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.
Born and raised in Calexico, CA. My educational journey began at Imperial Valley College, and soon thereafter, I enrolled at the University of Phoenix and majored in Business Management. I have over 10 years of experience working for labor contractors and payroll. I started volunteering for the IV LGBT Resource Center in 2015 and became a board member shortly after.
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.
Co-Chair of the Board
Clare Padilla (she/they) grew up in Calexico, CA. They graduated from Calexico High School. They have been working in Engineering and Technology since 2007, including a current position in IT at Imperial County. They moved back to the Imperial Valley in 2019 and discovered the IV LGBT Resource Center in October 2021. Since then they have been involved in center support groups, volunteering, events, outreach and joined the Board of Directors in December 2021. They are excited to bring new energy and support to the Center. Clare remembers struggling to find acceptance and happiness in their journey towards living as their authentic self.
Clara Olivas (they/them)