About NDC

Our Board & Team
Our Goal & Who We Are


Nooga Diversity Center (NDC) provides an affirming environment with a connection to a network of local area resources as well as in-house physical and mental health support groups, and tailored programming that is informational, educational, social, recreational, includes arts and culture and is focused on out LGBTQ+ patrons and their families. Additionally, we provide community outreach programs to bring about broader acceptance and understanding of diversity.

Kat Cooper
Co-founder & Executive Director
Nina Ventra
President of the Board of Directors
Myke Kelly
NDC is integral to the growth and support of the LGBTQ+ community. Not only does it provide resources, events and community space for all ages, it also provides a safe place for abandoned youth.
Mellisa Trot

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, NDC is vital to our members by providing educational resources, local support, and most importantly a safe space for LGBTQ+.

My utmost goal in life is to serve others. The Nooga Diversity Center aligns with my core values of service, safety, and collaboration. I carry great pride knowing this organization is here built “by the people, for the people”.

‚ÄčChattanooga needs a resource center for LGBTQ+ people to acquire a variety of services and local support.

Justin Blansit
After graduating from Lee University in 2015 with a degree in communication, I made the move to Chattanooga and began working in marketing and advertising. Currently, I am an Event Marketing Creative Specialist for GateHouse Live. As a member of the NDC Board, I hope to bring awareness to the Nooga Diversity Center and LGBTQ+ issues facing our community through marketing and advertising. 
Lesley Head

I am humbled and excited to join NDC as the Host Program and Wellness Outreach Chair.  Having grown up gay in the South I know first-hand how vital NDC is to our community. As a social worker, I aspire to elevate the values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence in everything I do.  I am committed to helping NDC realize its vision for creating an inclusive and welcoming space where LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, their families, and allies may find friendship, support, resources, and services. There is a place for you in our collective path toward wellness. I encourage you to gather your heart and join us.

Jamie Hill
Jamie works to be a source of light and positive energy in a world that often assaults people with a barrage of negativity.  It is her heart to build bridges that connects people, cultures, and religions to expand understanding and acceptance. She is passionate about stories. Everyone has a story of their journey and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to share another person’s path for a time. Jamie also believes that lending our voices to those that are ignored or marginalized is our responsibility as citizens of the world.
Bethany Martin

Bethany Martin holds Bachelor degrees in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and International Relations. Bethany has worked with various nonprofits including refugee camps, a domestic violence awareness organization, and women’s equality groups. Using her background in Special Events, she serves as our Event Planner and Community Liaison. She’s a recent transplant to the Chattanooga area, and as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community is very excited to jump into the important work NDC provides.

Corrie Mayo

A life-long Memphian, I recently moved to Chattanooga with my wife of 16 years, 2 dogs, cat and bird for a new job and new town. Chattanooga is beautiful, but one of the things that I have missed is involvement in the LGBTQ+ community. In my hometown I served as Chairperson for the Pride Alliance with my company's employee resource group program, was Secretary on the board for MAGY (Memphis Area Gay Youth) and served as a volunteer for several other programs there.

When I found out about NDC I could not wait to come down and get involved helping provide LGBTQ+ kids in the area with a safe place they could come to escape from the pressures of an ever judging society and feel that they fit for a while. With such high suicide rates among LGBTQ+ kids, providing them with a support system and underlying knowledge that they are valued is a privilege.

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The Edney | 1100 Market Street | Floor 7

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402


Call Us: 423-521-0093