Festival Archives - Out! Raleigh 2016

Leadership Team 2016

Nora AugustineNora Augustine
Nora is a doctoral student, composition teacher, and all-purpose activist (among other things) currently residing in beautiful Carrboro, NC. She started volunteering at the Center shortly after moving to the Triangle from Chicago in 2013, and she tricked them into choosing her for Volunteer of the Month in April 2015. Outside of the Center, Nora volunteers with Triangle for Choice, ReachOUT NC, and the Safe Zone Speakers’ Bureau in the LGBTQ Center at UNC. This is her third year of volunteering at Out! Raleigh and her second year on the planning committee — she will sorely miss working with Kelly at the volunteer table, but she’s so excited to help plan entertainment for/by the LGBT community at this year’s event! Nora wants you to know that if she ends up taking the stage with her own band (High Bushy Tails), nepotism was not involved.

Carlton Bassett 2016Carlton Bassett
Carlton Bassett is a photographer and native Raleigh resident. Primarily working as a wedding, event, and portrait photographer, he also passionately enjoys photographing animals. Carlton was the LGBT Center’s artist of the month for March 2015. In his free time, Carlton lends his photography skills to several other organizations in the community including Crape Myrtle Festival, Stonewall Kickball, and the GLBT Center at NC State. 2016 marks the second year that Carlton will be involved with organizing Out! Raleigh. He first attended Out! Raleigh in 2013 and began volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in February 2015. If interested in helping photograph the event or to request his photography services, please email him. Email: CarltonBassettPhoto@gmail.com

Jeremy Billow 2016Jeremy Billow
Jeremy is a Senior at North Carolina State University studying human biology with aspirations in Physical Therapy and is an active participant in the LGBT Community. He is the Co-head and Co-founder of the LGBT Center’s current Raleigh Allies program and has been working with the Center for going on 3 years. This will be his second year working as part of Out! Raleigh.

Alyssa CantyAlyssa Canty
Alyssa is working in the KidZone for Out! Raleigh 2016. This is her first year being involved with Out! Raleigh. She has served as an intern and volunteer at the Center. She is a campus outreach coordinator for Common Cause NC. She enjoys movies, concerts, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew CranfordAndrew Cranford
Andrew relocated back to Raleigh in 2015, and is excited to be part of the Out! Raleigh Planning Committee. Since moving back, Andrew has volunteered at the LGBT Center and with ReachOUT NC. He has been an avid volunteer for years, working with various non-profits, from an LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter to being a Big Brother for two years.

Scott Hoar 2016Scott Hoar
Scott Hoar is the communication lead of the Out! Raleigh Festival. He was involved with Communication and Outside Events for our 2013 and 2014 festivals. Scott is originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Raleigh area to attend Campbell University. After college, he decided to stay in the area and be a part of the LGBT community. Scott is currently working for Quintiles as a Lead Clinical Research Associate. Scott feels the festival is a wonder celebration of the community and our allies. He has seen the community and the festival grow over the past several years.
Email: shoar@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

John HullJohn Hull
John started volunteering at the LGBT Center of Raleigh in November 2015 and loves finding new ways to help out. This is his first year with Out! Raleigh, and is helping with the website and communications. He is eager to be a part of the planning for this year and bring some new ideas. John moved to Raleigh in 2012, and has been a visitor to the LGBT Center of Raleigh since then. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. He enjoys web design, new technology, meeting new people and spending time with his cats and fiancé David.

Katie KennedyKatie Kennedy
This is Katie's first year involved with the festival, and her second year being a volunteer at the LGBT Center of Raleigh with her wife Emi. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and playing the occasional social board game.

