OUR STAFF 

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Max was born in Rome Italy in 1968 and arrived in the U.S. in 1998. He has since worked and volunteer in social justice related causes and human rights. Founder and Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Pride by the beach.

 

Education and Training:

Bachelor degree in Political Science (2011) and Master on Non-Profit Leadership and Management (2016).

 

LGBTQ Competency Trainer: Police Fire and Sheriff stations. School Districts, Hospitals, Community Clinics, Women Resource Centers, corporate environments, youth providers and more. Max’s expertise are also on human trafficking prevention, LGBTQ immigrants and queer homeless youth.

Max is currently involved with:

  • Senate appointee -California State Board of Behavioral Science Chair (BBS)

  • San Diego LGBT Leadership Council since 2009

  • SD County Sheriff LGBTQ Advisory Council since 2013

  • FBI advisory summit since 2016

  • Oceanside MLK Scholarship Award Committee since 2013

  • Oceanside MLK Civic Award Committee since 2013

  • Advisory Committee for Behavioral Health Services since 2019

  • Health and Human Services Advisory Council District 76 since 2019

 

Former:

  • City of Oceanside Community Relation Commissioner 2008-2011

  • Advancing Compassion Board member 2012-2014

  • Board member of the Oceanside Mainstreet Association 2012-2016

  • Oceanside Library Board 2014-2019

 

Some Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2010 San Diego Harvey Milk Award

  • 2011 Lambda Archives “Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers” Award

  • 2013 Martin Luther King Community Award by the City of Oceanside

  • 2013 KPBS Local Heroes Award

  • 2013 Stonewall Service Award, San Diego LGBT Pride

  • 2017 Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award Amnesty International #471

  • 2019 San Diego Museum of History. Local LGBTQ personal Profile.

  • 2019 City of Oceanside Local Hero for Independence Day Parade

  • 2019 Citizen of the month award from Congressman Mike Levin

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Born in Tijuana, Mexico Allan moved to America at five, living six to a two-bedroom.

 

Allan began organizing in high school with San Diego Youth Pride, GSA Network and GLSEN. He’s served as president of two young democrat chapters and in many roles with the California Young Democrats, including interim president. Professionally, Allan has worked on myriad political campaigns for pro-equality candidates for local, state, and national office.

 

Out magazine named Allan the “heir apparent,” in their 2007 100 People of the Year. The same year, Allan earned a Point Foundation Scholarship.

 

Allan also worked for the No on Prop 8 Campaign.

 

Allan has served on the board of directors of GSA Network, Equality California Candidate PAC, San Diego Democrats for Equality, and Pozabilities.

 

In law school and post-bar, Allan worked at the California Department of Justice’s Health, Education, And Welfare Division, while now-Vice President Kamala Harris served as Attorney General.

 

Allan earned a Juris Doctor from California Western Law School, serving as an Associate Editor of the Law Review and elected president of the Student Bar Association. In undergrad, Allan studied Political Science at San Diego State, serving as Co-Chair of the then-student-run LGBT Resource Center.

 

Allan currently serves on the County of San Diego’s HIV Planning Group.

 

Selected Awards: 

  • San Diego Youth Pride Activist of the Year 2004

  • Point Foundation Scholar 2007

  • Honor Society Provost Scholar, San Diego State 2007

  • Out Magazine 100 People of 2007

  • Nicky Community Award – Youth Activist 2008

  • San Diego Equality Business Association Scholarship 2009

  • R. Scott Hitt Foundation - Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality Grant Recipient 2009

  • San Diego Pride Volunteer of the Year 2014

  • California Western Law School Public Interest Award 2016

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Lisa was raised in Michigan by working class parents, moved to California in 1983, and finally planting her roots in Encinitas where she married and raised a family of four children. Lisa came to Pride by the Beach with prior experience on the Encinitas Educational Foundation Board as a community partner director, a history of grassroots organizing specializing in fundraising events, and mobilizing people around important local issues of social justice.

Lisa serves on the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission, helped coordinate the AIDS quilt display for PRIDE, served on the 2018 North County Women's March Committee, and has worked as the NC LGBTQ Resource Center Gala chairperson.

