Who's Who

Members of the Board and leadership team of the HGSC

Board of Directors, Officers, and Committee Chairs

(Directors* are elected for two-year terms, Officers for one. Terms expire on Commencement Day in late May. [ ] year director's term expires. { } year officer's term expires.)

Lano Williams *, AB '00 - West Hollywood, CA [2017]{2016}
Treasurer, President

While at Harvard, Lano was active in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, President of Winthrop House Committee, a producer for Harvard Radcliffe Summer Theatre and a researcher/writer for Let's Go (London). Currently, Lano is an attorney specializing in helping entrepreneurs succeed in their business ventures, with a focus on the entertainment industry and the fine arts, representing visual artists and others in the visual arts field. Lano focuses his practice on helping entrepreneurs create and execute the foundational documents that are key to running a successful business. Lano graduated from Loyola Law School (LLS) in Los Angeles, CA in 2012 with a JD (concentration in Tax Law). He continued at LLS to obtain an LLM in Tax Law with Honors and Distinction in January of 2014. During his time at LLS, Lano clerked at such organizations as the ACLU of Southern California, the LA City Attorney (Intellectual Property Counsel), LA County Public Defender, and the California Community Foundation. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX and a MA in Arts Entrepreneurship from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. During his time at SMU he also studied law and business abroad at Universtà Commericale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. Lano has also worked in non-profit fundraising, advertising and marketing including three years at Pallotta TeamWorks, the creator of the AIDSRide and Breast Cancer 3Day Walks, and two years at DDB Los Angeles, one of the pre-eminent advertising agencies in the country. Lano also has an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) in Economics from Harvard College and plays an active role in the alumni community of Harvard, serving on the board of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus (as Co-President) and on the board of Harvardwood, the alumni community for Harvard entertainment alumni. He also volunteers for Lambda Legal, serving on the Los Angeles Leadership Committee, and serves on the board of LA Stage Alliance (the service organization for LA theater) and The Dream Makers Fund (a mentorship and job training program for youth).

Yulia Vershinina - Boston, MA - Associate Director, Office of Career Advancement, Degree Programs, HKS

 

 

 

 

Juan Jaime de Zengotita *, AB '89, MD '94 - Boston, MA [2017]

Website

Juan Jaime lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, and enjoys his 5 minute walk to work as a primary care doctor and Medical Director at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.  He was involved in the preparatin the center as a Patient Centered Medical Home, which resulted in its level 3 certification (highest level).  He has been involved in the Brigham & Women's implementation of the new Epic electronic medical record.  At the hospital, he is on the LGBTQ Patient Advisory Panel, and sits on the Harvard Medical School LGBTQ Curriculum Advisory Board.  He was the Cambridge/Boston Chapter co-director for several years, has already served as the chair of the Annual Dinner and is a three time elected-Director. Originally from Puerto Rico and then New York, Juan Jaime graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. After his Intermal Medicine residency and service as a Medical Officer in the Navy, he came back to Boston where he occasionally teaches at the Med School, is a non-resident Pre-med tutor at Lowell House, and works with the LGBT Employee Resource Group at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

Michael Lewis *, AB '93 - Boston, MA [2017]

Website

During his time as an undergraduate, Michael served on the Executive Boards of student groups such as the Kuumba Singers, the African-American Cultural Center and the Dunster House Committee, which he chaired. He is currently an Appointed Director with the HAA and has served as Co-Chair of his class’s 15th and 20th reunions. Although he was a History and Science concentrator with a focus on astronomy and astrophysics, Michael has spent most of his professional life working as a technology professional. He has worked for nearly 17 years at iCorps Technologies, a local IT outsourcing firm, where he currently serves as a Senior Technology Consultant.

Monica Bell *, AM ’14, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School – Cambridge, MA [2018]
& Staff Liaison,

 

Judy Jarvis *, EDM'12 [2017]

Judy Jarvis is the Director of the Princeton University LGBT Center, where she advocates for LGBTQIA students and employees, and leads a wide range of programs and initiatives on gender, sexuality, race and social justice. Judy previously served as Director of the LGBTQ Center and Women's Center at Vassar College, her alma mater. While studying for her Master's in Education, with a focus on Higher Education, Judy was co-chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Education student group QueerED.

 

Lily Khadjavi *, AB '90 - [2018]

Website, Chapters

 
 
 

Elliot Imse *, MPP '12 - Washington, DC[2017] 

Social Media, Newsletter

bio

 
 

Jonathan Page *, AB' '02 - Cambridge, MA [2017]

Annual Dinner

Jonathan Page graduated from Harvard College in 2002 with a concentration in History. Following his graduation from Yale Divinity School in 2007, Jonathan worked at Memorial Church as the Epps Fellow, a.k.a. undergraduate chaplain, from 2007 to 2010. While at Memorial Church, Jonathan worked as a proctor in Canaday A and was one of three LGBT designated proctors in the Yard. Jonathan also helped to organize the Harvard Right to Serve Tour, a protest against the now defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Since leaving Memorial Church, Jonathan has taught at Groton School and served a church in Ames, Iowa where he wrote a regular column for the state-wide gay newspaper focusing on the intersection of religion and sexuality. Jonathan currently serves as the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Houston, Texas.

