President | He/Him Pronouns
Mark is a proud parent and a PFLAG Hartford member from 2013 until forever! PFLAG Hartford was such a welcome – and welcoming! – source of support and education for his entire family in need that he was thrilled at the opportunity to give back. He joined the Board, first as Treasurer from 2015-2020, and then as President starting in 2020. Serving on the Board has been an honor and a privilege for Mark, because he gets to see so many individuals and families completely transformed. They come in suffering and confused, but PFLAG Hartford helps them find their own strength, renewed joy, and pride in their own and their loved ones’ authenticity. And along the way, deep bonds and lifelong friendships are created. It’s powerfully true, what we hear so often: PFLAG Hartford is Family!
Brill Scholarship Chair | She/Her Pronouns
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.
Resource Coordinator | She/Her Pronouns
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.
Lindsey Pembrooke Pasquale
Treasurer | She/They Pronouns
Lindsey is on the Board of Directors for the New Haven Pride Center and an active member of the Non-Binary community. They are a facilitator for the Non-Binary group at Hartford PFLAG, key administrator of the 21,000+ person Non-Binary Gender Pride support group on Facebook, and recently presented a workshop "We Are All Genderfluid: These and Other Myths About Non-Binary People" at a conference. They frequently panel for the Yale Internal Medicine residency program. Other major panels include Facebook@Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and for Middlesex Hospital for Schwartz Rounds (promoting compassion in medicine) with panelists including Dr. Christine McGinn. They have a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance, and currently work as a consultant in the insurance software industry.
Technology Chair | She/Her Pronouns
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!
Tabling & Speakers Chair | She/Her Pronouns
Kristin Tingey and her husband have four children, one of whom is non-binary. Their family is incredibly grateful for PFLAG for helping them learn about the LGBTQ+ community. Kristin and her child, Lane, joined the Board in 2019 to help PFLAG provide support, education and advocacy. Kristin has also enjoyed her career as a School Psychologist for the last 20 years.
Youth Ambassador & Technology Assistant | They/Them Pronouns
Lane is a Junior at Coventry High School and proud to be the President of their school’s GSA. Lane's music is very important to them, and they play 3 instruments- Guitar, ukulele, and trumpet. They're a huge animal lover, and they've been part of 4-H since they were 10 years old. Through 4-H, they show their chickens, goats and guinea pigs.
Dr. AJ Eckert
Community Health Advocate | They/Them Pronouns
Dr. AJ Eckert is Connecticut's first openly non-binary doctor. Dr. AJ is currently in the process of building the patient basis of their GLAM (Gender- and Life- Affirming Medicine) Center, where patients are seen for primary care and customized health care tailored to them. They also provide gender-affirming medicine, puberty suppressants, clothing swaps and a binder exchange program, referrals to culturally competent specialists, screening and treatment for STIs, HIV and Hep C, PrEP treatment, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Dr. AJ's practice is a safe space, where patients can be honest and feel comfortable. They offer 3 levels of concierge service allowing patients to be seen nights, weekends and in the comfort of their own homes, as well as have texting privileges and direct email communication. Dr. AJ practices inclusive, hands-on, Osteopathic medicine and decided to specialize in LGBTQ+ health after completing their education at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at NEOMEN/Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Program-Family. They are board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as well as Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. AJ has been involved in the LGBTQ+ community and considered it “family” since their high school days.
Secretary | She/Her Pronouns
Maeveen (Maeve) Martinez has been a member for 7 years and counting. After seeking support through her coming out experience as a teenager, serving as a former youth ambassador and receiving the 2016 Brill Scholarship she now serves as secretary on the board of PFLAG Hartford and facilitates the teen support group at both Hartford and Manchester meetings. Maeve hopes to see a society where people will feel safe, valued and authentic in their identities every time they walk outside their door. She knows that the support, education and advocacy that PFLAG and other LGBTQIA+ organizations provide is crucial to the creation of this future.