Carolyn Bolton | Board Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org
A native Californian, in 1975 Carolyn moved from the Los Angeles area to Oceanside where she now resides with her wife, Becky. Carolyn is a natural health practitioner, local business owner in the field of natural medicine, and has a background in personnel management.
For the past six years, Carolyn has been instrumental in the creation and success of the LGBTQ Resource Center in North San Diego County. As the Board Chair, founder of Project Youth, and a member of the Executive Committee for the NC Center she has developed outreach and educational programs for LGBTQ youth. Such programs include the annual GSA Awards which has been a signature event of the NC Center and adopted by a national educational organization, the Gay, Straight Alliance Leadership Summits, and the first Pride Prom for North County. She was awarded 2012 Outstanding Leadership by her Board of Directors and Executive Director and was a co-recipient of the KPBS Local Hero award in 2013; Max Disposti & Carolyn Bolton, LGBT Pride Month – Union Bank Local Heroes.
She is a member of the Oceanside Unified School District’s Wellness Committee that is devoted to creating a safer and healthier academic environment for over 20,000 students. She was instrumental in producing the Mental Health Wellness Goals for 2013-14, which includes safe zone training and district-wide programs to build safe, inclusive and affirming school cultures through established national programs and local community partnerships.
Carolyn has an unyielding commitment to ensuring that all students are safe and have equal access to an education. She states, “I believe that by working through education with inclusive curriculum and programs we can achieve respectful, safe academic campuses that improve learning environments, save lives, and strengthen our communities.”
Raphael Rubalcaba | Director of HIV Prevention Programs | email@example.com
Raphael is the Prevention Programs Coordinator for the Resource Center. Since 2005, Raphael has been working with the Vista Community Clinic and has dedicated his time to help those in need in North County.
In addition to his work as an HIV prevention counselor, Raphael is currently working to coordinate various 12-step programs for victims of different types of substance abuse. He is working to grow as an individual and enhance his career through the work he does with the Resource Center. Raphael states, “I also enjoy sharing my experiences.”
Joe White | Treasurer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe is an engineer at a local startup company in Carlsbad. He manages multiple foundries and contract manufacturers, both domestic and international. Additionally he has 10+ years of experience in personal finance and was an independent contractor with various insurance and securities licenses. He has been a resident of Oceanside for ten years and has facilitated the Men’s Coming Out Group since the Resource Center’s opening in 2011.
Joe will be responsible for overseeing the Center’s financial activities and will work closely with Max and Carolyn to provide guidance and support as the Center continues to grow in strength and size. The Center will focus on transparency in reporting balance statements while managing growth and will also be looking at new sources of income, including grants, broader and untapped sources of donations and new fundraising options to begin funding a trust for the benefit of future generations. Joe is looking forward to the many challenging tasks ahead and is excited to be joining the Board of Directors.
Delcy Olachea | Latino/Latina Services and HIV Prevention Programs | email@example.com
Delcy was born in Baja California, Mexico and moved to San Diego in her early teens. In 1991 she started her volunteer work at the San Diego AIDS Foundation and continued her work with the HIV and the LGBT community through the San Diego LGBT Community Center Crisis Hotline and Latino Services, YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline, Procabi Support Group Facilitator, and other organizations. For the past fifteen years she has facilitated HIV support groups as well as educational in-services on Sexually Transmitted Infections and prevention for both English and mono-lingual Spanish speaking communities throughout San Diego County. She is currently a co-facilitator for the Center’s HIV support group. She looks for any opportunity to promote HIV/STI awareness to the Spanish speaking community and encourages them to get tested.
Delcy states, “Support Groups are the ideal settings to bring awareness, to empower individuals to take back control of their health, and to promote prevention techniques that can lead to a healthy lifestyle.”
Martha Brown | Board Member-at-Large | firstname.lastname@example.org
A native Californian, Martha Brown was raised in Santa Cruz, attended U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Berkeley, and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After working for many years in retail personnel and customer service, Martha moved from L.A. to Oceanside in 1985. She recently retired after 20 years with the Oceanside Unified School District, where she served as an Executive Assistant to several administrators and taught vocational education classes to adults.
Martha feels strongly about giving back to the community where she has been blessed with a rewarding career and friends who have become like family. She has a particular passion for helping older students, particularly those who are underserved, and for many years she served on the Board of Trustees at a local charter school and volunteered at a local continuation school. For the past two years Martha has served as the Chair of the OUSD Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee.
When her adult son began coming to activities at the Center, Martha decided to become involved however she could. She feels that each person should be celebrated and respected for their individuality, and she tries to honor that philosophy in her daily walk through life.
Other activities she enjoys are editing manuscripts for a local author, knitting, reading, and going the zoo and the animal park. Martha is also a volunteer with the House Rabbit Society. She and her son reside in a little Spanish bungalow with 4 dogs, 2 cats and a house rabbit.
Anna Runion | Community Partners | email@example.com
Anna Runion serves as Minister for Youth and Social Justice at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA. She works to involve the congregation in movements of social justice, including developing strong relationships with the LGBTQ community and local agencies to create long-term change in hearts, minds and policies. Before working at Pilgrim, Anna provided social services to young adults at Sunburst Youth Housing Project, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. She currently facilitates faith outreach for the San Diego Human Rights Campaign, and she is a part of the North County Immigration Task Force.
Sister Yeshe | San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | Donor Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Yeshe, also known to us as Monica Alexander, is a ten year resident of North County San Diego. She is also a fully professed Sister with the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She has been working with the Sisters since 2013 to raise awareness and funds for various causes within the LGBT community, organize several community events, and start The San Diego Sisters’ scholarship fund.
In addition to volunteer work within the LGBT community, Sister Yeshe has spent many years working to help homeless veterans. She was a volunteer instructor in drug recovery programs and in meditation programs for service members, veterans, and prison inmates. In 2001, Monica was the Treasurer for a not-for-profit group and managed the organization during an IRS and private audit.
In her secular life, Sister Yeshe has had over twenty years of experience in business and financial management including work with several international investment banks, implementing multimillion-dollar corporate programs, and strategic technology and management consulting.
Maria McGee Al-Shamma | Director of Project Youth | email@example.com
Maria is a proud PFLAG parent and has been engaged with the NC LGBTQ Resource Center since it opened. She has helped yearly with the Center’s Gala, and this year chaired the event. She is excited to step in as Director of Project Youth and hopes to expand and strengthen all of the resources currently available to our youth to ensure their safety and allow them to flourish. She is determined to do for other youth and families what the NC LGBTQ Resource Center did for her daughter and family.
Maria grew up in North San Diego County. She is a school social worker who is passionate about making all students feel safe, welcomed and loved. Maria comes to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center with extensive board and volunteer experience. For the past six years, she has served on the Board of Directors for San Diego North Coast Singers – three years as president. Before that she was PTA president for Park Dale Lane Elementary School in Encinitas and pioneered a volunteer art program for all grades that continues today. She also coordinates and runs blood drives in her community every couple of months.