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 - 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.
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.
Treasurer - Felicia Johnson started activism at a young age after coming out and starting a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Del Oro High School, the first in Placer County. Although faced with great opposition, the GSA was a success and remains active to this day, having evolved into the Genders & Sexualities Alliance. After high school, Felicia moved to Sacramento where she went on to facilitate support groups for LGBTQ youth, join the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and work as the Operations Manager for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
Felicia is currently the Operations Manager at the family-owned Taylor’s Market and lives in Land Park with her cat Molly. An active part of the LGBTQ community, she can often be found at many community events throughout the year. Felicia also supports several other causes and organizations, including Take Back the Night and V-Day Sacramento.
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.”
Board Member -Katie is an attorney assisting businesses in complying with federal and state requirements. She has been dedicated the advancement of LGBTQ rights for over 15 years, when she first phone banked to preserve the then landmark Massachusetts Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry.
For the last decade, she has served on boards dedicated to advancing LGBTQ rights, particularly in the legal profession. Most recently, she was Co-Chair of Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians ("SacLEGAL"). She lives in Sacramento with her wife Naomi, and her son Theo.
Board Member -Lanz Nalagan is honored to serve the LGBTQ community as a director for the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento. Over the years, he grew passionate about campaign finance and philanthropy in the political and non-profit sectors, and he is grateful that his current work and volunteering reflect that. After immigrating from the Philippines, Lanz grew up in the East Bay area and attended school in the beautiful Central Coast- earning a B.A in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He also lived in Washington, D.C before working in Sacramento, CA, and setting up a home in Marysville, CA. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, skiing, square dancing, and spending time with his partner, two adorable schnauzers, family, and friends over good eats and drinks, karaoke, board games, and any sci-fi.