Sergio was born in Mexico, grew up in Seattle, and currently lives in Tacoma . He attended Seattle University where he obtained a BA in political science. Sergio is passionate about serving the public and has dedicated his career to advocate for underserved communities. After serving as U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s King County Director for four years, Sergio decided to pursue a law degree. He completed his JD degree in 2015 at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Sergio is currently an investigator for the City of Tacoma Employment Standards office. His interest in issues related to employment standards and worker’s rights stem from his personal background as an immigrant. As an immigrant, he witnessed firsthand the challenges of immigrant workers in low wage paying jobs and the challenges faced by immigrant-owned businesses. In his free time, Sergio enjoys biking, running, baking, and traveling. He also enjoys spending time with his husband and dog.
Keryn Giguere graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Psychology and Gender Studies. “I find people super interesting, and have always been motivated to understanding and helping them.” When Keryn isn’t helping people buy and sell houses in Tacoma, she is usually playing with her two kitties, Langston and Lady Katherine, cooking delicious plant-based meals, or practicing self-care at the local YMCA.
“I have been coming to Rainbow Center Gayla for the past handful of years and it’s one of my favorite events in Tacoma. I love seeing the community come together to support such a wonder resource! The energy in the room is contagious- it’s always a happy celebration.”
This is the first time Keryn has been on a board, and she is thrilled to be learning and serving on the Rainbow Center Board.
Merissa was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Tacoma in 2016 after a 12 year stay in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived in many different cities, Tacoma is certainly a place she is proud to call home. One of her first stops upon moving to Tacoma was the Rainbow Center to find community and start volunteering! The offer to join the Rainbow Center Board was an easy one as this is such an admirable and essential organization serving such an amazing community!
For the last 14 years, Merissa has served as Vice President of Sales Operations for a financial company specializing in small business consultation and lending.
When not working and volunteering you can find Merissa spending time with her family (including a teenage son), hiking with their German Pointer, cooking, entertaining, reading and traveling!
Dixie is a native of Tacoma and a graduate of Henry Foss High School. Following high school she attended WSU and received an undergraduate in Economics as well as a master’s degree in Business went on to study Finance in the Phd program. Dixie is a parent of 3 college age boys ( including a set of twins) who are attending UVA, Gonzaga and USC. For work Dixie is a Senior Product Analyst for BECU in Tukwila and has been at BECU for over 20 years.. In addition to the Rainbow center Dixie volunteers as a CASA for Pierce County and at Oasis in Tacoma. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her two chocolate labs and is passionate about spending time outdoors hiking, biking, boating and fly-fishing. Dixie is passionate towards and appreciative of Tacoma’s LBGTQA community and hopes to make Tacoma an even better place through her volunteer work.
Tiffany is, and always will be, a Jersey girl. She moved to Tacoma in 2017 after moving all around the East Coast. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Cornell University Law School, where she completed her JD degree in 2013. Tiffany’s career has spanned from government, to private practice, to higher education. She currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Title IX Coordinator at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In her free time, you can find Tiffany cuddled with a great book, embroidering, or globe trotting, hopefully all three at once!
Ethan is originally from Upstate NY, but spent most of his childhood moving from place to place. He has lived in New York, Texas, North Carolina, and Washington, as well as England and Germany. He came to Tacoma in 2008 after graduating from the United States Military Academy and was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. After serving 5 years as a Military Police officer, Ethan got out and started volunteering weekly at the Tacoma Rainbow Center. Impressed with all the Rainbow Center did for the community, Ethan quickly said yes when he was approached about being a board member in 2013. He is proud to serve the LGBTQIA community.
Ethan enjoys all the PNW has to offer and can usually be found hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, or just generally being outside.
Holly Powers is a Senior Program Officer at The Russell Family Foundation where she manages several portfolios of grants and community relationships for the foundation’s Environmental Sustainability Program. Holly has her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington Tacoma, where she studied environmental justice. As a proud ally, Holly volunteered for Tacoma Pride, WA United for Marriage / Referendum 74, and the Oasis and Rainbow Center “Creating Community Campaign” before joining the Rainbow Center board. Holly also sits on the board of Urban Grace Church and on several committees for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.
Jayla has been in the field of education for over twelve years in various roles from classroom teaching in urban areas in the United States and abroad, to leading large scale initiatives at the local and state level. She volunteers locally in the queer community through organizing recreational sports leagues and fundraisers for Queer City Sports Tacoma. She did undergraduate work at Morgan State University and persevered through ten years of working her way through and finally graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in History in from the University of Baltimore in 2004. She then went on to earn a M.Ed in Urban Education in 2006. Jayla spent most of her life in Baltimore, MD but has roots here in Washington bringing her back here to live in 2016. Its her experiences coming from an economically disadvantaged family, and living and working closely within marginalized communities, that drives her passion for equity and anti-racism. This is the passion that led her to the Rainbow Center board with a hope to foster relationships, advocacy, and community engagement to that end.
Rob was born in California, grew up in Arkansas, and is now a proud resident of Tacoma. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and supporting the local arts. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public relations. Currently employed at Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle, he hopes to use his degree to help advance the research for a cure and vaccine for HIV/Aids.
As a social justice advocate he strives to live by his personal mission statement: “To live authentically and bravely, promoting full equality for marginalized people especially the LGBTQ community, and focus on helping others reach their full potential and encourage them to live authentic courageous lives.”
Brandi was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and is a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2009 with a major in Global Studies, she entered the legal field, working as a court clerk for her Tribe’s court for nearly three years and later returned to work for her Tribe’s prosecutor as a certified paralegal. In May of 2019 she received her Masters of Legal Studies with a focus in Indigenous People’s Law.
Additionally, Brandi is an entrepreneur, having owned and managed a personal training business for roughly two years, and currently co-owner of American Indian Republic, a Native digital media platform as well as Bella & Belle, a Creative Design Firm. She is currently laying the groundwork for her own content creation business, The Multifaceted Matriarch.
In July of 2019 the Puyallup Tribe hosted its first Pride event, of which she helped to plan as she realized the dialogue around the LGBT+ community within the confines of the Tribal community was absent.
In her spare time you can find Brandi throwing weights around in the gym or writing poetry.
Additional Board Members (info to come):
- Sean Walker