André C. Wade
André, a native of Las Vegas, has worked in human services for more than 15 years in a variety of public and non-profit contexts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Currently, André is the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. Additionally, he spent several years working in D.C. as a policy analyst for a national think-tank, The National Alliance to End Homelessness. His policy portfolio included runaway and homeless youth, youth aging out of foster care, LGBTQ youth and young survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. He has traveled the nation presenting at conferences to promote policy and practice related to youth homelessness. André spent several years in Child Welfare, in Las Vegas, working for the Clark County Department of Family Services developing the child-specific adoptions program and recruiting foster and adoptive parents, which included within the LGBTQ community; and developing the Department’s first ever community engagement unit. André earned a master’s in Public Administration from UNLV and volunteers his time serving on the Board for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, as well as on several national advisory boards and councils including The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. André enjoys spending his time traveling, and practicing and studying yoga.
HIV SERVICES MANAGER
After a twenty-year professional ballet career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in New York City, Vince continued his career in Dance teaching and choreographing professionally, traveling both nationally and around the world sharing this passion for Dance working with youth programs in the inner city to prestigious conservatories, eventually settling in Las Vegas where he has lived for the past decade. In addition to his work as a dance educator, Vince began his work in HIV/AIDS through advocacy for better services in Southern Nevada. Vince has served as HIV Case Manager with Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and Co-Founder/Medical Case Manager for ActionRED, a HIV/AIDS community services organization. He has worked on the Southern Nevada Health District’s HIV Rapid Testing Outreach team under the Minority Health Services at the Las Vegas Urban League. He enjoys traveling with his husband visiting family and friends and has seen many parts of the world. Vince finds adventure working in varied communities and cultures. Vince feels “it’s an honor and privilege to be working as the Center’s and the LGBTQ community’s HIV Services Manager.”
Serving the community has always been on the mind of this Southern Californian native. Weaving through community service organizations for most of his twenties, Julian has committed his time and effort in ventures that wouldn't make anyone wealthy. Julian’s interest in politics culminated in a B.A. in Political Science at SDSU. After a hiatus from community involvement, he was finally able to move forward landing a position at the new and improved Las Vegas Center in 2013. Julian’s myriad interests reflect elements of a curious demeanor. He loves to explore, observe, learn and at times, investigate. Feel free to ask for assistance or even strike up a conversation. Having an easy-going personality, approaching him shouldn’t be a problem; he’s in a position to have a genuine interest in you.
Arlene, a native of Tennessee, moved to Las Vegas in 1992 with her son, Ryan. She first became involved in the LGBTQ community in 1984 in Los Angeles. After spending 21 years in hotel management, Arlene became involved in the HIV/AIDS community with ReachOut, a daycare center for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Golden Rainbow, and Saint Therese Center. Arlene joined the Board of Directors at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada in 2005, and the staff in 2008. Arlene became a licensed foster parent to a 10 year old HIV-positive boy in Las Vegas. She volunteers for many organizations including Special Olympics, Democratic Headquarters, Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire, Inc., National Gay Rodeo Association, Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, PRIDE, and others.
HIV PEER ADVOCATE
Todd has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1976 and has witnessed the many exciting changes our city has experienced over the last several decades, including the evolution of our LGBTQ community. With more than a decade of experience in Retail, Customer Service and in the Casino industry, working with the public and providing people with assistance and resolutions to sometimes complex issues is one of his specialties. Todd enjoys being able to help others and has found a perfect outlet for this passion through Rainbow Praise Church, where he volunteers his time and talent, is a service volunteer and participates in various ministry outreaches, including serving as Team Leader for their Intercessory Prayer Mission. As a 20 year survivor of HIV, he has experienced first hand the challenges and struggles people face living with HIV. The numerous advances in medicine and research has transformed the lives of people living with HIV today. Yet so many people still remain disconnected from the care they truly need and deserve. The challenge to reach those in need of help is still a priority today. This has inspired him reach out to our community in order to provide a path to assistance for those struggling with the many challenges they face living with HIV.
