Who We Are
Paul Perry is freelance writer and social impact consultant. He previously served as the Bay Area Executive Director of The Reset Foundation, a nonprofit that runs residential education campuses for transition-age youth (18-24) as an alternative to incarceration. Paul has served as an assistant principal in Boston and worked with Los Angeles Unified School District on professional development for teachers and principals. His career as an educator includes teaching middle school in Philadelphia and leading college courses at San Quentin State Prison in California. He holds degrees from American University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California – Berkeley. Most recently, Paul earned his Doctorate of Education Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He grew up in Norristown, PA with his hardworking and thoughtful fathers Ken and Paul.
Rhonda Craig is an award-winning multimedia journalist and a communications strategist. She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and business. Since then, her work and imagination has taken her around the world. In addition to working as a news reporter and producer, she’s taken on roles in PR and marketing for Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profits. Throughout her career, she’s interviewed everyone from elected officials to Olympians, but her favorite reports have always revolved around social good and altruism. Driven by the desire to make a positive impact through media, she creates content that aims to close the empathy gap between those who are most vulnerable/suffering and those who are able to do something about it. Her passion for storytelling led her to COLAGE, where she helps craft campaigns that educate, inspire and empower change.
National Program Director
Kaley is a fierce southern genderqueer organizer who has been involved with COLAGE for the past four years as Family Week volunteer staff and 2015 Board Fellow. Raised in North Carolina, Kaley was brought to America by two loving moms, when they were 6 months old, from Lima, Peru. Kaley has a large amount of pride for their family and has been organizing in their local communities since 2009 with an emphasis on youth empowerment, social, and racial justice. Kaley graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and completed a Non Profit Management certificate program at Duke University. They consider COLAGE a second family and aim to build more networks and connections within COLAGE and LGBTQ communities to promote and develop resilient youth leaders. Kaley and their black lab currently live in Asheville, North Carolina.
Courtney Faria has been involved in COLAGE programming since the year 2000. She started coming to COLAGE programming at Family Week in Provincetown, MA when she was 10. Her mom had just came out as a lesbian, her biological parents got divorced, and she moved to a new town with her two younger siblings and her mom to live with her mom’s new partner. She didn’t realize at the time, how much having two moms and her biological mom coming out would effect her life in really important ways. COLAGE became (and still is) a huge part of her life. She became a volunteer Family Week staff member as soon as she could and was also an intern twice. COLAGE is where she learned the value of community, social justice, her story, her voice, & how to hold up other people’s experiences & voices as well. Courtney is second gen and grew up on Cape Cod and went to Smith College in Northampton, MA. She currently lives in Seattle with her partner who is also a second gen COLAGEr! She is hoping to pursue a career as a social worker and workplace equity trainer but is currently working as a cookie baker and gardener as well as in her administrative role with COLAGE.
Communications & Development Intern
|Kaitlyn is a quiet, yet resolute advocate for LGBTQ+ people and families. Raised in a small southern Missouri town, her mother came out to her when she was a teenager. Unaware of communities like COLAGE, Kaitlyn lived several years feeling alone and different. It was not until she began wrestling with the intersections of her faith, sexuality, and family dynamics—getting involved with the Gay Christian Network as an intern and eventually as an Assistant Conference Director—that she began meeting other COLAGErs.
With her background in mental health and her Master of Public Affairs in Public Policy from the University of Missouri, Kaitlyn has learned the value of facilitating empathy through storytelling and research. She comes to COLAGE with a passion for accurately reflecting and lifting up the stories of people in a way that will create an impact and to discover new ways of engaging people in the mission and vision of non-profit organizations. Portrait by Gabriela Herman from the project The Kids.
COLAGE is grateful to our Honorary Board, comprised of individuals who have made a difference in their leadership with our organization and in their advocacy work for youth in LGBTQ families. The Honorary Board supports COLAGE as advisors and ambassadors, uniting with us to both sustain and carry out our mission and strategic goals.
Alysia Abbott, Author
Allison Aulderidge, Director of Community Engagement, Pride Foundation
Mike Beebe, Consultant
Amber Davis Tourlentes, Educator
Jeff DeGroot, Attorney
Alison Delpercio, Deputy Director, HRC Children, Youth & Families Program
Ali Dubin, Photographer / Mentor / Teacher
Tina Fakhrid-Deen, Educator & Author
Meredith Fenton, Vice President, Fenton Communications
Dori Kavanagh, Psychotherapist, Private Practice
Stefan Lynch, Director of Clinical Redesign, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Hope Manley, Sign Language Interpreter
Felicia Park-Rogers, Executive Director, Beth Chayim Chadashim
Gabriela Herman, Photographer, The Kids
Kyle Ranson-Walsh, Senior Creative Producer, Compass
Aaron Sachs, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
Danielle Silber, Senior Corporate Alliances Officer, International Rescue Committee
Beth Teper, Consultant
Zach Wahls, Advocate & Author
Drew Zandonella-Stannard, Marketing Manager, Theo Chocolate
Alysia is a freelance writer and the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (W.W. Norton, June 2013), which was chosen as a New York Times Editors Choice and an Oprah.com Book of the Week. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from New School University. Her work focuses on queer history, alternative family, and issues surrounding parenting children with special needs. In Fairyland she writes about being raised motherless by a single gay father in 1970s and 80s San Francisco. Her father died of AIDS in 1992. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Psychology Today, Salon, TheAtlantic.com, and Babble, among other publications.
