CLAUDETTE DUFF , founder and director of Integrity Senior Services & Board of Directors - Pride Center of Staten Island Claudette is the founder of ISS, an agency that provides in-home mental health counseling and auxiliary services to seniors, the disabled, caregivers, and their families. Claudette has worked with older adults in mental health programs, long-term care facilities and in private practice as a counselor, therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, and administrator. She founded ISS on the principle that everyone has a right to quality mental health care. While working as Team Leader for a program for older adults with chronic mental illness, Claudette recognized a profound lack of mental health services for the home-bound. With few options for in-home counseling, too many older adults and disabled persons go without vital mental health care. As an answer to this problem, Claudette established ISS with a commitment to offering in-home counseling services. Claudette Duff is also the founder and executive director of Out Of the Storm Senior Housing, which is a not for profit organization. The mission is to create affordable, quality homes for seniors when they have outlived their resources, also to provide seniors with a family-like, affordable, and stable living arrangement. The homes are located in residential neighborhoods and provide a warm, comfortable and safe living environment. Because the residences are private homes in the community, the stigma of institutionalization is removed. With the dependable routine and stability provided by the home, the senior residents enjoy as much independence, dignity, companionship, and peace of mind as possible. Claudette Duff was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Brooklyn and has lived on Staten Island since 1972. She received a BA in Art Education from Brooklyn College in 1978, an MPS in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in 1993, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1998. Claudette has been practicing in the mental health field as an art therapist, social worker, and administrator since 1980. She has been qualified as an expert witness on matters pertaining to geriatric mental health, elder care and elder abuse, and has testified on the behalf of seniors in court cases throughout all five counties of New York City. She has two daughters, Claudia and Mercedes, and one grandson, Michael. Claudette Duff has been a member of the Staten Island Inter Agency Council for Aging since 1998 when she worked for the former St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of Staten Island. In addition to her involvement with the IAC, Claudette is on the board of Community Health Action of Staten Island, and served on the auxiliary board of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island. She is a former member of the board for the New York Society for Clinical Social Workers and Soroptimist International of Staten Island. Since 2005, Claudette has been a member of the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee for the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She is a member of the Bucks Business Network and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Pride Center of Staten Island and her work promotes a safe and welcoming place for Staten Island gay and lesbian community.

CLAUDETTE DUFF , founder and director of Integrity Senior Services & Board of Directors - Pride Center of Staten Island

Claudette is the founder of ISS, an agency that provides in-home mental health counseling and auxiliary services to seniors, the disabled, caregivers, and their families. Claudette has worked with older adults in mental health programs, long-term care facilities and in private practice as a counselor, therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, and administrator. She founded ISS on the principle that everyone has a right to quality mental health care. While working as Team Leader for a program for older adults with chronic mental illness, Claudette recognized a profound lack of mental health services for the home-bound. With few options for in-home counseling, too many older adults and disabled persons go without vital mental health care. As an answer to this problem, Claudette established ISS with a commitment to offering in-home counseling services.

Claudette Duff is also the founder and executive director of Out Of the Storm Senior Housing, which is a not for profit organization. The mission is to create affordable, quality homes for seniors when they have outlived their resources, also to provide seniors with a family-like, affordable, and stable living arrangement. The homes are located in residential neighborhoods and provide a warm, comfortable and safe living environment. Because the residences are private homes in the community, the stigma of institutionalization is removed. With the dependable routine and stability provided by the home, the senior residents enjoy as much independence, dignity, companionship, and peace of mind as possible.

Claudette Duff was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Brooklyn and has lived on Staten Island since 1972. She received a BA in Art Education from Brooklyn College in 1978, an MPS in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in 1993, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1998. Claudette has been practicing in the mental health field as an art therapist, social worker, and administrator since 1980. She has been qualified as an expert witness on matters pertaining to geriatric mental health, elder care and elder abuse, and has testified on the behalf of seniors in court cases throughout all five counties of New York City. She has two daughters, Claudia and Mercedes, and one grandson, Michael.

Claudette Duff has been a member of the Staten Island Inter Agency Council for Aging since 1998 when she worked for the former St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of Staten Island. In addition to her involvement with the IAC, Claudette is on the board of Community Health Action of Staten Island, and served on the auxiliary board of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island. She is a former member of the board for the New York Society for Clinical Social Workers and Soroptimist International of Staten Island. Since 2005, Claudette has been a member of the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee for the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She is a member of the Bucks Business Network and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Pride Center of Staten Island and her work promotes a safe and welcoming place for Staten Island gay and lesbian community.

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DAVID KILMNICK, PHD, MSW, CEO, The LGBT Network David has more than 23 years of experience working on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the community and advocate for equality under the law. David founded Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) in 1993 and has led the organization through growing and developing substantially in its 22-year history including the purchase of the first LGBT community center on Long Island. The most significant growth was in 2005 when David established The LGBT Network (The Network) to expand services for Long Island’s LGBT community throughout the lifespan. The Network included two other new organizations – the Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center) for adults and families, and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) for seniors so that LGBT Long Islanders of all ages have access to needed programs and services. In 2015 LGBT Network expanded its services into Queens, NY with the opening of the Queens LGBT Community Center. Today, David is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network that serves tens of thousands annually, reaches an additional 80,000 through education and outreach and employs 30 full-time staff members in four Community Centers located in Woodbury, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Sag Harbor, and Queens. The Network in the fall of 2014 announced the first ever affordable housing in the New York tri-state area for LGBT and LGBT friendly seniors in Bay Shore and expanded its service region to include Queens County. With an annual budget of over $3.5 million, The Network service region includes over 6 million people that spans the entire length of the Long Island Expressway from the Midtown Tunnel to Montauk. David has been widely recognized for his work on Long Island, throughout New York State and across the country. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Civil Liberties Union Equality Award and the Lawrence Timpa Humanitarian Award for Professional Service from the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. He is past co-chair of the Board of Directors for Centerlink, the national organization that represents nearly 200 LGBT Centers, was appointed to the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Taskforce in 2009, and was named to the 10th Annual Long Island Press Power List in 2012 and 2013 as one of the 50 most influential Long Islanders. In addition to his innovative work in the LGBT community, David is a professor at several colleges and universities, including University of Maryland-University College in Nonprofit Management, Capella University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and at Walden University in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Kilmnick received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in Social Welfare, where his dissertation focused on heterosexist attitudes and changes following contact with an openly gay instructor.  

