All Staff Members
Interim Executive Director/Legal Director
Gary Buseck has been involved with GLAD in various capacities for 25 years, including serving as Executive Director between 1998-2003. After a year spent working at Lambda Legal from 2003-2004, Gary returned as GLAD's Legal Director, setting legal strategy and supervising GLAD's team of attorneys. Before coming to GLAD, Gary spent twenty years in private practice, and co-founded a Boston law firm focusing on the gay and lesbian community. He received a B.A., a Masters in Religious Education and a J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College. He has recently completed 10 years as an Overseer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Mary L. Bonauto, Esq.
Civil Rights Project Director
Mary L. Bonauto has been the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990. Her practice concentrates on impact litigation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. She has litigated widely in the state and federal courts and agencies of the six New England states on issues of employment discrimination, custody, free speech, and civil rights. In 1999, she and two Vermont co-counsel won a ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to all of the benefits and protections of civil marriage in the case of Baker v. State of Vermont, leading to the nation’s first civil union law. She was lead counsel in Goodridge v. Dep’t of Public Health, the landmark Massachusetts decision which held that prohibiting civil marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional, co-counsel in Kerrigan v. Dep’t of Public Health, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled for marriage, and active on the campaign committees in Maine’s 2009 and 2012 ballot measures first defending, and then seeking, marriage for same-sex couples. Mary led GLAD's challenges to the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in two cases in federal court, leading to the first District Court and Court of Appeals victories against DOMA, and then coordinated amici briefs for the Windsor case at the Supreme Court.
Mary is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law. She is a past Co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the IRR Section of the ABA and serves on the Honorary Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
New York Times March 2013: In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’
Mary Bonauto featured in The Advocate, December 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine's People of the Year, December 2004
Youth Initiative Director
Vickie Henry leads GLAD's Youth Initiative. Vickie joined the legal team as a Senior Staff Attorney in January 2011, after a twenty year history supporting GLAD as a volunteer and co-counsel. She is a skilled litigator who came to GLAD from the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked for 15 years, becoming a partner in 2002. Vickie focused her career on intellectual property and commercial litigation disputes.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Vickie served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is admitted to the bar in California and Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, and Ninth Circuits, as well as U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and Northern and Central California. From 2006-2008 she served on the MassEquality Board of Directors, and from 2003-2005 was co-chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She earned her BA from Wellesley College, and her JD from Boston University School of Law.
Henry is the recipient of many honors and awards. From 2009-11, she was Chair of the 1,500- member Commercial Litigation Committee of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. She was named one of MA Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law in 2012. She received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association Pioneering Spirit Award in 2008. She received DRI's Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2011. She has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004, and was one of five named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 2002.
Bennett Klein, Esq.
Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director
Ben Klein is a Senior Attorney and has been the AIDS Law Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1994. Ben has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts establishing legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV.
Ben was lead counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, a 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established protection against discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for all people with HIV. In Massachusetts, Ben won a decision before the Division of Medical Assistance Board of Appeals in 2001 ensuring equal access to liver transplants for HIV-positive individuals under the Commonwealth's MassHealth program. In 2008, he argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, which struck down the state exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage as unconstitutional. He has also been co-counsel in numerous cases involving the rights of transgender persons, including O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, a U.S. Tax court decision ruling that gender reassignment surgery is “medical care” for the purpose of tax deductions, and Doe v. Clenchy, a Maine case that is the first high court decision in the country establishing the right of transgender students to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
He is a 1982 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1987 graduate of Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining GLAD, Ben was a litigation associate at the Boston law firms of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong (1990 - 1994) and Gaston & Snow (1987 - 1990). He has been involved in several Boston-area community organizations, including as a “buddy” for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a Board member of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and a founding member of the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY).
Jennifer Levi, Esq.
Transgender Rights Project Director
Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.
Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Jennifer is a law professor at Western New England University. She serves on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a founding member of both the Transgender Law & Policy Institute and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Video: Jennifer Levi talks about GLAD's Transgender Rights Project
Video: Jennifer Levi testifies in Massachusetts in support of transgender nondiscrimination protections
Jennifer Levi interviewed in Tapestry Magazine in 2005
Zack joined GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013 after several years of advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community through private practice in Maine. Zack is from Bucksport, Maine, and is a 2005 graduate of Cornell Law School. He also holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern Maine. In 2008, Zack co-founded a general practice law firm in Portland, Maine focusing on helping the LGBTQ community. His work included criminal defense, work with the foster care system, and work as a rostered Guardian ad Litem, as well as representing LGBTQ clients in matters of family law and other probate matters, advising clients regarding discrimination matters in school and employment, handling matters involving youth in a variety of contexts, and advocacy for transgender people within the penal system and within state government on public policy matters.
