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Our Team

Staff

Sam Jean – she/her

Development and Communications Manager

Sam Jean brings her camp-counselor energy everywhere she goes, and is energized by community-driven programs. Sam has worked with youth of all ages at camp and schools. Her work prior to joining OUT MetroWest was to provide trauma-informed care to survivors in the LGBTQ+ community. She has advocated for a number of intersectional feminist policies in the Commonwealth, including LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education. 

Sam is from upstate New York, and moved to Massachusetts to pursue a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Studio Art. In her free time, you can find Sam participating in Queer Scouts Boston and finding vegan food spots all around Massachusetts. She lives in Waltham with her partner Andie (they/them) and their 10-pound orange cat, Orion!

Lily Pearl – she/her

Program and Education Manager

As an Adult Advisor and alum of OUT MetroWest, Lily has been a part of OUT MetroWest in multiple forms. Since her days as president of her high school’s GSA, she has worked to educate people about the LGBTQ+ community. She advocated for policy changes in her high school’s curriculum and handling of bullying. She has worked with different organizations to support LGBTQ+ families and youth of marginalized identities.

Lily was adopted from China when she was 1 year old and has lived in Massachusetts ever since. She graduated from Smith College with a major in The Study of Women and Gender and a minor in Sociology. In her free time, you can find Lily working on an alpaca farm and perfecting her matzo ball soup recipe. Lily lives in Southborough with her 15 year old dog, Piper.

Whitney Retallic – she/her

Executive Director

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. 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.

Originally from Iowa, she first moved to the MetroWest area for college and went on to get her M.Ed. in the Boston area, as well. Outside of work, Whitney loves being outdoors, starting (and sometimes completing) home improvement projects, and working with neighbors on issues of social justice.

Whitney lives in Maynard with her spouse, E.J. Labb (she/her), who is the executive director of an assisted living facility in Westford, and their child, Kaya.

Ricky

Ricky Saucedo – they/them

Program and Outreach Manager

Ricky is a queer latine non-binary child of diaspora who continues to decolonize all aspects of their life. As the black sheep and middle child of Guatemalan immigrants they managed to overcome negative perceptions to become the first person in their family to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Media Studies. Mixing formal education and Earth-based healing practices, Ricky continues forward in love, sci-fi, and accountability. Having learned about the importance of community through education around the Harlem Renaissance and the Stonewall Riots from Black educators, Ricky continues their journey to learn about the ways people can find healing outside of spaces that don’t value anger as an emotion of healing and liberation. If you ever catch them outside of their bear cave, don’t be afraid to say hello!


In addition to our full-time staff listed above, several members of our team serve youth participants and alums in a part-time capacity. 

Marie Caradonna – she/her

Alum Engagement Coordinator

Marie Caradonna (she/her) serves as our alum engagement coordinator. Marie has her master’s degree in guidance and counseling, is a former public school teacher and GSA advisor, and has been with OUT MetroWest since its founding.

A team of adult advisors helps to facilitate Nexus, Prism, Umbrella, and Youth of Color Hangout. Along with youth peer leaders, they plan meeting activities, lead discussions, and serve as role models for youth participants.

Board of Directors

  • Brandon Adams (he/him)
  • Bibi Blackman (she/her)
  • Jordon Bosse (he/him)
  • Cara Fearing (she/her)
  • Octavio González (he/him)
  • Laura Gramenelles (she/her)
  • Celia Harrison, Clerk (she/her)
  • Katherine S. Kaufmann, Director Emerita (she/her)
  • Becky Kimball (she/her)
  • Michael Lara (he/him)
  • Ashley Seeley, Vice Chair (she/her)
  • Donna Tambascio, Chair (she/her)
  • Anne Terhune, Director Emerita (she/her)
  • Reese Viray, Treasurer (she/her)

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 on our job openings page. 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.

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