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

617-502-8710

EWilson@familyequality.org

Abby Thorp

Deputy Director of Development

Abby Thorp

Deputy Director of Development

Abby Thorp joined Family Equality Council as the Deputy Director of Development in 2012. Prior to working at Family Equality Council, Abby was the Development Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts where she was responsible for managing the organization’s multi-faceted fundraising program. Abby holds a BA in Political Science and Classics from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband Dan where they spend much of their time cooking amazing food and cuddling with their fabulous dog, Kayla.

Contact info

(617) 502-8708

athorp@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

Jen Meyers

Jen Meyers

Director of Development

Jen Meyers

Director of Development

Jen Meyers joined Family Equality Council as the Director of Development in 2008 and is responsible for fundraising for the organization. Jen’s career spans both the private and non-profit sectors, including strategy, operations, marketing, sales and development. Prior to her work at Family Equality Council, Jen worked as Center Director for Planned Parenthood League of MA and managed the operations of the Worcester Health Center, managed a local Advisory Committee, led the project to relocate the Worcester Center, and developed funds for a capital campaign in support of that initiative. Jen holds a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from Boston University. Jen lives in Needham, MA with her two sons.

Contact Info

617.502.8700 x 225
jen.meyers@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

Morgan Jacobus

Programs Associate

Morgan Jacobus

Programs Associate

Morgan joined the Family Equality Council team in June 2013 as a Community Engagement and Programs intern. After falling in love with the organization and its mission, Morgan joined the staff as a Program Associate in September 2013. She currently works on community programs and events, including leading the planning of Family Week, our largest national community event. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota where she cofounded a diversity coalition on campus, took strides towards all-gender equality at school, and fought for marriage equality in Minnesota. Coming from a large, tight-knit family, Morgan is eager to continue her advocacy with a focus on families!

Contact Info

617.502.8717

mjacobus@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

Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher

Data Administrator

Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher

Data Administrator

Lauren Fisher joined Family Equality Council as the Data Administrator in 2012. She is a graduate of Boston University, with a background in Public Health, Women’s Studies, and Psychology. Lauren has worked in both the direct service and administrative ends of the nonprofit sector. In her spare time, Lauren loves running, traveling, listening to music, and indulging in food.

Contact Info

617.502.8716

lfisher@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

Bill Butchart 

West Coast Development Officer 

Bill Butchart 

West Coast Development Officer 

Bill Butchart joined Family Equality Council as West Coast Development Officer in 2013.  Before joining Family Equality Council, Bill was an account director for an integrated marketing agency in NYC, where he produced fundraising galas and mass market athletic fundraising events
for non profit organizations.  Bill holds a BA in Social Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a MA in Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  A New York native, Bill currently resides in Los Angeles with his husband Chris and their two daughters, Sophia and Charlotte.

Contact Info 

917.816.0125

bill.butchart@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

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

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
Donna Colley
Brian Copeland
Amy DePoint
Sharon Kolb
Kent Love-Ramirez
Nancy Lyons
Kris Maul
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