Who We Are

Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation was founded in 2017 to improve the health of the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities. We offer a variety of services and resources to our communities, as well as expert training for organizations to improve their capacity to serve LGBTQ+ clients and staff.

Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation is named in memory of Hugh “Huey” Lane.  Huey lived in a time where being out and openly talking about HIV were highly stigmatized.  Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation strives to address both LGBTQ+ and HIV bias across the many intersections of our communities to create spaces and opportunities for individuals to be their authentic, courageous selves.

Mission: Raising health with LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania by addressing the Center for Disease Control’s Social Determinants of Health.

For general inquiries or to reach our team: info@hughlane.org

For board of director inquiries: board@hughlane.org

Hugh Lane Staff

Tracy C. Baton, LSW (She/Her) – Lead Clinician 

Nick Ripley, Esq. (They/Them) – Legal Aid Attorney 

Jennifer Gräb (She/Her) – Service Coordinator 

Leon Bell (They/Them) – Community Health Worker 

Ashton Wygonik (He/Him) – Community Health Worker 

Ramona Flores (She/They) Community Health Worker 

Sarah Velez (She/Her) – Community Outreach Specialist 

Kathi Boyle (She/Her) – Development Coordinator 

Jordan Sánchez (She/They) – Program Administrator 

Larry Shaffer (He/Him) – Chief of Staff

Guillermo Biro (He/Him) – Operations Manager 

Tyler Oravetz (He/Him) – Administrative Coordinator 

Madison Baxter (She/Her) – Youth Services Navigator 

Jack Cummings (They/She) – Youth Programming Specialist 

Beck Reid (They/Them) – Education Specialist/SOGIE Trainer

Micah Small (They/Them) – Youth Programs Navigator

Asta Kill (She/Her) – Corporate Trainer 

Oliver Burnett (He/Him) -SOGIE Trainer 

Katrina Lenhart (She/They) – SOGIE Equity Trainer 

Leidy Diana Guerro (She/Her) – SOGIE Engagement Coordinator 

Val Robledo (He/Him) – SOGIE Engagement Coordinator

Leadership Team

Sarah Rosso (They/She) is the Executive Director of Hugh Lane, and brings 15+ years of experience serving the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania. Sarah is a National expert in LGBTQ Child Welfare and has provided numerous trainings 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. Sarah serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and is Co-Chair of the Youth and Young Adult Committee. In addition, Sarah serves on the City of Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Commission, the PA COVID Equity Committee, Allegheny County COVID Equity Task Force, and was a 2019 40 under 40 honoree.

contact: sarah@hughlane.org

J. Coley Alston (They/Xe) 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.  

Ashley Durham (She/Her) is the Outreach and Communications Manager at Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation. She is a graduate of Westminster College with a BA in Broadcast Communications and has worked in Pittsburgh as a media specialist and writer in recent years. She has an extensive background in video and audio production along with photography and film in the worlds of education startups and brand experience. Ashley brings her skills in content creation and project management to Hugh Lane’s marketing and social media efforts along with general community outreach. She also continues her love of journalism as the Lead Blogger for True T PGH, an organization that provides Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ community with content centered around celebrating and uplifting BIPOC voices.

Jule Arney (Xe/They) is the Director of Training & Research at Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation. Xe graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Psychology, with studies focused in prejudice, discrimination, and public policy.

Jule has developed and facilitated LGBTQIA+ trainings and workshops for a wide variety of industries and audiences for more than 15 years. Xe also served as Vice Chair of the City of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council 2017-2019

Tommy Walters (He/Him) is the Director of Finance and Development at Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation. Tommy comes to Hugh Lane after working in various roles at arts and culture nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh. Most recently, Tommy served as the Managing Director at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and previously as Executive Director at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA. He studied music and business at Slippery Rock University and Westminster College (PA).  Tommy knows the power and impact nonprofit organizations can have on a community, and it is important to him to volunteer for other organizations. He serves as an active member of the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Young Peoples’ Orchestras and the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and has previously served on the boards of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra Association, UniSound, and the Union Aid Society. He and his partner reside on the North Side with their two chocolate labs, Bruce and Georgia.

Board of Directors

Dr. Stacy Lane – Founder (She/Her)
Kurt Colborn – Treasurer & Secretary (He/Him)
Ian Syphard – (He/Him)
Quinn McCray – (She/Her)
Darin Smith – (He/Him)
Vincent Lane – (He/Him)
Julie Strickland-Gilliard – (She/Her) James English (He/Him)


Youth & Families

Programs including Big Sibs mentoring, student LGBTQ+ groups, caretaker workshops and trainings, online QChats and Discord server, social activities, behavioral health groups.

Community Services ↗

Programs including Legal Aid, Hugh’s Kitchen food and hygiene supplies, support groups, Case Management, Community Advisory Boards, Wellness Programming.

Training ↗

Comprehensive gender and sexuality training services to serve LGBTQIA+ clients and staff for medical and behavioral health providers, child welfare, human services, educators, and corporations.