Our Team

Our Team

The Executive Board of Directors, Sports Directors & Committee Members are all volunteer-run positions. Our leaders are passionate about building a stronger LGBTQIA+ community, investing in civically-engaged causes, and having fun! Click below to learn more about each team member.

Join Our Team!

Passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community? Ready to make a difference and gain leadership experience? Apply now for one of open Executive Board positions! Help shape the future of Stonewall Sports Raleigh and make our organization even better. Join us in fostering inclusivity, promoting diversity, and supporting local initiatives. No matter your background, your voice matters. Together, let's create a community where everyone feels empowered. Apply today and be a part of something extraordinary!

We are currently accepting Executive Board applications through May 23, 2024 for the following positions:

  • Communications Director
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director
  • Social Events & Outreach Committee (SEOC) Director
  • Treasurer
  • The Communications Director shall be responsible for overseeing the updating and monitoring of the website and maintaining the corporation’s social media presence.
  • The Communications Director shall be responsible for maintaining the overall contact list of Registered Participants and Informational Participants.
  • The Communications Director shall seek media opportunities to promote the Corporation, its members and its special events.
  • The Communications Director shall be available as a resource to assist each Sports League and the Social Events and Outreach and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees.
  • The Communications Director shall be responsible for updating and monitoring the website, for maintaining social media properties and for assuring the current registration of the Corporation’s domain name(s).
  • The Communication Director shall be responsible for the creation and management of a Marketing & Communication subcommittee.
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director is tasked with leading efforts to ensure that Stonewall Sports, Inc. upholds the values of DEI within its community, leadership and programs to build a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment.
  • The DEI Director shall be the lead representative on DEI topics to the Board and to the Stonewall Sports community at large.
  • The DEI Director shall develop a purpose statement that demonstrates a commitment to represent and advance DEI.
  • The DEI Director shall identify opportunities to improve DEI that may fulfill its mission to provide inclusive, low-cost, high-fun sport leagues for the LGBTQIA+ community
  • The DEI Director shall foster an inclusive atmosphere by proactively working to remove barriers of access in SSI for those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • The DEI Director shall strategize and establish plans for registration, recruitment efforts, and leadership opportunities that will promote outreach to underrepresented communities.
  • The DEI Director shall develop a plan to provide best practices for collecting consistent and comprehensive data to provide a better overview of all players and members within the Corporation.
  • The DEI Director will oversee the process of reviewing Hardship Waivers.
  • The DEI Director shall design and develop a collection of educational and program resources supporting underrepresented communities
  • The DEI Director shall serve as the Board's Representative to the National Stonewall DEI Committee.
  • The National DEI Representative shall serve a term of two years, beginning on July 1 and ending June 30. At the end of their term, the National DEI Representative shall be able to remain in their position for an additional term with
  • The SEOC Director shall be responsible for the SEOC and at minimum its six (6) members.
  • The SEOC Director and committee shall regulate committee membership based on the needs of Stonewall Sports Raleigh.
  • The SEOC Director will be the liaison between the committee and the Executive Board.
  • The SEOC Director will oversee all SEOC meetings & event planning for the league.
  • The SEOC Director, along with the SEOC, will oversee the planning & execution of the Stonewall Raleigh Yearly Gala.
  • The SEOC Director will make sure that events/service projects that are created will be diverse & inclusive for all to participate.
  • The SEOC Director shall be responsible for organizing & planning events to encourage social interaction, facilitate charitable fundraising, & service events/projects for the Corporation & members.
  • The SEOC Director shall manage the Corporation’s communication with other philanthropic organizations and the Stonewall Communication Director.
  • The SEOC Director shall be responsible for organizing events to support the Sports League, including but not limited to tournaments and social mixers.
  • The SEOC Director shall be available as a resource to assist each Sports Director and Sports League in the organization and implementation of events and functions.
  • The SEOC Director is responsible for maintaining an active roster of members and may remove SEOC subcommittee members who have not executed an event to completion (nor played an instrumental role in an event) after 3 months.
  • The SEOC Director shall be responsible for submitting event funding requests in excess of $200 to the board of directors for review and approval.
  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for managing the Corporation’s bank accounts, receipts and disbursements, and for keeping complete and accurate records thereof.
  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for preparing or supervising the preparing and filing of the IRS Form 990 information return each year and providing copies thereof to each Director.
  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for filing and paying the Corporation’s annual license renewal fee and similar registrations required by government agencies.
  • The Treasurer will make disbursements to charitable organizations upon direction of the Board
  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for preparing an annual financial statement of the Corporation and shall issue other financial reports to Board members as requested by the Board.
  • The Treasurer shall arrange for an annual independent review or audit of the Corporation’s financial books and records, and shall ensure that the report of such review or audit is timely presented to the Board.
  • The Treasurer will assist the Sports Directors with identifying and negotiating sponsorship opportunities the Treasurer shall have final approval of all Sponsor Agreements.
  • The Treasurer shall maintain the Public Inspection File required by the Internal Revenue Service, and shall be responsible for responding for requests from third parties for access thereto.

Executive Board of Directors

Dennis Learned Jr.
Dennis Learned Jr.

he/him
Commissioner

Eric Jones
Eric Jones

he/him
Athletic Director

Johnny Deem
Johnny Deem

he/him
Treasurer

Ryan Billings 3
Ryan Billings

he/him
Communications Director

Spencer Sifiniski
Spencer Sifiniski

he/him
Sponsorship Director

Melissa McClure
Melissa McClure

she/her
Secretary

Alex Casado
Alex Casado

he/him
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Director

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

she/her
Stonewall National Board - Raleigh Rep

Connor Sturgis
Connor Sturgis

he/him
Social Events & Outreach Committee (SEOC) Director

Sports Directors

Joe Lyons
Joe Lyons

he/him
Billiards Director

Jack Hilton
Jack Hilton

he/him
Bocce Director

Ross Berrier
Ross Berrier

he/him
Bowling Director

James Moran
James Moran

he/him
Dodgeball Director

Watson Weatherly
Watson Weatherly

he/him
Kickball Director

Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman

he/him
Run Club Director

Thomas Bell
Thomas Bell

he/him
Softball Director

RC Raymond
RC Raymond

he/him
Tennis Director

Kyle Winters
Kyle Winters

he/him
Volleyball-Indoor Director

Johnathan Gay
Johnathan Gay

he/him
Volleyball-Sand Director

Committee Members

Communications/Marketing Committee
DJ Gardow
DJ Gardow

he/him
Website Manager

Gabriel Peralta
Gabriel Peralta

he/him
Social Media Manager

Social Events & Outreach (SEOC) Committee
Anne Vernice Mallari
Anne Vernice Mallari

she/her
Volunteer Events Specialist

Cedric Stapleton
Cedric Stapleton

he/him
Social Events Specialist

Jamar Holloway
Jamar Holloway

he/him
Social Events Specialist

John Heath
John Heath

he/him
Community Outreach Specialist

Michael Howard
Michael Howard

he/him
Social Events Specialist

Sarah Preston
Sarah Preston

she/her
Social Events Specialist