Spring is the season of changes, and here in New England that means a lot of rainy days to help the flowers grow. Here at the BRC, we’re certainly trying to stay positive amid a particularly “rainy” political atmosphere, and part of what keeps us growing is our amazing volunteer board. Therefore, it’s hard to say goodbye when they move on to put their incredible energy elsewhere. Over these past few months, three board members who have helped us grow especially strong these past years have left, and we want to acknowledge their contributions.
Heather Benjamin joined the board in 2014 and served as the Co-President, Treasurer, and Member-At-Large. During her time on the board, Heather coordinated merchandising and event planning, presented at conferences, attended the White House for briefings and celebrations, and assisted with support groups, among a myriad other things. Heather’s energy and bubbly nature helped the board through tough times, long meetings, and hectic Pride seasons. She will continue to volunteer with the BRC, lending her expertise and enthusiasm for bi+ elders. Heather will be putting her energy into her job as a social worker.
Kevin Hogan has served as a Member-at-Large on the board for the last four-and-a-half years. His tireless energy has boosted the organization at events such as Pride and the annual Fundraising House Party, as well as at White House events. Kevin is a talented speaker, writer, and activist and has been a great asset to the organization thanks to his gregarious personality and enthusiasm. Kevin’s passion for the bi+ community will continue through his work with Healing Stigma and through volunteering with the board in an advisory role moving forward.
Julia Canfield started out with the BRC as an intern in 2013, and joined the board after she graduated from her MPH program at Boston University. She served as the Board President and Clerk. Along with past-president Ellyn Ruthstrom, Julia developed Bisexual Health Awareness Month in 2014, which she then coordinated in 2015 and 2016, widening the campaign’s reach and gathering new collaborators to spread the word about crucial topics in bi+ health. In addition, Julia chaired the Social Media Committee, wrote and collaborated on grants, facilitated and co-facilitated multiple support groups, promoted and attended board events, and presented at conferences. She said goodbye to the board in January 2017 to focus on her work in public health.
Thank you so much to these three incredible board members, without whom our volunteer-run organization would not be able to run!