Board of Directors & Staff

Board

Jenita Rodriguez

Vice Chair

Jenita Johnson Rodriguez is currently the Chair of Board of Directors for Stonewall Alliance Center of Chico; one of the coordinators for the 8th annual Out of the Darkness For Suicide Awareness; and is a delegate from our district as a member of the Butte County Democratic Central Committee.

Jenita was born and raised in the bay area, and moved to Napa in the 1980's. In 1993 she lived in a very small rural town just north of Reno, Nevada. Then the internet provided a connection, and Jenita moved to Chico where she has lived for the past 13 years with her wife, Judy. They are cohabiting with Cute Kitty (CK) and the 3 girls: Kahlo, Maxie and QT.

She graduated from Alameda High School where her advocacy began to bud; to Napa Valley College where she found herself; then to the University of Nevada, Reno where her advocacy was in high gear. It was in Chico that advocacy grew into a passion.

Jenita has two daughters, 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eirin Auld

Board Chair

Another Northern California native, Eirin Auld grew up in Marysville before serving primarily overseas in the Marines right after high school. After returning from the service, she began a career in the transportation and construction trades. Eirin began serving her local community as a volunteer firefighter, as well as serving the homeless. This led to an increased awareness of the needs of the veteran’s community, specifically suicide prevention, and the issues surrounding PTSD.
Eirin returned to school last year to pursue a degree in behavioral science at Butte College and is looking forward to continuing her education at Chico State. She first began coming to Stonewall Alliance as a client, and the more she learned about how positive an impact they have on the entire community, the more she wanted to be involved. Eirin says, “I am proud to take this next step of being a part of the board in hopes of both having something positive to share, as well as continuing to learn from this wonderful group of people.”

Susan Frawley

Board Member

Susan Frawley is associate faculty at both CSU Chico and Butte College. At Butte (and occasionally at CSU Chico) she teaches anthropology. Her main focus of instruction at CSU Chico is in the Multicultural and Gender Studies Department where she teaches LGBTQ Identities and Issues. She has bachelors in both geology and anthropology. She obtained her Master’s degree in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at the Australian National University. She has lived in Chico for 6 years with her home town being Salinas, California. She has volunteered for Stonewall since she moved here, and is also a member of the CSU Chico Trans Task Force and is the Co-Director of the International Institute of Sexual and Gender Diversity. Her areas of interest include anthropology, LGBTQ history and activism. She is the designer of the Take Pride in History annual LGBTQ calendar.

Susan Frawley

Tamar Billiet (Billy)

Board Member

Billy was born and raised in rural Minnesota. He graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and one in Spanish. He is currently an active duty Airman stationed at Beale AFB and found Stonewall and its awesome community in 2015. He is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Homeland Security through Angelo State University.

Brian G. Denham

Board Member

Brian is anthropologist and archaeologist. He has a BA from CSU Chico (2010) and is currently working on an MA at CSU Sonoma. His research and professional research interests include museum work, cultural interpretations in mapping, Native American studies, technology and archaeology, and CA heritage in general. He hopes to serve the Stonewall community through grant writing and fundraising opportunities.

Brian G. Denham

Staff

Thomas Kelem

Executive Director

I moved to Chico about 6 years ago. LGBT*Q+ community building has been a passion of mine for over 20 years. In the Bay Area, I was involved in many LGBT*Q+ community organizations. Having been on the Board and now being the Executive Director has given me a great opportunity to help make great things happen in Chico/Butte County. I think of Chico as the LGBT*QI+'est city in the world and everyone I meet is LGBT*Q+ until they prove themselves otherwise. I am a licensed marriage family therapist and also on the Board of Chico Regional CAMFT. I believe in personal growth and aspire to be the best me I can, help others do the same and make Chico the best it can be too!
We do incredible work. There are so many amazing people in our community. Join us!

Maya Rand

Program Coordinator

Maya has a passion for social justice, especially in the GSM & POC communities and suicide prevention. Before accepting the position with Stonewall they volunteered at Gender Health Center as a Peer Health Advocate, assisting individuals in the GSM community to live their authentic lives. With a heart of service, they are driven toward serving the community through activism, education, support, and dedication. Stop by their desk and say hi!

Alyssa Larson

Center Coordinator

Alyssa is a long-time Chico local. Her degree is in Organizational Communications, with an emphasis in Ethics, Justice and Policy. She has an extensive background in many different aspects of nonprofit works and causes, and a passion for advocacy. At Stonewall, she manages the Volunteer program, the Outreach Tabling program, the PR program and the Internship program as well as acting as Office Manager and lead staff Event Coordinator.