Amos Lim immigrated from Singapore to the United States in 1999 to be with his husband, Mickey. But this move was not simple. Amos and Mickey encountered first hand the discrimination faced by same-sex binational couples under current US immigration law, that was compounded by DOMA. The struggle to stay in America, and have his marriage recognized, led Amos to activism, co-founding Out4Immigration out4immigration.org.
As the Community Outreach Director for the all-volunteer grassroots group, Out4Immigration, Amos has worked both locally and nationally to raise the profile of same-sex binational couples, leading workshops, speaking to the media and teaching other couples to advocate for change to U.S. immigration law and meet with their Congressional representatives to ask for support of the Uniting American Families Act and Reuniting Families Act.
Amos was an early supporter of full federal marriage rights, and forged strong alliances for same-sex binational couples with Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL. Amos has been instrumental in raising awareness about the unique struggles same-sex binational couples face and bringing that into the larger immigration dialog. In 2007, he organized San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Summit where LGBT immigration issues were discussed for the first time. He has also been part of the San Francisco City ID Card committee, served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission from 2008 – 2014 and the City College of San Francisco’s Bond Oversight Committee from 2010 – 2014. Amos has an extensive professional background in the corporate sector, with experiences in project management, community organizing, business development and human resources. He currently serves on the Board of LYRIC and Francis Scott Key Elementary PTA and lives in San Francisco with his husband Mickey and their adorable daughter.
John Viet, Board Co-Chair, joined the board in 2013 and loves LYRIC’s mission and passion. He wishes he had a program like LYRIC where he grew up in the South Bay. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture, he served 2 years in an AmeriCorps program called Public Allies and worked with Literacy for Environmental Justice in the Bay View and Our Family Coalition, a non-profit that’s dedicated to serving LGBTQ families with children. John will be graduating with a Masters of Social Work program from San Francisco State University in May 2014 and is focusing on child welfare.
Julia H. Rhee
Julia H. Rhee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Retrofit Republic, a styling firm and vintage retailer with a social impact. In her role, she supports individuals, changemakers, and brands to look good and do good in the world. Prior to starting a small business, Julia worked as a community organizer for low-income populations and communities of color with over a decades’ worth of youth work from New York City, Oakland, CA, and Tacoma, WA. Currently, the Washington native serves as the Executive Committee Co-Chair for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- Bay Area.
Her community and creative work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Audrey Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, The Bold Italic, ColorLines Magazine, The Global Grind, AlterNet in addition to on-screen and radio appearances on CBS-5, Huffington Post Live, MyX TV, KPFA Morning Show, APEX Express, and Radio Hankook.
Recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Global Leaders Awards by NAAMBA, the National Association of Asian American MBAs. When she’s not dissecting the building blocks of quality Asian noodle soups, she teaches beginner yoga for LGBTQ & youth of color in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.
Lisa McIntire, Board Secretary, was honored to join LYRIC’s board in July 2014. She is passionate about social justice, equal rights and accessibility for LGBTQ folks, especially youth. Her day job is also in the nonprofit field, making wishes come true at Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area for 7 years now, as Program Manager.
She received her nonprofit management degree in 2012 from University of San Francisco. Past work experience includes her time at the Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, coordinating trainings on volunteer management and best practices for nonprofits and companies alike. She volunteered at Community United Against Violence for five years as a crisis line counselor to LGBTQ domestic and hate violence survivors and as a speaker’s bureau representative to children in schools talking about her identity as a queer woman.
She lives in the Castro in San Francisco with her mini dachshund, Boogie, and her partner Shay, who she has been legally married to since 2008. She moved to the Bay Area in 2005 after attending Smith College in Massachusetts and studying abroad in Florence, Italy. In her spare time she loves traveling, dancing, walking around the city and eating lots of good food with family and friends.
Marcus Stevens, joined the LYRIC board in the fall of 2013. Marcus has been working with LYRIC for nearly 6 years now, formerly as the manager of the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the Castro. Now an elementary school teacher in Alameda, and having recently graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, Marcus continues his work on issues of social justice and educational equality.
Being the product of humble beginnings, and a family that relied on community support to makes ends meet, Marcus believes that working in and supporting the local community is vital, especially in the area of youth services. Some of his past projects include serving on another youth services non-profit board, volunteering aboard in Tanzania teaching English, working at the food bank and volunteering in school classrooms in San Francisco
Mark Sanchez, Board Co-Chair, joined the LYRIC board in 2011. He is the principal at Cleveland Elementary School in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. Before becoming an administrator, Mark served on the San Francisco Board of Education from 2001-2009. Prior to that, he taught 4th and 5th grade at several San Francisco schools.
Mark co-founded Teachers 4 Social Justice in the late 1990’s and is the chairperson for the organization’s advisory board. Outside of being utterly consumed by public education issues, Mark likes to continue to explore San Francisco so that one day he can declare that he is a true soul of the city, in a sense graduating from his Santa Monica roots.
Oliver Austria feels very privileged to join the LYRIC board in December of 2014. He has been a dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ public since his move to San Francisco in 2005. Also known as his drag persona, Jezebel Patel in the community – he helped create awareness and raised funds for the San Francisco organization: Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, as Miss GAPA 2012. In 2014, he was crowned Miss Gay San Francisco and has been active with the SF Imperial Court ever since. An aspiring Children’s Book writer and illustrator, Oliver is currently working on a kid’s book about a little girl named, Omarli.
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Robin Abad Ocubillo
Robin Abad Ocubillo, Board Treasurer, is a LYRIC Alum who was first involved with LYRIC in 2001 as an intern coordinating the Young Loud and Proud Conference. Robin was also a LYRIC staff member working in fundraising development until 2004. After a long hiatus living in London and Los Angeles and moving back again to San Francisco, Robin is thrilled to be part of the organization once more.
His lifelong commitment to youth development started with earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America during his adolescence and working in environmental education with grade school-aged youth at the Crissy Field Center. Robin is currently an Urban Designer with the San Francisco Planning Department, working to make this City even more beautiful than it already is. He is an avid cyclist, tree-hugger, and cinema junkie with a deep passion for California.