Prideworksforyouth.org
Allies: Sharing the Struggle

Presenter:

Honor Adams

Affiliation:

My Sister's Place

e-mail:

hadams@mspny.org

About the Presenter:

Honor Adams has a BA in Spanish and Women's Studies from SUNY New Paltz where she studied Spanish at the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain and interned for the Battered Women's Services and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Honor continues to work towards her passions, advocacy and justice, through her work as a Community Educator for the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention.

 

 

Presenter:

Richard Agostinho

Affiliation:

University of Connecticut

e-mail:

Richard.agostinho.2009@trincoll.edu

About the Presenter:

Rich Agostinho is a student at the UConn School of Social Work and a graduate of Trinity College. He is working at Noah Webster Micro Society Magnet School in Hartford as a social work intern, and has worked at the Grace Webb School. Rich is a former member of the Board of Directors of True Colors, Inc. and is on the Board of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. As a youth activist, Rich was an organizer for the Queer Prom and the True Colors Conference and one of the organizers of a politically active youth group called Queer & Active. He has presented at National Lesbian and Gay Task Force's Creating Change, NYAC'S Youth Summit, and True Colors.

 

 

Presenter:

Nathan Belyeu

Affiliation:

The Trevor Project

e-mail:

Nathan.Belyeu@TheTrevorProject.org

About the Presenter:

Nathan is the Community Programs Manager at the Trevor Project and is based in New York City. Nathan speaks to youth and adults across the country about The Trevor Project and how to create more supportive environments for youth. Nathan oversees the wide array of education programs offered by the Trevor Project as well as developing and implementing new programs.

 

 

Presenter:

Ryan Cassata

Affiliation:

Ryancassatamusic.com

e-mail:

ryancassatamusic@aim.com

About the Presenter:

Ryan Cassata is a 17 year old transgender activist and musician from New York. Ryan has spoken at over 25 schools and conferences and has played over 200 concerts. You may have seen Ryan on The Tyra Banks Show or The Larry King Show. Ryan has two CD's out, "Distraction" EP and "The Theme Of Humankind" LP.

 

 

Presenter:

J. R. Cehonski

Affiliation:

CANDLE/TRUST Rockland - www.facebook.com/youthpridercny

e-mail:

youthpride@candlerockland.org

About the Presenter:

J.R. is the Youth Pride Coordinator for CANDLE in Rockland County, and organizes retreats for LGBTQ youth, including Common Threads, Queer Spirit Camp, and Change the World: A Young Queer Activists' Retreat. He feels privileged to be Professionally Queer - providing education, support and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the Hudson Valley. J. R. is very excited to be back at PrideWorks for a 2nd year to help you begin your understanding of all things queer.

 

 

Presenter:

Rob Conlon

Affiliation:

GLSEN Hudson Valley

e-mail:

ulsterny@chapters.glsen.org

About the Presenter:

Rob is an active volunteer currently serving as the Co-chair for the GLSEN Hudson Valley Chapter and is on the GLSEN National Advisory Council. Rob is a Founding Member involved in the development of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and has facilitated support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS and numerous youth programs. Rob is employed as the Statewide Program Manager for the Children's Centers in New York courts, providing quality, drop-in childcare and linkages to services for over 56,000 children annually. He is a graduate of New York University and holds a Masters in Counseling from Mercy College.

 

 

Presenter:

Susan A. Conte

Affiliation:

Graduate School, College of New Rochelle

e-mail:

sconte@cnr.edu

About the Presenter:

Dr. Susan A. Conte is a clinical social worker and an associate professor at the College of New Rochelle where she teaches graduate students in the Guidance and Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling programs. Her research on self-injury was driven by her love of working as a counselor of adolescents and young adults. She believes that her clients are the experts and she wants to help them to speak for themselves about their experiences. She is very concerned that young people who are LGBTQ have higher rates of at-risk and suicidal behaviors than their heterosexual peers. She would like to understand why and to find ways to help.

