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Roger Poindexter
Roger Poindexter

Officials with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced this week that former national board member Roger Poindexter has been hired as director of the organization’s eight-state South Central Regional Office, located in Dallas.

Poindexter took over from interim Regional Director Charles MarLett on Nov. 1. He replaces Dennis Coleman, who left Lambda Legal in July to become executive director of Equality Texas, headquartered in Austin.

Poindexter comes to Lambda Legal after nearly three decades working in the information technology field. He served in various management roles within Hewlett Packard (formerly EDS) and co-chaired HP’s North Texas PRIDE Employee Resource Group.

Poindexter’s volunteer work for Lambda Legal began in 2002 when he joined the Dallas Leadership Committee. In 2004, he joined its National Board of Directors, where he served as co-chair of the Administration & Finance Committee and on the Executive Committee, before his term ended in February 2010.

In addition to his volunteer work for Lambda Legal, Poindexter has served on the boards of Dallas’ Cathedral of Hope and the Turtle Creek Chorale. He is also a former member of the Collin County Gay Lesbian Alliance Victory Committee.

“I originally became a Lambda Legal donor because I believe in the mission and the lasting impact the organization has made on the lives of LGBT people,” Poindexter said. “It’s the same reason I made the decision to take the next logical step of joining the staff. I’m looking forward to doing my part to expand the organization’s reach in the South Central Region.”

Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart said the organization is “delighted to welcome” Poindexter to the organization’s staff.

“But the truth is, he’s already been an integral part of the work we do,” Cathcart added. “We’re happy he’s decided to take over as head of our Dallas office.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 26, 2010.