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Advisory Board

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    Jeff Krehely

    Co-Chair, Advisory Board

    Jeff Krehely is the Vice President of LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. This project began in 2009 and builds on American Progress’s longstanding commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality with a strategic policy and communications agenda that includes issues such as youth homelessness, health, aging, workplace equality, and more.

    Prior to joining American Progress, Jeff was the research director of the Movement Advancement Project, which provides LGBT donors and organizations with strategic information, insights, and analyses to help them increase and align resources for highest impact. While at MAP, Jeff led a wide range of research and technical assistance projects to help build the capacity and effectiveness of local, state, and national LGBT advocacy and service organizations, as well as foundations.

    Before MAP, Jeff worked at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, serving as NCRP’s research director (February 2003 until January 2004), as well as its deputy director (February 2004 until he joined MAP in September 2006). While at NCRP, Jeff led the organization’s work documenting the successful strategies right-wing foundations used to advance a conservative public policy agenda, and lobbied Congress to pass laws increasing the accountability of the philanthropic sector. Jeff has also served as the special assistant to the president of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Inc., a multibillion-dollar international grantmaking organization, and as a research associate at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Jeff holds a B.A. in English from King’s College (PA) and a master of public policy from Georgetown University. He has been published by the Brookings Institution Press, the Urban Institute Press, and others.

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    Theresa Nolan

    Co-Chair, Advisory Board

    In 2002, Theresa joined the Green Chimneys NYC division team as a Program Director for RHY services.  As the NYC Division Director since 2006, Theresa Nolan has overseen foster care residential programs and homeless youth transitional programs focused on LGBTQ youth.   In early 2011, Theresa helped launch a career training program for LGBTQ youth focused on nature-based careers.  More recently, Theresa secured funding for a family therapy intervention program for LGBTQ youth and their families as a pilot project with NYC’s Department of Youth and Community Development. She regularly speaks about creating affirming environments for LGBTQ youth at forums and conferences, and conducts trainings on this and many adolescent development topics.

    Most recently, she presented on a webinar with the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers on creating healthy spaces for LGBTQ youth and was interviewed for an episode of In The Life regarding the importance of working with families of LGBTQ youth to increase family acceptance.  In 2010 she was appointed to the NYC Mayor’s Commission on LGBTQ Runaway/Homeless Youth in which she co-chaired the Family Matters sub-group.  Theresa is also a member of the Advisory Council for Bee’s Fund of the Stonewall Community Foundation, an individual grant program for young lesbian, bisexual, and transgender females.

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    Ian Ellasante

    Member, Advisory Board

    Ian Ellasante is an Assistant Research Social Scientist with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) and the Program Coordinator for the iTEAM Project (Treatment Empowerment for Adolescents on the Move). iTEAM is a six-agency collaborative effort, providing a comprehensive network of care for unstably-housed LGBTQA youth, including intensive case management, mental health support, substance abuse prevention, sexual health education, housing stabilization, community building, and more.

    Prior to his work as iTEAM’s Program Coordinator, Ian served as the Youth and Family Programs Manager for Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Community Center, where he oversaw operations for the Eon Youth Lounge, Arizona’s first drop-in center for LGBTQA youth. Bringing over a decade of service and advocacy for marginalized youth, Ian is a member of the Pima County Community Prevention Coalition, the national Advisory Board of the Forty to None project, and the Advisory Council of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from the University of Memphis and a Master’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona.

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    Colleen K. Jackson

    Member, Advisory Board

    Ms. Jackson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has over 30 years of experience working in the Human Services sector.  She has been employed at West End for 22 years, the last sixteen as West End’s Executive Director.  Prior to her employment at West End, Ms. Jackson held management and social service positions in child welfare agencies.

    A tireless advocate for the homeless, Ms. Jackson served as President of Homeless Services United, an association of shelter providers, for five years and continues to work with government and elected officials toward improving policies and services for the City’s most vulnerable citizens.  Her strong desire to help underserved populations, in particular homeless LGBT youth, has led to her collaboration with Cyndi Lauper and her manager Lisa Barbaris to create the True Colors Residence which opened in 2011 and  provides permanent supportive housing for this population.  Plans for a second residence, to be known as True Colors Bronx, are in development.

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    Terrence Meck

    Member, Advisory Board

    Terrence Meck is the Executive Director of The Palette Fund, a private foundation that honors the legacy of his late partner Rand Harlan Skolnick through collaborative grant making and programs that value human rights and education.  Since its inception in 2009, the Palette Fund has granted more than $2.5 million in the areas of Queer youth, Patient Navigation and Nutrition and Wellness.  Terrence is also President of Intrinsic Capital, a real estate investment firm based in New York City.

