Members of the Commission

Chair of the Commission

Arthur Lipkin, ChairArthur Lipkin, Ed.D., is Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth. He taught the first course on GLBT school issues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, directed the Safe Colleges Program of the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, the state Project for the Integration of Gay & Lesbian Youth Issues in School Personnel Certification Programs, and Project 10 East at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He is the author of Beyond Diversity Day: A Q & A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools (Westview Press, 1999) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Youth. He also taught in the Cambridge Public Schools for 20 years.

Members of the Commission

Michel Anteby, MPA, PhD is an Associate Professor in the organizational behavior area at the Harvard Business School. He has taught in the School's MBA, doctoral, and executive programs. His research mainly examines organizational and occupational cultures, more specifically their interplay with morals and meanings of work. He holds a joint Ph.D. in management from New York University and in sociology from EHESS in Paris. Prior to joining the Commission, he volunteered as a mediator at the LGBT Community Center in New York.

Tom Bardwell works for the AIDS Action Committee providing health and human services to homeless and street-involved youth. Tom is an active member on the Homeless Youth Providers Network and offers trainings on Harm Reduction Strategies to best serve youth populations for Boston's non-profit industries. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Tom is an actor and youth advocate who fuses spoken-word and African dance into his live performances. He has performed all over North America including Montreal and Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, D.C., New York, Providence, Portland, Hartford and Philadelphia.

Colby Berger, Ed.M, LCSW is the Executive Director of Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring. Previously she was Director of GLBT Services at The Home for Little Wanderers where she helped to open and oversee Waltham House, the nation's first co-ed group home for GLBT adolescents. Additionally Colby created services for GLBT foster and adoptive families and provided training and consultation on GLBT youth and families to child welfare agencies and education systems throughout the country.

Landen Burke is a graduate student at Boston University studying clinical social work. He is passionate that all youth, including LGBT youth, should live in a supportive community. Landen has worked at local domestic violence agencies, schools, and residential treatment facilities supporting children and adolescents.

Eleni A. Carr, MBA, LICSW is Chief of Medical Social Work at Cambridge Health Alliance. She has over 15 years of experience leading human service organizations and 12 years in the field of child, adolescent and family services at The Home for Little Wanderers. Eleni is committed to issues of social justice especially as it relates to race, gender and socio-economic class diversity. Eleni holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Business Administration from Simmons College and recently served as a Board member and Delegate Representative for the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts chapter. Eleni has been a Commissioner and Executive Committee member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth since 2006.

Pedro Carrasquilo, Ed.M, MA is a high school Spanish teacher at Wellesley High School. At the MTA he serves as chair of the GLBT Issues Committee and has presented Safe School Workshops & Courses. He is a member of the National Education Association and the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

Robert Coulter is a Master of Public Health student at Boston University School of Public Health and works as a Research Assistant at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Newton. He is a member of both the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Massachusetts Public Health Association. In November 2010, Robert presented research on the associations between cyberbullying and mental health outcomes among youth in the MetroWest region at the annual APHA meeting.

Julian Cyr has extensive health policy and health advocacy experience. Recently, he worked as a harm reduction counselor and men's health project coordinator at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, a consultant with the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative in New York, and interned in the Executive Office of the President at the White House. He studied public policy and community health at NYU.

Valerie Fein-Zachary, MD is a radiologist in breast imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is an instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School. She is on the Board of Directors of Fenway Health Center and sits on the Board of MassEquality. She is a member of the national Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and Women in Medicine.

Errol Fields, MD, PhD, MPH is currently a resident physician in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. Additionally, he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence, Health Disparities Post-Graduate Fellowship and a clinical preceptee in HIV Medicine with the Boston HAPPENS Program - an HIV/AIDS initiative for urban adolescents. 

Pam Garramone taught elementary school and designed and presented personal development workshops. As Greater Boston PFLAG's executive director, she conducts educational programs in middle and high schools statewide, and in community, corporate, and religious organizations. Pam is a graduate of Oswego State University, where she earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a Masters in Education.

Donna L. Harlan is currently the Regional Assistance Director for the Berkshire District and School Assistance Center and parts of the Pioneer Valley District and School Assistance Center, for the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  For 11 years she served as a superintendent and associate superintendent of schools in Massachusetts.  She has served as an educator for 43 years.

Kathleen Henry was born in Worcester, MA and attended Manhattanville College and Marquette University. Kathleen is the former Chair of Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, first Chair of Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and past President,co-founder, and current Treasurer of The Friends of GLBT Youth. Kathleen is a member and ad hoc Artistic Director of Credo Liturgical Dance Company, author of Critical Mass, The Book of Enneagram Prayers and several other short stories, articles, and poems and musical compositions. Married for 42 years, Kathleen is a resident of Jamaica Plain, MA.

Kenneth Heideman is currently the director of publications for the American Meteorological Society. For nine years he served as a civilian research meteorologist in the United States Air Force. He is a member of the GBPFLAG Board of Directors and held several leadership roles with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. He is the father of two children and lives in Concord, MA.

Renee M. Johnson, Ph.D., MPH is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the BU School of Public Health. She has worked at the Harvard School of Public Health on firearm injury prevention among children and youth, and remains a core faculty member with the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center. Her current research centers on adolescent risk behaviors, including suicide, multiple types of violence and substance use. Through the New Connections Program, Renee received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine violence experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in Boston public high schools.

Stewart Landers is currently a senior consultant at John Snow, Inc., a public health research and consulting firm. Stewart has been involved in LGBT activism since coming to Boston in the 1970s. He was the Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and recently acted as Senior Program Director for Commissioner John Auerbach. Stewart is a member of the American Public Health Association , the Massachusetts Public Health Association and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Mike Langlois is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Smith College School for Social Work. Mike has over 15 years of experience counseling adults and families as a licensed clinical independent social worker. He serves on the NASW GLBT Issues Committee and as adjunct faculty at Boston College and Harvard Medical School.

