COMMUNITY LIAISONS

  STEPH SALVADOR (EDUCATION COLLABORATION COORDINATOR)  IS AN ESL & URBAN EDUCATION TEACHER, GRADUATING WITH A MASTERS IN EDUCATION FROM TCNJ. ALTHOUGH ACCEPTED INTO A PHD PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION, STEPH REALIZED SHE WANTED TO FOCUS HER WORK ON EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE REVITALIZATION IN HER OWN COMMUNITY. AS A TEACHER & COMMUNITY SOLDIER, SHE IS DEDICATED TO SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, WHETHER IN GROWING A SCHOOL COMMUNITY GARDEN TO PROVIDE INNER CITY YOUTH FRESH FOOD ALONG WITH FOOD EDUCATION OR IN HER DEDICATION TO SPORTS DEVELOPMENT TO PROMOTE WELLNESS. STEPH IS ALSO COMMITTED TO EDUCATION & AWARENESS OF GENDER/SEXUALITY AS THE FOUNDER & MANAGER OF THE WYG PROJECT, A MEDIA OUTLET PROMOTING VISIBILITY & INCLUSIVITY OF ALL LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS. WITH THE HELP OF THE BRCSJ, SHE CREATED THE FIRST MIDDLE SCHOOL GSA IN PERTH AMBOY, NJ, & IS NOW PART OF THE NJ LGBTQ CURRICULUM INTEGRATION TEAM. STEPH IS AN ARDENT BELIEVER IN PROMOTING LOVE & ACCEPTANCE AS TOOLS TO FOSTER WELLNESS & CHANGE THEREBY CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR US ALL.

Steph Salvador (Education Collaboration Coordinator) is an ESL & urban education teacher, graduating with a Masters in Education from TCNJ. Although accepted into a PHD program for Sustainability Education, Steph realized she wanted to focus her work on education & community programs to encourage revitalization in her own community. As a teacher & community soldier, she is dedicated to social & environmental justice, whether in growing a school community garden to provide inner city youth fresh food along with food education or in her dedication to sports development to promote wellness. Steph is also committed to education & awareness of gender/sexuality as the founder & manager of the WYG Project, a media outlet promoting visibility & inclusivity of all LGBTQ+ individuals.  With the help of the BRCSJ, she created the first middle school GSA in Perth Amboy, NJ, & is now part of the NJ LGBTQ Curriculum Integration Team. Steph is an ardent believer in promoting love & acceptance as tools to foster wellness & change thereby creating a sustainable future for us all.

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Don Dew (Differently-abled intersection coordinator) was employed in the hotel management field for 11 years before becoming disabled with intractable epilepsy in 2003. In 2005, he began advocating for services for people with disabilities to have a choice to remain in their homes & communities. He is a certified paralegal & mediator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Don has been the Executive Director of Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland since 2012. He has held many prestigious positions & received much recognition for his work in both the differently-abled & the LGBTQIA communities & the intersection thereof including: the Accessibility Chair for the National March for Equality in Washington, D.C.; the national Paul G. Hearne Award; the Human Right Campaign’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the Paul G. Hearne Award by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); the War Eagle Human Rights Award; the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL) 2017 Regional Advocacy Award. Don also co-founded Siouxland Pride Alliance, the only LGBT resource center in the northwest Iowa area.

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Jeffrey E. Joyner (SPECIAL DC CORRESPONDENT) is Senior Counsel within the Office of General Counsel, US Department of Commerce. He graduated from Princeton University (AB, Political Economics) & the University of Notre Dame Law School – International Program (South Bend, IN, & London, England) & received his Masters of International Public Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health, with a concentration on LGBT Health Issues. Jeff served several years on the Board of Directors & Executive Committee of the Whitman-Walker Clinic (as Board Secretary), a non-profit community health center in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with a special expertise in HIV/AIDS & LGBT healthcare. He has also worked at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria (UNCITRAL) & in the DC office of a Chicago-based, multi-national law firm. Jeff currently serves as a Senior Counsel within the Office of General Counsel, US Department of Commerce, & has been a three-time recipient of the Department’s Gold Medal, the Agency’s highest recognition of distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, noble, or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department of Commerce &/or one or more of its operating units. Jeff was also a Silver medalist at the 2014 Gay Games, Cleveland – Men’s Physique.

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Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright (Interfaith community coordinator) is pastor & teacher at Christ Congregation of Princeton, a progressive & affirming space open to all folks of any faith. She represents a new generation of leadership within the United Church of Christ (UCC) who’ve been called by the Spirit to build extravagantly welcoming, inclusive faith communities. An emerging voice for progressive Christianity, she is the former co-moderator of the UCC 2030 Clergy Network, as well as a member of the UCC Next Generational Leadership Initiative, a program for young clergy who are passionate about transforming the church.  
Alexis received her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, & has served churches in the Bay Area, Western Maine, as well as central New Jersey. She & her wife, Liz, spend most of their non-working hours chasing after their preschooler, Nora. 

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Kimberly Engan (Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas Coordinator) completed her undergraduate education at Drew University where she was a founding member of the Drew Honduras Project, through which she regularly took groups of student volunteers to orphanages in Honduras. One of those orphanages was Nuestras Pequeñas (Our Little Roses) in San Pedro Sula, a home for abandoned, abused, & orphaned girls, ranging in age from infant to college-aged, each having been physically or sexually abused or neglected.  After finishing her academic requirements early, Kimberly chose to live as a long-term volunteer at the girls' orphanage. She has since been privileged to share a documentary film about the girls' lives with the local community in Princeton & will continue to share this message widely, especially in light of the crisis in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America today. Kimberly went to law school following her Drew education, completing her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. Whilst she does not practice immigration law, Kimberly has recently volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, acting as Spanish-English interpreter for Central American women detained on immigration issues. She remains a passionate advocate for the rights of children & Latino immigrants, with a focus on women's issues.  

Become a COMMUNITY LIAISON

Any movement that is not all-inclusive is not a movement at all. In fact, it is a step backward (& we have surely taken too many of those recently). In that regard, we intend to have representatives from every & any communities that deserve our recognition & our respect, our love & our support. We will fight to have all voices heard & to do so, we invite folks to serve as envoys of their people to share with us their hopes, dreams, concerns & best ways to represent them at the
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