Executive Board

Karen Eyres (she/her/hers)

Interm President

Karen Andros Eyres is Vice President 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).

During the 1980s when the AIDS/HIV epidemic was just starting to devastate communities in the United States — especially the LGBT community — many of Nadia Sutton’s gay and lesbian friends were dying.

Sutton saw the heartache and devastation caused by the disease and wanted to help. Toward the end of the 1980s, Sutton saw her friends with AIDS/HIV lose their homes, jobs, friends and pets. In 1989, Sutton founded PAWS/LA, an organization that takes care of pets of residents of Los Angeles County affected by AIDS/HIV. The organization, which offers services and financial support for people and their pets, makes it its mission to ensure that people suffering from AIDS/HIV do not have to worry about their animal companions, according to Sutton.

Since settling in West Hollywood, Sutton has consistently focused on LGBT issues. She has served on the West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board for 12 years. She is a founding board member of The Lavender Effect, a nonprofit that educates people on the history of the LGBT movement, especially in Southern California. Sutton also sits on the Stonewall Democratic Club. Nadia was named West Hollywood’s “2015 Woman of the Year by Congressman Adam B. Schiff. She currently serves on the City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board.

For More information about Nadia Sutton: https://www.pawsla.org/news–events/pawsla-founder-named-weho-woman-of-the-year

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.

Justine Gonzalez (she/her/hers)

Membership Officer

Justine Gonzalez is the Membership Officer for Hollywood NOW and is an LGBTQ Advocate and Community Engagement Strategist, and recently served as President of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.

Justine believes in the economic power of diversity and the fair and just treatment of all people and has dedicated her career to advancing policies and partnerships that promote economic and political inclusion.

Justine has served as staff to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, in addition to supporting the life-changing work of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and advocacy of Equality California. Her work ranges from providing legal services to survivors of hate violence and discrimination, working with the Los Angeles Police Department to codify its first policies and standards on interacting with transgender people, advising on the creation of Los Angeles’ first Transgender Advisory Council, and securing funding for supportive services dedicated to homeless transgender youth.

Justine studied Political Science at California State University, Northridge, and Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies at Pasadena City College. She has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years and currently resides in the neighborhood of Echo Park with her daughter.

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