DAVID KILMNICK, PHD, MSW, CEO, The LGBT Network

David has more than 23 years of experience working on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the community and advocate for equality under the law.

David founded Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) in 1993 and has led the organization through growing and developing substantially in its 22-year history including the purchase of the first LGBT community center on Long Island. The most significant growth was in 2005 when David established The LGBT Network (The Network) to expand services for Long Island’s LGBT community throughout the lifespan. The Network included two other new organizations – the Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center) for adults and families, and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) for seniors so that LGBT Long Islanders of all ages have access to needed programs and services. In 2015 LGBT Network expanded its services into Queens, NY with the opening of the Queens LGBT Community Center.

Today, David is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network that serves tens of thousands annually, reaches an additional 80,000 through education and outreach and employs 30 full-time staff members in four Community Centers located in Woodbury, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Sag Harbor, and Queens. The Network in the fall of 2014 announced the first ever affordable housing in the New York tri-state area for LGBT and LGBT friendly seniors in Bay Shore and expanded its service region to include Queens County. With an annual budget of over $3.5 million, The Network service region includes over 6 million people that spans the entire length of the Long Island Expressway from the Midtown Tunnel to Montauk.

David has been widely recognized for his work on Long Island, throughout New York State and across the country. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Civil Liberties Union Equality Award and the Lawrence Timpa Humanitarian Award for Professional Service from the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. He is past co-chair of the Board of Directors for Centerlink, the national organization that represents nearly 200 LGBT Centers, was appointed to the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Taskforce in 2009, and was named to the 10th Annual Long Island Press Power List in 2012 and 2013 as one of the 50 most influential Long Islanders.

In addition to his innovative work in the LGBT community, David is a professor at several colleges and universities, including University of Maryland-University College in Nonprofit Management, Capella University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and at Walden University in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Kilmnick received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in Social Welfare, where his dissertation focused on heterosexist attitudes and changes following contact with an openly gay instructor.

 

CHRISTIAN FUSCARINO, Founder, The Pride Network Christian is an LGBTQ community leader, and founder of The Pride Network. He is the former Northeast Region Coordinator for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, where he worked with high school GSAs for six years. In 2007 Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer for urban gay youth. That same year he won the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Student Emmy" award for his "End the Silence" public service announcement raising awareness of anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he was recognized as Hofstra Man of the Year for his student organizing work on campus. Christian has been recognized by President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and members of Senate for his dedication to the LGBTQ community. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.  

CHRISTIAN FUSCARINO, Founder, The Pride Network
Christian is an LGBTQ community leader, and founder of The Pride Network. He is the former Northeast Region Coordinator for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, where he worked with high school GSAs for six years. In 2007 Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer for urban gay youth. That same year he won the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Student Emmy" award for his "End the Silence" public service announcement raising awareness of anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he was recognized as Hofstra Man of the Year for his student organizing work on campus. Christian has been recognized by President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and members of Senate for his dedication to the LGBTQ community. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 

JIM SMITH, Board of Directors - Pride Center of Staten Island

JIM SMITH, Board of Directors - Pride Center of Staten Island

TINA ARNIOTIS, Founder - Chutney Pride  Tina best known in the community as "MotherGay," is a pioneer for bringing awareness in local communities for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT) of Caribbean descent based on acceptance and mutual respect. Tina was born and raised in Queens, graduating Far Rockaway High School and briefly attended Cornell Business before enlisting into the Navy. Her parents are both of different origins - her father is Greek and Italian and her mother a Hindu of Indian descent from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Tina always identified more with her mother's Caribbean culture because of the love she has for her family, food, music and warm positive energy of the Caribbean people, who are well known for their welcoming hospitality and festive social gatherings. But she never felt accepted as an openly gay woman and wanted to re-create a comfortable environment without any discrimination or judgement for her LGBT friends.  Tina founded Tropical Kings & Queens in 1997 - the first Queer Caribbean social group in Queens, NY and launched the first Caribbean gay party and is now succeeded today as Chutney Pride, Inc - a nonprofit organization advocating for LGBT people of Caribbean descent in the New York area. Tina continues to bring folks together in a safe, close to home like atmosphere by hosting annual events such as the "Big Truck" which has become the Carnival destination for gay people in the NYC Gay Pride March, "Hallo-Queen" (Halloween event) and other social group outings. 

TINA ARNIOTIS, Founder - Chutney Pride 

Tina best known in the community as "MotherGay," is a pioneer for bringing awareness in local communities for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT) of Caribbean descent based on acceptance and mutual respect.

Tina was born and raised in Queens, graduating Far Rockaway High School and briefly attended Cornell Business before enlisting into the Navy. Her parents are both of different origins - her father is Greek and Italian and her mother a Hindu of Indian descent from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Tina always identified more with her mother's Caribbean culture because of the love she has for her family, food, music and warm positive energy of the Caribbean people, who are well known for their welcoming hospitality and festive social gatherings. But she never felt accepted as an openly gay woman and wanted to re-create a comfortable environment without any discrimination or judgement for her LGBT friends. 

Tina founded Tropical Kings & Queens in 1997 - the first Queer Caribbean social group in Queens, NY and launched the first Caribbean gay party and is now succeeded today as Chutney Pride, Inc - a nonprofit organization advocating for LGBT people of Caribbean descent in the New York area.

Tina continues to bring folks together in a safe, close to home like atmosphere by hosting annual events such as the "Big Truck" which has become the Carnival destination for gay people in the NYC Gay Pride March, "Hallo-Queen" (Halloween event) and other social group outings. 

