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 LGBTQ+ history.

Here’s a little info about them:

Joyce Gabiola, MSLIS, Head Archivist (they/m) earned their M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management at Simmons University in Boston. They approach archives with the understanding that archives are ultimately about people (not materials and ownership). Joyce is also one of the founding editors for up//root, a publication for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) to share research and meditations on knowledge, systems, experiences and/or ways of being in libraries and archives. up//root is an intervention that endeavors to unapologetically center and uplift the works of BIPOC exclusively. And when Joyce is not deep in the world of archives, they enjoy finding hidden gems in used bookstores, playing board games (backgammon, anyone?), and making their partner and precious theyby laugh hysterically.

Dana Wiegand, Project Manager (she/they)

Dana Wiegand is a queer aspiring archivist with a BA in History, who focused on the history of oppressed peoples during their undergraduate studies. Dana is currently pursuing a MLIS degree at Syracuse University and is passionate about increasing the availability and accessibility of LGBTQIA+ history and resources. They are dedicated to putting the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ persons at the forefront of historical and social discourse. In their spare time Dana enjoys reading, museums, going to the beach, and hanging out with their dogs and partner. It is an honor to preserve the history of our community.

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Ethan Lopez (They/He) is a queer and transgender community activist, artist, and proud cat dad. Ethan is passionate about creating accessible and representative research. 

Gabrielle Garcia, Project Assistant (they/he/she) Gabrielle is an artist and designer, aspiring archivist, and a 2019 graduate from Scripps College with a BA in Media Studies and two minors in Art and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is interested in the intersections of art, media, publishing, archives, and the LGBTQ community (especially butch lesbians!). In their free time, they enjoy reading, listening to leftist podcasts, watching films, making art, and going to drag king shows at Gossip Grill (pre-pandemic). 

Nicole Verdes (she/they) is devoted to serving arts and culture organizations as an administrator and advocate. In her time as Board President of Lambda Archives, she has been successful in using her passion for social justice, arts and culture, and cultural preservation to create policies that center equity and access. In addition to her role at Lambda Archives, she has served on the Executive Committee of the San Diego LGBT Community Centers’ Young Professionals Council, Board Treasurer for Volunteer With Cheli, and a member of the Steering Committee for Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. She has presented on topics such as Youth Archival Futures at the ALMS Conference in Berlin and has served on a grant panel for the California Arts Council.

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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.

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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.

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Matthew Vasilakis (he/him/his) brings 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 the Co-Director of Policy at Climate Action Campaign, and currently sits on the boards of Lambda Archives San Diego, Sierra Club San Diego’s Political Committee, and the San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition.

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

Brianna Mirabile (she/her/hers) is the Accounting Manager at the Museum of Us (formerly the San Diego Museum of Man) in Balboa Park and also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Rising, a local mentoring program. Prior to moving to San Diego from Massachusetts in 2017, she held positions at YWCA Cambridge and African Community Education (ACE). She holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), concentrating in Non-Profit Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, both from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Brianna is passionate about racial and social justice as well as making museums and archives more accessible. In her free time she enjoys painting, baking, and spending time with her pit-bull, Bernie.

India Pierce (she/her) is an educator, organizer, and racial justice and equity advocate. She is fierce and passionate about creating a socially responsible, anti-racist, and equity-driven world. She has spent a decade working with organizations to strengthen their policies and practices related to race, equity, sexual orientation, and gender. India serves as the LGBTQIA+ equity specialist at MiraCosta College; the co-founder of Moxie Consultancy Collective, a queer women of color owned and led global consultancy; as well as the owner of Omi Picnics, a luxury picnic company that takes the classic picnic that we all know and love and kicks it up a notch. A future-oriented, strategic thinker with a powerful voice; India is completing a PhD in Ethnic Studies at UCSD and is excited to serve on the Lambda Archives board.    

Isabel Cordova (She/Her) was born and raised in Flint, Michigan (Unceded Lands of the Sauk/Chippewah Tribes). She began the study of archaeology and anthropology at the University of Michigan and archaeological collections at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. She continued the archaeological track at California State University Northridge (Unceded Lands of the Tongva) and interned at the Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles, where she turned her passion for archaeology into a career. Upon relocating to the San Diego area (Unceded Lands of the Kumeyaay), Isabel has worked closely with cultural resource management professionals and other archaeologists, the tribal community, and museums to protect the cultural resources of Southern California prior to development throughout the region. Isabel is also passionate about LGBTQ and racial justice and sits on the local Human Rights Campaign board and is the Vice-Chair of the Society for California Archaeology’s Coalition for Diversity in California Archaeology. To attempt a work/life balance, Isabel enjoys hiking in San Diego’s backcountry, reading historical fiction, and lying by any pool available.