PRIDE Corpus Christi Board
2024 Elected Officers and Board Members
Our board members at the Mosaic Project of South Texas are a group of dedicated volunteers who represent a diverse spectrum of our community and industry. They work tirelessly to produce Pride events throughout the community in June and October, bringing our community together to commemorate, celebrate, and advocate for LGBTQIA+ equality and human rights.
Jonathan Swindle is an accomplished entrepreneur and a dedicated community leader, particularly noted for his work in the digital marketing and life safety sectors. As the founder of HRMG, a respected digital marketing firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jonathan led the company into its 11th year in 2023, consistently delivering quality and innovative services. His expertise also extends to Confirmed Life Safety, a life safety-focused real estate investment trust he co-founded in Chicago, Illinois.
A proud native of Bishop, Texas, with roots deeply embedded in the community, Jonathan’s upbringing by a German immigrant mother and an Army veteran father has shaped his values and commitment to giving back. In his role as President of Pride Corpus Christi, he has guided the organization to steady growth and impact. The 2023 Pride Month celebration was well-received, marking a period of joyful engagement and connectivity for the LGBTQIA+ community. Similarly, the October Parade and Block Party, successfully organized under his leadership, was a well-attended event that enjoyed strong support from local sponsors, highlighting the community’s spirit of inclusiveness.
Jonathan’s leadership in 2023 also included broadening Pride Corpus Christi’s influence by affiliating with the United States Association of Prides and InterPride. His dedication to social welfare extends through his support of various non-profit organizations, including Education to Employment Partners and the Coastal Compass Education & Career Resource Center. Jonathan remains committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and equality, making him a respected figure in his community.
Robert Kymes is currently the Assistant Director at the Coastal Bend Pride Center. He directs the day-to-day activities within the center, leads all Pride Center support groups, plans & coordinates the Pride Center’s large events, and helps raise funds for all programs produced by the Pride Center.
Prior to his work at the Pride Center, Robert worked within the tourism industry at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History as an educator, and then at the USS Lexington Museum as their Assistant Historian and Community Relations Coordinator. He graduated in 2019 on the Dean’s List from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Some of his favorite classes that proved to be very useful were Women & Gender Studies and History of Sexuality.
Though not originally from Corpus Christi, Robert says he got here as soon as possible! He is originally from San Antonio and saw a need for development and support for the LGBTQ+ community in the Coastal Bend area. He soon became resolved to make steps to better our community. As a proud, enthusiastic, young gay man, Robert is striving to do what he can to make the Coastal Bend a loving, caring, and accepting community for all people under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
Bill Hoelscher is a founding member and past president of the Mosaic Project of South Texas. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (CBWF), a community health center that provides specialty care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT+ community. Through CBWF, he opened the first and only LGBT Pride Center in the region and expanded access to social, and support services to the LGBT+ community. He is also a member of the Equality Texas Steering Committee-Corpus Christi. Bill holds a Master’s in Counseling and Bachelors in Psychology. He is a proud native of Corpus Christi and lives here with his husband.
Served Since:Founding Member
Liza Wisner is an award-winning television personality serving her community as a talent development expert and the curator of change agent training, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies. Liza has more than a decade of experience in the human capital optimization space working with organizations around the world to help them actualize their potential so they can create jobs and support programs that make communities stronger. Professionally trained in computer science and educational technology, Liza has built an incredible career and has turned her love of automation into a fulfilling life, strategizing, and managing future skilling and automation initiatives. Liza is also the founder of social organizations, including the non-profit, ‘PowerUp.org’ whose mission is to bridge the digital divide and eliminate “Technology Poverty.” For more information about Liza, visit her website: www.lizawisner.com
Randy J. Stubbs
Randy has a diverse background having worked in foodservice, warehouse management, real estate, public service and sales. This variety has served him well providing him with invaluable knowledge as he effortlessly interacts with a large cross-section of individuals. He is dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ community and any efforts to provide a voice to those who face hurdles when attempting to speak their truth and live their best life.
Randy is an Army Veteran and has done one tour of duty in Afghanistan. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a master’s degree in Public Management from The Johns Hopkins University.
He enjoys rediscovering all his favorite shows from days past across the multitude of streaming platforms, trying unsuccessfully to teach his cat anything and short walks on the beach.