MONIQUE "MO" GEORGE, Community Voices Heard & Queens Pride Mo (as she is often called) is currently the NYC Chapter Director of Organizing, with Community Voices Heard (CVH), where she works to advance CVH’s NYC Chapter work, which ranges from welfare and workforce, participatory budgeting, issues to the preservation of public housing in New York City. Mo's organizing experience begun in college where she worked locally with NYPIRG on varies environmental issues. Upon graduation, Mo began working with SEIU Local 1199 as a Union Organizer, Mo worked at 1199 for 10 years. After leaving 1199, Mo moved on to become the Lead Organizer at the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she fought for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Agenda, Mo worked on various statewide campaigns including the organizing strategy to win Marriage Equality across New York State, while also further developing their annual statewide lobby day, from 400 to over 1200 participants annually. After moving on from Pride Agenda, Mo joined CVH to work on something near and dear to her, preservation of Public Housing in New York City. As a proud product of public housing, she feels that her work at CVH will help to preserve public housing. Mo organizing experiences have led her from meetings at the White House, (where she’s met with both past and current Presidents) to becoming a Professional Fellow with the U.S. Department of State through their work with the Greater Lakes Consortium out of Toledo Ohio. This work has allowed her to travel across Eastern Europe several times to places such as Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria to teach community organizing, assist with developing LGBT NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations)  as well as learn about challenges facing varies Eastern European communities, such as the Roma. Mo has served on the boards of AALUSC (African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change), Heritage of Pride (HOP/NYCPride) and she is currently the Board Co Chair for FIERCE!, and a member of Queens Pride. When Mo is not fighting evil, she is usually either traveling, at home reading a good book, or just enjoying New York City with her partner of over 9 years.

MONIQUE "MO" GEORGE, Community Voices Heard & Queens Pride

Mo (as she is often called) is currently the NYC Chapter Director of Organizing, with Community Voices Heard (CVH), where she works to advance CVH’s NYC Chapter work, which ranges from welfare and workforce, participatory budgeting, issues to the preservation of public housing in New York City.

Mo's organizing experience begun in college where she worked locally with NYPIRG on varies environmental issues. Upon graduation, Mo began working with SEIU Local 1199 as a Union Organizer, Mo worked at 1199 for 10 years. After leaving 1199, Mo moved on to become the Lead Organizer at the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she fought for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Agenda, Mo worked on various statewide campaigns including the organizing strategy to win Marriage Equality across New York State, while also further developing their annual statewide lobby day, from 400 to over 1200 participants annually. After moving on from Pride Agenda, Mo joined CVH to work on something near and dear to her, preservation of Public Housing in New York City. As a proud product of public housing, she feels that her work at CVH will help to preserve public housing.

Mo organizing experiences have led her from meetings at the White House, (where she’s met with both past and current Presidents) to becoming a Professional Fellow with the U.S. Department of State through their work with the Greater Lakes Consortium out of Toledo Ohio. This work has allowed her to travel across Eastern Europe several times to places such as Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria to teach community organizing, assist with developing LGBT NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations)  as well as learn about challenges facing varies Eastern European communities, such as the Roma.

Mo has served on the boards of AALUSC (African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change), Heritage of Pride (HOP/NYCPride) and she is currently the Board Co Chair for FIERCE!, and a member of Queens Pride. When Mo is not fighting evil, she is usually either traveling, at home reading a good book, or just enjoying New York City with her partner of over 9 years.

JACLYN M. TACORANTE, Founder, JMT Media Jaclyn is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional with over 15 years of experience in both agency and client-side settings, serving Fortune 500 companies, including Canon, Puma, Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble.  She is frequently a public relations guest speaker and panelist for New York State Council for the Arts, Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Center for Non Profit Success and Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness.  She is the former Director of External Affairs & Business Development for Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a major New York City cultural destination located on an 83-acre campus on Staten Island where she spearheaded all marketing and public relations efforts leading to over 200 plus online and print editorials and features including the coveted Fall 2014 Harpaar’s Bazaar cover featuring the iconic New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.  Prior to that role, she served as the Marketing Director at The Young People's Chorus of New York City, where she helped position the organization to receive the 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.  

JACLYN M. TACORANTE, Founder, JMT Media

Jaclyn is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional with over 15 years of experience in both agency and client-side settings, serving Fortune 500 companies, including Canon, Puma, Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble.  She is frequently a public relations guest speaker and panelist for New York State Council for the Arts, Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Center for Non Profit Success and Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. 

She is the former Director of External Affairs & Business Development for Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a major New York City cultural destination located on an 83-acre campus on Staten Island where she spearheaded all marketing and public relations efforts leading to over 200 plus online and print editorials and features including the coveted Fall 2014 Harpaar’s Bazaar cover featuring the iconic New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.  Prior to that role, she served as the Marketing Director at The Young People's Chorus of New York City, where she helped position the organization to receive the 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

 

NICK ROBINSON, HIV Testing Specialist, Pride Center of Staten Island  Nicholas Robinson is the HIV Testing Specialist at the Pride Center of Staten Island. As a displaced resident of New Orleans as a Hurricane Katrina victim he has found his home here at the Pride Center.   Nick has been working for 5 years now and has submerged himself in prevention work.  He helped start the center’s 'Mpowerment' group "PrideU". Pride U is a group of young men & Trans* women who come together to have real discussions about sex and how to combat HIV in their communities while still keeping a social aspect, and making sure to maintain an HIV neutral space.  Presently he runs the Center's Free and Confidential HIV testing program. This program is utilizing 4th generation testing as well as doing PEP and PrEP screenings and connecting HIV+ people back in to care in cases where they have fallen out of care.   

NICK ROBINSON, HIV Testing Specialist, Pride Center of Staten Island 

Nicholas Robinson is the HIV Testing Specialist at the Pride Center of Staten Island. As a displaced resident of New Orleans as a Hurricane Katrina victim he has found his home here at the Pride Center.  

Nick has been working for 5 years now and has submerged himself in prevention work.  He helped start the center’s 'Mpowerment' group "PrideU". Pride U is a group of young men & Trans* women who come together to have real discussions about sex and how to combat HIV in their communities while still keeping a social aspect, and making sure to maintain an HIV neutral space. 

Presently he runs the Center's Free and Confidential HIV testing program. This program is utilizing 4th generation testing as well as doing PEP and PrEP screenings and connecting HIV+ people back in to care in cases where they have fallen out of care. 

 

ERICA SANTIAGO, Training Coordinator at Person Centered Care Services Erica is the Training Coordinator at Person Centered Care Services (PCCS) an agency that focuses on the Person Centered Approach when working and supporting people with disabilities. She is born and raised in Staten Island and loves the potential for change and growth that the borough finally welcoming. Erica is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from the College of Staten Island with a concentration on Disabilities Studies. 

