LAHRC as a community group is governed by an executive committee which includes people from diverse backgrounds. The committee meets personally once a month. LAHRC committee also operates through working groups which assist the full executive committee in its responsibilities. The committee is in an ongoing process of strategic planning to assure the governance and success of LAHRC.
David Cabrera is a Chemical Engineer with an extensive experience in the mining industry, his experience cover different aspect of production, planning, projects and business improvement.
Those close to David know that he works hard to develop others, to help them to find their strengths and mentoring to succeed on their projects. As a LAHRC Committee member David share his personal and professional experience to break barriers, redefine paradigms and open opportunities to others to see their true potential.
Areas: Events, Marketing and well-being.
Elizabeth Arenas is a Colombian lawyer living in Melbourne, highly passionate about leadership and human rights. As a LAHRC committee member Elizabeth works and advocates towards equality for Latinx transgender, non binary and non-conforming communities living in Victoria. Elizabeth is currently studying a leadership and management diploma at Lonsdale institute in Melbourne.
Areas: Events, Women & Transgender and legal.
Jorge Peña is a well know leader on the Argentinian community in Melbourne. Jorge has work in the hospitality and events industry catering to Latin Americans living in Melbourne. Jorge is an active member of the Centro Argentino de Victoria .Inc Committee and LAHRC committee bringing his experience and knowledge on board.
Areas: Events management, treasurer and fundraising.
Sandra Melo is a Colombian Psychologist who has volunteer for different organisations providing support to Latin American people in Victoria. Sandra is passionate about working on issues about alcohol dependency and other drugs. She’s also interested on specific issues affecting queer women from Latinx backgrounds.
Areas: Events, Women and mental health.
Juan Chacon Olier is a Colombian artist, animator and film maker who has been living in Australia for the last 8 years. He has worked in commercial animation series and non for profit projects that approach diversity. In 2017, while working on AFL, his designs and content contributed heavily in establishing the aesthetic for launching of the Women’s league.
Since 2016, he has been part of LARHC, with the intention of helping the LGBTI+ Latinx community, to not only feel welcome in Australia but also to share and embrace both cultures.
Areas: Communications, Graphic Design and Marketing.
Peter Jacobsen is an emerging documentary filmmaker establishing himself in the Australian community’ and arts’ spaces and works primarily with not-for-profit organizations in Australia and Colombia. He continues to work across a variety of other roles on both short and longer form documentaries reaching international audiences and has recently completed post graduate studies in Spanish.
Areas: Events, Language Exchange and Marketing.
Henry Ruge-Rojas was born and raised in Bogotá Colombia Henry has called Australia home for almost ten years living here in Melbourne. I moved to US since 1997. with over 10 years with experience as former Dominican Friar, with my responsibility as reflection, prayer, study, preaching, learning, enjoy life and, worked with different communities in Texas fundraising and non-profit management experience. Volunteer with Colombian cultural community and President the Cumbiamba folklore group.
“I hope to collaborate with the group of LAHRC in the celebration and affirmation of our identity and Hispanic heritage. Don’t worry, be happy and enjoy the moment because the past is history, the future is a mystery and the present are a gift.”
Areas: Event management, treasurer and fundraising.
Lynnette Chandia is a trained counselor and community worker from Chilean background currently working on mental health sector and community services. Lynnette migrated to Australia from early age. She has been an important committee member advocating for queer women representation and visibility.
Areas: Events, Women and mental health.
Samuel McMahon is an Australian lawyer living in Melbourne. Samuel has an interest in Spanish and Portuguese languages and the cultures of the places where they are spoken. He has joined the LAHRC in order to offer his skills as a native English-speaker to assist the Latin and Hispanic LGBTI community in Melbourne
Areas: Event support, Legal and language exchange.
Cristian Cortes is from Colombian and Venezuelan background and he’s been living in Australia for ten years. He works in the area of sexual health promotion services focusing on the prevention of and support for people with blood born viruses and STIs. Working in on community services Cristian saw the need for a social and support group supporting to LGBTI people from Latin American and Hispanic background living in Victoria.
Areas: Events, Marketing and Health.
Past Committee Members:
- Dolores – Spain 2016 -2017
- Veronica – Chile 2016 -2017
- Alfredo Landeros – Mexico 2017 – 2018
- Filipe Paiva – Brazil 2017 – 2018