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 Long, DSW(c), 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.


Mark holds a BSW degree from UW Whitewater and a MSW degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He has also worked as a therapist, family case worker, and residence hall director in the Milwaukee and Kenosha areas. Mark Long also manages the Willma's Fund and also is a co-facilitator for the Queer Survivors Group through the Rape Crisis Center.

Mark will be finishing up his Doctor of Social Work degree in Spring of 2022. This will allow them to continue to research with the LGBTQ+ community here in Madison, Wisconsin. He lives in Madison with his pets and his husband”.

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+ Senior Advocate - Kristi Mason, MSW

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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.

Bookkeeper - Barb Kneer

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.

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.