ERICA SANTIAGO, Training Coordinator at Person Centered Care Services

Erica is the Training Coordinator at Person Centered Care Services (PCCS) an agency that focuses on the Person Centered Approach when working and supporting people with disabilities. She is born and raised in Staten Island and loves the potential for change and growth that the borough finally welcoming. Erica is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from the College of Staten Island with a concentration on Disabilities Studies. 

SHERRI RASE, Jersey Pride Inc & Vice President Member Services - InterPride From her first impromptu speech in 8th Grade at Sunrise Middle School (where she spoke about her favorite pen), Sherri Rase has shown creativity and connection in her public work. A long-term leader with several New Jersey organizations, her board service and strong sense of community feed her work. Sherri offers workshops in communication skills with her company Urban Telegraph and writes theatre and concert reviews, and reviews books, movies and music for online and print publications in the New York Metro area.

SHERRI RASE, Jersey Pride Inc & Vice President Member Services - InterPride


From her first impromptu speech in 8th Grade at Sunrise Middle School (where she spoke about her favorite pen), Sherri Rase has shown creativity and connection in her public work. A long-term leader with several New Jersey organizations, her board service and strong sense of community feed her work.

Sherri offers workshops in communication skills with her company Urban Telegraph and writes theatre and concert reviews, and reviews books, movies and music for online and print publications in the New York Metro area.

KYLE COLLINS, Founder and Co-Chair of DC Leather Pride Kyle also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Capital Pride Alliance. As a member of the Leather and fetish community in Washington, DC, Kyle saw a need to bring the leather community into a more active role with our Pride celebration. After hosting a hugely successful event during Pride 2014, the decision was made to continue hosting events that would reach a broad audience year round and the organization was formally organized in January 2015. Kyle is excited to be hosting his first NERP Workshop.  

KYLE COLLINS, Founder and Co-Chair of DC Leather Pride

Kyle also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Capital Pride Alliance. As a member of the Leather and fetish community in Washington, DC, Kyle saw a need to bring the leather community into a more active role with our Pride celebration. After hosting a hugely successful event during Pride 2014, the decision was made to continue hosting events that would reach a broad audience year round and the organization was formally organized in January 2015. Kyle is excited to be hosting his first NERP Workshop.

 

VICKIE FOSSELLA, LCSW - Counseling Services Manager, Pride Center of Staten Island Vickie is the Manager of the Counseling Services at the Pride Center of Staten Island. In addition to her responsibilities at the Center, she operates her own private practice working with individuals, families and couples of all ages & cultures. Vickie is Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island in their Masters in Social Program and sits on Community Board 1 in Staten Island's North Shore, where she is active in the Health Sub-Committee. Vickie also serves as  Vice Chair of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Committee of Staten Island. Vickie's other community involvement includes working with Project Hope providing support in the area of trauma work for those effected by Superstorm Sandy. She also has been a Life Coach/Specialist at Staten Island Mental Health and has Post-Secondary training as a Social Therapist.  Before becoming involved in her present career & passion, Vickie spent 23 years on the New York Stock Exchange as a Stock Broker.   

VICKIE FOSSELLA, LCSW - Counseling Services Manager, Pride Center of Staten Island

Vickie is the Manager of the Counseling Services at the Pride Center of Staten Island. In addition to her responsibilities at the Center, she operates her own private practice working with individuals, families and couples of all ages & cultures.

Vickie is Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island in their Masters in Social Program and sits on Community Board 1 in Staten Island's North Shore, where she is active in the Health Sub-Committee. Vickie also serves as  Vice Chair of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Committee of Staten Island.

Vickie's other community involvement includes working with Project Hope providing support in the area of trauma work for those effected by Superstorm Sandy. She also has been a Life Coach/Specialist at Staten Island Mental Health and has Post-Secondary training as a Social Therapist. 

Before becoming involved in her present career & passion, Vickie spent 23 years on the New York Stock Exchange as a Stock Broker. 

 

STEVE WAKEMAN, Staff Photographer & Curator -  Pride Center of Staten Island Steve is the Art Curator and Administrative Program Assistant at the Pride Center of Staten Island. He is also President of the Cheez-Doodle Fan Club of America and Chapter Leader of Retired Hair Stylists Anonymous. Steve has been instrumental in many aspects of the Staten Island community for many years from his involvement in Lambda Associates (one of Staten Island's first LGBT organizations) to his historic campaign to save certain areas of the South Beach Recreational Area on Staten Island's shore.  Steve is well known for his drops and kicks on the Island and in Manhattan's many gay bars and clubs since the early 1960's. He has had his photography works appear all over the city and was featured nationally on Ovation TV When he isn't at the Center he can be found behind the lens of his camera in various rambles and trails in the area or spending time with his beloved pooch, Brigid.   

STEVE WAKEMAN, Staff Photographer & Curator -  Pride Center of Staten Island

Steve is the Art Curator and Administrative Program Assistant at the Pride Center of Staten Island. He is also President of the Cheez-Doodle Fan Club of America and Chapter Leader of Retired Hair Stylists Anonymous.

Steve has been instrumental in many aspects of the Staten Island community for many years from his involvement in Lambda Associates (one of Staten Island's first LGBT organizations) to his historic campaign to save certain areas of the South Beach Recreational Area on Staten Island's shore. 

Steve is well known for his drops and kicks on the Island and in Manhattan's many gay bars and clubs since the early 1960's.

He has had his photography works appear all over the city and was featured nationally on Ovation TV

When he isn't at the Center he can be found behind the lens of his camera in various rambles and trails in the area or spending time with his beloved pooch, Brigid. 

