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2019 Board of Directors

Philadelphia Family Pride has had an active, volunteer board consisting of 16 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.

Nijah Newton-Famous, Vice-Chair
Board member since 2016.
Picture of Nijah with her wife (right) and their
daughter (centered)

Nijah is enjoying her 3rd year on the Board of PFP and her first year as Vice Chair.  Nijah became a member of PFP as Perspective Parent. She participated in the Conference Planning Committee and the Maybe Baby sessions. She and her wife are foster parents and offer respite care for other foster parents. Nijah loves listening to showtunes and watching musical theater.

Ruby Augustus, Secretary
Board member since 2017

“It is an honor to serve on the board of Philadelphia Family Pride. I love PFP because it is imperative for families like ours to have a sense of community and support. PFP provides so many events and resources to LGBT-led families in the Philadelphia area. Every major city deserves an organization like PFP.”


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 in South Philadelphia.

Leigh Braden, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair
Board member since 2018.

“I joined the board of PFP because I believe in building community around children and parenthood.”

Leigh and her wife Sophie are the proud parents of Benjamin, a nine-year-old fun, curious, and active little boy. Leigh and Sophie live outside of Philadelphia in Montgomery County and are foster parents to LGBTQ youth.

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 originally joined PFP because I could not think of a better group, or should I say family, to become a part of when my husband and I took the next step in expanding our family. Now, as a father of energetic little boy, I’m excited to continue to learn from the men and women involved in this great organization and to expand our community.”

Tariem is completing his PhD in Sociology at Temple University. He lives with his husband, his son, 2 cats, and dog in West Philadelphia.

Members at Large:

April Alexander
Board member since 2019.

“After attending our first conference in 2017, we were overwhelmed with the resources and sense of community PFP  offered for families like ours. I decided then that I had to join the PFP family and I am very excited to  serve with my fellow board members to promote PFP’s mission.”
April is a Philadelphia native who currently resides in South Philadelphia with her partner and two children (5 and 7 years old).

Jadzia Axelrod
Board member since 2019.

Jadzia is a writer and cartoonist who lives in West Philly with her wife and daughter.

“When we first became parents, we looked around for a warm, welcoming community that our queer family would feel at home in. PFP has been that community since the day we joined.”

Angel Brice
Board member since 2017.

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.”

Lori Keslowitz
Board member since 2019.

Lori and Jen live in Center City with their 2 cats and new baby. Lori works with children who have special needs and Jen is the associate director of the dance program at UArts.

“My wife and I joined PFP shortly after moving to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY. Our first child was born in February and it is very important to us that they grow up around other queer families.”

Rebecca Levin
Board member since 2019.

“I became involved in PFP before starting my family and found the conference and other events a great place to learn. Now that I have a son PFP has been a great place to build connections and community!”


Hunter McCorkel
Board member since 2019.

Hunter is a home hospice nurse who lives in West Philly with their wife and baby.

“We are the first of our close friends to have a baby, so when we got pregnant we knew we would need to build new community. Philadelphia Family Pride has been a fantastic way to meet other queer families, and Philly is lucky to have this organization.”

Jessica Tayler
Board member since 2019.

“I joined PFP when we moved to the Main Line from Tennessee. We were looking to connect with other LGBTQ families and were so excited when we saw the PFP table at the pride festival. Since then, PFP conference has become one of our favorite events every year. I’m excited to be able to contribute to PFP reaching more families like ours.”

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.”

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