True Colors Board of Directors

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Carter Johnson (President) joined the True Colors Board of Directors in 2014. She serves as the Vice President of Communications for GSG’s busy New England office where she designs strategic communications and advocacy campaigns for clients in heavily regulated industries. An expert in government affairs and communications advocacy, Carter brings her knowledge of government acquired from over 20 years of service in the public and private sectors to clients who face substantial challenges. Whether it’s siting the first commercial wind energy project in a state, or rallying grassroots support for vital safety net services, Carter is adept at creating effective messages and campaigns that get results. Prior to her role at GSG, Carter worked as the Operations Manager/Digital Strategist at a leading lobbying firm, a committee clerk in the Connecticut legislature and as a Frauds Investigator with the Department of Consumer Protection. She also ran her own ethics compliance practice for several years. She was elected Board President in June, 2016.

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Nicholas D’Agostino (President, Emeritus) is currently an Associate in Diversity and Equity at Central CT State University. He began his tenure with True Colors more than 15 years ago, first as a youth presenter and volunteer, then as an employee and ultimately as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to his employment with CCSU, he worked at the State Department of Children and Families and served as DCF’s central office liaison to True Colors. Nick completed two full terms as Board President, stepping down in June of 2016. He continues to Co-Chair the development committee.

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Jimmy Tickey (Vice President) joined the Board of Directors for True Colors in 2012. He currently serves as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s Campaign Manager. He also operates his own marketing and consulting business – JWN – advising small businesses, entrepreneurs, professional groups, non-profit organizations and campaigns. Jimmy serves on several boards and is involved with the Valley United Way, Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and Connecticut’s Future Business Leaders of America among others. In November 2013, Jimmy was elected by the voters of Shelton to the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was recently named “Top 40 under 40” for 2014. He graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Business Administration and Economics.

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Jacquelynn M. Russo-Boudinot (Secretary) is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a certified divorce mediator with a private practice in Essex, CT. Jackie also works with Old Saybrook Youth and Family as a counselor for individuals, couples and families and facilitates a variety of groups for the community. She is on the Board of Directors for Tri-Town Youth Services in Deep River and joined the True Colors Board of Directors earlier this year. Jackie holds A.S. degrees from Johnson & Wales University and Capitol Community College, a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University and graduated with distinction from Capella University with an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. An active member in both her community and church, Jackie lives in Centerbrook with her husband and her two teenage sons. She also has a son in Arizona and a son and daughter-in-law in California.

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Vu Tran joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Vu is an auditor with the United States Department of Defense. He began volunteering at True Colors in 2007 as a conference volunteer. Since then, he has volunteered as a data analyst and held various leadership positions on the conference organizing committee. Vu also serves on the Board of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) and actively volunteers at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective (HGCLHC). Vu earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Connecticut where he was the Educational Outreach Coordinator at the UCONN Rainbow Center. He is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Connecticut.

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Larry Dubey is Senior Program Manager for Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing data and telecommunication deployments to over 1,700 employees throughout Connecticut, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts. In 2016 Dubey joined the board of True Colors, an organization he felt strongly about after volunteering at their Youth Conference in 2003. Larry has volunteered for a number of causes over the years including organizing a team for the Aids CT walk and coordinating fundraisers for local food pantries and homeless shelters. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Service and Administration from Springfield College in, his Paralegal Certification from Elms College and is working towards his Master’s degree in Organizational Change at Northeastern University.

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Brian J. Tessier Esq. is the President and CEO of We Hear the Children, a private foundation established to support the needs of children as identified by those who work with children and the founder of 4114Dad, a National 800 number and outreach to single men who want to become parents. Most recently Brian served as the Senior Contract Manager at Fidelity Investments where he was responsible for multi-national negotiations and developing the contract architecture, compliance reporting and training across the enterprise. Brian has served on the Board of Directors with the Women’s Crisis Center in Newburyport, Massachusetts, as Legal Advisor for the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, and as a member of the Fidelity investments and BankBoston GLBT Advisory Panels. Brian most recently sat on the National Advisory Council for the Human Rights Campaign, All Children-All Families Foundation, in Washington D.C. A long-time advocate of single parent and gay adoptions, Brian is a single adoptive parent of two boys. In 2009, Brian was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Adoptive Parent of the Year. Brian is a frequent speaker and participant in events and Nation and International media, regarding LGBT parenthood and Fatherhood as well as the changing gender roles and the impact on men’s decisions to become a parent. He continues to write about his experiences as a single adoptive father. Brian is the author The Intentional Father and several other books. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Michael’s College and his law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law.

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Daniel Trust is a Rwandan genocide survivor and a nationally recognized motivational speaker having lectured at prestigious universities such as the University of Florida, Duke University and Northwestern University. Daniel is the founder of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit organization that helps students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs, and honors educators, who go above and beyond to help these students succeed in school and in their personal lives. Daniel is the executive producer and host of The Daniel Trust Show, a weekly YouTube talk show that highlights the impact his foundation is making in the lives of young people and teachers. Daniel’s story and philanthropic efforts have been featured in both local and national publications including the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register and Connecticut Post. He’s also appeared on daytime talk shows like Better Connecticut, Connecticut Style, and Our Lives. In 2014, Connecticut Magazine listed him to its 40 Under 40 List. Most recently, Daniel’s story was profiled on “NYBERG,” a show hosted by Connecticut TV legend, Ann Nyberg. Daniel holds a business management degree from Southern Connecticut State University, is a father of two adopted sons and lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Tyrone Walker (Treasurer) joined the board of Directors in 2012. Tyrone is a Quality Assurance Manager at Pratt and Whitney. He served as a True Colors mentor for several years prior to joining the Board of Directors. Tyrone also serves on the Board of the Christian Activities Council, a community stabilization and re-development organization in the Upper Albany Area of Hartford, where he is on the Long-range Planning and Finance Committees. Tyrone recently was elected to the 6th District Town Committee for the Hartford Democratic Party, which represents the South End of Hartford. Tyrone has graduated from Howard University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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