About Us

Our goal is to raise $50,000+ to locate, lease or purchase, furnish, and insure a safe, secure, and accessible space by 2024.

Our ongoing efforts to develop into a full-fledged resource and gathering facility will require additional funding for operational support.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to cultivate the Placer County area as a safe space for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, and their families, through education, mentoring, peer support, and resources.

Our Vision

Our Vision is an LGBTQ+ Center in Placer County, a socially conservative region of California. A physical gathering space where members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies can gather safely to access resources and support, as well as opportunities to get involved and build community is much needed here. Placer LGBTQ+ Center will also continue to organize the annual Placer Pride event.

Our Non-Profit

In 2014, our non-profit was formed under the name of PRISM-Q LGBT & Allies Resource Center. After a few years of sporadic events, community outreach, and then COVID, Daniella Zimmerman, became our Board CEO, and revived the non-profit by recruiting a new five member board of accomplished professionals, ready to make the dream of a Center become a reality. As of late, 2022 we are officially doing business as The Placer LGBTQ+ Center, and Placer Pride.

The Team

Daniella Zimmerman

Daniella Zimmerman

Board President / CEO

(she/her)

Daniella is an active ally and retired Social Sciences and English teacher with over 45 years of experience working with diverse youth of all ages in camp, school, and University settings. Daniella joined the Board in 2017 as Secretary, and participated in organizing and tabling and speaking at various community outreach, advocacy, and educational events. In November of 2018, she organized a Transgender Awareness collaboration with PRISM-Q, BENT Film Festival, and PFLAG Greater Placer County to bring the Documentary “Man Made” and an LGBTQ+ Resource Fair to the State Theater in Auburn, CA. In 2020, as the sole remaining Board member heading into the COVID era, Daniella was determined to keep the 501c3 afloat, though it did go mostly dormant for about a year. Daniella served as chairperson for the Placer Pride 2020 (virtual), 2021 (postponed), and 2022 (inaugural in-person event) planning committees, and coach/sounding-board for the Placer Pride 2023 planning team. Daniella has also served on the Board of PFLAG Greater Placer County since 2019, and as one of the adult co-leaders of The Landing Spot, a support, educational, and social group for Placer County LGBTQ+ teens and their families, since 2018. Daniella is a passionate ally and advocate who enjoys connecting folks with resources and like-minded humans. She also loves knitting, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Cindy Baudoin

Cindy Baudoin

CFO / Treasurer

(she/he/they)

Cindy is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Cindy brings 50+ years of accounting experience. Cindy is also the CFO of the Lavender Library in Sacramento and has helped manage and bring them to fiscal stability. Cindy prides herself on being able to manage funds and work as a team member. Cindy is on the board of Greater Placer PFLAG and served on the board of SACWN (Sacramento Area Career Women’s Network). Cindy has been on the Placer Pride Planning committee since its inception in 2020. Cindy loves her fur babies Dottie and Cassie. Cindy loves to travel and visit historical sites and is looking forward to doing more of that with her wife Nancy.

Jacque Vaughn

Jacque Vaughn

Vice President

(she/her)

Jacque is a member of the LGBTQ community. As an attorney, she is committed to promoting and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights; and as a third generation Placer County resident, she is passionate about establishing an LGBTQ+ resource center here in Placer County. She has been an active member of the Placer Pride planning committee since 2019, and has coordinated the Placer Pride Car Caravans in 2020, 2021, and 2022. She is the proud dog-mom of an adorable English Bulldog-mix named Priscilla (Prissy) who is also very passionate about LGBTQ+ activism!

Janet Phinick

Janet Phinick

Fundraising / Grant Writer

(she/her)

Janet brings business expertise and grant writing skills to the board team with over 30 years of experience in the insurance & risk management industry as a claims administrator, auditor, underwriter and expert witness for public entities, private firms, including 15 years as an independent consultant. Her experience writing proposals has contributed to her success as a grant writer for the past six years. She holds a B.S. in Business Management with a focus on Organizational Behavior, Ethics and Critical Thinking from Univ. of Phoenix.

Nancy McKernan

Nancy McKernan

Member at Large

(she/her)

Nancy has 10 years serving as vice president on the Board of the Lavender Library, a non-profit lending library in Sacramento. She currently leads the Operations Department and is co-chair of the library’s collections committee. Nancy serves on the Board of PFLAG of Greater Placer County since 2019. This national organization is dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people. She is on the Placer Pride Planning Committee and an active participant in the Car Caravan since 2000. Nancy has 40 years’ experience working in telecommunications as a Network Specialist. Installing, repairing, and maintaining fiber optic and switching networks. When she is not volunteering, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, gardening and woodworking. She loves spending time watching documentaries and movies with her wife and 2 dogs.

Let's Create a Center

Every Little Bit Helps.