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Meet Our Board

 


Kate Estrop, President

Kate has been with the BRC since 2013, serving first as the Clerk, then Co-President with Heather Benjamin, now as President. In addition to her chair duties for the BRC, she does graphic design and website management. Outside of the BRC, Kate is a graphic designer for the election industry. She previously worked on the webcomic Upland, a very funny bi-themed webcomic featuring miniatures. Kate earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2010, and is currently in the Graphic Design Certificate program at MassArt. Her writing and comic work can most recently be found in Bi Women Quarterly. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her black cats, Max and Puck.

 


Jessica Haggett, Treasurer

Jessica, “Belle” to her friends, is a nonprofit professional passionate about leaving her communities better than she found them. Her career started in ecology, where she tromped around in knee-deep mud studying climate change, grew snails in pickle jars to measure intertidal physiology, and hiked through the woods of New England collecting and categorizing beetles. After spending time as an Engineering editor for the Journal of Visualized Experiments, she now directs science+ and corporate programming for her local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. She loves invertebrates, food, and piano, and lives with her partner and a big snuggly dog, Rosie. She loves hearing stories about how the BRC has impacted the community that has nourished her her whole life, and contributing her nonprofit know-how.

 


Michael (Kel) Monroe, Clerk

Former entrepreneur in solar panel installation incorportating new, socially just corporate structures (like Social Benefit Companies and worker-owned-and-run cooperatives), he’s also been known to juggle torches, spin fire, play jazz piano, make sparkly earrings, and help make bisexuality safer and more accepted for bi+ identified men. Poetry and spoken word have been his chosen art and passion, but his main hope is for toxic notions about masculinity and sexuality to be exposed for how harmful they are, for black lives to truly matter, and for cultural stigma to evaporate concerning mental health (he’s battled depression for a lifetime, but thinks these things should totally be able to be talked about). A long-time member of the BRC board and 4-time headliner for the Bilicious Boston show, he heartily devours Bisexual Breakfasts(TM) in Somerville, Massachusetts.

 


Gabrielle Blonder, Member at Large

Gabby got involved with the BRC three years ago as a barely-out bisexual in the Young BLiSS group, which she now leads. In her first year on the board, she’s had her fingers in many pots – writing blog posts, running events, and even serving several months as interim treasurer. She’s excited in the coming year(s) to help expand the BRC’s scope even further, hopefully reaching and offering resources to even more individuals and communities as the Support Group Lead. Gabby collects hobbies the way a numismatist collects coins (which, incidentally, is a hobby she hasn’t acquired). Right now, she’s strengthening skills in aerial silks, juggling, hoop dancing, various craft projects, puns, and swing and blues dancing. Her current employment is a mosaic of cafe work, art modeling, and freelance writing.

 


Mia Concordia, Member at Large

Mia has been an active member, organizer, and facilitator of Bi+ groups since 2011.  She is a social worker, herbalist, and nutritional therapist.  She primarily works as a therapist for adults with particular areas of interest in LGBTQ+ issues, couple’s counseling, addiction, trauma, and working with Spanish speaking clients. Other sources of joy include making art, building community, being in nature, holistic wellness, and making/eating/sharing good food.

 


Laura DelloStritto, Member at Large

Laura joined her college LGBTQ+ council only after being rejected from another extracurricular group, but fortuitously this involvement became one of her most formative experiences. Confronted with limited resources and support for LGBTQ+ students, Laura found purpose in advocating for tailored programs and policy changes. Her work inspired her to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health and strive to empower marginalized groups on a larger scale. Laura has since been increasingly involved in LGBTQ+ organizations in a number of roles and she aims to apply her knowledge to improve health outcomes. She joined the BRC Board in 2016 and coordinates the Bisexual Health Awareness Month campaign and outreach to community partners.

 


Brooke Lindley, Member at Large

Brooke Lindley is the Director of Advocacy at OutFront Kalamazoo, the LGBT Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she specializes in public policy and legislation, public speaking, running the Queer Women’s Community group, the training program, and the People of Color group. As a proud bisexual woman, Brooke is excited to join the Bisexual Resource Center’s Board of Directors to continue her advocacy work in the bisexual community. Outside of work, Brooke is obtaining her Master’s in Business Administration through Lynn University and coaches volleyball. In the last 5 months, Brooke has dedicated a lot of time and energy to fitness and nutrition. She also loves hiking, biking, wine, Netflix, and being a dog mom!

 


Kate Pimmell, Member at Large

Kate Pimmel is a Senior Analyst and Technical Fellow at deciBel Research, a missile defense small business in Huntsville AL, where she specializes in high fidelity radar simulation, data analysis, proposal writing, and visual presentation of technical information. After working to raise bisexual visibility and LGBTQ equality in her personal community, she is excited to begin more meaningful advocacy for the Bisexual Resource Center. Originally from Rochester NY, she is a classically trained pianist, retired college athlete, self-proclaimed geek, ever hopeful Buffalo Bills and Syracuse Orange fan, wine lover, foodie, stargazer, and photographer. When she isn’t watching sports or British comedies, she and her partner keep busy raising two teenagers and three cats. Follow Kate on twitter @kmpimmel.


Jackson Rodriguez, Member at Large

 


Don Thompson, Member at Large

 


Megan Weireter, Member at Large

Megan Weireter, originally from Norfolk, VA, has called Boston home for over 15 years. A passionate choir geek, she has sung proudly with Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, since 2002, and participated with the group in three International GALA Festivals, performing alongside thousands of other LGBTQ+ choral singers from around the world. Since 2010, she has also been a member of the Choir of Trinity Church in Boston, where she’s sung everything from weekly Sunday services to large collaborative concerts, including a memorial concert for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. When she’s not rehearsing, Megan loves to travel, read poems, try to learn programming languages, mix cocktails, and drink entirely too much coffee. She works full-time in Web Content.

As a queer person of faith, Megan feels fortunate to have found warm and supportive social, musical, and faith communities where she can live her life to the fullest. She hopes that serving on the BRC Board will allow her to give back some of that support to the rest of the bi+ community as best she can. Megan handles the BRC’s marketing, social media, and e-newsletter, and attends conferences.