JORGE GUILLEN (PRESIDENT)
I’m Jorge Guillen and I’m a fabulously awesome human-being that identifies as a gay/queer male. I’ve been living in Watsonville since I was one, and came out to my family and friends at the age of 23. The experience of facing adversity as a gay male in Watsonville has placed me in a position where I take it as my moral duty to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community, especially in Watsonville where our community still lacks visibility and advocacy. I am eager to be a part of the Pajaro Valley Pride efforts so that the LGBTQ+ community in South County can gain visibility, inclusivity, respect, and acknowledgement through healthy advocacy and activism.
EMILIO BARAJAS (VICE PRESIDENT)
I was born and raised in the Pajaro Valley, and have worked in Social Services. I'm involved with humanitarian organizations, and when I'm not treating patients as an EMT, I'm enjoying my time with my beautiful daughter. My aim is to bring visibility and acceptance to the LGBTQ+ community, and to bring a voice to the bi community.
SERGIO BARTOLO (TREASURER)
Hi! I am Sergio Bartolo and I was born in Mexico. My family decided to move to Watsonville when I was one year old and ever since I've been a resident of the Pajaro Valley Community. I currently attend Cabrillo College with the idea of transferring to San Jose State University. I work as an accountant assistant and a tax preparer in Watsonville. I am looking forward to the Pajaro Valley Pride and make it one of the most successful events in the community.
LESLEY HARRISON (SECRETARY)
Lesley, raised during apartheid era South Africa, has a lifelong commitment to social justice. After living undocumented for ten years and raising a family, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCSC in June 2014 with a BA in Feminist Studies (emphasis Law, Politics & Social Change) & a BA in Sociology (emphasis Gender & Sexuality Studies). Her experience includes Lead Intern (Cantú Queer Center), Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, Santa Cruz and Watsonville Pride committee, Dyke March and Tara Home Hospice. She was one of the recipients of the 2014 Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity. Her passion is shining a light and bringing change to the challenges people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming members face, both within and beyond the Queer community.
MICHAEL MARTINEZ (EVENT COORDINATOR)
Hi! My name is Michael I am here helping Pajaro Valley Pride with their upcoming celebration. I have 11 years of marketing and event coordinating along with community service.
GEORGE A CAMANY ( PR COORDINATOR)
Hello, I George A Camany was born and raised in Watsonville Californifa. I was very active during my youth in both school and in the community. As a part of the original LGBTQ+ awareness assembly at Watsonville High School "What's In A Name" I realized the impact a group of like minded people could have in our schools and community. After living in New York for 13 years and returning home the progress and effect of my by being involved as a youth encouraged me to want to continue to stay active in my community as an adult. Which is why I decided to be a part of Pajaro Valley Pride. I was honored with a Queer Youth Leadership Award for my involvement as a youth in the LGBTQ+ community. The City of Watsonville has also recognized my efforts by honoring me with two proclamations and recognition for my achievements. I am excited to be home and be a part of the positive change and progress in the Pajaro Valley Community.
DANIELLE ELIZALDE (MARKETING COORDINATOR)
My name is Danielle and I was born and raised in Watsonville. I came out at the age of 15 and immersed myself in the Santa Cruz County LGBTQIA community. I became a member of Triangle Speakers when I was about 17 and had my first ever panel in front of the entire faculty of Watsonville High School where I was a student at the time. I became very active in the community and with the Diversity Center throughout my teen years. I received a Queer Youth Leadership Award in 2008 and was awarded the eQuality scholarship the same year. After turning 20, life got in the way and I was unable to be active in the community due to school and work commitments. I am 27 now and jumping back in, head first. I am eager to be a spokesperson for those that are forced to be silent and I’m here to serve my community the best I can.
RAUDEL COVARRUBIAS (VOLUNTEER/FUNDRAISER COORDINATOR)
I am the Unique Chicanx queer Nerd from that agriculture town everyone knows as Watsonville. Activism became a part of my life when I couldn't see myself in other people shoes, so I wanted to fit my own. I am currently a 4th year at UCSB where I am currently studying Biology and involved with my LGBTQ family there.