Meet Our team
Our organization is 100% volunteer based!
We appreciate every single individual who dedicates their time and talents to ensure
that we get you the information you need as an LGBTQIA+ individual to thrive in York County!
Below we share pictures, short bios, and ways to contact our Board members, Committee Chairs, and our Advisers.
Many of them are also Resource Specialist Volunteers.
President & Resource Specialist Volunteer
Tesla is an active and dedicated LGBTQ+ advocate and an openly transgender and gay man. In addition to service as president of the Rainbow Rose Center board, he is the secretary of York’s local PFLAG chapter, a support and advocacy organization for parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays (and other queer folx); and is the co-founder and moderator for Spectrum York, a support group and social outlet for queer young adults. In alignment with his values and beliefs, Tesla upholds the inherent worth and dignity of every person and actively seeks justice and equity in our community and beyond as part of his role as the Social Justice Committee Chair at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. This includes recent anti-racism work within the local community and organizing educational film & discussion events on a variety of important societal injustice issues. Tesla is employed as a Senior Technical Writer and Editor with Parsons Inc., a digitally enabled solutions provider. He also is an award-winning contributor for The Central Voice, Central PA’s LGBT News Source, writing about current events that impact the LGBTQIA+ community of York and surrounding areas.
Maria Warren Gable
Vice President & Resource Specialist Volunteer
Maria is a native of Baltimore and has been living in York for over a decade. She has supported Equality Fest from its inception and enjoys volunteering with other organizations and events. She is a spoken word artist that uses her platform to enlighten and uplift. She also loves to crochet and spend time with her wife, children, and grandchildren.
Born and raised in York County, Kevin is a community man at heart. He’s the current President for the York Young Professionals and has supported other non-profit organizations through giving and volunteerism. Since 2007, Kevin’s professional background has been in the banking and finance industry. He currently works as a Business Banking Relationship Officer for a local community bank. This career gives him the opportunity to give back locally and watch business grow and succeed everyday.
Christina (Chris) Stetler
Secretary & Resource Specialist Volunteer
Chris grew up in Southern New Jersey, where she was taught from a very young age that all people are equal. She went to Elizabethtown College for Communications, where she met her husband Brian. Her background is in nonprofit fundraising, having worked with a number of national and local nonprofit organizations. She earned a MA in American Studies and spent several years in the history field, before returning to fundraising. Chris is the President of the York County Federation of Democratic Women (YCFDW), the Director of Finance and Fundraising for the Democratic Party of York County (DPOYC), a board member with The Movement, an active member of the Northern York County Democratic Club (NoYo Dems), and has volunteered with Equality Fest for the last several years. Chris lives in northern York County with her husband and four cats (Domo, Strax, Victoria, and Prudence). She loves reading, photography, running (love might be a bit strong), the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles, traveling, and history.
Brianna (Bri) Rivenburgh
Community Engagement Committee & Resource Specialist
Born in Baltimore and raised in both cities of Baltimore and York, Bri began their LGBTQIA+ activist work during their senior year of high school in Dallastown’s GSA. Previously a community health educator for Planned Parenthood Keystone, Bri managed PPKey’s York Youth LGBTQIA+ group called the Curve. After moving on from the Curve, Bri currently does volunteer work as an agent and meeting moderator of Spectrum York, the co-chair for the Rainbow Rose Center’s community outreach committee, and a multifaceted volunteer for Planned Parenthood Keystone. When they are not volunteering or dedicating their time to the community, Bri focuses their attention on their spouse, child, and pets. They enjoy reading, horror, history, human rights activism, gaming, and educating.
Jenny Beth (JB) Kissner
Events Committee Chair
Born and raised in Berks County, PA, JB moved to York in 1995. She attended York College of PA, where she received her BA in English/Theatre. Once her professional career began, she found use for her planning and organization skills in Finance and Accounting. For her current employer, JB oversees global expense reporting and chairs the GBS Community Engagement Committee. Jenny Beth has always been an advocate for the value of all human life, from serving as president of the high school Peer to Peer group to actively volunteering with local non-profits like Women United. She lives in West York with her husband, son, and two cats. She enjoys knitting, gaming, and art in all forms.
Nate is the Vice President of Business Development for our home-team York Revolution. With a background in sales and marketing, sponsorship, and community engagement, Nate is thrilled to take on the responsibility of raising funds for the Rainbow Rose Center. He is very involved in the community serving on several boards including the YMCA of York and York County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams County, Southern York County Business Association and Explore York. For fun, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his daughter’s softball team, and watching baseball.
Marketing and Communications Committee
Casey has spent the entirety of her career in public service, and is a graduate of Temple University (’06) and Shippensburg University (’12). In her free time, she is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) and enjoys boating on the Susquehanna River with her family and practicing photography. With lifelong roots in York County, Casey is proud to work on behalf of the local LGBTQIA+ community as Marketing and Communications Chair of the Rainbow Rose Center.
