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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.

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.

John Reyes

John Reyes

Secretary

John Reyes (He, Him, His) raised in the Imperial Valley by a migrant single parent. Had an extensive career designing, developing and managing high-speed data networks in under-developed (over-exploited) countries globally. An advocate for Black, Indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ causes. He has returned to the Valley to be close to family and work on advancing diversity and respectful inclusion for all in our community. John enjoys buying local, outdoor activities, BJJ and spending time with family and friends.

Shozo Hasegawa

Shozo Hasegawa

Board Member

A family nurse practitioner born in Japan as a first son of a family of five who ran a liquor shop.  Graduated 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.”

Clare Padilla

Clare Padilla

Board Member

Clare Padilla (she/they) grew up in Calexico, CA. They graduated from Calexico High School. They have been working in Engineering and Technology since 2007, including a current position in IT at Imperial County. They moved back to the Imperial Valley in 2019 and discovered the IV LGBT Resource Center in October 2021. Since then they have been involved in center support groups, volunteering, events, outreach and joined the Board of Directors in December 2021. They are excited to bring new energy and support to the Center. Clare remembers struggling to find acceptance and happiness in their journey towards living as their authentic self. One of their goals is to help make this an easier path for those, especially the youth, that live in our community. If you see Clare out and about, please be sure to say “Hi!”

                    Mario Rojo

Mario Rojo

Board Member

Mario is one of the founding board members of the Center. He was Secretary of the board for 3 years from 2016 to 2019. Mario returned as a board member on May 2022. Mario graduated from Columbia Southern University and earned a PhD in Business Administration. He currently partners with human resources and provides internal support for medical cinics that want to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. He manages contracts and price negotiations with providers. The Center is proud to have Mario back on its board.