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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.

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

          Board Member          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.

Sandra Mejorado

                         Board Member

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. Although, my family has always been loving and supportive, I struggled to find acceptance at times, with coworkers and even a few friends. It wasn’t until I moved to a bigger city where I felt more ‘normal’. It is a shame that someone would need to leave the I.V. in order to feel safe being their authentic self. 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”

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.”

Angela Soto

Board Member

Born in Calexico in 1980,  Angela is a true valley girl.  She remembers the distress she experienced while watching her body grow into something she couldn’t relate to.  But even with those struggles, at age 23 she graduated with honors and received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. This became a great achievement for her family and slowly after that the truth she could no longer deny, became a reality. At 27, Angela changed her legal name and gender and is living a life she had once dreamed of.  Her passion for the transgender community has encouraged Angela to become a voice and an advocate for those living in Imperial County. She has accepted to be the trans support facilitator at the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center. Transgender support groups are offered in English and Spanish every Tuesday. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, meetings will be held via ZOOM. Invitations to participate will be sent out.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Kathleen Lang

Gabriel Lam, LCSW

Vincent Pollizzi, Instructor

 Nema LeCuyer, Pastor at 1st UMC