Troy has over a decade experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. Troy was the community affairs director of 90.9 FM KRCL for ten years. He was the executive producer and host of RadioActive. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Nation, Interview Magazine, The Gay Times and OUT Magazine. In 2010 the Salt Lake Tribune dubbed him "the gay mayor of Salt Lake City." Troy has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Democracy Now! CBC's Q, and the 2012 SHOWTIME special Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion and Sex. In 2009 he co-wrote the one-woman show, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon. Troy won Utah Broadcaster Association awards in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014 Troy was also a producer on the TLC original series Breaking the Faith. He became the executive director of Equality Utah in September 2014.
Nicole Dicou's professional experience in the government and non-profit sectors has her up to speed in marketing, event planning, organizational management and problem-solving. Nicole's work in the U.S. Congress for five years for former Congressman Jim Matheson has her ready for just about anything. Her experience brings a skill set to Equality Utah that is critical at this juncture. From working in Washington, D.C. to on the ground here in Salt Lake City and in rural Utah, Nicole has broad experience in local outreach, building community networks and managing logistical needs. Nicole also worked on marriage equality statewide, managing the Utah Unites for Marriage campaign coalition and partnering with community allies to build support for the freedom to marry across the state. Nicole graduated from the University of Utah in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and a minor in Portuguese. She lives in Salt Lake City with her wife Natalie.
Preston Hilburn is tasked with volunteer outreach, training and engagement in his role as Programs Manager for Equality Utah. After joining the staff for the intensive legislative campaign in 2013 - 2014 he joined our full time staff and currently engages and mobilizes the LGBT community of Utah and our allies around issues, and empowers the community to participate in the civic process.
Stephen Lambert grew up with a passion for serving others. While he did not know quite what field he would pursue, he always knew it would be in the hospitality business. After majoring in communications and psychology, he pursued the hotel administration degree at UNLV where he graduated in 1992. After working in the industry for twenty years in various leadership positions, he turned to employee and personal development through training to resorts and care facilities. He resides in beautiful St. George, where he is serves as the Director of Human Resources at Red Mountain Resort overseeing a team of 250 employees.
He also works as the Southern Utah Coordinator, spreading Equality Utah's vision of a fair and just Utah to the community.
He is the father of five beautiful children and the grandpa two of the cutest grandchildren in the world. He loves to travel the world, is an avid backpacker and enjoys nothing more than a hammock on the beach with a good book.