bagly, inc.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Officers

NEAL MINAHAN - PRESIDENT/CHAIR

MATTHEW MARTIN - VICE-CHAIR

BRADLEY J. URSILLO - TREASURER

Members

MICHAEL MACDONALD - DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

KAREN YOUNG - PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

KEVIN POWERS

CHRISTOPHER GAYTON

CAIRO MENDES

 

Ex-Officio

TAYLEECE YOUNG - YOUTH LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE, CO-CHAIR

ZULENY GONZALEZ ACOSTA - YOUTH LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE, CO-CHAIR

GRACE STERLING STOWELL - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Youth Leadership Committee

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Co-Chairs
Tayleece M (she/her/hers)
Zuleny G (they/them/theirs)

Welcoming Meeting Facilitator
Emmett W (he/him/his)

Women’s Meeting Facilitator
Amber V (they/them/theirs)

Transgender Meeting Facilitator
Evalyn (she/her/hers)

Event Coordinators
Alice W (she/her/hers)
Grace M (they/them/theirs)

 

HEARRT Peer Leaders 2018-2019

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Carlos Rios (he/him/his)

Parker Kerrigan (he/him/his)

Zarie Locke (they/them/theirs)

 

 

Adult Advisors

CURRENT ADULT ADVISORS INCLUDE:

Evelyn Francis
Ralph Vetters, MD, Event Doctor
Tam Wiley
Tre'Andre Valentine
Jace Kirschner

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Staff

Grace Sterling Stowell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Grace has been an activist and leader in the social justice and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities for over 35 years.

In 1980, Grace joined the founders of the newly formed Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY), one of the earliest GLBTQ youth groups in the nation. As BAGLY’s first executive director, Grace led youth and adult leaders in the expansion of BAGLY from a Boston-based, all volunteer, grassroots social support group, to an established non-profit youth leadership, health promotion, and advocacy organization, including the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010, BAGLY is a nationally recognized model of GLBTQ youth leadership and community development, with over 30,000 youth having directly accessed its programs since its inception.

Since the early 1990’s, Grace has been an active leader in the pioneering local and national movement to expand community organizing, political advocacy, and resources for GLBTQ youth programs and services. Grace was a founding member of the Healthy Boston Coalition for GLBT Youth, the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, D.C., and she currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth, and as a steering committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

In June 2009 on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Grace was one of 40 transgender individuals honored by The International Court Council and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s “Stonewall Trans Heroes 40”. Grace was also the recipient of the 2010 Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement, in recognition of more than 35 years of leadership in the social justice and GLBT communities.

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Kurtlan Massarsky

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

Kurtlan came to BAGLY in August 2011, and brings with him extensive experience as a fundraiser and development professional. He has been involved with many GLBTQ and non-profit organizations, including The Trevor Project, New York City Opera and most recently the Northeast Animal Shelter. While at Bard College, Kurtlan was an active crisis intervention counselor for issues surrounding domestic & sexual violence, with special attention given to GLBTQ relationship violence.

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Robson Govine

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Robson Govine is currently the Director of Operations and has been with BAGLY
since 2013. In his role, Robson manages the day-to-day operations, including all
facilities and necessities needed to ensure BAGLY’s community center has what it
needs in order to maintain a safe and welcoming space for young queer people.
Along with this, Robson is responsible for BAGLY’s financial matters including
accounts payable and receivable, and contract management.

Robson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Central Connecticut State
University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management through the Institute of Non-
Profit Practice and Tufts University. He is an AmeriCorps alumnus, and currently
holds years of experience, including working from programmatic and development
standpoints, within the non-profit sector.

Outside of work, Robson can be found either in the woods or at the beach, and
almost always with his dog Guster.

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Aaron Gonzales

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS 

Aaron is responsible for supporting and developing the leadership capital of Greater Boston’s GLBTQ youth to make positive change in their communities. In this capacity he oversees the implementation of BAGLY’s youth-led community building, social support, and advocacy programming. He also provides GLBTQ youth worker support and training through BAGLY’s Adult Volunteer Program.

Aaron was one of twenty young Native American leaders chosen from around the country to organize and train community members to educate healthcare professionals on the specific healthcare advocacy and access needs of Native communities. He has also worked as Health and Cultural Educator at the North American Indian Center of Boston (a program of the Latin American Health Institute) where he directed the Circle of Wellness program, a prevention program for Native women, committed to reducing the rate of new HIV infection/co-morbid infections, and incorporating traditional Native remedies for help with side effects from HIV disease treatment. More recently, Aaron worked as Staff Supervisor for the Shiloh House, a girls residential treatment program at Battle Farm Village, a mixed-income housing complex in Brockton. Aaron is the former volunteer co-adult advisor for SSHAGLY (the South Shore Alliance of LGBT Youth) and has been an integral member of the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts since 2004.

