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Greater Boston PFLAG
P.O. Box 541619
Waltham, MA
02454

Tel: 781-891-5966
Fax: 781-891-7444
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Helpline: 866-427-3524

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Staff

Tom Bourdon, Ed.D.
Executive Director
tom@gbpflag.org
Babson College, BS, Business Administration
UCLA, M.Ed., Counseling in Student Affairs
Northeastern University, Ed.D., Organizational Leadership

  
Tom became Executive Director of Greater Boston PFLAG in March of 2014.  Prior to GBPFLAG he was Director of the LGBT Center and Co-Chair of the Social Justice Leadership Initiative at Tufts University.  Bourdon has also served as Program Administrator for the Office of LGBT Student Services at New York University and as the Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Outside of work, Tom enjoys spending time with his husband and their two young children.
 
Kyle Megrath 
Program Director
kyle@gbpflag.org
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., Psychology & and English
Boston College, M.A., Counseling and Mental Health
  With a Masters degree from Boston College, Kyle began his career as a therapist with low-income families in Boston and Brooklyn. During this time Kyle witnessed first hand the levels of oppression which stifle families and youth whose identities are largely oppressed and disenfranchised in our society. This led to a passion for advocacy and systems change. Kyle then went on to several high-profile positions in same-sex marriage campaigns both locally and nationally.  Most recently, Kyle was the Campaign Manager for Hoosiers Unite for Marriage in Indianapolis where he managed a successful campaign to achieve marriage equality in 2014.  Prior to this position, he was the Field Director for Freedom Indiana, an In-District Field Organizer for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, and Regional Field Director for Mainers United for Marriage.  Kyle's mission is to provide social justice work through complex leadership development, culturally competent work, community organizing, intersections programming, and sustainable community change.
 
Franc Castro
Finance and Development Manager
franc@gbpflag.org
Bowling Green State University, B.S.B.A., Accounting &  International Business
  Franc is a recent arrival to the New England area and is extremely excited to be part of the Greater Boston PFLAG team.  Prior to Boston, Franc lived in Miami, Florida for over 20 years where he began his career as a commercial banker and was a Vice President at several global and super regional financial institutions.  During his corporate career, he served on several non-profit boards to include SAVE Dade, Care Resource and the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.  In 2008, Franc transitioned from the corporate world to serve as the Executive Director of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.  During his tenure, Franc was able to diversify the organization’s revenue stream equally between corporate sponsorships, grants, major donor revenues and event ticket sales.  Franc also expanded the organization’s programming from a 10-day film festival in Miami Beach to an additional 4-day film festival in Fort Lauderdale and two monthly screening series for both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  In his free time, Franc enjoys spending weekends with his boyfriend in Provincetown and going to independent films. 
 
Kaelin Cutler Rines
Administrative Assistant
kaelin@gbpflag.org
Keene State College, B.A., French
  Kaelin first joined Greater Boston PFLAG in February of 2015 as an intern and facilitator for GBPFLAG engagements; a year later, she is now the Administrative Assistant and is as excited as ever to continue creating safer environments for LGBTQ people. It is her hopes that through this work she is able to assist in societal changes and prevent students from experiencing the bullying she did in school. When she's not in the office, Kaelin enjoys letting her nerd flag fly and working her way towards graduate school.
 
Board of Directors

Mark Mettler
Chair
Babson College, BS
   Mark Mettler is Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Staples, an active PFLAG volunteer speaker, and a recent addition to the board. Mark has been a speaker for Greater Boston PFLAG for years in school, corporate, and community settings. Mark and his wife Laurie, owner of European Manor (a home furnishings boutique in Wellesley), are proud parents to Maxie, a gender-queer aspiring playwright and student. Maxie’s courageous determination to be out and accepted for who she is has been both an inspiration and a call to action, sparking Mark’s involvement and commitment to sharing his family’s story of unconditional love and acceptance as a way to open hearts and minds.

Rebecca Gilding
Vice Chair & Clerk
Wheaton College, B.A.
Suffolk University, M.B.A. 
New England Law | Boston, J.D.
   Rebecca works as an attorney at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in the Corporate Secretary and Regulatory Support department, which serves as administrator to mutual funds and public companies.  Rebecca earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wheaton College, a Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University, and a Juris Doctor from New England Law Boston.  Rebecca is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar.  For 9 years Rebecca served as a Big Sister through the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.  More recently, Rebecca has served as a Youth Venture Mentor and an Allocations Reviewer through the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  Rebecca is also a member of the United Way Emerging Leaders Fundraising Committee and the United Way Women's Leadership Council.  Rebecca lives in Wakefield with her husband, Javier, their daughter Lucienne and son Adrien. 

