Miguel Naranjo Cortez
Miguel Naranjo Cortez is a gay Mexican leader in Orlando who works on centering and empowering the LGBTQ Latinx community in Florida. Miguel is one of the founding leader of QLatinx, a grassroots racial, social, and gender justice organization that emerged in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy and focuses on advancing the rights of…
Jordyn Victoria Laos
34-year-old transgender Latina of Cuban and Dominican descent. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Jordyn Victoria relocated at a young age and now calls Orlando home. She is deeply connected to Orlando's LGBTQ community as a former employee of Southern Nights nightclub and as a performer known to the community by the name of Dominica and Fishydiva.…
Hugo Melchor Chable Lara
21 years old, born and raised in Escarcega, Campeche, Mexico. Growing up in Mexico wasn’t easy for him - though he never missed a day of school and was highly involved in activities, he was also bullied for being different from other boys. Hugo’s parents made the difficult migration across the desert to the United…
Joel Morales
Joel Morales is a 33-year- old Latino with a knack for helping others. It all dates back to his upbringing in Puerto Rico, before moving to Western Massachusetts as a teenager and later venturing his way through different fields. After utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies during his five years in the manufacturing industries, Joel…
Joan Nelson
Joan Nelson is Sr. Vice President of Community Impact for Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW). She has been with HFUW since 1997, serving as Director of Resource Management from 1997-2000 and Director of Research and Evaluation, a joint position with HFUW and the University of Central Florida from 2001-2006. Over the past ten years,…
Debreita “Brei” Taylor
Founder of Oasis Fellowship Ministries (2005), as well as 2007 President and Founder of Oasis Unified Transformations Community Development Corporation, (O.U.T.), has more than 20 years of motivational speaking experience addressing audiences of diverse population, beliefs, age, profession and economic status. Pastor Brei, as she is affectionately called, has organized Oasis Fellowship and O.U.T. to…
Carlos Carbonell

CEO

CEO of Echo Interaction Group, an award-winning mobile app development & technology strategy consulting firm that has developed nearly 100 applications since 2008. Carlos is the also the founding board president of the Orlando Tech Association, a community-based organization that connects, promotes and fosters the growth of technology companies in Central Florida.   As a…
Ann Kendrick

Sister of Notre Dame

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who came to Central Florida in 1971 to work with migrant and seasonal farmworkers, immigrants and the working poor. Invited by the Catholic Diocese of Orlando to begin the Office for Farmworker Ministry, she and the other sisters began reaching out to and learning from the people. Among the…
Marco Antonio Quiroga

Program Director

Quiroga is the Program Director of the Contigo Fund. He lays the groundwork for and oversees the grant process and distribution of funds to strengthen and network existing agencies and to identify and support grassroots efforts that advance Latinx and LGBTQ, immigrant, and people of color causes and the intersection of these communities in Central…