Meet Our Staff

John Waldron, Ed.D

John Waldron, Ed.D

Executive Director

John Waldron, Ed.D, has lived in Southern Nevada for 41 years after moving to the area from New York as a teenager. He spent 25 years in newspaper advertising operations with Stephens Media, LLC, former owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. John served as the Director of Advertising Operations leading teams supporting sales and marketing departments for newspapers in nine states. The advertising operations team John led at the Review-Journal, and other Stephens Media newspapers, won consistently for two decades local, national, and international awards for creativity and design in newspaper and digital media.

During his time in the newspaper business, John helped create the leadership development program LEAP. LEAP is a six-month course for emerging and seasoned leaders that helps participants discover and create greater purpose in their roles as leaders. John has led the program for 14 years and went on to develop leaders in private and public companies, and the nonprofit sector. He has coached and mentored leaders in all stages of career development from up-and-coming leaders to experienced executives.

John worked for two years with Opportunity Village in human resources as the Director of Organizational Development. Working with the clients and staff at Opportunity Village was a life-changing experience for John where he was able to develop a passion for serving in the nonprofit sector. He left Opportunity Village and accepted a chance to lead learning and development at Boyd Gaming where he would facilitate leadership development for leaders across the country. According to John, “the opportunity to work in a company with more than 25,000 employees was invaluable and I learned more about leadership in my time at Boyd than at any other point in my career.” While working at Boyd Gaming, John also maintained a private consulting business where he worked with organizations in the development of emerging leaders.

John has worked with local organizations to raise funds and provide school supplies for local elementary students in at-risk communities, serves a mentor to junior and senior students at UNLV, worked with students in both private and public schools in Las Vegas facilitating events helping prepare students to succeed as leaders, and has served as an official for the Nevada State Spelling Bee for the past ten years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, a masters in organizational management, and a doctorate from St. Thomas University in leadership and management. He is a new adjunct instructor in the business school at the College of Southern Nevada, as well as Southern New Hampshire University. John has conducted research on the challenges of nonprofit organizations and the development of emerging nonprofit leaders to meet those challenges.

John’s desire to serve in the nonprofit sector remained strong while working at Boyd Gaming. He served on the board of CARE Coalition, an organization working to educate the public in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the board at The Center. Applying for the Executive Director position at The Center was an exciting opportunity to work full time in the nonprofit world again, and most importantly, to serve the LGBTQ community. John is a proud member of the LGBTQ family and considers it an honor to work with the team at The Center to strengthen its role in serving the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada.

Channing Carney-Filmore

Channing Carney-Filmore

HIV Outreach Coordinator

Channing, a native of Oakland, California, moved to Las Vegas in August 2017. Channing graduated from Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. in International Studies/Development and a minor in Public Health. During her undergraduate experience, she spent a Summer in South Africa conducting research on HIV/AIDS, and was able to travel to Turkey, Ghana, Thailand and India throughout her matriculation. She studied abroad in Pune, India and secured a position in the HIV/AIDS Department as a Community Relations Intern for an organization called Deep Griha Society. There, she organized HIV awareness campaigns, led HIV 101 boot camps, coordinated rallies, community workshops and events for World Aids Day India, as well as hosting free HIV testing at partner clinics in local villages and slums.

Channings’ senior thesis was titled: Stigma and Silence – A Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS in India. Upon Graduation, she headed straight to The University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and obtained her M.A. in International Human Rights and Global Health Affairs. Concurrently working at The Center, Channing is also a PhD Student at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, studying Global Leadership and Change.

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Vince Collins

Vince Collins

HIV Outreach Worker

In his more than ten years of working in Public Health and Wellness, Mr. Collins has received various certifications in HIV Services. He has worked in case management, both Non-Medical and Medical, outreach/advocacy, as well as educating the public in health literacy, treatment adherence, health education and risk reduction.

Mr. Collins previously served as HIV Services Manager for The Center spearheading many programs including its broad-base community HIV prevention campaigns that provided over 350,000 condoms/HIV Awareness material /safer sex and harm reduction Kits to over 30 community service organizations, pharmacies, Bars and Medical Centers. He is currently in the role of Outreach Manager.

Mr. Collins developed and coordinated a high impact MSM HIV prevention program during his tenure as well as creating Med-Time a treatment adherence program for The Centers Ryan White grant funded program. In addition, he has worked as an Outreach Worker for Minority Health Services (Urban League of Southern Nevada/SNHD), he has also served as Owner & Director, Together as One (T.A.O) Wellness Center, Las Vegas, NV.

