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Gay Sons and Mothers Board of Directors

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.
Annie Garcia Kaplan Gay Sons and Mothers
Annie is the development officer for cor- porate and foundation giving at Yale New Haven Health Services. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a masters in business administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Hartford, and has won numbers awards.
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.
Cary Raymond Gay Sons and Mothers
Cary specializes in the creation, imple- mentation, and management of compre- hensive image development, marketing, strategic philanthropy and PR programs. An award-winning graphic designer, he also creates designs for a broad range of print, web, and other digital projects. He holds degrees in design from the Univer- sity of Florida and in architecture from Syracuse University.
Jim Petosa Gay Sons and Mothers
Jim is an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader. He has served as director of the School of Theatre (College of Fine Arts, Boston University), and artistic director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Cen- ter for the Arts. He established the Boston Center for American Performance.
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 contrib- utes 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.
John McDonald Gay Sons and Mothers
John founded the Quincy Community Theatre and served as its president, as well as being executive producer and director of many critically acclaimed theatricals events before founding his own company. John also has a diverse background in various fields including national tours and on Broadway.
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.
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.

Gay Sons and Mothers Advisory Board

JOSE ALFARO – Survivor/Educator about Sex Trafficking
TOBI GOLDFUS – Educator, Psychotherapist, Author
JOHN O’NEIL – Performer, Director
ELIZABETH LOWREY – Principal Elkus Manfredi Architecture
PAULA VOGEL – Playwright