Kenneth D. Fund
Treasurer

City University of New York, B.A.
Capital University Law School, J.D.
   Ken has been a valuable member of the GBPFLAG Waltham Support Group for many years.  Ken co-founded Think Residential Realty a boutique real estate agency in Newton Centre, MA.  A Boston-area resident for more than 25 years, Ken currently lives in Newton, MA and is a community volunteer.  He holds a BA from City University of New York and a JD from Capital University Law School.

Deborah H. Peeples 
Board Affairs
Washington University, B.F.A.

   Deb is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG, having previously served as Board Chair. She is also a speaker for PFLAG and SpeakOUT, a support group facilitator, and an advocate for transgender rights. Prior to this she worked as the Executive Director of the ELNA Collaborative, working with Massachusetts middle and high school students to promote leadership skills, social activism and civic responsibility. She also volunteered as an Educational Surrogate Parent. Deborah served for 12 years as an Elected Member and Chair of the Shrewsbury School Committee, 19 years as an Elected Town Meeting Representative, a Trustee of the Worcester Center for Crafts, Chair of the Shrewsbury Democratic Town Committee, President of the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters, Treasurer Friends of the Shrewsbury Library. She has also managed numerous political campaigns. Deborah has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and Massachusetts Community Unsung Heroine Award. She holds a BFA from Washington University. Deborah’s other identities include artist, writer, beekeeper and knitter. She and her husband, Ron, have three adult children.

Ron Ardizzone, Jr.
Chair - Communications Committee

Bentley University, B.A.
   Ron works as a university administrator at Bentley University and is currently the Director of Student Systems.  For the last ten years he has been the staff advisor to PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education), a student organization which provides support and social activities for Bentley’s LGBTQ and Ally community.  He co-chairs the faculty and staff LGBTQ@Bentley Steering Committee and collaborates with his colleagues to promote campus educational and awareness programs such as the Annual Day of Silence, Student Ally Trainings, Annual Rainbow Luncheon and LGBTQ affinity alumni networking events.  In the spring of 2013 Ron was appointed to the board of directors of Greater Boston PFLAG (GBPFLAG) and is member of the executive committee, chairing the communications and technology committee and in July 2014, Ron was elected board chair.  Ron holds a Bachelor’s degree in international culture and economy, and an MBA from Bentley University. 

Meryl Epstein
Chair - Development Committee

Brandeis University, B.A.
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
   Meryl works as a partner in the corporate section at Mintz Levin in Boston where she is the Boston office’s Diversity Chair. She’s been on the Development Committee of Great Boston PFLAG since joining the Board in June, 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, golf and all things foodie-related. Meryl and her partner, Trish Nuzzola, live in Newton and have three adult children between them.

Jeffrey Hoffman
Chair - Budget Committee
University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Cooper Union, B.E. in Chemical Engineering
   Jeffrey is a consultant and an experienced executive who has worked in marketing, strategy and business development, and technology management for both Fortune 500 companies as well as startups. He has extensive expertise in business planning, development, and value proposition optimization. Most recently he was Vice President at a major international steel company, where he launched a new business unit in the USA, with a manufacturing center and a nationwide major distribution network. Previously, he was Director of Technology Assessment and Planning for a $25 billion international materials group. Jeffrey is currently active as a director of 2 non-profit membership organizations, and is a board member of the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee. His hobbies include travel and the studying and lecturing on antique ceramics.  Mr. Hoffman came to GBPFLAG through its support groups. He was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2013. He currently chairs the Budget Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.  He holds a BE in Engineering from The Cooper Union, and an advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Claudia Hoover
Chair – Program Committee
B.A. Women's Studies and Psychology, University of Wisconsin
M.A. Social Psychology, University of Virginia
M.A. Education, Boston College
M.A. Organizational Management, Endicott College  
   Claudia is a long-time activist and ally for civil rights and social justice issues. Currently she works with Greater Boston PFLAG facilitating support groups for parents of transgender children and as a co-founder of the Livingston Pangburn Transgender Access Partnership (TAP). She is also Speak Out volunteer.  Claudia’s day job is teaching fifth graders from whom she learns new things every day.  Cooking, gardening, traveling, art and bird watching are among her relaxations, and are enjoyed most when shared with her daughter Margaret. Claudia holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MA in education from Boston College and an MA in Organizational Management from Endicott College.   

