Our Board

Our Board

The River City Gems is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who are dedicated to serving the transgender community and nurturing the River City Gems vision and purpose.

Rachel

Rachel

President

Rachel is President the River City Gems and heads up the Board of Directors. She joined the Gems in 2016, and for the past 2 years has been a member of the the activities committee. In 2019 was the logistics coordinator for River City Sparkle. She says “It has been said that I am a social butterfly and that’s true! I love everyone in the Gems“. She also loves the ocean, good Italian food, happy hour at any bar, and hanging out with close friends.

Vice President

Anne

Vice President

Anne is one of the original members of River City Gems. Over the years she has assisted in many behind the scene activities before stepping into the Vice President position. She is also an active member and volunteer with HRC (Human Rights Campaign) helping with their pride booth. Anne is involved as well with the National Center for Transgender Equality where over the years she has help with coordinating some of their lobbying efforts with our state politicians. Needless to say Anne loves to work behind the scenes and is active in local politics, and if that’s not enough Anne just started volunteering one day a week at the LGTB center in Sacramento doing Covid 19 testing.

Anne is also successful business owner and she loves cooking her famous Tri-Tip BBQ which she has served at many local Car Club events. She has a supportive family and loves spending time with her grand kids.

Pauline

Pauline

Treasurer

Pauline became a member of the River City Gems in 2009, and has been the Treasurer since 2011. An accountant by trade, she possesses undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and finance, respectively. She has been employed in the field since graduating from CSU Sacramento in 1986, and has experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently works in the accounting department of a state agency, and is pleased to have this opportunity to use the skills she has developed during her career to support the River City Gems.

A lifelong Northern Californian, Pauline enjoys shopping, gaming, history and historical fiction, music, science fiction, good food and traveling. She is also active in the local trans* community and strongly supports greater economic opportunity and access to healthcare services for trans* people.

Debby

Debby

Secretary

Debby has been a member of the Gems since 2011 and fully credits the Gems with making her life so much better! It was the Gems that coaxed her to take those first steps out of the door and the warm, caring and friendly reception she received was a turning point in her life. Now, with her circle of Gems friends, Debby enjoys going to concerts, the theatre, shopping(!), and anywhere else there is to go.

She brings to the office of secretary her experience gained from a career in the military and her experience as an attorney. She is an advocate for trans* rights and open trans* military service. She enjoys outdoor sports from cycling to surfing and spends way too much money on makeup! She hopes to be able to “pay it forward” during her service on the Gems board.

Tree

Tree

Activities Director

Tree has her roots firmly planted with the Gems. Her branches are many, which shade those that need protection. She has been attending Gems events since February 2012, and has served on the Sparkle committee for the last seven years.

Tree has twenty five years of experience working with the disabled and with disadvantaged children and adults. She is an avid sports fan, and by some accounts, a fanatic.

She shares her Gems experience with her husband for eternity, Rita. Listen to her laugh and you will have a window to her soul.

Membership Coordinator

Christy

Membership Coordinator

Christy joined the River City Gems in 2019. She has attended many Gems events and truly enjoys meeting and getting to know other members of the community. She loves golf, hiking and going out with her girlfriends. As membership coordinator, Christy will encourage, welcome and assist new members to the River City Gems.