Board of Directors 2017-10-01T05:19:19+00:00

Co-Founders

Wiggsy Sivertsen
Wiggsy SivertsenCo-Founder & Current Board Member
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In 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 Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, Ken Yeager, in 1984. Wiggsy is a retired professor and former Director of Counseling Services at San José State University.

Ken Yeager
Ken YeagerCo-Founder & Past Board Member
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Ken Yeager has served as an elected official in Santa Clara County for 25 years, first as San Jose/Evergreen College Board Trustee, then as a San Jose City Councilmember, and now as a Santa Clara County Supervisor. Ken is passionate about improving public health and the quality of life for all his constituents. As Chair of the Health and Hospital Committee, he is a strong proponent of maintaining strong safety net programs. As a long-term board member of both VTA and Caltrain, Ken has advocated for ex​panding and improving public transit systems as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance economic productivity. In his further efforts to protect our environment, Ken has also authored policies reducing waste, improving building codes, and increasing the use of renewable energy. As the first openly gay elected official in the County, he is committed to ensuring that the LGBTQ community has equitable rights and full representation in local government.

Officers

James Gonzales
James GonzalesPresident, Board Member
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James has worked in law enforcement for over 18 years in Silicon Valley, serving in many different roles. He has been a court-appointed educational rights advocate for juveniles in the criminal justice system. He is currently Vice President of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association where he was previously political and community relations director. While at the SJPOA, James has worked on building better relationships with our community and giving his members a larger voice in local politics. James has extensive media/public relations experience and frequently is seen on television commenting on public safety or LGBT issues. James is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a member of the San Jose chapter of Rotary International. James has brought his skills and experience in political campaigning to BAYMEC and is currently serving in his 5th year as board president. When not working James loves cooking for friends and international travel.

Paul Escobar
Paul EscobarVice President, Board Member
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Paul is the Director of Policy & Education Programs at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He focuses on autonomous technology and computer science education policy. Paul worked as Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Deputy Field Director in 2014, and has volunteered on local and federal campaigns. Paul believes strongly in the power and importance of civic engagement.

Dawn Cieslik
Dawn CieslikTreasurer, Board Member
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Dawn has several years of experience in both the private and the public sector with the last 10 years working for the Office of the Assessor for both Santa Clara and Santa Barbara Counties. Prior to county employment, Dawn worked as a corporate paralegal, as well as serving in the United States Navy where her responsibilities included advocating for the medical and legal rights of service men and women, and their family members. Prior to becoming a board member for BAYMEC, Dawn was a trustee for the County of Santa Barbara Employee Retirement System that managed a $2 billion investment portfolio. She has also held positions of Chapter Chairperson, Executive Vice President, and Secretary of SEIU Local 620 representing for the County of Santa Barbara. Dawn holds a BS in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from San Diego State University and Paralegal Certification from University of San Diego.

Maureen Heath
Maureen HeathSecretary, Board Member
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Maureen has an undergraduate and a graduate degree in Recreation Therapy. She got her law degree from Santa Clara University. She has practiced in the area of worker’s compensation for 31 years.

Maureen is a County Commissioner for the Advisory Council for Sourcewise (Council on Aging) and is a Commissioner for the Community and Senior Services Commission in Los Gatos. She has also done volunteer legal work for SALA, Senior Adult Legal Assistance.

Current Board Members

Bryan Aubineau
Bryan AubineauBoard Member
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Bryan is currently Communications Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager and Chief Branding Officer for Project MORE Foundation. A San Jose native, he has developed a local reputation as an expert in marketing communications, social media, branding, and nonprofit management, with experience spanning the private, public, and political sectors.

Jeremy Avila
Jeremy AvilaBoard Member
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Jeremy is a a San Jose native, having lived here most of his life. Jeremy spent 7 years in Los Angeles as a student at the University of Southern California and UCLA School of Law. Jeremy has been active in political and policy work by serving as an intern in the Washington, DC officer of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and for President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council. For the past 5 years Jeremy has served as a prosecutor and trial lawyer in both the Monterey County and Santa Clara County district attorney’s offices. Jeremy is a foodie, a Star Wars fan, and enjoys cooking and staying engaged in legal and political issues.

