Board of Directors

 

Bernard_(25)FB2015.jpgDr. Bernard Alvarez 

Board Chair/ IT / Open Hours Manager

Bernard is a world renowned spiritual consciousness teacher, 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. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Fellowship of South Florida, was an Ambassador for the City Of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Planning Committee for South Florida Ballet Theater and Executive Director of the Global Illumination Council.  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.


 

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Daniel Ceglowski

Treasurer

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.


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Georgia Gallaher

Secretary

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


Nathaniel Brandetsas

Member at Large/Speakers Bureau

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 RoanokeGayzette 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.


 

JasonLayman.jpgJason Layman

Member at Large, Volunteer Coordinator

 Jason received his Master’s in Psychology (early child and adolescent development) from Marshall U., Bachelor’s degree from Concord U., an Associates degree in Social Work from Bluefield College and an Associate's in Nursing from Bluefield State College. Jason served in the Navy from 1995-2003. As a member of the board, Jason plans to create a bridge between the RDC and the LGBTQ+ veterans to give a safe place to express themselves.

 

 


 Hartman Adams

Member At Large


 

linny.jpgLinny Caldwell

Open Hours Manager/Member At Large

 Linny's professional career has revolved around the helping profession all her life - formally (trained as a marriage child family therapist/social worker) and informally (as a wild free spirited hippie flower child of the 60's). Her pronouns are she/her but at this time in her life that's about the only thing remotely "straight" about her as a cis female. She identifies proudly and boldly as queer - coming late in life to this awesome freedom of fully embracing her true sexual and spiritual self as God's beloved. Linny is a single parent who loves 3 beautiful children who were born in the womb of her heart through foster care and adoption. While being a mom is her greatest joy, and all her children have changed her life significantly, her middle son has opened up the world of autism for her. Because of loving him she proudly advocates for truth and justice, not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but the dis-Ability community as well. Since coming to the RDC through Diversity Camp, Linny says her world has been rocked by meeting all the many courageous people of all ages and gender identities and orientations who teach her all the time what it truly means to be TOGETHER in this beautiful rainbow we call family. 


 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: Admin@RoanokeDiversityCenter.com, by calling 540-491-4165, or by visiting the RDC during our open hours. Thank you. 


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