A Baltimore native, Shannon transplanted to central Pennsylvania over a decade ago. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown with a degree in English and Capella University with a M.S. in Human Services and Nonprofit Management. Her background is in social work, marketing and communications, and program management. Her heart lies with HIV services where she has been an advocate and friend to the HIV community for over ten years while serving as a representative on the Pennsylvania HIV Planning Group. Shannon has worked and volunteered for nonprofit organizations for many years and was one of the first LGBT Learning Collaborative Coordinators for the National Association of Community Health Centers. She lives in York City with her wife and two cats. She loves crafting, reading, horror movies, visiting her sisters in Florida, and spoiling her two nieces.
Suzanne Pauley is a mother of two children and a wife. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She obtained a masters level graduate from Millersville University and is currently practicing as a Master’s level Social Worker in York County. She is pleased to advocate and be an ally for those who are oppressed and experiencing barriers to their rights. She values the work of the Rainbow Rose Center and is honored to be part of the board.
Volunteer Committee Chair
The Rainbow Rose Center is seeking a Board Member who will also serve as the Volunteer Committee Chair. The Volunteer Committee Chair is responsible for vetting and approving those who sign up to volunteer with the Rainbow Rose Center and to coordinate their efforts and engagement. If you are interested in joining our Board as the Volunteer Committee Chair, please email Tesla Taliaferro at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your resume and bio.
Board Members At Large
Also serves as the IT Coordinator
Anne is an experienced non-profit administrator and a dedicated sex- and body-positive peer and youth educator. She is involved with the York Census 2020 committee, the York County System of Care Leadership Team, the Goodridge Freedom Center, the YWCA York Synchronized Swim Team, and the York Robothon summer camp. Anne manages all IT and technology aspects on behalf of the Rainbow Rose Center.
At Large Board Member
The Rainbow Rose Center seeks one additional board member to contribute their time, skills, and experience to our Organization. If you are interested in joining our board as an At Large Board Member, please email Tesla Taliaferro at email@example.com and send your resume and bio.
How to Contact Our Committees
If you are interested in having the Rainbow Rose Center at your
Adviser, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sulivan LGBT Community Center
Adrian is editor of the critically acclaimed anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health and the executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA. A specialist in LGBT health policy, he developed leading-edge health promotion campaigns to advance health equity through behavioral, clinical, and policy changes. Adrian administered data collection for the 2015, 2018, and 2020 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessments. He co-authored “Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue”, in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. Adrian serves as Commissioner and health committee co-chair on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.
Reverend Carla Christopher
Adviser, Founder of Equality Fest
Carla Christopher is a poet-activist, cultural competency trainer, and ordained redevelopment pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Carla was the 4th Poet Laureate of York, PA and has toured the globe as a performer, multiple published and award-winning author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator/trainer in areas of creative writing and storytelling, advocacy and activism, community engagement, survivor empowerment, and diversity or cultural competency. Carla currently serves as Associate Pastor of Outreach and Faith Formation at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster, is co-chair of the 7 county Toward Racial Justice Task Force of Lower Susquehanna, and a congregational coach. She blogs regularly for queer church websites, co-facilitates a peer-support group for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, moonlights with the poetry-funk fusion band, Groove Ink, and shamelessly spoils her Great Pyrenees puppy.
Carla is the co-founder of Equality Fest and the original mind behind the Rainbow Rose Center.
Reverend Eva O’Diam
Adviser, Faith Community Liaison
At Manchester College, where she earned a degree in sociology, Eva was interested in ministry but grew disillusioned with the church during her last year of college and became a probation officer in Wabash, Indiana. About 18 months later, a Church of the Brethren pastor influenced Eva to return to the ministry, and she has since worked at various positions in pastoring, alternative ministry, and HIV/AIDS assistance. She currently lives with her wife and partner of more than 25 years, Mary Kelly, and is the pastor of Dover United Church of Christ and active with the York Association Open and Affirming Coalition.
For questions regarding LGBTQIA+ and faith-based matters, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured here with Peg and Delma Welch, Equality Fest 2018 Legacy Award Icons.
One of York County’s longtime leaders in the arena of estate planning and civic endowment, Bryan worked for the York County Community Foundation for 14 years, serving as vice president of community investment and then vice president and chief development officer for the overall organization. Currently the newly elected Register of Wills for York County, he’s also worked with the York County Estate Planning Council and Leave a Legacy York. Bryan is a consultant for community foundations across the country through his company, Building Unrestricted LLC, where he focuses on helping foundations establish civic endowments and grow their assets. Bryan is a York County native and graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, is president of the Rotary Club of York. He lives in York City with his husband, Ralph Serpe.