BOARD

Debbra Zucker

Chair

University of Wisconsin, BBA

In her role as Board Chair, Deb leans on the experience she gained from more than 25 years as an executive in risk management and insurance with organizations such as Marsh, Willis & PepsiCo where she led diverse global teams, successful sales and customer relations initiatives and change management implementation teams. In addition, Deb has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards most notably, Mountainview Insurance Company – one of Vermont’s largest captive insurance companies. She is also a co-founder and Co-President of LexPride, a local LGBTQ+ pride group in Lexington, MA. Rather than returning to the corporate world after leaving PepsiCo, Deb has chosen to volunteer her time and talents to help grow this amazing organization.

“There was so much we didn’t understand – we were really struggling to know how to support our child and PFLAG was a lifeline for us.”  – Deb Zucker

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Board Member Since 2017

Jon Hover

Vice Chair

Boston University, BSBA

Jon brings more than 10 years of experience working in business strategy and operations, serving in roles over that time as both a management consultant and an internal operator. His work has spanned the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, working for mission-driven organizations at the intersection of small business and community impact. Throughout his career, he has partnered with numerous non-profit executive and board leadership teams on key initiatives as they have pursued strategic growth, organizational change, increased sustainability, and/or deeper impact. In his role as Vice Chair, Jon draws on this work to bring a diverse set of experience to the team spanning strategic business planning, operational management, and communications strategy. He is thrilled to be a part of the team, where he is able to blend his personal connection to PFLAG’s work and passion for local community impact toward such an important mission.

“PFLAG works day in and day out to cut through the noise of today’s society and change the culture of communities from the ground up, which is so important to systemic and long-term change.” – Jon Hover

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Board Member Since 2018

Benjamin Meshoulam

Clerk

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.

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Mark Mettler

Treasurer

Babson College, BS

Mark Mettler has been associated with Greater Boston PFLAG since 2012, a member of the board since 2014, Board Chair 2015-18, and Board Treasurer 2019-2020. Mark also served on the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ youth from 2016-17 and is active as a volunteer speaker. A former senior executive at Fortune 100 companies, Mark consults to consumer products startups, and is the author of “Hell Is The CEO”, a novel about Corporate America.  Mark and his wife Laurie are the owners of European Manor, a home-furnishings boutique in Wellesley, and are parents to two adult children, one of whom is transgender.

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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.

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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.

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