Debbra Zucker


University of Wisconsin, BBA

Debbra is an independent risk consultant and advocate for LGBTQ youth. She is the
founder & co-chair of LexPride, a community of LGBTQ+ people, family members &
allies in Lexington, MA and founder/co-chair of Lexington’s Student Health & Advisory
Committee’s (SHAC) LGBTQ Subcommittee.
Prior to becoming an independent risk consultant, she was the Global Liability Risk
Manager for PepsiCo including multiple megabrands such as Gatorade, Frito Lay,
Quaker, and Tropicana. She began her career with Marsh, Inc and later joined Willis
Risk Solutions where she focused on complex liability risks and deal-related due
diligence & integration/divestiture strategies. Debbra has served on several profit & not
for profit boards, the largest of which were 2 of PepsiCo’s subsidiary companies:
Mountainview Ins. Co., Inc & Hillbrook LLC, with combined revenues of more than $600
Debbra is a hockey mom who also enjoys hiking, snow skiing & the beach. She & her
husband, Brett Zucker, live in Lexington, MA and have two middle school aged boys.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jon Hover

Vice Chair

Boston University, BSBA

Jon is the Director of Strategy & Operations for Next Street, a mission-driven consulting firm and B Corporation serving small businesses, nonprofits, and the organizations that accelerate their success. In his current role, Jon oversees all aspects of Next Street’s internal management and administration, including financial management and strategic operations, business planning, talent infrastructure, and communications strategy. Prior to this, he spent 8 years in consulting roles leading clients through strategic planning and operational design / implementation engagements. He is passionate about creating community impact and has worked across the small business, economic development, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors throughout his career. Jon is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. A transplant to Boston for more than 10 years, he now lives in Jamaica Plain with his husband, Kyle.

Pronouns: He/him/his

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.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Mark Mettler


Babson College, BS

Mark Mettler is currently on sabbatical from a corporate retail career, recently leaving Staples after 8 years as an senior vice president for merchandising, to focus more of his energy on advocacy and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Mark has been associated with Greater Boston PFLAG for over 5 years, a member of the board since 2014, and board chair since July 2015. Mark also serves on the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ youth, on the safe schools committee, and is active as a volunteer speaker. Mark and his wife Lauren are the owners of European Manor (a home furnishings boutique in Wellesley), and parents to two children, the younger of whom, Maxie, is transgender.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Meryl Epstein

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.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Lori Schechner

SUNY Oneonta – BA Business Economics

Lori is a speaker and longtime advocate for the LBGTQ+ community with a focus on transgender youth. Previously, she worked for 17 years as the Director of Field Operations at The Research Firm, a NY based Market Research firm, which specialized in consumer product testing. Lori is currently a board member of the Lexington Pride Coalition and the Inclusion Committee of Temple Emunah, both providing support and education for the LBGTQ+ community. She enjoys biking and traveling. Lori and her husband have two children and live in Lexington, MA.

Pronouns: She/her/hers