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

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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.

Program Director - AJ Hardie

AJ is originally from North Carolina but they have been living and putting down roots in Madison, WI for close to 10 years. AJ is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, Anthropology, 2015) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA, Anthropology, 2013). He is currently finishing his PhD in Anthropology at UW-Madison, as well.

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AJ started with us as the Transgender Health Advocate in early 2022 and after the departure of the last Program Director, AJ was promoted to the position.

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.

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

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.

LGBTQ+ Elder Advocate - Kristi Mason, MSW

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As the Elder 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.

Bookkeeper - Barb Kneer

Admin Assistant - Becca Vines

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Becca holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Missouri Southern. They also hold a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Becca has an extensive background in clerical and diversity work. Becca loves the fine details and can be found managing many roles at the same time. 

They live in Madison with their partner and hopefully pets in the future. 

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

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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.