Zack also contributed a chapter on legal protections for transgender youth to Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to comprehensively address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context, which GLAD published in 2012. He is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute, where he serves on the Executive Committee, and the National LGBT Bar Association Transgender Law Institute. He has also been a Board Advisor to the Trans Youth Equality Foundation.
Allison joined the GLAD team in April of 2012 after moving from San Francisco, CA where she attended and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2011. Allison was born and raised in Southern California, but moved to Atlanta, GA in 2004 to attend Spelman College where she graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. As a strong advocate for human rights, Allison has dedicated most of her educational and bourgeoning career pursuits to advancing and promoting human rights issues. Allison conducted human rights research during her study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina and worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center located in San Francisco, CA.
Allison is excited to be part of the GLAD team and to continue advancing important human rights issues in the New England area.
Deputy Director/Senior Staff Attorney
Janson Wu joined GLAD’s legal staff in May 2006. In addition to his responsibilities as Senior Staff Attorney, Janson is currently serving as Deputy Director until a new Executive Director is hired.
Janson has worked on a broad range of litigation and legislation. He was lead counsel in In re Madelyn B., in which the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that a non-birth, unmarried mother could be found to be an equal parent. Janson was part of GLAD’s legal team that challenged Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in two cases in federal court, leading to the first District Court and Court of Appeals victories against DOMA. In Maine, Janson was lead counsel in litigation that led Denny’s restaurant to allow transgender customers to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Legislatively, Janson helped lead efforts to pass marriage equality in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Before coming to GLAD, Janson worked as a coordinating attorney with Tri-City Community Action Program, a multi-service, anti-poverty organization, where he provided legal services to low-income individuals. Prior to that, Janson was an associate at the litigation law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco. He has served on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Janson is a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Law School and was named a 2011 "Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association. Janson was also the 2012 recipient of the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Award, which recognizes one outstanding mid-career public interest lawyer a year whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.
Read a profile of Janson Wu, "Marriage Equality's Lawyer," in The Progressive
Brian joined GLAD in May 2014 after graduating from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Economics. During college, he pursued his interest in international politics by participating in a cultural exchange trip to North Korea and interning at the National Defense University during his sophomore year, where he published a research piece on China’s 2012 defense budget. Brian subsequently spent his junior year studying intensive Mandarin in Beijing, China. On campus, he was involved with the Committee for Justice in Palestine and its efforts to highlight the realities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading, running, and discovering new cafes. He is eager to contribute his talents to the work of GLAD, and plans to pursue a career in international human rights/LGBT rights lawyering in the future.
Director of Public Affairs and Education
Carisa Cunningham is a long-time non-profit communications professional specializing in AIDS, public health, and LGBT issues. She has been director of public relations for AIDS Action Council (Washington), Wheelock College, and AIDS Action Committee (Boston), and worked in public relations for Gay Men's Health Crisis in the 1980s. She most recently worked for the Harvard AIDS Institute in Botswana, handling communications surrounding the first HIV vaccine trial to take place in Southern Africa. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, and has taught non-profit public relations at Boston University's College of Communications.
Public Engagement and Information Manager
Bruce Bell oversees GLAD Answers, which provides information and resources to people throughout New England regarding legal issues related to their sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. Before joining GLAD in 2004, Bruce spent 33 years at Cape Cod Community College-the first 11 as a mathematics professor and the last 22 as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of both Clark University and Brown University. He is also a volunteer for the Gay History Project.
