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GLSEN Massachusetts

Meet the GLSEN Massachusetts Team!

 

GLSEN Massachusetts Board of Directors

 

Hillary Montague-Asp 

Hillary is the Assistant Director of the Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst, an instructor for EDUC 210: Diversity in Education, and a Doctoral student in the Social Justice Education Program at UMass Amherst. Hillary has her M.Ed. from UMass Amherst and her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hillary has done research on the campus climate for transgender college students in Colorado; a study resulting in extensive critiques of the It Gets Better Project; research about how queer-identified, woman-identified people embody their fatness; and is currently pursuing a project on how gender (both sexism and transgender oppression) are taught as a part of social justice curricula, with a particular focus on the intentional pedagogical and curricular choices made when the topic of gender oppression is co-taught by Black men and white women. As a loud and proud femme, Hillary has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on body and fat positivity; misogyny in queer communities; oppression and privilege; and, race and racism in queer communities. Hillary is the Western Massachusetts Director and the Fall Conference Coordinator for GLSEN MA.

 

 

 

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler has been professionally committed to inclusion, youth development and leadership for the past 25 years. His experience was catalyzed by his extensive involvement in National Service programs focused on issues related to education, inclusion and social justice. His areas of expertise include staff development, coaching, competency assessment, curriculum development and strategic planning. As a independent consultant, Jason provides national training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations on issues related to the meaningful inclusion of all individuals, including people with disabilities and LGBTQ youth.  Jason is a graduate trainee of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the Institute for Community Inclusion/Children's Hospital Boston.

 

      

Trenda Loftin

Trenda Loftin is a 7-12 theatre teacher located in Western Massachusetts  and a member of Real Live Theatre Company. With a B.A. from Smith College in Political and Social Theatre, she has been working to integrate understandings of social issues and performance techniques for the past decade. Some of her work includes acting in The Media Education Foundation Film “Flirting With Danger,” and the plays “Legal Tender,” and “The Lonely Soldier Project.” She is the author of the short play “When The System Swallows You” which examines the way incarceration affects families. As an educator, she is committed to providing different strategies for critical thinking, self, community, and world reflection, and instigating positive change. She believes very much in the power of performance to not only to shed light on reality but as a way to envision the world we wish to live in. She believes that the most effective changes come through education, understanding of how identities intersect to affect our experiences of the world, a commitment to dialogue and action plans.

 

Skailer Rei Qvstgaard

Skailer Rei Qvistgaard is 19 years old and originally from Northern California. He is a second year student and junior at Boston University studying English with a focus on Queer Literature, and is applying to law school in the fall of 2014. Skailer self identifies as a gay transgender man and has been working extensively with the LGBT community since his senior year of high school. He focuses on improving school climates and creating a positive dialogue in the classroom about LGBT issues. Skailer also does work within the mental health community, speaking about how to properly address the needs of transgender patients. While working with Greater Boston PFLAG, the Safe Schools Program, Fenway Health, and the MA GSA network, he also publishes work through the Queer Foundation and runs a bimonthly blog called “Trans Today” on LGBT issues. Skailer is the Treasurer and Spring Conference Director

 

 

Ryan Ambuter

Ryan Ambuter is an out transgender, queer high school English teacher who believes in teaching and leading with authenticity. Ryan has worked over the past 10 years to create rigorous, empowering curricula that are culturally relevant and rooted in social justice. For the past 15 years, Ryan has led workshops on transgender identity and supporting transgender youth in schools for students and faculty at high schools, colleges, and at regional LGBTQ conferences. As a GLSEN board member, Ryan is invested in building mentoring networks for LGBTQ educators and examining the intersections of LGBTQ topics with other social justice issues. Ryan has an M.Ed in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA from Smith College.

 

Peggy Quilty 

Peggy Quilty RN, MSN , has been a school nurse for 25+ years where she has learned about the issues facing LGBTQ youth in schools, including the increased risk for suicide . She is a graduate of the Simmons Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s program. Peggy is committed to helping schools create a safe, healthy and supportive environment for all students regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, starting in the school nurse’s office. She presents at school nurse conferences and other professional organizations about what she has learned from her students about how to foster a school environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students. Peggy is the Director of Health and Wellness at Beacon High School in Watertown, where she is also Health teacher, Yoga instructor and GSA co-facilitator. As a Health teacher, her students have helped her to expand her curriculum to include gender identity and gender expression and to be more inclusive of health and safety issues for LGBTQ youth. As a Health practitioner, she hopes to help students become comfortable with themselves  and find ways to talk openly with their Primary Care Providers about their own gender identity and sexual orientation while becoming their own best health advocate.

 GLSEN Massachusetts Interns

 

Taylor Glickman  

Taylor Glickman

 Taylor Glickman is a second-year student studying Psychology and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and currently resides in Grafton, Massachusetts. Currently, Taylor is a returning staff member for the Western Massachusetts portion of the Massachusetts Gay-Straight Alliance Network and speaks regarding his story with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He's also working at the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center as the Programming & Services Co-Coordinator for the second year. Taylor is excited to further his connections in the LGBTQ+ community as the Social Media & Marketing Intern.

Sarah Horn  

Sarah Horn

Sarah Horn is currently a senior studying Social Work and Child Health at Wheelock College and working in Event Operations at Fenway Park. She plans to pursue social work and business in grad school next fall. With a focus on social justice, she is working with Commonwealth Land Trust, an agency with a "housing first," philosophy aimed at preventing homelessness. Sarah is currently conducting preliminary research on the provision of services for LGBTQ identified military personnel. Sarah has also worked extensively with the Student Leadership Training Program where she facilitated a variety of workshops with acute awareness on group process. Sarah did this work with the goal of empowering student leaders with respect, acceptance, and the value of difference. Sarah is passionate about continuing her work with students as the Spring Conference Intern for GLSEN MA.

Marco Khampaeng  

Marco Khampaeng

Marco Khampaeng is currently a first year Pharmacy Student at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, he plans on studying to receive his doctorate in Pharmacy then working as an RPH. Marco has done work with SafeSchools LGBTQ Summit and facilitated regional meetings to further the education of High School students on the LGBTQ community. He co-­facilitates DESE Trainings for K­12 faculty and administration and is passionate about using his personal story with intersections of disparity and successes; Marco’s work with GLSEN MA is with Boston public schools and general support.