Board of Directors
Founder and President- LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S.
Consultant and Owner- S.H.A.R.E. Link, LLC
Sharon Herrera- Advocate, Resource, Educator
Commissioner- City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission
President- FWISD ATPE (Association of Texas Professional Educators)
Veteran- United States Air Force
Sharon Herrera: Compassionate, sincere and dedicated champion for the betterment of working conditions for all employees and an advocate for a better world, especially for our children. I attempted suicide at 16 and I am doing all I can to prevent tragic endings of LGBTQ youth by raising my voice, providing resources, educating adults on LGBTQ issues and being an advocate for LGBTQ youth. No one should have to live in fear and isolation because of who they are! I am openly gay at work (Fort Worth ISD) because I believe our parents and students need to know I am there for them.
Bernardo Vallarino- has lived in Fort Worth for 20 years after he immigrated from Colombia. Mr. Vallarino is currently working on his MFA at TWU and holds a BFA from TCU. He is has been licensed in education for over five years and in real estate of almost 10 years. He has taught High School in FWISD and continues to work with the district concurrently with his graduate program. His involvement in education goes beyond the classroom helping students and the district in many ways. In 2011 Bernardo, among many others, helped create LGBTQ SAVES. He began his community involvement in 2001 with Q-Cinema as a volunteer and since then, he has become a board member of the same organization as well as a board member of Fairness Fort Worth and is currently the Vice President of LGBTQ SAVES.
Kathy DiSalvo- became interested in LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. when she heard about an organization that was helping teen youth. She wanted to be involved and volunteered with S.A.V.E.S. because she grew up in a time when coming out was less accepted than it is today. During the seventies and the eighties, when she was in school, there were no GSA's and being "gay" was shunned in her small community. Helping teens feel comfortable and be safe in a place to socialize is great. Kathy is single with four fur kids, works in industrial sales and has lived in the Arlington/Fort Worth for 25+ years.
Karin Grassl-Petersen- Originally from California, I moved to Fort Worth on 2009 to live with my new wife-to-be, Becca. We were legally married in Connecticut in 2010 and enjoy sharing our home with a few cats and one chicken. I teach 2nd grade in southwest Fort Worth and have been an educator for over 15 years. I've been involved with LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. since its inception. The goals of offering academic scholarships; providing a safe place for youth events and supporting community outreach and involvement which allows our youth an opportunity to experience equality and acknowledgement. In my spare time, I can be found building things in the backyard, playing drums, cooking, or riding my Harley!
Deanna Madrid- Originally from El Paso. Relocated to Fort Worth in 2012. Works for Tarrant County Juvenile Services as the Resource Development Coordinator. Madrid, as we all call her, has seen the need for a community center and housing for LGBTQ youth first hand. Deanna's passion, commitment and experience has provided her with the ability to work with diverse populations, assist and maintain relationships with community agencies, as well as volunteers, and is admired by those that know her as a true champion for ALL youth.
Lisa Earley- became involved in LGBTQ rights after her oldest daughter came out as transgender in 2005. She volunteered with Youth First of Texas in Dallas from 2005 to 2007. She joined PFLAG in 2005 and quickly joined the board. In 2013, she began a youth group that offers support to youth across Tarrant county.
Don Maywald- I have lived and worked in Fort Worth my entire life with the small exception of my time in Seattle. I have worked with kids in one form or another for over twenty years. My work either has been as a volunteer or in mentoring programs. I started as a Big Brother in high school and realized I liked how much I could influence others and make a difference in their lives, just by being around and listening to them. My work life gave me the opportunity to volunteer and work with others in the community. Working with the Resource Center in Dallas on their Prom and Youth First Texas was one of the best experiences of my life. Now with this opportunity in my home town I look forward to a long and happy time with LGBTQ SAVES. I look forward to meeting everyone of you and getting to know you. I hope that one day we all have a life truly equal so we can pursue our true happiness.