True Colors Staff

You can reach any of the staff members at 860-232-0050
Staff Name Title Ext. Email
Robin McHaelen Executive Director 302 Director@ourtruecolors.org
Kamora Herrington Mentoring Program Director 313 Kamora@ourtruecolors.org
Lea Dantz Office Administrator 301 Lea@ourtruecolors.org
Melissa Cordner Youth Activities and GSA Coordinator 306 mailto:Melissa@ourtruecolors.org or GSA@ourtruecolors.org

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Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She is co-author of several books and articles on LGBT youth concerns. Robin has a national reputation as a thought leader in LGBT youth concerns, programs and interventions. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s Upstander Award for Leadership in LGBT youth issues, the 2011 UConn, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; the 2008 National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter).

Kamora Le’Ella Herrington is the Mentoring Program Coordinator for True Colors, Inc., a support and advocacy organization for sexual minority youth based in Hartford, Connecticut. She has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth. She holds a BS in Human Services from Springfield College and discovered during her semester of student teaching that she wasn’t cut out to be an elementary school teacher. In 2009, Kamora appeared on the Tyra Show titled “Hell to Pay: Gay Teen Exorcism” after one of the youth in her program was videotaped being exorcised. In 2010, Kamora was featured on the CNN special report titled “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth.” She is a 2010 Faith Works Fellow with the Conference of Churches based in Hartford and is committed to bringing understanding to the intersectionalities of identity. In 2010 and 2011, Kamora, a member of the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council, participated as an activist leader at the “OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit” in Washington, D.C. to organize with other thought leaders, faith leaders, philanthropists and activists who are organizing to empower their communities while educating Congressional leaders, the Obama Administration and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns. Her proudest accomplishment has been raising her two sons.

Lea Marie Dantz has been the Office Administrator at True Colors for more than ten years. She handles all of the many tasks associated with running our busy office and knows all of the True Colors programs exceeding well.  Lea holds a BA from Kent State University, where she majored in International Relations and Russian Language. 

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Melissa Cordner is our Youth Activities Coordinator and manages all of our activities both within the mentoring program and as part of our work with school-based advocacy and Gay-Straight Alliances. Melissa started working for queer youth inclusion as a founding member of a GSA during freshman year in high school. From there, they spent five years on CCSU Pride’s e-board while simultaneously working as part of the One in Ten Committee to better campus. Through LOTS of advocacy and hard work, One in Ten managed to open an LGBT Center, start a Preferred Name Program and annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony, and ensure gender-neutral housing and bathroom options on campus. Since graduation, Melissa has volunteered with a variety of organizations, and worked on their own to set up youth-led open mic events, which are now part of True Colors programming. Melissa is a writer, cat fanatic, and avid rubber duck collector.

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