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Our Board
Laura Williams

Laura Williams (President)

Laura Williams serves as a Diversity Partner for the Munich Re US P&C Diversity Council, a role that supports all of the Employee Resource Groups including the Women’s Network, Green Team, and PRIDE for LGFT & Allies. Prior to PFLAG, Laura served as Director of Community Outreach for the nonprofit Out Film CT, promotors of the annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. She is also a Finance AVP for the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

Edith Barrett (Diversity Chair)

Edith Barrett is the mother of a teenage transgender son. In both her personal and professional life, she is dedicated to improving life for all people, especially youth living in urban areas. She currently serves as the Director of Urban and Community Studies and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. She remains actively engaged in the community through volunteer work, including service on the governing boards of numerous professional and civic organizations.

Edith Barrett
Amanda Klatt

Amanda Klatt (Resource Coordinator)

Amanda started coming to PFLAG in 2012. At that time she was quiet, in need of education and support. It seems to have been a good fit as she is now giving back to the organization. For the past year, she can be seen welcoming others to the meetings and facilitating various groups. She can also be seen behind the table at events for PFLAG and holding the banner proudly at rallies. While working for the State of CT and helping support PFLAG, she also finds time to help raise her two teenage sons. Other times, you may also catch her searching for antiquities, playing cards with her friends, or quietly making her own jewelry.

Cassandra Martineau (Secretary)

After a lifetime of teaching and caregiving, coupled with a side of activism, lately Cassandra has been focusing more on speaking up for trans rights. Cassandra has spoken at several rallies for the Women's March on Washington, CT Chapter, of which she is a state leader, is a volunteer at True Colors, a Stonewall Speaker, and member of the NAACP. She also writes for Transcending Chaos, a blog she runs to talk about trans issues, and speaks about and advocates for trans equality at every opportunity. She is proud to be accepted into PFLAG as secretary and looks forward to contributing however she can.

Cassandra Martineau
Tracy Martinez

Tracy Martinez (Newsletter)

Tracy Martinez is the mother of two who has worked for the Dept. of Defense for the past 31 years. Currently she is an Administrative Contracting Officer with the Defense Contract Management Agency of Hartford. She served as Cub Master for Pack 161 in East Hartford, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels and is currently involved with the PTO for Kinsella High School for Performing Arts. Tracy joined PFLAG Hartford in February 2014. She attends both the Hartford and Manchester PFLAG meetings and enjoys meeting people involved in the LGBTQ community. Tracy ahs also assisted in manning the PFLAG table at True Colors conference for the past 2 years. In her spare time Tracy enjoys reading, attending theatre performances (especially when her daughter has helped design the costumes!) and going to the beach.

Lisa Mehlmann (Membership)

An Ohio native, Lisa moved to CT with her husband, Mark Pixley, after obtaining her PHD in Biological Sciences from Kent State University in 1996. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cell Biology Department at UCONN Health, where she does both research and teaching in reproductive biology. She and her husband have two teenage children, Andy and Stephanie. She has been an advocate for gay, lesbian, and transgender issues for several years and has been attending PFLAG meetings as an ally since 2013.

Lisa Mehlmann
Mark Pixley

Mark Pixley (Treasurer)

Mark has been serving as PFLAG Hartford treasurer since 2015. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Kent State University, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.

Mark lives in West Hartford with his wife, and has two teen-aged children who are quickly making their way into the world. While it's exciting to see our world becoming a better place for all of us to be our authentic selves, there's still a long road ahead and Mark is proud to be a part of PFLAG's mission to make that road wider and safer through outreach, education, and by bringing people together at all stages of their journey to support each other along the way.

Courtney Pollack (Treasurer)

Courtney Pollack is a Systems Integrator at ESPN. She was the first employee to transition on the job at ESPN back in 2004. Since then, Courtney has been heavily involved with ESPN's employee resource group, ESPN EQUAL. She has served as the first President when it began in 2008, then as Communications Chair, and currently, Co-chair. ESPN EQUAL promotes Diversity and Inclusion for all LGBTQA employees, working closely with ESPN's parent company, The Walt Disney Company. Courtney is the parent of 2 college students, one who identifies as a lesbian. Courtney can be found playing softball in 2 women's leagues during the Spring, Summer and Fall months, and spending lots of time with her French Bulldog, Bailey!

Courtney Pollack
May Tuscano

May Tuscano (Facilitation Chair)

May A.M.R Tuscano, LMFT, started her career as an activist in both LGBTQIA+ and sexual violence prevention communities. Since then, she has become a family therapist, an advocate, and an educator. At her private practice in Wethersfield, CT she helps individuals and families grow and find strength in gender transitions. As a part of her service to the transgender community, May educates organizations such as schools, medical clinics, mental health facilities, and government agencies.

Outside of her work with the trans community, May specializes in working with defiant 3-10 year olds, as well as helping both children and adults recover from PTSD.

May loves to tinker with computers and cars, and is generally a huge nerd.

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