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Gay Sons and Mothers Board of Directors

Guy Pacitti Gay Sons and Mothers
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.
Donna Besecker Gay Sons and Mothers
Donna is a clinical social worker in private practice in the greater Boston area. For over 35 years she’s practiced psychotherapy and mindfulness. Donna also provides workplace training and consultation on topics related to diversity and organizational change. Donna has served as an adjunct faculty member at both Simmons and Salem State University.
Pamela Enders Gay Sons and Mothers
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.
Patricia Arrendondo 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.
Oren Sherman Gay Sons and Mothers
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.
Bernice Schneider Gay Sons and Mothers
Bernice is an award-winning documentary film editor who trained at MIT’s Media Lab and brings an innate feeling for storytell- ing to her work. She brings viewers close to her characters—often those living on the margins, and the misunderstood—leading the audience to insights into our shared humanity.
Oren Sherman Gay Sons and Mothers
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.
Erlanger Turner Gay Sons and Mothers
Earl is a media psychologist and contributes to US News and World Report and Psychology Today. His research and clinical interests include ethnic minority mental health, race relations, access to behavioral health services, and cultural competency in clinical practice. He has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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.
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
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)