 

PAUL D. SANDERS, Regional Director Paul is the Senior Services & Special Events Manager for Pride Center of Staten Island. He is responsible for SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) - Staten Island programming, outreach and marketing as well as directing the overall operations of Staten Island PrideFest, National Coming Out Day Celebration, World AIDS Day and he is also the Volunteer Coordination for the Pride Center. Prior to this role Paul worked for 11 years with electronics retailer, Best Buy in various store leadership roles, including 7 years as the Chair of the New York Metro Area LGBT Employee Business Network. Before that he was an staff member with the Greater New York Councils, BSA in the Learning for Life Program and served as a Camp Program Director. He is an Eagle Scout.  Paul also has been involved in the LGBT Community in other ways including serving on the Board of Directors of Long Island Pride Parade, Way Out Media and Pride for Youth. He was the founder of Pride Alliance of Long Island. He has also volunteered for The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Out in Sayville, NYC Pride Rally, Brooklyn Pride & Queens Pride. He also runs “G-Mets”, an LGBT New York Mets Fan Group. This weekend, Paul is finishing his term on the Board of Director of InterPride and looks forward to devoting his time to being Co-Chair of the Governance Committee. Paul is originally from Long Island, but now resides on Staten Island with Shawn, his husband of almost 16 years. and their family - Daisy, a Maltese and Super Kitty and Rey, the friendly felines.   

PAUL D. SANDERS, Regional Director

Paul is the Senior Services & Special Events Manager for Pride Center of Staten Island. He is responsible for SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) - Staten Island programming, outreach and marketing as well as directing the overall operations of Staten Island PrideFest, National Coming Out Day Celebration, World AIDS Day and he is also the Volunteer Coordination for the Pride Center.

Prior to this role Paul worked for 11 years with electronics retailer, Best Buy in various store leadership roles, including 7 years as the Chair of the New York Metro Area LGBT Employee Business Network. Before that he was an staff member with the Greater New York Councils, BSA in the Learning for Life Program and served as a Camp Program Director. He is an Eagle Scout. 

Paul also has been involved in the LGBT Community in other ways including serving on the Board of Directors of Long Island Pride Parade, Way Out Media and Pride for Youth. He was the founder of Pride Alliance of Long Island. He has also volunteered for The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Out in Sayville, NYC Pride Rally, Brooklyn Pride & Queens Pride. He also runs “G-Mets”, an LGBT New York Mets Fan Group.

This weekend, Paul is finishing his term on the Board of Director of InterPride and looks forward to devoting his time to being Co-Chair of the Governance Committee. Paul is originally from Long Island, but now resides on Staten Island with Shawn, his husband of almost 16 years. and their family - Daisy, a Maltese and Super Kitty and Rey, the friendly felines. 

 

DAVID GOMEZ, Former Executive Board Member- NYC Pride & Long Island Pride David is a man with a transsexual medical history. He has been active in the LGBT community for 30 years. He was the first transsexual on the board of Long Island Pride and was also the first out transsexual to be on the Executive Board for Heritage of Pride which produces NYC Pride. David has also been featured in a documentary about aging in the trans community, a panel member for a transgender question and answer forum during NYC Pride Week and has been interviewed by CNN on this subject matter. Prior to his transition he was one of several editors for the leading lesbian monthly newspaper in Santa Cruz, California – The Matrix.  Finally he is also the best looking man in the universe but shares that title with Paul Sanders.

DAVID GOMEZ, Former Executive Board Member- NYC Pride & Long Island Pride

David is a man with a transsexual medical history. He has been active in the LGBT community for 30 years.

He was the first transsexual on the board of Long Island Pride and was also the first out transsexual to be on the Executive Board for Heritage of Pride which produces NYC Pride.

David has also been featured in a documentary about aging in the trans community, a panel member for a transgender question and answer forum during NYC Pride Week and has been interviewed by CNN on this subject matter.

Prior to his transition he was one of several editors for the leading lesbian monthly newspaper in Santa Cruz, California – The Matrix. 

Finally he is also the best looking man in the universe but shares that title with Paul Sanders.

ALYSSA COTTONE,  SAGE Coordinator The LI LGBT Network As the SAGE-LI Program Coordinator, Alyssa facilitates programs and events that serve the GLBT older adult community. Alyssa coordinates a wide range of programs; anywhere from restaurant outings, museum tours, wellness workshops to weekly Mingles. Alyssa strives to make her programs as enjoyable and welcoming as possible to enhance all members’ overall quality of life and love for their community.  Alyssa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Promotion of Wellness Management & Health Science from Oswego University where she also played for the Women's Rugby Football team. Previously, Alyssa was the Wellness Program Coordinator for Rediscovery of JRI, a group home of 12 young men who aged out of the foster care system, in Boston, MA. Alyssa's drive to help others and advocate for people in need motivated her to choose this field. Outside of the workplace, Alyssa enjoys boating, live music, the outdoors, arts and crafts, and hanging out with her family and five Labradors.

ALYSSA COTTONE,  SAGE Coordinator The LI LGBT Network

As the SAGE-LI Program Coordinator, Alyssa facilitates programs and events that serve the GLBT older adult community. Alyssa coordinates a wide range of programs; anywhere from restaurant outings, museum tours, wellness workshops to weekly Mingles. Alyssa strives to make her programs as enjoyable and welcoming as possible to enhance all members’ overall quality of life and love for their community. 

Alyssa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Promotion of Wellness Management & Health Science from Oswego University where she also played for the Women's Rugby Football team. Previously, Alyssa was the Wellness Program Coordinator for Rediscovery of JRI, a group home of 12 young men who aged out of the foster care system, in Boston, MA. Alyssa's drive to help others and advocate for people in need motivated her to choose this field.

Outside of the workplace, Alyssa enjoys boating, live music, the outdoors, arts and crafts, and hanging out with her family and five Labradors.

MALCOLM CAREY, Treasurer - Boston Pride Committee Malcolm joined Boston Pride in 2004. Over the years, he has been deeply involved in the logistics of all the myriad aspects of Boston Pride’s events. In 2007 & 2008 he coordinated the Boston Pride Parade and in 2008 he joined the Board of Directors. He now serves as Boston Pride’s in house bookkeeper, as well as on the finance committee and corporate governance. Malcolm holds a degree in International Relations from Hawai’i Pacific University and has been working as an accounting professional in the Boston area since 2002. Malcolm’s hobbies include weightlifting, gardening, crochet and video games.  

