For over 20 years, Whitney has worked with youth and young adults in a variety of settings, including as the advisor of a college LGBTQ+ student organization and a UU Youth Coordinator. She has directed leadership programs for students in middle school through college, led interfaith social justice initiatives and conducted outdoor education programs, all within MetroWest.
She came to Massachusetts from Iowa to attend Wellesley College and went on to get her M.Ed. from Boston University. Outside of work, Whitney loves being outdoors, starting (and sometimes completing) home improvement projects, and working alongside her neighbors to address social injustice in her community.
Whitney lives in Maynard with her spouse, E.J. Labb (she/her/hers), who is the executive director of an assisted living facility in Westford, and their child, Kaya.
As a librarian with a background in higher education, Joel has provided youth programming in a number of contexts. From organizing community training on gender expansive identities to poetry workshops that highlight inclusivity and experimentation, Joel is passionate about providing resonant social and educational experiences based on youth input. As a queer-identified multiracial transman, Joel is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice through an intersectional lens.
A recent transplant, Joel moved to the area in 2015 after completing an undergraduate degree in Kalamazoo, MI. Prior to joining OUT MetroWest, Joel spent several years working as a bookmobile librarian in Worcester. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, drawing comics, and writing poetry. He lives in Worcester with his partner Beck (they/them) and a number of thriving houseplants.
Ricky Saucedo – they/them
Born and raised in Boston, Ricky loves spending free time cooking for friends and family. Their professional background includes work serving LGBTQ+ and allied youth of color in and around Boston. In college, Ricky focused on communications and media studies and engaged in advocacy around LGBTQ+ issues including all-gender bathrooms. Outside of OUT MetroWest, you can frequently find Ricky supporting local artists and musicians!
Marie Caradonna – she/her
Alum Engagement Coordinator
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.
Adult advisors facilitate our Nexus, Prism, and Umbrella programs. They plan meeting activities, lead discussions, and serve as role models for youth participants. Our adult advisors have backgrounds in education, mental health services, and/or youth work. Each has specific experience working with LGBTQ+ youth. Adult advisors represent diverse ages, class backgrounds, gender identities, racial identities, religions, and sexual orientations. The pictures above include some of our current and past adult advisors.
Board of Directors
- Donna Tambascio, Chair (she/her/hers)
- Noah Augustine, Treasurer (he/him/his)
- Celia Harrison, Clerk (she/her/hers)
- Brandon Adams (he/him/his)
- Bebe Blackman (she/her/hers)
- Cara Fearing (she/her/hers)
- Becky Kimball (she/her/hers)
- Michael Lara (he/him/his)
- Katherine S. Kaufmann, Director Emerita (she/her/hers)
- Anne Terhune, Director Emerita (she/her/hers)
Growing Our Team
We believe that LGBTQ+ youth thrive when connected to diverse adult role models. When we have job openings, they will be posted here. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are LGBTQ+ and a Person of Color and would like us to keep you in mind for future job or board service opportunities, please consider reaching out to our executive director, Whitney Retallic.