Carrie Jo is a Redding native, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, sociology graduate from CSU Chico, and a grassroots organizer for the local LGBTQ+ community. She is one of the founding members of NCOP and served as the Outreach and Education Director from 2008-2015, before taking on the role of Board President. She helped develop the local Safe Zone Ally program and has trained over 200 local community members in creating safe spaces LGBTQ+ adults and youth.
Aiden is a local transgender activist and educator that also facilitates the weekly GenderQuest group, LGBTQ+ Youth Drop In.
Lee is a retired teacher and long-time Ally of the LGBTQ+ community. She was deeply involved with the local PFLAG chapter and Matson Mowder Pride Alliance. Lee also has been involved in planning the annual Multicultural Festival at CVHS, and has spent advocate for minority groups in Shasta County.
Janice was born and raised in New York City and received a Master of Social Work Degree in 1980 from Fordham University. She worked for 23 years for Shasta County Health and Human Services/Children and Family Services investigating allegations of child abuse and in the Adoptions Unit, always supporting LGBT individuals and couples to adopt children in Shasta County. She has been involved in PFLAG for the past year and participated in many LGBT Pride events. Janice continues to be involved with environmental groups concerned about climate change and clearcutting our local forests. She is a member of the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council and is actively involved in the preservation of local Native American culture.
Don Yost is a retired teacher and a previous member of the Matson Mowder Pride Alliance (the LGBTQ+ rights group named after Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder who were murdered in Happy Valley on July 1, 1999) and a member of the planning committee for the Celebration of Life and Diversity (a group which for ten years planned events memorializing Gary and Winfield). Don is a Redding volunteer field leader of Equality California and formerly was the chair of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is one of the founders and a facilitator of the local chapter of PFLAG.
Bio coming soon.