Staff

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Rev. Alba Onofrio

Co-Executive Director, CFO, & Spiritual Strategist

alba@soulforce.org

Alba Onofrio (aka Reverend Sex) is a Southern Appalachian First-Gen Latinx Queer Evangelical Femme Resister who lives and loves in la Lucha with QTPOC folks as a Spiritual Healer and Bruja Troublemaker to subvert systems of domination, combat spiritual terrorism, reclaim the Divine and the erotic, and eradicate shame and fear wherever they are found. They hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, where their studies focused on the theologies of sex, embodiment of the Divine in the queer colonized body, and sexual ethics based in queer desire. Alba has also worked in the immigrants rights movement for over a decade, previously serving as the Executive Director of El Centro Hispano, the then-largest non-religiously affiliated grassroots community center in North Carolina. As the former spiritual strategist for Soulforce and co-founder of the Sexual Liberation Collective, Reverend Sex continues to work for Queer Liberation all over the place, but most fondly in the US South and in solidarity with the Global South.

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Yaz Mendez Nuñez

Co-Executive Director, Director of Programs & Communications

yaz@soulforce.org

Yaz Mendez Nuñez is a Southern activist and artist, with roots spread in Virginia, North Carolina, and the Caribbean. As a Co-Executive Director to Soulforce, Yaz directs the organization’s communications strategy for base building & narrative development, and manages our fundraising and grant writing. Prior to joining Soulforce, Yaz served as a campaign organizer and popular education facilitator with Southerners On New Ground and Wayside Center for Popular Education, working on projects pertaining to municipal accountability in policing methods and resiliency in Queer Youth of Color. Yaz holds a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from the University of Richmond, and their academic background is focused in studying and cultivating community sovereignty + self-governance, specifically geospatial data imaging for equity and social justice.

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Grace Nichols

Kinship Minister

grace@soulforce.org

Grace Nichols is a queer genderqueer adopted pilipinx disabled angelic trouble maker. They have served as a Cultural Organizing Fellow for Southerners on New Ground and the LGBT Program Coordinator for Georgia College & State University, where they also received a degree in music therapy. Outside of Soulforce they perform drag with the House of Coxx and enjoy acting, writing, and producing for film, television, and audio drama. Blessed to be baptized in Southern Queer Resistance and in alignment with their radical commitment to dismantling all systems of oppression, Grace is elated to serve as the Kinship Minister for Soulforce.

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Assata Dela Cruz

Communications Herald

assata@soulforce.org

Assata Dela Cruz is a black femme of Yoruba + Chahta descent by blood and Palestinian + Mayan descent by culture. ​She is an intuitive healer which she expresses through several holistic healing modalities including yoga and root work. Her greatest passion, however, is motherhood and she feels a strong calling to provide support particularly to mothers of color through radical birth work.  She also fights relentlessly for a world void of an increasingly destructive capitalism. As an Aquarius, she thrives on creativity which she likes to manifest mostly through writing, photography and creating online content.

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Megan Sharkey

Director of Ruckus

megan@soulforce.org

Megan Sharkey grew up on the Jersey Shore and now happily resides in the American South with their wife and growing family. Megan identifies as queer and trans, an advocate and researcher, a gardener witch, and a stubborn survivor. Megan received their Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in administration, policy, and program planning, from the Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond. In this role as Director of Ruckus (aka Operations), Megan works to increase Soulforce's ability to respond to instances of harmful white Christian Supremacy through advancing the organizational infrastructure, specifically data collection and evaluation strategies. 

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Thekla Clemons

Office Manager

thekla@soulforce.org

Thekla Clemons is Soulforce's incredible and diligent Office Manager, and has been with the organization for over a decade. Thekla enjoys fishing, gardening,  photography, cooking, and knitting, and loves being a gigi to her amazing grandchildren.