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Meet the Equality NC Foundation C3 Board

Jenna Beckham, MD, MSPH (she/her)

Jenna Beckham, MD, MSPH has been a longtime supporter of Equality NC and was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Equality NC Foundation board in 2019. She is a North Carolina native; she grew up in a small town but has lived in the Triangle for over 15 years. She completed all of her education and professional training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - undergraduate, medical school, graduate school in the school of public health, and residency training. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist and works as a faculty physician at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh as well as for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic at various locations throughout the state. She is a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and provides comprehensive and gender affirming care to LGBTQ patients. She lives in Durham with her partner, Harrison, and their three large dogs.


Ivan Canada (he/him)

Ivan Canada rejoined the board of the Equality NC Foundation in 2018, after having served a 3-year term over ten years ago. He lives in Greensboro where he is involved numerous community efforts and organizations. Ivan currently serves as the executive director of NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad, a human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through education, dialogue, and advocacy. As a native North Carolinian, he is committed to making his home state a more welcoming and inclusive place for all people.

Canada holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been recognized by the Triad Business Journal as a "Forty Leader Under 40" as well as the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce with the "Change Agent Award". He also serves as Vice-Chair of the board of directors for the Center for NC Nonprofits.


Robert Dogens (he/him)

Robert Frank Dogens joins the C3 Board of Equality North Carolina.  Robert is a retired Banking Executive, having spent more than 36 years in financial services; most recently as an Operations Leader at Wells Fargo.  Robert is originally from Louisiana but has lived in North Carolina for the last 24 years.  He currently resides in Charlotte.  Robert is a proud champion of Diversity and is very active in the community.   He most recently served as Board Treasurer of RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), where he also has co-chaired two  AIDS Walk Charlotte & received the prestigious Red Ribbon Award in 2018 for his more than 15 years of dedication to the organization.  Robert also served on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights campaign for 5 years and Co-chaired two of the organization’s Gala Dinners.  He received numerous accolades from HRC to include Steering Committee Leader of the Year.  Robert is a founding member of the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund and a past President of the FTS Foundation, providing more than $2 million to LGBTQ organizations.   When not working for equality and  justice, Robert enjoys traveling, dining out and spending times with friends.  He is an avid Carolina Panthers fan and you will find him at every home game and entertaining friends on the “Sipping Porch”.


Holning Lau (he/him)

Holning Lau joined Equality NC’s C4 board in 2021. He is the Willie Person Mangum Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is an internationally recognized expert on LGBTQ rights.

From 2018 to 2019, Holning served as an independent consultant to NGOs documenting and analyzing abuses of LGBTQ human rights in Myanmar. From 2016 to 2018, he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at UNC School of Law. From 2013 to 2015, he was president of the ACLU of North Carolina’s Board of Directors. Holning has received several honors for his pro bono work, including the Road Openers Award from Southerners on NewGround (SONG), ENC’s Equality Champion Award, and UNC School of Law’s Pro Bono Professor of the Year Award. Before moving to North Carolina in 2009, Holning taught at Hofstra University in New York, where he also co-directed Hofstra’s LGBT Rights Fellowship Program. Prior to that, he worked at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. He received his JD from the University of Chicago, where he was an editor of the law review, was named a Stonewall Scholar, and received the Ignacio Martín-BaróHuman Rights Paper Prize.


Orlando "Ray" Mitchell (he/him)

A native of Kittrell, North Carolina and a 1998 graduate of Livingstone College with a degree in Sociology. He devotes his life to his family and friends and the advancement and development of young people. Ray is the current Director of New Student Orientation and Transition Programs at Winston-Salem State University where he serves as the advisor to the Student Government Association, the Class of 2022 and PRISM (LGBTQ\ Organization) on campus. He also serves as the Founder and Advisor for the NASAP Student Leadership Institute National HBCU SGA Presidents Consortium. He holds active memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated where he is a financial member of the Beta Mu Lambda Graduate Chapter in Salisbury, NC and is the Southern Region Alpha Advisor Chair. He also is an active member of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the Livingstone College Alumni Association where he is chapter treasurer.


