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 andpleased to announce that it has hired Ms. Jan Hefner as its first ever ExecutiveDirector.This hiring marks a milestone for the Center, as it represents a transition from anall-volunteer-run nonprofit to one with the fiscal and organizational maturity to beginemploying paid staff. In fact, Ms. Hefner’s experience with grant writing has beeninstrumental in procuring important funding that has made it possible for the Center togrow to its current level of sustainability.Ms. Hefner brings with her 37 years of experience in business and nonprofitmanagement and volunteering.In 1991, she was instrumental in obtaining the first Ryan White funding in KernCounty to care for people with HIV/AIDS. Because of her efforts, as well as for herstrong advocacy on behalf of Bakersfield’s LGBTQ community, Ms. Hefner waspresented with the 2015 Wendy Wayne Award for Exemplary Ethical Behavior byCalifornia State University Bakersfield’s Kegley Institute of Ethics. The Wendy WayneAward honors those who demonstrate strong personal values as well as commitmentto serving our community’s most vulnerable.Most recently, Ms. Hefner was the Director of Community Wellness Programs atDignity Health Hospitals in Bakersfield. She is a former board member and theimmediate past president of the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield. Her newassignment begins Wednesday, September 14, 2016.“The Center is fortunate to have someone with Jan's experience and abilities asExecutive Director,” said Allen Belluomini, the Center’s Current Board President. “Shehas been instrumental in the Center's success, both as a volunteer and a past boardmember. 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 lookforward to continuing and expanding the services planted and nurtured by theCenter's dedicated board and volunteers over the last five years.”Since its opening in November of 2011, the center has documented close to 5,000visits by community members. It mission states that: "The Center is an easy accesshub providing a safe, supportive space and services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual andtransgender community. The Center also serves as a bridge to the greaterBakersfield community."We are confident in Ms. Hefner’s commitment to the Center’s mission, and trust herrole as Executive Director will only enhance the delivery of the Center’s services tothe local LGBTQ community.The Bakersfield Gay & Lesbian Center is located at 902 18th Street in DowntownBakersfield. All are welcome. For information about the center's hours, programs andactivities (including karaoke and movie nights, business networking events,educational meetings, advocacy work and more) call 661-843-7995or visit www.glcenterbak.org.