Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation Introduces New Board Members

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The Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing unwavering advocacy and support for LGBTQIA+ people, communities, and their families in Cecil and Harford Counties, is pleased to announce the addition of eight new officers to its Board.

Julia Cosentino-Tich, a lifelong Harford County resident, aims to help other LGBTQIA+ people of all ages feel seen, valid, joyful, and whole. She works as a Communications Manager for Chase Brexton Health Care, where she manages projects within the Marketing and EDI Departments.

Allie Dios is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community with a background in Electronic Media and Film. Her experience in philanthropy, training, and course facilitation, will be an asset to the board.

David Harding Jr. (he/him), our new Treasurer, is a professional hairstylist, entrepreneur, and entertainer in the art of female illusion. His passion for supporting others is evident in his community leadership roles.

Chloe Kastner, our new Secretary, is a dedicated LGBTQIA+ advocate. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Chloe has been instrumental in initiating a virtual trans support group and advocating for changes to support trans individuals.

Jen Lavella is a seasoned professional in marketing, communications, development, and community engagement. Currently serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Maryland Legal Aid, Jen oversees all facets of the organization’s marketing and communications, strategic planning, volunteer and pro bono initiatives, and corporate engagement.

Carla Mattioli is a design and marketing professional with a passion for social justice. Her commitment to LGBTQIA+ rights is evident through her work with Free to Be, a social group for LGBTQIA+ teens in Harford County.

Emily Pine brings a unique warmth and wide breadth of curiosity to our board. With a background in media, writing, and travel, Emily is passionate about human rights.

Alyssa C. Taylor, LCSW-C (aka “Taylor”), a queer nonbinary social worker, has been working in the mental health field since 2007. They opened a private practice in Harford County specializing in LGBTQIA+ affirming and trauma-informed care. Taylor is also getting certified as a Body Trust provider and helps clients to build radical self-acceptance and love for their bodies.

“We are delighted to welcome these amazing people to our Board,” said Dr. Kurt Doan, President of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation. “We are confident that the unique contributions of each of these individuals will greatly benefit our board and the community we serve as we continue to offer programming and champion equity in our region.”

For more details, visit the Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation website at www.UCBPride.com

About the Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation

Originally founded in 2019 as Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride, the Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Foundation provides unwavering advocacy and support for LGBTQIA+ people, communities, and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information about the festival, new social events, or our organization, please visit www.UCBPride.com.

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