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Executive Director, PFLAG


The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today’s Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to begin a support group. The first formal meeting took place on March 26, 1973 at the Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church in Greenwich Village (now the Church of the Village). Approximately 20 people attended.

In the next years, through word of mouth and community need, similar groups sprang up

Chief Executive Officer, Bailey House

Founded in 1983 by a coalition of compassionate community leaders responding to the AIDS crisis, Bailey House is a community-based organization with a 34-year history of providing housing and essential supportive services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. With a demonstrated track record of success in improving the health, housing and independent living outcomes for people struggling with homelessness, substance use, mental illness and the health challenges that accompany chronic illnesses, Bailey House is a leader in its field.
Since its establishment, Bailey House has been on the forefront of creating innovative supportive housing and

Division Director, Quality Improvement, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services was founded in the 1930’s to provide psychiatric services for unemployed women affected by the Great Depression, The benefit of these services was so demonstrable that the Community Welfare Association of Los Angeles, Community Chest (now United Way) and Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now Cedars Sinai) supported the expansion of services to both men and women.

By 1970, the agency had received federal designation as a Community Mental Health Center. In 1974 it opened its current headquarters on Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City. In the same year, the Culver City Family and Child Guidance Clinic