2022 Board of Directors | Junta Directiva

HERIBERTO J. SOSA - President  & CEO | pronouns: he, him, his |  A proven track record in verbal & written communications & excellent public relations/cause marketing successes

Herb Sosa serves as Founder, President & CEO of Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida.  Sosa also is Pubisher|Editor-In-
chief of AMBIENTE Magazine since 2003. Sosa brings over 25 years of corporate and not-for-profit leadership 
experience in the community in the Arts, Retail Design & Management, Branding & Marketing, Historic Preservation, 
and Equality issues.

In January 2004, Herb Sosa was named one of Tentaciónes Magazines Top Ten Latina/o activists in the U.S. and
in 2005 was named one of OUT magazines Top 100 LGBT Activists and featured on LOGO TV. In 2009 Sosa 
received a City Proclamation from Miami Beach – Herb Sosa Day - for his community work;  was named one of the 
25 Most Influential GLBT Latinos by miapogeo.com; served as chairman of the City of Miami Beach Historic 
Preservation Design Review Board; was named one of 5 "People To Know" in Miami Beach by the Miami Herald 
(May 2011); and was part of the documentary The Day It Snowed in Miami, about LGBT rights in South Florida.

JOHN O. BUCKLEY -Vice President | pronouns: he, him, his     

A Native of Florida, John was born in Vero Beach to parents who came to the U.S. from Honduras in the 1970s.

An only child from a large extended family, he is currently a Client Advisor at RIMOVA in Miami's Design District and Bal 
Harbour Shops, and has been in retail over 15 years. Buckley also has over 8 years of Banking Experience.

John believes in giving his time and efforts to build a strong resource for our LGBTQI+ Community that will leave a lasting 
footprint in history.

CHRISTOPHER PADRON |  pronouns: he, him, his     

My life has been honed by many experiences that have caused me to grow immensely. From editor,creative artist to being a video producer, I've been able to travel, influence and be influenced by many positive people. I'm still looking for the next challenge to take me outside of my comfort zone.

Rev. HOUSTON R. CYPRESS | pronouns: they, them, thiers  

Grew up in the Everglades swamps, blazing trails thru the bush – 1st Miccosukee, 2nd English, 3rd Spanish –
with guidance and support, I’ve assisted Miccosukee Tribe’s efforts: Cultural Preservation, Environmental 
Protection, Community Outreach, Business Development & Sovereignty. As a Miccosukee, the living narrative flows 
thru you as an ancient, healing Breath.

My work in the area of film preservation is quite an honor and responsibility.  The legacy that I’m contributing to 
helps to extend the cultural assets of my community into a future where the magical rhythms and images resonate 
among a society in harmony with nature.

I work in tandem with key people in our community to create adaptable asset management systems and 
infrastructure that best serve their archival needs.  This is an on-going task, especially so when one considers the 
evolving nature of digital media.

As a curator, I am also concerned with creating appropriate contexts whereby cultural exchange is enhanced – 
portals between worlds.

MELBA DeLEON | pronouns: she, her, hers

Melba has been a Miami resident for over 15 years, either serving as a superstar volunteer, or on the planning committee for multiple pride festivals, community social events, agency galas, and fundraising events. Melba has been closely associated with organizations such as Unity Coalition, Pridelines, Aqua Foundation, SAVE Dade, the LGBT Task Force, Equality FL, and more. Donating her time and helping others is what drives Melba to consistently be involved in such a major way. No matter what the event is, you can count on Melba to be there to help in any capacity. Even when Melba is in attendance as a guest, she is always ready to jump in and support those around her. Whether its supplying attendees with a cool drink of water, chauffering celebrity guests, directing traffic or serving food at a community dinner, Melba is always one of the first people to volunteer her time. Whenever you see her she's always on the go, and you know its always to help someone else. She has remained pleasantly humble over the years, and for that, we are truly honored to have her support in the community. 

DIEGO CIFUENTES | pronouns: he, him, his

Diego Cifuentes, 23, of Miami Florida, is a first generation college student from East Central University in 
Oklahoma. He has shown community involvement through his work and is passionate about making a positive 
difference at the local level. Published in the New York Times, and SunSentinel, Diego brings a unique, energizing, 
and redefining perspective to the table.

Cifuentes is a full time student, double major in Political Science and Communications. He is also a Committee 
Member for the Elderly Affairs in Miami Lakes.

 

REGINA AYBAR | She, her, ella

Ms Regina Aybar is a proud Transgender woman born in the Dominican Republic. 
Overseeing ArtLab & Trans programming for Unity COalition|Coalicion Unida, Regina also works at Nespresso and is artistically known as singer/songwriter Imerioum the First. 


JOEL IGLESIA | He, him, el   

Mr. Joel Iglesia is a Music Teacher at Leoj Music LLC for entry and intermediate level singers, including teaching voice, basic theory, basic sight reading, and basic fundamentals of breath control to help develop a healthy singing habit. 

He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music. And studied Music Education /Voice at Florida International University, and Music Theatre at New World School of the Arts. 

Iglesia is also a tenor at the Miami gay chorus, and owner of two growing YouTube channels - actor and professional singer profile, Joel actor singer, and Entertainment and fictional fun profile - Joey the Snapper.

.MICHAEL GONGORApronouns: he, him, his
Former Miami Beach Commissioner, community leader and successful attorney, Mr. Gongora serves as our Board Attorney of record.

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