Sawyer BethelSawyer Bethel – they, them, theirs

Interim Executive Director

Sawyer’s passion for supporting the mission of OUT MetroWest stems from their profound respect for the organization’s work providing services to a historically underserved population and region by creating safe and supportive spaces for queer youth.

Sawyer graduated from Boston College with a Master of Social Work degree in 2006 and then worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings, including outreach, group homes, and intensive foster care. Most recently, Sawyer was a Program Supervisor and In-Home Therapist for Community-Based Services at Boston GLASS through JRI. They began working with OUT MetroWest in 2013 as a volunteer adult advisor for WAGLY, and they have sat on the Board of Directors since 2015.

Sawyer lives in Jamaica Plain but hails from Florida, by way of Italy and Guam. Sawyer enjoys playing and watching sports; their pugs, Bodhi & Millie; their turtle, Huck; and being a jungle gym for their nieces.


Courtney Allen

Director of Programs

Courtney loves working with youth almost as much as they love snuggling with cats. Courtney first joined OUT MetroWest as an adult advisor in the WAGLY program. They have worked with youth in a variety of afterschool programs and graduated from UMass Boston with a BA in Human Services. When they aren’t working, Courtney enjoys playing rugby, eating falafel, and being active outside. Courtney lives in Somerville with their cat and partner.


Julie Blazar

Director of Communications and Operations

Prior to joining the staff at OUT MetroWest, Julie worked in independent schools and colleges for more than a decade. In her free time, she likes singing off-key, running, and hunting for treasures at yard sales. Julie attended Smith College and Harvard Graduation School of Education. She lives with her family in Maynard.


Marie Caradonna

Youth Specialist

Marie has a BA in English from Framingham State University and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Boston College. Marie taught at the secondary level in the Natick Public Schools for 36 years and was an advisor to Natick High’s GSA for 20 years. When she is not devoting time to OUT MetroWest, she writes LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum for the Department of Education. Marie is married and has two twenty-something children. She enjoys gardening and reading, is an incurable optimist, and takes joy in the smallest events.