Alli Auldridge used to consider herself the Pecos Bill of rural Vermont, having been raised by a pack of wild lesbians (ok, only two). She grew up in New England with her two moms, her siblings and a rotating cast of beloved pets including dogs, cats and the occasional goat. She spent 7 years in New York City before moving upstate to work in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as an Empire Fellow in the Department of Economic Development. She has also served as the Policy Associate at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) helping to improve the lives of LGBT older adults and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement with the Pride Foundation in Seattle where she lives with her wife and daughter. 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.
Mike Beebe is a COLAGEr and has been involved with COLAGE for over 20 years. Mike has over 20 years of experience managing youth & adult leadership programs and is passionate about partnering with young people to create positive social change. His experience includes managing JustServe AmeriCorps, a youth anti-violence program, TEEN LINK, a hotline for youth answered by youth, and serving on the Board of Directors for COLAGE. He started Beebe Training & Consulting Services in 2004 and since that time has work with thousands of individuals and groups to develop their leadership skills.
Amber Davis Tourlentes‘s work explores the boundaries that communities create and exist within. Her work examines the organization of LGBT community as well as its cultural influences on community. Growing up in the gay community, Amber is particularly interested in understanding the processes of identification and inclusion. Amber has an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston MA. She has photographed for several activist and legal coalitions serving same sex parented families. Her work has been included in feminist, lesbian, gay and transgender targeted publications, academic journals.
Raised in Corvallis, Oregon by his two moms, Jeff is an honors graduate of Whitman College and University of Washington School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Washington Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers. Jeff has been involved in non-profit and political organizing for over ten years. At age 18, he was elected to be a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and later served as a Senior Fellow and Field Director for the Bus Project, a political non-profit working to engage young people in the political process. Following college, Jeff worked as a teacher for youth and adults with disabilities and then as a Fellow for COLAGE, where he authored the COLAGE Donor Insemination Guide. Jeff currently works for the law firm of DLA Piper in Seattle, Washington, where he is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.
Alison Delpercio is a proud second generation COLAGEr, originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area (where her straight ally mom, gay dad and older sister all still live). Alison now lives near Washington, DC where she is the associate director of the Children, Youth & Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. At HRC she advocates for LGBT-welcoming and affirming practices within child welfare agencies and broader youth-serving organizations. She is also currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Alison previously served as the COLAGE Chapter Coordinator for the Metro DC area (from 2009-2011) and has served as a volunteer staff member for COLAGE’s Family Week programming many times since discovering COLAGE in 2008.
Ali is a professional portrait photographer, personal and relationship counselor, life coach, teacher, and Second City trained improvisor. She teaches parent education to parents of teens, specializing in working with parents of LGBTQ teens. She founded COLAGE-LA (not its original name) in 1987 and co-founded COLAGE (also not its original name) in 1990, She grew up in LA with her Mom, sister, and gay Dad. Ali was married to a woman for 22 years and now has a boyfriend. She has two amazing teenage daughters. Ali has a BA in Deaf Studies, a teaching credential, life coach certification, and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s the Ask Ali relationship columnist for babymama.com magazine and has been published on the effects on the family when one member is transgender.
Tina Fakhrid-Deen is an educator, writer, activist, and mother. She has worked in higher education, Federal TRIO Programs, alternative schools, social services, arts education, and college prep programs. Her goal is to empower youth and provide them with the support and access to resources necessary to thrive. Having grown up with a lesbian mother, she founded the Chicago Chapter of COLAGE which she volunteer coordinated for seven years. She is the author of Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents (Seal Press). She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
Meredith Fenton served as the National Program Director of COLAGE for 8 years, following stints as a summer intern and member of the Board of Directors with the organization. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Meredith grew up in Central IL and has a lesbian mom, a straight dad, and two siblings. She currently is an Account Director with Fenton Social Change Communications where she assists non-profits and other do-gooders with media and communications. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Communication Strategies at the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Outside of her professional work, Meredith is a performer, producer and activist who works with such groups as the National Queer Arts Festival, Femme Conference, Catalyst Project, and recently wrote and performed White Lies- a musical about racism and collective liberation.
Dori Kavanagh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in New Jersey. She specializes in working with those that have one or more LGBTQ parent, are adoptees, and/or identifying as being a part of a Conspicuous Family. She has done extensive research, community organizing and clinical work with these populations for almost 10 years. Dori was the Chapter Coordinator of COLAGE-NYC from 2005-2009. She holds a BA from Muhlenberg College and a MSW from Hunter College. Dori grew up with her lesbian mom in Northern NJ. She lives with her husband, Jesse, and their daughter, Ruby.
