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


Jennifer Dahlgren-Richardson


Mark Pumphrey

Board Member-at-Large

Jocelyn Stout

Youth Advocate Board Member

Kyle Erwin, PhD

Vice President

Porsha Brown, JD, MPA


Parsa Mohammadi

Board Member-at-Large

Andy Farias

Board Member-at-Large

Board Member-at-Large


Board Member-at-Large


Youth Advocate Board Member

Art Gloria, MBA

Our Executive Director:

Brenda Risch, PhD, LMSW

Executive Director

Our Program Director:

Victoria Doster, BSW

Program Director

To contact staff, email: contact@borderlandrainbow.org

Other Staff:

Julie Lucas

Building  & Food Pantry Manager

Ralph Martin


Maria Escamilla

Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Heidebrecht, MSW

Training Development Consultant

Robert Lee

Refugee Food Coordinator

OTher Volunteer Staff:

Max Bellman-Seeskind

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Joey Mazzuca

MSW Intern

Gabriela Cervantes 

MSW Intern

Lisa Blankenship

MSW Intern

915 - 263 - 4623


2714 Wyoming Avenue

El Paso, TX, 79903

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