Robert Salcido, Jr. (Chair) is a regional field coordinator for Equality Texas, the only statewide LGBT rights advocacy group in Texas. He oversees field operations to include educational initiatives aimed at creating a greater understanding of nondiscrimination ordinances.
Robert is committed to civic engagement and is active in various capacities in the LGBT community. He’s been involved with Pride Center San Antonio since 2011 and was elected as the board chair in May 2015. He is a founding member and current president of Orgullo de San Antonio LGBT League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 22198, where he works to build bridges between the LGBT & Latino communities. He also served on the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce board of directors from 2011-2015.
Recognizing the importance of coalition partnerships, he serves on the leadership team of Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) and was appointed to serve on the Mayor’s LGBT advisory team by Mayor Ivy Taylor in 2014. Salcido was awarded the LGBT Chamber’s Rodric E. Fitzgerald’s Volunteerism award in 2012, an Outstanding Leadership award from LULAC in October 2015, regional Public Citizen of the Year in March 2016 by the National Association of Social Workers of Texas Alamo Area Branch, and Man of the Year by the League of United Latin American Citizens Texas District 15. Named one of 2015 Most Influential by San Antonio’s premier LGBTQ magazine, Out In SA and one of 20 Most Captivating People in 2015 by the San Antonio Current. Most recently, Robert was awarded the statewide 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of Texas.
A native of New Mexico and raised in Amarillo, Texas; San Antonio has been his home since 2001. He attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas where he studied marketing. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector full-time he had a 15-year career in insurance marketing and sales.
Rev. Naomi Brown, LMSW (Vice Chair) is a Licensed Masters-level Social worker with over 20 years of experience in Social Services. Naomi started her education at City College in New York, later completing her Master’s degree at Our Lady of the Lake University in Social Work Clinical major /Administration minor. In her current position at Haven for Hope, she serves as the Professional Development and Training Manager by creating, training, and contracting training for over 200 employees. In this role she trains on Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Recovery Orientation and LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training. Naomi is works as a Trauma Therapist; her clinical hours are spent seeing many gender queer individuals who live with PTSD and other traumatic experiences.
Naomi also serves on the Board of National Association Social Workers, Texas for Region 8 Alamo Area representing over 600 Social Workers and three schools of Social Work. Naomi is a Field Instructor with University of Texas San Antonio, Army FSU, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Texas State. She values mentoring and challenging the next generation of Social Workers. Naomi also works as an Adjunct Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, teaching Integrative Seminar connecting Theory to Practice for Graduating BSW students. For the past 8 years she has been a Safe Zone trainer and teaches LGBT sensitivity at Universities, Colleges, Corporations and most notably the San Antonio Police Department. Naomi is a licensed and ordained minister and currently Clergy in Residence at Metropolitan Community Church. Naomi is a founding member and has been working with the Pride Center since 2009.
Brian Halderman, LMSW (Secretary) serves as the Program Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at The University of Texas at San Antonio where he oversees service-learning, civic literacy and skill development, and the enhancement of a scholarship of engagement at UTSA. Previously Brian served as the University Minister for Social Justice at St. Mary’s University from 2008-2013, where he remains an adjunct faculty member in the department of Sociology. He is member of the core team of the San Antonio peaceCENTER and actively supports their initiative Compassionate San Antonio, an effort to make San Antonio a more compassionate city. Additionally Brian also served as the former Vice Chair of the Alamo Branch of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
An active supporter of LGBT rights, particularly within the Catholic community, Brian was an active member of the LGBTA Spiritual and Religious Leaders group convened by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland from 2001-2002 and assisted in the development of the Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland from 2000-2002. This ministry remains an active support to LGBT Catholics and their families today. He also served on the LGBTA Steering Committee at the University of Dayton from 2004-2005.
A native of Northern Kentucky, he is a graduate of the University of Dayton where he earned a BA in Religious Studies. As a licensed social worker, he holds Masters in Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis where he focused his studies on social and economic development.
Marco Treinies (Treasurer) is an Assistant Vice-President Branch manager at Capital One Bank. He received a B.S. degree in Science from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. He has lived in San Antonio for over 10 years and is a proud San Antonian. He has over 13 years of management and leadership experience in banking and has been a frequent contributor to the San Antonio community. His experience includes working with several non-profits, including the American Diabetes Association, Helping Hands for Texas and SCADA in the areas of fundraising, community involvement, training and event planning. His current position at the Capital One Bank also has him as the chapter lead for the LGBT diversity group for Austin, Houston and San Antonio where he is currently in charge of the community events, onboarding and the development of LGBT staff. Marco adores his family and has a passion for people the San Antonio community and for his LGBT family.
Marlon Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, leadership development training, student programming, multicultural affairs and diversity training, and operations management. Originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, Marlon moved to San Antonio in 1983 to attend St. Mary’s University. He finished his degree in 1987 and decided to make San Antonio his permanent home.
