Max Disposti | Executive Director | email@example.com
Max was born in Rome, Italy in 1968 and lived there for thirty years. After college he pursued his volunteer aspirations by working with different human rights non-profit organizations. Upon arriving in the United States in 1998, and after moving to Southern California in 2001, he began volunteering his time with local agencies. During this time he noticed the need for a stronger North San Diego County LGBT community. 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 four 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 now operates as Executive Director.
In addition to his work at the Resource Center, Max is active in the San Diego community at large. His current work involves the following: San Diego Leadership Council, Mainstreet Oceanside Board Secretary, Advancing Compassion Board Member, SD County Sheriff LGBT Advisory Council, Oceanside Library Board, and the Oceanside Martin Luther King Advisory Committee. In the past he worked as the Oceanside Community Relation Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. His awards and recognitions include the following: the 2010 Harvey Milk Award, the 2011 Lambda Archives “Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers” recognition, a 2012 Nominee for the Rotary Club “Oceanside Citizen of the Year” award, the 2013 Martin Luther King Community Award by the City of Oceanside, 2013 KPBS local Heroes Award with Carolyn Bolton, and the 2013 Stonewall Award of San Diego LGBT Pride.
Linda Johnson | Administrative Assistant | 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 1990s 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 the LGBTQ community and its 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.
Jonathan King-Cretot | Case Manager | email@example.com
Jonathan King-Cretot is native to Rochester, New York. After ending a 20 yrs. career as a professional ballet dancer with the Garth Fagan Dance Company, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, he went on to pursue a degree in International Relations and Economics from St. John Fisher College, where he studied abroad in Caen, France for 2 years.
Eventually, Jonathan ended up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2007 where he headed up international development as the Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for Kaplan University. After leaving Kaplan in 2012, Jonathan went on to pursue and complete an MBA in International Business and Lean Six Sigma Certification at Florida Atlantic University. During his time in Florida, Jonathan co-founded the Battered Hearts Project, a 501c3 dedicated to building and strengthening community ties for LGBTQ youth by means of a home host program and life skills training.
Early 2015, Jonathan was offered an opportunity in Chico, California to help an international nonprofit develop and scale as the Development Director. During his time in Chico, Jonathan volunteered much of his time feeding the homeless community, and raising awareness for LGBTQ youth. He was active as a panel judge to social entrepreneurship programs at California State University at Chico, board Chair for Stonewall Alliance of Chico, and board member for the African-American Family and Cultural Center in Oroville, California where he designed and implemented LGBTQ specific programs for the African-American community. Additionally, he designed and delivered various trainings aimed at creating a more effective board of directors and also grant writing.
After leaving Chico mid 2016, Jonathan and his husband Fabrice relocated to Southern California where they are starting a Digital Marketing and Nonprofit Development Consulting Firm-KingCretot Consulting. They enjoy the outdoors and being involved in the nonprofit community in San Diego County.