Board of Directors
Rosa was raised in Brawley, California. After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles County and received a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in La Puente, CA. After 13 years in corrections, retired and started a social work job with Imperial County. After “coming out” as a lesbian, Rosa found a lack of LGBT resources in the Imperial County and, in search of community, founded the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center in 2015.
Clara "Buddy" Olivas (they/them)
Clara’s parents did migrant farm labor for employment. Their father taught Clara the importance of respecting, understanding, and appreciating nature. Their mother showed them how to use what the earth gives us to help with what ails us. Clara was a substitute teacher for high school students. They are a writer and a performer. As the youngest of 16, they were always around enough action to be able to sit back and observe. In 2020, Clara entered a comedy contest and won 3rd place and has been doing comedy stand-up ever since and loves it. Clara wants to be of service to thier community. Clara has creative strengths and ideas that they hope to bring to fruition.
A military veteran with several degrees in engineering, design, and technical education, his current responsibilities capitalize on the background of program organization, logistical support and detail management. These efforts allow others in the organization to focus on their strengths – peer support, counseling and behavioral and mental health. Vincent supports the efforts of staff and volunteers in the organization through managing the supplies, administration and logistical challenges faced every day at the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center.
- Immigrant to the United States from Mexico
- First generation University graduate
- Brawley Union High School 1989
- Imperial Valley College, A.S. Social Science 1991
- San Diego State University, Imperial Valley College 1993 B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
- K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Spanish
- Assistive Technology Specialist Certification 2019
- 29-year educator in Imperial Valley, last 21 with Brawley Elementary School District
- Actively involved with Migrant and English Learner community
- Imperial Valley College Board of Trustee Area 4
- President of Los Amigos de la Comunidad, Inc – Non-profit
- Active with social and environmental coalitions working to improve our binational community focusing on vulnerable communities
A family nurse practitioner born in Japan as a first son of a family of five who ran a liquor shop. Graduated school at age 23 and worked at a hospital, Tokyo Medical University Hospital, in Shinjuku, Tokyo, as a registered nurse for 10 years while mainly taking care of acute HIV/AIDS patients. “I came to America in 2007 to study advanced nursing in family nurse practitioner role and opened a newly expanded life chapter here in Calexico in 2018. As a family nurse practitioner, I have been seeing patients at De Anza Clinic for over 4 years. My next goal is to contribute to LGBT primary health care.”
Roe v. Wade was overturned on 6/24/2022.
Tina joined the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center Board of Directors in May of 2023. We are excited to welcome her to the team and look forward to what we will accomplish with her help and support. (Bio coming soon!)
Clare Padilla (they/them)
Co-Chair of the Board