Paul Thomas is a Health Care and Community Advocate who has over thirty years experience in healthcare and education. He has worked in various departments at various levels while always maintaining a patient centered care mindset. He is a proponent for mentorship initiatives and serves on the Board of Directors for Miami Beach Gay Pride, and the SAVE political Endorsement Committee.
Gisela Vega, Ed.D; FL-USA
Dr. Gisela P. Vega serves as Multicultural Programs and Services (MPAS) Associate Director for LGBTQA Initiatives and is a faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at FIU. She has worked previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northeastern University in Boston,
and the Institute for Shipboard Education. Providing students with personalized attention is at the heart of her 30 years of service in Higher Education. She has presented countless workshops and is passionate about diversity education, social justice, and addressing issues of access and choice in higher education. Four the past five years she has worked tirelessly to create safe spaces for our LGBTQA college students and has developed extensive services and educational program for the LGBTQA community.
Marsharee Chronicle, FL- USA
Marsharee Chronicle is the Chief Operating Officer of Pridelines, an organization that supports, educates and empowers South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change. Marsharee previously served as the Director of Programs at Pridelines; Chief Program Officer at Compass, Inc; and a Community Educator for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida. She is a graduate of Cornell University holding a B.A. in Women's Studies.
Linda Kolko, Washington D.C.- USA
Linda Kolko is a community activist, focusing on progressive issues, including affordable housing, micro-enterprise development and human rights. Linda serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Washington D.C. based, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (IIREHR), an international, human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with activists in the Caribbean and Latin America. She worked for the federal government for 40 years, managing international development programs.