BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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