Staff

Grace Sterling Stowell

Executive Director

Grace has been an activist and leader in the social justice and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities for over 35 years.

In 1980, Grace joined the founders of the newly formed Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY), one of the earliest GLBTQ youth groups in the nation. As BAGLY’s first executive director, Grace led youth and adult leaders in the expansion of BAGLY from a Boston-based, all volunteer, grassroots social support group, to an established non-profit youth leadership, health promotion and advocacy organization, including the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010, BAGLY is a nationally recognized model of GLBTQ youth leadership and community development, with over 30,000 youth having directly accessed its programs since its inception.

Since the early 1990’s, Grace has been an active leader in the pioneering local and national movement to expand community organizing, political advocacy, and resources for GLBTQ youth programs and services. Grace was a founding member of the Healthy Boston Coalition for GLBT Youth, the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, D.C., and she currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, and as a steering committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

In June 2009 on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Grace was one of 40 transgender individuals honored by The International Court Council and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s “Stonewall Trans Heroes 40”. Grace was also the recipient of the 2010 Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement, in recognition of more than 35 years of leadership in the social justice and GLBT communities.

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Kurtlan Massarsky

Director of Development and Marketing

Kurtlan came to BAGLY in August 2011, and brings with him extensive experience as a fundraiser and development professional. He has been involved with many GLBTQ and non-profit organizations, including The Trevor Project, New York City Opera and most recently the Northeast Animal Shelter. While at Bard College, Kurtlan was an active crisis intervention counselor for issues surrounding domestic & sexual violence, with special attention given to GLBTQ relationship violence.

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Robson Govine

Director of Operations
 

Robson obtained a degree in English at Central Connecticut University. With a strong desire to give back to the community after graduating in 2010, Robson packed up his bags and relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to become a dedicated volunteer of Americorps for Tenacity, a non-profit organization focused on implementing after-school programming in the Boston area middle schools. In 2013, Robbie accepted a position to serve as the Community Organizer and Development Assistant for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).  He comes to BAGLY using his variety of experience to serve as the Executive Assistant and Operations Manager, helping to oversee the day to day maintenance and management of the BAGLY office space and Community Center, as well as assist in daily operations, events, and needs of the organization.  Outside of work, Robbie is an active member of the Trailblazers, a Boston based softball team for trans and gender variant people, and although he no longer works for MTPC he continues to be involved by serving as a member of their Development Committee.

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Aaron Gonzales

Programs Manager

Aaron is responsible for supporting and developing the leadership capital of Greater Boston’s GLBTQ youth to make positive change in their communities. In this capacity he oversees the implementation of BAGLY’s youth-led community building, social support and advocacy programming. He also provides GLBTQ youth worker support and training through BAGLY’s Adult Volunteer Program.

Aaron was one of twenty young Native American leaders chosen from around the country to organize and train community members to educate health care professionals on the specific health care advocacy and access needs of Native communities. He has also worked as Health and Cultural Educator at the North American Indian Center of Boston (a program of the Latin American Health Institute) where he directed the Circle of Wellness program, a prevention program for Native women, committed to reducing the rate of new HIV infection / co-morbid infections, and incorporating traditional Native remedies for help with side effects from HIV disease treatment. More recently Aaron worked as Staff Supervisor for the Shiloh House, a girls residential treatment program at Battle Farm Village, a mixed-income housing complex in Brockton. Aaron is the former volunteer co-adult advisor for SSHAGLY (the South Shore Alliance of LGBT Youth) and has been an integral member of the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts since 2004.

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Bethany Allen

State-wide Manager

Bethany manages BAGLY’s statewide work, including coordinating  the AGLY Network, Youth Pride, and the annual LGBTQ-friendly college fair, and she represents BAGLY on several statewide coalitions. She joined BAGLY in 2015, returning to her nonprofit roots after 10+ years of consulting, technical writing and editing, and administrative management in a corporate setting. She is the proud mother of three LGBTQ-identifying young people and has served as the co-chair of the board of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition since 2014. She attended Harvard University and is an active board member of the Harvard Alumni Association. 

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Laurine Lamour

Development and Marketing Manager

Laurine Lamour transitioned into the Development and Marketing Manager position at BAGLY in the fall of 2014 after working with the Development team at Hostelling International, Boston, where she assisted in fundraising efforts that successfully built a new Boston Hostel in Massachusett's Chinatown. Upon graduating from Hamilton College with a full-tuition scholarship, she previously led the program and outreach efforts in Boston for The Boston Scholars Program, an organization that provided scholarships to disadvange youth and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Laurine directed and developed the organizations' mentorship program. Laurine has extensive experience with fundraising, business management and proven expertise in supporting not-for-profit operations at all levels. She operates most effectively in fast-paced environments. In her spare time, Laurine manages her own cheesecake catering business that provides desserts for major events throughout the year. She also loves to write poetry which have been successful published in the past and she's a phenomenal dancer.

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Daniel Tu

Health Programs Coordinator

Daniel Tu has been involved with BAGLY in a variety of capacities for almost 10 years.  He was a youth member, general meeting facilitator, and part of the Heath Education and Risk Reduction Team (HEARRT). Also, Daniel brings a wealth of experience from his previous positions as the LGBT Health Coordinator at MAP for Health, and the Senior Clinical Trials Recruiter at Fenway Institute. Now, he is the Health Programs Coordinator at BAGLY, where he provides a multitude of services, such as HIV testing.  In his new role, Daniel is excited to implement BAGLY’s comprehensive risk counseling services and to coordinate with his previous program, HEARRT.  Outside of work, Daniel enjoys sports and is a member local queer softball and football leagues.

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Monica Majewski

Development & Marketing Coordinator

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Narong Sokhom

Boston Programs Coordinator

Narong is a first-generation queer Cambodian-American, graphic designer, and gamer. He started working at BAGLY in September 2013 is responsible for developing programming, coordinating leadership development curricula and organizing youth-led advocacy initiatives. At BAGLY, he co-founded the Queer and Trans* Youth of Pan-Asian Descent program that started with the purpose to create more spaces for LGBTQ Asian youth and address the need for youth leadership around social justice and community building.

He is an advocate for ending HIV/AIDS stigma and he actively takes part in raising awareness on issues affecting LGBTQ Asian youth. In 2013, Health Resources in Action presented him the Public Health Youth Leadership Award for his involvement in making his community a healthier place. In 2014, he was one of six community members who were presented with the LGBQ/T Asian, South Asian, and/or Pacific Islander Visibility Award in recognition of their activism in LGBQ/T Asian Communities.

Narong is a former Peer Leader and Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders for Health. His work comprised of educating young people about sexual health and LGBTQ issues, coordinating youth leadership programming, and developing promotional materials. He hopes to build community, increase visibility, and reduce health disparities among LGBTQ pan-Asian youth in the greater Boston area.

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Consultants

Genevieve Davis and George Davis, Financial Consultants, are responsible for working with the executive director to manage all of BAGLY’s fiscal operations and systems, including budgeting, payroll, bookkeeping and annual audit.  Genevieve and George bring extensive training and experience in the area of financial management to BAGLY, and they also work with a wide range of other community organizations throughout greater Boston.