The officers for the Mosaic Project of South Texas for calendar year 2021 were selected recently at the non-profit organization’s annual meeting. Board President Tom Tagliabue was elected to his second one-year term. Long-time Treasurer Bill Hoelscher was re-elected for another year. Liza Wisner, who became Secretary in October 2020, was elected to a full one-year term as Secretary.

In December, the Board also selected Corpus Christi native Barton Bailey, the new Director of the Coastal Bend PRIDE Center, to its 11-member Board of Directors. In addition to Tagliabue, Hoelscher and Wisner, Bailey joins Prime Real Estate’s Justin Colmenero, Revolve One Podcast co-host Crystal Garcia, Del Mar College Student Government President Sofia Jimenez, Wienerschnitzel restaurateur Bill Richmond, media consultant Randy Stubbs, businessman Jonathan Swindle, and St. Paul United Church of Christi pastor Reverend Dana Worsham on the Board. Tagliabue is a retired government employee. Hoelscher is the Executive Director of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation and Wisner is a local businesswoman.

“Over the last several years, we have made a concerted effort to diversify the make up of the Mosaic Project’s Board to reflect both the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies,” Tagliabue said. “The purpose of PRIDE activities is to bring people together to celebrate the strengths of our culture and build partnerships with businesses, government, academia, faith communities, and non-profit and service organizations who share the goal of equality and fairness.”

In person PRIDE activities and events were cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Mosaic Project of South Texas hopes to have PRIDE events in 2021. While dates and specific events and activities have not been announced, the goal is to have smaller, socially-distanced, masked and safe indoor activities in June during PRIDE month followed by larger public events like the parade and block party in October during LGBT History Month.

The mission of the Mosaic Project of South Texas, Inc., is to create an inclusive community by promoting the wellbeing and equality of the LGBTQIA+ community, through love and mutual respect. It does so by producing events, programs, and activities that foster a sense of community, encourages LGBTQIA+ citizens to live openly and with pride, and educate the public of our shared cultural heritage. It also seeks to build and strengthen relationships among participating individuals, community groups, and businesses that share the common goal of preserving and championing the dignity and respect of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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