Board of Directors
Joseph Gaxiola has been with Joshua Tree Feeding Program since 2009. Joseph was first as a client, then as a volunteer (cleaning and mopping the floors). Later in 2009 Joseph was on the board of directors as co-fundraiser. Joseph then became the Press Liaison on the board of directors. In 2013 Joseph was voted in as Chairman of Joshua Tree Feeding Program. Joseph has been very active in the LGBTQ Community as well as the HIV/AIDS Community with being on the board of Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil and the treasurer of the G.L.A.D. (Gay and Lesbian Association of Darts). Joseph raises money for Joshua Tree and other non-profits as his alter ego, JaGi. Joseph worked at 'N Touch News Magazine and Compete Sports Diversity Magazine. Joseph also works as a personal assistant to best selling author, Gini Koch and VPC Medical Billing helping with data entry.
Upon being diagnosed with GRID in the early 80's, Peter Rodriguez became involved in both the LGBT and HIV/AIDS Communities. In New York, has been a Peer Counselor and Educator for both the Brookyn AIDS Task Force and Hispanic AIDS Form, Board Member of the Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights, NYC Mayor's Office LGBT Advisory Board Member, Brooklyn District Attorney's LGBT Advisory Council, President/Founder of Gay and Lesbians of Brooklyn and Everywhere, member of ACT UP. After moving to Phoenix he began volunteering with Joshua Tree's Pet Assistance Project in January 2011 and became a board member in August 2011. In 2014 he organized the Phoenix's AIDS Candlelight Vigil and continues to do so.
Brian Butler has been a volunteer with Joshua Tree Feeding Program since 2006. In 2012, he became the financial advisor and in 2013 he became Treasurer and a board member. Brian was the finance manager to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center from 1992-1997. During this time he was also an active member of the Los Angeles County Aids Planning Council working with Ryan White and other Federal funding agencies assisting the HIV community. Brian also brings over 20 years of fiscal management in real estate development and property management.
Micheal started volunteering with Joshua Tree in 2014. He began as a client, like most of the board. Micheal is a part of the set-up and tear down of all Joshua Tree events and can be seen at the various bars supporting and fundraising for Joshua Tree. Micheal is engaged to Tad Lorrey since 2013. He is currently working as a daytime supervisor at The Phoenix Public Market Cafe and during his free time he and his partner, Tad, are members of Arizona Pups and Handlers. He is also in recovery for drug and alcohol abuse since October 8th, 2012 and sponsors other young men. He is involved in many aspects of the community helping others and enjoying life.
Tad Lorrey has been with Joshua Tree since 2013. As with most of the board, Tad started as a client, then started volunteering. Tad is one of the Joshua Tree van drivers and can be seen picking up food for Joshua Tree at St. Mary's Food Bank. Tad is part of the set-up and tear down crew at all Joshua Tree events. Tad is engaged to Micheal Specker since 2013. Tad has been in recovery since February 2nd, 2011 and now sponsors other men on their journey to recovery. Tad and his partner are members of Arizona Pups and Handlers and stay involved in the community enjoying life.
I've been a client and volunteer of Joshua Tree since 2010, I'm your current Miss Arizona Gay Rodeo 2016 and a local bartender in the valley you can catch me at The Anvil Bar or around town in various local shows raising money for charity's. I truly believe that giving back is the most rewarding feeling a in a person's heart.
Fundraising has been a passion of mine since 2004, from the Men of Charlies to Imperial Court of Arizona and The Arizona Gay Rodeo.
Someone asked me once what Integrity meant to me, I replied with. I love doing for others with nothing in return, a simple smile is enough.
Jayme Christensen-Walker (Nikki Starr)
I've been a volunteer at Joshua Tree since October 2015. I started out working in the food room and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I knew right away that I wanted to do more and began volunteering to work at any events I could. I am also part of Arizona Gay Rodeo Association, were I participate in fundraisers to benefit local charities, to include Joshua Tree on a regular basis. I spent two years as the President of the JROTC Booster Club were fundraising was one of my main activities. I am very excited to be an Event Coordinator for Joshua Tree Feeding Program and ready to begin working on some exciting events in the future.
Roberta "Bobbie" Bartlett
Robert Bartlett, Sr