Sam Albano (he/him) is a writer, educator, and member of the LGBTQI Catholic community. He is a member of DignityUSA and currently serves as its national secretary. In 2015, Sam's writing was published in National Catholic Reporter and Huffington Post. He was chosen to offer the homily at DignityUSA's national conference in 2019. Sam is the author of the upcoming book God's Works Revealed: Spirituality, Theology, and Social Justice for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Catholics (Paulist Press, 2022).
Miguel H. Díaz is the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Díaz served under President Barack Obama as the 9th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. He is co-editor of the new Orbis series, Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente. The series opened in 2021 with his edited volume titled The Word Became Culture. He is also the author of the third book in this series, Queer God de Amor. As a public theologian, Prof. Diaz regularly engages print, radio, and television media.
Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. Dr. Espín was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds. A native of Cuba, she received her BA in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and her PhD from the University of Florida. She did post-doctoral work at Harvard University with a fellowship from NIMH. Dr.
Robert Gleason is the President and CEO of Evans Hotels, the co-founder and supervising attorney of the name and gender-marker change legal clinic sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Law, Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego’s Center for Gender-Affirming Care, and Co-Chair of the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.
The Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak (pronouns: they/them) is a non-binary Catholic priest who has served as pastor of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) since January of 2017. Much of Kori’s work and ministry focuses on making sure queer and trans people have the liturgical and theological resources to reclaim spiritual and faith traditions.
Marsie Silvestro is an internationally known feminist recording artist, author, motivational speaker, and CEO of InspHERational Consulting.
She has received local and national awards for her years of work in domestic abuse, business, and LGBTQ + advocacy and has spoken and performed at numerous events across the country.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Linehan is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She chairs the Mercy work group on sexual orientation and gender identity, formed in response to a Chapter mandate in 2017. Prior to her retirement from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, in 2019 she co-chaired The Alliance on campus for about 20 years. For that work she received the Deo Gratias Award from Dignity Philadelphia. Betsy's professional field is philosophy, in which she holds a Ph.D. awarded by Fordham University in 1976.
Karen J Scheer, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. In 2017, the Sisters of Mercy committed to education and engaged dialogue on gender identity and sexual orientation. Karen serves on the workgroup that implements processes for this Chapter commitment.
Karen’s professional degree is in medicine (MD from George Washington University) and she is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, currently providing primary care for persons who are homebound. She also serves as an Institute Minister for the Sisters of Mercy.
Tiffany Gonzalez was born and raised in the Imperial Valley and has been a proud resident of San Diego county since 2007 and has dedicated herself to ongoing service to the greater community for the last 15 years. Tiffany lives with her son in Spring Valley, where she holds office on the Spring Valley Community Planning Group. She is current President of PFLAG San Diego County and prior to that led her work in the LGBTQIA+ community as co-chair of the board for San Diego LGBT Pride.