Vic Maldonado has been working with LGBTQ Saves the last year, and has met people that have become family to her. Working with youth and staff has been the utmost incredible experience; She wants to continue advocating in every way she can for LGBTQ+ individuals nationwide.
ROSA MARIA BERDEJA
Rosa Maria has been an LGBTQ+ ally her entire life, having grown up with an LGBTQ+ brother. Her home has always been a safe haven for those that needed a place of love and acceptance. She is excited to be part of LGBTQ SAVES and help bring that same love and acceptance to LGBTQ+ youth throughout our community.
Rhi is a retired educator and an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community who wants to help create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth where they feel accepted and valued for their authentic selves. She is committed to helping LGBTQ+ youth grow and thrive and live their lives to the fullest as their most powerful and complete selves.
Shannon connected us with Elevate Credit through her work in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department as the Chair of its LGBTQ+ Network. She is a steadfast ally who strives to support LGBTQ+ youth improve the quality of their experience and promotes equality in its many forms.
Catelyn Devlin (she/her) is a social worker, wife, mother, and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and families in the child welfare system and religious communities. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ youth seeing a future for themselves where they can be all of who they are in every area of society.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brandon is a native of Fort Worth, TX, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2009 and later started working in the HIV field. Brandon has attended National Conferences such as Building Leaders of Color, Training Consumers on Quality, and received a Social Media scholarship to the 2019 United States Conference on HIV/AIDS. He is currently the Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Engagement Specialist for Tarrant County.
Jen Sarduy (they/them) is a Black, queer parent and communications professional living in North Texas. They have a decade of experience organizing through liberatory narrative strategy, facilitation, and co-design. Passionate about people and their capacity to thrive when resourced, they work to change the way we think about our dreams, realities, and capacity to thrive.
Chris Butler has provided hope and opportunity in the nonprofit world for over twenty five years. He has been part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth for the last 16 years and his most recent role was that of Vice President of Operations. Chris is currently the Executive Director for The Parenting Center in Fort Worth.
Sandy Martinez Russell believes that love comes in many different forms and should be expressed in a variety ways. Whether it’s a smile or a random act of kindness, do it with a full heart. No one should go a day without expressing some form of gratitude before the end of the night, because moments in life are precious.