Chair - Charlene worked in the disability field as an educator, project coordinator and advocate before recently retiring. Such experience lent a great appreciation for inclusion and constituency leadership, as well as the ongoing pursuit of social justice. She and her spouse Julia have been active politically and in leadership with nonprofit organizations before and since moving to Sacramento in 2001. Charlene has volunteered on numerous political campaigns and served more recently as a member of the political action committee and executive board of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento.
She is also active with the League of Women Voters, operating as a principal in successful public interest issue campaigns. Charlene is producer of the Sacramento Legends of Courage LGBTQ oral history project, and hosts a local radio program with a feminist platform that features LGBTQ issues and area nonprofit organizations. Eager to roll up her sleeves with colleagues, she looks forward to cultivating advocacy and leadership in our LGBTQ community.
Vice Chair - Tim works for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000. Tim is proud to be ally and champion for LGBTQ issues and the community at-large. Raised in a religious environment, Tim was taught to love and treat everyone equally; thus, during his formative years he begin to see a contradiction between his beliefs and the way they are manifested by others of faith. During college, Tim became an advocate for LGBTQ awareness and equality. Years later, when Proposition 8 was before voters, Tim joined local Sacramento groups to work on opposing the proposition and pushing for marriage equality.
Tim is also the Vice President for the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, and has been a board member for over four years. While PAC Chair for Stonewall, Tim created a new PAC infrastructure that has been touted as one of the most credible and candidate friendly processes in Sacramento. As Vice President, Tim has worked with local school board members to improve LGBTQ protections through the establishment of LGBTQ task forces and community workgroups. Tim and his wife, Robyn, live in Sacramento.
Treasurer - Jeff works as an attorney in Sacramento where he represents working people and their labor unions. He has participated in a number of LGBT rights events including demonstrations celebrating the Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003 and canvassing for No on Amendment 1 (Louisiana marriage equality ban) in 2004, No on Prop 2 (Texas marriage equality ban) in 2005, and No on Prop 8 in 2008.
Jeff also serves as treasurer of the Sacramento Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Sacramento County Bar Association and is a past board member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians (SacLEGAL), Sacramento’s LGBT bar association. He is a member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento and lives in Sacramento with his husband, Mike.
Secretary - Sam has a long history of activism in the LGBT community. He was active with the LIFE AIDS Lobby and local Inland Empire gay community in the 1980s. After moving to Sacramento in 1998, he began working in the State Capitol, with legislators Sheila Kuhl, Carol Midgen, Mark Leno and others to push back against Pete Knight, William Dannemeyer and other outspoken enemies of the LGBT community.
Sam, along with Dan Roth and Dr. Darrick Lawson, organized the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento in 2002, which has seen tremendous growth, including the election of openly gay candidates to the Sacramento City Council and Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education. Sam has been closely involved in securing recognition for the LGBT community, notably the LGBT bench in the World Peace Rose Garden at Capitol Park, LGBT plaques in Veterans Monuments, and a LGBT pride display in the Capitol Rotunda. In 2006, he became executive director of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County. Same lives in Sacramento with his husband, Buzz.
Board Member - Dharia is a health policy analyst working to improve the oral health of low-income Californians. She transitioned to a new career in public policy after spending a decade in the laboratory researching genetics, human disease, and cancer biology. She served as a senior policy consultant to the California state legislature, advising on issues related to drug pricing, public health, and food safety. She began her tenure in the legislature as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow after completing a PhD in Molecular Biology from Brandeis University.
Dharia was a founding board member of the Capitol LGBTQ Association, the first state-level queer legislative staff association. She helped organize the organization’s LGBTQ Legislative Staff Appreciation Awards and design the new Capitol LGBTQ Mentorship Program. She has served on the host committee of Equality California’s Sacramento Equality Awards. She is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technology Professionals and Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento. Dharia has lived all over the United States, from Alaska to the U.S. Virgin Islands, spending 16 years in Massachusetts before returning to her home state of California. She currently lives in Sacramento with her daughter and cat.
Board Member - Mary serves as deputy chief of staff for government affairs at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000, California's largest state employee union, representing 96,000 rank-and-file state workers. She is responsible for developing and implementing winning strategies in campaigns and legislation and has dedicated her professional career to building strategic alliances with key labor, business and community partners to effectuate positive change for everyday people. Mary served two California Governors, most recently as deputy appointments secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and as deputy director of legislation and special assistant to the director in the Department of Industrial Relations for Governor Gray Davis.
Mary is the daughter of a Japanese immigrant and a retired school employee and military veteran. She has been fighting for over twenty years for better opportunities for working men, women and their families. She is a member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento and the Sacramento Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She lives in Sacramento with her wife, Ashley, and their son Bodhi.
Board Member - Originally from Georgia, Beau has been an advocate for social and economic justice all of his adult life. Whether civil rights for people of color, equity for women and the LGBTQA community, or activism through community and faith based organizations, Beau has used the challenges of life to help others find their voice and build the power necessary to change their lives. Beau has worked as an organizer in the Labor Movement for over 10 years. He currently serves as a founder and executive director of the nonprofit V.O.I.C.E., an organization that advocates for economic and social equity through mentorship, skills training and career placement for communities that have seen systematic divestment in their well-being.
Having moved to California in 2013, Beau sees his participation in the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento as uplifting his values and in line with his life’s purpose:
“To live and help others live a life of physical health, financial wealth and self-determination of body and mind.”