MALCOLM CAREY, Treasurer - Boston Pride Committee

Malcolm joined Boston Pride in 2004. Over the years, he has been deeply involved in the logistics of all the myriad aspects of Boston Pride’s events. In 2007 & 2008 he coordinated the Boston Pride Parade and in 2008 he joined the Board of Directors. He now serves as Boston Pride’s in house bookkeeper, as well as on the finance committee and corporate governance. Malcolm holds a degree in International Relations from Hawai’i Pacific University and has been working as an accounting professional in the Boston area since 2002. Malcolm’s hobbies include weightlifting, gardening, crochet and video games.

 

MICHELE IRIMIA-BERNABE, Regional Director Michele is an Educational Technology Educator at an elementary school in New Jersey. She is a long time member of Heritage of Pride, Inc. (HOP), aka NYC Pride and currently holds the position of Secretary on the board. She has also held the positions of March Director and Co-Chair. Michele has also been a long time member of InterPride. She sits on the board of InterPride as one of the Regional Directors for Region 6, North East Regional Prides (NERP). Michele is also Co-Chair for the Human Rights Committee.

MICHELE IRIMIA-BERNABE, Regional Director

Michele is an Educational Technology Educator at an elementary school in New Jersey. She is a long time member of Heritage of Pride, Inc. (HOP), aka NYC Pride and currently holds the position of Secretary on the board. She has also held the positions of March Director and Co-Chair. Michele has also been a long time member of InterPride. She sits on the board of InterPride as one of the Regional Directors for Region 6, North East Regional Prides (NERP). Michele is also Co-Chair for the Human Rights Committee.

LAURA POPLE, President- Jersey Pride & Executive Director of Seer Farms

LAURA POPLE, President- Jersey Pride & Executive Director of Seer Farms

JAMIE FARNAM, Co-Chair - Brooklyn Pride Jamie Farnam is a non-profit professional with over 15 years of experience recruiting and training volunteers in program, fundraising, and leadership.  Starting as a volunteer at the pride run three years ago, she is honored to now be serving as the co-chair of Brooklyn Pride.  Working with the rest of the board to make volunteer recruitment and development a priority is one of the accomplishments she is most proud of.  Originally a Jersey girl, she now lives in Brooklyn with her amazing wife, Jeana and her adorable puppy, Luke.

JAMIE FARNAM, Co-Chair - Brooklyn Pride

Jamie Farnam is a non-profit professional with over 15 years of experience recruiting and training volunteers in program, fundraising, and leadership.  Starting as a volunteer at the pride run three years ago, she is honored to now be serving as the co-chair of Brooklyn Pride.  Working with the rest of the board to make volunteer recruitment and development a priority is one of the accomplishments she is most proud of.  Originally a Jersey girl, she now lives in Brooklyn with her amazing wife, Jeana and her adorable puppy, Luke.

FRANK VAN DALEN, Vice President - InterPride Frank van Dalen is former chair of COC Netherlands and Amsterdam Gay Pride. For COC Netherlands the board implemented a new strategy called “High Profile Politics” resulting in society embracing pro-LGBTI-policies. Amsterdam Gay Pride renewed it’s strategy under his leadership broadening en deepening the program. This resulted in a doubled number of participating organisations, drastic increase of media-attention, support from society and twice as many visitors. Frank is chair of the global operating LGBTI Human Rights workgroup of Liberal International and chair of Pride United. For InterPride Frank is developing Pride Radar 2015. Last years he visited and contributed with advocacy to numerous prides in hostile environments.In October Frank got elected vice-president of InterPride. Together with Michele Irimia he is co-chair of the Human Rights Commitee of InterPride.

FRANK VAN DALEN, Vice President - InterPride

Frank van Dalen is former chair of COC Netherlands and Amsterdam Gay Pride. For COC Netherlands the board implemented a new strategy called “High Profile Politics” resulting in society embracing pro-LGBTI-policies. Amsterdam Gay Pride renewed it’s strategy under his leadership broadening en deepening the program. This resulted in a doubled number of participating organisations, drastic increase of media-attention, support from society and twice as many visitors. Frank is chair of the global operating LGBTI Human Rights workgroup of Liberal International and chair of Pride United. For InterPride Frank is developing Pride Radar 2015. Last years he visited and contributed with advocacy to numerous prides in hostile environments.In October Frank got elected vice-president of InterPride. Together with Michele Irimia he is co-chair of the Human Rights Commitee of InterPride.

SUE DOSTER, Co-President-InterPride, Strategic Planning Director-NYC Pride has been a Pride organizer for over 20 years. She has worked with both Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) and Jersey Pride for two decades. She has served in numerous HOP board positions, including Co-Chair, Rally Director, PrideFest Director and Volunteer Coordinator. She currently serves as Strategic Planning Chair of HOP. Her past roles within InterPride have included V.P. Member Services, and Co-Chair of the CSIC and Member Services Committees. In the business world, she has worked for almost 30 years in the non-profit sector, the majority of that at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, where she is the Chief Technology Officer .  

SUE DOSTER, Co-President-InterPride, Strategic Planning Director-NYC Pride

has been a Pride organizer for over 20 years. She has worked with both Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) and Jersey Pride for two decades. She has served in numerous HOP board positions, including Co-Chair, Rally Director, PrideFest Director and Volunteer Coordinator. She currently serves as Strategic Planning Chair of HOP. Her past roles within InterPride have included V.P. Member Services, and Co-Chair of the CSIC and Member Services Committees. In the business world, she has worked for almost 30 years in the non-profit sector, the majority of that at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, where she is the Chief Technology Officer

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PATRICK MCGETTIGAN - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Representative for Peace Corps in Philadelphia, PA Patrick served in Mozambique from 2011-2013 as a Science Education Volunteer. Before that, Patrick was a Marine Science educator in San Diego, California. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Marine Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International & Community Development from Rutgers University.  

PATRICK MCGETTIGAN - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Representative for Peace Corps in Philadelphia, PA

Patrick served in Mozambique from 2011-2013 as a Science Education Volunteer. Before that, Patrick was a Marine Science educator in San Diego, California. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Marine Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International & Community Development from Rutgers University.

 

LIZ IANNONE, MPA, NIC, MA-MHC Ms. Iannone is a graduate of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, having earned a master’s in public administration with a concentration in public policy and social justice.  She also holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from CUNY College of Staten Island and is a Nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter. Disability policy and social justice are a professional, academic, and personal interest of Ms. Iannone. Her extensive professional experience includes senior level administration, managerial responsibilities, policy and legislative advisory, grant writing, and strategic program development and implementation in the public and non-profit sectors.  Additionally, she has ten years of direct consumer experience providing interpreting services for individuals that are deaf and hard of hearing.