Marlon’s professional career has afforded him the opportunity to work at a number of college and universities in San Antonio. Currently, he serves as the Director of Student Development, Leadership & Activities at Northeast Lakeview College. In his current role, he is charged with creating and facilitating development programs for students in the newest college in the Alamo College District.
Marlon has worked closely on fundraising efforts with the UTSA GLBTQ Scholarship Fundraising Committee, helping them to establish an endowed scholarship for UTSA GLBTQA students. Marlon is associated with various professional and service organizations, including the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the San Antonio Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council, and the Planned Parenthood of South Texas Board of Directors. In 2009, Marlon was named a DiversityFirst Award Winner by the Texas Diversity Council for his work at UTSA building a comprehensive multicultural center and advocating for expanding the non-discrimination policy at UTSA to include gender identity and expression.
Marlon received his Master of Arts degree in English and Communication Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University. He enjoys cooking, reading, community service work, and traveling.
Joseph Bravo is a healthcare professional and is a consultant in Healthcare Services and a certified trainer with Development Dimensions International (DDI). He holds a Master of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He holds a Master of Hospital Administration from Trinity University and is board certified as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a native to Texas but spent 14 years in New Orleans and has recently returned from a 3-year stint in Cleveland Ohio.
Joe has mastered the balance of corporate deadlines with a warm and humorous personality. He is able to see the threads of opportunity of an organization and has demonstrated the ability to bring people of varying backgrounds, agendas and goals into a cohesive whole through expanding their perceptions, honoring differences and establishing mutual respect and dignity.
Joe has a long-standing passion for volunteerism starting with his work with Project Lazarus in New Orleans in their “buddy” program. In 2012 Joe won the Bronze Jefferson Award for his work with Family Service Association and has been nominated in the past as a volunteer of the year award through the United Way of San Antonio. His work has helped death and dying clients at Project Lazarus, Head Start Children through FSA and dogs and cats at Pets Alive (Meow, woof). Currently Joe volunteers at Pets Alive and with refugees at Catholic Charities of San Antonio. When time permits you can find Joe at SAMA sketching, gardening, painting and enjoying local festivals and restaurants or singing with the Live Oak Singers. Joe has a strong commitment to individualism and diversity. Max De Pree’s quote sums up his feelings, “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other the space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing and inclusion.”
Lauryn Farris earned her degree in multiple teaching disciplines from Eastern Michigan University, and she earned her MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Counseling and Student Services) from the University of North Texas. Having held positions at different levels in higher education she also taught Computer Information Systems at the college level for over 10 years. After 11 years with Ariba, an SAP company, Lauryn changed the direction of her professional career to photography. She owns and operates Farris Family Film and Photography.
Lauryn, and her family, have been involved in the pursuit of justice and affirmation of the Transgender Community for a number of years. Her family was featured June 26, 2015 in the Huffpost Series Let Love Define Family. She has been involved in numerous LGBTQ organizations and presents locally and nationally on topics of transgender inclusion.
She currently serves as Alamo Region Coordinator for the Transgender Education Network of Texas; and as support coordinator for PFLAG San Antonio. The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio very recently presented Lauryn with the Community Leadership Award.
Joanna Fleur Pierce is an attorney and working at Haven for Hope of Bexar County dealing with funding agreement compliance, as well as a host of other areas. Pierce first started volunteering at Haven in 2012, and accepted a paid position summer of 2014, transitioning out of the oil and gas industry.
Pierce grew up in Minnesota and moved to London, England after high school, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Fashion Design in Los Angeles, California in 2002, and has worked for several prominent designers including Zandra Rhodes.
She cares deeply about equal rights, and gets incredibly annoyed when people limit the rights and opportunities of others based on their own personal issues and other nonsense. She owns a home in Southtown and most days you will find her in a yoga class or biking around the downtown area.
Joseph E. Green is a writer, a filmmaker, and the CEO of Say Something Real Press, LLC. He is also a playwright whose plays Clowntime is Over (2014) and The Vapours (2016) have had their world premieres locally at the Overtime Theater. Clowntime is Over received five Theatre Roundtable award nominations when MadLab, located in Columbus, Ohio, revived the play in a 2015 production.
Green also wrote the books Dissenting Views and Dissenting Views II as well as serving as co-writer and co-producer of the film King Kill 63, featuring Oliver Stone, Dick Gregory, and Richard Belzer, among others. He has published articles at outlets including Out in SA Magazine and Steamshovel Press. Green spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the 2014 memorial of peace activist John Judge, and has been interviewed numerous times on programs in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, including the nationally syndicated Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.
Microcosm Press will publish his latest offering, The Conspiracy Fun Book, in the last quarter of 2016. He is working on another book, due in 2017, as well as planning to write and direct a local independent film. In addition to his duties with the Pride Center, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hidden History Center, based in Washington D.C. He is committed to the causes of equal opportunity for all people and the pursuit of a government responsive to those of greatest need.