Jim ManchesterJim Manchester
Jim was one of those people who helped Carson and a mob of others hold down the Center’s tent in 2011. He had just met the Center’s first Executive Director and had been recruited to help out with the Center’s website the evening before Out! Raleigh 2011. Jim has lead the Center’s Web Team ever since. In 2012, the Center decided to ignore all the other extremely dedicated volunteers who do so much to keep the Center running every day (to whom Jim is eternally grateful) and awarded him the Volunteer of the Year 2012 recognition. Jim runs a website development business that serves dozens of community businesses and organizations.
Email: webteam@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

James MillerJames Miller, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Director
Hired in November 2011, James has quickly proven his ability as a natural leader for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBT community in the Triangle. A North Carolina native, James has worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and JSI International in Boston before taking his position with the center. His non-profit management experience and knowledge of the LGBT community have helped to shape the LGBT Center of Raleigh into a dynamic and growing community organization. He often says that Out! Raleigh is the best part of his job – just because he gets to see the ENTIRE community out and proud!
Email: jmiller@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

Stephanie RaneyStephanie Raney
Stephanie Raney plans and manages events and internal communications for NC State University’s Industry Expansion Solutions and the Office of Outreach & Engagement. Her involvement in Human Rights began during her undergraduate studies at NC State with the GLBT Center when she was chosen to participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s Emerging Leaders Program for two consecutive years. Since then she has continued to work with students at the GLBT Center through her staff appointment and is currently a member of the GLBT Faculty and Staff Network and GLBT Advocate Program. She also volunteered with the LGBT Center of Raleigh for Out! Raleigh 2015. Stephanie graduated from NC State with a M.S. and B.A. in Communication. Prior to her current position, she was adjunct faculty in the Department of Communication at NC State and taught classes in interpersonal communication and public speaking. Her previous experience also includes managing internal communications, events and catering sales at Durham’s premier Hope Valley Country Club. Stephanie’s professional interests include event planning and management, internal communications, social media marketing, writing, and editing.

Kelly Taylor 2016Kelly Taylor, LGBT Center of Raleigh Executive Assistant
Kelly is the executive assistant at the LGBT Center with 12 years prior experience in grant writing and volunteer management. 2016 will be Kelly’s 4th year bringing the Center lots of wonderful and energetic volunteers for Out! Raleigh. Kelly has been able to enrich communications, develop volunteer incentives, and bring her own flare to the Center. Kelly is originally from the western part of North Carolina. In her spare time she can be found haunting local theaters to find a good play, and even perhaps behind the scenes banging out a great costume or two. She loves to read, travel, and can always be found in the kitchen making great meals for friends and loved ones.
Email: ktaylor@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

Justin Thigpen 2014Justin Thigpen
Justin Thigpen is in charge of Vendor Relations for Out! Raleigh 2016 for the second year. He first became involved with the festival two years ago, volunteering with his company LGBT group at Merck pharmaceuticals. Volunteer of the month in September, 2014, he can typically be found serving food and wine during First Friday Events. He enjoys movies, reading, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.
Email: jthigpen@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

Alex Thomas 2016Alex Thomas
Alex has lived in Raleigh since 1995, when his family move from New York State to the City of Oaks. In 2008, he briefly left Raleigh for four years to attend UNC-G where he earned his Bachelor of Art in Psychology. After he graduated in 2012 he moved back and started working at Marbles Kids Museum. Soon after he was promoted and worked on a leadership team responsible for leading over 60 Team Members in a fast paced, ever changing museum environment. Currently, Alex works at Workplace Options as a Work-Life consultant, where he assists client locate services that affect their daily life. He is most proud of his employer's commitment to improving the lives of their clients and also those in their community, as Workplace Options was named Organization of the Year for 2015 by the LGBT Center of Raleigh. He has also been volunteering with the LGBT Center since 2013 and plans to continue to volunteer for a while. (He is signed up to volunteer until 2099.) As leadership for the KidsZone for Out! Raleigh, Alex plans what activities you will see for the kids this year. He hopes to help expand the types of activities and keep the KidsZone interesting. Please email him here if there is an activity you would like to see in the KidsZone.

Daniel VarelaDaniel Varela
Daniel Varela has lived in the Triangle for almost 3 years. When his schedule allows, he tries to volunteer with the Center as much as possible. He was excited and surprised at how active the LGBT community is in Raleigh. Having moved from the Tidewater area of Virginia, he wasn't used to seeing such an LGBT presence. He hopes to increase his presence in the community. In his free time he enjoys trying local food, music festivals, traveling. and champagne.