Gay Sons and Mothers Board of Directors
Guy is director of diversity and inclusion offerings at IBM where he defines IBM’s diversity and inclusion offering strategy aligned with long-term enterprise objec- tives. A member of IBM’s “Out Executive” network, Guy is committed to his work with LGBTQ issues in the workplace.
Shaun Russell is an experienced grants administrator with a demonstrated history of working in both hospital and higher-education settings, currently working as senior Grant administrator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he Provide full life cycle management for approximately 20 investigators. He has substantial experience federal (primarily NIH, NSF, DoED) agencies as well as various foundation/industry sponsors.
Phyllis Aldrich is an experienced educator who teaches humanities in a town just north of Boston and cares deeply about her students and her colleagues. This mother of two children enjoys every moment of time spent with them. Phyllis is an avid reader and also enjoys running and hiking. She is, in addition, the mother of a gay son and is incredibly pleased to be involved with Gay Sons and Mothers.
Patricia is a psychologist and educator focusing on cultural issues and intersecting identities. She is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group, Faculty Fellow with Fielding Graduate University, and her books reflect research interests in diversity-driven initiatives, Latinx mental health, women’s leadership, and multicultural guidelines for professional development.
Kaylene is a proud mother of two gay sons who she raised in Utah. She was active in the Mormon church but left after her sons came out. She leads parent friendship circle’s and parent support groups at Encircle, a LGBTQ+ family resource center in Utah. She was on the Committee for Equality Utah Gala, and is a member of Mama Dragons, a support group for mothers with LGBTQ+ children.
Pamela is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has worked as a supervisor/ teacher in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH/Harvard. She is also a singer, performer, and performance coach and is part of the all-women performance group Tongue in Cheek.
Gerald Garth has over ten years of leadership development, training, and capacity-building and currently serves as director of operations for the Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease (AMAAD) Institute, providing programs and services to LGBTQ+ communities of color in South Los Angeles. Garth is also an actor/director and editor/writer, having worked with such publications as Chill, Heart & Soul, The Advocate, and Plus magazine.
Oren is a prolific and influential artist/de- signer working in brand identity, interior design, and architecture. He is a graduate and current professor of the Rhode Island School of Design, specializing in entrepre- neurship, and a senior designer at Elkus Manfredi Architecture in Boston.
Gay Sons and Mothers Advisory Board
JOSE ALFARO – Survivor/Educator about Sex Trafficking
TOBI GOLDFUS – Educator, Psychotherapist, Author
ANNIE GARCIA KAPLAN – Development Officer Yale New Haven Health Services
JOHN MCDONALD – Producer, Director and Community Theatre Founder.
DONALD MEICHENBAUM – PhD, Author
JOHN O’NEIL – Performer and Director
JIM PETOSA – Theatre Artist, and Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University
SUSAN PINCO, PhD – Educator and Psychotherapist
KELLY RIPPON – Author and Olympic Parent
PAULA VOGEL – Playwright
JACOB WERDEN – Student and Recipient for O4O (Out For Undergrad).
Gay Sons and Mothers Honorary Board Member
SUSAN LOEBL – activist, mother, author (The Mothers’ Group of Loss, Love, and AIDS)