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Greater Boston PFLAG
85 River St., Suite 3A

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.
President

Northeastern University, Ed.D.
UCLA, M.Ed.
Babson College, BS

Tom’s strong management background combined with his cultural competence as a leader and advocate make him the ideal choice for the position of President. Previously, Bourdon was Director of the LGBT Center and Co-Chair of the Social Justice Leadership Initiative at Tufts University.  Prior to his work at Tufts, Bourdon 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.  
 
 
KT Merseles
Administrative Manager, Program/Development Associate
Clark University, B.A., English
 
KT's background is in community organizing, fundraising, and donor management. Upon graduation she took the first opportunity to organize for national non profits such as Planned Parenthood, Freedom to Marry, Oxfam America, and Obama for America (2012). She has been with Greater Boston PFLAG since December of 2012 and has presented in over 50 locations across MA. She and her canine companion, Rex, can be seen either in the PFLAG office in Waltham, volunteering for political campaigns, or hiking around the New England area. 

Board of Directors

Ron Ardizzone, Jr.
Chair

Bently University

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. 

Deborah H. Peeples 
Vice Chair

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.

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.

Susan Teague
Clerk
California State University, Long Beach, B.A., B.S., M.S.
 
Susan joined the Board of Directors in 2013 but has been involved in PFLAG since 2003 in California, Oregon, and Massachusetts. She began speaking with PFLAG and SpeakOut in Massachusetts in 2005 and in 2010, provided speaker training to PFLAG groups in two different counties in California. In addition to speaking, she volunteers for the HelpLine and the One-on-One Parent Support. Outside of PFLAG, Susan is a member of the AIDS Advisory Panel, which has been funded by the CDC to create the standards in Massachusetts for Exemplary Sexual Health Education. She is also a mentor for a young person through Children’s Friend and Family Services. Since 1998, she has worked throughout the United States and Canada for Miltenyi Biotec, a German biotech company, including technical support, marketing, and sales. She has undergraduate degrees in both biology and German from University of Santa Clara and a graduate degree in Immunology from California State University at Long Beach.
 
Doris G. Brodhead
Chair - Communications Committee
Yale University, M.B.A
Smith College, B.A.
 

A management consultant by training, Doris has focused on marketing and business strategy for non-profit and for-profit organizations.  She was a founding partner of a marketing strategy and design firm, and was a consultant with Mitchell Madison Group. She has a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Yale School of Management.  She has been a longtime political and women’s rights activist.  She served on the Board of MassChoice (now MassNARAL), the pro-choice political advocacy organization and was a field organizer on the ERA.  She is a member of the Northeast Chapter of Nurturing Minds, a non-profit which supports girls’ education in Africa.  Doris and her spouse, Susan Tracy live in Newton, MA and have a middle-school and a high-school student in the Newton public schools.

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.


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.

Beth-Anne Halpert
Chair - Board Affairs

University of Connecticut, B.A.
University College, Dublin, M.A. 
New York Law, J.D.
 

Beth-Anne is a lawyer who works at the firm of Adelson Loria & Weisman P.C. in Boston.  Beth-Anne has served on the PFLAG board for six years and is a former chair of the Programs Committee.  For many years she volunteered in the Wayland public school system and held the positions of chair and vice chair of the PTO, President of the Wayland Public Schools Foundation and served on various other committees.  Beth-Anne has also been on the fundraising committees of Children's Hospital and Horizons for Children.  She has degrees from the University of Connecticut, University College Dublin and New York Law School.  She and her husband, Jonathan, have three adult children.

Jeffrey Hoffman
Chair - Budget Committee; Finance 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.


Nan Ives
University of Massachusetts, B.A, M.A.

Nan Ives is a 24-year veteran of Fidelity Investments and has held multiple leadership positions in corporate communications, brand management, marketing and social responsibility.   During her tenure at Fidelity she has held the following roles: SVP of Sponsorship Marketing, VP Employee Engagement and Brand Awareness and VP of Communications.  Nan received a BA from Castleton College and a MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Claudia Hoover

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.   

Rebecca Gilding

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, and their daughter, Lucienne.

 
Mark Mettler
Babson College, BS
 
Lisa Steinberg
 
Ian Witherby
Boston College, MSW

Ian is a final year MSW student at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, on the Social Innovation and Leadership track. His participation with Greater Boston PFLAG began last year as a graduate intern working with Pam Garramone. Ian is Executive Director of Lighthouse Counseling and Resource Center, non-profit initiative devoted to connecting vulnerable populations to mental health services through the use of innovative technologies. Currently, LCRC is implementing a program designed to connect at-risk LGBTQ youth in the Boston area to supportive mentors and safe spaces via their smart phones, a project for which Ian and his team placed first in Boston College’s Social Innovation Day. He also works with The Home for Little Wanderers’ research & evaluation department. Ian serves on the programs committee and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

 
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Greater Boston PFLAG board members are active participants in PFLAG events and activities.