Board of Directors


Paul_web10Paul Perry
New York, NY
Chair
Paul Perry is an Administrative Education Officer with the New York City Department of Education. He is currently working as a School Design Fellow with the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), part of the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). With his colleagues, Paul is co-designing a breakthrough high school model that will dramatically improve college and career readiness for Black and Latino youth. He will lead one of eight new high schools slated to open next year. He is also finishing up his final year as a Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Paul has previously worked as an assistant school leader in Boston and a middle school teacher in Philadelphia. He holds degrees from American University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California – Berkeley. Paul is proud to have grown up with his two loving Dads and works hard for COLAGE to create a loving community for youth with LGBTQ parents that he unfortunately lacked as a child.

Adrian_web02Adrian Ogle
New York, NY
Vice Chair
Adrian Ogle is a Special Events Manager, having co-produced events for Hetrick-Martin Institute, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. Prior to this, he has worked at Dartmouth College and Brown University in university special events and conferences. In his tenure, Adrian has successfully co-managed over 70 art, cultural, and special events and over 50 meeting and conference programs.  His portfolio includes events that have received national press coverage from outlets such as CNN, Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Out Magazine. Originally from Hartford, CT, Adrian grew up in South Florida with a lesbian mother, and father. More recently, his family also includes a stepmother and a newborn sister, Avery.  Adrian is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where he found his passion for social justice, LGBTQ advocacy, and community organizing.
Allison_web04Allison Auldridge
Albany, NY
Alli Auldridge is the Governor’s Appointee for the Empire State Fellowship after serving as the Policy Associate at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). Alli has years of experience in nonprofit communications and advocacy, managing communications efforts for the Roxbury Film Festival in Boston and the Brooklyn Historical Society, prior to working at SAGE. Alli grew up in New England with her two moms, sister and brother. She now lives in Albany, NY. Alli received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her Master’s degree in Urban Policy from The New School for Urban Policy and Management.
Yonca_web13Yonca Ertimur
Boulder, CO
Treasurer
Yonca Ertimur is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Colorado. She earned her Ph.D. at New York University, her MBA at University of Rochester, and her BS in Business Administration at Bosphorus University. Prior to joining the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Yonca was an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Duke University and Stanford University. Originally from Turkey, Yonca lives in Boulder, CO with her partner.
Kathy_web07Kathy Burroughs
Longmeadow, MA
Kathy Burroughs is a partner in the international law firm Dechert LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s finance and real estate group and business restructuring and reorganization group. Her legal practice is focused in the areas of commercial real estate finance, securitization, restructuring and bankruptcy.  Kathy is proud to have been the first openly gay partner at Dechert.  In addition to her client work, Kathy has taken active leadership roles in the firm’s pro bono and diversity efforts, including having served as the Co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, leader of the firm-wide LGBT Affinity Group, and member of the firm-wide Pro Bono Committee.   Kathy’s passion for COLAGE is fueled by her first hand experience of the important role that COLAGE has played in the life of her teenage daughter and her friends, and Kathy and her wife Lori have attended Family Week with their daughter every year since she was three.
Jeff_web06Jeff Ruff
Chicago, IL
Jeff Ruff is an Analyst at Huron Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. He has previously spent time at the United Nations, the Ministry of Education of Spain and RW Ventures, a Chicago-based economics consultancy. He serves on the Associate Board of KIPP:Chicago, a high-performing public charter school network with three schools on the West Side of Chicago, and on the Board of Advisers of Moneythink, an NGO that the White House has recognized as one of America’s most innovative new non-profits. He holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago and a BA, summa cum laude, from American University. Originally from Philly, Jeff enjoys long-distance running, hiking in national parks and traveling: his proudest personal achievement is having visited 25 foreign countries before turning 25.
Ted_web12Ted Sands
Philadelphia, PA
Ted Sands is a California native transplanted to the East Coast.  Throughout various posts, Ted’s work has focused on assisting low-income New Yorkers achieve self-sufficiency whether through affordable housing finance or streamlined internal operations at the nation’s largest social services agency (NYC Human Resources Administration).  As a gay man with an eye toward family, Ted supports COLAGErs through his work on the Finance Committee.  Ted graduated with a BA from Stanford University (Urban Studies, 2008), completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (2009), and is pursuing an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2015, expected). In Philadelphia, he is a resident fellow of Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative, a director of Wharton’s LGBT student association (Out4Biz) and an organizer of the national 2014 LGBT Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) conference.
Eddie Summers
Eddie Summers
Eddie Summers is a higher education and organizational effectiveness consultant. He earned his Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School in NYC, and his MPA and BA in Political Science from Marist College. Eddie has spent more than eleven years working as an executive in higher education. He has written and lectured on the importance of access to higher education and developing programs that support underrepresented students succeed in college among other topics. He is active on various boards including the northeast board for the Victory Fund, which helps LGBTQ political candidates get elected. Eddie is openly gay and takes pride in raising his son Jules.