MEET THE BOARD

The LGBTQ Center of Bay County is operated by volunteers, non-profit, funded through donation and changing lives every day. Our volunteers have cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ+ individuals and families in Bay County and beyond.

The Board of Directors is committed to building the Center into an organization that offers programs, services, and advocacy that span six broad categories: Support Services, Building Community, Resource and Referral Services, Community Outreach, Scholarship and Advocacy

Despite our small size we are determined to meet the growing demand for our services. The Board will insure that the Center remains a lean, fiscally disciplined and socially responsible organization. We are an unstoppable force in the fight for equality and the fight against bigotry. We envision a world where all lives are valued and affirmed regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Cindy Wilker
President

Cindy has an extensive background in private banking, focusing on mergers and acquisitions with expertise in planning and managing business operations and technology projects. Her passion for business and commitment to justice help her connect a diverse LGBTQ community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve a shared vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ people and their allies. She received a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Environmental and Social Justice, is a voracious traveler and enjoys spending time with her life partner and animals on the world's most beautiful beaches.

 
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Ronald Demkowski
Vice President

Ron is a 13- year resident of Bay County having relocated here from Ann Arbor, Mi. with his late husband. He has earned degrees in Education/Psychology, Counseling, and Advanced Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the University of Detroit Mercy. During his career, Ron has developed, directed, and administered hospital and out-patient based programs in substance abuse/mental health. Ron was a founding Board Member of PFLAG Panama City and Emerald Coast Pride, a hospice volunteer, and psychotherapist with a local outpatient clinic. He is a USAF veteran having served as a linguist for the NSA.

Ron enjoys living in The Cove with his two dachshunds and cat. Gardening, long walks, dining out, and reading are favorite pastimes.

 

Cherie Crim
Secretary

Cherie has lived in Bay County since 2016. She moved here after leaving her job at a Fortune 10 company in Atlanta. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her BA in Management and MBA in General Business. Cherie is an activist for equality rights, diversity and inclusion within all businesses and the community. Cherie is CEO and Founder of Be Kind to All LLC who believes every person is Equal and deserves to be treated as Equal and Discrimination can no longer be allowed within any business for any reason. Cherie enjoys the beach, reading, creating art and going to concerts.

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Jack Harvey
Treasurer

Jack Harvey retired from the airline industry and moved to Panama City with his husband in 2010. While a member of PFLAG he was part of the team that successfully changed the local school policy to include enumerated language regarding bullying LGBTQ youth. He chaired the team that produced the LGBTQ film festival in 2016, “Bridging Communities Through Film”.

 
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Al Burgermeister


Gift Director

Al Burgermeister hails from the small town of Calais, Maine and, following college and seminary, entered the ministry and served churches in Maryland and in Quebec. Choosing not to continue in the ministry as a closeted gay man, Al moved to San Francisco in 1977 and began his decades-long career in sales, ultimately retiring from his management position in airline sales in New York City. Al and his husband Jack Harvey, a couple for over 28 years, retired to Panama City in 2010 and were finally married in 2013. Al brings his experience in business and especially in management to the work of The Center’s board of directors.

 
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Robert Yates
HIV/AIDS Outreach Coordinator

Robert has a background in Social Media and Business Administration. His sunny disposition and quick smile makes him a good fit for community out reach and social gatherings. Some of his favorite things include boating, hosting gatherings and of course, being a social butterfly. He also is the editor of The Community Newsletter.