Board of Directors

San Joaquin Pride Center Board of Directors 



Renee Hall- CHair

Ms. Hall is the Business Manager at a local financial planning firm, Drummond & Associates. Renee is a founding member of the local Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club; she is an activist within the LGBT community. Renee grew up in the California Central Valley and loves to travel as evidenced by her work history: US Army (Texas, Maryland & Germany), California State University System (Turlock, CA), U.S. Forest Service (California North Coast), and Industrial Design Corporation (Portland, OR). Along her life path she has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology/Botany and worked for many years in the family beekeeping business handling bees, marketing and distribution. Renee is a member of Stockton Beautiful and is involved in many local charitable organizations in her community and enjoys being with her family anywhere in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renee married her partner of 32 years, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman in June 2014 and their life together continues with their daughter Emelia, three dogs and a cat.


unnamed.jpgKate Macek- Vice Chair 

Kate Macek is the Marketing & Development Director for Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (WCYFS), a community benefit organization in San Joaquin County providing shelter and services for runaway and homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Kate has 15 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, journalism, marketing, public relations and media relations.  A native of Ohio, Kate is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Kate and her husband Ian moved to Stockton in 2005 and have made the community their home..

Tracy Irelan – Secretary 

Irelan_Photo.JPGTracy was born and raised in Michigan but moved to California in 1985. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The University of California, Davis in 1990. Tracy has five years’ experience as a student Financial Aid Director, five years in Human Resources and Retail Management and has been in her current position in Cost Accounting for a Fortune 500 manufacturer for over ten years. She has worked in San Joaquin County since 1995 and lived here since 2001. Tracy married her partner of fifteen years, Ms Heidi Moore, in 2008 and they make their home in Stockton where Heidi was born and raised.


Christopher Biles- Treasurer 

Biles_n.jpgA native Californian Christopher has been in the banking industry for over 25 years. He is Vice President Learning and Development Facilitator with Wells Fargo Bank.  Christopher is an openly gay man who has advocated for the GLBTQ community his entire adult life. He made Stockton his home in 2013 and has been honored by how marvelous the community is. Christopher spends his free time assisting other groups with charity functions, time with family, and traveling.




Robert Kolber- Board Member

Robert K. Kolber is a native New Yorker who has lived in Stockton since 1977.  He is an attorney in private practice for 36 years, specializing in Social Security Disability and SSI law. He is extremely civic minded and has served on numerous local non-profit boards and associations.  He is a past president of both the San Joaquin County Bar Association and Temple Israel, in Stockton.  Robert became an attorney to assist those who are unable to advocate for themselves and to stand up for those individuals who have been deprived of or denied their basic human rights. He has been married for 40 years and has three children and five grandchildren.


Donovan Gutierrez- Board Member

Dyane Burgos Medina- Board Member

BurgosMedina.PNGDyane Burgos Medina is a Bear Creek High School Alumni and has a Master’s degree in Social Work and earned her Law Degree from the Laurence Drivon School of Law.  As a social worker, Dyane Burgos Medina, works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for our children and strengthen family units. 

Appointed to the Stockton city council in early 2013, Burgos wasted no time making her presence felt and advocated for policies and ordinances that acknowledged, respected and included the LGBT community. Her efforts culminated in the passing of a historic pro-LGBT resolution that unanimously passed the Stockton City Council. Now off the Council, Dyane is focusing her energy on numerous community projects that effect our area. 

Jonise Oliva- Board Member

Michael_Nguyen_-_Headshot_2_2015.jpgMichael Nguyen- Board Member  

A native Californian with a Bachelor’s degree in Government, Michael studied at Loyola University in New Orleans and California State University Sacramento. Sacramento proved to be a great place to pursue his interests in social justice and public policy. Nguyen served three different State Senators in the Legislature--as an intern for California State Senator Elaine Alquist followed by a position serving Senator Ed Hernandez as Senate Health Committee staff, and most recently as policy staff for Senator Ricardo Lara. From 2013 to 2014, Michael relocated to Brazil while his husband, a native Brazilian, completed his doctoral studies. In Brazil, Michael started an English teaching/translation business, and had the pleasure of learning Portuguese in an immersive environment. Family reasons compelled the couple to come back to California and Michael joined Health Plan of San Joaquin in November 2014 where he is in charge of legislative affairs and community engagement. He became a Stockton resident in January 2015.


Advisory Board 

Donna Brown- Donna Brown served as Stockton’s Deputy City Manager for nine years before retiring. In 2008, she and her partner Colleen Foster started the political consulting firm, Donna Brown & Associates. Donna has been involved in several community organizations from the Stockton Arts Commission, Tidewater Art Gallery, Delta Rotary Club, Harry S Truman Club, and the League of Women Voters.

Shawn Crary- Owner of Big Monkey Group LLC a publishing and media firm in Stockton CA. Shawn currently serves on the board of directors for the San Joaquin AIDS Walk, the Tidewater Art Gallery, and the Miracle Mile Association. In his free time he enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with his family; husband Ernesto Gallardo, son, Cameron Crary, 3 dogs and 1 cat.

Hon. Susan Eggman- The Central Valley’s first out LGBT elected official.  Susan decided to run for office after the 2004 election cycle, believing change was necessary. Susan strongly believes that social, economic and environmental justice is possible through the political process. As a founding member of the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club, Susan has been an active catalyst for LGBT activism within San Joaquin County. Susan currently serves as Assemblymember for the 13th Assembly District in the State of California.

Colleen Foster- Colleen Foster retired after 31 years with the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, serving the last 6 years as Library Director.  Colleen has served on Stockton’s Public Art Advisory Committee, the Library & Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County, various committees of the Rotary Club of Stockton and the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County. 

Kevin Hernandez- Owner and proprietor, Ave on the Mile Restaurant.

Byron Roberts- Roberts has made Stockton, Ca. his home for 41yrs. He and his domestic partner moved here in 1970 after graduating from LSU. He got a Masters in Social Work and began his career in the fall of 1970. He worked in Child Protective Services for San Joaquin County for 31 years. His partner and he had many opportunities to live in the Bay Area; however they made so many wonderful straight and gay friends in our Stockton community they never really wanted to leave. They run in many circles, straight, gay, and mixed. Byron has been an activist in the general civil rights movement since he was a young teen. He has been an active advocate for the LGBT community since moving to Stockton. Roberts worked with many youth in the County's Foster Care Program. As the Supervisor of the Independent Living Program, for emancipating Foster Youth, he worked closely with many GLBTQ youth. 

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commented 2015-10-30 19:37:44 -0700 · Flag
Wonderful Strong Leaders support LGBT San Joaquin community!! :-)