Affirmation Leadership Updates for July 2020

July 28, 2020

Affirmation is pleased to announce the appointment or election of the following leaders of their respective regions, chapters, and Affinity Groups. We thank these leaders for volunteering their time and talents to create communities of safety, love, and hope, promote understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and affirm the inherent self-worth of LGBTQIA+ individuals as complete, equal, and valuable persons and support them as they define their individual spirituality and intersection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Los Angeles Chapter

Sarah Bowers (Coordinator) has a background in international studies and nonprofit management and is currently in a Master’s of Social Work program. Besides work and school, Sarah enjoys urban exploration, meditating, and safe quality time with friends amidst the pandemic. Things most often on her mind include finding a balance between self-care and local activism work, how to find capital-t Truth, and connecting with God amidst her own faith journey.

Kate Mower (Coordinator) is a lesbian raised in Riverton, Utah in the Latter-day Saint faith. She joined Affirmation in 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside in the history department. She lives in Riverside, California, but spends her summers on site in Romania, excavating on the Black Sea.

We extend our gratitude to outgoing coordinators Aimee Ibarra, Greg Barnett, and Michael Secrist for their service to the Los Angeles Chapter of Affirmation.

Western Colombia Region

Ricardo Córdoba Moreno (President) is studying social work and is a publicist, cultural manager, librarian, trainer, and workshop worker. He is a human rights activist focused specifically on the LGBTQIA+ and Afro-descendent communities. He enjoys studying dance, listening to music, reading, writing, and practicing yoga and meditation. He currently lives in Santiago de Cali and is a native of Quibdó/Chocó.

Diego Antonio Lenis Gómez (Senior Vice President) is a public accountant, trainer, marketing strategy development, business leader, counselor, and coach. He lives in Palmira Valle del Cauca. He’s a faithful believer in the earthly mission of helping the LGBTQIA+ community and other underrepresented communities in the world.

Edgar Murillo Cárdenas (Vice President) is a healing touch nursing assistance and Pranic therapist. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Yoga practitioner and trainer. He’s been a volunteer with the Colombian Red Cross for the last 18 years, where he has served in leadership positions. He’s had the opportunity to work with the most vulnerable communities and defend human rights. He currently resides in Palmira Valle, which is better known as Las Palmas.

The Western Colombia Region is a newly organized region of Affirmation.

How Work of Affirmation is Organized Around the World

We seek to build communities and be a refuge for the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saints and those who love and support them both online and in person. To fulfill our mission and vision, it is important that we organize in all places where the Church is organized. This is a monumental responsibility that we can only carry out through the dedication of Affirmation’s volunteers around the world.

Internationally, Affirmation is led by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee includes the President elected every two years by the membership of Affirmation and a Senior Vice President and Vice President, each nominated by the President and confirmed by the Board of Directors.

Three areas have been organized to divide the work of Affirmation around the world which are directed by members of the Executive Committee. These areas are United States and Canada, Latin America, and Europe/Africa/Asia/Pacific. In each area, regions are organized with leadership in regions appointed by their respective area leadership or elected by Affirmation members within the region. In each region, chapters are organized with chapter leadership appointed by their respective regional leadership or elected by Affirmation members within the region. Region and chapter leadership serve for one-year terms.

For more information, please see the Affirmation Charter & Bylaws.

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