Wiggsy Sivertsen, Co-Founder & Board Member

Wiggsy Sivertsen PortraitIn 1968, WIGGSY SIVERTSEN was fired from an agency where she had worked for five years when they found out she was a lesbian. It was at that point she decided that freedom for lesbian and gay people and other “at risk” communities was going to be a major driving force in her life. This commitment led her to co-found BAYMEC with current San José City Councilman, Ken Yeager, in 1984. Wiggsy is presently the Director of Counseling Services and a visiting professor in Sociology at San José State University.

James Gonzales, President

James has worked in law enforcement for over a decade in the Silicon Valley. He has been a court appointed educational rights advocate for juveniles in the criminal justice system. He is serving his second term as a board member with the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. While at the SJPOA, James has worked on building better relationships with the community and giving his members a larger voice in local politics. He has experience working on political campaigns and frequently is seen on local television commenting on public safety issues. Contact: baymec.president@gmail.com

Tony Filice, Treasurer

Tony FiliceTony has worked in local government in Silicon Valley for over a decade in Silicon Valley. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in Political Science. Tony previously worked for BAYMEC co-founder and current Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager for nearly a decade and is excited to continue his work on community issues. Tony currently works for the County of Santa Clara and lives in San Jose.

Richard Poppen, Secretary

Richard Poppen PortraitRich is a mathematician at a major Internet search company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Pomona College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Stanford University. Rich lives in San Jose with his partner of 17 years.

Roseryn Bhudsabourg, Board Member

Roseryn Bhudsabourg PortraitRoseryn grew up in different cities across the Bay Area and overseas in Bangkok, Thailand, before settling in San Jose with her family and their dog, Milo. In 2009, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism and completed an internship program with Congressman Mike Honda at his district office in Campbell, where she expanded her repertoire in political writing and the legislative process at a federal level. Her interest in immigration and social justice issues among became the foundation for her advocacy for civil rights among marginalized groups, including the LGBT and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Currently, Roseryn is the Communications Director at the Office of Councilmember Ash Kalra for the City of San José, where she continues her work in serving the community.

Leslie Bulbuk, Board Member (Past President)

Leslie Bulbuk PortraitLeslie is a Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Paul Fong. She has been involved in LGBT political advocacy at the County, State and Federal levels. Her dedication to increasing LGBT rights grew when she nearly lost her foreign-born partner, Marta Donayre, due to unequal U.S. immigration policy. In 2001, she co-founded Love Sees No Borders, a public education organization focused on obtaining immigration benefits for same-sex binational couples and advocating for elimination of the US HIV ban. Much of her work has been focused on bringing greater understanding of LGBT issues to the immigrant community, and greater understanding of immigrant issues to the LGBT community, in an attempt to increase the scope of our movement toward equal rights for all.

Jeffrey Cardenas, Board Member

Jeffrey Cardenas PortraitJeffrey was heavily involved in the No on Proposition 8 campaign. During 2009, he worked at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in Washington, D.C. when marriage equality was granted in states throughout the country. While working for Senator Jerry Hill, he helped found the Peninsula Stonewall Democrats. This group was instrumental in the creation of California’s first exclusive County LGBTQ Commission in San Mateo County.

David K. Ginsborg, Board Member

Portrait David GinsborgMarried for nearly 15 years and the father of two, David Ginsborg currently serves as Deputy to the Assessor for County Assessor Larry Stone where he has earned a reputation as Larry Stone’s “go to” guy for all things property tax or county related. A certified appraiser, he is one of two executive manager who reports directly to the Assessor. He has been published in, and currently serves on, the Editorial Review Board for the International Association of Assessing Officers’ Journal of Property Tax Assessment/Administration and their monthly trade publication, Fair & Equitable.

While he has worked in the real estate industry for the Assessor’s Office and previously in commercial real estate in southern California, it is his passion for his family and community service that drives him. In particular he has a passion for civil rights issues which led him to volunteering to serve on the BAYMEC Board; previously he has served on the Boards of the NAACP and the Jewish Community Relation’s Council.

Mark Hajduk, Board Member

Mark Hajduk PortraitMark returned to BAYMEC’s board in 2009 to serve a second term. Mark is the only person representing the transgender community on the board. When he joined the BAYMEC board for his first term in 2001, it was with the goal of educating his board colleagues about the struggles of the transgender community. He was pleased to find the BAYMEC board and its supporters ready to welcome and embrace the transgender community. During his first term, he was successful in integrating the concerns of the transgender individuals with the civil rights movement that united the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities in their fight for equal treatment under the law. Mark has been active throughout his life in educating people, particularly students at Bay Area college campuses, about transgender issues. Upon completion of his first term in 2005, Mark was honored with the BAYMEC’s Service Award. Mark and his wife, Roz were married for 25 years before her passing in 2009. With his return to BAYMEC’s board of directors, Mark is rededicating himself to keeping the civil rights challenges facing the transgender community focused in the political realm.

Stan Hajduk, Board Member

Stan Hajduk PortraitStan is a senior emergency medicine physician in Watsonville, California. It was his good fortune to be befriended and mentored by BAYMEC’s founder, Wiggsy Sivertsen, during his high school and college years. This and many other key relationships with advocates for civil rights engendered in him a life-long respect and affinity for the LGBT community and its struggle for equality. He was honored by BAYMEC in the past in part for his efforts to raise awareness for LGBT youth by hosting the first table for Santa Cruz County youth at the BAYMEC annual fundraiser in 2007. Today, through presentations to area Rotary Clubs and other groups, Dr. Hajduk strives to educate the Santa Cruz County business community on the need to support and respect LGBT civil rights and the need to protect LGBT youth from discrimination, bullying and harassment in our schools.

Bonnie Sugiyama, Board Member

Bonnie Sugiyama, PortraitBonnie Sugiyama is the Director of the San Jose State University LGBT and Women’s Resource Centers. Bonnie has worked in higher education for over 10 years serving students of multiple identities through various capacities. Bonnie is also a current board member of Adolescent Counseling Services the parent organization of Outlet.

Bonnie is the former director of the Center for Culture, Gender, and Sexuality at Sonoma State University and a founder of the PRIDE Center at California State University, Sacramento.

Mitchell Nelson PortraitMitchell Nelson, Board Member
Molly O'Neal PortraitMolly O’Neal, Board Member
Tim Orozco PortraitTim Orozco, Board Member (On Leave of Absence)
Ken Yeager PortraitKen Yeager, Co-Founder & Past Board Member
Past Board Members

Dennis Chiu
Chris Clark
Julie Emede
Kristen Long
Evan Low
Thanh Ngo
Noelani Sallings