John Flores (pictured on the left, with his partner Chad) is EQNM's Programs Manager, and was born and raised in Albuquerque. His roots are in Eastern New Mexico spanning back countless generations that homesteaded the land that they still farm today. John has an amazing family that has been nothing but loving and accepting since he came out as gay in his teens and continue to be supportive of his relationship and work. John believes that all people should be able to live free and that love is exponentially more powerful than hate. His professional background is in the healthcare industry and he has both a Culinary Arts and a Business Administration degree.
Myra Llerenas is the Southern New Mexico Field Director for EQNM, based in Las Cruces. A self-identified Queer Chicana and first generation Mexican and Guatemalan American, Myra engages public education and outreach efforts that address the intersections of being both LGBTQ and an Immigrant. The first to graduate from college in her immediate family, Myra attended New Mexico State University where she obtained a B.A. in Women’s Studies, a Supplementary Major in Law and Society, and a Minor in Government. Prior to EQNM, Myra was the Program Coordinator for the Las Cruces Tree Steward Program, and interned for the ACLU of NM Regional Center for Border Rights.
Sebastian Margaret is a disability community educator who was raised in Yorkshire (UK) and has lived in NM since ’95. A Disabled Trans* queer Immigrant, they are kept deliciously exhausted parenting a pair of gorgeous kids, both of who are now taller than they. Not formally educated yet richly informed by a working class life, Sebastian roots their work in racial, economic, gender, sexuality, Immigration justice and Sovereignty struggles. They have spent close to three decades in service of self-determination, leadership and vibrancy within disability communities, while cajoling LGBTQI movements and direct service to embrace anti-ablism as an implemented core value, and to embed disability justice deep into the heart of all that we do.
Amber Royster serves as Executive Director for EQNM. Amber grew up in Albuquerque, her family having roots in New Mexico that span six generations. Her professional career started in the U.S. Navy, serving honorably on active duty for six years, including two yearlong tours in the Persian Gulf. After finishing her enlistment, Amber enrolled at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, completing both her B.A. in Communications and Master of Public Administration degrees. During her time in Olympia, Amber worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation, CHOICE Regional Health Network, and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.
Gwen-Renee Williams is the Southern New Mexico Outreach Associate for EQNM. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner, and lives in Las Cruces, NM with her partner/spouse of 26 years. Gwen-Renee has spent a lifetime working for social justice and human rights issues.