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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. Her reason for starting LGBTQ SAVES was and remains to save lives.

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EVELYN KINCAID

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Evvy has been striding for progressive causes by utilizing safe protests, media coverage, and more ever since she graduated high school. She now hopes to help youth in her community feel safe and heard through her professional life, too.

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REBECCA SEYMORE

Accountant

Rebecca has been an accountant for almost 20 years and believes in helping to make our community better any way she can.

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BERTINAND GARDNER

Community Outreach and Marketing Manager

Bertie is an LGBTQ+ advocate who seeks to empower youth through community development. Knowing the importance of community and representation, he seeks to provide programming that allows LGBTQ+ youth the ability to truly be themselves.

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AJ ALVARADO

Program Coordinator

AJ does their best to set an example of love and respect as they bring awareness to the community they serve. It's their dedication to create a safe space through their hard work and ethics.

PROGRAM LEADERS

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LISA EARLEY

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

 

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JULIA HULSE

Julia is a native Texan, but she lived her whole life in Colorado until she moved back to Texas in 2021. She has a bachelors degree in sociology, but these days, she works in the legal support field. Julia has been a fierce mama bear to her own young-adult LGBTQ+ cubs, and now she's extending that care and advocacy to the youth of LGBTQ SAVES. She lives in Weatherford with her doggo, Shiloh, and her kitty, Peeve.

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MICHAEL SANDERS

Michael is a dedicated secondary science teacher with a passion for fostering inclusive and supportive learning environments. They joined SAVES to be a mentor for LGBTQ youth, offering guidance, understanding, and a safe space for their personal and educational growth. 

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RACHEL GOLLAY

Rachel (she/they) is a community organizer, songwriter and musician. Her experience in organizing spans work across LGBTQ+ advocacy, mutual aid, harm reduction, and reproductive justice. They are currently the Southwest Community Mobilization Manager at Keshet, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ justice and equality in Jewish life. She is currently a board member and song-leader at her synagogue, Makom Shelanu, and a board member at the reproductive justice organization Fund Texas Choice.

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REBECCA MCDONELL

Rebecca is a mother of three and the grandmother of six. Her belief is what we pour in to our children is what they will pour out to the world, why not pour in unconditional love? Rebecca's adage is to have the courage to be your own kind of beautiful.

AMBASSADORS

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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.

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RHIANNON JONES

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.

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TYLER 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 community.

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SALEM MOON

Salem Moon/Kiba Walker is a professional actor, drag performer, singer and activist based out of Fort Worth, Texas. As a theatrical educator and artist, he hopes to continue supporting DFW’s youth and community in whatever way he can. 

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TARA WILSON

Tara is an ER nurse and community advocate that wants to create a world where all youth including her own kids get to be their full authentic selves.

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CAITLYN DEVLIN

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.

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GREG HUGHES

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

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ROSALINDA MARTINEZ

Rosalinda is a proud Latina, mom, educator,  historian, blogger, art lover, community champion, author and advocate for equality & inclusion.

 

Her goal is to build a more inclusive world for our children, and she is so proud and excited to be an ambassador for the LGBTQ+ community!

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CANDICE PUENTE

Candice Puente (she/her) is an enthusiastic and devoted LGBTQ+ advocate who dedicates time to help, educate, and serve the community. She is a Project Coordinator at Quorum Architects, where she works closely with the Multi- Family Housing team to assist housing authorities meet standard codes, address funding issues, and oversee specifics for construction projects. During her free time, she shares her love for broadcast, music, and entertainment across Fort Worth as “DJ CP.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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SARA FAIRLEY

Board Chair

Sara serves on the board 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.

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CHRIS BUTLER

Director

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.

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BARBARA HEPTIG

Director

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.

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SANDY MARTINEZ

Secretary

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. 

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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.

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CHRIS BARTLEY

Director

Chris is a lay church professional and divinity school student.  He is an advocate for inclusion and justice, and he wants our LGBTQ youth to have every possible opportunity to flourish.

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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.

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SARA HERRERA

Director

Sara is an artist and educator. Sharing her love and passion for the arts, especially with youth, she feels is truly an honor and an opportunity not to be taken for granted. 

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JEN SARDUY

Director

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.
 

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DIANE VERSOCKI

Director

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. 

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