Gay Central Valley Board of Directors
from left to right: SECRETARY: Kaylia Metcalfe Armstrong MEMBER Tim Kutzmark PRESIDENT: Chris Jarvis, MEMBER: Brooke Schmidt. TREASURER: Bobbie Mendez,
In 2005, after a long career in Hotel Management, Chris stepped away from the corporate world and decided to devote his energy to LGBT activism in the Central Valley. After writing and working for several local websites, as well as organizing local events, in 2009 he was integral in founding Gay Central Valley, an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the underserved LGBT Community in the Central Valley of California. In 2011, he envisioned and helped create the first physical LGBT Community Center in Fresno in over 20 years. He works every day to not only run Gay Central Valley and to manage and staff the Fresno LGBT Community Center, but also to diligently promote awareness, education and support of the LGBT Community. Chris is a consistent voice in Gay Central Valley's Cultural Competency Training.
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Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong is an author, a stay at home mother, and an active LGBT activist. She has been working toward equal rights for over twenty years all over California. As a writer and active volunteer with Gay Central Valley, Kaylia has been involved in multiple panel discussions, event committees, and LGBT related projects, including the written collection, Our Stories: Voices of the LGBT Community Anthology. Currently, her focus is on fund development, the community center, and making Fresno a safe place for the LGBT Community. Kaylia is also a consistent voice in Gay Central Valley's Cultural Competency Training. She runs a book club, a skeptics group, and is currently working on a series of children's books.
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Bobbie is co founder of NEED THE BUCK$ ENTERPRI$E$, a not for profit organization, which for the last nine years has organized events and raised money for various local and non profit organizations. She co-founded Team STR8 with a TWIST for the Fresno Aids Walk and is the current Captain of that team. Additionally, Bobbie is a three year member and first year Director of the Visalia Pride Lions Club (a service club). Her work history includes; Executive Chef, Detention Facility Supervisor, S.P.A.B. School Bus Driver, Mountain Crew Supervisor (for USFD and USPS), Vocational Training Instructor (food service/automotive specialties), and beer Route/Salesperson. Bobbie is a 2007 graduate and alumni of California State University Fresno, with a BA in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Option). For leisure she enjoys oil painting, rock concerts, and fine wine.
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Brooke grew up in the Central Valley and moved to the Bay Area where she found a passion for volunteer work. She has volunteered in many different capacities for many different organizations throughout the years including Glide Memorial (which opened their doors to the LGBT community in the 1960s), the Castro Country Club (a non-profit dedicated to the recovery community), the San Francisco LGBT Center (where she helped with their first LGBT youth prom), and Project Open Hand (which provides meals and groceries to those suffering from HIV/AIDS). Shortly after returning to Fresno, Brooke reached out to the Fresno LGBT Center and began as a Staff Volunteer. Brooke has been an instrumental part of recruiting and training new volunteers at the Center and she is currently attending college while caring for her elderly father. She plans to continue her education with a focus in counseling/therapy.
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Tim is a fairly recent transplant to the Central Valley, having spent most of his adult life on the East Coast. Past career highlights include hosting a popular radio program in Boston, MA, serving as Coordinator of Alumni Career Services at Harvard Business School, and running a musical and theatrical events production company. Committed to social justice, he was worked on GLBTQ issues including marriage equality, campaigns for a living wage, Death with Dignity, immigration issues, and as an ally of Black Lives Matter. He enjoys traveling and has spent time in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa. Tim currently serves as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.
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