CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
With over 37 years working in the nonprofit sector, Michael has extensive experience with nonprofits of all sizes in several different industries.
He has worked extensively in the areas of marketing, communications, member relations, strategic planning, and fundraising. Most recently, Michael served in several capacities in several national nonprofit consulting firms focused on empowering nonprofits to accomplish the extraordinary. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Social and Behavioral Sciences and has a Master’s Degree in Divinity. In addition, he has earned certifications in community organizing, pastoral counselling, communications technology, as well as certifications in leadership and management. He has longstanding volunteer commitments with The Barat Education Foundation in Chicago and DePaul University of Chicago. Similarly, he has served national and international organizations. Michael, a native of the Akron, Ohio area, moved to Las Vegas in 2013. He lives in Centennial Hills with his partner, Douglas Allington.
HIV SERVICES MANAGER
After a twenty-year professional ballet career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in New York City, Vince continued his career in Dance teaching and choreographing professionally, traveling both nationally and around the world sharing this passion for Dance working with youth programs in the inner city to prestigious conservatories, eventually settling in Las Vegas where he has lived for the past decade. In addition to his work as a dance educator, Vince began his work in HIV/AIDS through advocacy for better services in Southern Nevada. Vince has served as HIV Case Manager with Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and Co-Founder/Medical Case Manager for ActionRED, a HIV/AIDS community services organization. He has worked on the Southern Nevada Health District’s HIV Rapid Testing Outreach team under the Minority Health Services at the Las Vegas Urban League. He enjoys traveling with his husband visiting family and friends and has seen many parts of the world. Vince finds adventure working in varied communities and cultures. Vince feels “it’s an honor and privilege to be working as the Center’s and the LGBTQ community’s HIV Services Manager.”
Serving the community has always been on the mind of this Southern Californian native. Weaving through community service organizations for most of his twenties, Julian has committed his time and effort in ventures that wouldn't make anyone wealthy. Julian’s interest in politics culminated in a B.A. in Political Science at SDSU. After a hiatus from community involvement, he was finally able to move forward landing a position at the new and improved Las Vegas Center in 2013. Julian’s myriad interests reflect elements of a curious demeanor. He loves to explore, observe, learn and at times, investigate. Feel free to ask for assistance or even strike up a conversation. Having an easy-going personality, approaching him shouldn’t be a problem; he’s in a position to have a genuine interest in you.
Arlene, a native of Tennessee, moved to Las Vegas in 1992 with her son, Ryan. She first became involved in the LGBTQ community in 1984 in Los Angeles. After spending 21 years in hotel management, Arlene became involved in the HIV/AIDS community with ReachOut, a daycare center for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Golden Rainbow, and Saint Therese Center. Arlene joined the Board of Directors at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada in 2005, and the staff in 2008. Arlene became a licensed foster parent to a 10 year old HIV-positive boy in Las Vegas. She volunteers for many organizations including Special Olympics, Democratic Headquarters, Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire, Inc., National Gay Rodeo Association, Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, PRIDE, and others.
HIV PEER ADVOCATE
Todd has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1976 and has witnessed the many exciting changes our city has experienced over the last several decades, including the evolution of our LGBTQ community. With more than a decade of experience in Retail, Customer Service and in the Casino industry, working with the public and providing people with assistance and resolutions to sometimes complex issues is one of his specialties. Todd enjoys being able to help others and has found a perfect outlet for this passion through Rainbow Praise Church, where he volunteers his time and talent, is a service volunteer and participates in various ministry outreaches, including serving as Team Leader for their Intercessory Prayer Mission. As a 20 year survivor of HIV, he has experienced first hand the challenges and struggles people face living with HIV. The numerous advances in medicine and research has transformed the lives of people living with HIV today. Yet so many people still remain disconnected from the care they truly need and deserve. The challenge to reach those in need of help is still a priority today. This has inspired him reach out to our community in order to provide a path to assistance for those struggling with the many challenges they face living with HIV.
HIV OUTREACH SPECIALIST
For more than 27 years, James has lived and worked in Nevada, serving the community as a Health Educator working at community-based organizations, overseeing medical case management for the nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the lives of disenfranchised individuals living with HIV/AIDS; and serving as an Education Coordinator at Nevada’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS service organization. He is passionate about increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, teaching safer sex practices and encouraging healthy relationships. James' work and activism are rooted in the promotion of compassion, open communication, and dignity & respect for all individuals.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Fred comes to The Center bringing over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience with various non-profit and for-profit entities. Originally from Chicago, Fred has lived in Las Vegas since 2011. He has held various senior financial management positions. His non-profit background includes serving as the Controller of one of the larger private foundations in Florida along with a 15-year affiliation with the Central Florida YMCA. Fred holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a licensed CPA.
AJ Holly Huth
YOUTH RESOURCE SPECIALIST & PREP COORDINATOR
AJ Holly Huth is originally from Tampa, Florida. She graduated August 2000 from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts. AJ has lived in Las Vegas for seven years with her wife, daughter, and their two dogs. During her time in Las Vegas, she has immersed herself in activism and advocacy for the LGBTQIA2 communities. In 2009, she began working as an in-home mental health provider. AJ decided to go back to school and in August 2014 received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Phoenix. During her time in school, AJ worked for Elements of Motivation, Gender Justice Nevada, and also completed internships at Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada and Mobile Mental Health. AJ is currently the Youth Resource Specialist and PREP Coordinator at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. She co-facilitates Youth Drop-In and QVolution. She also assists with special projects like Youth Thanksgiving and Youth Prom as well as facilitates Elle and The F Word. In addition to those duties, she also teaches Comprehensive Sex Education at The Center.
