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Our Staff


Mimi Demissew, Executive Director

Officially joining the GLCCB in September 2016, Mimi Demissew serves as the Executive Director of the Center. As well, being a strong advocate for Sexual and Gender minority (SGM) youth empowerment, Mimi started providing mentorship and guidance to the center’s Youth Against Oppression (YAO) program in April 2016. She comes to the GLCCB with an extensive background in organizational development, strategic planning and having dedicated over two decades to SGL/LGBTQ advocacy in the Maryland and Washington DC areas.  Prior to joining the GLCCB she helped launch a social entrepreneurship in 2008 and currently serves on their board. Mimi is a native of Virginia and current longtime resident of Baltimore.


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, Communications and Outreach Specialist

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 co-owner of Bunns of Steele Burlesque, this sex worker advocate enjoys data correlation studies in book form, strategic communication planning and tackling creative projects.



Aaron Powell, Peer Navigator

Aaron, who identifies as a same gender loving male, is a recent May 2018 graduate from Bowie State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child & Adolescent Studies. He has experience with outreach work in the LGBTQ community due to his internship with STAR TRACK within the last six months. He still enjoys attending the different community events held by STAR TRACK such as game nights and karaoke nights. He is excited to be apart of the events and programs held here at the GLCCB. In his spare time, he likes to attend different happy hours, watch horror movies, or just enjoy spending time with family. He looks forward to serving the community and promoting growth



Duke Porter, Peer Navigator and Program Coordinator

Kevi Smith-Joyner, Peer Navigator


Heather Savino, Development Consultant



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