STAFF

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SHARON HERRERA

Founder and Executive Director

Sharon is a United States Air Force Veteran and leader in the Tarrant County LGBTQ community. She works closely with organizations to help educate on LGBTQ issues.

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BERTINAND GARDNER

Community Coordinator

Bertie is an LGBTQ+ advocate who seeks to empower youth through community development. He seeks to provide encouragement and resources to those seeking safety while pursuing education.

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AMANDA SIMS

Associate Director

Amanda is a passionate advocate for institutional and interpersonal equity in education. She is recognized for fostering collaboration between organizations and individuals.

PROGRAM LEADERS

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YADITH AYALA

Yadith believes every student has the right to a safe and welcoming environment. She identifies with LGBTQ youth trying to balance school, friends, and family while being true to oneself.

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LISA EARLEY

Lisa is a tireless educator and proud mother of 2 LGBTQ daughters. She provides a safe space for students and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work.

TY LER LONG

Tyler is an educator and LGBTQ advocate that is passionate about supporting our queer youth through mentorship and bridging the generational gap in our queer community.

J BARD

J is our pansexual genderfluid mermaid. Their passions are music, podcasts, haunting, and helping people. They help youth explore their gender and sexuality while providing emotional support.

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TERESA FLANNERY

"Flannery" is a community ally passionate about encouraging and empowering local youth. She wants each individual to understand their integral value and to have every opportunity to thrive.

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REBECCA MCDONELL

Rebecca is a mother of three and grandmother of five. She believes in the importance of being your own kind of beautiful, to respect and love yourself, and to give back to the community.

AMBASSADORS

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JOHN BARNES

John is a lawyer who works primarily with estate planning and probate matters. Recipient of the “Straight for Equality Award” in 2008 from the Fort Worth PFLAG chapter.

SARA FAIRLEY

Sara serves as an ambassador to support Tarrant County youth and to challenge her hometown to love all those who call this city home. She is a global citizen and change agent.

PAPI SALGADO

Papi became involved as one of our youth and has stayed to become a leader. Papi has a heart for others and is currently studying to become a Sign Language Interpreter.

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KATHLEEN DISALVO

Kathleen is a community member that wants to help LGBTQ youth have a safe place to go, have fun and feel accepted. She has helped with other homeless youth organizations.

GREG HUGHES

Greg connected us with the Lockheed Martin Pride organization. Their members serve as examples of having survived adolescence and having prospered afterward.

DIANE VERSOCKI

Diane was inspired by the passing of a friend during the AIDS crisis to get involved and wants to help provide housing, community resources, and loving support for all LGBTQ youth. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JASON BERNARD

Director

Jason got involved through the Imperial Court de Fort Worth and Arlington. He wants to help our youth grow, spread their wings and become the best they can be.

CHERYL FARMER

Treasurer

Cheryl has a background in school district purchasing and served in leadership roles, including treasurer, at her church. She loves camping and backyard get-togethers.

MARY MCMAHON

Secretary

Mary is a United States Air Force Veteran and retired Occupational Therapist. She wants to support youth as they explore and discover what brings them joy.

JASON BROCK

Director

As a minority and member of the LGBTQ community, Jason has works tirelessly to fight for equality both locally and nationally through outreach, advocacy, and education.

BARBARA HEPTIG

Board Chair

Barb is an attorney and ordained minister. She is passionate about LGBTQ inclusion in all areas of society and the church since she was a student at Brite Divinity School.

LASHONDA THOMAS

Director

LaShonda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has experience with LGBTQ youth support groups. She encourages acceptance, authenticity, and honesty.