Dave Bueché — Senior Manager, Development & Communications
Daniel Lawrence Smith — Senior Development Manager
Stephen Huey — Associate Director, Corporate Accounts
Bianca Beyrouti — Senior Accounting & Development Associate
Christopher Huqueriza — Development Intern
Training & Personal Development
Pat Baillie — Director of Training and Professional Development
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Selisse Berry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit since 1999, the expansion of volunteer regional affiliates across the United States and many global initiatives. Selisse’s vision has been instrumental in creating an international organization whose philosophy reflects the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as a leader of several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has master’s degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Selisse and her wife, Cynthia Martin, were legally married in California in 2008. Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award in San Francisco, California. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.
Director of Training and Professional Development
Pat Baillie joined Out & Equal in January 2008 after retiring the second time in her career from Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to that, she served in the US Air Force retiring in 1993 as a Major. Her entire career has been involved with training, adult education, and activism and she is ready to pull all those parts of her history together at Out & Equal to make a difference for those in the workplace. Pat graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Biology and Psychology. After college, she joined the Air Force and worked as a Weapons Controller and Space Operations officer. She was also active in LGBT causes her entire career and decided to retire on the day that President Clinton announced “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She was then able to publicly come out and was the featured speaker at the Veteran’s Day memorial in Sacramento, California in 1993. She has also worked extensively with sexual freedom issue as a spokesperson and educator and has work on national grass roots organizing. In Albuquerque, Pat worked within Honeywell on their Diversity Council and was asked to present on LGBT issues at the statewide EEOC conferences as well as being the only “out” employee that could be a resource. She also helped to grow the local and statewide LGBT community as the Co-President of Albuquerque Pride for over 10 years. She continued to be involved in community events from political to social until she realized she was ready to return to California. Her goal was to work in a non-profit on LGBT issues. Out & Equal added to that the ability to use her years of training experience so in December 2007, Pat moved back to California. She lives in Oakland with her partner and travels extensively teaching, presenting and discussing the issues impacting LGBT equality in and out of the workplace. The opportunity to influence the workplace is truly a dream job bringing together her political/activist passion with her love of teaching.
Alessa Bell joined the Out & Equal team full time as an events associate in November 2013, following a successful internship helping execute the 2013 Workplace Summit. Previously, Alessa has worked as a production assistant contracted by the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration. She worked directly with the main stage producer and was responsible for contracting and coordinating more than 25 performance artists.
Alessa is driven toward work that benefits the LGBT community. She has a passion for fostering and creating environments for like-minded people who support social causes. A 2011 graduate of the University of San Francisco, she holds a B.A. in Communications. Alessa grew up in Southern California and made her home in the wonderful city of San Francisco.
Alessa lives with her ragdoll cat Max, loves to run and has been described as a human jukebox because you never know what she will be singing next.
Senior Manager, Finance & Operations
Pamela joined the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates staff in June 2006, as the new office manager. Pamela earned her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also spent two semesters as part of a teaching collective within the Women’s Studies Department at SUNY Albany, where she co-taught the course “Introduction to Feminisms.” Pamela has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. She was on the coordinating committee for the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations. She was also was part of the collective at Peace Offerings (a nonprofit fair trade craft store) and worked for five years on the committee for the Women’s Networking Fair in Albany, NY. She is currently active in the Network of Spiritual Progressives, eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, and Jewish Voice for Peace. Pamela enjoys biking, animals, reading, foreign films, science fiction, and vegetarian cooking. She lives with her three cats in Berkeley, CA.
Bianca is excited to be a member of the Out & Equal staff, after having joined the organization as a Development Intern in the summer of 2012. As the Accounting Associate, she provides crucial administrative, financial, and project management support to the various departments and programs at Out & Equal. Bianca is a proud native of the San Francisco Bay Area and LGBT ally with a long history of commitment to advocacy, the arts, and the intersection of the two. During her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Bianca was an active member of the university’s chapter of VDAY, where see helped produce three consecutive benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” for the campus community. After obtaining her B.A. in Film Studies in 2009, Bianca pursued a career in independent media production through numerous local short-form and feature-length film projects. One of her proudest credits is her role as Assistant Director on the 2011 queer horror film The Craving, which screened in several regional and international film festivals. Bianca’s passion for nonprofit organizations began with her internship at the San Francisco Film Society in 2011. She continued to develop her skills and interests through various positions in the nonprofit sector before landing her internship and eventual staff position at Out & Equal. Outside of work, Bianca enjoys indulging in local food, art, music, and cultural events and adventures with friends and family throughout the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to the causes of women’s rights and LGBT equality, she is an active supporter of animal welfare, the disabled/differently-abled community, and justice in all forms. Through her work at Out & Equal, she is thrilled to help make the world and all workplaces safer and more equitable for all.
