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 has extensive non-profit and management experience. Originally working in the corporate sector, Preston decided in 2013 that it was time to walk a more fulfilling path and begun his journey into the non-profit world. During his time at Equality Utah Preston has been able to work with non-profit organizations around the country, from Idaho to Missouri, as they seek to expand protections for the LGBTQ community. Preston serves in many capacities as Programs Manager at Equality Utah. During the legislative session he works with Equality Utah's community partners to build strong and lasting coalitions. Throughout the rest of the year, Preston works with candidates around the state to help place strong LGBTQ-affirming leaders into office. He also works with corporations and businesses to help foster more inclusive work places. When he isn't out doing his "queer missionary" work, he enjoys snowboarding as well as spending time with his husband Leighton and their two dogs Ezra and Zara.
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.
Nikki Orlando moved to Utah in 2018 from her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. With nearly two decades of experience in fundraising and development, she has dedicated her career to serving non-profit organizations. Nikki was originally trained as a visual artist, spending time at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts before obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art at Clark University. Her love of art brought her to the Worcester Art Museum, where she was employed in the membership department, and an affinity for database management emerged. This path led her into the healthcare field, where she provided development support for several nationally top-rated hospitals and academic medical centers, including Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Nikki’s areas of expertise include data enrichment, business intelligence, and data analytics. As Membership Manager, Nikki applies these skills towards enhancing and expanding Equality Utah’s membership base and donor data. Outside of the office, Nikki volunteers at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and Best Friends Animal Society. She lives with her husband Jamie in Salt Lake City with their three cats.