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Staff

Manny
Executive Director

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Manny was born and raised in the mountains of Puerto Rico and has lived in several places throughout the Island and mainland USA. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico — Mayagüez and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. Manny also has graduate studies in Public Administration and is currently finishing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Ponce Campus. Manny is passionate about social justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, Latino/a rights, and intersectional work. As a queer theologian and advocate, he frequently writes and leads workshops on matters related to LGBTQ and Latino/a identity, queer spirituality, and their intersection. Outside the Center, he enjoys cooking, reading works by Latina authors, and traveling. He looks forward to seeing the Rainbow Center grow in diversity, in partnerships, and in advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Laura
Operations and Programs Manager

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Laura was raised in small-town Alaska, but has spent nearly 18 years in Tacoma including the time spent earning a BA at PLU. She considers herself both a Tacoman and an Alaskan. Laura loves her job and the many ways she is helping to make a difference in the community. To the Rainbow Center, Laura brings a passion for people, social justice, and lifelong learning. For Laura being the Center Administrator is the best job ever, and she’s looking forward to being with the RC through the new changes and beyond. (Laura is currently on leave and will be back in mid-September.)

Victoree
Office Administrator

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Born and raised in Sunny Southern California Vic has found Tacoma a place to call home.  Vic has been a part of the faith based LGBTQ community for over 10 years from volunteering  to music ministry and was also a founder of a Greek non collegiate Fraternity for trans/masculine identified POC. With a background in theatre and the food industry Vic  has now found a passion for advocating for the Queer POC community. Vic has been a volunteer of the Tacoma Rainbow Center for just about 2 years and is a facilitator of 2 community support group that meet at the RC.  Vic has a passion  for his community, the fight for social justice & mental health care especially in the Trans Communities.  Being the Office Adminstration of the RC is truly a dream come true and he looks forward to connecting growing and learning with the PNW LGBTQ communities.

Vaan
Victims of Crime Advocate

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Vaan has been all over the country due to his military family, but considers Southern California his home. He moved to Washington in 2014 and eventually ended up in Tacoma, coming to call it his home away from home. Known as the “CSI Guy” among staff, his experience and education come from government, security, criminal justice, emergency-response, crime scene clean-up, and various jobs in between. He has a deep passion for helping people and is excited for the opportunity to bring that passion to the LGBTQA community as the Victims of Crime Advocate. Vaan spends his down time with his partner where they enjoy everything horror-related, discover new avenues to living healthily, and contemplate how many cats and dogs they should have.

Luke
AmeriCorps Volunteer, Mental Health Access Coordinator

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Luke is a recent transplant from Ohio, where he studied Visual Communication Technology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Luke dedicated his years in college to queer student activism, community building, and leadership development for emerging leaders and change-makers. He is very excited to contribute his time, skills, compassion, and learned/lived experiences to the Rainbow Center and looks forward to learning more about Tacoma’s LGBTQ resources, community, and advocacy. Luke is passionate about intersectional justice and education, creative arts, making to-do lists, TV show binges, and vegetarian food.

Hours of Operation

Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed

Crime Victim Service Center 24-Hour Hotline:

800-346-7555
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, there is help.

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