We are a dedicated team of talented professionals with a vast range of skills and experience. We are passionate about the work, and very much look forward to collaborating with you!
HLWF’s Leadership Team
Sarah (They/She) is the first Executive Director of the HLWF, & brings more than 15 years experience serving the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania. Sarah is a National expert in LGBTQ Child Welfare and has provided numerous seminars and keynotes to help providers improve practice to better serve LGBTQ+ individuals. Sarah’s educational background includes a BA in Cultural Studies & Psychology, an MA in Leadership & Organizational Transformation, and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Promotion. In 2018, Sarah was selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the first of its kind in the nation. Sarah has also served on the City of Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council and was recently honored as part of the 2019 class of “Pittsburgh 40 Under 40”.
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J. Coley Alston
Coley, (They/Them) is the Program Director of the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation. Coley is an expert in supporting LGBTQ+ youth and has led innovative youth initiatives in various roles over the past 6 years. They believe in using data to drive change in policy and culture. Coley’s educational background includes a BS in Natural Sciences and a Masters in Public Health with a certificate in LGBT Individuals’ Wellness from the University of Pittsburgh. Coley was inspired to pursue an MPH degree due to the health disparities experienced by Black LGBTQ youth and families, and has dedicated their work to improving outcomes and implementing systemic change.
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Strategic Initiatives Manager
Tymber, (They/ She) is a national social justice activist. Prior to their role at Hugh Lane, Tymber served as the LGBTQ+ policy associate at the Biden Foundation. Tymber managed a national public education and storytelling campaign, facilitated youth round tables centering the experiences of young people with inter-sectional identities, and provided technical assistance and research support to other national youth-serving organizations working to implement LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity into their
programs, policies, and practices. Tymber also served as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Karen Bass. Tymber continues to use their personal experience and knowledge to educate and ignite change for all youth.
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Chrissy Carter (They/She) – Project Coordinator
Emani Wade (She/Her) – Clinician, Steps 2 Connect
Dr. Tamar Carmel – Clinical Supervisor, Steps 2 Connect
Marcus (He/Him) – Operations
Frank (He/Him) – Fiscal Consultant
Maureen (She/Her) – Accountant