Nami Fisher grew up in central Oklahoma and has lived in the Coastal Bend for 12 years. She has been a long time contributor to LGBTQIA+ causes in her personal, academic, and professional life. As a local Realtor, she advocates for equity in home ownership for protected classes through a variety of organizations and boards. She currently sits on the South Texas Association of Realtors Diversity Committee, and is a member of groups like the international Keller Williams Rainbow Network, the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, and National Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. She also works to improve conditions in the LGBT+ Housing and Homeless Communities through her participation in the LGBT+ Housing Initiative. Through this organization she contributes a portion of her commission directly to local first time home buyers in the LGBTQIA+ community, and donates to organizations helping homeless LGBTQIA+ youth.
Nami is honored to join the PRIDE Corpus Christi board. She attended the early days of PRIDE when it was just a block party and is proud to have marched in the inaugural Corpus Christi Pride Parade, and every parade since then! She is excited to see the organization’s continued growth in the Coastal Bend.
Nami also serves on the board for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Society of Corpus Christi. She loves spending time outdoors, competing at trivia night, traveling and hanging out with her amazing family.
To learn more about the LGBT+ Housing Initiative or to contact Nami directly, visit her website at: https://
Roger Montelongo is a seasoned urban designer and city planner for The City of Corpus Christi with national and international experience. As a community leader, his mission is to promote diversity and inclusivity throughout the city for the LGBTQ community. In addition, he is keen on advocating for the visibility of the LGBTQ community to encourage hope for those in need of support.
He currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban & Regional Planning from Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Design & City Planning from The Bartlett School of Planning at University College London.
As an enneagram 7, Roger is optimistic, adventurous, and energetic. He enjoys traveling and immersing himself in new cultures. You can find him strolling around Downtown Corpus Christi, soaking up the good vibes on any given day.
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Eric Walls is a proud native who has spent the majority of his life as a resident of the Coastal Bend. As an active member of the community, he has witnessed the tremendous change and progress that has been made in advancing the rights and acceptance of the LGBT community in the area.
With a passion for promoting inclusivity, Eric is thrilled to join the Pride Corpus Christi Board of Directors. His goal is to continue the progress that has been made and foster even more connections within the community to spread the message of inclusivity further.
Eric and his partner of over nine years share a beautiful life together, complete with their four-legged child, Bailey. They share a love for traveling and have a mutual obsession with Christmas.
A seasoned professional in the oil and gas industry, Eric has dedicated 10 years to the field, working as a project controls financial analyst. Before entering the oil and gas sector, he held various positions in an international restaurant chain, including key management roles.
Eric’s educational background is rooted in Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, where he earned both an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Accountancy. This solid foundation has undoubtedly contributed to his success in his professional life.
As a well-respected member of the LGBT community, Eric has shown unwavering support for local events over the years. As the newest Pride Corpus Christi board member, he is excited to further contribute to the growth and development of this vibrant community.
Adair received her undergraduate degree in education from Texas A&M University-CC. She graduated with a Master of Library Science in 2011 from the University of North Texas. She has worked as a teacher and school librarian. In 2022, Adair joined her husband and brother at Laguna Wealth Services where she plans special events and manages marketing. She serves on the boards of both K Space Contemporary and the Art Museum of South Texas.
Adair enjoys creating as a therapeutic outlet. She especially enjoys making art that uplifts the LGBTQ+ community. The worse the anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric gets, the more time she spends in her studio or garden. Adair is honored to serve on the board of Pride Corpus Christi and is excited to get the opportunity to work with other activists to promote equality in the Coastal Bend.
Ema Rodriguez has established herself as the downtown it-girl. She’s best recognized for her creation ‘Weird Corpus’, which has led to her throwing monthly pop-up parties at the Art Museum of South Texas, ArtWalk block parties, and collaborations with TAMUCC.
With over a decade of experience creating exhilarating events including After Dark Revue, Disco 3000, Papercut Zine Fest, The Villains Ball, and various fundraisers, Ema has almost exclusively featured local LGBTQIA+ and POC entertainers and artists throughout.
When she’s not engulfed in the downtown scene, she’s a full-time spiritual worker inside her shop, Skeleton Key Curios. She’s been consistently featured in print, podcasts, and television for her work, as well as having her own weekly segment on Coastal Living. Her LGBTQIA+ clients are of great importance to her, and she’s provided free or donation-based spiritual services and supplies to the community since opening her doors in 2020.
