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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.

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.

Cole Rizki (he/him)

Cole Rizki is Equality NC Foundation Board Secretary and has served on the board since 2017. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University, and his dissertation focuses on transgender activism in Argentina. Rizki’s work considers how the relationships between Argentine genocide and state terrorism shape contemporary transgender human rights claims. In Fall 2016, Rizki taught Duke’s first “Introduction to Transgender Studies” service-learning course where his students partnered with local non-profit organizations to develop resources for trans and non-binary folks.

Rizki received his B.A. from Smith College and M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spanish and Portuguese. Before moving to Durham, he lived in Buenos Aires for one year while on a Fulbright Grant. Rizki currently serves as Trans Subcommittee Chair of Duke’s LGBTQ Task Force where he works with administrators, faculty, and staff to develop LGBTQ inclusive policies for the university and hospital systems.

John Sherry (he/him)

John Sherry is Equality NC Foundation Treasurer. Sherry joined the board in 2014 and has a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University. He currently works as a Risk Manager for BB&T, managing a bank asset portfolio. In addition to Equality NC, Sherry has been an avid sportsman with Stonewall Sports Raleigh and a Masters Swimmer with Raleigh Area Masters.

Sherry joined the board as marriage equality began to spread across the United States. He realized that despite the fact same-sex marriage was now legal, basic non-discrimination protections are still not available in NC. He and his husband Wesley Sherry, currently foster two children with hopes to adopt. Sherry is committed to making NC the best state for him and his husband to raise their family, and ensuring that the LGBTQ community has equal protection and access to public accommodations including protection from religious discrimination in adoption services.

Marc Tiegel (he/him)

Marc Tiegel is a Consultant in the Strategic Initiatives group within Wells Fargo Risk. His work focuses on the practical application of innovative technology within financial services. In addition to his service on the Board of Directors of Equality North Carolina Foundation, he is a coach for Charlotte’s startup incubator (QC Fintech), was a semi-finalist in the Charlotte Venture Competition, and has held numerous certifications including Teacher (K-12) and Firefighter/Medic. He was the Chairman of the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance in Charlotte, served on the Board of Directors for the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program and was a candidate for Congress in 2018. He has earned a B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Business Management from Trinity University and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Texas State University. His amazing fiancée Karen and son, Robert, are the central focus in his life and make his heart dance every day.

Summer Wisdom (she/her)

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.

Irving Zavalata (he/him)

Irving Zavaleta is a well-known and highly regarded leader, educator and speaker with in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of inclusion and equity. Irving has first hand experience and knows best practices for working with underrepresented populations including students of color, LGBTQIA communities and first-generation college students.

Irving currently directs the social justice initiatives at the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI) at Wake Forest
University. PHI works to sustain authentic relationships with local and global partners as they work with Wake
Forest students, faculty and staff to encourage deep academic learning; foster transformative civic engagement; and, address community-identified needs in order to build more meaningful lives and a more just world. Irving previously worked as the Assistant Director and Latinx Community Coordinator at Guilford College in the Multicultural Education Department.

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