Subhi NahasChairman of the Board
(Also serving on Advisory Board for AsylumConnect) Why I serve: Spectra was founded on the basis of equal human rights and to assist those who are not receiving them. Being a refugee myself, I understand the struggles and obstacles they face. I started my career by advocating for women’s and children’s rights in Syria. Now, I work to raise awareness regarding refugees-- LGBT refugees in particular. I strive to provide these refugees with the services and protection they need
Why I serve: I was inspired by Subhi Nahas' experience and by the realization that there are members of our LGBT community who are enduring unimaginable hardships due to war and they are living in fear of their lives. They are forced to leave their homes, their country and loved ones, while not having access to essential life-saving medical and psychological services. I am excited to assist in educating more people about how we can help shine a light on these brave members of our community, and how we can make a difference in their lives as well as others.
Why I serve: Spectra has a very specific and unique mission - to help LGBT refugees; these refugees have endured many hardships, and I am thrilled that we will be able to provide them with safety, education, and life skills so that they can one day be self-sufficient and help others to achieve the same result.
Ken CollinsworthCardiologist and Internist
Why I serve: To help LGBT refugees with basic support including housing, food, healthcare, and other needs. To help these refugees who are in areas of danger and conflict and are finding their way to safety.
Why I serve: Because LGBT refugees face even more hardships than other refugees, Spectra’s mission fills an important need. I look forward to helping Spectra to provide refugees with the safety, eduction and life skills they need to become self-sufficient and, in the longer term, to contribute to the well-being of others.
Assem Al-tawdiSpecial Education Teacher
Why I serve: In 2001, I was lucky enough to be able to leave Egypt and seek refuge in the US in order to live a life of dignity without fear as a gay man. Every single human being deserves to live as who they are without stigma, fear of persecution or threat of violence. I hope I can make this a reality for as many people as I can.
Tom ShepardDocumentary Filmmaker and Teacher
Why I serve: I joined Spectra to learn more about the experiences of refugees and at risk LGBT folks living in countries where state-sponsored homophobia is rampant. I also hope to share my knowledge of media and communications with the Spectra team as they develop initiatives to provide much needed support to these individuals.
Also serving on Boards for Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Foundation, Groundswell Institute, Conference of California Bar Associations. Why I serve: To make a difference in the lives of LGBT individuals in the MENA regions.