Meet Our Team

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Sera Fernando | Program Manager II | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Siya

Sera Fernando comes from Microsoft as their Outreach Director for Microsoft's GLEAM LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and Experience Manager for Microsoft Stores. As an independent D&I communications consultant and social activist, she serves as Chief Diversity Officer for Silicon Valley Pride, Board of Governor for the Human Rights Campaign Bay Area, and Councilmember for Women's Equality 2020. Locally, Sera organized the South Bay's first-ever Transgender Rally at Silicon Valley Pride 2018, celebrating transgender, nonbinary, gender diverse, and allied folks, highlighting talent from the community. Sera leverages her platform in advocating for transgender intersectionality and social justice, speaking at multiple companies and community-based organizations, driving home the importance of workplace equity and allyship, and lifting up the voice of LGBTQ+ storytellers worldwide.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sera grew up as the daughter of first-generation Filipino immigrants in San Jose's Eastside and Evergreen neighborhoods, attending Silver Creek High School and graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. When she's not involved in community events and collaborations, you can catch her locally finding the next foodie destination, critiquing a multitude of coffee and milk tea spots, shopping for manga in cosplay, or posing and sharing her plant life on Instagram.

Contact Me About:   Transgender Economic Empowerment, Transgender Recruitment and Retention, Transgender Programming and Policy, General Inquiries​

Email: [email protected]
 


 

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Crystal Haney   |   Community Worker   |   Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Ella​

Crystal has spent most of her career providing direct services across a broad spectrum of communities. Her first job was working in a retirement community serving meals and cleaning the residents’ apartments, often spending her breaks chatting and playing games with them. She has more than 12 years of experience working in different support roles with young adults and adults with severe to moderate special needs, including over ten years with the Santa Clara Office of Education as a Paraeducator in the CONNECT vocational training program.

An avid volunteer, Crystal spent time as a camp cook and later was the lead cook for Healing Waters, an organization providing wilderness adventures and whitewater rafting to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She began volunteering at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in 2010, providing information and referral services, and later as an HIV Testing Counselor and support group facilitator. In mid-2013, she took on the role of Senior HIV Testing Counselor, managing the program on a volunteer basis. When the program was contracted to AACI, she was hired part-time as a Program Specialist, later accepting a full-time position as Program Coordinator from 2016 to 2018. Crystal currently acts as co-chair for the South Bay Transgender Day of Visibility and the San Jose Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as sitting on the women’s events committee for SV Pride. She enjoys spending time with her partners and their cat Norabelle, hiking, and traveling.​

Contact Me About: Outreach

Email: [email protected]

LaShanna Hornage

LaShanna Hornage, M.A.   |    Program Manager I   |   Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Shanna

Prior to joining the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Lashanna was a Social Worker with Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Adult Protective Services Department investigating abuse of Elderly and Dependent Adults.

She served as a Disaster Service Worker throughout the pandemic supervising vaccine clinic staff and providing program management for Santa Clara County’s Emergency Operations Center Vulnerable Adult Motel Program housing the elderly unhoused population and covid positive individuals during the pandemic. Lashanna has over a decade of experience working in social services capacity in the non-profit, public, and private sectors in New York City, South Carolina, and across the Bay Area. Lashanna holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling.

In her time away from work, Lashanna facilitates parenting classes as a Certified Triple P instructor, takes dance classes, styles hair, listens to music, cooks, travels, and spends time with her friends

 

Contact Me About: General Inquires, Office of LGBTQ Affairs Programming, LGBTQ Summit, Silicon Valley Pride (Coordination for the County).

Email: [email protected]

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