Carolyn Bolton | Board Chair & Director of Project Youth | 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 6 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 out reach and educational programs for LGBTQ youth. Including 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 is 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 have since 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. In addition, he is working to enhance his experience and grow as an individual and his career through the work he does with the Resource Center. “I also enjoy sharing my experiences,” says Raphael.
Joe White | Financials | 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 10 yrs and currently facilitates 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 we continue to grow the center in strength and size. We will focus on transparency in reporting our balance statements while we manage our growth. We will be looking at new sources of income for the center, be it new grants, broader and untapped sources of donations, new fundraising options, and working to establish and begin funding a trust for the benefit of future generations. He is looking forward to the many challenging tasks ahead and is excited to be joining the board of directors to expand our influence in the community.
Delcy Olachea | Latina Services | 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 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 various 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 community throughout San Diego County. She currently is a co-facilitator for the North County LGBTQ Resource 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.
“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,” states Delcy.
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 in 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 older students, particularly those who are underserved, and for many years 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 his or her individuality, and tries to honor that philosophy in her daily walk through life.
Other activities she enjoys are editing manuscripts for a local author, knitting, reading, 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 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 an over 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 raising awareness and funds for various causes within the LGBT community, organizing several community events, and starting The San Diego Sisters’ scholarship fund.
In addition to volunteer work within the LGBT community, Sister Yeshe has also spent many years working to help homeless veterans. She was a volunteer instructor teaching in meditation programs for service members and veterans, for prison inmates, and in drug recovery programs. In 2001, Monica was the Treasurer for a not-for-profit and managed the organization through an IRS and private audit.
In her secular life, Sister Yeshe has had over 20 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.