Jeff Rindler is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center….
Jeff Rindler is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. In his role he oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization.
Previously, Jeff spent over 20 years at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, the nation’s first AIDS service organization as their Chief Program Officer. He was responsible for all agency programming, Information Technology, Facilities and Building Operations and managing an 18 million dollar budget. During his tenure, he created and implemented the agency’s first workforce development program; interviewed, trained and placed over 700 volunteers and secured one million dollars annually in donated theater and event tickets.
Jeff started his career operating and managing his family’s office supply store in Ridgewood, Queens and has spent his career managing human services agencies since that time, especially ones that focus on LGBTQ individuals, friends and family members. Jeff is a board member of KUBA (Kingston Uptown Business Association), sits on the Ulster County Department of Social Services Advisory Council, an honorary board member of the National Working Positive Coalition, and a founding member of Governor Cuomo’s End The AIDS Epidemic by 2020 Older Adults Core Advisory Group.
Director of Programs and Services
Farrell Brenner brings her passion for LGBTQ history and justice, feminism, community-building, and The X-Files…
Farrell Brenner brings her passion for LGBTQ history and justice, feminism, community-building, and The X-Files to the table as Director of Programs and Services. Prior to this position she served as the Center’s Program Specialist for a year and a half. Farrell serves on the board of the Rhinebeck Theatre Society, is a member of Congregation Emmanuel of the Hudson Valley, and is a skater with the Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby. She is a queer troublemaker and a Dana Scully enthusiast and in 2017 published her first book, a collection of poetry, with Headmistress Press. Born and raised in Orange County, NY, she has served her community there as a Mental Health Association helpline volunteer since 2013. She also speaks French and some Russian and Polish, and wants to learn Yiddish by 2030.
Julia comes with many years of experience….
Julia comes with many years of experience in both office management and bookkeeping and looks forward to using her experience to benefit the Center. Julia is involved in youth sports, specifically swimming, and sits on the Executive Boards of the Dutchess Ulster Swim Organization (DUSO) and the Northern Dutchess Aquatic Club (NDAC). When not at a swim meet, Julia likes to spend her time hiking, singing jazz, and taking pictures of the world around her.
Well-Being Institute Counselor
Laura Brown-Rivera, LMSW is an activist, educator, and licensed therapist…
Laura Brown-Rivera, LMSW is an activist, educator, and licensed therapist. With a fierce love of community and a commitment to social equity, Laura brings an intersectional identity and a radical, womynist, social justice lens to her therapeutic practice. Laura has worked with families and individuals in various settings including Early Childhood Special Education, Community Habitation, Residential IDD, Child Welfare, Forensics, and Community Clinics. Laura has significant education and experience in the field of Child Development, with a clinical focus on Cultural Identity Development, Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy, Organizational Development, and those significantly impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Laura is excited to participate in the development of the Well-Being Institute, and is eager to foster a safe space in the Hudson Valley for LGBTQAI+ holistic wellness and healing.
With nearly a decade non-profit experience Billie brings creativity . . .
Whether it’s postage stamps, the newest episode of Bob’s Burgers, or a local zine Billie Mari Grant is bound to show an atypical amount of joy. With nearly a decade non-profit experience Billie brings creativity, care, and a lot of humor to the position of Program Specialist. Her eye for detail, heart for youth, and dedication to intentional and sustainable “for us, by us” programming keeps her asking questions and finding answers all with our Hudson Valley community in mind.
When she’s not at her Poughkeepsie apartment, affectionately nicknamed the “PK LGBTQ Center”, you can find her reading by the river, wandering with her dachshund Chihuahua Winston, or low key smashing the patriarchy.
Zoë is happy to join the staff, lending . . .
Zoë is happy to join the staff, lending aid and assistance to the many talented people working both at the center, and in the community.
Outside the center, Zoë is an illustrator, and enjoys books and cooking probably more then is healthy.