Amos Lim immigrated from Singapore to the United States in 1999 to be with his husband, Mickey. But this move was not simple. Amos and Mickey encountered first hand the discrimination faced by same-sex binational couples under current US immigration law, that was compounded by DOMA. The struggle to stay in America, and have his marriage recognized, led Amos to activism, co-founding Out4Immigration http://www.out4immigration.org
John Viet, Board Co-Chair, joined the board in 2013 and loves LYRIC’s mission and passion. He wishes he had a program like LYRIC where he grew up in the South Bay. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture, he served 2 years in an AmeriCorps program called Public Allies and worked with Literacy for Environmental Justice in the Bay View and Our Family Coalition, a non-profit that’s dedicated to serving LGBTQ families with children. John will be graduating with a Masters of Social Work program from San Francisco State University in May 2014 and is focusing on child welfare.
Julia H. Rhee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Retrofit Republic, a styling firm and vintage retailer with a social impact. In her role, she supports individuals, changemakers, and brands to look good and do good in the world. Prior to starting a small business, Julia worked as a community organizer for low-income populations and communities of color with over a decades’ worth of youth work from New York City, Oakland, CA, and Tacoma, WA. Currently, the Washington native serves as the Executive Committee Co-Chair for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- Bay Area. Her community and creative work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Audrey Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, The Bold Italic, ColorLines Magazine, The Global Grind, AlterNet in addition to on-screen and radio appearances on CBS-5, Huffington Post Live, MyX TV, KPFA Morning Show, APEX Express, and Radio Hankook. Recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Global Leaders Awards by NAAMBA, the National Association of Asian American MBAs. When she’s not dissecting the building blocks of quality Asian noodle soups, she teaches beginner yoga for LGBTQ & youth of color in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.
Lisa McIntire, Board Secretary, was honored to join LYRIC’s board in July 2014. She is passionate about social justice, equal rights and accessibility for LGBTQ folks, especially youth. Her day job is also in the nonprofit field, making wishes come true at Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area for 7 years now, as Program Manager. She received her nonprofit management degree in 2012 from University of San Francisco. Past work experience includes her time at the Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, coordinating trainings on volunteer management and best practices for nonprofits and companies alike. She volunteered at Community United Against Violence for five years as a crisis line counselor to LGBTQ domestic and hate violence survivors and as a speaker’s bureau representative to children in schools talking about her identity as a queer woman. She lives in the Castro in San Francisco with her mini dachshund, Boogie, and her partner Shay, who she has been legally married to since 2008. She moved to the Bay Area in 2005 after attending Smith College in Massachusetts and studying abroad in Florence, Italy. In her spare time she loves traveling, dancing, walking around the city and eating lots of good food with family and friends.
Marcus Stevens joined the LYRIC board in the fall of 2013. Marcus has been working with LYRIC for nearly 6 years now, formerly as the manager of the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the Castro. Now an elementary school teacher in Alameda, and having recently graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, Marcus continues his work on issues of social justice and educational equality. Being the product of humble beginnings, and a family that relied on community support to makes ends meet, Marcus believes that working in and supporting the local community is vital, especially in the area of youth services. Some of his past projects include serving on another youth services non-profit board, volunteering aboard in Tanzania teaching English, working at the food bank and volunteering in school classrooms in San Francisco
Mark Sanchez, Board Co-Chair, joined the LYRIC board in 2011. He is the principal at Cleveland Elementary School in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. Before becoming an administrator, Mark served on the San Francisco Board of Education from 2001-2009. Prior to that, he taught 4th and 5th grade at several San Francisco schools. Mark co-founded Teachers 4 Social Justice in the late 1990′s and is the chairperson for the organization’s advisory board. Outside of being utterly consumed by public education issues, Mark likes to continue to explore San Francisco so that one day he can declare that he is a true soul of the city, in a sense graduating from his Santa Monica roots.