 

 

Presenter:

Meredith deChabert

Affiliation:

Rye Country Day School

e-mail:

meredith_dechabert@ryecountryday.org

About the Presenter:

Meredith is the Assistant Head of School and the first Director of Diversity at RCDS. For over 15 years she has worked in independent schools. Meredith has spearheaded a number of important diversity initiatives, including drafting a diversity mission statement and a diversity strategic plan. She also designed and conducted a two-year diversity audit of RCDS's entire PreK-12 curriculum, which included collaboration with 10 area schools to produce a review of best practices in curricular diversity. Meredith's training in Anthropology and her doctoral work in Education, Culture, and Society continue to fuel her passion for diversity work with multiple constituencies.

 

 

Presenter:

Eva Dolgin

Affiliation:

My Sister's Place

e-mail:

edolgin@mspny.org

About the Presenter:

Eva Dolgin, MSW, is a Deputy Director of Programs at My Sisters' Place, where she supervises all training, education, and prevention programs, including the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Program, Operation Safety, for medical providers, the Sister-In-Law volunteer accompaniment program, and the Self Sufficiency Program that helps survivors envision and move towards self-sufficient lives. Prior to joining My Sisters' Place, Eva worked as the LGBTQ Coordinator and Advocate at Victims Assistance Services, where she worked directly with victims of crime, providing advocacy, counseling, and specialized LGBTQ services and trainings. She is a facilitator of TRUST, a support group for LGBTQ and allied teens, and Queer Spirit Camp for LGBTQ people aged 18-24. Eva received her BA from Vassar College with a major in Women's Studies and a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and received her MSW from Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service.

 

 

Presenter:

Tom Dougherty

Affiliation:

Student

e-mail:

doubleshottom@aim.com

About the Presenter:

Tom is a freshman in college and has participated in a number of LGBTQ conferences and retreats. He is excited to be presenting at PrideWorks for the first time! As the result of many of Tom's experiences, both amazing, and not-so-nice, he has come to know himself better and hopes to help others on their journey. It is one of Tom's goals to help everyone be more open-minded, respectful, and self-aware. You can read more about Tom in his interview for www.wearethyouth.org at www.wearetheyouthproject.blospot.com/2011/03/my-story-tom.html

 

 

Presenter:

Donna Festa

Affiliation:

Private Practitioner

e-mail:

dfestalcsw@optonline.net

About the Presenter:

Donna Festa, LCSW, is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Social Work. For the last 12 years, she has been the Coordinator of the Gateway Program, a Mental Health Program for the LGBTQ community at Westchester Medical Center. She is currently on the faculty of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Westchester Division. She has been on the faculty at Fordham University, NY Medical College and Westchester Community College.

 

 

Presenter:

Douglas Geiger

Affiliation:

Manhattanville College

e-mail:

douglasageiger@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Dr. Douglas Geiger is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Manhattanville College. He is also a member of the Westchester County LGBT Advisory Board. Dr. Geiger has worked in higher education for 22 years, also serving as adjunct faculty and higher education consultant.

 

 

Presenter:

Pat Griffin

Affiliation:

Changing The Game: The GLSEN Sports Project - www.sports.glsen.org

e-mail:

sportsproject@glsen.org

About the Presenter:

Pat Griffin is Project Director for Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Sports Project. She wrote a book entitled Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sports. She played basketball, field hockey and swam at the University of Maryland. She coached high school basketball, field hockey and softball in Maryland, and coached swimming and diving at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

 

Presenter:

Jake Grinsted

Affiliation:

The Fresh Air Fund

e-mail:

prideworks@jakeg.net

About the Presenter:

With over 9 years of experience in the non-profit world and a lifetime spent using the latest gadgets and online services, Jake enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to bridge the gap between people and technology. Throughout his time at The Fresh Air Fund - one of New York City's foremost not-for-profits - Jake has taken countless opportunities to educate youth on the internet's advantages and dangers.

