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Our Family Coalition

Ginna Brelsford

Ginna Brelsford

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Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Ginna is a highly qualified administrator with progressive leadership experience, who managed GSA Network’s finance and operations as Finance and Administrative Director before becoming Co-Executive Director. Ginna joined GSA Network’s staff in 2011 where she has served as a member of the Executive and Management Teams. A graduate of Smith College, Ginna has over 10 years of nonprofit financial and operations experience, having previously been employed at MassEquality, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. In her tenure at GSA Network, Ginna has overseen organizational human resources and operational needs in a rapid expansion of staff and infrastructure, including expansion to another state. Ginna became Co-Executive Director in 2015 and is also an Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow. When not at GSA Network, Ginna enjoys traveling around California's wine country with her wife, Jill.

Stephen Botte

Stephen Botte

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Stephen is a proud California native born, raised and educated in Silicon Valley. After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University,  he began his now twenty five year career in high technology marketing working for startups and established players like Steve Job’s NeXT Computer, Apple, HP, Oracle and Cisco.

He is the father to a his wonderful son Francesco, whom he adopted at birth in 2007.

Stephen is a long time advocate of LGBT civil rights with his passion now turning to the “new frontier” of LGBT rights - creating, legally protecting and ensuring the safety and inclusion of our families.

Sharon Davidson

Sharon Davidson

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Sharon is an administrative specialist with nearly thirty years’ experience in finance, human resources, office management, public relations and executive management. She works with the Head of International Human Resources at Wells Fargo, and serves as the Administrative Chair on the SF Pride Team Member board for Wells Fargo. It was a Community Service fair held at the corporate offices of Wells Fargo in San Francisco that lead to her introduction to Our Family Coalition.
As a wife of over twenty-five years and the mother of three young men, it was the lack of fanfare over her eldest son’s coming out at seventeen that started the path toward Sharon's being an LGBTQ Ally advocate. An experienced educational advocate as her children navigated the challenges of education as special needs students, Sharon was looking for something to replace that as her last one finishes with the public school system. Finding OFC and seeing how it could help her son with his future family, Sharon turned her energies to supporting the rights of LGBTQ families as she looks forward to the day when her eldest son starts his own journey toward parenthood.

Steve Disselhorst

Steve Disselhorst

Board Secretary
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Steve is a proud husband and father. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree, he moved to the Bay Area. He began a career as a restaurateur and sommelier where he developed his passion for food, wine, and meeting people from all walks of life. During his career in the hospitality industry, he developed relationships with many executives from corporate America, which led to his next career in biotech & pharma industry. He completed his MBA in marketing while working as an account manager. Steve has held multiple roles within both sales and marketing and has deep expertise in health care landscape and the managed care environment.

Steve and his husband have two children through adoption – one through private, open adoption and the second through foster-adoption. Steve is an advocate of LGBTQ rights, adoption, foster care and diversity & inclusion in the workplace. As the proud papa of a kindergartener, he is fighting for LGBTQ family friendly education.

Leroy Gaines

Leroy Gaines

Board Secretary
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Since 2010 Leroy Gaines has served as principal at Acorn Woodland Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership at Columbia University's Teachers College, and his undergraduate degree in Africana Studies at Bowdoin College. In 2014 he was recognized by Our Family Coalition for his leadership implementing the Welcoming Schools curriculum at Acorn Woodland, and shining a light as an advocate for inclusive and just schooling for all children an their families.

 


Koko Lin

Koko Lin

Board Co-Chair
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Koko was born in Taiwan and came to the United States when she was 16. As the oldest of 6 children, she was responsible for her siblings throughout their school years. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors in computer science and began her career as a software engineer.

Along the way, Koko became progressively more and more involved with the API and LGBT community, first volunteering with API-PFLAG, API Wellness Center, Asian Pacific Sisters (APS), Self Help for the Elderly and the Asian Women’s Shelter as well as APLBN (Asian Pacific Lesbian Bisexual Network).

Koko is married to Margot Yapp (first in 2002, then again in 2004 and 2008) and they live in Oakland. Their daughter, Megan, was born in 2004, and they added a pet hamster, Pancake, in 2013. When she has any leisure time, Koko loves to oil paint, play tennis and golf, and continue to build a better community for LGBT people. Occasionally, she even develops software for her clients.

Lisa Magnuson

Lisa Magnuson

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Vice President, Marketing

Silver Spring Networks

Lisa is responsible for Silver Spring’s global marketing and as well as for consumer education and engagement group. Lisa is also is the founder of Power Over Energy, a rapidly expanding global energy literacy campaign focused on educating, empowering, and motivating consumers to make smarter decisions about their energy usage.

Prior to Silver Spring, Lisa worked with some of the top brands in the industry, helping to build innovative marketing communication platforms for such companies as Apple, NeXT, Ascend and Cisco. Lisa holds a BA from Duke University.

