Our Board of Advisors is composed of members of BE. Orlando who are interested in furthering the mission and goals of our organization. Board members make recommendations for improvement, ensure our activities align with and further our Humanist mission of service, advocate for our organization, recruit members, and play an active role in event leadership.
Jesse Barreto is a retired humanitarian project adviser who worked in a complex and multinational environment for many years. He has degrees in military science, teaching and mathematics.
He was a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the destruction of landmines and explosive remnants in countries with high number of civilian casualties. He advised, assisted and trained non-combatants and indigenous populations to identify improvised explosive devices that were used against children, farmers and peaceful actors.
Jesse was instrumental in the creation and development of organizations with the goal to reduce the number of displaced individuals in war torn countries. As a byproduct, some of his work impacted positively the productivity and economic growth of such nations. Jesse was allowed to work parallel to numerous international humanitarian organizations such as Organization of America States, United Nation Development Program (UNDP), United Nation Children’s Fund (UNCF) and UN Mine Action Team. The ability to work in challenging scenarios against “evil forces” gave him the nickname of “He-Man” as the main character of the 1980s animated series.
After many years working in difficult environments, Jesse became a school teacher. Two years later, he abandoned the classroom to give his time and energy to those who needed the most, to those that are in silence and to those that are sometimes invisible to others.
Valerie has a B.A. in Psychology and has done Masters coursework in Environmental Sciences. She has enjoyed a career as a computer programmer/analyst.
Val is an activist for Human Rights, Peace and Justice, and Environmental Protection. She founded a chapter of the Sierra Club in Charlottesville, VA. She served on the Committee of the Whole for the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice. She served for Amnesty International Orlando chapter in three roles: Urgent Action Coordinator, Caribbean Regional Action Network Coordinator, and as a member of the Human Rights Awards Dinner Committee.
She is an active member of BE. Orlando and the ACLU and is a member of the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) and Florida Atheists, Critical Thinkers, and Skeptics (FACTS).
Tee has a B.A. in English and Philosophy. She was born in Boston, raised in Philly, dragged to Georgia as a teenager, and lured to Central Florida by love in 2000.
Tee enjoys volunteering and has been involved in animal rescue & fostering, wolf and wolfdog sanctuary, equality and human rights advocacy, providing STEM encouragement and resources for at-risk youth, and fundraising and volunteer support for programmatic response to local community needs. The development of BE. Orlando to provide intentional volunteerism resources and advocacy serving the Humanist population of Central Florida has been a meaningful part of her service commitment.
Tee works at the University of Central Florida as a special projects coordinator in a vice president’s office, where she has served since 2004. She also serves the university in a volunteer capacity as the Humanist Chaplain and coordinator of the Secular and Religious Minority Awareness (SRMA) initiative.
Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Karen moved to Florida in 1984. She is the mother of two children, son Kevin and daughter Christen and grandmother to Carleigh and Christopher.
She enjoyed a career as an administrative assistant and human resources manager in various industries before retiring.
Karen currently serves at In Harmony With Nature, a charity where BE. Orlando has invested both volunteer hours and resources. Her work there includes maintaining the welfare of the many animals on the premises as well as serving as the Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator.
She enjoys reading, the outdoors, and helping people in anyway she possibly can.
Jocelyn, a lifelong Humanist, brings an M.B.A. as well as an undergraduate degree in Political Science. She co-founded and is a director of the Central Florida Freethought Community, which is working to build a secular community and to keep religion out of government in Central Florida. Jocelyn is also the President of the Florida Humanist Association, founded the Science League for Kids, a local group that is an alternative to the Boy Scouts for boys and girls, ages 6 to 12, as well as a Skeptical Parenting Group on Facebook.
Jocelyn is a university business instructor. Prior to working in education, Jocelyn worked for years in international marketing. After living and working in such varied places as Denmark, Japan, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, she has settled in Central Florida, where she enjoys kayaking, gardening, all things related to science fiction, the arts, and politics.