HIV OUTREACH SPECIALIST
For more than 27 years, James has lived and worked in Nevada, serving the community as a Health Educator working at community-based organizations, overseeing medical case management for the nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the lives of disenfranchised individuals living with HIV/AIDS; and serving as an Education Coordinator at Nevada’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS service organization. He is passionate about increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, teaching safer sex practices and encouraging healthy relationships. James' work and activism are rooted in the promotion of compassion, open communication, and dignity & respect for all individuals.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Fred comes to The Center bringing over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience with various non-profit and for-profit entities. Originally from Chicago, Fred has lived in Las Vegas since 2011. He has held various senior financial management positions. His non-profit background includes serving as the Controller of one of the larger private foundations in Florida along with a 15-year affiliation with the Central Florida YMCA. Fred holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a licensed CPA.
AJ Holly Huth
YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER
AJ Holly Huth is originally from Tampa, Florida. She graduated August 2000 from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts. AJ has lived in Las Vegas for seven years with her wife, daughter, and their two dogs. During her time in Las Vegas, she has immersed herself in activism and advocacy for the LGBTQIA2 communities. In 2009, she began working as an in-home mental health provider. AJ decided to go back to school and in August 2014 received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Phoenix. During her time in school, AJ worked for Elements of Motivation, Gender Justice Nevada, and also completed internships at Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada and Mobile Mental Health. AJ is currently the Youth Resource Specialist and PREP Coordinator at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. She co-facilitates Youth Drop-In and QVolution. She also assists with special projects like Youth Thanksgiving and Youth Prom as well as facilitates Elle and The F Word. In addition to those duties, she also teaches Comprehensive Sex Education at The Center.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGER
Nicol has just recently returned to Las Vegas from Australia where she studied at the University of Sydney for a Masters in Occupational Therapy. While in Australia, she participated in a wide range of social and occupational justice programs including work with Aboriginal populations in rural remote Australia, and ACON, the largest LGBTI organization in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to living in Australia, she was a high school English teacher. She is serving The Center as Volunteer Coordinator in the Americorps VISTA program. It is Nicol’s desire to strengthen and expand the volunteer program here at The Center.
TRANSGENDER PROGRAM MANAGER
Blue was born and raised in the amazing but cold city of Chicago. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1993 at the age of 17, and served honorably until his discharge in 2005. After his discharge, he started his transition and jumped right into advocating for and educating about the Transgender community. In 2009, he moved to San Diego to go to school and got his bachelors in lgbt studies, and later his masters in non profit leadership. He and his husband live with their 2 dogs, and enjoy spending time together hiking, sightseeing, and traveling. Blue was on the Trans 100 list in 2014 as one of the top trans activists in the nation, and has helped change laws directly impacting the Transgender community.
MANAGER OF SENIOR PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
With a long history of community involvement, Holly has volunteered for countless fundraising events. In the past, she’s lead volunteer teams for Habitat For Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Special Olympics. In 2007, Holly moved to Las Vegas from Florida and quickly became involved with Betty’s Outrageous Adventures, a lesbian social group with more than 3,000 members. After serving on their board for three years, Holly joined Gender Justice Nevada in 2012 as a Queer Anti-Violence Advocacy Services Coordinator where she recruited, trained and managed Victim Advocate Volunteers. She became an advocate for transgender rights after attending both UNLV’s Take Back the Night and Transgender Day of Remembrance and continues to fight for equal rights for all. Holly is of Choctaw descent and has taught workshops on Native American art and culture for more than 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys creating Native American art, camping, Medicine Card readings and storytelling. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.
FACILITIES & SECURITY MANAGER
Toni is a native of San Diego, CA. She has resided in Las Vegas since 2010. Toni currently oversees the Facilities & Security Department at The Center. Toni and her staff are responsible for building and grounds maintenance, event setup, and protection of all assets. She is also the liaison between The Center and area law enforcement agencies and also operates the organization's counter terrorism program. She also oversees the organization's court ordered community service program.