Brent Wright

Brent Wright

Director of Programs

Brent Wright

Brent Wright

Director of Programs

Brent Wright has championed the cause of high-quality service options for families for over 20 years. His roles have included Director of Operations at the Georgia Training Institute, special education teacher, child care center director, career advisor and early intervention specialist. As Director of Programs for Family Equality Council, Mr. Wright is responsible for coordinating our direct-service offerings designed to support LGBTQ parents, their children, extended family members and the allied community across their arc of life. In addition to large-scale annual programs like our Family Week event in Provincetown, Families in the Midwest, and Family Weekend at Disney in California, Mr. Wright’s department also provides support to LGBTQ parents and local LGBTQ parent groups, connecting them to resources and further building community and advancing their lived equality. Mr. Wright and his husband, Sandis, live in the Boston area and are parents themselves to daughters, Olivia and Noelle.

Contact Info

617.502.8700 x 231
brent.wright@familyequality.org

Eric Wilson

Executive Assistant 

Eric Wilson

Executive Assistant 

Eric Wilson came to the Family Equality Council by way of Houston, Texas in early 2014 and serves as the Executive Assistant.   He holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston-Downtown with concentrations in Political Science, Psychology, and Urban Education, and is currently pursuing a MS in Political Science through the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  He previously served as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Independence Heights Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Houston’s historic Independence Heights neighborhood.  His interests include politics, comedy, theatre, and University of Michigan football & basketball (Go Blue!).  

Contact Info

617-502-8714

EWilson@familyequality.org

Kim Simes

Midwest Regional Manager

Kim Simes

Midwest Regional Manager

Kim Simes is the Midwest Regional Manager for the Family Equality Council.  She joins this organization having previously worked in three very different arenas: long-term care for the elderly, non-profit administration and higher education.  Kim’s passion is working with and connecting with people. Kim completed her education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater earning a BA in Speech – Organizational Communication and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in higher education.
 
Kim and her partner Robin live in southern Wisconsin where they are raising their two daughters.  When not at school and work, the family enjoys traveling, going to the dog park with their dog, Campbell and spending time with friends and family.

Contact info

(608) 576-8257
ksimes@familyequality.org

Michael Porcello

Legislative Counsel

Michael Porcello

Legislative Counsel

Michael Porcello is the Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council. Before joining FEC, Michael served as Municipal Research Attorney at the Human Rights Campaign, where he advocated for local level protections, benefits, and rights for the LGBT community. While a law student, he was a legal fellow with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Judiciary Committee Staff in addition to spending a summer interning with FEC. Prior to attending law school, he taught preschool in New York City and Arlington, VA. He earned his BA from New York University and JD from George Washington University Law School, and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Contact Info

202.496.1285
mporcello@familyequality.org

Bill Lorenz

Bill Lorenz

Director of Finance & Administration

Bill Lorenz

Bill Lorenz

Director of Finance & Administration

Bill Lorenz is the Director of Finance and Administration for Family Equality Council. Prior to joining Family Equality Council in 2009, Bill served 10 years as Finance manager for Planned Parenthood League of MA. In 2011, Bill and his partner adopted two children from foster care and live in Nahant, MA along with their dogs Harold and Delilah. When he isn’t spending time with his family, Bill enjoys painting, handcrafting jewelry, and obsessing over every single show on Bravo TV.

Contact Info

617.502.8700 x 227
bill.lorenz@familyequality.org

Elizabeth Haranas

Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager 

Elizabeth Haranas

Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager 

Elizabeth Haranas joined Family Equality in January 2014 as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager. Prior to working at Family Equality Council, Elizabeth was part of the Development team at the American Geriatrics Society where she worked to implement the organization's fundraising strategy. Elizabeth holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in photography. She spends her evenings and weekends making art, reading comics, and scouring yard sales for treasure.  

Contact Info

617.502.8710

eharanas@familyequality.org

Emily Hecht-McGowan

Emily Hecht-McGowan

Director of Public Policy

Emily Hecht-McGowan

Emily Hecht-McGowan

Director of Public Policy

Emily Hecht-McGowan is the Director of Public Policy for Family Equality Council. She previously served as the Legal Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network where she assisted service members impacted by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and related forms of discrimination. Prior to her time with SLDN, Emily was the Assistant Section Director for the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where she spearheaded the ABA’s civil rights, human rights and social justice policy work. Emily holds a BA in History from American University and a JD from the Columbus School of Law.  She lives in Takoma Park, MD with her wife Sharon and their daughter Sadie and their trusty beagle, Ellie.

Contact Info

202.496.1285
emily.hecht@familyequality.org

Jaime Bellemare

Jaime Bellemare 

Digital Associate 

Jaime Bellemare

Jaime Bellemare 

Digital Associate

Jaime joined the Family Equality Council team in August 2012 as a Communications and Digital Media intern.  Committed to Family Equality’s mission, she continued working with the communications team on various projects until she rejoined as Digital Fellow in May 2013 and came on as Digital Associate in February 2014.  She holds a BA in Broadcast & Digital Journalism, Women’s & Gender Studies and Political Science from Syracuse University where she also minored in LGBT Studies.  Currently, Jaime is finishing her MA in Public Policy and Women’s Studies at the George Washington University.  She resides in the DC area and is originally from Connecticut. 

