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Rex Butt, Interim Executive Director 

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We welcome Rex, who will be transitioning from being a stalwart volunteer and board member to being our new Interim Director. Rex is an avid activist and ally, as well as the proud father of a transgender daughter. In addition to being the author of Now What? A Guidebook for Families with Transgender Children, Rex has been a long-time, passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. Prior to moving to Vermont a year ago, Rex served on the Board of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center and co-founded the Kingston, NY PFLAG Chapter. He has presented workshops and trainings at conferences and organizations across the nation and has mentored hundreds of families with LGBTQ loved ones..

At the Pride Center, Rex has been an integral member of the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Project, and through his work as facilitator for the Families, Partners, Friends, and Allies of Trans Adults he has assisted many individuals in learning to better support their transgender loved ones. We look forward to having Rex at the helm as we move through this transition.. Rex is eager to engage our community and wishes for all to know that his door is open. 

 

Josie Leavitt, Development Director

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Josie Leavitt is thrilled to be Development Director of the Pride Center and to give back to the LGBTQ community. Josie owned the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne for twenty years before working at the Pride Center. Performing and teaching and stand up have long been passions for her. She has been named Best Comic in Vermont by Seven Days four times and has won a Moth Storytelling Slam. She has taught humor writing and comedy at Champlain College and CCV. When she's not working, performing or writing she can be found at the dog park with her spirited dog, Allie, who often comes to the Center for meetings.

 

 

 CATARINA CAMPBELL, SafeSpace Program Director and Direct Services Advocate

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Catarina is a feminist, queer woman of color, survivor who is also the director and direct service advocate for the SafeSpace Program with the Pride Center of Vermont. Grounding her work in self-determination and intersectionality, Catarina strives to break the isolation that survivors of violence face through solidarity, service, and advocacy.

 

 

 

 

MIKE BENSEL, Health and Wellness Director

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Mike Bensel is Health and Wellness Program Director at Pride Center of Vermont.  He has been an HIV/AIDS educator, tester, advocate, and has a strong queer programming background working with Outright Vermont, SafeSpace and serving on the founding board of Pride Center of Vermont. Having a rich history with the center allows Mike to have a strong connection to the mission and values of the organization. As a queer man committed to social change, he is closely connected to the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention and education within our LGBTQ communities.  Because of the Pride Center’s collaborative culture and commitment to social justice, it has been a longtime personal objective to work toward shared success with such a dedicated team. Mike is a Tobacco Cessation Counselor

 

Jess Novak, SafeSpace Coordinator of Education

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Jess is a queer, non-binary activist rooted in simplicity and abundance whose passion lies in carving out space for folks to realize the revolutionary power of their own stories. In and out of years and through a variety of venues, Jess has had the privilege of doing this work in the LGBTQ+ community and is incredibly grateful to make a home at the Pride Center of Vermont. Jess is eager to collaborate to build a more radical understanding of the intersections of identity, healing and hope. As a fierce lover of all things communal, Jess is humbled by the opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from folks across the state of Vermont in hopes of fostering conversation and creating space for connection.

 

 

 

JULIA BERBERAN, SafeSpace Program Coordinator

juliaJulia is a queer activist who is dedicated to raising awareness about social justice issues and fostering safer, more supportive communities. She is honored to have this opportunity to work with and for the LGBTQH community, at an organization that embodies many of her personal goals and ideals.
 
Julia is excited to engage the broader community in conversations about LGBTQH identities and the various challenges faced by LGBTQH individuals in Vermont. She is interested in continually learning and expanding her understanding of identities, issues and the intersectionality of oppression. She is committed to serving survivors of violence in a compassionate, survivor-centered manner. In her position with SafeSpace she hopes to support survivors along their paths of healing and increase the visibility of the SafeSpace Program..
 
She looks forward to connecting with people throughout the state to expand the Pride Center’s network, build community and work for social change in Vermont.

 

Travis Miller, Health & Wellness COORDINATOR

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Travis moved to Burlington, VT shortly after receiving a B.A. from SUNY Potsdam where he was a double major in Psychology and Music with a concentration in Bassoon. His time in Potsdam was well spent fine-tuning and growing the organization Potsdam Okuma Taiko, and focusing on his studies while providing services for students in crisis through SUNY Potsdam's Peer Counseling internship program. This year, Travis served on the committee that organized the annual Pride Vermont Festival and Parade.  
 
Travis will be working with the Health and Wellness team, coordinating GLAM,  Pride Center's Mpowerment Program. His strong sense of empathy, determination, and understanding serve as his foundation for being a community builder and leader. He hopes that through this role he can engage with the community to help prevent and educate folks about HIV/AIDS and help reduce the stigma surrounding it. Travis also facilitates the running group, Pride Runs.
 
I would like to thank everyone at PCVT for welcoming me into an environment that fosters attitudes of integrity, acceptance, and advocacy. Being able to give back to a community who has welcomed me with an outstanding attitude is, and will continue to be, the fuel that keeps my passion for doing nothing but excellent work for the Pride Center of Vermont."
 

TAYLOR SMALL, HEALTH AND WELLNESS COORDINATOR

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Taylor Small is a Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies, with a minor in Gender Identity and Sexuality Studies. Taylor is committed to community building and youth empowerment, as seen through her previous work at the Howard Center, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services. She has a clear passion and drive to support the larger LGBTQ+ community of Vermont and volunteers heavily at Outright Vermont where she also serves as a board member. Taylor is a fierce activist by day, and at night she becomes the wildly entertaining Nikki Champagne. Nikki can be found all around town supporting LGBTQ+ events including First Friday, Burly Bear, Pop Up and more! Nikki is also a co-host of The T, alongside Emoji Nightmare, a local TV production that focuses on arts and activism across the state of Vermont.

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