Staff

Sophia McDaniel-Francis, BSB/HRM Executive Director (she/her/hers pronouns)

Sophia is originally from NYC and brings to GLYSWNY, 15+ years of experience in not for profit program development, operations and advocacy. She attended SUNY College at Old Westbury and majored in American Studies with a focus on women and LGBTQ issues. Sophia received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business and Human Resource Management from the University of Pheonix and is currently pursuing her MSSA/MNO Degrees from Case Western Reserve Univisity. Sophia is married to her husband Tony and they share 6 children.

 

Mike Seitz

Mike Seit

Mike Seitz, Drop-In Center Coordinator
(he/him/his pronouns)
In addition to coordinating
the Drop-In Center, Mike also
facilitates GSAs at BryLin, Baker Hall, the
Children’s Psychiatric Center in Amherst
and the Adolescent Psych Unit at the
Erie County Medical Center.

 

Danielle Currier, Monday Youth Mentor/Presenter
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Danielle grew up in Oswego, NY and attended the NYS College at Oswego.  Her drag persona, Vaughn Dyke, was voted Oswego’s “Mr. Lakeside” 2015-2016. Danielle is also a workshop presenter.
She joined GLYS in October, 2016.
Vaughn-Dyke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khrys Jackson, Wednesday Youth Mentor (uses singular they pronouns)
Khrys identifies as genderqueer.

 

patti-jonesPatti Jones, Thursday Youth Mentor & Trans Parent Group Facilitator
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Patti is a co-founder of the WNY Spectrum Transgender Group.
She is a woman of trans experience.

 

Sue Tournour, Factotum (she/her/hers pronouns)

Kay Patterson, Trans Group Co-facilitator
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Kay now facilitate the monthly trans group that GLYS offers for parents of trans youth.
She is a retired therapist.

Bethany Robson, Referral Therapist [Jamestown]
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Beth joined GLYS in early 2011 so that we have a contact for GLBTQ youth in the Jamestown area.  For a referral to Beth, please call Sophia at GLYS: (716) 855.0221.
Scott

Scott

Scott Ruppert, Youth Mentor
(he/him/his pronouns)
Scott is a Ph.D. student at Medaille College.
Scott not only fills in at the Center when needed, but he is a Youth In Care GSA Facilitator for GSA at the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca.

Aden_Cook_HS_Grad_PicAden Cook, Youth Mentor/Trans Educator
(he/him/his pronouns)
Aden, a is in a doctoral program at Medaille College and plans to with youth, with a focus on those  identifying as LGBT.  He is a man of trans experience.
Deb Nadolski, Youth In Care GSA Facilitator/Jamestown
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Deb co-facilitates the GSA at GA Family Services in Jamestown.
This group is open to youth in the surrounding community.Niko Anderson, Youth Mentor & Workshop Presenter
Niko Anderson, Youth Mentor & Presenter
(he/him/his pronouns)
Niko, currently a criminal justice major in college,
joined GLYS in December, 2016.
He is a man of trans experience.
Niko Anderson Staff
Sherry Robbins, Writer-in-ResidenceSherry Robbins
(she/her/hers pronouns)
Sherry  visits the Drop-In Center
as well as some of our GSAs
to encourage youth to write.
Sherry oversees our annual anthology.