Max Disposti | Executive Director | email@example.com
Max was born in Rome, Italy, in 1968, and lived there for 30 years. After college, he pursued his volunteer aspirations by working with different human rights non-profit organizations and unions. He has traveled extensively to expose himself to different cultures and ideas. Upon arriving in the United States in 1998, Max continued to work as a community organizer for human rights organizations and supporting causes of equality and social justice. After moving to Southern California in 2002, he soon began volunteering his time with local agencies where he noticed the need for a stronger North San Diego County LGBT community and support system. In January 2008, he founded the North County LGBT Coalition, a non-profit organization that almost immediately increased LGBT visibility in the North San Diego community. After 4 years of hard work, an outpouring of community support, and with the help of a dedicated board of directors, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center was opened in 2011, where Max operates now as Executive Director.
Along with LGBT rights, Max is active in the San Diego community at large. He has been a participant within the San Diego Leadership Council since 2009, and is a former Community Relations Commissioner for the City of Oceanside where he served for 4 years. In 2011, he traveled to Guatemala with the international humanitarian organization Rainbow World Travel and witnessed firsthand the needs of the international community on many levels. In 2012, he joined the Oceanside Mainstreet Business Association, where he is currently serving as the Secretary for the board. In 2012, he joined the board of Advancing Compassion, a San Diego non-profit organization that provides volunteer resources and monetary rewards to other non-profit organizations and underserved communities. In 2012, he also participated as a member of the Oceanside Library Advisory Committee, and in 2013 he was appointed to the first San LGBT Advisory Council for the San Diego County County Sheriff.
Max recently earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Since 2010, he continues to write a monthly column for the Gay-SD Magazine called “North County News”.
Awards and Recognitions:
- 2010 Harvey Milk Award
- 2011 Lambda Archives “Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers” ceremony
- 2012 “Oceanside Citizen of the Year” Oceanside Rotary Club
- 2013 Martin Luther King Community Award by the City of Oceanside
- 2013 KPBS local Heroes Award along with Carolyn Bolton
- 2013 Stonewall Award San Diego LGBT Pride
Linda Johnson | Front Desk Coordinator| firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda is a native Californian who has lived in San Diego nearly all of her life, and in North County since 1989. She has worked with non-profit organizations involved in disaster services, water safety, the developmentally disabled, and suicide prevention. Since the early 1990′s, she has been a member of LINC, Lesbians in North County.
In the private sector, Linda has experience as a receptionist, office assistant, and an administrative assistant. She has also worked as an ambulance dispatcher.
Linda believes, “There is a reason LGBTQ people often refer to one another as family. We are good at creating kinships and we need each other.” She is very grateful for community and straight allies, and wept when she saw the first uniformed military personnel march in the San Diego Pride Parade.
Linda welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center.
Melissa Kelly | Case Management/Social Work Intern (Volunteer) | email@example.com
Melissa Kelley is an intern at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center working on her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She also holds an Associates’ degree in Alcohol & Other Drugs Studies. She has extensive experience as a case manager and she has plans to become a licensed clinical social worker. She believes that a sense of community is vital for the LGBTQ population to thrive. It brings feelings of identity and pride as well as kinship, and is made possible through processes such as communication, inter-group relations and networking. This is where her passion comes in, networking and building a support system with ready access to resources and services for the LGBTQ community here in North County.
David Leigh Shearer | Membership Coordinator (Volunteer) | firstname.lastname@example.org
David was born in Illinois but moved to Southern California as a young child. He was educated at San Diego State University then back to Cincinnati, OH, for a graduate degree in music. David returned to California with no desire to live elsewhere. Escondido is his home base, and Palomar College was his former place of employment for twenty-five years as an adjunct instructor . Currently, David works as a part-time Director of Music for an Escondido church. The San Diego LGBT Community Center was the first place he began to volunteer until Max Disposti began the meetings in Oceanside leading to the present Pride @ the Beach. The opportunity to be an early volunteer on the front desk of our new Resource Center allowed David to make many new acquaintances and friendships in our community. He was able to serve as a facilitator to start one of the twelve-step programs at the Resource Center. Now that we have a staff person on the front desk, David wants to continue to volunteer to expand and enhance the programs available to the LGBTQ community here in North County. David is pleased to serve as your new Membership Coordinator.