We are currently inviting community members to join our Board of Directors. If you have a heart of service and a desire to positively impact the LGBTQ+ community in the Rogue Valley, please consider applying below. Also, download If You're New to Being on a Non-Profit Board to learn more about the role and expectations of a director, as well as the history of Lotus Rising Project.
Page't Yanelli (she/her/hers)
Page’t is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Southern Oregon University. She has been a successful business owner for over 25 years. She has worked with “at risk” youth through several organizations, including volunteering for runaway and suicide hotlines, youth shelters, and group homes. She has worked with sexual abuse victims and offenders with Parents United International. She has facilitated youth groups for trauma survivors, and sex ED and HIV education. She has also studied Qigong in China, and Yoga in Thailand and India. She is passionate about creating community support for LGBTQ youth so they thrive to live richer fuller lives and become future leaders and mentors.
Paget can be reached at [email protected] or 1-877-LRP-2244 x0.
Aisha Young (she/her/hers)
Board Vice President
Aisha has a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture with an option in Ecological and Sustainable Production from Oregon State University. During college, she spent time working for the OSU Pride Center where she served as a student peer facilitator. She focused her work on food security and the intersection of LGBTQ+ lives in multifaceted dimensions including (but not limited to) socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, ability, documentation status, and environmental sustainability. She was awarded the Marilyn Gorski Award for Excellence, Integrity, and Outstanding Contributions to Oregon State University. Aisha grew up as a queer youth in the Rogue Valley and is thrilled to be giving back to a community that was critical in her personal development as a young person. She enjoys gardening, spending time with family over a good laugh, and creating community.
Aisha can be reached at [email protected] or 1-877-LRP-2244 x0.
Rebecca Pearson (she/her/hers)
Rebecca can be reached at [email protected] or 1-877-LRP-2244 x0.
Julie Gillis (she/her/hers)
Julie Gillis is an Ashland fundraising consultant, storyteller, and activist focused on social justice and community. She consults with those who want to tell their stories more effectively, find their path, and do good in the world. She builds communities and believes in the radical art of the possible and of hope.
As a co-founder and producer of BedPost Confessions, Texas’s singular monthly storytelling series on sexuality, gender, and relationships. she has curated over seven years of community storytelling events in Austin, Dallas, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boulder, Edmonton Alberta, and Saskatoon Saskatchewan. She produced the only women’s comedy festival in Texas, Ladies Are Funny Festival for six years and was a founding steering committee member of 14/48 Austin: The Worlds Quickest Theater Festival.
She's consulted with and supported non-profit organizations such as Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland Children’s Theatre, Twin Heroes Productions, Collaborative Theatre Project, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The Vortex Rep, The Woodhull Foundation, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro Choice Texas, New Leaders Council Austin, Shift Stigma, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Queerbomb and the Day of the Dead Race.
Julie can be reached at [email protected] or 1-877-LRP-2244 x0.
Evan Gaudry (he/him/his)
Board Member, Pride chair
Joining the board at the age of fifteen, Evan is LRP’s longest serving board member and briefly served as our interim executive director in 2015. He is a volunteer with Rogue Climate, the NO LNG campaign, and a founding board member of the Rogue Action Center. Evan’s work with LRP focuses primarily on financial development and capacity building, security and de-escalation, and coordinating logistics for the annual Pride celebration-- “his baby.” On his downtime, he enjoys hiking, cooking, watching Scandal, and eating way too much pan dulce.
Evan can be reached at [email protected] or 1-877-LRP-2244 x3.