Board of Directors
Rosa was raised in Brawley, California. After graduating from high school, she 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, retired and started a social work job with Imperial County. After “coming out” as a lesbian, Rosa found a lack of LGBT resources in the Imperial County and, in search of community, 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.
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.
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 over 4 years. My next goal is to contribute to LGBT primary health care.”
Roe v. Wade was overturned on 6/24/2022. Regarding reproductive health, I strongly believe that all reproductive individuals facing pregnacy in LGBTQ community have a right to maintain their well-being by a variety of modalities including termination of pregnancy. Abortion is medical procedure and shoulde be supervised by medical providers under their scope of proctice. However, I fear its over restriction will deprive those individuals’ opportunities to thrive in societies and subsequently cause health desparities in LGBTQ comminity.
Clara Olivas (they/them)
Clara’s parents did migrant farm labor for employment. Their father taught Clara the importance of respecting, understanding, and appreciating nature. Their mother showed them how to use what the earth gives us to help with what ails us. Clara was a substitute teacher for high school students. They are a writer and a performer. As the youngest of 16, they were always around enough action to be able to sit back and observe. In 2020, Clara entered a comedy contest and won 3rd place and has been doing comedy stand-up ever since and loves it. Clara wants to be of service to thier community. Clara has creative strengths and ideas that they hope to bring to fruition. One of thier favorite things to do is to get to know people and wants Imperial Valley to see the LGBTQIA community as part of its integrated community by supporting visibility to the diversity of the Valley’s LGBTQIA people. “We are and have always been productive members of the Imperial Valley. I have a goal to see us in a section of the Imperial Pioneers Museum celebrating our contributions.”
Co-Chair of the Board
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!”