    From 2003 to 2008, Terrence and Rand co-owned The Raven Resort Properties in New Hope, PA, providing a vibrant resource for the diverse community.  Prior to that he worked in public relations in both the publishing and fashion industries.  Terrence currently serves on the boards of the Movement Advancement Project, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, God’s Love We Deliver, Queer Youth Fund, and the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute.  He received his B.A. in political science from Princeton University in 2000 and presently resides in New York City.

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    Daniel Frank Pfarr

    Member, Advisory Board

    Daniel F. Pfarr is Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth, a $3 million not-for-profit organization that provides 24-hour access point and shelter for youth in crisis. Founded in 1970, The Bridge for Youth was one of the first places in the nation for youth in crisis to find shelter and support. The Bridge is a recognized leader in the provision of comprehensive shelter, counseling, and housing services; it is also viewed as a model organization in the community serving youth in crisis in the LGBTQ community.

    Pfarr is in the process of developing the Youth in Crisis Technology project (YCTP) in order to provide homeless youth with access to web-based assessment and referral tools. He is currently a member of the United Way’s Council of Agency Executives, Youth Services Network, Metro Partners Fund, and past president of the Youth Intervention Program Association.

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    ZiZi Phillips

    Member, Advisory Board

    ZiZi Phillips is a Belizian American transgender woman who was raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She is a trained dancer who began ballet training at the age of ten and later discovered modern dance, which is her preferred style of dance. ZiZi dances with Y.E.P.P., the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, whose mission is: to seek a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to their struggles, and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance. ZiZi was a participant in the LGBTQ Host Home Program in her early 20’s. ZiZi is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, most recently appearing as a panelist at the State of Out Youth Town Hall in New York City.

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    Julie L. Shapiro

    Member, Advisory Board

    Julie L. Shapiro is a nonprofit leader with 16 years experience designing and implementing large scale, high impact, multi-partner initiatives in human services and workforce development. Ms. Shapiro has been Executive Director of The Door since 2010. The Door is a multi-service youth development agency providing a full range of integrated services to over 11,000 young people annually from all five boroughs of New York City. Services include healthcare, counseling, career training, GED and ESOL classes, the arts, legal advocacy and representation, crisis services for runaway and homeless youth, supportive housing and nutritious meals.  Of the young people who come to The Door each year, over 1,800 are homeless or at risk of homelessness and one in six identify as LGBTQ. The Door has become a model for serving LGBTQ youth in an inclusive setting.

    Prior to coming to The Door, Ms. Shapiro was a Senior Vice President at Seedco, where she worked for eight years to oversee the development, management and growth of nationally recognized workforce development programs that are implemented through networks of community-based organizations. Prior to joining Seedco, Ms. Shapiro was Assistant Vice President for Welfare to Work Services at F.E.G.S Health and Human Services System, where her projects included two large initiatives to improve the language and literacy skills of limited English speakers. She has also been a Project Manager in the New York City Human Resources Administration’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. Ms. Shapiro received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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    Andre Wade

    Member, Advisory Board

    André C. Wade has worked in human services for over a decade in a
    variety of contexts such as providing direct services to at-potential
    children, youth and families in the community, and those involved in
    the child welfare system. Mr. Wade spent several years in D.C. working
    on federal policy and national best practices on the issues of youth
    homelessness, youth aging out of foster care, LGBT youth and young
    survivors of trafficking. Presently, Mr. Wade supervises the public
    relations and communications unit of a public child welfare agency.

    In addition to his role as a national advisory board member of the Forty to None project, Mr. Wade serves as an advisory board member to the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families program. Formally he has held positions on the national board of StandUp for Kids, and the advisory board of the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center.

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    Bonn Wade

    Member, Advisory Board

    Bonn Wade joined Chicago House as the Director of the TransLife Center in 2012. The TransLife Center is dedicated to serving Transgender people impacted by HIV/AID, poverty, and transphobia. Wade is responsible for providing leadership, strategic vision, goals and operating the day to day services of the center and its staff and participants. Wade has nearly 18 years’ experience in social services and is an appointee on Cyndi Lauper’s Forty To None Project, and serves on the boards of LGBT and Allies Advisory Board for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. They are also the founder, former associate director and current board member of UCAN’s LGBTQ Host Home Program. Wade earned a master’s degree from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.