Tianna Kalogerakis,Board Chair
David Agosto, Vice Chair
Wit Lopez, Secretary Tamara Brenes, Treasurer
Nikki López is a queer latinx poet and activist with over ten years of youth advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work.. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr College and received her Masters of Fine Arts at Rutgers University Newark. Intentionality and intersectionality are keystones of her work as an activist, where she advocates strongly for marginalized communities in spaces where visibly queer, female, and Latinx person are rare. She was a 2012 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant recipient and as a creative writer, social justice is central to her work where she has taught a number of youth writing workshops teaching participants how to utilize writing as an organizing tool. Keystones of her work are youth leadership development, HIV/AIDS prevention, and formerly served on the LGBTQ School Advisory board through the Mayor’s office of LGTBQ Affairs in Philadelphia.
Geraldo is a self identified gaymer, Anime lover, and Otaku Puerto Rican, who was born and raised in Philadelphia! His hobbies include hanging with friends, singing, and living life with a confident mindset. Geraldo does the work that he does because “I love giving back to the community and trying to make a difference in my community even if it's a small one. I love what our mission here at Galaei is and I would love to spread the love we have to the community."
Jorian was born and raised in Philadelphia and a advocate for youth leadership. He is part of the storytelling photograph project, The GranVarones and is one of the faces of the citywide campaign, Positivo which seeks to eliminate the stigma on Gay Latino and HIV related issues. He is the 2016 Dale L. Grundy Youth Leader Recipient for the University of Pennsylvania's CFAR CAB’s 13th Annual Red Ribbon Awards. He is an HIV tester and counselor and when is not working on changing society he loves to watch anime, read, or hang out with his loved ones and friends.
Sergio Morales is the senior tester for the Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) program and the Operations Coordinator at Galaei. Sergio has been passionately invested in queer nonprofit work for over 10 years. Sergio is dedicated to HIV work in Philadelphia and community-lead efforts to improve the quality of life for queer Latino communities. He is the 2017 DVLF Hero Award Recipient.
Corem Coreano aka Emmy is a gender queer Latinx singer, song writer and activist. His interests include social justice, music, poetry, photography and "being the most amazing gender non-conforming unicorn in the hood." His accoclades include the 2016 Valedictorian from El Centro De Estudiantes High School and a 2017 Embajador for the Latinx Institute at Creating Change Conference. Corem loves working at GALAEI because it is "where I belong, where I fit in, and where I continue to grow.
Christian A'Xavier Lovehall is known for his poetry, music, and freedom fighting. Stage persona: Wordz the poet emcee has dedicated his career to creating art for social change. As an artist, he is committed to providing positive and uplifting messages for people of color not normally heard or seen in mainstream media, releasing several albums, a documentary and a poetry chapbook entitled, "Black, Trans & Gifted." In 2011, Christian founded and organized the Philly Trans March, an annual rally and march towards trans equity. In 2012, he became an expert panelist and consultant for Philadelphia's LGBTQIA Initiative, a program under the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities that advocates for LGBTQI people in recovery. In 2013, Christian became a Certified Peer Specialist and has worked as a Recovery Specialist at Morris Home, the nation’s first residential program for trans and gender variant individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. In 2015, Christian co-founded the National Trans March of Resilience aka TMOR. Today,Christian continues to live his life spreading a message of peace, love and hiphop “by any means necessary."
Francisco is the Youth Program Coordinator at Galaei. He is a proud Philadelphian, marathoner and cat lover. A graduate of Temple University's clinical psychology program (BA) and LGBT studies minor. Francisco is passionate about the intersectional Latinx and queer work that is uniquely focused at Galaei because of personal experience but also because of the awareness of how needed and powerful Galaei's work is in Philadelphia. Francisco's drive is rooted in supporting the empowerment and leadership development of queer Latinx youth in Philadelphia and beyond. He was just recently named a 2017 HRC 360 Fellow.