Dave has been on the staff of Out & Equal since 2004, during which time he has managed both the departments of development and communications. As senior manager, development & communications he plays a key role in supporting the development team’s ongoing efforts to increase revenue through corporate partnerships, fundraising, and strategic communications within the development department. Prior to joining Out & Equal, Dave was Communications Manager in the Alumni Relations Department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and 10 years as VP of development and marketing for United Way of the Bay Area. He earned BA degrees in Journalism and Communications from Central Michigan University. Before moving to California he worked six years as a promotional writer for Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation in East Lansing, MI. Dave lives in San Francisco.
David Fiss joined Out & Equal in 2013. David is responsible for orchestrating the successful production of Out & Equal’s events, including the flagship event, the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, which attracts 3,000 attendees from leading corporate workplaces for a four-day program of workshops, panels, plenary sessions, an awards dinner and networking events. Other major events include ambassador tours and symposia around the world, the annual Executive Forum and our annual fundraising gala, Momentum. The Events Department also supports programming (including regional summits) in partnership with Out & Equal Regional Affiliates during the year. David is happy to be back in his native bay area after 5 years on the east coast doing development, sponsorship and constituent relations. Before that David served as the Manager of Sponsorship, Entertainment and Special Projects for San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade Committee. David received the National Service award for his work with HIV Prevention with Coconino County Health Department and served as Ombudsman and Board Member for the Ryan White Community Planning Group. David was the founder, incorporator and Managing Director of Flagstaff Pride where he was acknowledged as Man of the Year by Echo Magazine and served as the President of CAPI – where he was named person of the year, the Southwest Association of Pride Organizers and Regional Director of InterPride the International association of Pride. David is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science–Hospitality Administration and Management. David lives near Golden Gate Park and enjoys as much time as he can in the sun whether that be exploring wine country or napping on the beach.
Joel Engardio has won numerous journalism and documentary film awards, for work that appeared on PBS and in USA Today, Washington Post.com and San Francisco Weekly. His essays have been broadcast on NPR and KQED. Engardio directed “Knocking,” a documentary on Constitutional freedoms that was nationally broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. It was named Best Documentary at the USA Film Festival. Engardio received a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011 on scholarship from the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. After graduating, he was asked to help teach negotiation at Harvard Law School. At the American Civil Liberties Union, Engardio developed a process that applied journalism methods to plaintiff finding. Engardio found plaintiffs who had narratives that played well in both the court of law and public opinion. Then he started an online video department to produce short films featuring the most compelling stories. Engardio was a senior media strategist for the public relations firm MS&L, focusing on education and health industries. He also consulted for Stanford University’s Jade Ribbon Campaign, a public health effort to address the Hepatitis B epidemic in the Asian American population. Engardio serves on the board of directors for the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democractic Club in San Francisco. Engardio received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, majoring in journalism and history. He was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He lives in San Francisco with his partner Lionel Hsu. They have run three marathons together.
John joined the Out & Equal staff in April 2014. He brings great experience as a global educator, trainer and professional development executive. He has a proven track record of successful strategic planning and leadership qualities in both non-profit and for-profit environments. Prior to joining Out & Equal, John was vice president of education for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). His previous experiences were in developing curriculum and education programs for school administrators, teachers and high school students on a global basis. John is a native of Dover, Ohio and lived much of his adult life working in the Washington, DC area. He resides in San Francisco with Barry his partner of 30 years. They married in 2011.
After a 30 year career with Bank of America, Stephen Huey brings his corporate and nonprofit relationship management expertise to Out & Equal. As Senior Vice President for Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Stephen led Bank of America’s mission to advance the economic and social well-being of underserved communities in Northern and Central California. Prior to this role, Stephen served as Senior Vice President / Community Impact Manager for Bank of America’s Community Development Bank, where he focused on community development lending, investments, and services. Stephen also held multiple leadership positions for Bank of America’s Consumer Bank including Vice President/Consumer Market Manager for 27 Bay Area Asian-designated Bank of America branches with over 300 employees and $4 billion in assets. Stephen co-founded the Bank of America LGBT Pride Employee Network, and continued to serve as enterprise Co-Chair, Advisor and San Francisco chapter Chair. He was instrumental in expanding LGBT employee visibility, influence and LGBT employee resource group leadership opportunities, championed workplace equality issues including healthcare benefits for transgender employees, and spearheaded a number of long term community partnerships with national, California statewide and local San Francisco Bay Area LGBT nonprofit organizations. Stephen has been very active in the LGBT community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and previously served on the Board of Directors for both the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center). He was the Employer Leadership Council Chair for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and served as a member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Investment.
