Board of Directors

NameElio Gonzalez

TitleMember, Board of Directors

Elio J. Gonzalez, Owner of Gonzalez Diaz Enterprise, came to the US as a Cuban Refugee in 1968 and made North Carolina his home. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1978. Elio’s passion to be involved in the community led him to create Gonzalez Diaz Enterprise; and through this business, Elio has been able to be a community advocate and assist people in need. Elio has been involved with helping the community in many varied aspects including the following events/collaborations/interpretations: Carnaval Carolina, Latin American Festival, Fiesta Latina Asheville (2012-2016), Several LAWA collaborations, worked with Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and mostly his inspiration of MGLA was turned into a reality. Elio J. Gonzalez is the founder of MGLA Miss Gay Latina Asheville. The pageant was created to show the beauty and richness of the World’s culture through the illusion of female impersonation. The pageant started in 2008 with great support from the community and sponsors, this year we will celebrate its 12th year anniversary. On July 6, 2019 Gonzalez Diaz Enterprise is launching a new endeavor Mister Gay Latino Asheville. Elio is currently the Patient Assistance Specialist Director at the Western North Carolina Community Health Center (WNCCHS).

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What Do Board Members Commit To?

  • Our Board functions as an administrative board.  It’s primary function is to provide fiduciary oversight on behalf of the community we serve and our financial supporters.  While board members typically involve themselves in select Blue Ridge Pride activities, they do so outside their board role and under the leadership of the Executive Director.
  • There are no explicit fundraising requirements of board members.  We find that such commitments limit the ability of some in our community to participate.  We assume that board members will find ways to demonstrate their commitment to the team’s mission.
  • Typically, board members are assigned to work with one of our teams (e.g., community projects and events).  This does not mean that they need to fulfill any operational roles.  As a board member, they are there to provide policy-level oversight.  However, they are more than welcome to  play a more active role.
  • Members are elected to serve a three-year term.  They may serve a maximum of six consecutive years.
  • The board generally meets once a month for one to two hours (currently, the 2nd Monday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm).  Board members are expected to attend a minimum of ten meetings a year (with two absences excused by the President).
  • The time commitment can vary considerably, depending on a board member’s appetite for getting involved in specific activities.  Here are some guidelines:  Board Meetings: 2 hours per month; Board Communications / Meeting Pre-reads / 1-2 hours per month; Team Liaison: 1-2 hours per month; Volunteering: Board members are required to volunteer for the annual festival and to attend or support one event or function per quarter.

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