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Mission
Vision &
Values

To promote and empower the GLBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support.

We look to transform our community by inspiring and connecting people and organizations, promoting acceptance and inclusion, empowering them to achieve their potential.

Meet the Team


Terry DeCarlo

Chief Communications Director


Gabe Martinez, MSW

Director of Clinical Services


Ashnika Ali

HIV Program Coordinator


Shannon Graves

Director of Operations


Greg Griffin

Director of Development


Tim McFadden

OWL Senior Group Coordinator



Meet the Team


President

Jeff Buak, Esq

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer


Vice President

Joanne Grant

Executive Director Mills 50


Treasurer

Tim Vargas

Senior Vice President NeuLion


Secretary

Roxy Santiago

Red Cross & Board Member HRC



Board Member

Pat Michaels

Executive Director OneBlood


Board Member

Sarah Elbadri

Executive Director Downtown South


Board Member

Willie Williams

Teacher Access Charter School


Board Member

Lolita Jeridao

Development Manager Children's Tumor Foundation


President's Letter


Dear Members, Patrons and Friends,

The renovations at The Center building continue and are nearing completion. Like in many projects we were hit with several unexpected obstacles, but as of now all have been overcome and the progress is really moving along. I know all of you are as excited as we are to get back into our new and improved space. We are very much looking forward to the Re-Grand Opening of The Center and the continuance of some of our traditional events such as bingo and art shows, only to name a couple. Once The Center is relocated back into our traditional space, work will begin on the redesigning, renovation and joining of the space commonly known as the Funky Monkey Vault to The Center. We have verbal commitments from several LGBT organizations that are in need of office space and we hope to be able to accommodate them all.

On a programming note, the Legal Clinic, in coordination with the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association is up and running and gaining attention. We are very excited to partner the CFGALLA to provide these valuable services to our members and patrons on the Third Wednesday of every month from 6PM to 8PM. Please make sure to drop a suggestion note with the front desk on any particular topic that is of interest to you and/or others and we will try and get something organized for group presentations.

The Center is also proud to be working with Attorney Barry Miller, who has established The 49 Fund, which intends to award 8 scholarships annually, each worth $4,900, to students, who self-identify as being “out,” who have a GPA of 3.0, and are attending an institution of higher learning full time. There is still a lot of need and opportunity to support this good cause; I would encourage everyone to visit www.the49fund.org for more information and to donate.

While not quite as exciting, but just as necessary to our community, The Center has become one of the top testing and STD identifying agencies within the State of Florida. In 2016 alone, The Center was able to identify 115 Chlamydia, 40 Gonorrhea and 67 Syphilis cases, making it possible for those who contracted these communicable diseases to seek much needed treatment and to stop the spread of these diseases. This of course is in addition to the HIV screening which occurs 7 days a week at The Center. All testing is free and anonymous.

See you again in July!

We all look forward to serving you.
Jeffrey P. Buak