MEET OUR TEAM
Jessica Carroll, Director of Programs
Jessica grew up in the Roseland community of Santa Rosa. After graduating from UC Davis she started her career in non-profits working with youth and young adults in the foster care system, suicide prevention programs, and mental health treatment. After 12 years away, Jessica returned to Sonoma County and immediately reached out to Positive Images knowing that she had the skills, knowledge, and experience to serve the unique needs of the local LGBTQ+ youth community. With positivity, warmth, and excitement Jessica hopes to create space at Positive Images (and the greater Sonoma County) where LGBTQ+ youth are accepted, respected, valued, and loved. Outside of PI, you can usually find Jessica (and Puppy Frank) on the rugby field!
Michael Ellison, Center Assistant
Michael came out as a gay male in the spring of 2014. At the time he needed community and positivity regarding his sexuality. Starting as a member, he took the initiative to become a youth leader and Peer Counselor to continue to support himself and the community. Soon after becoming an alumnus, he joined the board of Positive Images to represent the voice of the membership. He recently stepped down as a board member, to take on the position of Program Assistant. He believes that Positive Images is a powerful organization and community for LGBTQ+ youth. As Program Assistant, Michael promises to do his best for Positive Images.
Christian Sullberg – President
A long time resident of Sonoma County, born in Healdsburg, California, Christian opened his first pastry cafe Moustache Baked Goods at the age of twenty two. Since then his commitment has been creating pastry and menus that celebrate our region and farmers. Christian has been published in Martha Stewart magazine, Vogue, Bon Appetite and Sunset Magazine along with his feature on the Cooking Channel he embarked on his second and third projects, Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie (Healdsburg) and Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar (Santa Rosa). He is the driving force behind the creative team at Moustache & Noble Folk; 2016 has been a major milestone for both of his companies as they were selected as one of the Top 25 LGBTQ Businesses to work for in the Bay Area. Christian is also a member of the Coca-Cola’s Next Generation of LGBTQ leaders fellowship program (San Francisco cohort)
Javier Rivera-Rosales – Advisory Board Member
Javier is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in the Mission. He has over 8 years of experience working within the non-profit sector. Previously the Director of Positive Images. In 2015 he graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in psychology. A few of his skills are program development, community/event organizing, and using love to balance the hate in our communities. Some of his passions are: social justice through dance and spoken word, connecting with and nurturing mother nature, and providing space for others to be who they truly are.
Chelsea Rose Kurnick- Board Member
Chelsea Rose Kurnick (she/her) is a queer bisexual cis woman from southern California and has lived in Sonoma County since October 2017. She joined the board of Positive Images after volunteering with the organization for about a year. With Jessica Carroll, she co-founded and facilitates the weekly Friday evening 20s/30s LGBTQ+ peer support group. Chelsea knew Sonoma County well before moving, as she has worked in the wine industry for nearly 12 years. She spent more than three years doing public relations and digital marketing for a variety of Sonoma County tourism businesses and organizations. Chelsea is passionate about event planning. She has produced and hosted several events in Sonoma County that centered queer and trans Bay Area artists.
Lisa Consani – Board Member
Lisa, a technical writer by trade, brings her experience as a mother and staunch advocate for transgender children to the Board at Positive Images. Lisa’s advocacy work with the transgender community has included participating in the planning of the first and second TransLife Sonoma County conference in Santa Rosa, networking with other community activists, forming the first online local support group on Facebook for parents and caregivers of trans and non-binary kids, blogging her experience of raising a transgender child, and helping the world at large understand what true gifts our trans and non-binary children truly are.
Francina Richardson – Secretary
Francina is a nearly life long resident of Sonoma County. She has been an active business woman having owned and successfully run several restaurants as well as the wholesale foods company known as La Casa Foods. Having sold her restaurants and foods business in the late 1990s she has bought and sold commercial real estate and worked as a consultant in the purchase and sale of small businesses. Francina has been active in the volunteer community in Sonoma Valley. She is the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of four. Spending time in Siskiyou County at her second home is her favorite pass time.
Candice Elliott – Treasurer
Candice brings decades of high tech entrepreneurial experience to Positive Image’s board. Along with 40 years of LGBT activism, including being a founding member of the ACLU Transexual Rights committee in 1980. Candice grew up in Silicon Valley but has been a Sonoma County resident since 1997. She and her husband live in and have been restoring the historic Comstock House near downtown Santa Rosa for the past few years.