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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.