 

 

Presenter:

Kate Hollywood

Affiliation:

Queer Spirit Camp

e-mail:

lepetitchou42@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Kate has led numerous workshops and discussions on LGBTQ issues. She is an advocate and aspiring filmmaker who wants to make the world a better place.

 

 

Presenter:

Dominique L. Humans

Affiliation:

Artist

e-mail:

savagery@me.com

About the Presenter:

Dominique, who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. She was instrumental in the development of the techniques in this workshop, having come up with several effective bully-deflecting techniques after being relentlessly bullied in school. She also illustrated 15 Ways to ZAP a Bully!.

 

 

Presenter:

Jackie Humans

Affiliation:

Jackiehumans.com

e-mail:

jackiehumans@me.com

About the Presenter:

For the past 7 years Jackie has presented anti-bullying programs to students and parents across Long Island. She wrote 15 Ways to ZAP a Bully! because her daughter, who was bullied relentlessly in middle school, came up with a general strategy for taking the fun out of bullying for the bullies. Her ideas are the basis for this workshop.

 

 

Presenter:

Glenis Hunter

Affiliation:

My Sister's Place

e-mail:

ghunter@mspny.org

About the Presenter:

Glenis has a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from SUNY New Paltz where she worked as a peer counselor and student trainer for the Oasis program, a suicide and homicide assessment program. She also has been a victim's advocate and residential and hotline counselor at the Grace Smith House, a domestic violence shelter. Her passion for advocacy and prevention education is evident in her current role as a Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Community Educator.

 

 

Presenter:

Sam Iwen

Affiliation:

Queer Spirit Camp

e-mail:

ripley.s.grey@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Sam Iwen is a youth leader from the Boston area. He has been working with youth organizations since he was 17 years old. He has a variety of interests and is generally fun to be around.

 

 

Presenter:

Chip James

Affiliation:

Clarkstown Central School District, CANDLE

e-mail:

chipjames@optonline.net

About the Presenter:

Chip James, LCSW, is a trainer for CANDLE, a social worker in Clarkstown Schools and a psychotherapist in Nyack. He is a speaker for the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. Chip has been a founding member of the Common Threads Youth Empowerment Retreat for LGBTQ teens, and has been a facilitator for TRUST, a weekly group for LGBTQ teens and allies, both administered by CANDLE

 

 

Presenter:

Angela Maddalone

Affiliation:

Palisades Presbyterian Church

e-mail:

angel91760@aol.com

About the Presenter:

Reverend Maddalone entered seminary as a second career student after many years of discernment following her decision to join the Presbyterian Church. She earned a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a Masters in Sacred Theology with an emphasis in Social Ethics and Preaching from Union Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 1999.

 

 

Presenter:

Jen Mainville

Affiliation:

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes

e-mail:

jennifer.mainville@ppsfl.org

About the Presenter:

Jen is Sexuality Educator working with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes for the past four years. She has bright red hair, loves vegan baking and is a bit of a nerd when it comes to reading things about sexuality. She has been the facilitator for the Tompkins County LGBTQ Youth Group for the past year and has loved every minute of it.

 

 

Presenter:

Anthony Marmo

Affiliation:

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic

e-mail:

anthony.marmo@pphp.org

About the Presenter:

Anthony has been doing HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education work for over twenty years and has done Sexuality/Community Education for over five. He was also a special education teacher in NYC. Anthony worked for Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, educating teens and adults around issues of diversity. He has created programs for young men in the Suffolk County probation system and conducts male involvement workshops. Anthony also does outreach on Smart Wheels, the PPHP mobile education van. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Dual NYS Certification for Social Studies and Special Education.

 

 

Presenter:

Kyle Mitschele

Affiliation:

Rye Country Day School

e-mail:

kyle_mitschele@ryecountryday.org

About the Presenter:

Kyle is the Middle School Diversity Coordinator and a 7th and 8th grade history teacher at RCDS, as well as a doctoral student in the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. He and Stephanie Teachout helped found the Middle School GSA at RCDS.

