often providing their insight and experiences as a former queer youth and current queer young adult in Orange County. They help to create a safe and welcoming environment for the youth to unapologetically be themselves and has been described by some youth as one of the most accepting and caring people they know. Maxwell joined The LGBT Center OC’s Board of Directors in 2017.


Bao Nguyen was born in a Thailand refugee camp, and arrived to the United States at three months of age. After graduating from Pacifica High School, Bao earned a bachelor’s in political science from UC Irvine, then a master’s in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Bao holds a certification in mediation from the dispute resolution program of the Orange County Human Relations Commission. He has also completed an intensive Spanish immersion program at Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Bao has served as trustee on the GGUSD board of education and as mayor of Garden Grove.


Irene Sarber is a Human Resources executive with experience in the design and execution of HR and corporate strategy.  She brings over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, contributing currently at First American Title Insurance Co. in Santa Ana, and previously at CO-OP Financial Services and SCE Federal Credit Union. She also served on the Board of the Center for Financial Empowerment, a 501c3 bringing interactive financial education to underbanked youth and families in Los Angeles County.


Amy Walzer is a Vice President and Project Manager with U.S. Bank, supporting the local Southern California market, as well as nationwide corporate initiatives and strategies. She has been in banking for 30 years, with roles including branch, technology, and strategic management. Amy attended California State University, Long Beach and majored in Human Development. She’s also certified in Human Performance Improvement (HPI), as well as a Gallup Strengths Coach. Amy joined the LGBT Center OC’s Board of Directors in 2017.