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. Regular board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Building 200, San Diego, CA 92106.
The SDHDF Board
Joselyn Harris, Board President
Joselyn is currently 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 and Secretary
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.
Rev. Stephen J. Mather, Treasurer
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.