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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
adam@phillyfamilypride.org
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
nijah@phillyfamilypride.org
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
ruby@phillyfamilypride.org
Board member since 2017


gregoryfamilyGregory Yorgey-Girdy
gregory@phillyfamilypride.org
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
leigh@phillyfamilypride.org
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
terinae@phillyfamilypride.org
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
gina@phillyfamilypride.org
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
tariem@phillyfamilypride.org
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:

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.

Angel Brice
angel@phillyfamilypride.org
Board member since 2017.

Chloe Harris
chloe@phillyfamilypride.org
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 is due in February and it is very important to us that they grow up around other queer families.”

Rebecca Levin
Board member since 2019.

Hunter McCorkel
Board member since 2019.

Jessica Tayler
Board member since 2019.


Our Staff

stephanieoutawardStephanie Haynes, Executive Director
stephanie@phillyfamilypride.org
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.”