Board, Staff, and Advisors

Staff

FRANCISCO BUCHTING

Director of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives

As the Director of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Francisco oversees all of the foundation’s grantmaking, leadership, and community programs. Francisco brings to Horizons a background as a research scientist, a public health professional, and an experienced grantmaker. 

His 25 years of experience in government, academia, nonprofit organization, and community activism have blended scientific expertise, commonsense public health experience, research, organizational re-engineering, and grantmaking. He has also served on numerous community-based organization boards and museum advisories.

In recent years, Francisco has played a national leadership role in understanding and reducing health disparities and inequities in the LGBT and Latino communities, and has been active in advancing knowledge brokerage initiatives, and “big data” research. Francisco is an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s California LGBT Team, and vice-chair of the board of directors for the National LGBT Cancer Network. His career includes bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine with a special focus on chronic diseases. He has co-authored a bimonthly newspaper column on health, written numerous research articles, and produced research reports.

Francisco, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from Boston University, along with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of California, Davis.

BRITTAN CHOW

Donor Services Coordinator

Brittan is excited to put her passion for social justice and public service to work as Horizons’ Donor Services Coordinator. Prior to her arrival in the Bay Area, Brittan lived in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for the arts and nonprofit sectors as an intern for Dance/USA, taught empathy skills through movement to primary school children, and conducted research relevant to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and public diplomacy for the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States.

After receiving a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in 2012, Brittan moved to Shanghai, China, where she worked as an education consultant for top Chinese students applying to U.S. universities. Recently returned to the U.S., Brittan looks forward to connecting with the donors and organizations that make the Bay Area LGBT community so vibrant.

ROGER DOUGHTY

Executive Director

Roger has been an activist and leader in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and he has led Horizons Foundation since 2002. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the Executive Director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest’s largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization.

During his tenure, Roger led that organization’s expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center, known as the Center on Halsted. Before moving to Chicago, he was the Director of Programs for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where he oversaw the Center’s 40-plus programs and services. Roger’s San Francisco background includes his tenure in the law firm of Heller Ehrman, where he specialized in refugee, immigration, and asylum cases involving people fleeing from gender and sexual orientation-related discrimination.

Roger also has served as president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in Washington, D.C., and was Associate Director of the Coro Foundation. He serves on the boards of Northern California Grantmakers and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

JENNA HEATH

Corporate Relations Manager

Jenna is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Prior to joining Horizons in 2012, she was the owner and operator of Simplify Lifestyle Management and has held various administrative and recruiting positions in the financial services industry. 

Jenna’s passion for social justice and change stems from a five-year career in higher education, where she worked with vulnerable and at-risk student populations at Las Positas College. There she spearheaded the Campus Change Network (CCN), which sought to increase campus diversity, equity, and inclusion through dialogue, reflection and action among stakeholders. Her work with CCN inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in organization and leadership at the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis in areas of urban education, women’s leadership, and student affairs. Her role as Corporate Relations Manager at Horizons marries her love of advocacy with her desire to work with the LGBT community. 

LIZ HOADLEY

Director of Finance

Liz is a CPA with more than 25 years of financial management experience and has worked as a senior finance director, consultant, and CFO with a variety of companies and organizations in the Bay Area. Her professional experience prior to Horizons includes work with public accounting, the advertising and manufacturing sectors, the arts, social service agencies, and foundations. 

Among her former employers and consulting clients are JWT, San Francisco Ballet, Levi Strauss & Co., County of Napa, Berkeley Food and Housing Project, and Episcopal Charities. At Horizons, Liz oversees the management of endowment and donor-advised funds investments, budgeting, financial reporting, information technology, and human resources.  She works closely with the finance, investment and audit committees of the Horizons Board of Directors.

NIKOLE PAGAN

Administrative Manager

As the Administrative Manager, Nikole wears many hats: supporting the Board and Executive Director; planning, organizing, and implementing administrative systems; and assisting in the administration of Horizons’ grantmaking and other programs. In short, she is the glue that holds Horizons together.

She joined the staff of Horizons Foundation in 2007 while completing a master of public administration degree at San Francisco State University, which allowed her to combine her personal belief in social justice with her professional work life. Nikole’s graduate course work examined the funding received by organizations that use harm reduction models, especially as they relate to HIV/AIDS and sexuality education. Nikole’s research included the history and effects of federal “abstinence only” policies in sex education.

Nikole served as board treasurer for the Center for Sex and Culture, a sex-positive, sex-education nonprofit from 2008 to 2010. She participated in the Occupy movement as a member of the committee that facilitated the Oakland General Assembly, gaining leadership skills with groups comprising 5 to 300 people. She currently lives in Oakland, California.

KANDRA RIVERS

Communications Coordinator

The foundation has been delighted to be joined by Kandra Rivers in the role of communications coordinator. Kandra comes to the foundation from years of experience working with Alternatives in Action, a youth organization based in Oakland, California.

There, among many other projects, she oversaw the creation of a new youth film festival, Project YouthView, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of showcasing the power of youth through film. She has recently moved back to the Bay Area after a brief hiatus in Texas, where she worked on the launch of the first LGBTQ youth organization in San Antonio, Texas.

As communications coordinator, Kandra has lead responsibility for all of Horizons’ communications, including our new website. She said, “I’m thrilled to be working on so many exciting new projects at Horizons Foundation, and to be supporting the larger work of the LGBT movement.”

JUNI RUSLI

Accounting Assistant

Juni works as Horizons Foundation’s Accounting Assistant. She joined Horizons from positions at SeeMore Putting Company and Intercom, where she still works part time. Originally from Indonesia, Juni moved to San Francisco from Jakarta 13 years ago when her high school sweetheart (now husband) began attending college at San Francisco State University and persuaded her to join him here. 

They have two young sons. When she’s not busy spending time with her kids at the beach or watching movies, she enjoys shopping.

DEB STALLINGS

Director of Development

Deb has almost 30 years of nonprofit management and development experience. She works closely with Horizons’ staff, board, and committees in all areas of fund development, with a special emphasis on cultivating legacy gifts. She also serves as a resource for Horizons’ donor-advisors and Bay Area professional advisors. 

Deb hails from Tennessee where she ran one of the state’s largest supported employment programs for people with disabilities. After moving to the Bay Area in 1996, Deb worked at Equal Rights Advocates before working as a development director and executive director in performing arts in Napa Valley for ten years. Deb joined Horizons in 2009.

Deb lives with her wife, Carol Whichard, in Napa, California.