LIZ IANNONE, MPA, NIC, MA-MHC

Ms. Iannone is a graduate of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, having earned a master’s in public administration with a concentration in public policy and social justice. 

She also holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from CUNY College of Staten Island and is a Nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter. Disability policy and social justice are a professional, academic, and personal interest of Ms. Iannone. Her extensive professional experience includes senior level administration, managerial responsibilities, policy and legislative advisory, grant writing, and strategic program development and implementation in the public and non-profit sectors. 

Additionally, she has ten years of direct consumer experience providing interpreting services for individuals that are deaf and hard of hearing.

WIL COLEMAN, Executive Director - Pride New Orleans Celebrations

WIL COLEMAN, Executive Director - Pride New Orleans Celebrations

CHAD BALLARD, Casswood Insurance Chad is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has twenty-two successful years in the insurance industry. Prior to moving to California he was employed by American National Insurance, Prudential Property & Casualty and Prudential Financial. He was awarded the prestigious Gibraltar Award while at Prudential, supported many organizations through The Prudential Foundation and was involved with EAGLES – Prudential’s Employee Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Transgenders. Chad served on the Board of Directors as Vice President of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for eight years and was instrumental, along with the AGLCC, in organizing and founding Austin’s annual Pride Parade which he chaired for five years. While involved in Region 3 he attended the 2002 InterPride Conference in San Francisco and the 2003 InterPride Conference in Montreal. During that time he became affiliated with the Casswood Insurance Agency. In 2005 he accepted an Account Executive position with Casswood. Upon moving to Palm Springs, the goal was to focus on his career, relax and have some down time. However, that did not last long. After his first day on the job (September 12, 2005), he attended a Desert Business Association event. By November of that year, he found himself on the Board! Over the next seven years he served in various Board positions, promoted the organization, encouraged individuals and businesses to become Members, attended several CCBO Conferences and represented the DBA at several NGLCC Conferences to help restructure, grow and develop the organization.  In 2008 he was recognized by the DBA as Board Member of the Year and was promoted to Western Region Manager of Casswood Insurance Agency. He served as President of the DBA from 2011-2013 and finally decided to cycle off the Board to enjoy that long awaited down time!  While shifting his focus back on his career he continued to support and participate in the DBA, is no stranger to the Palm Springs business community and was promoted to Vice President of Casswood Insurance Agency in 2014. The DBA recognized Chad at their 2015 Awards Dinner as Business Person of the Year. Last year Chad served on the Diversity Task Force panel discussion at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America national conference and has been invited to participate and promote their national InVEST program. InVEST is an educational program that teams educators with representatives from the insurance industry to provide insurance instruction, exposure to an insurance environment and career opportunities to high school and college students.  Pride events and the organizers or Pride events are very near and dear to Chad. He is thrilled to be employed by the largest gay owned and operated insurance agency in the United States. Casswood has been insuring Pride events for over 30 years and insure 90% of all Pride Events in the U.S.  They have been administering the InterPride Insurance Program since 1994, participating and sponsoring the regional conferences and InterPride AGM. Other organizations he supports include:  Aids Assistance Program, Desert Aids Project, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Hospitality Association and the Human Rights Campaign.  In his free time, Chad enjoys working out, running, playing golf, traveling, spending time with family and friends and sharing life’s adventures with his husband, their dog Lexi and their cat Linus.  

CHAD BALLARD, Casswood Insurance

Chad is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has twenty-two successful years in the insurance industry. Prior to moving to California he was employed by American National Insurance, Prudential Property & Casualty and Prudential Financial. He was awarded the prestigious Gibraltar Award while at Prudential, supported many organizations through The Prudential Foundation and was involved with EAGLES – Prudential’s Employee Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Transgenders. Chad served on the Board of Directors as Vice President of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for eight years and was instrumental, along with the AGLCC, in organizing and founding Austin’s annual Pride Parade which he chaired for five years. While involved in Region 3 he attended the 2002 InterPride Conference in San Francisco and the 2003 InterPride Conference in Montreal. During that time he became affiliated with the Casswood Insurance Agency.

In 2005 he accepted an Account Executive position with Casswood. Upon moving to Palm Springs, the goal was to focus on his career, relax and have some down time. However, that did not last long. After his first day on the job (September 12, 2005), he attended a Desert Business Association event. By November of that year, he found himself on the Board! Over the next seven years he served in various Board positions, promoted the organization, encouraged individuals and businesses to become Members, attended several CCBO Conferences and represented the DBA at several NGLCC Conferences to help restructure, grow and develop the organization. 

In 2008 he was recognized by the DBA as Board Member of the Year and was promoted to Western Region Manager of Casswood Insurance Agency. He served as President of the DBA from 2011-2013 and finally decided to cycle off the Board to enjoy that long awaited down time!  While shifting his focus back on his career he continued to support and participate in the DBA, is no stranger to the Palm Springs business community and was promoted to Vice President of Casswood Insurance Agency in 2014. The DBA recognized Chad at their 2015 Awards Dinner as Business Person of the Year.

Last year Chad served on the Diversity Task Force panel discussion at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America national conference and has been invited to participate and promote their national InVEST program. InVEST is an educational program that teams educators with representatives from the insurance industry to provide insurance instruction, exposure to an insurance environment and career opportunities to high school and college students. 

Pride events and the organizers or Pride events are very near and dear to Chad. He is thrilled to be employed by the largest gay owned and operated insurance agency in the United States. Casswood has been insuring Pride events for over 30 years and insure 90% of all Pride Events in the U.S.  They have been administering the InterPride Insurance Program since 1994, participating and sponsoring the regional conferences and InterPride AGM.

Other organizations he supports include:  Aids Assistance Program, Desert Aids Project, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Hospitality Association and the Human Rights Campaign.  In his free time, Chad enjoys working out, running, playing golf, traveling, spending time with family and friends and sharing life’s adventures with his husband, their dog Lexi and their cat Linus.

