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Board of Directors

Rosa Diaz

Rosa Diaz

CEO

I was raised in Brawley, California. After graduating from high school, I moved to Los Angeles County and received a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in La Puente, CA. After 13 years in corrections, I retired and started a social work job with Imperial County. After “coming out” as a lesbian, I found a lack of LGBT resources in the Imperial County. I founded the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center in 2015.

Ambrose Ramirez

Ambrose Ramirez

Vice Chair

I am a Navy Veteran who served my country honorably for 20 years. I hold a  bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Studies from Ashford University. I began volunteering here in April 2018 and became a board member in February of 2019. I am the co-founder of the Youth Cadet Academy, Project Coordinator for the Youth Mentorship Program and the Project Coordinator for the Census 2020 project. I also serve as the Co-Chairman of the Board for the Imperial Valley Tobacco Coalition and the community advisory board for the Imperial Valley Youth for a Tobacco-Free Environment project.

Adriana Tanory

Adriana Tanory

CFO

Born and raised in Calexico, CA. My educational journey began at Imperial Valley College, and soon thereafter, I enrolled at the University of Phoenix and majored in Business Management. I have over 10  years of experience working for labor contractors and payroll. I started volunteering for the IV LGBT Resource Center in 2015 and became a board member shortly after.

Lawson Hardrick

Lawson Hardrick

Secretary

Born in San Diego, my family decided to make a move to the city of Calexico. I have worked for two fortune-500 companies living here, Wells Fargo and Apple. I have attended San Diego State University through its Imperial Valley campus in Calexico since 2018. I am majoring in public administration with a minor in linguistics, and serve as President of the Associated Students and participate in shared governance. I also serve as the secretary of the Youth Mentorship Program Committee and the co-chair of the Community Relations Committee (CRC)

Yolanda Cataño

Yolanda Cataño

I was born in Mexicali, Baja, California, México. I attended college and successfully graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. I learned an M.A. in Sociology, both degrees from Cal State San Marcos. Currently. I am currently a third-year doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. program with a Concentration in Community College Leadership  (CCLEAD) at San Diego State University. I serve as the Chairperson of the Community Relations Committee (CRC) and remain active to advocate for a more equitable Imperial County.

Shozo Hasegawa

Shozo Hasegawa

Board Member

Is a family nurse practitioner born in Japan as a first son of a family of five who ran a liquor shop.  I am feminine and gay by nature. I first studied agricultural chemistry but quit a graduate school at age 23 and worked at a hospital, Tokyo Medical University Hospital, in Shinjuku, Tokyo, as a registered nurse for 10 years while mainly taking care of acute HIV/AIDS patients. I came to America in 2007 to study advanced nursing in family nurse practitioner role and opened a newly expanded life chapter here in Calexico in 2018. As a family nurse practitioner, I have been seeing patients at De Anza Clinic for 3 years. My next goal is to contribute to LGBT primary health care.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Kathleen Lang

Gabriel Lam, LCSW

Vincent Pollizzi, Instructor

 Nema LeCuyer, Pastor at 1st UMC