Mimi Demissew, Executive Director
Mimi comes to the GLCCB with over 12 years of experience in strategic management. Prior to joining the GLCCB she helped launch a social entrepreneurship in 2008. In doing so she created a 5-year strategic business plan with measurable objectives and performance measures; aligned business operations from workforce development, implementing performance reviews, implementing a production process that met international standards of excellence. Previously, she also worked with the Maryland State Department of Transportation as a Performance Excellence Project Manager during which time she facilitated the development of 26 separate business plans for 26 different state agency offices. Mimi is a native of Virginia and current longtime resident of Baltimore. In her years of experience, she has learned that often times it is not only the products or services that drive an organization but the ability to build effective relationships with people that help meet strategic goals.
Jennifer Eden, Program Manager
Jennifer Eden has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community since coming out as a lesbian during her teenage ye
ars, though she currently identifies as queer. After various experiences with the unique hardships that face those at the intersections of race, sex, and gender minority, she focused her efforts toward Black lesbian, queer, and gender non-conforming individuals. Currently serving as the Program Manager for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB), she is able to use her platform to reach underrepresented and underserved areas of the community. Holding a BS in Communications from Bowie State University, Jennifer Eden is also a performing poet and experienced journalist, with writings featured in Iconography the Magazine, Tagg Magazine, and Women’s Elevation Magazine, to name a few, on topics ranging from fashion and pop culture to sexuality and spirituality.
Charles Xavier Kilborn, Peer Navigator
Charles Xavier is an Atlanta native who relocated to Baltimore in 2016. He is a self-care and mental health wellness advocate, specifically within the Black, TLGBQ community. As a man of trans experience, Charles Xavier feels it is his responsibility to use his transition as a way to facilitate open conversations about intersectionality and the importance of living a life that is true to the authentic self. He joined the GLCCB first as a family member and then as a case manager in 2017. Outside of the work he does at the Center, Charles Xavier is a performance poet who enjoys gardening and cats (but not at the same time).
Adryen Proctor, Peer Navigator
Adryen Proctor is an openly gay black man who is a newcomer to the Baltimore area, originally hailing from Silver Spring, MD and growing up in Halifax County, North Carolina. Adryen attended UNC Chapel Hill and earned two degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Adryen is a lover of R&B music, multiple types of food, laughter, and a good twerk session. Adryen has participated in many community projects such as Project Presence in the past and originally came to the Center as a family member. After hearing about the offer for a Peer Navigator/Case Manager position, he decided to throw his hat in the ring and was happy to humbly accept the offer to come to work for a place that has provided him with a new circle of friends here in the city. Adryen is a humble, old soul who is extremely loyal to the people who have proven that they will be there for him when he needs them.
Christopher Strietman, Finance Manager
Chris joined the GLCCB as Finance Manager in 2015, but has been volunteering at the Center since 2013 when he returned to Baltimore after 10 years in Florida. He grew up just outside of Washington, D.C. and recently retired from over 25 years in the financial services industry. He enjoys travel, art, making pottery and mid-century modern design, and feels passionate about issues of social justice. He and his husband, Blane, split their time between their homes in Baltimore and Miami.
Shelese Greene, Office Administrator
Shelese Greene is a Charm City native, born and raised in West Baltimore. Identifying as a black femme lesbian, Shelese has been a loving member of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community since she came out at age 14 & is overjoyed to support her community through her work with the GLCCB. Shelese has worked in the administrative/customer support field for almost 10 years and she is currently studying to receive her Associate’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from Baltimore City Community College.
Lynora Lawless, Webmaster
A new edition to the GLCCB team, Lynora Lawless joins us from the 2017 Baltimore Pride Committee. As a graduate of University of Baltimore and Bunns of Steele Burlesque, this sex worker advocate enjoys data correlation summaries in book form, strategic communication planning and tackling creative projects. When she is not keeping the site current, she is running a lesbian Meet Up and contributing to a weekly podcast on sex education.