While Crystal exudes a mellow demeanor, she’s just as apt to recommend a good book as she is to verbally kick you in the face with her quick wit. No matter her various quirks, Crystal is happy to serve her community as she sits on The Mosaic Project of South Texas board – also known as Pride Corpus Christi. Crystal along with the entire board wants those within the LGBTQIA+ community to know we are “dedicated to making certain that queer people aren’t alone in the fight” and that there are local and national resources available to them. For more information, please visit pridecorpuschristi.com.
In Her Own Words:
Supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
An organization I wish to exalt and continually support is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI for short).
There is actually a newly formed affiliate of NAMI Texas and it’s located here in Corpus called NAMI Greater Corpus Christi (or NGCC).
I wholeheartedly believe mental illness still needs more vocal advocacy and of course also more legitimate resources for those affected by mental illness.
Crystal’s Favorite Revolve One Episode
My favorite episode is from our second season titled Leader & Entrepreneur Liza Wisner
This is one of my favorite episodes because interviewing Liza Wisner felt like an amazing opportunity from the very start. Rudy and I first met Liza at The Bend Magazine’s HER event where she was the keynote speaker. Simply hearing some of her stories then inspired me to be more conscious of time and also even my own energy. I wanted to know more about her as she is a self-made entrepreneur and leader within our community and beyond! We discussed more in-depth the organizations she founded which are Texas Techies and Power up. With a degree in computer science, she initially wanted her eldest son to be taught coding at daycare only to realize that it wasn’t a reality in any daycare (at least in South Texas). So she decided to begin teaching coding at the daycare herself for about an hour which then turned into Liza servicing over half the daycares in Corpus Christi through what became Texas Techies. We also delve into her organization Power Up and how she wanted to bridge the “digital divide”. She understood a community can only grow technology-wise as fast as the lowest socioeconomic individual that has access to technology. Liza and I also discuss healthy habits that are vital to be knowledgeable of although they are best when applied to our everyday lives. As a podcaster and content creator, I continue to lean on the wisdom and valuable experience that Liza shared with us in this interview.