Shakeup at Stonewall

Board lets longtime executive director go, sets up public forum

Putting the organization in a state of flux heading into Pride Month, Chico’s Stonewell Alliance Center parted ways with Executive Director Thomas Kelem (pictured).

The board let Kelem go May 25. Hired in 2013, he’d planned to leave this fall. Last week, the center closed for renovations. Board Chair T.R. Billiet said in a news release that “the overlap of these events was purely coincidental,” declining to explain the “confidential personnel matter.”

The LGBTQ support and advocacy group will hold a public forum Wednesday (June 13) at 6 p.m. at the North Valley Community Foundation (240 Main St.).

Eirin Auld stepped down as board chair to serve as interim executive director while the board hires Kelem’s successor.