LGBTQ Center of Durham

114 Hunt Street - Durham NC 27701
[email protected]
Open Mon-Fri 2p-8p and Sat/Sun 12noon-6p


The Staff and Board of Directors of the LGBTQ Center of Durham

Helena Cragg

Helena Cragg
Executive Director

Helena is a native of New York City, who also spent many years in Cambridge, MA after graduating from M.I.T. with a B.S. in Computer Science as well as an MBA from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. After moving to Atlanta she became a Real Estate Broker and a Remodeling contractor.
Since coming to Durham in 2003 she has been able to further her love for restoring historic homes and getting involved in active and engaged communities. She and her wife Sylvia call Old North Durham home where Helena is currently serving as co-President of the neighborhood association.  This year Helena promises to finish their own personal home!

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Milan Pham

Milan Pham
Board Co-Chair

Milan grew up in Charlotte and considers herself a native North Carolinian with the minor caveat of not being born in the United States. She graduated from UNC Law School and has been living the dream ever since.
She practices law every day with her best friend and an amazing mentor from their offices in a funky old victorian in Durham Central Park. In her spare time, she serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central north Carolina and contemplates taking tango classes
Milan lives in Durham with her wife Tessa and their menagerie of four dogs, two cats, and two chickens so far.

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Raye Dooley

Raye Dooley

A public health nerd by day and a social justice warrior by night, Rachel is a passionate advocate for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Rachel currently works at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and does organizational development consulting with community-based organizations on the side.
In their free time, Rachel enjoys camping, running (slowly) and hiking with their dog Theo, and eating good food with family and friends. An Atlanta native, Rachel now happily calls Old North Durham home.

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Bart Evans

Bart Evans

Bart couldn't be more proud to have been a part of the core volunteers who worked to bring the LGBTQ Center of Durham to life. The process has been rewarding in so many ways, but one of the greatest of those has been meeting people within the community and learning about their experience.
Bart moved to Durham in 2008 from Raleigh. He’s glad he made the move. He lives in Old North Durham with his precocious furr-son Bates, and Hawesome housemate Julia. By day, he's a project manager in pharmaceutical research. In his spare time he enjoys continuing to explore Durham, collecting music, and travel near and far.

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Meredith Stewart
Meredith Stewart
Board Co-Chair

A love of adventure, the outdoors, and global service follows Meredith on her world travels as a leader for service trips with the YMCA and Rotary International to Peru, Costa Rica and Australia.  Meredith currently works in risk management and prevention for the YMCA of the Triangle where she specializes is child sexual abuse prevention and sharing her experiences in youth programming with Y employees and also in the community with other public advocacy and youth serving organizations.  Meredith has a BA in Recreation Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as well as certifications from several organizations to provide evidence based training curriculum to the public.
Meredith lives in Northgate Park with her dog Tanner and in her spare time they visit Durham hospitals, schools, faith organizations, and libraries as a certified animal therapy team.
Having grown up all over the country, choosing Durham as home was easy for Meredith, “it’s a southern city with progressive tastes and friendly people.”  She is honored to serve with the LGBTQ Center to provide a place where kindness and acceptance is the norm and a shining example in the community.

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Michael Strader

Michael Strader

Michael has been a Durham resident since 2009 and enjoys frequenting many of Durham’s top food and drink spots around town, sampling the local cuisine and tasting some of the local brews. Occasionally you’ll find his lovable and playful 7 year old rescue pal Kota, tagging along begging for samples.
Michael is a native North Carolinian, having lived throughout the state for most of his life. Growing up a Tar Heel fan led Michael to attending school at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in Recreation Administration. For fun, Michael enjoys running, competing in several races each year and enjoying the friendships he makes as well as the challenges he places upon himself. Besides running, Michael enjoys travel, cooking, college baseball, basketball and football; hiking, camping, and anything outdoors that allows him time to spend with Kota.
Michael currently works as the Development Director for the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, a state-wide non-profit working to connect people to the outdoors and working to protect, save and conserve land across North Carolina.

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LGBTQ Center of Durham Committees

The initial standing and ad-hoc committees of the LGBTQ Center of Durham are:

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is charged with managing the incorporation process, the creation of bylaws, and managing at a high level the relationship between the LGBTQ Center of Durham and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is charged with maintaining the social media presence of the LGBTQ Center of Durham, promoting its activities, and guiding all brand-related and public messaging efforts.

Social Committee

The Social Committee is charged with developing and organizing activities that support the social mission of the center, such as community building, outreach, and the creation and management of support and interest groups.

Development Committee

The Development Committee is charged with raising funds for the LGBTQ Center of Durham by managing the relationship with potential donors and grantors.

Community Assessment Committee

The Community Assessment Committee is charged with creating and maintaining a database of resources that may be available to the LGBTQ Center of Durham or to its members individually. Such resources include other organizations with which the LGBTQ Center of Durham may wish to collaborate in the future.

LGBTQ Center of Durham Programs

Shades of Pride LogoShades of Pride

As of March 2015, the LGBTQ Center of Durham and Shades of Pride have merged to become The LGBTQ Center of Durham, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to The LGBTQ Center of Durham, Inc. are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. EIN/Tax ID # 27-1277498

Shades of Pride continues on to do bigger and better things, under the leadership of LaToya Hankins, as a program of the LGBTQ Center of Durham.

LGBTQ Center of Durham Organizational Documents

Draft ByLaws           Board Minutes


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