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John Erickson

President

John Erickson is the President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women.  John is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Religious History at Claremont Graduate University where he is finishing up his dissertation tentatively titled “Step Sons and Step Daughter”: Chosen Communities, Religion, and LGBT Liberation.”  John holds a MA in Women’s Studies in Religion; an MA in Applied Women’s Studies; and a BA in English and Women’s Studies.  He is the Founding and Past President of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s LGBTQA+ Alumni Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, and a member of the Advocacy Committee at the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles.  He is a permanent contributor to the blog Feminism and Religion and the Co-Chair of the Queer Studies in Religion section of the American Academy of Religion’s Western Region, the only regional section of the American Academy of Religion that is dedicated to the exploration of queer studies in religion and other relevant fields in the nation.  In April 2017, he was the first openly gay athlete to be inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Hall of Fame.  Most recently, John was one of the coordinators of the Women’s March Los Angeles, which brought together 750, 000 people in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017.  

Karen Eyres

Interim Vice President

Karen serves on the Executive Board of the Hollywood NOW Chapter and California NOW.  She is also Vice Chair of the Women’s Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood and an unabashed supporter of the city’s cultural programs.  She is the volunteer Career and College Counselor for the LifeWorks youth program, and recently became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster youth.  She facilitates career and life skills workshops for the Women In Transition Project, based in San Pedro.  She was a member of the alternative comedy scene in New York City in the 1980s-1990s, performing at Surf Reality, Nada, the Comedy Cellar and the First Amendment Theatre

Yvonne Najera

Communications Officer

Yvonne is a 20 year veteran of the Army and Army National Guard where she served in the Public Affairs office. As a result, she has earned six overseas medals to include two combat tours in Iraq. She is an Alumni of Art Center College of Design and Cal State University, Fullerton, holding Masters degrees in Film and Communications studies. She currently creates websites and videos for non-profits dealing with domestic violence and is currently a member of the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter.

Sara Ivy

Membership Boardmember

Sara received her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and has been advocating for our countries most vulnerable populations since graduating in 2008.  She currently serves on the board for Hollywood’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, as their New Membership Coordinator and believes without doubt that the answers to our nations inequality are women persisting until equality has reached all of humanity.  Her grassroots involvement includes co-facilitating a bi-weekly women’s community action group, which serves to create instant political action and advocacy steps, as well as long-term community service opportunities.  She is a fierce advocate of LGBTQ peoples!