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Equality North Carolina has a professional staff and dedicated team of interns working for you.

Our Staff

Brent Childers, Director of Faith Outreach

Brent Childers joined the Equality NC staff in October 2015 as Director of Faith Outreach. He has worked for the previous eight years as executive director of an LGBT advocacy organization dedicated to ending the unique harm caused to LGBT individuals, especially youth and their families, when certain religious teaching is used to justify and promote stigma and hostility.

Ben Graumann, Director of Communications

Ben Graumann began his work with Equality NC in July 2014 as the development associate, becoming development manager in March 2015, and Director of Communications in January 2016. Ben writes press releases, fields media requests, develops communications strategies and grows the organization's social media presence.

Eshe Hamme, Director of Development

Eshe Hamme joined the Equality NC staff in May 2017 as the Director of Development and is responsible for the creation and execution of the development strategy for the organization. Eshe has dedicated her career toward the advancement of diversity and inclusion, global healthcare, and public policy and advocacy issues.

Matt Hirschy, Interim Executive Director

Matt Hirschy joined the Equality NC staff in July 2014 and currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for Equality NC. In this position, Matt oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and manages the various programs that Equality NC provides to the LGBTQ community. Working closely with the board, Matt is invested in finding the next Executive Director through a multi-faceted nationwide search. In addition, Matt continues to work with the Business Equality Council to increase statewide workplace protection policies. He has nearly eight years prior experience working directly with and for business executives in all shapes and sizes of companies in various functional roles and capacities. Matt joined Equality NC from Charles Aris, an internationally retained executive search firm headquartered in Greensboro.

Shawn Long, Controller

T. Shawn Long joined the Equality NC staff in August 2006 as administrative coordinator and later became director of operations. He now works as Controller, handling the financial accounts, processing donations and bills, serving as office manager and handling general questions and requests, maintaining the member database, and helping coordinate event registration.

Maddie Majerus, Director of Organizing

Coming from a background of campus organizing in LGBT and reproductive justice work, Maddie joined Equality NC in April 2016 working within a coalition to repeal House Bill 2. She now serves at the Director of Organizing, building community relationships across our state.

Todd Rosendahl, Director of Youth Policy

Dr. Todd Rosendahl is Equality NC's Director of Youth Policy, a position created in a partnership with Time Out Youth in Charlotte and partially funded by Bank of America. Todd works with K-12 school districts across North Carolina providing professional development for school staff, GSA support for middle and high school students, and policy/regulation guidance to better support LGBTQ students.

Ames Simmons, Director of Transgender Policy

Ames Simmons is Equality NC’s Director of Transgender Policy. Ames identifies, advises staff about, and advocates for public policy on priority issues affecting the transgender community. Ames serves as a resource to connect trans and gender non-conforming people in North Carolina with resources via community engagement and public education and outreach. He joins Equality NC after more than a decade of in-house counsel practice at a healthcare consulting company based in Atlanta.

Our Boards

Our boards set organizational policy and goals, ensure the fiscal stability and success of the organizations, and select and supervise the Executive Director. We seek to maintain boards that represent the diversity of the community in terms of geography, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, disability, religion, and partisanship. CLICK HERE to view our Equality NC Foundation Staff and Board.

Equality NC Board

Rick McDermott Chair Charlotte
Paula Kohut Vice Chair Wilmington
Elinor Landess Secretary Durham
Meredith Griffin-Speagle Treasurer Fuquay Varina
Peter Barr Charlotte
Candis Cox Raleigh
Andy Gerschutz Chapel Hill
Julie Merricks Raleigh
Melissa Midgett Dickerson Wanchese
Gregory Pizarro, Jr Charlotte
Andrew Spainhour Greensboro
Scott Taylor Chapel Hill
Tracy Ward Clemmons

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P.O. Box 28768
Raleigh, NC 27611
tel (919) 829-0343
fax (919) 827-4573

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