Michelle Kim is a young professional in the exciting world of technology startups. She works as a Strategic Account Manager at Moovweb, a software company offering a cloud-based platform for mobile site development. Prior to joining Moovweb, she was a consultant at Deloitte where she served as the Regional Programming Lead for the company’s LGBT Business Resource Group. She is a proud Cal alumni, where she co-founded Queer Straight Alliance and co-chaired the UC system-wide LGBTQ Steering Committee. She is passionate about queer youth empowerment and activism, and organizing around issues impacting queer youth of color from low income communities. Since her teenage years, she has worked with various queer youth services organizations and was invited to speak at the Amnesty International General Assembly in 2011 about the importance of queer youth activism. Michelle recently joined LYRIC as a Board Member and is thrilled to continue her queer youth activism work while bridging the gap between the tech and nonprofit communities!
Oliver Austria feels very privileged to join the LYRIC board in December of 2014. He has been a dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ public since his move to San Francisco in 2005. Also known as his drag persona, Jezebel Patel in the community – he helped create awareness and raised funds for the San Francisco organization: Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, as Miss GAPA 2012. In 2014, he was crowned Miss Gay San Francisco and has been active with the SF Imperial Court ever since. An aspiring Children’s Book writer and illustrator, Oliver is currently working on a kid’s book about a little girl named, Omarli.
Rebecca Goodstein photo and bio forthcoming
Robin Abad Ocubillo is a LYRIC Alum who was first involved with LYRIC in 2001 as an intern coordinating the Young Loud and Proud Conference. Robin was also a LYRIC staff member working in fundraising development until 2004. After a long hiatus living in London and Los Angeles and moving back again to San Francisco, Robin is thrilled to be part of the organization once more. His lifelong commitment to youth development started with earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America during his adolescence and working in environmental education with grade school-aged youth at the Crissy Field Center. Robin is currently an Urban Designer with the San Francisco Planning Department, working to make this City even more beautiful than it already is. He is an avid cyclist, tree-hugger, and cinema junkie with a deep passion for California.
Stephanie Perron is the LCSW Director of LGBTQ Services at Bay Area Youth Center (BAYC). Stephanie joined the Bay Area Youth Center team in 2009 as a clinician in their transitional housing placement program. In 2010, under Stephanie’s leadership, BAYC opened Our Space, an LGBTQ youth community center that holds the experiences, strengths and needs of youth impacted by poverty, homelessness and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems at its core, and recognizes these youth as fierce and fabulous change-agents in our communities. Prior to her work with Bay Area Youth Center Stephanie worked at Ozone House, a Michigan-based nonprofit that provides housing and therapeutic services to transition age youth, and co-founded their program for LGBTQ youth: PrideZone. Currently Stephanie is the co-chair of the LGBTQ Workgroup at Alameda County Social Service Agency and is a member of the Alameda County Probation Department LGBTQ Taskforce. Stephanie’s daily work is guided by a belief in the ferocity and resilience of young people and queer and trans people, and a commitment to holding intersectionality at the heart of her work and community building for justice. Stephanie is a queer, femme mama who, in her spare time, enjoys impromptu dance parties with her 7-year-old and spending time by the ocean. Stephanie holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and a BA from Antioch College.
Thom Lynch, Board Treasurer, is currently the Chief Development Officer at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He was most recently the Vice President of Development for the United Way of the Bay Area. He is the former CEO & President of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and Chief Operating Officer of Project Open Hand. He has worked in the non-profit community for more than 20 years. The majority of his work has been in the LGBT community, where he also worked on the No on 8 campaign, and is a member of the Human Rights Watch advisory board. He also served on and helped found the diversity board of the San Francisco Forty-Niners football team. Mr. Lynch is an accomplished fundraiser and leader of growing organizations. While in San Francisco, he helped found the first economic development program for the LGBT community in the world, the first job training and placement program for transgender workers, and became a well-known voice for the San Francisco LGBT community through news media and advocacy. Thom Lynch grew up in New England. Struggling himself with his own sexuality, he became a Pentecostal Christian, went to minister school and began a career as a gospel singer for 2 years. While in graduate school in Ohio, he realized he needed to come out. He left the church, moved back to New England and became a bartender, performer and later in San Francisco, a television actor. Mr. Lynch lived in Madrid, Spain for 2 years and returns frequently where he volunteers for groups such as Fundacion Triangulo and Orgullo Madrid. He returns as often as possible.