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.
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 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 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
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 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.
Colin King is a Southern California native who originally came to San Diego to attend UC San Diego. While getting his BAs in Political Science and Communication, Colin strove to make a difference on campus. He was involved in many diversity initiatives, which eventually led to him being a recipient of the Chancellor’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity award in 2014. After graduating, Colin has worked in many departments at UCSD, including the Bannister Family House, the Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service, and currently works in the School of Medicine. He also took some time to teach English abroad in Barcelona, which furthered his passion for travel and culture. Having recently graduated from the Young Professionals Council, Colin wants to further his commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, especially with organizations serving the HIV positive community. Even with his busy schedule, Colin always makes time for some country dancing and rom coms!
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Staff are from diverse professional backgrounds. We are responsible for event organizing, donor development, overseeing finances and investments, grant writing and strategic planning.
Prabha Singh, MPH
Prabha received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and Masters of Public Health degree from National University. Prior to joining the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, she was a Field Supervisor for the National Health Behavioral Survey at the Chicano Federation (BEEHIVE Project) and a Health Planner for the HIV Planning Group.
Prabha’s passion for the promotion of health and human rights led her to attend the Young Professionals Council (The San Diego LGBT Community Center) where she later became the Co-Chair. She was part of the #BeTheGeneration campaign which aims to decrease the fear and stigma associated with being HIV positive. This cause drove her to become a Digital Mentor for Pendulum Global where she works to help adolescents deal with HIV/AIDS related stigma. In addition to her philanthropic contributions she was the Director of Development for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.
Prabha enjoys spending her free time in nature and watching Bollywood movies. She is also fluent in Hindi and looks forward to working with different community members and organizations to further the mission statement of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
Finance and Office Manager
Sabrina was born and raised in sunny San Diego, and she recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Sociology. While at USD she was involved with both of the LGBTQ groups on campus, and she is so excited to continue working with this fabulous community. She was also a part of an organization focused on health and wellness of the student population, and enjoyed putting on campus events centered around these issues.
She also loves being involved in the local community, and over the past few years she has spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, working with kids in Juvenile Hall, and providing childcare at Becky’s House.