Board of Directors

GSAFE Board of Directors

 

Lane Hanson, Chair

Nate Metcalf, Treasurer

Laura McNeill, Secretary

Keith Borden

Megin McDonell

Estiven Zhen Mulian

Jeremy Pagel

 

  
 
 
 
Lane Hanson, Chair
 
 
I am a social worker and currently teach at UW Madison and Edgewood College. My approach to teaching is 
grounded in social justice and my teaching philosophy involves first unlearning the damaging socialization processes we 
all learn as individuals living in a majority culture that is dominated by white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy. 
I am happy to be back in the world of GSAFE; where my journey towards living as my authentic self first began.😊 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nate Metcalf, Treasurer
 
Picture and bio coming soon! 

 

Laura McNeill, Secretary

Laura McNeill grew up in Virginia Beach, VA next to a patch of woods and a creek that barely froze in the winter. Blue heron, snakes and turtles were very common. Much of her career path has centered around racial justice education and helping build community power towards a more equitable world. She fell in love with the son of a dairy farmer and transplanted her roots to the Midwest 20 years ago. Laura has two teenage sons who attend East HS and UW Madison. Most days you can find her wandering with a group of kids ranging in ages 7-16 in the woods, marshes and prairies in and around Madison, teaching about animals, tracking, fire by friction, wild edibles, how to make rope from plants and how to be in community. She loves being reminded by her students each week of all the gifts around us in any given moment, just waiting to be noticed. She’s honored to be a part of the GSAFE team.

 

 
 
Keith Borden

Keith approaches his yoga practice from a spiritual perspective by “providing space for people to get close to their best and better selves.” He teaches classes in Madison and all over the world. Borden has led workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, New York City, Germany, Canada, Spain, and Portugal.

One of his most meaningful teaching experiences was with the Madison East High School basketball team after the officer-involved shooting death of student-athlete Tony Robinson.

Borden and his husband are also marriage equality activists. They were plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin that made it to the United States Supreme Court. In his free time, Borden enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and spending time with his young daughter.

 

 

Megin McDonell

Executive Director, Fair Wisconsin

Megin McDonell has over two decades of management experience working in nonprofits, including grant writing, media and communications, program development and implementation, and financial management. Before joining Fair Wisconsin in 2011, she was the Program Director at the Tenant Resource Center in Madison for fourteen years. She has been active in local politics and elections, including serving for eleven years on the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission and working on numerous aldermanic, county board, assembly and congressional campaigns. Megin also previously served as President of the Social Justice Center Board of Directors and Chair of the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Board of Directors.  She lives in Madison with her husband and two teenaged children.

 

 

Jeremy Pagel (he/him)

Jeremy is an anti-racist educator, diversity trainer, and social justice activist who has worked with urban and rural communities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 2021, he received the Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges for his work with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Jeremy is proud to support the mission of GSAFE and support GSAFE’s vital work across the state of Wisconsin. Jeremy and his fiancé, Andrew, love to travel the world, tend to their gardens, and hike around Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks with their pup. 

 

Estiven Zhen Mulian

Bio and pic coming soon!

 

 

 

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haruka-testimonial“The summer after my first year of high school I attended LTI, GSAFE’s camp for youth leaders. I hold those four days dear to my heart and firmly believe that they were instrumental in transforming my life.” – Haruka, Former GSAFE Youth Activist