Board of Directors


Bernard_(25)FB2015.jpgDr. Bernard Alvarez 

Board Chair/Webmaster

Bernard is a world renowned spiritual consciousness teacher, social media star, and sacred activist. He is an ordained Minister, a Doctor of Metaphysics, author, video and radio producer and has appeared in or hosted over 500 documentary, television and radio shows. Bernard is a professional Spiritual Life Coach and Mentor, Wedding Officiant, radio host and the facilitator of Earth Spirit Roanoke. Bernard resides in the historic Old Southwest neighborhood of Roanoke.

liz.jpgElizabeth Parsons

Vice Chair/Special Events

Elizabeth is a seasoned creative professional with experience in journalism, marketing, P.R., non-profit management, creative writing and more. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth has launched new magazines and edited longstanding ones, coordinated high profile events for the Grammy organization among others, and helped to create maternal/child health programs in East Africa. Elizabeth holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins U., a B.A. in Anthropology from Mary Washington U. and a certification in non-profit leadership from Georgetown U. She’s passionate about social justice, the arts, globetrotting, salsa verde, and lots of other stuff.



Daniel Ceglowski


Dan is employed in the administration of a Roanoke human services agency.  In addition to being a veteran of the armed forces, Dan is currently working towards completing is B.B.A. in Finance.  He looks to utilize his non-profit sector experience and business acumen to further the RDC's mission, and to better the community as a whole.


Georgia Gallaher


Georgia offers years of experience with local non-profit's and is very active in the MCC Blue Ridge Choir. She lives in SouthEast Roanoke and is a dedicated ally within the LGBT community.


Nick Dinkel

Member at large

Gregory_Rosenthal__PHD1.jpgDr. Gregory Rosenthal

Member at large

Gregory is Assistant Professor of Public History at Roanoke College where he teaches courses in history and public humanities. He is also co-founder of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a community-based history initiative committed to researching and telling the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations in our region. Gregory has published in Environmental HistoryWorld History BulletinPerspectives on HistorySolutions, and is currently working on a book manuscript on the history of Native Hawaiian migrant labor. At Roanoke College, he is involved with LEAG, the LGBT Education & Awareness Group, and also serves as a mentor to LGBTQ  students. 

Nathaniel Brandetsas

Member at large

Nathaniel is a helping professional with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Throughout his academic career, Nathaniel has supported the LGBT community at large as an ally and speaker, where he has educated other professionals through raising awareness of current problems of discrimination, marginalization, and oppression in care settings. Nathaniel has been published in the Roanoke Gayzette and has served the broader community as an HIV tester at the Drop-In Center, and was instrumental in the development of their 2016 Ryan White community needs assessment survey. Additionally, he has designed and conducted several original research projects with the local transgender and gender variant community and incorporated those efforts into his work as an advocate and educator. As a member of the board, Nathaniel’s macro-level social work skills and talents are being applied to the RDC’s mission through his continued work as a researcher in partnership with Radford University.

Shane Palmer 

Member at large

Our monthly meetings are currently "closed" to the public, However, if you'd like to attend, please inform us of your intent to attend well in advance. Please include the nature of your visit, and if you wish to address the Board re. a particular subject.

Please contact the RDC Board Chair through the email:, by calling 540-491-4165, or by visiting the RDC during our open hours. Thank you. 

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