 

 

Presenter:

Cameron Joel Morkal-Williams

Affiliation:

Student

e-mail:

cameron23joel@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Cameron is a pretty cool transboi who likes high school but is glad to be going to college next year. This is his third year coming to PrideWorks, and his first presenting. He thinks a lot about gender and its implications for people, both inside the gender binary and out. He likes to do drag -- both kinds -- and believes in fun, respect, and affirmation.

 

 

Presenter:

GMHC Staff

Affiliation:

Gay Men's Health Crisis

e-mail:

someone@gmhc.org

About the Presenter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenter:

Sarah Elspeth Patterson

Affiliation:

Planned Parenthood NYC

e-mail:

sarah.patterson@ppnyc.org

About the Presenter:

Sarah Elspeth Patterson, M. Ed., is a sexuality educator and trainer at Planned Parenthood of NYC. She holds an MA in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and a BA in Literature and Women's Studies from Rutgers University. Her concern for the rights of LGBTQ youth began in her teenage years, when she established her high school's first Gay-Straight Alliance. Since then, she has worked with and trained a variety of activists, advocates and educators around social justice for sexual minorities. Previously, she worked with CHEST at Hunter College.

 

 

Presenter:

Kristine Poplawski

Affiliation:

My Sister's Place

e-mail:

kpoplawski@mspny.org

About the Presenter:

Kristine is a Licensed Social Worker currently coordinating the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Program at My Sisters' Place. Kristine received her MSW at Fordham University and her BA in English and Marketing at Fairfield University. She has worked with gender-based violence both in the United States and throughout Eastern Africa to assist women affected by war. Kristine has extensive experience working with youth and developing programming, particularly with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

 

 

Presenter:

Zahara Raine

Affiliation:

Lambda Legal

e-mail:

zraine@lambdalegal.org

About the Presenter:

Zahara Raine is the National Community Educator for Lambda Legal. Raine oversees the Community Education team as it increases Lambda Legal's visibility and participation in public events across the country including Pride celebrations, conferences, and other public engagements. She also develops training and education programs and curricula used by Lambda Legal's staff, partners, and the general public.

 


 

Presenter:

Jallen Rix

Affiliation:

BeyondExGay.com

e-mail:

jallen@doctorrix.com

About the Presenter:

Speaker, author and educator, Jallen Rix has come a long way to be a sex expert. Growing up as a Southern Baptist, he was taught spirituality was heavenly but sexuality was from the devil. While obtaining a B. A. in creative arts and a minor in theology, he also went to great lengths attempting to change his sexuality from gay to straight in an ex-gay ministry - to no avail. That experience set him on a journey of discovery that resulted in earning a Doctorate of Education in Sexology from The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, where he is now Associate Professor. Over the years, Jallen has become an expert on the damaging effects of, and recovery from, the ex-gay movement. He has appeared on TV talk shows, such as Talk or Walk and ABC's News Magazine 20/20. He pens the popular advice column, Sex Ed in Bed. As a sexologist, Jallen creates an accepting and safe environment that provides support, humor and insight for a wide variety of people to raise their awareness for a more positive and healthy sexuality. Learn more about Jallen's background by reading his book Ex-Gay No Way.

 

 

Presenter:

Emily Saltzman

Affiliation:

Planned Parenthood of NYC

e-mail:

emily.saltzman@ppnyc.org

About the Presenter:

Emily Saltzman, MSW, currently serves as the Adult Role Models Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of NYC. While Emily's commitment to sexuality issues began as a teen in the Minneapolis suburbs, her connection to a radical community of organizers, educators and social workers in NYC has allowed her to continue this work through an alternative framework. Building on positions previously held at Gay Men's Health Crisis, Queers for Economic Justice and the Undoing Racism Internship Project, Emily co-developed a Human Sexuality Competency Needs Assessment for schools of social work.

