Meet the C3 Board
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 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”.
Orlando "Ray" Mitchell
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.
Guadalupe Rojas is currently serving her first term on the 501c3 Board of Equality North Carolina. A native of New York and a Chilean-American, she relocated to North Carolina two and a half years ago. Guadalupe has been in the Human Service field since 1999, having received her MSW in 2017. She's also been engaged to her beautiful fiancé of five years. Her passion is advocating for those experiencing marginalization.
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.