Who We Are & What We Do

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community in the City of Reading and Berks County as well as Lebanon, Schuylkill, and Chester Counties. We work hard to create a welcoming, safe, and empowering environment for LGBTQ+ community members and allies. 

 

We are registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and proud that we earned a 2020 GOLD Seal of Transparency from Guidestar. Now our community members, as well as 10+ million GuideStar users, can find in-depth information on our Guidestar profile about our goals, capabilities, and progress.  

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Mission

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading provides support, advocacy, and resources to the Greater Reading LGBTQ+ Community and our allies.

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Vision

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading will be the leading expert resource to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies for advocacy, support, services, and fellowship on every aspect of the quality of life continuum.

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Our Board

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Michelle Dech

Executive Director

Michelle's Bio

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Tim Greusel

President

Tim's Bio

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Bethany Bower

Vice President

Founding Member

Bethany's Bio

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Lynette Matson

Secretary

Lynette's Bio

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Ben Wilson

Treasurer

Ben's Bio

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Tracy Parmer

Board Member

Tracy's Bio

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Sarah Morin

Board Member

Sarah's Bio

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Shawn Barczynski

Board Member

Shawn's Bio

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Kai Miller

Board Member

Kai's Bio

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Osvaldo Samboy
Perez

Board Member

Ozzie's Bio

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James Wilkie

Board Member
James's Bio

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Tasha Santiago

Board Member
Tasha's Bio

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MaCherie Dunbar

Board Member

MaCherie's Bio

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Nicole Vega

Board Member

Nicole's Bio

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Michael Molina

Board Member
Michael's Bio

Tasha Santiago

Board Member
Tasha's Bio

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is dedicated to the promotion of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable
space for all our community members, volunteers, and staff. Everyone, regardless of gender, race,
ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, expression or identity, education, disability, family or
marital status, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, religion, socio-
economic status, veteran status, has the right to feel valued and respected. At the LGBT Center of
Greater Reading, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) is integral to our mission. We believe our Board,
Staff and Volunteers should reflect the vast diversity of the community we serve, and that diverse voices
should be elevated and intentionally integrated into our work. We embrace difference and diversity of
identity, experience, and thought and actively strive for inclusive behaviors across our Center and its
work. By promoting these values, we aim to create a positive Center experience that encourages a
sense of belonging for all.


We commit to making our Center a trusted and safe place to have complex, and sometimes difficult,
conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion.


We commit to implementing and expanding unconscious bias education for our staff, board, interns,
and volunteers.


We commit to sharing best-and unsuccessful practices.

We commit to creating, developing, implementing, and sharing strategic, intentional, inclusion, equity,
and diversity plans with our Board of directors.