T. C. "Chris" Mattocks is completing his 47th year in public education. He received his M.Ed. in School Administration and his Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Montana State University. Over the last 30 years, he has served as school superintendent in Montana, Idaho, and Massachusetts, and for nine years as a college professor at Idaho State University and Bridgewater State University. As a school leader, and as a college professor, Chris has been active in educating others about the high price a victim pays when discriminated against due to race, sexual orientation, gender, or religious preference.

James Maynard, MDiv is Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, MA. The Institute is a clinical trials unit for multiple NIH funded international networks focused on HIV prevention research and Jim's job is to actively engage the community as full partners in that work locally, nationally, and internationally.  He has two grown sons and lives with his husband in Salem, MA.

Danielle Murray - Westwood. Bio forthcoming.

Alishia Ouellette is a firefighter/EMT with the Danvers Fire Department. She also worked as a small business owner/mechanic for over 25 years repairing trucks, heavy equipment and emergency vehicles. She is an active member of the transgender community and a political activist. She serves NAGLY as a board member, Outreach and Education Coordinator and an adult advisor. Alishia is a member and a diversity trainer for the Gay Officers Action League of New England. She is a founding member of the North Shore Transgender Alliance, a member of the Mass Transgender Political Coalition and camera-person for Gender Education and Media (GenderVision)..

Susan S. Rees has over thirty years of experience in the field of education. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the ACCEPT Education Collaborative headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, promoting excellence and innovation in educational practice. Susan served on the Executive Board for the Massachusetts Federation for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) serving as their Child and Youth Advocacy Network representative in Washington DC from 2006-2009. She currently serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Organization of Education Collaboratives (MOEC). She has six grown children and lives in Brookline with her husband.

Erika Rickard is a law clerk for the Massachusetts Appeals Court and has a background in international LGBT family law and juvenile justice. Erika is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association's Committee on Transgender Inclusion. She also works at Harvard College as an LGBT tutor and adviser to the group Girlspot, advising young adults on everything from coming out to queer activism.

John M. Rivera is a senior at Lawrence High School. He serves as a legislative intern to the Lawrence City Council and previously interned for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in constituent services.

Susan Ryan-Vollmar is an independent media relations and communications consultant working with issue-oriented nonprofits. She served as the editor-in-chief of Bay Windows and South End News during the height of the civil marriage debate in Massachusetts. She has also been news editor of the Boston Phoenix and Director of Communications and Interactive Technology for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. 

Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, Adolescent sub specialist and HIV care provider (AAHIVS), who has been providing primary and consultative care to Boston youth for more than 30 years. In addition to providing primary care in the Adolescent/Young Adult practice at Children's Hospital, she is Director of the Boston HAPPENS Program. She has past experience running the school health program in New York City, and since 2009 serves as Regional Medical Director for Metro-Boston DYS Health Services, overseeing a team of nurse practitioners caring for youth in five residential programs. Cathryn is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is currently Chair of the Massachusetts Adolescent Health Council.

Gunner Scott is the Executive Director of The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and has been with the organization since its founding in 2001. He is nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on Transgender Rights, LGBT health issues, and LGBT partner abuse. He is on the Board of Directors for the Equality Federation, a founding steering committee member of the Transgender Advocacy Network, and a national coalition of state and local level transgender political groups. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard College.

Nora Shea is a junior at Belmont High School. Nora is the co-president of Belmont High School's Feminist Alliance, volunteers at Planned Parenthood, and is an active member of Belmont High's Gay Straight Alliance. Currently she is the Student Group Coordinator for Amnesty International at Belmont High School where she facilitates group education, coordinates outreach and fund-raising campaigns. Nora's interest in social justice and equality makes her excited about the opportunities to effect positive changes on a state-wide level.

Leandra Smollin, MA is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Northeastern University.  Leandra is a Lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies at Northeastern, and a volunteer at the North Shore Alliance of GLBT youth (NAGLY). Currently, she is conducting qualitative research on dating conflict and violence among queer adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts. 

Grace Sterling Stowell - Cambridge. Bio forthcoming.

Phillip Veysey - Boston. Bio forthcoming.

Micaela Walsh is currently a student at Newton North High School and an officer of the Newton North Gay-Straight Alliance. She was a founding member of the Day Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance while attending. She also founded the Kids' Social Action Club at Horace Mann Elementary School while attending. In 2008, she was awarded the Irene Bickelman Junior Youth Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Last summer, she was the first high school student to intern at the Feminist Press at CUNY.

Ronald White is currently the Chief Program Officer for Samaritans, Inc.  He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Ronald and his husband live in Boston, MA.

David Wilson has been an active member of the LGBT community for over 20 years. David and his husband, Rob Compton, were one of the seven same-sex plaintiff couples that sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the legal right to marry in the Goodridge vs. The Department of Health law suit. David currently serves on the Board of MassEquality and the National Board of Directors and Business Council of the Human Rights Campaign. He has collaborated with the Multicultural AIDS coalition and JRI Health to bring relevant programming to Boston Youth of Color. In addition, he serves as a speaker, role model and mentor with the JRI Youth of Color at risk programs, PFLAG and GLSEN. David currently is a consultant specializing in race, gender and LGBT diversity training. His client base includes Corporate, Non-profit and Community based organizations offering Local, State-wide and National diversity training programs.

Corey Yarbrough is the founder and current Executive Director of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. He previously served as program manager at Let's Get Ready, a Boston based non-profit that works to expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing FREE SAT preparation and college admission counseling.