The Center Board

The Board of Directors meets once a month to conduct the majority of business for The Center.  If your interested in attending the board meeting, please contact the board and we will be more than happy to give you the date and time of the next meeting!

Andy Nelson

Executive Director, Staff

andy.nelson@gaymontana.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Andy grew up in Culbertson, a small town in Eastern Montana. He moved to Missoula in 2011 to attend school at UM where he fell in love with the people and community here. After coming out his senior year of college, a friend recommended that he attend the weekly men’s group hosted at the Center as a way to meet folks with similar lived experiences and to find a community. Shortly after attending this first meeting, Andy quickly found himself singing with the Missoula Gay Men’s Chorus, serving on the Center’s board of directors, and later working for the organization itself. Andy loves being active in his local community and when he’s not working at the Center, he can frequently be found performing in local theater, coordinating service events for our local Partnership for Children youth home kids in conjunction with the Missoula Sunrise Rotary as well as serving on the board of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and Run Wild Missoula.

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Kera Rivera

Operations Administrator, Staff

kera.rivera@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – They/Them

Kera is excited and thrilled to be the new Operations Administrator for The Center. They are passionate about creating a comfortable and safe space for their community while focusing on accessibility and inclusivity. Kera has been a part of the Missoula community for almost 10 years, moving to Missoula from Chicago in 2012. Kera does local theater, hangs out with their cat, and jams at karaoke in their free time.

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David Herrera

Treasurer

david.herrera@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – He, Him, His

David Herrera, director of Montana Gay Health Task Force, and as co-chair of the The Center, has been heavily involved with HIV prevention, testing and counseling throughout Montana since 1986. He has served on the planning committee for the National Men’s Health Summit, as well as currently serving on the Montana Two Spirit Society board of directors.

Karen Berg-DiGangi

Board Member

Pronouns – She/Her

Karen is an East Coast transplant who fell in love with Montana and met her wife here. Living in the Bitterroot with 4 dogs and 2 cats, she loves helping connect and grow this community through Real Estate. She can usually be found on the soccer field, at a brewery or floating down the river when not busy with the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network, the Lambros Community Foundation, the Missoula Organization of Realtors or the Center.

Natalia Boise

Board Member

Pronouns – She/Her

Natalia Boise is a Montana-born activist focused on community engagement and education. A Fulbright scholar graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Linguistic Anthropology and currently pursuing a masters certificate in nonprofit administration, she is passionate about nonprofit humanitarian work, equity, community engagement, and intersectional activism.

Miles Shuck

Board Member

Pronouns – He/Him/His

After leaving his hometown, Miles spent a decade in Colorado before continuing his journey North, to Missoula, in search of more natural spaces, fewer buildings, and better berry growing conditions (if you have cultivation tips, please share!).

He is a proud first-generation college graduate. He holds an Associate degree in Humanities and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is particularly interested in policies related to education, LGBTQIA+ rights, labor rights, and U.S.-based food systems.

He currently works in UX Design making digital spaces more intuitive and inclusive for all.

Miles is excited to serve and support the LGBTQIA+ community of Western Montana (and beyond) through his board role at The Center. 

Erica Donohue

Board Member

Pronouns – They/Them

Erica Donohue is the Director of Communications at Montana Budget & Policy Center, focusing her work on equity in Montana policy and legislation. Erica is based out of Missoula, where they expand their passions through DJ’ing, activism, and their radio show.

Lynsey G

Lynsey G

Board Member

Pronouns – She/Her or They/Them

Lynsey G is a Montana-born, east-coast-raised word person. An IPPY Award–winning writer, editor, podcaster and publisher several decades of experience in the publishing industry, she relocated from New York City to Missoula in 2015 after more than a decade in New York City, where she wrote journalism about the adult entertainment industry, focusing on queer and feminist adult film. Now, she’s creating and publishing inclusive comics, fiction, and illustrated novels with Oneshi Press, the publishing company she founded here in Missoula with Jayel Draco; co-hosting the Hourgasm podcast with Lenny Peppers; studying druidry; and getting more involved with the community by way of the Center.

Brock Flynn

Board Member

brockflynn155@gmail.com

Pronouns – He, Him, His

Brock is originally from Billings and is glad to call Missoula home for the past 17 years. He enjoys the outdoors, tubing on the river, American Cinema, politics, and policy. He is most interested in policy related to equitable reforms. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Montana.

Charley Macorn

Board Member

charley.macorn@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – They / She

Charley Macorn is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, drag performer, and general weirdo based out of Missoula, Montana.

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Chance Lea

Board Member

chance.lea@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – They/Them

Chance is a Montana Native, single parent, and lover of arts. They can regularly be found leading dance classes or knee deep in rivers looking at rocks. Chance is committed to using their voice as a force for all LBGBTQIA+ Montanans.

Patrick Boise

Board Co-Chair

patrick.boise@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – He, Him, His

Patrick Boise is a California-born, rural Montana-raised activist focused on intersectional and interdisciplinary community coalescence. A non-traditional student at the University of Montana, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Management Information Systems and is pursuing his master’s degree in Economics. Patrick has enthusiasm for finding common threads among individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives, working to bring them together in respectful discourse rooted in our common values.
He also has a creative streak and loves to make things, whether through sewing, painting, welding, or coding, he enjoys producing items that blend practicality and beauty whenever possible.

Ryan Kellan Jean

Board Co-Chair

rye.graham@gaymontana.org

Pronouns – They, Them, Xe, Xem

Rye was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and the Bitterroot Valley. They attended Hellgate High School, graduating in 2012. In 2013, they began their schooling at the University of Montana. They were introduced to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department through a media literacy course focused on gender and sexuality. Through their WGSS studies, Rye found a passion for advocacy work, specifically working with gender minorities and other marginalized groups. Xe served as a co-director of the UM Women’s Resource Center from 2015-2016. In 2017, they graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in WGSS and minors in Psychology and Media Arts. At this time, Rye began looking into the funeral industry. They saw disparities in how cisgender people were treated in death versus how transgender and non-binary individuals are treated. In order to advocate for trans and gender nonconforming folks in death, Rye decided to pursue a career as a funeral director. As of February 2021, xe has finished xeir coursework at the Pittsburgh Institute for Mortuary Science. They are prospected to graduate and obtain their funeral director’s license by December 2021.