Our Board

Alphonzo Hicks, President and Board Chairman

Alphonzo Hicks is the current President and Board Chair of the South Bay LGBTQ Center. He also sits on the board of the Manhattan Beach / South Bay chapter of PFLAG. Alphonzo is a devoted lead volunteer at the Center, heavily involved in the organization’s social media efforts, art shows, other social events, and more. A businessman who ran his own coffeehouse in Long Beach, he has served as board president for his condominium’s homeowners association and has been active in LGBTQ+/Queer organizations since the early 1990s, serving in many different capacities. While attending Long Beach City College, he was president of the school’s Rainbow Alliance, where he helped organize both on-campus and off-campus events. Later, while completing his Bachelors of Arts degrees, he was vice president of UC Irvine’s LGBTQ+/Queer student group. With the South Bay Center, he has participated in pride parades and AIDS Walk events, World AIDS Day, and organized regular HIV testing dates, art shows, and youth events with the El Camino Community College. He currently lives in the Willowbrook/Lynwood area.

Contact Alphonzo at ahicks@southbaycenter.org

 

Gary North, Vice President

Gary North is currently South Bay LGBTQ Center’s vice president. He is a co-founder/past president of BiNet USA; founder of the first U.S. national bi newsletter (Bisexuality: News, Views, and Networking); longtime journalist and former president of L.A. Newspaper Guild Local 69/TNG-CWA AFL-CIO (the guild is now part of CWA Local 9400); co-founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association L.A. Chapter; and a founder/leader of numerous bi support groups, including the Bi & Beyond group at the South Bay LGBTQ Center. He is married to a woman who was an assigned AIDS caregiver for his husband, who died in 1993. Through her three grown children, Gary is a grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of two.

Contact Gary at gnorth@southbaycenter.org

 

Mary Simun, Treasurer​

Mary Simun is a recently retired high school science teacher who is active in the local community, having served as president of Friends of the Redondo Beach Library and sponsored the Gay-Straight Alliance for several years at Redondo Unified High School. Raised by parents who were active in civil rights issues, she was 5 years old when she was handing out fliers encouraging people to avoid buying table grapes and head lettuce because farm workers were being exposed to toxic pesticides, and she has been active in civil and human rights ever since. She also made possible the South Bay LGBTQ Center's bright building sign that can finally be seen from Crenshaw and 166th. She and her wife live in the South Bay area. 

Contact Mary at msimun@southbaycenter.org

Frank Davis, Secretary

Known to many of us as “Frankie,” Frankie was born and raised just a few blocks from the Center’s current Torrance location.  A recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s in Arts for Psychology, Frankie plans to pursue a career in clinical counseling or therapy for people with mental health disorders. Frankie would like to promote love and acceptance towards everyone that walks into the South Bay LGBTQ Center looking for help and/or assistance. Frankie is also a member of the Q-Faith Community a faith group that welcomes members of the LGBTQ+/Queer communities.

Contact Frank at fdavis@southbaycenter.org

Edwin Aceves, Events Coordinator

Edwin Alfonso Aceves is a resident of Hawthorne, California. He has lived in the South Bay for most of his life. He attended Lennox Middle School, Hawthorne High School, Animo Leadership Charter High School, and El Camino College. He considers himself to be a very proud and active member of the Queer community. At a very young age, Edwin knew he was Gay and knew exactly what environment he would have liked to grow up in. He feels it’s important that our community supports one another and grows together. His goal is to make sure he is helping to contribute to the Queer community. At the end of the day Edwin wants to help his community and create the Queer spaces that he wishes he had when he was growing up.

Contact Edwin at eaceves@southbaycenter.org

Saundra Jacobson, Board Member

Saundra Jacobson retired as the Executive Assistant in the HR Department for a Radiation Oncology group.  She was born and raised in New York, and at age 27 and moved to Vermont, Oregon; San Diego, California; New Mexico and finally back to California to live in the South Bay. She calls herself a gypsy in her soul. During her seven years living in San Diego, Saundra volunteered for Aids Walk. She has marched in the Pride Parade and handed out information at their booth in Balboa Park, while also working in their office. While in New Mexico, Saundra volunteered for the Women's Rape Crisis Hotline. When her father passed away she did six months of volunteering at Providence TrinityCare Hospice. Needing to experience the lighter side of volunteering, for the past six years Saundra has been a volunteer at the Cabrillo Theater in Old Torrance. Some have said "volunteer" should be her middle name. She hopes to bring a new energy and voice to the South Bay LGBTQ Center’s Board.

Contact Saundra at sjacobson@southbaycenter.org

16610 Crenshaw Boulevard

Torrance, CA 90504

(310) 328-6550

southbaylgbtcenter@gmail.com

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