Resource Center Staff

Max Disposti | Executive Director | maxrome@cox.net

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 | frontdesk@ncresourcecenter.org

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.


Melissa Kelly | Case Management/Social Work Intern (Volunteer) | socialworkintern@outlook.com

Melissa Kelly

Melissa Kelly

Melissa Kelley is an intern at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center working on her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She also holds an Associate Degree of Alcohol & Other Drugs Studies. She has extensive experience as a case manager and she 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, pride, and kinship, and is made possible through communication, inter-group relations and networking. She is passionate about networking and building a support system with ready access to resources and services for the LGBTQ community here in North County.


 

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