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Katie Brockway 

MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Katie has been with BAGLY since March 2018 as the Development and Marketing Manager with experience in the non-profit sector, fundraising, and board and donor relations. Previously, Katie lived in Colorado where she was a Development Coordinator at a classical music festival called Bravo! Vail. Originally from the Boston area, she previously worked in the financial world at TIAA in downtown Boston. Katie has a degree in Communications and Marketing from Champlain College, and actively volunteers for a variety of LGBTQ+ and women's organizations within the community. 

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Narong Sokhom

PROGRAMS MANAGER

Narong is a first-generation queer Cambodian-American, graphic designer, and gamer. He started working at BAGLY in September 2013 and is responsible for developing programming, coordinating leadership development curricula, and organizing youth-led advocacy initiatives. At BAGLY, he co-founded the Queer and Trans* Youth of Pan-Asian Descent program that started with the purpose to create more spaces for LGBTQ Asian youth and address the need for youth leadership around social justice and community building.

He is an advocate for ending HIV/AIDS stigma and he actively takes part in raising awareness on issues affecting LGBTQ Asian youth. In 2013, Health Resources in Action presented him the Public Health Youth Leadership Award for his involvement in making his community a healthier place. In 2014, he was one of six community members who were presented with the LGBQ/T Asian, South Asian, and/or Pacific Islander Visibility Award in recognition of their activism in LGBQ/T Asian Communities.

Narong is a former Peer Leader and Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders for Health. His work comprised of educating young people about sexual health and LGBTQ issues, coordinating youth leadership programming, and developing promotional materials. He hopes to build community, increase visibility, and reduce health disparities among LGBTQ pan-Asian youth in the greater Boston area.

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Junior Walker

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Junior Walker is BAGLY’s Outreach Coordinator, the organization’s first full-time position dedicated to engaging queer and trans youth in Boston's community. With an extensive number of certifications and experiences in many queer and trans spaces, Junior brings a professional and accessible face to many underserved people in marginalized populations. Junior is largely responsible for representing BAGLY at educational and community-based events, and prides himself on being able to do a difficult job with a smile on his face and most importantly a friendly ear. Junior is called to do this work for BAGLY, and his own community, because he feels it’s important to give back in a world where many people choose to retreat. On a personal note, Junior is a self-described Boston-native, jack-of-all-trades, and loves to laugh as much as he loves to eat.

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Galina Smith

HEALTH PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Galina joined BAGLY in August 2017 as the Health Programs Coordinator. At BAGLY, she works to maximize clinic efficiency and increase access to judgment-free sexual health education. Alongside the Registered Nurse, Kathy Keegan, Galina assists in clinic operations, patient intake, phlebotomy, risk assessment interviewing, harm reduction, and biological sample management. Prior to joining BAGLY, Galina worked for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England as a clinic assistant. There she was routinely involved in direct patient care, including but not limited to phlebotomy, contraceptive care, education around sexually transmitted infections, as well as abortion support, counseling, and education. Before her time at Planned Parenthood, Galina was a park ranger for the State of Connecticut. 

Galina graduated from Wheaton College with a background in Neuroscience and Women's and Gender Studies. During her time at Wheaton she interned with the Massachusetts Mental Health Center as a research assistant and was involved with schizophrenia research studies. Galina also held leadership positions in Emerson Feminist Perspectives House and Wheaton Women's Rugby Team. She was awarded the Landmark Leadership Award for Gender Equality by Wheaton College in 2016 and currently serves on NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut's Political Action Committee. 

When not working, Galina enjoys gardening, eating unconventional foods, and thinking about the beach.

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Kayla Liberato

MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Kayla first joined BAGLY as an intern in September 2017 her senior year at Lesley University. Graduating with a BA in Psychology May 2018, Kayla has since joined the BAGLY team as the marketing coordinator where she reaches out to youth and organizations interested in creating and sharing events.Kayla has always been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and focused her studies at Lesley on societal adversities and the effects they have on individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. BAGLY has always been an organization of importance to her, and she is thrilled to be part of the BAGLY team!

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Lin Pang

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Lin is a queer Asian American youth worker who joined BAGLY in June 2018 to coordinate the Youth Leadership Committee and develop leadership programming. They are deeply committed to building community and supporting safer spaces for LGBTQ+ youth! Prior to BAGLY, Lin worked at various youth leadership programs such as InIt at YW Boston, Chinese Youth Initiative at Chinese Progressive Association, and A-VOYCE at Asian Community Development Coordination.

Lin graduated from Tufts University with a degree in American Studies with a focus on Race and Ethnic Studies. They believe in the power of young people and art in the fight for collective liberation. Lin facilitates poetry workshops for teen writers at GrubStreet, a nonprofit creative writing center, and founded the A-WAY slam team, which brings together high school students across various Asian youth-serving organizations in Boston. Lin can be found reading queer fiction, hiking, cooking/eating noodles, or taking photos of people and places.

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