Board of Directors

Paul_web10Paul Perry
New York, NY
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.
Alex_web03Alexandra Destin
Philadelphia, PA
Alexandra Destin is a native New Yorker who is pursuing an MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  At Wharton, she is involved in many social impact initiatives, including leading an ongoing pro-bono consulting project with an NGO in Haiti. Prior to Wharton, Alex worked in various roles within the financial services industry, primarily in private equity.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. Alex received her BBA from Howard University and is an INROADS and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) alumna.
Shelli_web11Ana (Shelli) Victorino
Los Angeles, CA
Ana Sheila Victorino is the Product Manager at Little Black Bag, an emerging social e-commerce company. She serves as the Los Angeles Regional Lead for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation initiative, Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT), and is a former Hispanic Heritage Youth Award winner. She is a 2013 New Leaders Council Fellow and currently serves on the governing board in L.A. She is a Riordan Program alum and volunteers as a mentor for their Saturday Business Academy program that helps underprivileged high school students prepare for college. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Modern Languages from Stanford University. Originally from Mexico City, Ana grew up in Chicago and Southern California and is avid Chicago and SoCal sports fan.
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.
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.
Yonca_web13Yonca Ertimur
Boulder, CO
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.
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.
Aaron_web01Aaron Sachs
Oakland, CA
Aaron Sachs is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Mary’s College of California. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Iowa, and his work focuses on the intersection of media, technology, and culture with a particular concern for issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class. He wrote his dissertation on film representations of hip-hop in the 1980s and has published non-fiction narratives about growing up as a COLAGEr. Born with the help of anonymous donor insemination, Aaron was raised by lesbian moms in Berkeley, CA. After his parents separated, one mother came-out as bisexual and was involved with a man until 2007. In 2004, Aaron was contacted by his donor and the two remain in touch. Aaron is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors.
Mercy_web09Mercy Sanchez
Chicago, IL
Development Chair
Mercy Sanchez is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She was awarded an Erikson Fellowship, which she used to support Urban Health Initiative’s efforts to transform healthcare on Chicago’s South Side. Prior to graduate school, Mercy worked for several years in Los Angeles as a Research Associate with an education-consulting firm, committed to turning around low-performing schools and districts in California. She was raised in California’s Central Valley in a very open and loving family. As a child, Mercy was raised extremely cognizant of social justice issues through her family’s involvement in both the United Farm Workers and the LGBTQ movement towards equality. She presently lives in Chicago with her partner, Marlaina.
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.