BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board is an all-volunteer effort to aid the Rainbow Community Center's vision and future
Dorann “Dodi” Zotigh, CST, MS
Dodi began volunteering with the Rainbow when she first moved to the Bay Area in 2009, and joined the Board in July 2015. She has a BA from Cornell University in Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies and a MS in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay. While attending Cornell, she was President of ZAP!, a sex, gender and sexuality discussion panel; Fundraising Chair for Cornell’s Gay Straight Alliance; an active member in Haven, Cornell’s umbrella LGBT organization; and the Undergraduate Representative for the Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies Steering Committee. Dodi spent 11 years in the Army Reserves while Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy regulated gay and lesbian soldiers. During this time, she was a Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of a unit of 15 soldiers, conducted medical trainings, and organized events educating soldiers on racism, sexism and domestic violence. Currently, Dodi works for Mt. Diablo Unified School District at the Adult Education School as the Surgical Technologist Program Director. She is passionate about continually improving education and helping individuals learn in a challenging, safe, and empowering environment where all identities are acknowledged and supported.
Chris Spanos is the founder and board member of the Rossmoor LGBT Alliance, an organization that promotes and helps create a positive and vibrant LGBT community in Rossmoor. He was very fortunate to come out in the mid 70’s to be a part of the gay movement after Stonewall. Chris helped organize and participate with many LGBT organizations throughout the past 40 years. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus (GMCLA), he helped create and manage operations for Frontier’s Magazine (the first gay slick news magazine in Los Angeles), he produced the first Gay Pride concert in Los Angeles, participated and performed at the first Gay March in Washington DC and he helped organize and manage the first cultural celebrations at both Gay Games in San Francisco. Chris has served on many boards including Christopher Street West (CSW) in Los Angeles as well as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where he also served as their business manager. Chris lives in Rossmoor with his husband Troy.
John began volunteering for Rainbow many years ago. He was born and raised in the Chicago area and lived in SoCal for many years, primarily in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. He’s always looking for the opportunity to be the reason that someone smiles. After a long career in law and accounting, he’s always grateful to be able to answer questions, usually, with the response “I don’t know, let’s see what we can work out together.” He’s a bit of a rebel sometimes even washing his whites with his dark clothes together. He strongly believes life happens, coffee helps. He’s grateful to be going into his 30th year with his life partner, Woody. Together they have learned that all you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then helps. They are very happy with their life in Concord shared with their canine companion Lucy, more than a couple of cats and an ever-expanding group of friends.
Chris Wikler was born and raised in the East Bay, and after four and a half years in Boston, is thrilled to be back home and working as staff for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Chris is a graduate of Tufts University, where he received a B.A. in international relations and political science. He comes to the board with a background in political campaigns, serving as deputy campaign manager for a Boston-based District Attorney race, as well as campaign staff to Berkeley State Senator Nancy Skinner. Additionally, he worked for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the nation's first openly gay AG. Chris enjoys mountain biking, alpine skiing, and earned his Eagle scout award prior to the Scouting program's acceptance of LGBTQ youth and adults among their ranks. Chris is passionate about policy, local government, and connecting people in need with the services and support they deserve.
Michelle Paquette has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of her life. She has worked in fields from nuclear power plant operations to systems software and software engineering, as both an engineer and an instructor. She holds 19 patents for inventions used by hundreds of millions of people every day.
She is currently engaged in teaching and public speaking on both technical topics and social issues, particularly on topics related to gender and rights. Michelle is also active with Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church as a member and Worship Associate. She is a member of the Voices for Trans Equality network and a GLAAD Media Institute Alumnus.
Wallace Yan has benefited from their involvement with Rainbow since they entered the Youth Program at fourteen years old. They have shared their experience through voluntarily speaking on panels on Transgender and Non-Binary issues in partner with the Rainbow for numerous events and hearings. Currently a student at Diablo Valley College majoring in Theater Arts and works as a freelance Properties Designer in the Bay Area. Wallace is passionate in creating theatre focusing on POC Queer experiences and Theatre for Social Justice. They plan to transfer to UC Irvine for a BA in Drama and minor in Queer Studies.
Interested in being a Board Associate? Please contact the President of the Board!