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, Montgomery, Lancaster 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 2023 Platinum 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.
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading creates, administers, and provides services, advocacy, and support to the Greater Reading LGBTQ+ community, including our allies, with the goal that all may live a life of fulfillment, inclusion, and celebration.
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.
LGBT Center of Greater Reading Team
Michelle Dech, Executive Director: email@example.com
Dr. Joseph Birli, Director of Clinical Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hartz; Counseling Coordinator, email@example.com
Tasha Santiago, Director of Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Biancone, Director of Programs: email@example.com
Helen Baron; Bookkeeper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel Balaguer, Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
Alice Potter-Rallis; Food Pantry Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Woerle, Public Relations/Marketing Consultant: email@example.com
Greg Paschall, Security
LGBT Center of Greater Reading Board
Anita Matson - President
Tim Greusel - Ex-officio President
Kai Miller - Vice President
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,
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.