Martin Mitchell

Martin Mitchell

Treasurer
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Martin Mitchell is Human Resources Operations Manager for Oakland Unified School District. He's a transformational leader with a career marked by success in human resources (HR) operations, recruitment, policy development/implementation, and compensation/classification. He is a trusted strategic partner and senior leadership advisor, and highly effective around organizational policy, union relations, employment law, compliance issues, and complex legal matters. Martin received an MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University, and a BA from Howard University. He and his husband are proud dads of a teenage son.
Jes Montesinos

Jes Montesinos

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With nearly two decades of experience serving the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the area of community change, Ms. Montesinos supports community leaders in addressing disparities in education, affordable housing, health care, and economic security. Through her consulting practice, Montesinos & Associates, she assists grassroots organizations, intermediaries, educational institutions, and foundations in achieving their community, organizational, and programmatic goals. Her firm believes in a society that supports equality, equity, and fairness for people of color, LGBT communities, and low-income individuals. Over the years, she has served a range of clients, including The California Endowment, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The Hewlett Foundation, PolicyLink, Lambda Legal, and over two hundred and fifty grassroots nonprofit organizations. Examples of her work include serving on the national technical assistance team for the Federal Promise Neighborhood Initiative, providing outcome-based consultation to The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Richmond, CA, and recently completing a full-services community school plan for an elementary school in Vallejo, CA. She has served on various nonprofit boards and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and an MA focused on Management and Public Policy from UC San Diego. She is a proud native of the Bay Area with roots in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Alfonso Pacheco

Alfonso Pacheco

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Alfonso “Alfie” Pacheco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is currently employed by UCSF at the Alliance Health Project (AHP) on Market Street providing individual and group psychotherapy services to the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of San Francisco.  He is also an independent contractor with A.G.U.I.L.A.S., Inc., serving as a Group Facilitator for the psychosocial support groups that target the Latino, LGBT communities that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alfie is a native of the Bay Area being born and raised in Redwood City and having attending elementary school in Menlo Park and high school in Atherton.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare (B.A.S.W.) from the University of Washington (UW) at Seattle in 1998, and his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Degree from San Diego State University in 2001.

Some of Alfie’s achievements include: co-authoring his first publication in 2011, teaching as a faculty lecturer in the Master of Clinical Psychology/MFT Program at Notre Dame de Namur University in 2012, as well as organizing and leading the State of Washington’s first ever LGBT-Youth Lobby Day in 1996 under the auspices of HANDS-OFF Washington.

Alfie is a SF-GIANTS fanatic and enjoys playing volleyball, catching the latest movies, trying new restaurants throughout the city, spending time with friends & family, and taking road trips with the top down in his convertible.

In addition to being on the Board of Directors at OFC, Alfie also volunteers with NAMI-SF (National Alliance on Mental Illness—San Francisco) as a facilitator for the Spanish-speaking Family Support Group and as a Teacher for the Family-to-Family Education Program.

Alexis Petra

Alexis Petra

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Alexis was born and raised on the East coast and achieved a Medical Doctor degree from the university of Pittsburgh and also attended the university of Pennsylvania Wharton school of business for an MBA. After school she gradually made her way out West and worked in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She is a recent transplant to the Bay Area which has always been a dream of hers. She currently works as an Emergency Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek.

Alexis is an aspiring parent and hopes to one day have a large, loving family. She is a proud LGBT activist and is excited to be helping work towards equality for all.


Alice Ruby

Alice Ruby

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Alice Ruby is the Executive Director of The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC), the only non-profit sperm bank in the US. Founded in 1982 to serve lesbians and single women, TSBC was the first sperm bank worldwide to provide an option for donor-conceived people to learn the identity of their donor. Ms. Ruby has personally released donor identities to 150+ donor-conceived adults, matched more than 600 families with others who share their sperm donor, and provides resources and support to TSBC parents, donors and donor-conceived adults. She is a research collaborator with Joanna Scheib, PhD, TSBC’s Research Director, and speaks at professional conferences and in community forums on program outcomes, ethical issues in sperm donation, and talking with children about having a donor. Ms. Ruby received her BA in Science and Society from Wesleyan University and two master’s degrees from Yale University in Public Health and Management. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Family Equality Council, a national organization that connects, supports, and represents LGBTQ families. Ms. Ruby is a second generation lesbian mama to a child conceived with a known sperm donor.

Amber Todd

Amber Todd

Board Chair
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Amber Todd Serves as the Special Assistant to the City Administrator in the City of Oakland and has over fifteen years of experience in administrative and managerial work. In addition to her role with the City of Oakland she has been extremely involved in the Oakland community, boasting almost sixteen years of volunteer service to benefit underprivileged youth. She has supported the City of Oakland’s "Combined Charities" program and is a leader in the in the East Bay LGBT community as the Founder and Board Chair for Oakland Pride as well as Board Member of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. Amber has served on the Board of Directors for Our Family Coalition for the past four years, advocating for services and programing serving those in the LGBT community of lower social economic background. Amber has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Human Services from Colorado Technical University. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Amber is a proud mother to four daughters: Emiko, age 13; Akemi, age 12; Kyoko age 10; and Kyomi age 9. Rising from adversity and a childhood spent in the foster care system, Amber has become a valuable asset not only to Our Family Coalition's team, but to all of the communities where she lives and works.

Sarah Thompson-Peer

Sarah Thompson-Peer

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Sarah is the parent of a preschool-aged child, and has worked to improve outcomes for children her entire adult life. After college she taught elementary school in the Baltimore City Public School System, then went on to attend law school to pursue her interest in education and education policy. While in law school, she ran and participated in a mentoring program that paired law students with children living in group homes. As an attorney in Boston, Sarah represented low-income parents diagnosed with mental illness attempting to get custody or visitation with their children in family law cases. Additionally, she provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence in family law cases and to indigent clients in appeals of unemployment benefits. She relocated to San Francisco with her wife in 2012 and shortly thereafter, her son–a 4th-generation San Franciscan–was born. Sarah has since been raising her son, taking Early Childhood Education classes at CCSF, working and volunteering at her son’s cooperative schools, and volunteering at La Raza Centro Legal SF defending tenants in eviction cases. She was a board member on at her son's cooperative preschool. Sarah received her JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and her BA in Biology and Psychology at University of Pennsylvania.

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