As a former professional Ballet Dancer Mr. Collins enjoys teaching and coaching young Dancers

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Todd Dickey

Todd Dickey

HIV Peer Advocate

Todd has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1976 and has witnessed the many exciting changes our city has experienced over the last several decades, including the evolution of our LGBTQ community. With more than a decade of experience in Retail, Customer Service and in the Casino industry, working with the public and providing people with assistance and resolutions to sometimes complex issues is one of his specialties. Todd enjoys being able to help others and has found a perfect outlet for this passion through Rainbow Praise Church, where he volunteers his time and talent, is a service volunteer and participates in various ministry outreaches, including serving as Team Leader for their Intercessory Prayer Mission. As a 27-year survivor of HIV, he has experienced first hand the challenges and struggles people face living with HIV. The numerous advances in medicine and research has transformed the lives of people living with HIV today. Yet so many people still remain disconnected from the care they truly need and deserve. The challenge to reach those in need of help is still a priority today. This has inspired him reach out to our community in order to provide a path to assistance for those struggling with the many challenges they face living with HIV.

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AJ Holly Huth

AJ Holly Huth

Youth Programs Manager & PREP Coordinator

AJ Holly Huth is originally from Tampa, Florida. She graduated August 2000 from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts. AJ has lived in Las Vegas for several years with her wife, daughter, and their two dogs. During her time in Las Vegas, she has immersed herself in activism and advocacy for the LGBTQIA2 communities. In 2009, she began working as an in-home mental health provider. AJ decided to go back to school and in August 2014 received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Phoenix. During her time in school, AJ worked for Elements of Motivation, Gender Justice Nevada, while completing internships at Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada’s satellite location at Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services and Mobile Mental Health.

AJ is currently the Youth Services Manager and PREP Coordinator at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. She facilitates QVolution and special projects like Youth Thanksgiving and Youth Prom as well as co-facilitating Pivot.  In addition to those duties, she also teaches Comprehensive Sex Education at The Center and at other partnering facilities.

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Nicol McNee

Nicol McNee

Volunteer Coordinator

Nicol has just recently returned to Las Vegas from Australia where she studied at the University of Sydney for a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  While in Australia, she participated in a wide range of social and occupational justice programs including work with Aboriginal populations in rural remote Australia, and ACON, the largest LGBTI organization in New South Wales, Australia.  Prior to living in Australia, she was a high school English teacher.   She is serving The Center as Volunteer Coordinator in the Americorps VISTA program. It is Nicol’s desire to strengthen and expand the volunteer program here at The Center.

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Holly Reese

Holly Reese

Manager of Senior Programs and Community Engagement

With a long history of community involvement, Holly has volunteered for countless fundraising events. In the past, she’s lead volunteer teams for Habitat For Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Special Olympics. In 2007, Holly moved to Las Vegas from Florida and quickly became involved with Betty’s Outrageous Adventures, a lesbian social group with more than 3,000 members. After serving on their board for three years, Holly joined Gender Justice Nevada in 2012 as a Queer Anti-Violence Advocacy Services Coordinator where she recruited, trained and managed Victim Advocate Volunteers. She became an advocate for transgender rights after attending both UNLV’s Take Back the Night and Transgender Day of Remembrance and continues to fight for equal rights for all. Holly is of Choctaw descent and has taught workshops on Native American art and culture for more than 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys creating Native American art, camping, Medicine Card readings and storytelling. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

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Connie Shearer

Connie Shearer

Administrative Assistant

Connie Shearer moved to Las Vegas in 2013 after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in Indiana in 2009.  They are a public outspoken advocate for people living with HIV or PLHIV, who began volunteering at The Center before becoming staff.  They are also employed at Golden Rainbow as p/t administrative assistant.  When Connie isn’t working you can find them volunteering somewhere, hanging out with their friends, or walking their two dogs in the Art District where they reside.

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Toni Witten

Toni Witten

Facilities Manager

Toni is a native of San Diego, California. She has been living in Las Vegas since 2010. Toni has a background mainly in security and law enforcement. She was a Traffic Officer with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for just shy of ten years, and lived in Tijuana, Mexico for six years. Previous to that she worked in private security and was a combat engineer in the 578th Engineer Batallion of the California Army National Guard for a brief time. Before coming to work with The Center, she was a clerk, and later a store manager, for Adult Superstore in Las Vegas.

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In Memoriam

Arlene Cooper

Arlene Cooper

Development Manager

Arlene, a native of Tennessee, moved to Las Vegas in 1992 with her son, Ryan. She first became involved in the LGBTQ community in 1984 in Los Angeles. After spending 21 years in hotel management, Arlene became involved in the HIV/AIDS community with ReachOut, a daycare center for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Golden Rainbow, and Saint Therese Center. Arlene joined the Board of Directors at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada in 2005, and the staff in 2008. Arlene became a licensed foster parent to a 10 year old HIV-positive boy in Las Vegas. She volunteers for many organizations including Special Olympics, Democratic Headquarters, Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire, Inc., National Gay Rodeo Association, Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, PRIDE, and others.

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