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Boston Pride Names Two New Board Members
Deborah Drew and Steven Cullipher join the board
(Boston, MA) â€“ December 18, 2018 â€“ Boston Pride announced that it has named two new members to its board of directors: Deborah Drew of Worcester, MA and Steven Cullipher of Wareham, MA. Both bring years of advocating for the LGBTQ community.
â€œWith the addition of Debbie and Steven, the Boston Pride board is now stronger than ever,â€ said Linda DeMarco, Vice President of Boston Pride. â€œThey have spent countless hours advocating for the LGBTQ community both through Boston Pride and their everyday lives.â€
Steven has been a member of the Boston Pride Committee since 2010. During his tenure, he served as the festival chair and merchandise manager. He works at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) as a chemistry professor and has worked with students, faculty, and staff at MMA to create Safe Harbor, an on-campus program for promoting visibility and support of LGBTQ campus life and producing educational programming for the campus community. He has been resident of Massachusetts for 10 years and currently resides in Wareham.
â€œBecoming a board member at Boston Pride is the right decision for me as I have been volunteering for several years,â€ said Cullipher. â€œBoston Pride has allowed me to build relationships and serve in leading roles during events.â€
Deborah (Debbie) Drew is the President and CEO of GovMojo Inc, a management consulting and employee development company that focuses on diversity and inclusion. GovMojo is a Veterans Administration-verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Debbie is the Past Vice President of Worcester Pride and is the Secretary of Log Cabin Republicans of Massachusetts. In 2016, Governor Baker appointed her as a Commissioner on Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. She is also an Associate Director on the Board of her credit union. Debbie is a veteran of the US Army and has over 24 years of leadership experience at pharmaceutical companies around the world. She has held leadership positions in LGBTQI employee networks in large international corporations, is the past Chair of the Out&Equal Workplace Advocates Transgender Advisory Committee and a member of the team that wrote Out&Equalâ€™s Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.
â€œI am excited to have the opportunity to join the board and continue to build relationships at Boston Pride,â€ said Drew. â€œJoining the board allows me to better serve the community at a higher capacity with a greater reach,â€ said Drew.
In addition, Sylvain Bruni is stepping down as Boston Pride President in 2019, but will continue in his role as Pride Guide publisher. Bruni has been a member of Boston Pride for 11 years and served on the board since 2010. Boston Pride Vice President Linda DeMarco will serve as Acting President in the interim.
â€œWe are grateful to Sylvain for his service to Boston Pride,â€ said DeMarco. â€œHis passion and commitment to advancing the issues of the LGBTQ community and to Boston Pride are second to none. We are a better organization due to his tireless dedication and efforts over the years.â€
Boston Pride currently has 100 volunteer positions open and encourages anyone in the community to learn more about the positions and consider joining the organization. Information can be found on the website. https://www.bostonpride.org/join/