 

Ani Ajemian

University of Vermont, B.A. in Psychology

Suffolk Law School, J.D., concentration in Public International Law

   Ani is an associate in the real estate and leasing group with Goulston & Storrs P.C.  She is experienced in all matters of leasing, acquisition, sale, financing and assessment of environmental issues affecting real property. Ani is also a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and has experience assisting clients on leasing and financing matters related to solar development projects.   Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Ani practiced law at Mintz Levin and Sherin and Lodgen. During law school she worked with the appellate division of the Department of Justice at the US Attorney's Office and also with the Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project.  She represents clients seeking asylum from the federal government on a pro bono basis, and serves as co-chair to the Boston Bar Association’s asylum committee.  She has been named one of the Armenian Bar Association’s “20 Rising Stars Under 40”, and a Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Real Estate since 2012.  Ani lives in the Seaport District of Boston, and enjoys hiking, travel, art and music in her spare time.


Athena Edmonds
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS. Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS. Management
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, CPGS Materials Science & Metallurgy
Lesley University, MFA in Creative Writing
   Athena holds an MFA from Lesley University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Connotation Press and Feminist Studies. She has been awarded writing residencies at Ragdale, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. In the 90's, she founded and managed a series of early stage software venture funds. She holds degrees in Materials Science from MIT and Cambridge University and in Management from the MIT Sloan School.  Currently a member of the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ Youth where she is Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee. Especially interested in issues impacting transgender youth: particularly healthcare and mental health issues.

 

Chris Edwards

Colgate University, B.A. Psychology & Sociology

  Chris is an award-winning advertising creative director who spent nearly 20 years at Arnold Worldwide here in Boston. He started his career as a copywriter working on accounts like Monster.com, the anti-Big Tobacco campaign Truth and McDonald’s(You can blame him for the earworm Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish, Gimme that fiiiiiiiiish.) He recently left his full-time position as EVP, Group Creative Director to go freelance so he could devote more time to other writing endeavors including his memoir BALLS due out in the fall of 2016. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and is a sought after keynote speaker. 

Roberta Likley

Bryant University, BS

University of Connecticut, MA 

   Roberta is a Vice President and Investment Project Portfolio Lead for Compliance and Risk at Brown Brothers Harriman where she has worked for over 12 years.  She is currently a volunteer and key contributor to BBH’s Boston Women’s Network and Annual United Way Campaign.  Roberta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance from Bryant University and a Master’s Degree in Education, Sport Management and Sociology of Sport from the University of Connecticut.  Roberta is a long-time supporter of LGBTQ causes and organizations including the Human Rights Campaign and is a recent addition to the Greater Boston PFLAG board and a member of the Development Committee.  Roberta has been a resident of Cambridge for more than 10 years.


Benjamin Meshoulam
B.A., Tufts University
M.Sc., London School of Economics
J.D., Northeastern University

  Benny as a Senior Policy Advisor and Assistant Attorney General in the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.  In this capacity, he helps develop and advance legislative and policy priorities in areas including consumer protection, insurance and financial services, and civil rights.  He recently spearheaded efforts to update the state's landmark anti-bullying law, in order to ensure that it provides meaningful protections to vulnerable populations, including LGBT students.  He is also involved in efforts to update the state's civil rights laws in order to protect transgender individuals from discrimination in places of public accommodation.


Martin Mitchell
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, B.S., Business Management
Emmanuel College, MS, Human Resource Management
   Martin is the Director of Talent at Ocean Spray Cranberries. Since joining Ocean Spray in 2006, Mitchell has been involved in all aspects of talent acquisition, workforce planning initiatives, and human capital management.  Prior to working at Ocean Spray, Mitchell spent more than 10 years in various human resource roles within the financial service and non-profit industries in the Boston area. I decided to join the GBPFLAG Board after attending several Pride and Passion events.  I love the mission work of GBPFLAG – especially the education and support programs that GBPFLAG offers to the local community.  By being a board member I aim to support parents and family members who may be struggling with understanding their LGBT children and assist in making Boston a more inclusive and welcoming community.  I’ve been fortunate to have very supportive friends and family in my life – but I know that it is not the case for all LGBT people.  I joined GBPFLAG to make a difference for those people!  In addition to Greater Boston PFLAG, Martin also serves as a Board Member of the Babson Graduate Center for Career Development’s Employer Advisory Board. Martin lives in Shrewsbury, MA with his partner Greg.