Zaid Haddad, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Curriculum and Instruction and a member of the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at UTSA. As a teacher educator and social justice advocate, his research interests center around the ways we negotiate our many intersecting identities as we encounter new and changing contexts. Prior to joining the faculty at UTSA, he was a visiting faculty member and doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Haddad taught high school social studies and was student council advisor for five years. At UTSA, Dr. Haddad maintains an ambitious research agenda and provides service within his fields of study at the local and national levels. He teaches courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level for those learning to teach and seeking graduate studies in education.
One of Dr. Haddad’s passions and part of why he came to San Antonio, is to be an academic and advocate for the equitable treatment and public affirmation of those who are LGBTQ. Additionally, he is someone who holds the ideals of social justice and multicultural education in the highest regard and is solid in his belief in the power of public PK-12 education. He sees the public school as the one and only place in society where we can repay the debts our society owes those that were, are and may still be oppressed, marginalized, and disenfranchised. Having recently joined the Board of Directors for Pride Center San Antonio, where his history of professional excellence compliments and strengthens the great work of the Center.
Dr. Haddad is an avid consumer of pop culture, pop music and all things Internet. Dr. Haddad’s iTunes playlists have been dominated by the one and only Madonna, a position formerly held by the Queen Bey her self Beyoncé. He has two dogs–Ringo Haddad and Harry Flopper Haddad. If you’re ready to strive for an inclusive and just world, please join me. Let’s get to work.
Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS is a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, and certified sexologist practicing in San Antonio, TX. Apart from her private practice, she provides training and consulting services throughout the state of Texas, which means she spends a great deal of time in tiny towns with terrible cell phone reception.
She writes a regular column for Out in SA magazine as The Intimacy Doctor, as well as other media outlets. Her first book, The Revolution Will Include Cookies, was published by Say Something Real Press in 2016 and her second book, Unf*ck Your Brain, is slated for release through Microcosm Publishing in 2017. She has published a series of pamphlets through Microcosm Publishing, which are best known as the Dr. Faith’s 5 Minute Therapy series and is excited about future projects she has planned with Microcosm.
She is also a president emeritus and current board member of the Texas Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (TALGBTIC) and was part of the team that created a formal, oppositional response by TALGBTIC and the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) to the Texas Republican Party platform proposal to include sexual orientation change efforts as a therapeutic practice in 2014. She is a staunch ally, parent, family member, and friend to many individuals within the LGBT community. She was also raised to consider the entirety of the world as her family and really hates it when her family is threatened. She is deeply committed to the work of Pride Center San Antonio as an organization committed to safety, equality, and connection for all peoples and is excited to work with a group of people whose goals align with her own.
Julian P. Ledezma is an established Xicano photographer and owner of JPL Productions, which has fortified him as an established entrepreneur and Artist. JPL PRO is an artist driven Photography Company specializing in bridal photography, special event photography and photojournalism with a special emphasis on the LGBT community. Currently he is publishing his photography in Out In SA, the Current and Shale magazine. He is also a freelance writer with Out In SA magazine.
He is an ambitious, visionary leader known for his ability to develop key coalitions, garner community support, and build relationships with a shared sense of purpose.
In 2002, Julian co-founded the first diversity group for Citibank in the state of Texas, the Citibank PRIDE Network. The PRIDE network at Citibank is still going on strong with 230+ members. His volunteer efforts continue to fortify his devotion to community enrichment, and personal development as a sensitive yet directive team leader.
Julian is enthusiastic about the new endeavors that the Pride Center will bring to San Antonio as a whole, but especially for LGBT Youth. “I believe as a civil rights activist that it is a moral imperative for everyone to have the spirit of volunteerism.”
Rey Lopez is a local entrepreneur. He is the president of Rey Lopez Entertainment (RLE), which focuses on bringing RuPaul Drag Racers to San Antonio. As a promoter in the gay nightlife you’ll find his shows at Heat Nightclub as well as his monthly show, Queens, at The Aztec Theater. Rey is also the promoter and organizer of the annual event, Out in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and a co-producer of The Rocky Horror Show at the Josephine Theatre.
Rey is an advocate for Project HOT and a mentor to the new generation of drag. His weekly competition, Drag Me to Fame, going on it’s fourth year, allows him to highlight up and coming drag performers.
Rey is originally from Brownsville, Texas and has been in San Antonio since 1998. He loves San Antonio, considering it a city that has potential to be one of the best places to live in the country. Rey believes in helping people or finding ways to help others.
Erick Macias, also known as Erick LaRue throughout the community, is a native of San Antonio, Texas. As a transgender man he has a strong a passion for being a role model, mentor, and friend to the transgender community. He founded San Antonio’s first peer-to-peer support group dedicated to transgender men and those seeking to transition from female to male that currently meets at The Center. As a performer in the community, he has been an active fundraiser benefiting HIV and AIDS awareness. Erick has an extensive background and currently works in the medical field.
Richard Farias, Immediate Past Chair
Joseph Garrett, Chair Emeritus