BJ Fadem
BJ FademBoard Member
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B J Fadem has been an attorney in Silicon Valley for over thirty (30) years; having graduated from San Jose State University and Golden Gate University – School of Law. He established his own law firm, The Law Offices of B J Fadem & Associates, APC in August of 1991.
B J has been active in legislation and politics both locally and statewide – having served for the past 3 year on the California State Bar committee that reviews and submits state legislation. He continues to donate his time, energy and services to the LGBT community: assisting in the coordination of Transgender Day of Visibility, volunteering at Youth Space, and conducting numerous workshops and seminars with regard to legal issues involving the LGBT community.
He has been happily married for 25 years with a daughter in college. His hobbies include Mixed Martial Arts, Weight Training, Fencing, Historical Sword Fighting – and – Toys.

David K. Ginsborg
David K. GinsborgBoard Member
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Married for nearly 15 years and the father of two, David Ginsborg currently serves as Deputy 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. 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.
David has a Masters in Management GSPM, which is now part of George Washington University and a Bachelors degree from U.C. Berkeley. David and his wife Elisa Koff-Ginsborg are raising their two children in San Jose’s Willow Glen Neighborhood.

Michael Lomio
Michael LomioBoard Member
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Michael Lomio is a fifth generation San Jose resident. He graduated from Valley Christian High School in 2011, and then the University of California, Merced in 2015. Michael has worked in the Office of Congressman Jim Costa, at the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the White House, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which is where he currently serves as the Leadership Group’s Senior Associate of Government Relations. His longing to build a more equal and inclusive south bay community inspired him to join BAYMEC in early 2017. He now looks forward to supporting BAYMEC on the Communications Committee as well as the Endorsements / Elections Committee.

Mario Lopez
Mario LopezBoard Member
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Mario currently serves as a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Board President, Dave Cortese. In 2014, he served as a Regional Field Director on Congressman Mike Honda’s successful re-election campaign. His professional background also includes time with the Greenlining Institute, Young Invincibles, the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), and the ACLU. He currently serves on the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley Board of Directors. Mario began his journey in politics as an undocumented student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Poppen
Richard PoppenSecretary
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Rich 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 19 years.

Bonnie Sugiyama
Bonnie SugiyamaBoard Member
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Bonnie Sugiyama is the Director of the San Jose State University PRIDE Center and Gender Equity Center. They have worked on social justice issues as a student and higher education professional at several CSU campuses for over 15 years. Bonnie serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), the parent organization of Outlet, an LGBTQ youth services program. They have also served on the national board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals as the People of Color Co-Chair. 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. Bonnie holds a BS in Business Administration: Management Information Systems and a MA in Educational Technology from California State University, Sacramento.

Michael VargasBoard Member
Dina OskieraBoard Member

Past Board Members & Officers

Shay Franco-Clausen
Shay Franco-ClausenPast Board Member
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Shay Franco-Clausen, a Mother, Agent of Change, Nonprofit Founder and Wife, who find ways to serve as a voice for those whom have lost theirs.

A protector of Women’s, Human and LGBTQA Rights, Shay takes her rightful place at decision-making tables to advocate for policies changes to benefit our communities. Shay serves on many Boards and Commissions including the Commission on the Status of Women, Chairs the Justice & Advocacy Committee, Human Trafficking Commission, IPV – Domestic Violence Task Force, Northern California Representative ACCW, President of the Silicon Valley African American Democratic Coalition, Directors of Public Relations for Building Peaceful Familie, ADEM Delegate for Assembly District 24 and works for Assembly Member Ash Kalra of District 27, after running his successful campaign. In her spare time, she is a DJ and love using music to heal.

Roseryn Bhudsabourg
Roseryn BhudsabourgPast Board Member
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Roseryn 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
Leslie BulbukPast Board Member, Past Board President
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Leslie 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.

Rich GordonPast Board Member

Jeffrey Cardenas
Dennis Chiu
Chris Clark
Cathy Busalacchi
Julie Emede
Tony Filice
Rich Gordon
Mark Hajduk
Stan Hajduk
Kristen Long
Evan Low
Thanh Ngo
Molly O’Neal
Tim Orozco
Noelani Sallings