Donna E. Oldham (she/her)

Donna E. Oldham is chair of the board of the Equality North Carolina Foundation. An award-winning senior corporate communicator, she is Senior Manager of Community Engagement – Americas for Amazon Web Services. A lifelong resident of North Carolina, she worked as a newspaper and television reporter and editor; director of internal communications and brand for Ahold Delhaize, a global grocery store chain, director of communications at Duke University Hospital; senior communications manager at Dell Inc., and senior communications manager for GE Energy’s Corporate Center of Excellence. A crisis communications and diversity/inclusion/equality expert, Donna is APR certified (Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America) and has earned Six Sigma black and green belts for global operations and crisis communications planning and implementation.

A graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Communication Arts, Donna attended graduate school at Duke University in Durham, NC. She serves on numerous civic and community boards including the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, and the North Carolina Advisory Board of the U S Commission on Civil Rights. She is a 25 plus year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated and the Junior League.


Adrian Parra (They/He/She)

Adrian is a non-binary, latinx individual who uses they, he, and she pronouns fluidly. They currently serve as the executive director of Youth OUTright, and recently joined the C3 board of Equality North Carolina. Adrian feels honored to build power with the LGBTQIA+ youth of WNC, cultivating a culture of consent, equity and compassion. He prioritizes self-determination and facilitating intersectional and intergenerational dialogue within their youth organizing. She comes to social justice work from a background in fine art photography and printmaking, and celebrates creative approaches to organizing for Justice. Outside of youth organizing you might find them on a hiking trail chasing waterfalls with their pup DandyLion, or dancing in their living room to anything from clarinet to dubstep.


Zach Wardle (he/him)

Zach Wardle is the Chief Operating Officer for Global Banking and Markets (GBAM) Operations at Bank of America. Zach’s responsibilities include management of business operations activities including, business planning, people management, location, and resource strategy as well as financial and expense management. Zach has been with Bank of America for 16 years. Before taking his current role, Zach held numerous Leadership positions including Organizational Performance Management, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Technology Product Management,and Learning. Prior to working for Bank of America, Zach held numerous positions in technology, including product management, solution design and custom application development utilizing satellite networks for delivery of video content.

Zach is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Zach manages Diversity and Inclusion for GBAM Operations and sits on the Global Technology and Operations Diversity and Inclusion Council. Zach also acts as the Ambassador Coordinator for LGBT+ Pride Ally Program across the firm. Zach is based in Charlotte, NC where he lives with his husband and his two children.


Tangela Williams (she/her)

Tangela Williams joined the board of Equality North Carolina in 2021. She currently serves as the Southeast Area Superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), a role she has held since 2019. Prior to being named as an Area Superintendent, Tangela has served an Executive Director, Principal, Assistant Principal and a Speech-Language Pathologist during her 22 year career with CMS. Tangela holds a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Master of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from Gardner Webb University. She earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wingate University in 2016.


Summer Wisdom (she/her)

Working with others to create the conditions for equitable educational outcomes for all kids is her daily professional goal. Tangela wants to bring that passion for equity to her work on the Board of Equality NC. As a native North Carolinian, it is important that her service on the board contributes to ensuring North Carolina is poised to see and serve all of her citizens.

Summer Wisdom is Equality NC's Development Committee Chair and has served on the board since 2016. She lives in Boone, NC and works at Appalachian State University in the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership. She attended Appalachian for undergrad, and received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from East Carolina University in 2011. Summer's graduate research focused on LGBTQ student services in higher education, and upon graduation, she was hired to open ECU’s first ever LGBT Resource Office. She spent two and a half years bringing the office to life, establishing initiatives such as an LGBTQ peer mentoring program and the campus’s first ever LGBTQ graduation ceremony, the Lavender Launch. Summer would like to thank her dear friend, colleague and mentor Aaron Lucier, who nominated her to serve on the board. Aaron was an integral part of Summer’s research and the creation of the LGBTRO, and is a past board member of ENC himself.

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