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  • Erin - for PRIDEErin was born in Albany, NY but moved to Vermont when she was only four years old.  She grew up in South Burlington and bought her own home there in 2011.  She married her long-time partner, Nathalie in August of 2015.  Nathalie is Canadian and still resides in Montreal, they have been navigating the very complicated and time consuming immigration process since shortly after they were married.  It is their dream to share a home here in Vermont.  Erin and Nat share a love of animals and have many of them, all are rescues.  Their dog Puff was adopted from BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Lebanon.  He is a special needs dog, missing his two back feet.

    Erin graduated from Champlain College in 1999 and began a career in Wealth Management.  She has spent the past 17 years working with a team of financial advisors at a major Wealth Management/Investment firm.  Erin has her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and her professional focus is in client service and relationship building.  At the same time she was starting her career, she began volunteering at H.O.P.E. Works (formerly the Women’s Rape Crisis Center) as both an education/outreach volunteer and a Development Committee member.  She was asked to join the H.O.P.E. Works Board in 2005 and served as Board Chair from 2006-2012.  She continued volunteering on the Development Committee until presented with the opportunity to get involved with the Pride Center of VT.  As a former SafeSpace fundraising volunteer, she was familiar with The Pride Center and anxious to get more involved.  She joined the Board in the summer of 2016 and is excited to step into her new role as Co-Chair.
  • McCarver-Reyes photoMichael McCarver-Reyes is a relatively new resident of Vermont.  He and his husband, Albert, bought a home in the Champlain Islands in 2013.  After commuting back and forth between Manhattan and Grand Isle, they opted to permanently leave NY and become full-time Vermonters in 2016.

    Michael began working with the LGBTQ community in the late 1980’s in NYC.  During the height of the AIDS crisis, he served on the Board of Directors of Community Health Project (currently Callen-Lorde Clinic).  Community Health Project was the first community-based HIV clinic in the US.  In addition to serving on the board, Michael was a volunteer at the clinic and worked directly with patients, physicians, and counselors.  He also marched regularly with Queer Nation to protest anti-LGBTQ violence, and participated in the 1992 ACT UP March on the White House.

    Michael’s experience working at an HIV clinic during a time when a hostile administration was threatening to quarantine HIV+ people gives him a unique perspective when dealing with the current political challenges to our community.

    Most recently, Michael managed global content, creative, and copyedit services for WebMD, on online healthcare publisher.  Currently, Michael and Albert are the owners of Champlain Islands Candy Lab, making small-batch, handcrafted chocolates using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Bio to come
  • PaulSissonMay2014Paul R. Sisson has family ties going back several generations in Burlington, and has lived here full-time since 2002.  Paul stayed in the closet until in his forties, and has decided to get more involved in the LGTBQ community by joining the Board of The Pride Center of Vermont.  Together with the Executive Director, Paul hopes to get more “late-comers” involved through social and other event.  Paul is a CPA and began a 26-year career in public accounting with KPMG in 1978 after graduating from UVM.  Paul has recently served as the Burlington’s interim CAO under Mayor Weinberger, and is now the general manager of Northern New England Energy Corporation, the parent company of Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power.  For the past six years, he has served on the Board of the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain, as well as chairing its Planning and Finance Committee for the past three years.  Paul is also on the Board of the Greater Burlington YMCA and Champlain Housing Trust, and serves on the Board of Advisors at UVM’s Business School. Paul currently lives in Burlington’s New North End.
  • Bio to come.
  • ClarkHeadshotIIClayton Clark was born in 1972 and has lived in Vermont since 2001.  He spent six years as the State of Vermont's Director of Veteran Services and presently serves as the Director of Licensing and Protection, where he oversees Adult Protective Services and programs that license and survey healthcare facilities.  Prior to moving to Vermont he served as an officer in the United States Air Force for six years. He has a degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Master's in Government from Harvard University.  He has previously volunteered with Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education (VASE) and the New England Leather Alliance (NELA).  He is the sworn enemy of jam bands.

 

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