Staff & Board

Equality Virginia Staff

Vee Lamneck
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Executive Director
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Thalia Hernandez
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Program Director
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Dorothy Kelley
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Administrative Assistant
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Mario Guevara
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Development & Operations Coordinator 
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Equality Virginia Board

Carl Johansen, Chair
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Norfolk

Diane Carnohan, Vice Chair
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Richmond

Stephanie Bryan, Treasurer
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Midlothian

Kim Roe, Secretary
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Roanoke

Clifford “Chip” Clapp
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Washington, D.C.

Diana Maurer
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Alexandria

Janet Moore
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Virginia Beach

John Osterhout
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Norfolk

Bryan Price
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South Boston

Bianca Humady Rey
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Springfield

Carol Schall
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North Chesterfield

Melodie Thigpen
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Richmond

Welcome New Executive Director

The Equality Virginia Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the organization’s new Executive Director, Vee Lamneck. Board Chair, Carl Johansen shared, “I could not be more excited to welcome Vee to the role of Executive Director. They have proven their worth and competence time and again as a dedicated and hardworking employee for over six years. Under their direction, the organization’s programs have flourished and taken on new life.  I’m glad to know that Equality Virginia is in good hands during this critical time of transition for the organization and for Virginia. I look forward to seeing their excellent leadership guide the necessary work Equality Virginia does within the state’s LGBTQ community.”

Many people know Vee as the previous Deputy Director, and the Board is delighted to embrace them as the next Executive Director as they lead the organization into its next chapter. Vee steps into this new role with respect for the historical efforts that have made Equality Virginia a leader in LGBTQ advocacy and said, “I want to thank our former executive director, James Parrish, for all that he’s done to set our organization up for success during his tenure. We’re on the precipice of legislative victories that will be life-changing for LGBTQ Virginians, and he’s helped prepare us for this moment.”

Vee has a long track record of excellence at Equality Virginia, beginning as the Program Director in the summer of 2013. They have since been integral to the programming Equality Virginia does to uplift and advocate for the state’s LGBTQ community. In recognition of their outstanding work, Vee was promoted to Deputy Director in fall of 2016 where they demonstrated agile, responsive, and compassionate leadership in the organization and wider community. In spring of 2018, they were charged with leading a pivotal new division within EV, the Transgender Visibility Initiative.

Beyond the titles, Vee has been a consensus-building community leader, collaborator, and mentor to many. They said, “I look forward working hand-in-hand with our incredibly talented staff and interns, passionate community partners, generous donors, and dedicated volunteers across the state who all make this work possible.  It truly takes all of us to create statewide change.”

Beyond their extensive contributions to Equality Virginia’s growth over the years, Vee brings more than a decade’s worth of experience in non-profit service. After receiving their Bachelor’s degree at Roanoke College in English Language and Literature, Vee served in AmeriCorps as a school-based mentor, then spent a year as an English teaching assistant in France before returning to the U.S. to serve as a therapeutic instructor for children with special needs. In 2010, they enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Social Work, and completed field placements at both Side by Side and Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).

They graduated from VCU’s Social Work program with a Master’s degree in 2013 and began with Equality Virginia shortly thereafter.  While at Equality Virginia, Vee has been an adjunct professor at VCU, graduated from Richmond’s competitive Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program, and served as a member of Governor McAuliffe’s LGBT Tourism Taskforce. They are currently a member of the Richmond Area LGBTQ+ Allied Leadership Circle and the VCU School of Social Work Black Lives Matter Student-Alumni-Faculty Collective. In addition, they serve as a field instructor for graduate students in the VCU School of Social Work.

As the Executive Director, Vee will guide EV through this momentous time where Virginia is poised to be the first state in the South to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination protections. Vee commented, “I am excited for this unique opportunity to serve Virginia’s LGBTQ community. I am grateful to Equality Virginia’s Board of Directors and staff for their support during this transition and for their confidence in my leadership. I am eager to step into this new role and strengthen EV’s vitally important advocacy and programming. I also welcome the opportunity to deepen my connection with our many community partners and build new relationships across the state as we strive to make LGBTQ equality in Virginia a reality.”

Vee’s broad range of experience in fund development and grant management combined with their organizational and programmatic leadership will enable them to build upon EV’s success. Specifically, Vee plans to grow the organization’s programming and advocacy efforts to focus on communities who live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. To further highlight this point, Vee said, “EV has the responsibility to ensure that our local policies and state laws help to create communities where all LGBTQ people can thrive. When we look closely at, for example, HIV criminalization, housing instability, and the school-to-prison pipeline – we can clearly see that LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and LGBTQ people who have immigrated to the U.S. disproportionally experience higher rates of discrimination. This is unacceptable. So, our work will continue to widen in scope to address these systemic issues.”

Vee Lamneck began as Executive Director on January 1, 2020 when James Parrish stepped down from the position after serving in it for ten years. James is in a new role leading the Virginia Values Coalition, a group of community organizations, faith leaders, businesses, and individuals advocating for comprehensive non-discrimination protections to be passed in Virginia.

Internship

Interns at Equality Virginia  have the opportunity to partner with community organizations and legislators in building awareness and visibility for LGBT issues on the ground.

We have two internship opportunities available for university credit.  Click the links for more information and to apply!