About Us


North Star is Winston-Salem’s LGBTQ Community Center. North Star seeks to empower and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people in the Triad area. We offer various social, support, and educational opportunities for adults & youth.

Check out our Programs page and Calendar to see some of what we’re up to. Or watch our feature on the news for a quick video intro to the important role we play in Winston-Salem!

Mission Statement

North Star’s mission is “To foster community across intersecting identities through advocacy, compassion, education, and service.”

Center Minutes, Records, and Reports

Please click here for links to all North Star Board Meeting minutes, records, and reports.

Have a suggestion, comment, or concern you’d like to bring to the board’s attention? We’d love to hear from you via email. Our Secretary will contact you to discuss and arrange time for you to speak at a board meeting if necessary.

Once annually, typically in the fall, we welcome and encourage the general public to attend our board meeting and to bring any items to our attention for discussion.

Our Board of Directors

  • George Dukes, Chair
  • Cindia Gonzalez, Secretary
  • Sarah Saint, Vice Chair
  • Ann Muehl, Treasurer
  • Liam Hooper
  • Rayce Lamb
  • Kris Julio
  • Jennifer Ruppe
  • Steph Trilling
  • Connie Miller

Interested in joining our board? Learn more here.

Friends of North Star Advisory Board

  • Latoya Cheek
  • Teresa Carter
  • Dr. Suzanne Reynolds
  • Robert Rominger
  • Wren Wilson
  • Ed Henik
  • Christine Regan
  • Mary Jamis
  • Dirk Robertson

Board Committees and Contacts

  • Executive (George Dukes, Sarah Saint, Cindia Gonzalez, Ann Muehl)
  • Governance (Sarah Saint, Kris Julio, Jennifer Ruppe, George Dukes)
  • Finance & Fundraising (Rayce Lamb, Steph Trilling, Jennifer Ruppe, Ann Muehl, George Dukes)

Interested in joining a committee? Fill out our volunteer form.

North Star Donors

Grantors

Arcus Foundation
North Star was a 2015 and 2016 Grant Recipient of the Arcus Foundation
http://www.arcusfoundation.org/
44 West 28th Street, 17th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Adam Foundation
North Star was a 2013, 2014, and 2015 Grant Recipient of the Adam Foundation
http://adamfoundation.org
PO BOX 21113
Winston-Salem, NC 27120-1113

Guilford Green Foundation
North Star was a 2018-2019 Grant Recipient
http://www.guilfordgreenfoundation.org
1205 W. Bessemer Ave., Suite 226
Greensboro, NC 27408

Wells Fargo
North Star was a 2013 Community Partner Program Grant Recipient
http://www.wellsfargo.com
916 W. 4th Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101

The Winston-Salem Foundation
North Star was a 2018 September Community Grant Recipient
https://www.wsfoundation.org
751 W Fourth St, Suite 200
Winston Salem, NC 27101

Businesses/Organizations

Camino Bakery
Visions Behavioral Health
Top Priority
PSI
Lasater Mill House
Maytag Corporation
Blue Moon
Raleigh LGBT Center
First Christian Church of WS
PRIDE
PepsiCo
Barnhill Books
Washington Perk
Washington Park Barber Shop
Twin City Hive
The Olio

Individuals

Steve McGinnis for his purchase of the furniture at the Burke St. location

Mark Biggam In honor of: Dirk Robertson.

Teresa Carter In honor of: grandmother Juanita Carter.

Community & State Partners

Partner LGBTQ Organizations

Adam Foundation
Campaign for Southern Equality
Interfaith Voice
Equality Winston-Salem
Out at the Movies
PFLAG Greensboro
PFLAG Winston-Salem
Pride Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center
Wake Forest University Outlaw

Partner Community Organizations

Wake Forest University Elder Law Clinic -LGBT Health Care Rights  
The Shalom Project
North Carolina Aids Action Network

We’re a proud member of CenterLink, the national network of LGBT Centers.