 

 

Presenter:

Miyuki Sasada

Affiliation:

Student

e-mail:

snowflake_20322@hotmail.com

About the Presenter:

Miyuki is a senior in high school. She is Vice President of her GSA and has been an active member since 9th grade. She has attended PrideWorks for 2 years, but this is her first year presenting. She has attended other workshops and conferences, such as HHREC, SAHLS, and CrossRoads at Columbia. She is thrilled to be a student leader, and would love to answer any questions regarding allies, Asian-American identity, etc.

 

 

Presenter:

Betti Schleyer

Affiliation:

The LOFT

e-mail:

estraven2@verizon.net

About the Presenter:

Dr. Schleyer is a clinical psychological in private practice, working with the LGBTQ population. She facilitates the Bisexual Group at The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center.

 

 

Presenter:

Amelia Schwalb

Affiliation:

Student

e-mail:

aschwalb@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Amelia is a high school senior with a passion for all kinds of social justice work and a love of community organizing. She has been involved in queer activism for several years, participating in the YES program at the LGBTQ Center, spitting about growing up queer at various slams, leading the GSA, and running workshops at various conferences and events on gender and sexuality.

 

 

Presenter:

Shane Scott

Affiliation:

University of Connecticut

e-mail:

Shane.Scott@Uconn.edu

About the Presenter:

Shane is currently a student at the UConn School of Social Work and a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. He is working as a school social worker intern at New Britain High School, where he serves as an advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance. He also works at the Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. Shane is heavily involved in the School of Social Work student organization and is co-chair of the PRIDE organization. He has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in schools and residential settings and serves on the Board of Directors for St. Philips house in Plainville, CT.

 

 

Presenter:

Rachel M. Simon

Affiliation:

SUNY Purchase College

e-mail:

rachel.simon@purchase.edu

About the Presenter:

Rachel M. Simon is an adjunct professor of writing, gender studies and film courses at SUNY Purchase College, Pace University, and the college program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Dr. Simon's published poetry collections are Theory of Orange and Marginal Road.

 

 

Presenter:

Lyn Staack

Affiliation:

The Advocacy Center

e-mail:

lstaack@theadvocacycenter.org

About the Presenter:

Lyn is the Youth Community Educator for The Advocacy Center, a domestic and sexual violence services agency in Ithaca NY. She is a thoughtful, out of shape, coffee drinking, country raised, butch queer, parent activist of a somewhat older generation.

Presenter:

Stephanie Teachout

Affiliation:

Rye Country Day School

e-mail:

stephanie_teachout@ryecountryday.org

About the Presenter:

Stephanie is the Director of Student Diversity Programs and 6th grade social studies teacher at RCDS. She helped organize the first Day of Silence Assembly in the Middle School and co-advises the Middle School GSA with Kyle Mitschele.

 

 

Presenter:

David Weinberger

Affiliation:

Hunter College

e-mail:

djweinberger@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

David is a senior political science major and public policy minor at Hunter College. Also the Lead Policy Strategist for the Center on Energy and the Environment with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, David's primary interests lie in policy research and advocacy. Having recently finished up an internship with the Transit-Oriented Development Group at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, David is thrilled to have also completed an internship with the US Department of State this past spring. David now proudly serves as president of the Roosevelt Institute at Hunter, where he works with students to formulate, write, and advocate for progressive public policy.

 

 

Presenter:

Frances Wills

Affiliation:

Educational Consultant

e-mail:

frangwills@gmail.com

About the Presenter:

Dr. Wills served as Superintendent of Schools in Briarcliff Manor for sixteen years until her retirement in 2010. Prior to this, Dr. Wills was Superintendent of Schools in Belfast, ME for five years after twenty years in diverse teaching and administrative positions in Maine. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Educational Administration. Dr. Wills has been active in leadership development and management of all aspects of District operations. She has been recognized for her mentorship of women in administration and educational leadership. During her service at Briarcliff the District was awarded a "Dignity Diploma" from GLSEN. Dr. Wills has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine, Orono and Fordham University and is working with the Center for Educational Leadership at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. She approaches her life-work as an educator through the lens of a metaphor from Emily Dickinson: "Dwell in Possibility."