Board of Directors
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation is governed by a committed group of volunteers from diverse professional backgrounds. The board of directors are responsible for foundation governance, overseeing finances and investments, and strategic planning.
The SDHDF Board
Joselyn Harris, Board President
Joselyn is the Former Co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues at UCSD. She became very involved with the LGBT community when she moved back to San Diego eleven years ago. She has a long career in healthcare administration, has seen the ways that the LGBT community is treated in a healthcare setting, and is working to improve the quality of care. She is a Registered Nurse, and also holds a Master of Science degree as well as a Ph.D. She has been part of several committees at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, including chairing the LGBT Senior Trailblazers, development for the Fifty and Better group, and working on the Senior Housing Advisory Group. She has also been treasurer of Equality Professional Network, and has provided education and consultation on LGBT issues to countless Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities.
Mary Cruz, Vice President
Mary is the Community and Multicultural Relations Program Manager for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Her extensive resume of community involvement and organization includes work with the University of California, San Diego, The United Way of San Diego, Komen for the Cure Foundation, Planned Parenthood Foundation of America and many others. Author of eleven academic publications and recipient of fifteen prestigious organization recognitions. Mary has proven herself an invaluable member of the community. Currently residing in Chula Vista, Mary is very excited to join the SDHDF Board of Directors.
Maria Reid, Treasurer
Maria is a southern California native, raised in Whittier, California who received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She continued her education through night classes at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, while working in the sociology department at UC Davis. After passing the bar exam, Maria practiced law for 9 years in Orange County, focusing on civil and family law. Deciding to embark upon a new career path, in December 2014 she left her job at the law firm at which she was working, and started the onboarding process and licensing requirements to become a financial advisor. Upon passing the licensing requirements, she has been employed full-time with Pahal, Vora and Associates, a franchise of Ameriprise Financial, as a Financial Advisor since 2015. An out and proud lesbian since the age of 19, she looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation board of directors. With Maria and her wife, Alison, splitting their time between San Diego and Orange Counties, they are privy to many of San Diego County’s diverse communities, and are excited to explore how SDHDF may serve the LGBT+ community throughout.
Rev. Stephen J. Mather, Secretary
Steve was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1974, having earned degrees from Whittier College and Princeton Theological Seminary. Since 2005, he has been pastor of Coronado Community Church, a progressive, independent church. In Orange County, he was active in church-based community organizing working to lessen the problems of gangs and drug use near the “happiest place on earth.” Steve served as board president of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (1993-94) during which time his church in Anaheim was picketed and he had to wear a bulletproof vest. From 1998 to 2005, he served on the national board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its Clergy Advisory Board. Steve has been an outspoken advocate for justice, demonstrated by awards from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, and the Greater Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Freedom.
Robert Hubbard, Board Member
Robert was born in Pasadena, CA and spent much of his childhood moving around southern California before graduating from Paso Robles High School and making a big move to Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago, where he obtained a BA in the Department of Comparative Human Development, with a specialization in psychoanalytic theory, and a minor in Political Science. Robert served as a two-term student body president, of the graduate and undergraduate divisions, before graduating and moving back to warm California. He worked for 8 years at Progressive Insurance in Santa Maria, CA. While living there, Robert started a non-profit, GRACE (Gay Rights Advocates for Change & Equality), and served as board secretary for CAUSE, an organization aimed at social and economic justice. Robert and his partner Jeremy moved to San Diego in January 2015, where Jeremy took a position with the ACLU. Robert has taken an active part in the San Diego community as an academy member of the Young Professionals Council, board member of Mission Hills United Church of Christ, a freelance photographer for SD Pride and the LGBT center, and co-creator of LGBT Financial Resources. Robert currently works full time as a financial service professional with MassMutual, where he has helped sponsor important LGBT organizations such as Lambda Archives of SD, The National Organization of Women, YPC, and Equality California. Robert looks forward to bringing his passion, activism, and 11 years of insurance and finance background to the Human Dignity Foundation Board.
Arin McNeese has vast experience in community health outreach specific to HIV, homeless, and transgender communities. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Quality Systems Management, and is a Blackbelt Lean Six Sigma. Arin is currently collaborating with the UCSD Antiviral Research Unit on a project to increase the number of transgender people on PrEP. Arin spent over two decades in MN and CA managing and operating a variety of specialty pharmacy services, with a special interest in ensuring indigent and low-income patients with chronic diseases receive their life-saving medications. He has expertise in community networking, relationship building, and development. Arin serves on the Board of Directors for TransFamily Support Services, and has a long history of volunteer work in MN and CA. He currently lives in San Diego with his pet rock and spends his free time chasing sunrises.