Meet our new board members:
Julie Reliford served for two years as an at-large board member for OutCentral, and will serve as president of the board for 2015. She is a Belmont University graduate and has a BBA with a double major in International Marketing and Music Business. She brings to the Board a range of experience in marketing and public relations including; Director of Marketing for a financial services company, Marketing Manager for a mental health company, Public Relations Coordinator for a major record label, and Senior Writer for a regional magazine.
Julie is happy to donate her time to various non-profit organizations in Nashville. She has served for five years on the board of directors of Nashville in Harmony including a term as president, and three years heading up all the marketing efforts. During her term directing marketing, ticket sales increased three-fold and Nashville in Harmony was named Nashville’s favorite performing arts group by the Nashville Scene reader’s poll. She currently serves as the merchandise coordinator for the group. She was also recently recruited to serve on the Nashville Steering Committee for HRC and is enjoying sharing her talents with that worthy organization.
Julie looks forward to the challenges that come with serving as Board President for OutCentral. “We have restructured the board this year so that each at-large position will now have a specific job description,” she says. “In its eight year history, OutCentral has grown in scope and has many moving parts. I think this new board structure will help us to manage OC more easily and to continue to grow in a manageable way. I am especially excited about the particular board members that we have recruited to serve in these positions. OutCentral fills an important need in Nashville’s LGBT community and has an important mission which is: ‘to connect, educate, empower, and build a positive energy-filled space for greater Nashville’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.’ I strongly believe that we are more prepared than ever to accomplish that mission this year!”
Patrick Boggs is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee and has been a resident of Nashville for 10 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee and a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University in Bronx, New York.
Patrick has worked for 10 years at the Tennessee General Assembly as a committee research analyst for the Tennessee House of Representatives mostly working for the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee. Patrick lives in Nashville with his partner of 8 years, Mark Lopez.
Joey Amato is currently the founder and publisher of UNITE Magazine, Tennessee’s only LGBT magazine. UNITE has an affiliate publication in Indianapolis and a licensed magazine launching later this year in Cincinnati. He provides public relations services for a variety of celebrity fine artists including Peter Max, Michael Godard, Jane Seymour, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, and more. This year, Joey will be opening an art gallery in Nashville called Music City Fine Art which will host a variety of emerging and established artists.
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Brett Perkins, a Nashville native, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration focusing in Information Technology. He is currently a specialized application and web developer for ForceX, Inc, a private military contractor specializing in ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) software. Brett has been active in the tech community in Nashville working in consulting and litigation support, healthcare, background screening, and insurance software.
Brett, in addition to his professional endeavours, is a member of Nashville in Harmony, Nashville’s first and only musical organization created intentionally for the LGBT and straight ally community, where he sings first tenor.
Brett brings to OutCentral over 10 years of web development experience and 5 years of marketing experience. Brett currently serves on the marketing committee at Nashville in Harmony where he has been the principal graphics artist for that same time. Brett also serves Nashville in Harmony as its webmaster.
“It is an extreme honor that OutCentral Is allowing me to bring my passion and experience to this valued and priceless organization.” says Brett, adding that “Nashville is a growing and diverse community that deserves nothing but the best from the organizations that serve this community. I am privileged to be a part of this dynamic community and I cannot wait to see what can be accomplished with OutCentral.”
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Jake was born and raised in Nashville. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Jake was an intern at the Tennessee General Assembly during their last session, and, in 2013, he interned with the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C For the last six years. Jake also taught as a substitute Teacher in Rutherford County. Jake is currently the Government Relations Administrator for the Tennessee Education Association. Jake has a partner, Christopher Malone, and he and Christopher have been together for eight years currently residing in Smyrna.
In his spare time Jake enjoys volunteering and getting involved in the LGBT community. Jake has been an active volunteer with OutCentral and the Nashville Pride organizations for a several years. For the last two years Jake has been on the organizing committee for the OutCentral Gay 5K event. Along with volunteering with OutCentral and Nashville Pride, Jake is also very active with the Nashville Grizzlies Rugby organization. The Grizzlies are a team made up largely of gay men, with several straight male players and LGBT supporters as well.
Jake has been a part of the Grizzlies Auxiliary for three years. As a member of the auxiliary Jake is able to help the team’s efforts in both marketing and fundraising to help publicize the team. Jake is currently the auxiliary chair on the Grizzlies Board. He feels that being in this position is one of the best ways to increase awareness of the Nashville Grizzlies, but also a wonderful way to let the people of Nashville know about another way to get involved with the LGBT community, regardless of sexual orientation.
