Board of Directors

GSAFE Board of Directors

 

Lane Hanson, Treasurer

Davette K. Baker

Chris Barcelos

CV Vitolo-Haddad

Lesley Wolf

Azure Fudge Hart

Keith Borden

Jackie Hind

Mariah Young-Jones

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Lane Hanson, Treasurer 
Community Engagement Coordinator, UW Madison
Adjunct Faculty, Edgewood College
 
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.😊 

 

 

 

 

 

Davette K. Baker
Regional Organizing Director, Democratic Party of Wisconsin

 

Davette Baker is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Madison. Davette currently is a Regional Organizing Director for the Northside of Milwaukee County with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. She is a Milwaukee Public School Grad and UW-Whitewater grad and has a Masters in Mental Health. Before moving to Madison, she worked to change the lives of those who struggle with mental illness as well as criminal justice issues in Milwaukee county. Davette’s road to activism started with completing a program for women who wanted to help and shape policy. She most recently played a role in assisting with the effect of electing a new state leadership team for the state of Wisconsin while working with the Human Rights Campaign. As she patiently awaited her next organizing adventure, she has been facilitating trainings that center on transformative leadership, discussions about race, gender and sexuality, and is currently a Emerge Participant which is a training program to assist women who want to run for office. As a Queer Black woman, she noticed that those identities are not represented and this is what fuels her spirit to be a leader in her community. She strives to remember all of her identities and she is excited to finally be in a place where she is supported and is able to uplift those with the same identities and to create the change needed in the world. She also fosters a love for cats and grilled cheese.

 

 

 

Chris Barcelos
Scholar-Activist, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Chris Barcelos is a scholar-activist, educator, yoga instructor, and parent who moved to Madison in 2016. In the college classroom, Chris teaches courses in reproductive justice, queer of color critique, and feminist research methods. As a scholar, they work with communities and organizations to promote research for and by marginalized people that provides tools for collective liberation. Chris also teaches community-based yoga classes to share the benefits of yoga with people who find yogic practice inaccessible, whether because of race, class, gender, sexuality, body size, and/or ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mariah Young-Jones
Senior Associate, COWS and the Mayors Innovation Project

Mariah Young-Jones is a Senior Associate at COWS and the Mayors Innovation Project where she seeks to develop systemic policy change to address society’s deepest inequities. A (relatively) new Madisonian, she is somewhat skeptical of the winter. Prior to moving to Madison, she worked in policy and programming for a UN agency in Armenia and became connected to and further aware of a more global queer community. She brings this global perspective, as well as a deep commitment to contextualizing social justice within historical understanding, to her role on the GSAFE Board. She earned her undergraduate degree with honors in trans-Atlantic history, post-colonial studies, and public policy from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Mariah is an avid cook, tennis player, proud dog mamma, singer, songwriter, and queer woman. 

 

 

 

 

 

CV Vitolo-Haddad

UW Madison

 

CV Vitolo-Haddad is the Director of Debate and a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Communication Arts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Wolf
Program Director, Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute

Lesley Wolf (she/her/hers) is the Program Director for the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute Lesley works with coalitions in Wisconsin to address root causes of inequities, and center leadership of those most impacted to advance health and health equity.  Lesley loves that GSAFE is a LGBTQ+ youth power and capacity building organization! The work of GSAFE is essential to shaping a future that looks different from our current reality and she is proud to be a part of the change as a member of the GSAFE board.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Azure Fudge Hart
Lead Management Reporting Analyst, QBE, Inc.
 
I am a proud mother of two teenage sons, I married my high school sweetheart and we have one beloved dog. I enjoy all outdoor activities: running, biking, swimming, hiking, camping, soccer, baseball, etc. My favorite team is the UW Badgers, my undergrad alma mater, I always root for the Badgers! My career background is in finance, I have worked in a variety of industries from utilities to insurance.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” – President Barack Obama

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Keith Borden
ReUnion Yoga

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.

 

 

Jackie Hind

Jackie is  a senior management team member of a local start-up company.   Her focus is on strategic planning to develop products to meet the health needs of customers. She has  20+ years of successful grant writing and nonprofit board experience and is thrilled to bring her skills and energy to GSAFE. She is a mother of two children of color and a devoted member of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

 

 

 

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