Hope Manley is a founding member of COLAGE who initially served as one of two co-directors. During the past 22 years of COLAGE she has been involved in the local communities in Connecticut, Washington DC and San Francisco. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio where is works as a sign language interpreter and Mom to 9 year old daughter Lila. Motivated by the experience of losing her beloved Gay Dad in the early days of the AIDS epidemic (1989) she is awed by the fast paced changes happening now with the end of DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), state honored marriage equality and the end of DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act). She continues to dedicated her life to making the world a safer place for all families with LGBTQ parents with a more understanding general public. One of her happiest moments as a Mom was when Lila exclaimed “I am a COLAGE kid too!”.
Felicia Park-Rogers served as COLAGE’s Executive Director from 1996 through 2002. She came to COLAGE after many years working in youth empowerment, especially with homeless and lgbtq youth. Felicia grew up in San Francisco during the height of the feminist and sexual liberation movements, and spent her teenage years under the devastating avalanche of the AIDS epidemic. Both her mother and father came out when she was young, and she later learned her father was HIV+. Her time at COLAGE provided an opportunity to bring together her personal and professional history in one seamless cloth. She is proud to have been part of the movement of empowering people with lgbtq parents and transforming the public’s consciousness from “what if they grow up to be axe murderers?!” to the rich and nuanced understanding of today’s modern families. She continues to work for lgbt civil rights and personal empowerment. Today Felicia lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and their two sons. She has serves as the Executive Director of the historic LGBT synagogue, Beth Chayim Chadashim.
Gabriela Herman is an editorial and commercial photographer who specializes in portrait, travel and lifestyle work around the globe bringing a fresh and vibrant energy. Her personal projects have received attention in outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian, Wired and the Atlantic and been exhibited worldwide. She holds a dual American and Brazilian citizenship and when not out on the road is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been recognized in American Photography 30 & 31, as a Critical Mass finalist and a top emerging photographer by the Magenta Foundation. Clients include Google, Nikon, Airbnb, Travel and Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Cosmopolitan.
Kyle Ranson-Walsh credits COLAGE for igniting his activist fire and numerous other queer organizations for fanning the flames; he spent his formative teenage years serving on the board of COLAGE, interning for GLAAD, attending NYAC summits and leading workshops at Creating Change. He also founded the first University-supported LGBT resource center in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After years of California dreaming Kyle relocated to the Bay area in 2003. Almost immediately he had the good fortune of joining the crew at Pixar Animation Studios where he had the pleasure to work on Ratatouille, WALL•E, UP, Cars 2 and The Blue Umbrella. Still identified as bi-coastal Kyle now resides (mostly) in Brooklyn, NY where he is an independent filmmaker.
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.
Danielle Silber has been a grateful member of COLAGE since 1997 when she was 14 years old. Danielle has advocated for equality for all families since first attending Gay Pride marches as a toddler. Growing up in an interracial, interreligious family with lesbian, gay and bisexual parents, Danielle has worked to integrate work for LGBTQ rights with other social justice movements. She has served on the board of directors, founded the St. Louis COLAGE Chapter, and led the New York chapter. Danielle is the Senior Officer of Strategic Alliances for the International Rescue Committee and has worked on developing corporate partnerships for the IRC since 2008, and has over 10 years experience in the field of international development. She specializes in public-private and cause marketing initiatives.
Beth Teper brings a wealth of LGBTQ family movement knowledge and organizational leadership to COLAGE’s Honorary Board. Prior to being the Executive Director, she served on COLAGE’s steering committee and board of directors. Teper’s longstanding commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice informs her work and life. As a consultant, trainer & coach, she specializes in leadership and resource development, popular education, and youth empowerment to help build momentum and inter-connections across movements. Raised in San Francisco by her lesbian mother, Teper resides in Oakland with her wife/love life, Anna Wolitzky. Beth served as COLAGE’s Executive Director from 2003-2011.
Zach Wahls is a sixth-generation Iowan, an outspoken advocate for marriage equality, an Eagle Scout and the founder of Scouts for Equality. His testimony about his family before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee was YouTube’s most watched political video of 2011. He has appeared on The Daily Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Situation Room, The Late Show and other media outlets. He is a Truman Scholar and the author of the national bestseller My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Drew Zandonella-Stannard was first introduced to COLAGE way back in 1998 when she attended her first family week in Provincetown at the age of 14. Raised by her lesbian mothers and gay donor dad in Seattle, Drew has been advocating for LGBT equality since day one. A blogger since 2002, Drew’s personal essays often focus on her “big gay family,” including losing her father to AIDS in 1997. Her work has been published by Marie Claire, Saveur Magazine,Eater, and The Hairpin, amongst others. As Marketing Manager of Theo Chocolate, Drew relishes in fostering meaningful collaborations and crafting unique stories and through the power of chocolate. She believes in the potential of new media to nourish important conversations and create positive global change.