Sandi Vidal
Sandi Vidal is the Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives for the Central Florida Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Sandi served as the Executive Director/CEO of Christian HELP a nonprofit focused on helping…
Ricardo J. Negron-Almodovar
Ricardo moved to Orlando, FL from Puerto Rico in the summer of 2015. Born and raised on the island, he focused on academics, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching as well as a Juris Doctor from Pontifical Catholic University and is licensed to practice law in Puerto Rico. He has recently completed a…
Nikole Ariana Parker
23-year-old transgender Latina of Puerto Rican, Italian & African American descent. Nikole was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is connected to Orlando’s LGBTQ community as someone who worked for a short time at Pulse and as a frequent attendee of the nightclub, especially Saturday’s Latin Night, and two of Nikole’s friends were directly…
Nancy Rosado

Co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando

Co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, is a retired NYPD sergeant and a 9/11 first responder/survivor who was assigned the task of coordinating the long-term access to mental health care of 9/11 first responders in the aftermath of this tragedy. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University with a specialization in suicide prevention…
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…