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John has a Ph.D. in American Religious History and holds two MA’s from Claremont Graduate University. John served as a commissioner on the California Commission on the Status of Women, having been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017. In addition to the commission, John currently serves as the President of the Hollywood Chapter for the National Organization for Women, a Planning Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, a Board member for the ACLU of Southern California, a Board member for the National Organization for Women (NOW), Legislative Action Chair for Stonewall Democratic Club, a Boardmember for Women’s March Sister Network, and is a delegate to the California State Central Committee, and serves on the Legislation Committee for the California Democratic Party.

He co-founded the digital publication the Engaged Gaze and the podcast Pop! Culture Theologians and contributes regularly to a number of online publications on the topics of LGBTQ history, feminism, masculinity studies, and American religious history. In addition to his academic work, John serves as the Co-Chair for the American Academy of Religion Western Region’s Queer Studies in Religion section and is on the steering committee for the American Academy of Religion’s Lesbian-Feminist Issues in Religion section.  John was one of the main organizers of the Women’s March Los Angeles in 2017, 2018, and 2019 that brought together 1.5 million people to Downtown Los Angeles. He was also a coordinator for the #ResistMarch on June 11, 2017, that brought together 100,000 people to the City of West Hollywood.

Karen Eyres (she/her/hers)

Vice President and Acting Treasurer

Karen Andros Eyres is Vice President and Acting Treasurer of Hollywood NOW and a member of California NOW’s Board. She serves on the West Hollywood Planned Parenthood Action League (PPAL) and the City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board. Karen worked at the brick-and-mortar location of the Westside Democratic HQ for the 2018 Congressional election season and now serves as Secretary of the HQ’s Steering Committee. She is also the Political Action Committee Chair for the Stonewall Democratic Club, a member of Heart of LA Democratic Club, and a member of ROAR Resistance (West Hollywood Chapter of Indivisible).

Zoe has been standing in front of a room and in the public square with one message, WAKE UP.  And with each day, each event, each year, waking up to something new has led to a dynamic life that unfolded sharply, quickly, deeply.  She is not one to “suffer fools,” but that impatience is wielded at herself far more than anyone else.  If she has one gift that outshines all others it is the ability to collect information, consolidate and articulate it in a whole new way.  She is intense, inspiring and a true change maker.  

Activist, author and speaker, Zoe Nicholson holds a B.A. in Theology, Quincy University, 1969 and a M.A. in Ethics, USC, 1975.  She began her professional life teaching high school for five years. In 1976, she opened and operated The Magic Speller Bookstore, a women’s bookstore in Newport Beach, CA.  In 1982, she joined six women in Springfield, Illinois., in a public and political fast for 37 days in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her memoir is The Hungry Heart ~ A Women’s Fast for Justice, from Lune Soleil Press.  Zoe finished a new full life, The Engaged Heart. 

Zoe is the founder of ERA Once and for All, member of the National ERA Roundtable, lifelong member of NOW and president of Pacific Shore NOW, and outspoken voice for LGBTQ rights. 

Jerilyn Stapleton (she/her/hers)

Public Policy and Legislation Officer

Jerilyn has been a feminist since age 5 and was already a union activist working on wages, working conditions and the image of women and minorities in film and TV as Co-Chair of the AFTRA Women’s Committee when I joined NOW. NOW Member since 1978. Immediate past President of California NOW, Officer of CA NOW last eight years and CA NOW PAC member. Four years on National NOW Board, last 2 years as SW Regional Director. Convenor/Co-founder of the Hollywood Now Chapter. Served on the Los Angeles Chapter Council. On the front lines fighting for ratification of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and preserving Reproductive Rights. Chair of the Labor Task Force: Organized Sunkist Lemon Demonstration/Grape Boycott for Farm Workers. Chair of the Media Committee: Lead national letter writing campaign to keep Cagney & Lacey on TV. Written about in the book “Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey on (pages 44, 87 & 88) by Julie D’Acci. As a student at Los Angeles Valley College, established the Commissioner of Women’s Concerns seat on the student council, organized rallies and “teach ins” for the ERA and Reproductive Rights. Los Angeles delegate to the California NOW Board and served on the CANOW PAC. Convened (founded) the Hollywood Chapter of NOW, served as acting President, Former Executive Vice President, Hollywood NOW and Vice President Action, chapter delegate to the CANOW Board and Chair the CANOW Media Reform Committee. CA State Coordinator for a campaign for a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Former Chair, CA NOW Peace and Safety Committee.

Yvonne Najera (she/her/hers)

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 has created websites and videos for non-profits dealing with domestic violence and is currently a member of the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter. She currently works as a civilian graphic designer for the Army and is stationed in the California desert at Fort Irwin.

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