STAFF

The staff at OutReach work tirelessly everyday to improve the lives of the LGBT Community in Southern Wisconsin. OutReach operates with two full-time staff, four part-time staff, and volunteers.

Executive Director - Steve Starkey

Program Director - Mark Hargrove, MSW

Steve Starkey

Steve is OutReach's longest serving Executive Director in the center's history. For 11 years, Steve has served as the ED and has a rich history in fighting for equality and human rights going back to the 1970s, as a volunteer, donor, board or committee member, or staff member with various organizations.

He has served two terms on of the board of New Harvest Foundation from 1996-2002, was the Founding Vice President of the Social Justice Center from 2001-2003, the Treasurer of the Board of Citizen Action of WI Education Fund from 2003-2007, and served on the board of Community Shares of Wisconsin.

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ark holds a BSW degree from UW Whitewater and a MSW degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Mark previously was the Assistant Director at the LGBT Center of SE WI in Racine. He has also worked as a therapist, family case worker, and residence hall director in Milwaukee and Kenosha. 

Mark also created an initiative entitled Colorful and Connected which is a network to bring support professionals together for LGBTQ+ POC in the SE WI area.

Media & IT Manager - Brian Maulana-Poncé

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Brian is a graduate of Madison College and University of Phoenix. He also studied Marketing & Business at the University of WI - Madison and the University of Chicago.

 

Brian has been involved with OutReach since 1994 and has over 20+ years experience in graphic & web design, event planning, and tech work.

Transgender Health Advocate - Ginger Baier

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Prior to becoming staff at OutReach, Ginger served on the OutReach Board as well as a Facilitator role in the Madison Area Transgender Association.

Brian is also the co-founder of Ravyn Entertainment and can be found djing at various events as DVJ Ravyn.

LGBTQ+ Senior Advocate - Kristi Mason

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As the Senior Advocate, Kristi coordinates trainings and workshops to educate agencies and individuals about the presence and needs of LGBTQ 50+ adults within the community. Kristi will also work with individuals on advocating for their right to healthy aging in accordance with their own values and priorities.

LGBTQ+ AODA Advocate - Linda Lenzke

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Linda studied Communication Arts and was in the School of Business at UW Madison. She also studied Journalism a UW Parkside. Linda has an extensive background in business and LGBTQ+ activism as a longtime resident of Madison. 

Linda's decades of experience in recovery work make her an ideal candidate for this position.

Bookkeeper - Barb Kneer

Barb Kneer

Barb has been a longtime employee of OutReach as well as the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, She has been working in a financial capacity with nonprofits since 1998. Prior to that, Barb was

Section Chief in the Financial and Grant Bureaus of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a Federal Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She loves accounting. Really.

IT Consultant - Wayne Gathright

Wayne Gathright

Wayne has been a longtime volunteer at OutReach, working in various leadership capacities for over a decade.

Wayne facilitates a Crossdressers Support Group, as well as the Friday MATA Transgender Support Group.   Wayne is employed as a Library Services Assistant Advanced in the UW-Madison Preservation Department.