Q Center Welcomes Three New Team Members

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

The team at Q Center recently grew significantly, with the addition of three new staff members in brand new positions. James Lindquist will serve as Development Director, Neola Young will serve as the Youth & Young Adult Program Manager, and Stacey Rice will serve as Administrative Coordinator.

The Q Center provides a few details on its new team members:

James Lindquist, Development Director

James has been a professional fundraiser for more than 5 years managing large scale special events, auctions and donor relationships. Most recently James was the Development Manager for Our House, an organization that helps people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and SW Washington, and has been working to build legacy giving programs. James is a Chicago, IL native, who moved to the Northwest with his partner of over 17 years Eric in 1998. James is on the Board of Directors for Pride Professional Alliance, and is currently going to school for a Masters in Non-Profit Management. He is excited to be part of the Q Center staff, and to see what the future holds as the Q Center extends its services, education, visibility, and community building. To reach James by email, please click HERE. James can also be reached on Facebook by clicking HERE, or on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Neola Young, Youth & Young Adult Program Manager

Neola Young comes to the Q Center from the southern wilds of Mississippi. After several years of working professionally in school systems reform and transformation that includes advocating for youth to be leaders in their own education, Neola is excited to return to her first passion, shifting support and change with and for LGBTQ youth and young adults. She holds a B.A. in history from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and brings a decade of experience in program development and implementation to the Q Center, as well as serving as an adviser to the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. The last several years of working in advocacy and activism with the most marginalized communities in our country showed her that while the work never stops, it can still be fun! Neola is deeply interested in the way art and culture can help people find common ground. Neola is excited to see the new phase of SMYRC in its merger with the Q Center and to work alongside youth and young adults dedicated to challenging and changing systems that carry adversity for LGBTQ folks, including education, health, and housing. Young voices are often the most powerful voices. We must make sure we’re listening. To reach Neola by email, please click HERE. To connect on Twitter, please click HERE.

Stacey Rice, Administrative Coordinator

Having recently arrived in Portland from the mountains of North Carolina, Stacey is thrilled to be a part of the Q Center family. With six years of administrative and office support experience in both nonprofit and business environments, she is excited to be working at an organization that makes such a difference in the LGBTQ community here in Portland. Passionate about the issues that the members of our community face, she has a particular devotion to the Trans community here in Portland and beyond. When not roaming and exploring Portland, you will find Stacey lost somewhere in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific NW. To reach Stacey by email, please click HERE.

You can read up on the rest of Q Center’s staff and board here.