A longtime supporter and advocate of the arts, Mary Joffre, is serving her second year as the Board President of Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts.  She has been employed with Velocity Credit Union for 18 years in the Human Resources Department.  Joffre is also the Board President for the award winning, Tejana Tailgaters.  Joffre has been managing and planning out events and hosting annual fundraisers for 10 years.

GABRIELLE CHILA, TREASURER,  works in the nonprofit legal sector by day and, in her spare time, offers assistance to those wanting to start up or grow their nonprofits. While pursuing her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, she found herself missing the dance world - something she had been a part of in her youth all the way until law school. While obtaining her law degree, she met Melissa Villarreal and witnessed the talent Melissa brought and cultivated in herself and in her dancers. A few years later, Gabrielle was able to combine her passion for dancing and the arts with her legal background, ultimately assisting in the formation of Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts while also facilitating the continued growth of the organization as a board member and treasurer.

NATALIE FLORES, SECRETARY, is a happily married working mother of two very energetic boys. We enjoy all sports and various forms of artistic outlets.  Our family enjoys growing with LOTUS and helping bring more creative works of art to the community.

NICO RAMSEY, MEMBER, In addition to volunteer advocacy work for LGBTQ individuals, professionally, Nico Ramsey works as a community relations specialist for the City of Austin's credit union, Velocity. He is the liaison between the credit union and the community. He allocates resources to help qualifying 501c3 organizations make a positive impact in their community. Nico is no stranger to the arts. Growing up he was cast in regional theater, was a Radio Disney performer, and has taken internships with academy award winning directors. His education in communications has allowed him to reach people of various creed as an advocate for the arts and those who are traditionally underserved in the community.


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