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  • Erin - for PRIDEErin grew up in South Burlington and bought her own home there in 2011. She married her long-time partner, Nathalie in August of 2015. Nathalie is from Montreal so they spent the first two years of their marriage navigating the very complicated and time consuming immigration process. Their dream to share a home here in Vermont has finally come true. Erin and Nat share a love of animals and have many of them, all rescues. Their dog Puff was adopted from BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Lebanon. He is a special needs dog, missing his two back feet. They have also adopted from the Montreal SPCA and the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

    Erin graduated from Champlain College in 1999 and began a career in Wealth Management. At the same time she was starting her career, she began volunteering at the Women’s Rape Crisis Center (now H.O.P.E. Works). She was asked to join the WRCC/H.O.P.E. Works Board of Directors in 2005 and served as Board Chair from 2006-2012. She continued volunteering on the H.O.P.E. Works Development Committee until the summer of 2016 when presented with the opportunity to join the Board at the Pride Center of Vermont. As a former SafeSpace volunteer, she was familiar with PCVT and thrilled to get more involved.
  • McCarver-Reyes photoMichael McCarver-Reyes is a relatively new resident of Vermont.  He and his husband, Albert, bought a home in the Champlain Islands in 2013.  After commuting back and forth between Manhattan and Grand Isle, they opted to permanently leave NY and become full-time Vermonters in 2016.

    Michael began working with the LGBTQ community in the late 1980’s in NYC.  During the height of the AIDS crisis, he served on the Board of Directors of Community Health Project (currently Callen-Lorde Clinic).  Community Health Project was the first community-based HIV clinic in the US.  In addition to serving on the board, Michael was a volunteer at the clinic and worked directly with patients, physicians, and counselors.  He also marched regularly with Queer Nation to protest anti-LGBTQ violence, and participated in the 1992 ACT UP March on the White House.

    Michael’s experience working at an HIV clinic during a time when a hostile administration was threatening to quarantine HIV+ people gives him a unique perspective when dealing with the current political challenges to our community.

    Most recently, Michael managed global content, creative, and copyedit services for WebMD, on online healthcare publisher.  Currently, Michael and Albert are the owners of Champlain Islands Candy Lab, making small-batch, handcrafted chocolates using locally sourced ingredients.
  • ryanpicRyan is a Vermont transplant relocating in 2008 from the west coast to join his partner, Kel (a native Vermonter). He is a queer transman and parent of 5 children and one relatively new son-in-law. 

    Ryan is a recognized thought leader, presenter, researcher, educator and author with nearly 20 years combined professional experience in organizational and leadership development, equity, diversity and inclusion, and college-level teaching. Ryan’s research has included leveraging queer and trans* identities to challenge heterocisnormativity. He has published articles on transexperience and co-authored a chapter on trans parenting in the book Trans Bodies Trans Selves.

    Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies where he authored the dissertation, (Trans)forming the family, a narrative inquiry into the experiences of transgender parents. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Education and has numerous certifications relating to leadership and organizational development and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • image2Norman Medina moved to Vermont the fall of 2015 after almost 10 years of work in the nonprofit and public health sectors in Philadelphia, PA. His passion for supporting LGBTQI communities and research was discovered more than two decades ago, when, after graduating from college, he started to work in the Ministry of Health in Perú, his country of origin.  Norman describes his first visit to the Pride Center of Vermont as an inspiring moment. After meeting the staff and learning about the work they do, he had no doubt he wanted to be part of The Pride Center of Vermont.  Besides supporting the Board of Directors, Norman, works at UVM School of Medicine and volunteers at the Medical Center. When he is not working or volunteering, he enjoys exploring Vermont with his husband David by taking long walks in the woods or around the lake with Benson, their lovely dog.
  • albertAlbert, a relatively new resident of Vermont, is a former NYC resident and grew up in the NYC metro area. He moved here full time with his husband, Michael, and two dogs, Ernie and Stella in 2016. Albert, coming from an economically underprivileged background and of Latino descent, took a profound interest in inner city education, starting his career in public education in at-risk schools in the Bronx as a NYC Teaching Fellow. Following that, Albert spent the past 25 years in medical education, communications, and marketing, serving the last 10 years as VP of Strategic Marketing and Client Solutions at WebMD.

    After a lot of soul searching and looking for the next inspiration, Albert decided to attend culinary school at Ecole Chocolat in Paris, France, to become a certified chocolatier. He and his husband subsequently cofounded Champlain Islands Candy Lab in 2017, a small batch artisanal chocolate company dedicated to creating unique flavors from homemade Vermont-inspired extracts, spices, and produce. In addition, Albert is the founder of Champlain Islands Consulting, a consulting service that specialize in message development, marketing strategies, and strategic consultation. In particular, Albert specializes in medical writing and is the author of regularly published bylines for physicians:

    https://www.medpagetoday.com/resource-centers/advances-in-copd/better-treatment-approach-patients-mild-to-moderate-exacerbations-copd/1411

    https://www.medpagetoday.com/resource-centers/lymphoma/epidemiology-vte-hematological-cancers-scandinavian-study/1767

    Albert is extremely honored to join the board and is looking forward to contributing his marketing and communication skills to create more streamlined and effective outreach that meets the needs of our entire LGBTQA community.
  • EEC7CEB74AB54497B5837518147C9C61Art has a life long love of Vermont having annually visited family as a kid and having gone to college in VT.  He and his partner, Wayne (a native Vermonter), met 25 years ago in Boston, first bought a home in Vermont’s Upper Valley about 20 years ago, and have been married for 10 years.  Art works in banking with a focus on risk management within commercial lending.    

    "We moved to Burlington in 2013 and since then helped with the formation of the LGBTQIA Alliance of VT, volunteered at the Pride Center with Momentum, and volunteer/are on the steering committee for Out in the 802 often with a focus on getting various groups and organizations to come together given the belief that the combined forces of the community offer the ability to make new connections and ties, and ultimately helps make the community stronger."

    Art is honored to have joined the board of an organization that serves such a strong LGBTQI+ community. He recognizes our community is our strength, is built on the sacrifices and courage of many people over the years, and hopes to further build on that strength with the Pride Center for all the members of the LGBTQI+ community.        

  • More info to come.

 

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