 

NICHOLAS TAMBORRA, Trevor Project Nick is a mental health counselor working as a care coordinator at the Jewish Board. He is the Outreach and Advocacy chair for the Trevor Project's volunteer fundraising platform: Trevor NextGen; and is a member of the LGBT Special Interest Group for research under the New York State Psychological Association.

NICHOLAS TAMBORRA, Trevor Project

Nick is a mental health counselor working as a care coordinator at the Jewish Board. He is the Outreach and Advocacy chair for the Trevor Project's volunteer fundraising platform: Trevor NextGen; and is a member of the LGBT Special Interest Group for research under the New York State Psychological Association.

REV. MAURA BERNARD, Asst. Pastor - Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community Rev. Maura is an ordained priest in the Celtic Christian Church, an Independent Catholic denomination. She has a Master’s degree in Theology from Washington Theological Union, and is currently a Professor of Media Arts at Long Island University/C.W. Post campus. Maura has spent most of her life as a radio broadcaster and continues to host a classic rock radio program on WCWP-FM. She is assistant pastor of the Prince of Peace Celtic Catholic Community, which meets on Long Island. The clergy at Prince of Peace have been officiating at same-gender weddings since marriage equality became legal in the New York metro area. Maura has attended numerous Pride events, and marched at World Pride Toronto in 2014 , where she also volunteered at the event’s Interpride booth. Prince of Peace continues to reach out to the GLBT community

REV. MAURA BERNARD, Asst. Pastor - Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community

Rev. Maura is an ordained priest in the Celtic Christian Church, an Independent Catholic denomination. She has a Master’s degree in Theology from Washington Theological Union, and is currently a Professor of Media Arts at Long Island University/C.W. Post campus. Maura has spent most of her life as a radio broadcaster and continues to host a classic rock radio program on WCWP-FM. She is assistant pastor of the Prince of Peace Celtic Catholic Community, which meets on Long Island. The clergy at Prince of Peace have been officiating at same-gender weddings since marriage equality became legal in the New York metro area. Maura has attended numerous Pride events, and marched at World Pride Toronto in 2014 , where she also volunteered at the event’s Interpride booth. Prince of Peace continues to reach out to the GLBT community

REV. MICHAEL TESMACHER, Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community & Former Vice President - Pride Alliance of Long Island Michael is an ordained catholic priest in the Celtic Tradition and Pastor to Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community on Long Island and a soon to be retired Air Traffic Controller who has worked for 29 years at the New York TRACON. After retirement, he will be traveling full time in his new residence, a 2002 Safari Trek motor home Michael is a progressive liberal, activist for equality and gay rights and sometime political junkie. He served as Vice-President of Pride Alliance of Long Island and as Regional Director of GLOBE - the LGBT employee group of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has been to and presented at a few NERP conferences over the years and is looking forward to 2016.  

REV. MICHAEL TESMACHER, Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community & Former Vice President - Pride Alliance of Long Island

Michael is an ordained catholic priest in the Celtic Tradition and Pastor to Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community on Long Island and a soon to be retired Air Traffic Controller who has worked for 29 years at the New York TRACON. After retirement, he will be traveling full time in his new residence, a 2002 Safari Trek motor home Michael is a progressive liberal, activist for equality and gay rights and sometime political junkie.

He served as Vice-President of Pride Alliance of Long Island and as Regional Director of GLOBE - the LGBT employee group of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has been to and presented at a few NERP conferences over the years and is looking forward to 2016.


 

TYM MOSS, Planning Committee - Staten Island PrideFest Tym is a dynamic entertainer and this year he will Host NERP (North East Regional Pride Conference) 2016's Celebration Dinner and Stage Managing Staten Island Pridefest. He is a singer/actor/radio, TV and stage host/writer/producer, etc.  He brings a genuine enthusiasm to every performance.   He has 3 newly released singles out now available on iTunes.  He is performing at all of New York City's Pride events this year. He has appeared in Film, TV, Web Series and Theater.  He is currently involved in the original Off Broadway show called STORIES: THE PLAY, which is in part, based on his real life.   You can hear him every week hosting his internet radio show, Artists Exposed with Tym Moss on BearRadio.net, TalkRadioX.com, and RainbowRadio.fm.    He has been bringing you the top and rising stars in the LGBT community, celebrities and Red Carpet coverage for several years now on his show.   Tym has Co-Hosted Staten Island Pridefest for the last 2 years and this year will be assuming a year round role working on the planning committee.  He will be co hosting Brooklyn Pride for the 2nd time this year. Tym also sang the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" at the first ever Pride Night at the Staten Island Yankees stadium.  He also hosts different live shows around the New York City area including the Video Lounge at the LGBT Expo every spring at the Javits Center.  He is also co hosting some local TV shows as well. Tym was the Founding President of the LGBTQ Community Services Center of the Bronx. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and IMDB at Tym Moss.   

TYM MOSS, Planning Committee - Staten Island PrideFest

Tym is a dynamic entertainer and this year he will Host NERP (North East Regional Pride Conference) 2016's Celebration Dinner and Stage Managing Staten Island Pridefest.

He is a singer/actor/radio, TV and stage host/writer/producer, etc.  He brings a genuine enthusiasm to every performance.  

He has 3 newly released singles out now available on iTunes.  He is performing at all of New York City's Pride events this year. He has appeared in Film, TV, Web Series and Theater.  He is currently involved in the original Off Broadway show called STORIES: THE PLAY, which is in part, based on his real life.  

You can hear him every week hosting his internet radio show, Artists Exposed with Tym Moss on
BearRadio.net, TalkRadioX.com, and RainbowRadio.fm.   

He has been bringing you the top and rising stars in the LGBT community, celebrities and Red Carpet coverage for several years now on his show.  

Tym has Co-Hosted Staten Island Pridefest for the last 2 years and this year will be assuming a year round role working on the planning committee.  He will be co hosting Brooklyn Pride for the 2nd time this year. Tym also sang the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" at the first ever Pride Night at the Staten Island Yankees stadium.  He also hosts different live shows around the New York City area including the Video Lounge at the LGBT Expo every spring at the Javits Center.  He is also co hosting some local TV shows as well. Tym was the Founding President of the LGBTQ Community Services Center of the Bronx.

You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and IMDB at Tym Moss.