Whitney Rauschenbach
Bowdoin College, A.B.
   Whitney is a responsible investing professional with expertise in marketing and communications targeted at institutional investors, wealth managers and advisors. She is currently Vice President and Head of ESG Marketing, Americas, for MSCI Inc., an independent provider of research-driven insights and tools for institutional investors globally. In this role, she oversees marketing, events, sponsorships, and thought leadership for MSCI’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and index products. Since 2012, Whitney has been co-leader of Boston’s WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy) chapter, a women’s industry group focused on bringing ESG, impact and responsible investing to the mainstream through a global network of young professionals. Whitney has volunteered for the Massachusetts Committee for LGBT Youth and for Greater Boston PFLAG at the annual Pride and Passion gala. She is an active member of the LGBTQ community in greater Boston and enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, skiing, sailing and travel.


John Rosario-Perez, Psy.D.
Brown University, B.A. 
Tufts University, M.A. 
Doctor of Psychology, William James Graduate College of Psychology 
  John is a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA.  For many years he was on the staff of the Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health service, where he trained and supervised clinical interns as well as counseled students. He was a liaison to the Tufts LGBTQ Center from 2001- 2005.  During his time at Tufts he became aware of the struggles that many trans students face in obtaining trans-sensitive health care, especially in the area of mental health.  It was this experience that inspired him to join Greater Boston PFLAG, and he looks forward to educating health care providers about the needs of trans people and the broader LGBTQ community.

Tina Rose
Trinity College, B.A. in History
Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Publishing Procedures Course
   Tina is President and CEO of TRA360, a full-circle communications agency she founded in 1991. As a senior executive with 30+ years’ professional experience, Tina specializes in business development, virtual team management, creative problem solving, and enhancing business relationships. Prior to starting TRA360, Tina worked in computer hardware, computer software, and academic settings for 10 years. Tina is Chair of the Arlington Street Church Prudential Committee and a member of the Fenway Health Leadership Circle. Tina is a transgendered person, previously married, and a father of two twentysomething children. She is an avid bike rider who raises thousands of dollars each year for non-profit organizations, is a soccer fanatic and serious amateur player, who loves baking, knitting, and traveling in her spare time.

Christopher Somma

Bates College, B.A. in Religion and Sociology

University of New Hampshire, J.D.
   Christopher is a senior attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP where he has a diverse creditors’ rights-based practice focusing on commercial workouts for institutional lenders and national businesses and lender liability defense.  He also advises clients on compliance issues and programs associated with consumer bankruptcy and consumer protection laws.  Christopher has extensive experience representing clients in distressed loan workouts, forbearances, restructurings, commercial and residential foreclosures, UCC foreclosure sales, distressed portfolio and asset sales, property disposition, creditors’ rights and insolvency, origination of commercial real estate loans, asset-based and structured-based finance, note and mortgage sales and other issues surrounding OREOs.  Christopher came to Greater Boston PFLAG in an effort to further its mission in creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed.  Christopher lives in Durham, New Hampshire and is an outdoor enthusiast.  He enjoys beekeeping, gardening, taking care of his four dogs and playing football and hockey.


Phyllis Swanson-Welton
Assumptions College, B.A. Mathematics & Philosophy
Episcopal Divinity School, M.A. Theological Studies
Norwich University. M.A.Diplomacy, concentration in International Commerce
  Phyllis has extensive professional experience in the Financial Services and Higher Education Administration industries, where she most recently was a Vice President and Product Manager in BNY Mellon Treasury Services' Business Strategy & Market Solutions group.  Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2007, Phyllis was the Financial Administrator for Budget & Finance of Harvard College, and also worked in financial management capacities at Dartmouth College and Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Phyllis is passionate and committed for ensuring that LGBT youth and their families receive the support that they need through education and advocacy, and she is excited to partner with the Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG in strengthening its mission.  Phyllis is especially interested in meeting the needs of families of transgender youth.
 
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Greater Boston PFLAG board members are active participants in PFLAG events and activities.