Central California Chapter Leaders
CA Fresno County email@example.com
Jason became involved in the fight for equality during California’s Proposition 22 ballot initiative. The passage of this devastating initiative spurred him to join Marriage EQuality CAlifornia (MECA) in 2004. He has spent over a decade working towards full marriage equality with leading statewide and nationwide non-profit marriage equality organizations, and he continues to represent Marriage Equality USA in Fresno County, CA. Jason began operating local LGBTIQ resource websites in December of 2000 and was instrumental in opening the Fresno LGBT Community Center in 2011 and Gay Central Valley, a non profit organization, in 2009. He continues his involvement in these endeavors, operating GayFresno.com. He is pictured at the left with Margaret Cho during a MEUSA fundraiser in Phoenix, AZ.
As a small business owner since 1999 Jason brings his years of fiscal responsibility, business skills and leadership to his role of chapter leader.
Jaymi has been involved in the equal rights movement for nearly 4 years and she brings a unique balance of leadership and visual impact to all her work.
Her prior expertise includes: freelance graphic design, visual marketing, sales management, and customer support. Versatile in her passion for art and design she continues to seek out new challenges with endless creative energy.
Jaymi joined our team of MEUSA Love Warriors in 2009. She has been involved with many equal rights organizations in California's Central Valley, such as: Courage Campaign, Equality Army, Straight Advocates for Equality, Equality California and Gay Central Valley. She is currently a board member with Trans-E-Motion. In that role, as well as in her position as co-Chapter Leader, she strives to educate, empower, entertain, and engage her community.
CA Kern County firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Renee & Whitney Weddell
Whiney and Lori married in the Summer of 2008. They live in Bakersfield with their two pet rats. Whitney is a life-long resident of Bakersfield. She got involved in the local gay rights movement in the early 1980's, and has always believed that whatever is possible in Bakersfield (Kern County CA) is possible anywhere. Whit joined the forerunner to Marriage Equality USA, "MECA", in 2003, and has been active as a chapter leader, as well as the chair of the local LGBTIQ community group. Shortly after Lori and Whit became a couple Lori joined in with MEUSA leadership!
CA San Luis Obispo County email@example.com
CA Stanislaus County firstname.lastname@example.org
Before stepping up to chapter leadership, Josh was already the Co-Chair for the Valley Progressives in Modesto, Stanislaus County, CA. They have a large base of like-minded individuals and marriage equality is definitely one of the issues they care about. This is a special issue for Josh, personally, because he has gay friends and relatives. Josh is a straight ally and the father of two children, James (8) and Jake (5). Josh believes that his community is very understanding and supportive of the issue of marriage equality -- he likes to facilitate work among local groups and to coordinate events on this issue.