PFLAG Central Oregon

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Cait Boyce

President


Cait moved from San Francisco to Central Oregon in 2004.  Since 1971, she has been involved with many LGBTQ organizations including ACT UP! (where she was proudly arrested 2 times), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Law Association (ILGLaw), Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.  Cait was the founder and CEO of The Center For Restorative Justice, a pathway to peace for communities and the incarcerated and currently works as the Community Organizer for Human Dignity Coalition.  Contact Cait at:  [email protected]


Becky Groves

Vice President


Becky is a Prineville native, mother of three, and grandmother of three.  She has been a home based licensed child care provider for 25+ years. After her son came out as gay at age 18, she quickly found her way on the PFLAG Central Oregon board.  She served as the President for 10 years and now serves as Vice-President.  She was also the President/Chair of PFLAG’s Oregon State Council for three years.  She was the first person east of the Cascade Mountains to do so. 

Becky has been actively involved in getting laws passed to protect the freedom of LGBTQ folks in Oregon and in the nation.  In 2007, she was invited by Basic Rights Oregon to be the first testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Oregon Equality Act (SB2) which was passed by our Oregon Legislature.  The Oregon Equality Act makes it illegal to fire a good employee, evict a good tenant, or refuse a patron at a restaurant just because that person is gay or transgender.  

She has been a passionate activist for marriage equality and was thrilled when her son was able to legally marry on the eve of the SCOTUS decision in June, 2015, to make marriage equality available to all.  Adam and Michael are now parents to sweet Emery who attends most PFLAG meetings and brings lots of smiles! 

Becky is available for one-on-one meetings with other parents who might be struggling with their child’s sexual orientation.  Contact her at:  [email protected]


Bree Ella Heaton

Secretary


Bree is a 17 year-old student at Crook County High School in Prineville. She is a senior this year.  After high school she plans to go to college to become a high school English teacher.  Her hobbies include writing, reading, and crocheting.  She is a published poet and plans to continue writing in hopes of being published again.  As secretary of PFLAG Central Oregon, she vows to serve PFLAG in a respectful and professional manner with utmost maturity.  Bree is an open transgender female and has been living her life authentically since 2015.  She plans to continue her advocacy for the LGBTQ community in addition to her other career goals she has set.  Bree is active in her high school Gay-Straight Alliance Club at Crook County High School.  Throughout the many challenges she faces in her life with being transgender, she doesn't let hate, comments, or criticism bring her down.  She fights for herself and others!

 

Adam Groves

Treasurer/Membership


Adam has served on the board of directors for PFLAG Central Oregon since returning to Oregon from living in Louisiana in July 2014. Currently he serves as Treasurer and also manages membership duties. His passions are reading, cooking, and spending time with his husband Michael and their young daughter Emery. He is an accountant by day, currently working towards licensure as a Certified Public Accountant.

Fran Davis

Corresponding Secretary



Michael Liles
Member at Large

Michael has served on the board of directors for PFLAG Central Oregon since Mid-2015. He Currently serves as a Member at Large. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his husband Adam and daughter Emery. He prefers to be outside on adventures, either hiking, road trips to new places, or on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean. He is originally from Louisiana and moved here with his husband in the summer of 2014.

Shawna Dicintio
Member at Large

Shawna is our newest board member, joining us in March, 2017.  She comes from the Madras community and is mother to two LGBTQ children.  She's a strong and compassionate advocate for not only her children but all LGBTQ youth.  

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Cliff Cook

Former Secretary, Honorary Board Member


Cliff was invited to join PFLAG as Secretary and was forced to resign due to health concerns.  Cliff says he is very proud to have served such a worthy organization and likes that it is active here in Central Oregon.

 

Cliff is also on the board of HDC (Human Dignity Coalition) joining a year after it was founded in 1992.  He was on the Board when HDC opened its first office and hired its first Executive Director. He resigned in 2001 but returned early in 2013.

 

Cliff is a gay man and the founder of the Meet Up Group Stars & Rainbows, an LGBTQ social organization with over 700 members. 

 

Cliff is a retired HS teacher and is the founding President of both the Willamette Valley Council for the Social Studies and the Oregon Council for the Social Studies. Cliff also worked in hotel administration for almost ten years.