Utah Pride Center elects new executive board members

After discussing the resignation of Marian Edmonds-Allen at length in executive session, the board of directors of the Utah Pride Center moved onto previously scheduled business and elected a new executive committee.

Michael Aguilar was elected as chair, Sue Robbins as vice chair. Jason Suker replaces Aguilar as treasurer and Liz Pitts replaces Suker as secretary.

The board created a new position, titled community relations liaison and Angie Rice was elected to fill it.

Aguilar is the program director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area and has served as the director of operations of The Leonardo. He holds a master of arts from Westminster College in community leadership. He also has a bachelors from the University of Utah in business administration and management. His masters thesis was titled, “The Rhetoric of Utah’s LGBTQ Movement: Igniting Change through Experience and Dialogue.”

Robbins is a lead test engineer at L-3 Communications and was a chief of training development for the U.S. Army. She has an associates degree from the University of Maryland in computer studies. She has been on the board since May of this year.

Outgoing chair Kent Frogley and vice chair Chris Wharton remain on the board at least until the end of the year.

The Center has announced it is seeking new board members at large to join beginning January 1, 2016. Individuals must be 21 or older to serve on the board.

“Board Members commit to the mission of the Center which is to provide support, education, outreach and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies through programs, services and resources.

“In addition to the roles and responsibilities listed below, the organization is looking to expand to include individuals with a proven commitment to service and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
– Individual and Corporate Giving
– Public relations and marketing
– Legal council
– Operations management (IT, systems, infrastructure management)
– Finance (CPA preferred)
– Human Resource Management

“The Board of Directors sets the tone and direction of the Center and takes seriously their fiduciary responsibility for the organization. Effective board leadership and governance helps ensure that the Center can operate to its fullest capacity. Board members ensure the fiscal, programmatic, ethical, and legal health of the Center.”

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