Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield appoints Jan Hefner as Executive Director

Posted at 12:39 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 15:39:54-04
Below is a news release from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield:
The Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield is proud and
pleased to announce that it has hired Ms. Jan Hefner as its first ever Executive
This hiring marks a milestone for the Center, as it represents a transition from an
all-volunteer-run nonprofit to one with the fiscal and organizational maturity to begin
employing paid staff. In fact, Ms. Hefner’s experience with grant writing has been
instrumental in procuring important funding that has made it possible for the Center to
grow to its current level of sustainability.
Ms. Hefner brings with her 37 years of experience in business and nonprofit
management and volunteering.
In 1991, she was instrumental in obtaining the first Ryan White funding in Kern
County to care for people with HIV/AIDS. Because of her efforts, as well as for her
strong advocacy on behalf of Bakersfield’s LGBTQ community, Ms. Hefner was
presented with the 2015 Wendy Wayne Award for Exemplary Ethical Behavior by
California State University Bakersfield’s Kegley Institute of Ethics. The Wendy Wayne
Award honors those who demonstrate strong personal values as well as commitment
to serving our community’s most vulnerable.
Most recently, Ms. Hefner was the Director of Community Wellness Programs at
Dignity Health Hospitals in Bakersfield. She is a former board member and the
immediate past president of the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield. Her new
assignment begins Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
“The Center is fortunate to have someone with Jan's experience and abilities as
Executive Director,” said Allen Belluomini, the Center’s Current Board President. “She
has been instrumental in the Center's success, both as a volunteer and a past board
member. I know that she will do great work for the Center in her new capacity.”
For her part, Ms. Hefner said, “I'm honored and proud to accept this position. I look
forward to continuing and expanding the services planted and nurtured by the
Center's dedicated board and volunteers over the last five years.”
Since its opening in November of 2011, the center has documented close to 5,000
visits by community members. It mission states that: "The Center is an easy access
hub providing a safe, supportive space and services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender community. The Center also serves as a bridge to the greater
Bakersfield community."
We are confident in Ms. Hefner’s commitment to the Center’s mission, and trust her
role as Executive Director will only enhance the delivery of the Center’s services to
the local LGBTQ community.
The Bakersfield Gay & Lesbian Center is located at 902 18th Street in Downtown
Bakersfield. All are welcome. For information about the center's hours, programs and
activities (including karaoke and movie nights, business networking events,
educational meetings, advocacy work and more) call 661-843-7995
or visit