Our Leadership

The Center Orlando LGBT Community Staff

 

 

 

Russell

Russell Walker

Assistant Executive Director

Born and raised just outside Glasgow, Scotland. My parents as business owners (my dad owned a haulage company and my mum was the local milk delivery lady) gave me a great understanding of hard work and a strong sense of community. I was put to work as soon as I could and helped with all aspects of the family businesses. I enjoyed high school and being a very active part of community life, from being House Captain, President of the Debate team and Vice President of a local Amateur Dramatics Club.

A graduate of The University of Stirling and a postgraduate of The University of Strathclyde, I decided on a career in education, working in numerous high schools throughout central Scotland. After 4 years I moved to Orlando in search of pastures new. I have worked in entertainment and event coordination for Gay Days, and also the infamous Mr Sisters. I have made many great friends through my time here in Orlando and wanted to give back to a community that has embraced me. I proudly serve on the Board at The Center.

 

Timothy VargasTim
President

Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Center and holds the Treasurer position within the organization.  Tim is originally from Salina, Kansas, and has lived in Orlando since 2004.  Tim attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and studied Finance, Accounting, and Economics.  Tim completed his BBA at Wichita State University in 2003 and his MBA at Rollins College in 2009.

Currently, Tim is the Corporate Controller for NeuLion, a publicly held company that is a global leader in delivering video content for College and Professional sports organizations as well as for leading cable companies.  Prior to joining NeuLion, Tim served as a Senior Accounting Manager for FDN Communications where he managed a team of 8 accountants.  Tim has also been a General Manager for both Burger King and Hampton Inn.

Tim hopes to use his management and financial skills to reposition The Center as a unifying and enabling force in the Central Florida GLBT community.

 

Michael VacircaMike
Secretary

Michael is originally from Staten Island, New York and has lived in Orlando since 2007.  Michael attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to complete his Bachelors in Computer Science and Masters in Software Engineering.  He has just celebrated 5 years at Lockheed Martin working on a range of technological programs including the F-35 fighter jet and is a graduate of the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program.

Michael hopes to use his technological skills to digitize the Center, revamp the software and hardware available to both the office staff and community members, and to brand the Center as its own entity within the Central Florida Community capable of pulling together the entire community in Central Florida through real time information sharing and community involvement.

 

Kelly MartinKelly
Treasurer

Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer.  Kelly moved to Orlando in 2002 from Texas.  Kelly has worked in the accounting field for 16 years across diverse industries.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Strayer University in 2005 and completed her MBA at Rollins College in 2009.  Kelly has always had a passion for volunteer work and is proud to support The Center and it’s mission.

 

 

Jim SavkoJim
Board Member

Jim Savko graduated from  Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student in Columbus, he became a neighborhood activist and was instrumental in obtaining National Historic designation for the Victorian Village and Short North neighborhoods in Columbus. At the time, it became the largest residential neighborhood to ever receive that designation. The area of rooming houses and vacant lots is now one of the most desired areas of Columbus in which to live and play.
Upon moving to Florida, he arrived in Orlando in 1983. He was co-founder of Thornton Park Neighborhood. He was President of the Neighborhood Association for a number of years. The custom mosaic tiles that adorn the Washington Street fountain were created in his garage with the help of artistic neighbors!!! His enjoyment of creating urban/historic lifestyles has taken him to Fort Lauderdale, Redington Beach, Jacksonville, Denver, and Provincetown.
By joining the Board,Jim hopes to enhance the experience that the Center brings to the community.

Joanne GrantJoanne
Board Member

Joanne graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech/Journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She moved to Orlando in 1982. Her professional experience is in venue management (Orange County Convention Center, Ocean Center in Daytona Beach and Orlando Centroplex) and special event and theatrical production (Universal Orlando and MTM Productions). She is currently Director of Mills 50, one of the City of Orlando’s Main Streets, where her responsibilities are fundraising, marketing, special events, economic development and serving as a liaison between Mills 50 businesses and various City of Orlando departments. Joanne joined the Board to assist in the Center’s outreach and growth through fundraising and special events.