Denise - CenterLink's CEO. Denise joined CenterLink after working in the private sector for over twenty years. She has extensive experience in team management, talent acquisition and program development. Prior to joining CenterLink, Denise was a corporate executive recruiter. Her background also includes on-air and production roles in the broadcast industry and senior retail management positions with Fortune 500 companies.
Denise was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. Starting in the early ‘90s she was part of the Sophie’s Parlor Radio Collective, the longest-running women’s music radio show in the country. She also served as a stage manager, producer and sound crew member for numerous Pride events and Women’s Music festivals, and was a production assistant for “A Simple Matter of Justice”, the video of the 1993 March on Washington. She currently serves on a number of local non-profit boards and committees focused in the LGBTQ arena. Denise received her B.A. in Psychology.
Michelle - ActionLink's Policy and Advocacy Manager. Michelle comes to CenterLink with 5 years experience in nonprofit administration and development roles. She has worked for national and local nonprofits in administrative, development, and communications roles and has a panache for tackling organizing, data, and donor service matters.
Michelle graduated from the MFA Creative Writing program at Rutgers-Newark.
Tanya - ActionLink's Director of Policy and Advocacy. Tanya works as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for CenterLink; ensuring LGBTQ centers have a voice in the policies that impact their organizations and communities at the local, state, and national levels with a focus on advocacy, education, and organization.
Prior to joining the CenterLink team in 2017, she spent three years serving as Lead Residential Services Coordinator at the nation's first and largest LGBTQ low-income senior housing facility. She was instrumental in developing and expanding their programming and advocacy services.
Tanya graduated with a degree in Administration of Justice with an emphasis on Sociology. Tanya also holds certifications in Gerontology, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Health Services, and Human Rights Consulting. She is a volunteer educator for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and is involved in disaster preparedness as part of her local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).