A Bay Area native, Chris graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Cinema. Since then, he’s honed his writing and editing skills with several jobs but found his passion contributing to the LGBT community. He worked at an LGBT magazine as an assistant editor focusing on his newswriting as well as handling social media and guiding several of the writers. Now joining Out & Equal’s team as the development intern in July 2014, he’s excited to continue his work for the LGBT community in regards to workplace diversity. In his free time, he’s the newest member of the All-Asian drag troop. Chris is a fashion and film aficionado, especially classic films. His favorites are Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor films. And of course, being out and proud is one of the biggest accomplishments Chris has made.
He likes to live by the personal motto: “”It is better to live one day as a Lion, than 100 years as a Sheep”
Elyse Lopez joined Out & Equal in July 2014. She is a recent journalism graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Advocating for equal rights in the workplace is an important issue for Elyse and she is motivated to help make progressive change. She enjoys engaging with the community, telling stories and informing people of major issues while enticing involvement and action.
Elyse is a native Bay Area resident and San Francisco holds a special place in her heart. When she is not working towards equality, she spends a lot of time exploring or reading. You can usually find her at the beach. It is also commonly known that she is addicted to cookies. Her life motto is: “Be a fruit loop in a world full of cheerios!”
Dan Katende joined the Out & Equal staff as an intern in June 2011 and was hired full-time as a receptionist on January 1, 2012. He was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. In March 2011 he relocated and settled in California from Nairobi, Kenya. Dan began singing at a young age. In 2001 he began his career in music as a full time Performing and Recording Gospel Singer/Musician. He obtained a Diploma/Certificate in Music, Dance and Drama at Kampala College of Music in Uganda in 2006. He also worked as a back-up vocalist for Fr. Anthony Musaala, a Pam Award winner in Uganda for ten years. Together, they were awarded the Pearl of Africa Music Awards for gospel music in 2006 and 2007. Dan recorded eight albums with Fr. Anthony and also released his first solo album in 2008. Dan co-founded the Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, a gay organization advocating for gay rights, HIV prevention and providing counseling for the LGBTI community In Uganda in 2005. He served as treasurer for the organization and was a gay rights activist, advocating for sexual minorities. Dan’s passion is to spread love to the world through his soulful music. His hobbies include going to the movies, traveling, hiking, performing, recording and composing songs that achieve his dream and vision.
Emily Odenberg is a former event production specialist and hospitality coordinator contracted by Red Bull North America. Prior to this she served as a marketing research specialist in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She joined “the world of Red Bull” in 2012 acting as event producer for big wave surfing events on the island of Maui. Following this, she was hired by the head of Red Bull hospitality to serve as acting coordinator on a variety of events, such as Formula One World Championship 2013 and National Red Bull Flugtag 2013, which activated in five cities over one day. Emily prides herself in her attention to detail and continually seeks to raise the bar of excellence for her work at every turn. Utilizing her background in analytics and experience in event planning she is very excited to be able to contribute her service, passion, and dedication to Out & Equal Event Associates. A 2011 graduate of the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Emily holds a B.S. in Marketing. She originally hails from Southern California, but was born with a Northern California state of mind.
Community Relations Intern
Amanda Rothbard joined Out & Equal in August 2014 as the Community Relations Intern. Originally from Los Angeles, Amanda recently moved to the Bay Area and resides in Oakland, California.
Prior to Out & Equal, Amanda worked in the marketing and operations departments at an early-growth tech startup in Santa Monica, California. In June 2013, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual major in Feminist Studies and Cultural Anthropology. Within her studies, Amanda’s primary focus was on underserved communities, politics, and social justice. During her time as an undergraduate, Amanda was an active volunteer at the university’s LGBTQ Resource Center, as well as a local nonprofit farm within the Santa Cruz community.
