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2018 Board of Directors

Philadelphia Family Pride has had an active, volunteer board consisting of 15 members.

We adopted of our bylaws in 2007 and expanded the board in 2015 with the addition of the Event Planning Committee Chair, and then again in 2017 to add an additional six board members to the existing ten.

The board members serve for one year terms, except the chair who serves for two year terms. The elections are held at our annual New Year’s Brunch each January.

If you are interested in joining the PFP board in the future,  please contact Chair Adam Podowitz-Thomas. If you’d like to join a committee, follow this link.

Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Chair
Board member since 2017.

“We joined PFP as recent transplants to Philadelphia because it was important for us to meet other LGBTQ families and to have our daughter grow up around kids with families that look like hers.”

Adam, his husband Stephen, and their daughter Edie live in Wynnewood.  He’s an attorney, originally from North Carolina.

pajamapartyNijah Newton-Famous, Vice-Chair
Board member since 2016.
Pictured left with her wife.

Nijah is enjoying her 2nd year on the Board of PFP.  She and her wife have been foster parents for a little over 3 years. Nijah loves performing in community theater and eating PFP Board Member, Gregory H’s sweet potato souffle!

Ruby Augustus, Secretary
Board member since 2017


Gregory Hedler, Treasurer
Board member since 2016.

Despina Kontos, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Board member since 2017.

Despina Kontos, a transplant from Athens, Greece, has been living in the broader Philadelphia area since 2002. With a background in Engineering, she received her MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Science from Temple University. She is currently a Faculty member in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania where her laboratory is focusing on breast cancer research. She has been an active member of the local LGBTQ community, having previously served on the board of “AIDS Services in Asian Communities (ASIAC)”.

“We joined PFP so that my family can connect with the diverse members of local LGBTQ families. As a Board Member, I am committed to Education and Outreach and to help organizing related events for the PFP community.”

Terinae Holland, Membership Committee Chair
Board member since 2017.

Terinae is a native of Philadelphia who currently resides in Mount Airy with her partner and their three children (13, 11 and 8 months). She received her Master’s Degree in psychology from Capella University. She has volunteered on the board of Elements Organization as the Chair of Finances and as well as on the planning committee for the Diversity Awareness Board. She is well versed in granting writing, budgeting, and creating websites. She also is very personable and is very creative. Terinae was awarded a Citation from City Council of Philadelphia for her work within the LGBT community in 2014.

ginafamilyGina Cline, Event Planning Committee Chair
Board member since 2016.
Pictured center with her family.

“My wife, Liz, and I joined PFP shortly after the birth of our son. To me, participating in PFP is a precious opportunity to celebrate our community of Queer/LGBT families as we seek to make a more just world for the next generation.”

Tariem Burroughs, Fundraising Committee Chair
Board member since 2017.

“I joined PFP because I could not think of a better group, or should I say family, to become a part of as my husband and I take the next step in expanding our family. I’m excited to learn from the men and women involved in this great organization.”

Tariem is the Community Engagement Specialist at Temple Medical School. He lives with his husband, 2 cats, dog, and turtle in West Philadelphia.

Members at Large:

Julie Assis
Board member since 2018.
Pictured right with her family.

“We joined PFP shortly after welcoming our daughter Juniper and realizing that our lives had amazingly and irrevocably changed. We are grateful for this space within the LGBTQ community to meet others whose social “prime time” is before noon and who can fit adult conversation into 30 second segments while keeping the little ones from utter destruction.”

Julie and her partner are both public interest attorneys and live in Francisville with their toddler.

bryanBryan Berchok, Member-at-large
Board member since 2013.

Bryan and his husband have a 13 year-old son and live in upper Bucks County.

Leigh Braden
Board member since 2018.

Angel Brice
Board member since 2017.

Ana DelCorazon
Board member since 2018.
Pictured right with her family.

Ana and her wife Gina live in Princeton, NJ with their toddler. They are working on expanding their family. Ana was born and raised in Philadelphia.

“We joined PFP to meet, learn from, and support other queer and trans families.”

Chloe Harris
Board member since 2018.

Chloe was born and raised in Philadelphia, and lives in South Philly with her 6 year-old son. She is a professional in the field of sport and recreation, and works with local youth.

“I joined the board to meet, support, and share experiences other queer parents. I believe it’s important for transgender parents to have a voice in the queer community, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the PFP family.”

gregoryfamilyGregory Yorgey-Girdy
Board member since 2015.
Pictured right with his family.

“I love how PFP is changing attitudes to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated in addition to enhancing the LGBTQ parenting network of support. 
Most importantly, PFP allows my children to identify families, such as ours, as”normal” families.”
Gregory lives with his husband, Paul, and four children, Bella, Xander, Trevor and Logan in South Philadelphia.


Our Staff

stephanieoutawardStephanie Haynes, Executive Director
Staff since 2009.
Pictured here (right) with her wife in 2013 receiving the OutProud Family Award.

Stephanie is the part-time Executive Director of Philadelphia Family Pride. She lives with her wife and twin sons in West Philadelphia.

“My wife and I joined PFP shortly after our twin boys were born. We knew one other two mom family, but wanted to expand the opportunities for our children to meet other LGBTQ families. Attending PFP events has been a great way to connect and normalize our family for them.”