Nicol has just recently returned to Las Vegas from Australia where she studied at the University of Sydney for a Masters in Occupational Therapy. While in Australia, she participated in a wide range of social and occupational justice programs including work with Aboriginal populations in rural remote Australia, and ACON, the largest LGBTI organization in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to living in Australia, she was a high school English teacher. She is serving The Center as Volunteer Coordinator in the Americorps VISTA program. It is Nicol’s desire to strengthen and expand the volunteer program here at The Center.
TRANSGENDER PROGRAM MANAGER
Blue was born and raised in the amazing but cold city of Chicago. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1993 at the age of 17, and served honorably until his discharge in 2005. After his discharge, he started his transition and jumped right into advocating for and educating about the Transgender community. In 2009, he moved to San Diego to go to school and got his bachelors in lgbt studies, and later his masters in non profit leadership. He and his husband live with their 2 dogs, and enjoy spending time together hiking, sightseeing, and traveling. Blue was on the Trans 100 list in 2014 as one of the top trans activists in the nation, and has helped change laws directly impacting the Transgender community.
YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER
Robert “Robbie” Peraza is a Las Vegas native, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2008. He also holds Certificates in Basic and Advanced Human Resource Management, Non-Profit Organization Management, and Grantwriting from UNLV’s Division of Educational Outreach. In the summer of 2007, Robbie began attending The Center’s Youth program and volunteering with the Vegas Mpowerment Project, assisting with large events, facilitating Mpowerment group meetings, and assuming a leadership position as the group’s volunteer chair of HIV prevention outreach. He joined the staff as Outreach Coordinator in March of 2012. Passionate about HIV/STI prevention and safer sex education, Robbie managed the Mpowerment Project’s social media, and coordinated the project’s volunteer outreach team during on-site outreach activities at venues where at-risk populations gather. In November 2015, Robert became Youth Services Manager, overseeing the Qvolution Program for LGBTQ+ young people. High unemployment, housing insecurity, and health disparities (both physical and mental) among LGBTQ youth inform his strategies in program development for this population. With the goal of broader social change always in mind, Robbie must balance the responsibilities of advocacy and activism for marginalized people.
MANAGER OF SENIOR PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
With a long history of community involvement, Holly has volunteered for countless fundraising events. In the past, she’s lead volunteer teams for Habitat For Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Special Olympics. In 2007, Holly moved to Las Vegas from Florida and quickly became involved with Betty’s Outrageous Adventures, a lesbian social group with more than 3,000 members. After serving on their board for three years, Holly joined Gender Justice Nevada in 2012 as a Queer Anti-Violence Advocacy Services Coordinator where she recruited, trained and managed Victim Advocate Volunteers. She became an advocate for transgender rights after attending both UNLV’s Take Back the Night and Transgender Day of Remembrance and continues to fight for equal rights for all. Holly is of Choctaw descent and has taught workshops on Native American art and culture for more than 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys creating Native American art, camping, Medicine Card readings and storytelling. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ANNUAL FUND & CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS
An 11-year resident of Las Vegas, Cory has worked in finance and development his entire career. Having worked in various financial roles in the Las Vegas gaming community, Cory eventually moved into business development in the real estate sector, which is how he first found The Center. Having joined and then chaired The Center’s Associate Board from 2014-2016, Cory transformed his passion for human services and business development into his role as Development Manager, in which he manages the annual fund and corporate sponsorships. Cory’s love of networking and meeting new people coupled with his ongoing desire for tangible social change is what drives his focus. As an only child, Cory is extremely close with his parents who also reside in Las Vegas, his partner, Chris, and their three dogs — Shelby, Luca and Lexi. When not travelling and exploring the word, you can find Cory enjoying an active social life with his friends.
André C. Wade
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
André, a native Las Vegan, has worked in human services for more than 15 years in a variety of public and non-profit contexts. Additionally, he spent several years working in D.C. as a policy analyst for a national think-tank on the issue of homelessness. His policy portfolio included runaway and homeless youth, youth aging out of foster care, LGBTQ youth and young survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. André spent several years in Child Welfare, in Las Vegas, developing the child-specific adoptions program and recruiting foster and adoptive parents, which included within the LGBTQ community. André earned a master’s in Public Administration from UNLV and volunteers his time on several local and national boards including Cyndi Lauper’s True Color Fund’s Advisory Board, the Human Rights Campaign’s All-Children-All-Family Advisory Council, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance in Southern Nevada and the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. André enjoys traveling and practicing yoga.
Toni is a native of San Diego, California. She has been living in Las Vegas since 2010. Toni has a background mainly in security and law enforcement. She was a Traffic Officer with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for just shy of ten years, and lived in Tijuana, Mexico for six years. Previous to that she worked in private security and was a combat engineer in the 578th Engineer Batallion of the California Army National Guard for a brief time. Before coming to work with The Center, she was a clerk, and later a store manager, for Adult Superstore in Las Vegas.