Resource Center Staff

Max Disposti | Executive Director |

Max Disposti

Max Disposti

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 |

Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson

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.

Raphael Moller-Roll | Case Manager |

unnamedRaphael was born in Mexico City, where he spent his first 23 years of life with his family, and graduated from the “Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, ITESM” (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education) in Communication Science, with a major in Journalism. At 18 yrs. old, he decided to take a sabbatical break after completing high school and worked as a literacy teacher at a marginalized population in Oaxaca, Mexico. The experiences shared with a community plagued by poverty and abuse by the political system, and the  consequential effects, made him aware of the psycho-socio-economic problems and  basic needs minorities ought to address, before being able to prosper. It was a very important experience that defined Raphael’s life. He then decided to study some courses in Psychology and Administrative Computer Science, prior to joining the ITESM.

Immediately after graduation, he was hired by his college, as a teacher and cultural attaché. He also worked as a journalist for “Secretaría de Gobernación” (Mexican Secretariat of Interior) and “Radio Educación”, during the transition of two presidents. After this experience, and having witnessed the corruption and dangers of this field, he decided to emigrate to the United States of America, where he arrived with a high technological visa, prior to becoming a citizen.

Almost immediately after arriving to San Francisco, California, he got involved with Shanti Project, as a volunteer,  and became aware of the immediate needs of the communities devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He became a volunteer and caregiver for people in the terminal stages. That is when his social work career began.  He worked for several non-profit organizations such as La Clíni de la Raza (Oakland), SFCCC (San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium), and  Planned Parenthood (as Sexuality Education Programs Coordinator). Raphael has always combined his passion for social work with cooking, which has been a hobby since childhood. So he also obtained a degree in Culinary Arts from the Cordon Bleu, California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he also studied Legal Interpretation at SFSU. Raphael enjoys practicing meditation every day and loves pets, nature, reading, hiking and gardening. He has always been a theater aficionado, participated in a few plays and art installations and completed various courses in acting at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theater (ACT).

The growing and dramatic need of protecting the most vulnerable communities from the devastating and inhumane effects of human trafficking, prompted Raphael to dedicate part of his time, to advocate for LGBTQ victims of human trafficking. He was hired through a grant awarded by the Office of Violent Crimes (OVC), and North County Lifeline.

Brayan Astorga | HIV-AIDS Prevention Promoter |

d92aa38e-19c2-47d8-b3ff-6fc7cf67b726Brayan Astorga  currently attends MiraCosta College, is transferring to San Diego State University, and will be majoring in LGBT Studies. Currently he is President of MiraCosta’s Associated Student Government and was President of their Gay Straight Alliance for two years. Brayan has been involved in leadership for a long time now. As a student leader, he added a Student Equity Center, a LGBTQIA+ Safe Space, and Gender Neutral Restrooms to the campus. As President of the GSA, Brayan provided leadership in MiraCosta’s first ever coming out forum, drag show, and completed an LGBTQIA scholarship fund. Brayan suffered all through high school with finding himself and constant bullying but he was able to turn that into passion towards fighting for our queer community. He suffered through eating disorders, self hatred, and disapproval from his family. After all those years, he is now excited to continue working with the queer community in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.