Meet the Team
Committed to the Cause
Timothy M. Tobias
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Tim is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Ballroom, We Care Inc. He is a Social Worker, DSW candidate, and an active member of the House of Lanvin. His focus as the Executive Director is rooted in the mission of the organization. With the mission and the team, his goal is to continue building infrastructure and foundation to create better supportive services for members of Ballroom struggling with crystal meth use and mental health related issues.
Known to many as "Uncle Mike", Mike Haynes is a trusted leader and one of the founders of Ballroom, We Care. He voluntarily devotes his time and energy in to making sure that need are met for members of Ballroom. As a long-time leader of the House Ebony and the Ballroom Scene, Mike is also known for his generosity and insurmountable love for his community. He upholds his Ballroom status as Icon through his dedication to the mission of BWC that focuses on improving the lives of those struggling with crystal meth use and mental health illness in the Ballroom.
Martez D. R. Smith
Martez, the Education Coordinator for Ballroom, We Care is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. His research interests include addressing racial, sexual and gender minority health disparities through community-driven, asset-based interventions. In addition to conducting research, Martez works alongside a nationwide cadre of activists, organizing for social justice with the Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network (KBCAN), which he co-founded. Since 2010, Martez has worked on numerous health and social welfare initiatives, and In 2019 served as the Inaugural Storytelling Co-Chair for the National HIV Prevention Conference hosted by the CDC. Martez is also am member of the house/ballroom community since 2009, currently a member of the House of Xclusive-Lanvin in mainstream ballroom and a member of the House of Hua Mulan in Kiki ballroom.
Johnny Guaylupo is an Assistant Director of youth services at a well-known organization in NYC and a dedicated leader of Ballroom, We Care. He voluntarily devotes his time and energy in to making sure that need are met for members of Ballroom. He is also a strong advocate for members of the Kiki Scene.
Jose Manuel Disla Jr.
Jose Disla is a hard-working, experienced, and trustworthy Ballroom leader. Not only is he an asset and provides his services voluntarily to Ballroom, We Care, but he serves on New York City's Black Pride Planning Committee. He is also a Leader and long-time Iconic member of the House of Extravaganza. In addition, He is ready to invest all of his time and energy into improving the quality of life for members of the Ballroom that are struggling with crystal meth use and mental illness.
TGNB Community Engagement Coordinator
Tabytha is the TGNB Community Engagement Coordinator of Ballroom, We Care. Her dedication and passion for the community stem far beyond
her volunteerism at Ballroom, We Care. Tabytha Maison Margiela is the Principle Founder of the Margiela Matters Initiative. She is along time member of Ballroom as well as an Associate Human Rights
Specialist with the NYC Commissions on Human Rights. Where she helps
to foster protections and policies to eradicate injustice for the LGBT
community. With a host of other important TGNB and Ballroom community led endeavors, Tabytha has proven to be resilient in her work, and focuses primarily on advocating and improving the quality of life for the individuals she serves.