Contact Info

202.607.2141

Jbellemare@familyequality.org

Adah Pittman-DeLancey

Adah Pittman-DeLancey

Communications Manager 

Adah Pittman-DeLancey

Adah Pittman-DeLancey 

Communications Manager 

Adah Pittman-DeLancey is the Communications Manager for Family Equality Council.  Her career spans both corporate and non-profit sectors.  Prior to her role at Family Equality Council, she served in several management positions aiding organizations and companies such as George Washington University, Coca-Cola, and MINI reach diverse audiences through culturally competent messaging and marketing tactics.  For her commitment to LGBTQ equality, she was recognized by The White House Office of Public Engagement as a Black LGBT Emerging Leader (2012-2014). ​ ​Adah received her Masters of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Management Communication from Florida State University and lives in Washington, D.C. with her partner Christen.

Contact Info

202.765.1142

APittman@familyequality.org

Gregg Cherbonneau

Gregg Cherbonneau

IT Administrator

Gregg Cherbonneau

Gregg Cherbonneau

IT Administrator

Gregg Cherbonneau is the IT Administrator for the Family Equality Council. Gregg has an extensive background in Information Technology, including a long career at IBM where he worked in various technical, marketing, strategy and management roles. He also works as the IT Manager for GLAD. Gregg lives in Somerville, MA with his two cats.

Contact Info

617.502.8704

gcherbonneau@familyequality.org

Denise Brogan-Kator

Denise Brogan-Kator

Senior Legislative Counsel

Denise Brogan-Kator

Denise Brogan-Kator

Senior Legislative Counsel

Denise Brogan-Kator is the Senior Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council.  She is responsible for supporting our efforts to advance equality for all families at the states level.  A US Submarine Service veteran, she graduated from the University of Michigan Law school (matriculating as the first openly transgender law student) and earned her MBA from the University of Colorado.  Denise has a 15-year history of public and private advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community, coming to us as a former Executive Director of a statewide LGBT advocacy organization.  She lives in Southeast Michigan with her spouse, Mary, her mother-in-law, Kitty, and 6 cats.  She has three grown daughters (and is excited for that first grand-baby).

Contact info

(248) 684-0918
dbrogan-kator@familyequality.org

Tatiana Quiroga

Southern Regional Manager

Tatiana Quiroga

Southern Regional Manager 

Tatiana Quiroga is the Southern Regional Manager for Family Equality Council.  Tatiana has extensive background in the non-profit sector, mental health counseling field and higher education. She earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Central Florida. Originally from La Paz, Bolivia, Tatiana grew up in the Boston area. Now, she resides in Orlando, FL with her wife, Jen and their son, Lukas.

Contact Info

407.990.1677

tquiroga@familyequality.org

Gabriel Blau

Gabriel Blau

Executive Director

Gabriel Blau

Gabriel Blau

Executive Director

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Gabriel Blau joined Family Equality Council as the Exectutive Director in 2013. Gabriel’s career spans both the private and non-profit sectors, including digital marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising. Gabriel was previously the Director of Development at CBST, one of the country’s oldest and largest faith based LGBTQ communities, where he also ran an $18 million capital campaign. Gabriel is a member of the advisory board of the LGBT Religious Archives Network in San Francisco, and has spoken at Columbia University, The Rothko Chapel in Houston, TX, and many other conferences and schools. He lives in New York with his husband and son.

Contact info

212.379.4056

director@familyequality.org

Not Pictured

Aja Aguirre, Database & Research Associate
Ian Patrick, East Coast Major Gifts Officer
Nick Hanzel, Deputy Director of Development
Thomás Matos, Finance Operations Associate

 

Board of Directors

Family Equality Council Board of Directors

Nick Scandalios (Chair) 
Nancy Lyons (Vice-Chair)
David Spector (Treasurer) 
Brian Sheerin (Secretary)
John Armantrout
Alan Bernstein
Casey Bloys
Erica Bowers
Valerie Brown 
Frank Bua
Bryan Carr 
Anthony Chiafullo
Chris Daniel
Darla Kashian
Brad Kolb
Jamie Marks
Tim Meyer
Brian Sheerin
William Sherr
Tommy Starling

Midwest Advisory Council

Tonya Agnew, Chair
Matt Berry
Donna Colley
Andrew Crow
Amber Feldman
Taylor Kelsaw
Sharon Kolb
Kent Love-Ramirez
Nancy Lyons
Kris Maul
Kim Ross
Janice Vassar

Family Equality Council Emeritus Board

Alex Habib (Co-Chair)
Rob Keeling (Co-Chair)
Kim Bergman
Allison Bauer
Kenneth Blakeley
Amity Pierce Buxton
Chris Caldwell
Gregg Cartagine
Mark Corpron
Scott Davenport
John Dubrow
Will Halm
Joyce Kauffman
Fran Lichtman
Ken Manford
Sue Marriott
John Nicoli
Sonny Ward
Ken Weissenberg
Bill Zachs