Board of Directors
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.
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.
Sandra grew up in Imperial Valley, attending Holtville schools, IVC and CSUSB earning a Bachelors in Business Administration. She is the District Manager for the Starbucks locations in Imperial Valley and East San Diego. Sandra is married to her wife Maritza, an El Centro native. “Growing up in Imperial Valley in the 80’s and 90’s, LGBTQ+ resources or support was non existent. This made it difficult for me to accept who I was. Being a Board Member of the IVLGBT Resource Center is an honor and I am committed to expanding awareness, acceptance and support to my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters”
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.”
Alissa “Ali” Crook (she/her/hers) is originally from El Dorado County, but has lived primarily in Imperial County since 2001. She is a devoted wife, as well as a mother of two young adults. As a non-traditional student, Ali is currently completing her BA in Sociology at California State San Marcos through an accelerated program that will finish in December of 2021. Ali received lifetime membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for her academic performance at Imperial Valley College. She went on to receive membership in Tau Sigma Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at California State University San Marcos.
Daniel H. Sohn
Daniel H. Sohn (He, Him, His) is working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, community, school system and local government as the Chief Executive Officer of the Imperial Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. He brings with him years of extensive experience working in government, profit and nonprofit sectors of business. Over the years Daniel has held a number of positions with various organizations including working with board of directors, charities and nonprofits
Dr. Kathleen Lang
Gabriel Lam, LCSW
Vincent Pollizzi, M.Ed
Dr. Yolanda Cataño