Jake was first introduced to OutCentral and the wonderful works of the organization by Patrick Boggs, who is a currently an OutCentral Board member himself. Jake says if it were not for Patrick he would have never known that Nashville had a place like OutCentral. Jake says what attracts him the most to OutCentral is the fact that it is a place for everyone, LGBT or straight people alike. If a person needs help OutCentral is there. OutCentral is a place that is free of judgment and full of love. He says that OutCentral is set up to assist, educate, and to help grow the LGBT Nashville community.
Petey Peterson earned their M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Iowa State University in 2012 as well as a B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Services & Communication Studies from Iowa State. For two years, Petey served as conference co-chair to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference attracting over 1700 students from 22 states. During this time, Petey also advised the Iowa State LGBT and Ally Alliance and was a Graduate Assistant and Equity and Social Justice Educator at the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center.
Petey is a member of College Student Educators International and currently serves on the Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness as the Equity Officer. They are also a member of the Consortium of Higher Education currently serving as the South/Southeast Regional Representative. Petey has been a program coordinator with LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University since July of 2012.
Outside of work they enjoy spending time with their two dogs, golfing, kayaking, and playing recreational league softball and kickball. They are excited to serve in the newly created Diversity Coordinator position for the 2015 OutCentral Board and believes OutCentral is and can continue to be a vital piece of what keeps the LGBTQQIA+ community thriving in Nashville & Middle Tennessee.
Scott Kelly is a Nashville resident of 5 years coming to the Nashville area from Iowa where he studied Music Education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Scott has worked as a development officer and volunteer manager at several nonprofits, including the Boy Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society. Currently, he works with students and teachers in rural areas across the country facilitating hands-on STEM labs via videoconferencing and a biomedical internship experience as a project manager with the Aspirnaut™ Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Scott is an active member of Nashville’s LGBT community serving as an organizer for the Nashville GLBT Gaymers & Friends, singing with Nashville in Harmony – Nashville’s LGBT & Ally Chorus, serving as a student mentor with Vanderbilt University’s K.C. Potter Center, and he is a LaunchPad initiative volunteer. He presented a talk titled “Queer Representation in Superhero Comic Books” with Justin Hosford, an organizer of the Nashville GLBT Gaymers & Friends, at the 2014 Out in Front Undergraduate Conference at Vanderbilt University.
This is Scott’s first year serving on the OutCentral Board of Directors. He is excited to help build community through the opportunities at OutCentral by sharing the space with all of Nashville.
Cate Dundon is a Nashville native who grew up on the west side of town. She attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida to study Opera Theater, but ended up changing her major to political science. While in college, she served for three years on the SpectrUM (UM’s LGBT student organization) executive board in various positions, including Chair of Coming Out Week, Secretary and Vice President. She was also active in local political campaigns, such as Save Dade, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination in South Florida. Cate then continued her education at the University of Virginia School of Law where she served as President of the Lambda Law Alliance for two years.
Cate returned to Nashville in 2009 and sat for the Tennessee bar in July. After a couple years of solo practice, she landed a position as an attorney in the Department of Law for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in September 2011.
Outside of work, Cate serves on the board of the Sylvan Heights Neighborhood Association and has spent the last year raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by running the Paris Marathon and the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. She recently joined Nashville in Harmony, Nashville’s only LGBT chorus, as a soprano and is looking forward to devoting some of her fundraising energy to that organization.
Cate first became involved with OutCentral through a Meetup group, CNL (Connecting Nashville Lesbians). In 2014, she served on the Gay 5K planning committee and led a new lesbian book club, which has met monthly at OutCentral. OutCentral provides a vital space and voice for the LGBT community in Nashville, and Cate is excited to serve on the OutCentral Board as the Volunteer Coordinator.
Steve Raimo is excited to join the OutCentral board as the Programming Coordinator. After moving to Nashville from New York City in the summer of 2000 Steven became involved with many Nashville based organizations including the Music City Sisters, the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program, Launch Pad, The Nashville Dramaturgy Project and others. Steven has also been a local drag performer for the last 12 years. His drag persona, Veronika Electronika, has been part of multiple local night clubs and charity drag fundraisers. Nashville CARES is where Steven spends a majority of his professional time as the Community HIV Education Coordinator for Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender populations. #KnowYourStatus