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Relle is a native Southern Californian and has lived in North County for their entire life. They began volunteering within the Project Youth department of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in 2015, gaining experience in working within the LGBTQ community. They also did advocacy work within their former school district, to make schools a safer space for all students. In 2017, they achieved their goal of getting a mandatory LGBTQ Competency Training for staff in Vista Unified School District. They were officially hired as the Project Youth Coordinator through the North County LGBTQ Resource Center that same year. As the Program Coordinator, they facilitate social and support groups, as well as coordinate Project Youth programming. In addition, they offer support to schools in creating a safer and more inclusive learning environment for students. They are currently attending California State University San Marcos working towards a Bachelor's Degree Sociology. They are currently the Program Director for Project Youth and serve on the LGBTQ+ County Collaborative Committee. Relle uses both They/Them and She/Her Pronouns.

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Leea was born and raised in Springfield Massachusett. Early in her career, she was a quality engineer in the Aero Space Industry. She left mechanical engineering to become a telecommunications engineer which she did for 37 years, in one form of high tech or another. 

 

In her teens, she became very interested in religion and spirituality. While being raised a very strict Roman Catholic she struggled with who she really was, as she was identified male at birth and this was completely against her religion. 

 

After a near death experience in 2006, she wondered what life was truly about, and came to the conclusion she could not live her life for others. She came out and told everyone that she could not live the lie anymore and had to be true to herself. At that point she started living her life. After truly making the decision she became an activist and advocate for the trans community. She volunteers for the detention project at the Transgender Law Center, is a team leader for operators at the Trans Lifeline. Now works as a Case Manager for Unicorn Homes.

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Shawn was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. He moved to San Diego, CA in 2015. He earned an undergrad degree in sociology and cultural anthropology. Shawn attended National University for a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He did his internship in Hillcrest working with people who identify LGBTQI+. Shawn specializes in gender and sexuality and has training in working with offenders and survivors of domestic violence. 

Shawn has been involved in presenting training on gender identity including obstacles people may face in regard to gender identity, social and medical transition, pronoun usage, as well as defining masculine and feminine for college students, youth, and families. For a year during his practicum, Shawn facilitated a transgender and non-binary coming-out group for people of all ages. 

Conducting his work with an eclectic approach, Shawn believes that clients are the masters of their own life and by exploring a person, a couple, or a family’s core belief(s), changing their narrative scripts, and practicing new behaviors, change is possible.  

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As a native Hawaiian, Jeri was born in Honolulu and raised in Oceanside as a "marine brat".  For over 20 years, Jeri has done film, tv and theatre working behind the scenes. She has travelled all of North America touring as a hair supervisor for multiple Broadway tours. During that time, she has been a part of many fundraising campaigns; Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), Easter Bonnet Broadway Cares, It Gets Better campaign in Vancouver BC as well as the committees of She Fest San Diego and Pride by the Beach, Oceanside as Entertainment Chair. In addition, Jeri has added a new hat to her resume’ as an executive producer and documentary filmmaker.

 

A very out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community for many years, Jeri continues to educate Lgbtq Pacific Islanders and other POC cultures. She is honored to continue her advocacy work for North County LGBTQ Center.

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Anthony was raised in Texas and moved to San Diego in 1986. Anthony received his master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy at Alliant International University, San Diego. Anthony’s passion is working with the LGBTQI community experiencing complex/relational trauma. He is level 1 trained in Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) and is currently a student of Somatic Experiencing International (SE). In recent years, he has worked at a women and children’s residential program and outpatient program for co-occurring issues. 

 

After existing in a dark depression for many years, Anthony was ready to live as his authentic self. In 2004 Anthony began his journey of gender affirming transition. Before becoming a therapist, Anthony volunteered for many years at the LGBT Youth Center San Diego in 2005-2006 as a co-facilitator for a transgender youth support group.  While training for his LMFT, Anthony was one of the first call operator trainers helping to launch peer support crisis line Trans Lifeline.