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.

Madelaine Alvarado Hansen

President

Mady is a highly experienced Diversity and Inclusion leader, that has worked with various organizations and corporations.

She is a founding board member for San Diego Inclusion Network which provides an opportunity for local professionals with an interest in LGBTQ+ inclusion to network and share information. This group aims to facilitate the exchange, sharing, and cultivation of ideas, current and future trends, and best practices from a diversity and inclusion perspective. As a former TD Ameritrade Diversity and Inclusion Leader, she participated in company electives including the Associate Council and Emergency Response Team, the Women’s Network, and a San Diego Allies Lead. She worked alongside an executive-level leadership team with improving diversity and inclusion within the company and the community. She is now also a facilitator for Google’s initiative #IamRemarkable. empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

Mady is the oldest of five siblings, a wife, and the mother of two brilliant kids. She immigrated from the Philippines and is no stranger to hard times. She was there when the volcanic ashes of Mount Pinatubo buried most of the province (county) of Pampanga, her hometown. It was during this time, while helping her family and local neighborhood, that her sense of service was instilled. It wasn’t until she was in America that she learned to feel good about helping others. This is just an odd paradigm in the Philippines, where everyone is expected to help others, especially those in need, regardless of your feelings. Service is just really in her DNA.

Arin McNeese

Vice President

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 working in Long Term Care Pharmacy serving the most vulnerable population.  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 previously served on the Board for Trans Family Support Services, and has a long history of volunteer work in MN and CA. He currently lives in MN with his pet rock and spends his free time chasing sunrises and sunsets.

James Vermillion

Secretary

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.

Alexis Begin (they/she)

Treasurer

Alexis (They/She) is a San Diego native and passionate advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. They completed their undergraduate work at California State University, Chico, receiving degrees in both Political Science and Sociology. During her time there, Alexis interned for former Congresswoman Susan Davis, worked on battling food insecurity on college campuses, participated in the stop human trafficking organization, and pioneered a menstrual product distribution program on campus.

They then continued on in academia at the University of Oxford, obtaining their Master’s degree in Sociology with Merit. Alexis now works at a local strategic fundraising firm, KM Strategies, as Finance Director. Here she helps fund political campaigns for candidates across San Diego at the county, city, state, and federal level. They are passionate about equal access to education, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, and international law.

Melody Corvalan (she/her/hers)

Board Member

Melody only came out 5 years ago, at which point she immersed herself in activism and volunteer work within the LGBTQ+ community.  She loves to travel, often to attend Pride in other cities or to find queer friendly bars and spaces abroad.  She lives happily with her partner Santana, human son Diego and their dog son Oso.

Lisa Nares

Board Member

Coming soon!

Ivy Rooney

Board Member

After graduating from Chula Vista High School, Ivy began working at a specialty pharmacy in Hillcrest in 1991.  It was at the height of the AIDS epidemic that she connected to the community that she would continue to serve for her entire career. While working, she continued her education and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from San Diego State University.  Her work in the pharmacy allowed her provide a safe, stigma-free, and supportive environment to the LGBTQ+ community.  She continues to be passionate about advocating for patients and being part of ending the HIV epidemic. Throughout her more than 30 years of work in HIV specialty pharmacy, Ivy has taken on various leadership roles including Manager, Director of Operations, VP of Sales and Operations, and CEO.

Ivy currently serves on the San Diego Women’s HIV conference planning committee and is involved various other groups and non-profits that serve the HIV community.  She also served on the executive board of Working Wonders, and organization in the Palm Springs area that provided support for women, families, and children affected by HIV.  In 2019, she was nominated for a Bradley A Truax Service award and was also recognized as a 30 Year Hero by Being Alive, San Diego.

Ivy is a San Diego native, raised by first-generation Mexican-American parents. She has four siblings. Ivy and her husband, Liam met in 1999 and have raised 4 children together. They enjoy traveling to Mexico and spending time with friends and family.

Staff

The staff has the dedication and perseverance to ensure the Foundation’s success.

Joy Hochstein

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.