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, Drop-In Center Coordinator
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
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.
Khrys Jackson, Wednesday Youth Mentor (uses singular they pronouns)
Khrys identifies as genderqueer.
Sue Tournour, Factotum (she/her/hers pronouns)
Kay Patterson, Trans Group Co-facilitator
Kay now facilitate the monthly trans group that GLYS offers for parents of trans youth.
She is a retired therapist.
Scott Ruppert, Youth Mentor
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, 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 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, currently a criminal justice major in college,
joined GLYS in December, 2016.
He is a man of trans experience.
to encourage youth to write.
Sherry oversees our annual anthology.