RCD executive wants to share his center’s successes, learn from others
Mike McKay, executive director of Resource Center Dallas, has been named to the national board of directors of CenterLink, the national association of LGBT community centers.
McKay said he is excited by the opportunities the new position gives him to both share RCD’s successes with other LGBT community centers, and to learn about innovative programs offered by those other centers "with an eye towards potentially replicating some of those programs" here in Dallas.
Reid Ainsworth, chair of RCD’s board of directors, said McKay’s appointment to the CenterLink board "confirms what we’ve known all along, that Resource Center Dallas is a national leader among community centers."
Terry Stone, the CenterLink executive director and former executive director of Oak Lawn Community Services in Dallas, said the CenterLink board members "are the most visionary and dedicated leaders in the LGBT community.
"Their experience, commitment and leadership will be driving forces in our work to assist centers in building a movement that honors and promotes full human rights and dignity for all LGBT people," Stone said.
As a CenterLink board member, McKay will work with the organization to oversee its strategic direction while guiding the organization as it builds capacity, strengthens linkages, and advocates empowerment, self-reliance, inclusion and diversity among the community centers in the coalition.
He joins 20 leaders from LGBT community centers from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and Milwaukee to New York City.
McKay has more than 25 years experience in executive management and leadership, including nonprofit organizations, banking, health care and government agencies. Immediately prior to joining Resource Center in 2006, he was deputy director of AmeriCorps in Washington D.C.
McKay has also been executive director of the AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, and helped lead the effort that resulted in passage of a Fort Worth ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians.
McKay earned a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and a master’s in public administration from SMU.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 10, 2009.