Amanda joins Out & Equal to assist the Community Relations department with the planning and execution of the upcoming 2014 Workplace Summit. When she’s not at work, you can find Amanda eating her way through Oakland’s street taco scene. She enjoys skateboarding, gardening, and training her pet rat Stinky.
Bettina joined Out & Equal’s team September 2014 as communications manager. She spends her time writing, editing, designing and tweeting for workplace equality.
California born, Bettina relocated to the Bay Area in 2012 after 8 years in Washington, D.C. She has worked in media relations, hospitality public relations, higher education admissions and marketing, and most recently managing digital content and online communities for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. At Habitat Greater San Francisco she oversaw significant growth on social media and website traffic, and introduced compelling content series and campaigns to tell the many stories of their community. She hopes to translate this experience into success here at Out & Equal and is committed to using her skills with traditional and new marketing communications to make the world a better, more just place.
Bettina is a proud graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., dislikes sports except for the Oakland A’s, owns nine pairs of prescription eyeglasses and, according to social media, is “super stylish,” “generally awesome,” and (sometimes) “absolutely correct.”
She lives with a cat named Lady Bird in Oakland.
Jack is from Dublin, Ireland and moved to the Bay Area in July 2014. He recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in History. He has previously worked in tourism, non-profit fundraising and a parking lot.
Jack joined Out & Equal in August as Events Intern. He does lots of things, most of which involve spreadsheets.
Jack enjoys dogs of all kinds, film photography, trying to retain his accent, Leinster Rugby, Dublin GAA, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Brian O’Driscoll, running and writing of all kinds.
He lives in San Francisco, where he divides his time between Super Duper Burger and Bob’s Donuts. He hopes to one day own six Labradors, of various colors.
Andrea Shorter brings 30 plus years of experience to as an accomplished advocate, non-profit manager, public official, political strategist, and principal consultant with Atlas Leadership Strategies. Prior to coming on board, Andrea was the Director of Marriage Equality and Coalition Strategies at Equality California, where she led an unprecedented statewide coalition of over 100 diverse organizations, community, political, and business leaders to restore same sex marriage equality after the epic passage of Proposition 8. She is the former Deputy Executive Director of the NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt where she developed its vast international chapters network, and developed initiatives to expand the historic Quilt’s reach as a key HIV/AIDS education tool into communities of color, middle schools, universities, and globally, including South Africa. The former Deputy Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, she co-developed and directed what would become a nationally replicated program to provide alternatives to detention to non-violent youth offenders. The program was cited by the Department of Justice as a national model, and awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Excellence in Governance program.
Andrea is a former member of the elected Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District, and the former Co-Chair of the San Francisco Counts Census Committee. She currently serves as ranking member and Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco, where she continues to lead nationally renowned policy and program initiatives regarding domestic violence, and gender equity in the workplace. Andrea is a proud graduate of Whittier College, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governmentas a 2009 David Bohnett Fellow for LGBT Leaders.
Daniel joined the Out & Equal staff in April 2013. He takes pride in building relationships with the many individuals that support our mission. Daniel is responsible for the Advocates Club, which recognizes Out & Equal’s lead individual supporters as well as the Out & Equal Champions Circle, our monthly giving program. Daniel also maintains our foundation relationships to fund our programs and year-round efforts aimed at creating a world free of discrimination for everyone. A native New Yorker, Daniel loves living in his adopted hometown of San Francisco. While in New York, Daniel worked as Director of Individual Giving at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s foremost LGBT civil rights and advocacy group. Daniel also spent several years as a yoga instructor. It was this experience, after leaving his early career in finance operations which lead him to his passion for non-profit work. Daniel volunteers his time on Greater San Francisco’s Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Board and on the Horizon’s Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE) Community EnGAYgement and Grants Committee. Daniel and his husband Alex Goro live in San Francisco’s Castro district with their playful and lovable kitten Neena. Daniel enjoys gardening, taking long walks through the city and going to the beach whenever the weather is warm enough.
Tony joined Out & Equal as its CFO effective January 7, 2013. Previously, he was on the Out & Equal Board of Directors as its Treasurer from 2004 to 2007 and continued to be engaged with its Finance Committee since 2007. Tony spent 24+ years with NCR; the first ten years in a variety of Finance and Accounting positions and the past 14+ years in Deployment Services, his last position as the Managing Partner for the United States Telecommunications and Technology Industry. Tony is originally from Saginaw, MI. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. Tony was a CPA for 20+ years and is currently PMP certified.