In addition, she created Celebutante Mag, a retro-inspired print magazine showcasing local movers and shakers who may be too pervasive for mainstream publications. She’s also on the Board of Trustees for the Art Museum of South Texas and the Curatorial Committee for Produce Bar Co.
In her free time, she loves watching movies, cooking with her fiancée (John D. Garcia), and cuddling with their rescue kitten, Xander.
Jerry Cantu is a native of the Coastal Bend Area, and was born and raised in Sinton, TX. Upon graduating high school, he did relocate to Houston to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine, while minoring in Finance. After becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician, he held position with Veterinary Clinics & hospital in the Greenway and Rice University areas happily for the duration of his time in that city.
While there, Jerry is very proud of becoming an advocate / volunteer for local organizations such as AIDs Foundation of Houston, HRC (Human Rights Campaign), and Pride Montrose Group. Which, entailed; sit-in demonstrations, volunteering at local shelters, fund raising, and peer counseling for individuals who may not otherwise have had access to such resources.
During such volunteer events, Jerry did meet and become engaged to his fiancée at the time, Chance. Both delighted not only being activists in the Houston area, but often traveling to the Texas State Capitol to be part of gay rights leaders’ demonstrations pushing for change and more protections for LGBT+ people. (Especially for gay marriage). After a forced decision on Jerry’s part, to relocate back to South Texas to assist with ailing parents, both decided to end their engagement for many reasons, one mainly having to do with the inequality strongly felt in Texas at the time. They do still remain close and often times see each other, as their time spent together rallying behind the causes of our community largely shape the individual Jerry is and hopes to become.
Coming home Jerry is happy to be surrounded by generations of family. He did however want to continue the fight and growth for our LGBTQ+ community that he so vigorously championed in Houston. Wanting to be a voice and source of solace for the forgotten, the abandoned, the unloved and the marginalized. Shortly after returning Jerry joined the Board of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. Being a part of and being able to see a lot of their efforts and good works being impactful to the benefit of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.
Since returning to the area Jerry has spent over a decade in the banking industry. In November 23’, Jerry celebrated his 5th year anniversary with current company Rally Community Credit Union (formerly NavyArmy) Starting first as Member Service Rep / Lending Officer, now holds position as Quality Assurance Coach, ensuring the best service to improve lives and drive possibilities for their members. Jerry is proud to say, for the asking of support, Rally has contributed in the past to Coastal Bend Pride Center and Pride Corpus Christi events and hopes to further that support with his company.
Jerry also as a side project and in the service of friends, does assist local establishment The Hidden Door, the premier gay bar in Corpus Christi, opened since 1980. He provides time and effort to promote their events and shows, along with contributing to maintain their social media. The decision to assist also stemming from their countless fundraising events to donate and support to several non-profit organizations. Jerry was happy to have represented, riding along with The Hidden Door in the Pride Parade ’23.
To date Jerry continues to sit on the board of CBWF. He ambitiously hopes to utilize his affiliation with The Hidden Door, CBWF, and now Pride Corpus Christi to foster a symbiotic, cohesive relationship between them, as all 3 organizations have continued to serve the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the Coastal Bend area.
In a time where we see and feel the impact of growth and change in South Texas, Jerry’s want is to be part of a Legacy that helped contribute historically to progressively moving our community forward. Promoting inclusivity & equality to such an end, that all LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in our area and beyond, know and feel the message: “that all are welcome at our table”. With the help of Pride Corpus Christi, Jerry hopes to make this world a happier place.
Chelsea Hastings, born and raised in Weslaco, Texas, moved to Corpus Christi in 2008 to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She currently resides in Corpus Christi and works as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. In this role, Chelsea serves a diverse range of clients and small businesses across the United States, assisting them with financial and investment strategies. She holds a leadership position as the Developmental Chair for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. Additionally, Chelsea is a Texas Master Naturalist and a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, taking care of her plants, and spending time with her dogs, friends, and family.
Board members meet monthly to plan and coordinate events that promote understanding, inclusivity, and acceptance of all individuals. They are passionate about creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or religion.
Their hard work and dedication have been instrumental in making our annual PRIDE Week activities a huge success. From the colorful and festive parade to the lively block party, our events have become a highlight of the year for many in our community.
We are grateful for the contributions of our board members and their commitment to creating a better, more inclusive world. We invite you to join us in supporting their efforts and becoming part of the Mosaic Project of South Texas community. Thank you for your support!