The work of Lambda Archives would not be possible without the countless hours and dedication of the people who pour their passion into collecting, preserving, and sharing our local queer history.
Here are some of their stories.
Nicole Verdes (she/they)
Nicole has been serving as Lambda’s Board President since August of 2018 after serving as Board Treasurer since April of 2017. She is very active in the community, serving on various Boards and as co-chair of the Young Professional’s Council at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. As a queer mixed-race working class feminist, she works hard in making every effort to meet Lambda’s mission of collecting, teaching, and preserving our local LGBTQ+ history. She lives in Normal Heights with the love of her life, Megan and their French Bulldog Sookie.
Jae Red Rose (they/them She/Hers) moved to San Diego during the summer of 2017. Since that time, they have started their transition and developed a fervent passion for activism. Jae serves on the Board of Directors for The T-Spot and Lambda Archives as well as the planning committees for San Diego Trans Pride, She Fest and the Won’t be Erased March. She is a group facilitator at The LGBT Community Center and The Hillcrest Youth Center, and a youth coordinator at San Diego Pride.
They are passionate about accessibility, intersectional social justice, and being a positive role model for all of our community.
Gibrán Güido (he/him/his) was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. Currently, Gibrán is co-editing with Dr. Adelaida R. Del Castillo the forthcoming anthology titled, Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging. Gibrán is also the co-editor of the anthology Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out.
Matthew Vasilakis (he/him/his) is a proven leader, bringing a broad range of experience including work with various local, state and national nonprofits, businesses, civic and educational institutions, and elected officials. He is dedicated to ensuring all communities are uplifted by meaningful policies that address and end injustice. Matthew is an advocate at Climate Action Campaign and currently sits on the boards of Lambda Archives San Diego, Sierra Club San Diego’s Political Committee, and the YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County.
Originally from Washington State, Mark Maddox (he/him/his) moved to America’s Finest City with his partner, Ben Mendoza in late 2013. With over 12 years of skills and experience in customer service and volunteer support, Mark’s background includes employment with Birch Aquarium, parade management for San Diego Pride, and currently the Director of Volunteer Engagement for Mama’s Kitchen. When not supporting great local organizations, Mark can be found brunching, playing with his dog Donut, or re-reading Harry Potter.
Anna Culbertson, MA, MSLIS, (she/her/hers) is Assistant Head of Special Collections and University Archives at San Diego State University. She co-directed the CalHumanities funded project Out on the Left Coast: The Story of San Diego Pride and curates a collection of zines that document LGBTQ+ voices and experiences, among others. Anna joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and consults on archival best practices including collection development, conservation, and access.
Lisa Lamont, M.A,. M.L.I.S. (she/her/hers) Is the Interim Associate Dean of the San Diego State University Library and the Head of Digital Collections. LASD and the SDSU Library will be collaborating on an effort to make the archive’s digital materials more accessible and to ensure their long-term preservation.
Chuck Kaminski and his husband Jeffrey Shorn arrived in San Diego in 1975 as architects, life partners and an out couple. Chuck joined the Lambda Board in 2013 because of his passion for history and, most importantly, our regions LGBTQ+ history. In 2015 Chuck was a vocal advocate for saving and preserving the Bernie Michels-Thom Carey House on El Cajon Boulevard. In 2016, his activism was on saving the Truax House, San Diego’s first AIDs hospice named after one of the city’s pioneering AIDS activists and community leaders, Dr. Brad Truax. More recently his efforts have been focused on Lambda Archives where Chuck is Board Member Emeritus and at the San Diego History Center where his and Jeffrey’s enthusiasm helped raise funds for San Diego’s important and significant pioneering LGBTQ+ exhibit.
Ken Selnick was born and raised in New England with a B.A. in History from San Diego State University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in Boston. Experience includes work at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Cambridge Historical Society and the National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Division. Proud father of two and dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community focused on discovering and sharing the often overlooked and under appreciated stories of those who have struggled for acceptance and equality.
Dana Wiegand is an Archival Fellow at the Lambda Archives of San Diego. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences at Syracuse University. As a member of the community she is proud to be a part of the Archives and enjoys learning more about the history of San Diego’s LGBTQIA+ community.
Hank Ramírez (he/him/his) was raised in Chino, CA, in a mixed-race home before moving to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego as a seminarian for the priesthood. He left theology school in 1982 and returned to San Diego where he became involved in the local LGBTQA+ community. After many years in customer service, he continued his calling through work in LGBTQA+ non-profit organizations such the San Diego AIDS Project, Being Alive, the AIDS Foundation and the Center. He also served on the boards of Dignity/San Diego, the San Diego Men’s Chorus, Mama’s Kitchen, and the Center. He retired in January 2018 after 20 years working for the County of San Diego overseeing community contracts for the Ryan White CARE Act and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs, as well as other community services. He has lived in Normal Heights since 1991 with his husband of 30 years and their 4 cats.