About us

The Borderland Rainbow Center’s mission is to create a community space in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) people and their allies can heal, grow, and empower themselves and others.


This substance-free space is governed and run according to ethically sound standards and research-based best practices for (LGBTQI) people and their allies. The BRC connects LGBTQI people to resources for improved physical and mental health, economic stability, legal rights, education, spiritual and cultural enrichment.


Since the inception of the BRC, our board has embodied a myriad of diverse identities. Including current and past board members, they identify as lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, genderqueer, straight allies, transgender women, transgender men, nonbinary people, parents of transgender kids, parents of straight kids, Mexican American, Iranian/Mexican American, African American, Caucasian, Latinx, native-born El Pasoan, transplants to El Paso, bilingual, multi-lingual, working-class people, middle-class people, veterans, and members of military families.

Isidro Torres


Kyle Erwin, PhD

Vice President

Porsha Brown, JD, MPA




Parsa Mohammadi

Board Member-at-Large

Art Gloria, MBA

Board Member-at-Large

Mark Pumphrey

Board Member-at-Large

Andy Farias

Board Member-at-Large


Board Member-at-Large

Jocelyn Stout

Youth Advocate Board Member


Youth Advocate Board Member

Our Executive Director:

Brenda Risch, PhD, LMSW

Executive Director

Our Program Director:

Alison Westermann

Program Director

To contact staff, email: contact@borderlandrainbow.org

Julie Lucas

Building & Food Pantry Manager

Other Staff:


Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Heidebrecht, MSW

Training Development Consultant

Tina Corral


Michael "Barbie" Reyes

Drag Queen Story Hour Coordinator

OTher Volunteer Staff:

Max Bellman-Seeskin

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Lisa Blankenship

MSW Intern

Gabriela Cervantes 

MSW Intern

Cordilia Acree

MSW Intern

Jennifer Cornell

MSW Intern

Joey Mazzuca

Volunteer Group Facilitator

915 - 263 - 4623


2714 Wyoming Avenue

El Paso, TX, 79903

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