Manager of Integrated Media
Amanda manages web, email, social media, multimedia and print communications for GLAD’s Public Affairs and Education department. Prior to joining GLAD in March 2007, Amanda served for six years as the Managing Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival, where she oversaw all print and electronic communications, as well as all festival logistics. She first discovered the power of the internet in the mid-90s through her work with the Austin, Texas-based grassroots media training center Women’s Access to Electronic Resources, and through her work designing the first website for the Feminist Bookstore Network. Amanda is a former Board Member of Women in Film & Video/New England, and served as the Programmer/Coordinator for the Boston LGBT Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts from 2005-2009. She holds a Masters Degree in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kenyon is responsible for the coding of the GLAD website, supporting its infrastructure, and working with the Public Affairs & Education Department to develop and deploy new web strategies. He brings to GLAD over ten years experience working in media and education for social change. At Northampton MA's Media Education Foundation, Kenyon edited the classroom video "Speak Up!", a look at bullying and reclaiming safe space for LGBTQ students. Since then, he's worked on commercial, non-profit and municipal websites, acclaimed political documentaries, and some not-so-acclaimed apolitical rockumentaries. Kenyon received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001.
When not at GLAD, Kenyon can be found working as a media producer for Harvard University's Extension School, or in the balcony of the Brattle Theatre.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Maryse joined GLAD in September 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in History and minored in Theater. As Co-President of Wash U's Pride Alliance, Maryse spearheaded initiatives to foster LGBT community and led educational and social awareness campaigns to ensure the safety and comfort of LGBT students. She also served as a Safe Zones Educator and led workshops on queer issues for campus faculty, staff, and students, and directed a production of The Vagina Monologues to raise money for a St. Louis women's shelter. Maryse is fluent in French, and spent a year teaching English in Paris to French elementary school students. A native New Yorker, Maryse is excited to be in Boston, and thrilled to be working for LGBT equality at GLAD.
Director of Development
Tom joined GLAD in December of 2013. A magna cum laude graduate and Commonwealth Scholar of the University of Massachusetts Honors program in Amherst, Tom first worked in Washington, DC for the late Honorable Gerry E. Studds. Upon returning to Massachusetts, he entered the printing industry as a small business owner and in 1989 founded Arcadia Press - a full service print, graphics, and fulfillment company designed to serve the not-for-profit communities of greater Boston. Since becoming a full time development professional more than 12 years ago, Tom has held senior executive leadership and development roles with Fenway Health, Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, Woodruff Arts Centre’s Alliance Theater, Brain Tumor Society, and other area nonprofits. Tom has served on the boards of Boston Ballet Overseers, Freedom House, Fenway Health, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation, Greater Boston Business Council, Copley Society, Horizons for Youth, and was a co-founder of the Harbor to the Bay Ride and a previous Boston Pride Grand Marshall.
Special Events Coordinator
Rebecca joined GLAD in June 2013 after spending the first three years of her development career with JVS (Jewish Vocational Service). Rebecca has always worked with and for non-profit organizations, utilizing both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work, to bring dignity and equality to under-represented populations. When she isn’t planning fabulous fundraising events, Rebecca can be found at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain in one of her many roles – actor, choreographer, producer and most recently, Membership Director.
Louisa “Weezie” Lauher
Weezie joined GLAD in July 2014 after nearly two years working in fundraising, events, and individual giving with BPE, a Boston nonprofit dedicated to preparing effective teachers and achieving educational quality and equity in the Boston Public Schools. Prior to her work in development at BPE, Weezie supported the program department at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, a public policy advocacy organization committed to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. She has a strong interest in social policy and equity, as demonstrated by her work at BPE and MHSA as well as through internships and volunteer experiences with LGBTQ youth and families, specifically trans* youth and teens, and with communities in the Appalachian region of West Virginia. Weezie graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010 with a BA in History and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. While not at GLAD, Weezie enjoys reading, cooking, watching live baseball, and exploring Massachusetts’ North Shore, where she lives with her fiancée, rescue “chowder” (border collie-Chow mix), and two cats. She is thrilled to be working at GLAD, and for the opportunity to marry her love of writing and donor relations with her passion for the full, equal rights of the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities.
Data Entry Assistant
David joined GLAD in March 2014 and supports the Development Team with all aspects of gift processing. He moved to Boston with his partner after 14 years in Atlanta, GA, where he had an extensive background in HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies and Healthcare. David has worked in event planning, volunteer coordination, client services and process improvement, and has a degree in English and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. In his spare time, he enjoys music, film, theater, art, seeing friends and exploring all the great outdoor activities that Boston has to offer. David is very excited to be a part of GLAD as he follows his passion and returns to a career in non-profit development and fundraising.
