Board of Directors
The 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.
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 moved to San Diego in 2015 and 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.
Andrea is a native San Diegan and brings to our board a wealth of knowledge, specializing in Project Management, Customer Relations & Retention, Business Development and is highly skilled in developing Processes.
Her goal with the Foundation is to develop a constant stream of membership, creating a sustainable annual support system to the Foundation and the work that they do. Her background is unique her as during her four years as a Member at Large for one of the oldest grassroots feminist chapters in San Diego, the National Organization for Women, San Diego Area Chapter which was established in 1970, she worked diligently in generating membership scopes and events that engaged the supporter base.
She looks forward to working with the Foundation members, board and supports in the future.
With degrees in both Linguistics and Computer Science, Benjamin has spent 10 years working in the high-tech software field in development, sales, and technical business consulting roles. He believes that responsible philanthropy includes the strategic use of modern technology. Benjamin is excited to bring his career experience to the Human Dignity Foundation’s Board of Directors and help the Foundation thrive in the modern era.
A native of El Paso, TX, Benjamin and his partner moved to San Diego in 2016 from Portland, OR. He has maintained a lifelong commitment to community service, including founding and running a non-profit to provide safe, sober rides to college students during his time at the University of Texas at El Paso. Since moving to San Diego, Benjamin has been active with the Center — graduating from the Young Professionals Council’s Academy in 2017 — as well as Mama’s Kitchen, where he was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2017.
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!
Immediate Past President
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.
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.
James is a member of the University Development (UD) leadership team at UC San Diego. In his role, he helps ensure significant levels of philanthropic support for the eight academic divisions that comprise general campus by managing and driving UD’s $1M+ gift pipeline and helping inform strategic direction in partnership with key Advancement partners. He is accountable for utilizing statistical analysis tools to analyze growth trends and forecast program future direction. In addition, a portion of his time is dedicated to front line fundraising. James is a creative, analytical and strategic thinker with the ability to mobilize information, build relationships as well as advise and execute program growth, assessment and refinement.
James is an instructor with Academic Impressions and recently served as the Southern California Regional Chair on the California Advancement Researchers Association (CARA) board of directors; previously serving as president, president-elect, and treasurer. He has also shared is expertise in prospect development as a speaker for CARA, the Association of Professional Researcher, the Association of Fundraising Professional San Diego Chapter, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
James has also served as a committee member for UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues (CACGISOI), a standing committee that advises the Chancellor on issues that affect the UC San Diego lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.
The staff has the dedication and perseverance to ensure the Foundation’s success.
Lina Mohi, MSC
Chief Operating Officer
Lina received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and her master’s of science degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations, program development, fund development, grants, graphic design, community healthcare, and administration. She has worked for SDSU Research Foundation, UCSD, Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, and most recently at Sharp Healthcare.
In her position as a Bilingual Cancer Patient Navigator Program Coordinator, she worked passionately with a team at Sharp to create an extensive Cancer Patient Navigation program, the first in San Diego County and one of the firsts in the country. In 2008 she attended The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, creators of the cancer patient navigation model, to one of the first 20 Certified Cancer Patient Navigators. She received many awards and recognitions related to her work, but she is most proud of earning both the 2010 Sharp Healthcare Spirit of Caring Award and several Guardian Angel recognitions.
Lina is a San Diego native and enjoys spending time with her family, going to theme parks, and traveling.
Financial Services Manager
Joy is an accountant and the president of JLH Ragland, Inc. She has a long history of working with non-profit organizations and grant administration. Her knowledge and experience have been essential to HDF.
She enjoys traveling with her family and loves to discover and create delicious food.
Volunteer Services Manager
Alexandra is a Marketing student at Grossmont College, specializing in Human Relations. She has spent much of her life immersed in the interactive world of non-profit organizations and has found a passion in learning about the San Diego community through volunteering.