Operations Manager

Jamelle Dooley

Dooley is currently a student at Howard University, perusing a PhD of Sociology. He specializes in social inequality, race, sexuality, and mental health. 

Aside from education, Dooley is passionate about the culinary arts, drag as an art-form, health and wellness. You may catch him lifting weights at your local gym or catching a bite at restaurants around the DMV area. 

Dooley started working with Metro DC PFLAG in May 2017 but first became acquainted with the work of PFLAG National in 2006—a result of a professor encouraging him to come out the closet and live life out loud.

Board President

KEVIN NUNLEY

Kevin Nunley currently serves as the president of the board of directors for Metro DC PFLAG. In this role, he works to ensure the success of the group’s mission through education, advocacy, and support.

Kevin has performed over 100 different lectures, trainings, and presentations for both the federal, corporate, and NGO sectors on topics including coming out, sexuality, identity, expression, combating homophobia and heterosexism, and creating inclusive work environments at places like  Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve, Office of Attorney General, USAID, and others.

Kevin serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at The Washington Center for Academic Seminars and Internships, a nonprofit group working with over 500 colleges and universities worldwide to bring students into DC for professional experiences. Prior to joining The Washington Center, Kevin worked at several colleges and universities with teaching roles in residential life, counseling, wellness, diversity, and inclusion.

In the greater DC community, Kevin serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Thomas Circle Singers and was a Peer Group Facilitator for Whitman-Walker Health, former ambassador for the DC Gay Professionals Group, a member of the DC Center’s Speakers Bureau, and a founding captain of a kickball team in the Stonewall League.

 

Board Treasurer

Andrew J. Sampson

Grants and Fundraising Chair

Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins joined the Metro DC PFLAG Board of Directors in 2014. She has worked as a professional fundraiser for 17 years at nonprofit organizations including American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, United Negro College Fund, Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and Refugees International.

In addition to her development work, Sarah owned and operated a successful clothing boutique in the heart of Washington, DC, for nine years. Sarah earned a Master of Education degree from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.

 

 

Board Member

Gerard Burley

Coach G is the owner and operator of SWEAT DC and Coach G Fitness, two holistic fitness businesses believing in fitness as a means of self and community empowerment.  He has always been very active in the LGBTQ community serving in various leadership roles with the DC gay basketball and football leagues. He believes that everyone deserves the right to live their lives to their fullest and through PFLAG we can help achieve that.

 

Board Member

Sergio Lopez

Sergio Lopez was the Director of Latino Programming at Freedom to Marry, leading the organization’s partnership with national Latino-based organizations through the Familia es Familia public education program. Previously, as political coordinator at People For the American Way, Sergio spearheaded the Young Elected Progressives program, which endorsed 79 candidates on the local level and had a 79% win rate in the 2012 elections. In addition, Sergio worked closely on marriage campaigns in South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2006 with state coalitions.

He authored a weekly blog column, El Chanclaso, for Voto Latino that was regularly featured in The Huffington Post through the November 2012 elections. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works as a Field Manager at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  

 

Board Member

Danielle Foote

Queer former cat lady and social worker by trade and calling, Danielle spends most of her time working at an outpatient behavioral health care and service agency.

Outside work, she helps run a feminist book club, relishes life with her partner, and in the margins, indulges her monastic impulse.

Having spent most of her formative years in Michigan and Colorado, she has called Washington DC her home for the past four years. Perpetually curious about what shapes peoples’ identities and human subjectivity, Danielle was attracted to Metro DC PFLAG for their vision to help restore families, foster vibrant, collaborative community, and advance equality and affirmation of LGBTQ people. Given this background, she is interested in helping forge partnerships and empower communities to fulfill PFLAG’s great mission.

Board Member

Caroline Stuart-Freas

Caroline Stuart-Freas is a Senior Client Success Manager at Blackbaud, Inc, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Caroline leads the work supporting Blackbaud’s advocacy and nonprofit clients. For the past seven years, she has focused on email marketing and online advocacy and fundraising.

Before Blackbaud and Convio, she worked as a field organizer for People For the American Way, where she worked on voting rights, LGBT rights, and immigration reform. A proud native Floridian, Caroline was an organizer for Planned Parenthood in Florida and very active in Florida politics before moving the Washington, DC. In her spare time she enjoys discussing feminism and hosting dinner parties. Caroline also serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington.

 

Legal Counsel

Richard Ramsey

Advocacy Chair-Virginia

PHIL HICKS

Phil Hicks, a 56-year-old native of Alexandria, Virginia, served on the Metro DC PFLAG Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, including two years as Board President.

Phil has focused his attention on the push for Equality in Virginia. The position of Virginia Advocacy Chair allows him to partner with other statewide groups working for that very important mission—changing hearts and minds. Equality includes so much more than the ability to marry. Discrimination takes place in the workplace, churches, and the halls of government every day.

Advocacy Chair-Maryland

David S. Fishback

David S. Fishback has been active in the Metro DC Chapter of PFLAG since 2002, serving as the Chapter’s Advocacy Chair since 2006. From 2003 to 2005, he was Chair of the Montgomery County (MD) Board of Education’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development. He is the author of a 2010 series of articles on the Human Rights Campaign website entitled, Back to School: How to Make Progress in Your Local School System, has testified before local and state legislative bodies, made presentations at National PFLAG Conventions, and has debated anti-gay spokespersons numerous times on D.C. area television programs.

David was the principal public (and behind the scenes) advocate for full inclusion and effective teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in the health education curriculum of the Montgomery County Public Schools — an approach adopted in part by MCPS in 2007 and in full in 2014. He helped bring useful resources to the MCPS guidances offices and successfully combatted efforts by anti-gay groups to propagandize their reparative therapy notions in the public schools.

David also represented Metro DC PFLAG in the successful legislative campaigns to secure civil marriage equality and civil rights for transgender people. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he retired in 2013 from the U.S. Department of Justice. David and his wife Bobbi, who co-wrote the opening chapter of Kulanu: All of Us —A Program and Resource Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion (2007), a publication of the Union for Reform Judaism, are the parents of two adult gay sons and grandparents of a wonderful granddaughter.