Senior Manager of Events and Donor Engagement
Working with the rest of the development department to keep our major donors invested in and informed about GLAD’s work, Robbie utilizes his extensive event planning and fundraising experience to improve upon GLAD’s successful annual events. As development’s liaison he engages with donors motivated by GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project.
In 2011, his work at GLAD and within Boston’s progressive community was recognized, when his birthday, September 16, was named “Robbie Samuels Day” by the Boston City Council. Robbie co-organizes Socializing for Justice (http://www.SoJust.org), a grassroots group he co-founded in 2006 to build a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston based on the philosophy of abundance. He also provides trainings on the Art of the Schmooze, Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking, QPR: Suicide Prevention for Community Leaders, and Intercultural Awareness. Robbie's background, prior to joining the staff in June 2005, includes organizing on the grassroots, regional and national levels with positions at OUT IN LI, Empire State Pride Agenda, Sustainable Long Island, Fenway Community Health, AIDS Action Committee, The Task Force and The Theater Offensive. His other passions include being a strong advocate for building an anti-racist LGBT movement, his work with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism’s Boston chapter and educating about trans experiences as an openly trans staff member. He holds a BA and an MSW from SUNY Stony Brook. Learn more about him at www.robbiesamuels.com.
Watch Robbie’s I Am: Trans People Speak video
Erin Semagin Damio
Erin joined GLAD in January 2014 and is responsible for overseeing gift processing and the GLAD database. Before joining GLAD’s staff, Erin worked in the Development Department at Boston Children’s Museum. Erin has a degree in Journalism with minors in History and Politics from Northeastern University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crew, watching basketball, and cooking.
Johnny joined GLAD in December 2013. His prior experience includes running a fundraising office for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and GOTV offices for Barack Obama in Denver and Elizabeth Warren in Worcester. Johnny has a degree in Government with a minor in Philosophy from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a member of both the Student Government Association and the football team. Originally from Englewood, Colorado, in his free time he enjoys the outdoors, watching sports and reading.
Chief Financial Officer
Eva has worked as GLAD's Chief Financial Officer since 2005. She has over 25 years of combined experience in public accounting and non-profit financial management, with organizations including Mass Housing Partnership Fund, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and Touche Ross & Company (currently Deloitte & Touche). Eva enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds, and is committed to sharing her financial and technical knowledge. She holds an Accounting degree from Boston College School of Management, 1977.
As President of ENB Financial Management, Eva provides financial services and training to small businesses and non-profits. Current & past clients include: Multicultural AIDS Coalition; AIDS Action Committee; JRI Health - Management Assistance Program, and U Mass Boston - Small Business Development Center.
Eva is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and has served on the Boards of Elizabeth Stone House, Victory Programs, and Casa Myrna Vasquez. She loves music, art, and dancing and is an excellent cook, specializing in barbecue.
Senior Manager of Operations and Administration
As GLAD's Senior Manager of Operations and Administration, Beth manages human resources, office administration, facilities and compliance for the organization. She holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Boston College, and since 1999 has been involved in running “Wilderness Heals,” a fundraising hike for the Elizabeth Stone House. She joined GLAD in 1998.
Molly joined the GLAD family as Accounting Manager in February 2012.
Molly has been involved in Boston’s LGBT scene her entire life and is a living example of what GLAD has accomplished. Adopted in 1983 by two incredible lesbians Molly was legally cross-adopted by her parents in 1995, thanks to GLAD’s case regarding two parent adoptions. While a student at Brookline High School, she was an active member of SpeakOut, ran workshops at GLSEN, and was her GSA’s treasurer. A BAGLY alum, Molly now serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Molly began working full-time as a bookkeeper and then as an accountant while attending Northeastern University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Financial Management, with high honors, in May 2007. Molly worked as a Staff Auditor at Ernst & Young until she left Boston for San Francisco in 2009. But she couldn’t resist that dirty water and moved back two years later. She is a certified Quickbooks pro-advisor and runs her own company, Dapper Financial Solutions, providing accounting consulting to small businesses.
In her free time, Molly plays women’s flag football and enjoys building her own furniture and solving jigsaw puzzles.
Carol has been working as GLAD's part-time Bookkeeper for more years than she can keep track of, and came on part-time staff as the Business Manager in 2006. She handles payroll, benefits, accounts payable and manages GLAD's bank accounts, along with a variety of other work in the fiscal department.
In her other life, she is a musician.