Meet Our Team
Jessica Podkalicki, Program Coordinator
Jessica is a nonprofit development specialist. She has recently become the first official staff member for BRC and is extremely passionate about nonprofit and community organizations. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Certificate in Digital Marketing Analysis. Originally from Brooklyn, she moved to North Cambridge five years ago. Jess realized her bisexuality when she was a teen when a friend straight up asked her “Hey, are you bi?” Since then, she has navigated the bi+ world on her own until 2017, when she first learned of BRC. Jess loves cats, crafts, live music, reading, the beach, the park, adventures, and all kinds of foods and drinks.
Board of Directors
Jessica Haggett Silverman, President
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 discovered her love for categorizing invertebrates. She has developed expertise in a broad range of nonprofit management at a variety of organizations, both big and small. She loves creepy crawlies, food, and music, and lives with her partner and her dog, Rosie. She loves hearing stories about how the BRC has impacted the bi+ community that has nourished her her whole life, and contributing her nonprofit know-how.
Julie Morgenlender, Treasurer
Julie has been involved in bi+ events and volunteer efforts for many years, and is excited to work on the BRC’s Board of Directors to further contribute to the bi+ community. She currently does freelance work, volunteers and advocates in the chronic illness community, and just published The Things We Don’t Say, An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths, an anthology about living with chronic illness. She is also the former Director of Operations of the nonprofit Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. In her free time, Julie enjoys dog sitting, reading books of almost any genre, and crocheting and knitting varied items in the colors of the many queer pride flags.
Noël Schutz, Clerk
Noël, originally from Florida, has been making their way up the east coast for the past several years and now resides in Boston. Outside of the BRC, Noël is a social worker whose work focuses primarily on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and LGBTQIA+ advocacy. In their free time, Noël enjoys reading, watching horror movies and true crime documentaries, cuddling with their cat, Ernie, and attending as many concerts as they can. Noël joined the board in 2021 and is excited to be part of an organization they’ve admired for so long.
Gabrielle Blonder, Member at Large
Gabby got involved with the BRC in 2014 as a barely-out bi after stumbling across the Young BLiSS group on Meetup (and circling the block several times before working up the courage to go in). Since then, she’s taken over leading Young BLiSS, traveled to many conferences as a representative of the BRC, and started Bi+Mic, a now regularly occurring bi+ open mic in the Boston area. She also helped create Upland, a bi+ themed webcomic featuring dollhouse miniatures. When she’s not yelling about bisexuality to anyone who will listen, Gabby enjoys making art of all sorts (name a hobby, she’s probably dabbled in it at some point), putting together elaborate costumes and makeup looks for no particular reason, spinning fire, swing and blues dancing, writing, and talking about how she should definitely clean her room. She likes to stay busy.
Alexandra Bolles, Member at Large
Alexandra Bolles, who joined the BRC’s board in 2018, is a media advocate and digital communications professional. She’s received PFLAG Queen’s Brenda Howard Memorial Award and the Bisexual Resource Center’s Bee Hero Award for her bisexual+ advocacy, including co-founding the annual digital campaign, #BiWeek. Alexandra worked at GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization, for 5+ years, where she built its bisexual+ advocacy program from the ground up and produced the guidebook, In Focus: Reporting on the Bisexual Community. You can keep up with Alexandra on Twitter at @anorianb.
Kate Estrop, Member at Large
Kate Estrop is a graphic designer and illustrator in Somerville, MA. They started their career by writing mostly depressing short fiction and decided that drawing cute animals and designing documents to help people made them much happier. They now use their writing and design skills as a graphic designer and merchandise coordinator with the Bisexual Resource Center, where they have been on the Board of Directors since 2013. They spend their days at Clear Ballot Group, a small tech company that makes paper-based elections solutions. When they finally decide to stop working for the day, they are walking around the streets of Somerville with a camera, scanning the trees for birds or the sidewalks for bugs. They also like to spend time with human loved ones and two black cats, Max and Puck.
Andrea Holland, Member at Large
Andrea (they/them) is a nonprofit and fundraising professional currently working at the University of Colorado System as the Assistant Director of Prospect Development. Originally from Northern California, Andrea now lives in Colorado with their spouse, kiddo, dog, and two cats. They hold a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State and will complete their second Master’s in Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management focus from CU Denver in 2021. In addition to the BRC, Andrea serves on the board for International Pronouns Day, is the Treasurer for PFLAG Boulder County, and is a research volunteer for the Nonbinary and Intersex Recognition Project. Deeply passionate about the LGTBQ+ community, Andrea has volunteered for numerous organizations and identifies as bi+ and nonbinary. Andrea joined the board in 2021 and is excited to bring their skills and talents to the BRC!
Brooke Lindley, Member at Large
Brooke Lindley has been part of the BRC since 2018. She is primarily responsible for email correspondences, sharing and building resources. Outside of the BRC, Brooke resides in Michigan and works at Equality Michigan. The statewide political advocacy organization where she specializes in public policy, legislation, and victim services. Brooke also operates a small business and is a part time Group Fitness coach. Hobbies include streaming video games on Twitch (@lokisoup), writing, playing ukulele and being a proud dog mom!
Christopher McKenzie, Member at Large
Christopher is a filmmaker, photographer, and lecturer in Film and Television at Boston University and Emerson College. After a lifetime of quiet bisexuality, he found in the Bisexual Resource Center an organization that he would have given anything to know about while growing up in Oklahoma. He joined the board in 2021 because he believes deeply in the BRC’s mission of building community and supporting bi+ individuals everywhere. As you might guess, he enjoys consuming media, but also loves road trips and playing his mandolin. Christopher uses the he series of pronouns and is a proud member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
River McMican, Member at Large
River is a design and communications professional who believes that good design is a powerful tool for social change. They work as a nonprofit project manager and freelance graphic designer with a focus on inclusive, accessible communication in healthcare and nonprofit settings. In addition to the BRC, River serves on the Community Advisory Board of Open Door Health – Rhode Island’s only community health center dedicated to LGBTQ primary and sexual health care. Their passions include weird musical instruments, queer comic books, and board games that take way too long to play. They’re still trying to figure out this whole Instagram thing.
Helen Parshall, Member at Large
A self-described “professional bisexual,” Helen Parshall serves as the Communications Manager for AIDS United. She is an avid writer and passionate social justice advocate, who uses digital media to bring visibility to marginalized communities. Before joining the team at AIDS United, Helen spent five and a half years at the Human Rights Campaign, working on issues at the nexus of racial justice, transgender justice and bisexual visibility within the broader LGBTQ movement. From covering stories about the broken criminal justice system in Baltimore City to rebuilding homes for LGBTQ elders in Puerto Rico, Helen has always been driven by a desire to uplift others in the hopes of creating a better, more just world. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, holding a master’s in journalism degree with a focus in multi-platform journalism. When not joining her housemates at a rally in D.C., Helen can be found reading a book or watching Doctor Who curled up with her dog, Pippin.