 
 

Eleanor Kincaid *, AB '95- Medford, MA [2018]

Website, Vice President

Eleanor is an immunologist, finishing her postdoctoral fellowship at UMass Medical School.  She studied biochemistry at Harvard, and Biomedical Science at UCSF (PhD 2005). At Harvard, Eleanor was the co-chair of the then BGLSA spring 1993, and a Contact peer counselor fall 1994 through winter 1996. Since college, she has been involved with public health issues, both globally important infectious diseases (her PhD research was on tuberculosis) and the power of harm reduction to reduce stigma and improve health.  She has volunteered with the HIV Prevention Project needle exchange (part of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation) and the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center where she led a street outreach team. She currently volunteers with the Association of Women in Science. She is interested in online LGBTQ communities and the changing understanding of sexuality and gender identity. She grew up in New Jersey and Berkeley, California.

 
 

Andrés Castro Samayoa *, AB '10 [2018]

HGSC has served an important part in my connection to Harvard since my undergraduate days. For my undergraduate thesis in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, HGSC (then HGLC) assisted in my recruitment of alumni who had been on campus during WWII for an oral histories project on queer men. My interest in questions of diversity in college kept me on campus after graduating. I worked in the Office of Student Life and the Freshman Dean's Office, collaborating in the Working Group that Dean Evelynn Hammonds convened to assess BGLTQ student life, which eventually led to the founding of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life. I continued my academic research on sexualities on college campuses at Cambridge University (U.K.) through the support of a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship completing an M.Phil. in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Both my work in higher education and my research have instilled a strong commitment to building inclusive policies and practices on colleges. I now serve as the Assistant Director for Assessment at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Center for Minority Serving Institutions, where my work focuses on diversifying the K-12 and postsecondary teaching profession, with an eye towards the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, and class. Working alongside HGSC represents an opportunity to remain connected to the vibrant community of queer students and allies at Harvard. I am committed to supporting the many ways in which students and alumnae/i continue to transform Harvard Yard into a more welcoming space for all. I believe that recognizing the overall diversity of Harvard's campus is invaluable; equally important, I believe that HGSC can continue to work to showcase the plurality of experiences within its own membership. I'm looking forward to being part of this work!

Andrés Castro Samayoa is from Merliot, El Salvador.

 

Jim Jacobs *, AB ’72, JD ’75, Former Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School-

Treasurer

Until 2015, Jim served as Senior Clinical Instructor in the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School. In that capacity, he supervised, mentored and taught Harvard Law School students as he and they provided legal services to businesses and other clients, including home buyers, community development organizations, charities and other non-profit organizations, composers and artists. Before joining the Harvard Law School clinical program, Jim was the General Counsel of Skyworks Solutions, a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer, after many years as Senior Attorney in the legal departments of EMC and Data General Corporation (information technology companies).

Before going in-house, Jim practiced with WilmerHale and other Boston law firms, where he concentrated in real estate development and financing, zoning and environmental law, as well as general corporate practice.

Jim has served on the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee, as well as other boards, and has lectured and written for both Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (Chapter 1, Constitutional Limitations on the Zoning Power in The Massachusetts Zoning Manual, MCLE, 1985- 1995) and for the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.

In college, Jim was Chief Engineer at WHRB-FM and active in college theater. In law school, Jim worked both with Harvard Voluntary Defenders and with the Greater Boston Legal Aid Society.

Prof. Warren Goldfarb , AB '69, PhD '75 - Cambridge , MA
Emeritus, President of The Open Gate Foundation, Matthiessen Campaign Committee

Warren Goldfarb, AB '69, PhD '75, is the W.B. Pearson Professor of Modern Mathematics and Mathematical Logic, in the Philosophy Department at Harvard. He is one of the founders of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus, was an HGLC Director for many years and continues as a Director Emeritus. Additionally, Warren has been the President of The Open Gate since its inception in 1986 and is a Board member of The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide. He lives in Cambridge.

 

Robert Mack , AB '71, JD '74 - Cambridge , MA
Emeritus, Membership Website

Bob was a member of the HGLC Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001, and was Co-Chair of the Caucus from 1994 to 1997; he is currently a Director Emeritus of the Board. He worked at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale ) for 31 years, as a lawyer for 15 years and subsequently in Information Technology. He also co-founded FreshAddress.com and created MemDir.org . He works part time as a computer consultant, and is a multiple-prize-winning independent video producer. He lives in Cambridge .

 
 

Robyn Ochs , EdM '89 - Jamaica Plain , MA
Emeritus

Robyn, www.robynochs.com , has been part of the Harvard community since 1983. She retired from her work in Romance Languages and Literatures in 2009. She serves on the steering committee for the LGBT Faculty & Staff Group as a retiree rep and on the Trans Task Force, and was a co-facilitator of the monthly LBTQ Women’s lunches for Harvard staff and faculty. Off campus, she is co-founder of the Bisexual Resource Center and the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. She is editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World . She has taught in the field of gender and sexuality studies at Tufts University, MIT, and Johnson State College in Vermont, and she is a professional speaker on bisexuality, identity and labels, coalition building, marriage equality, and homophobia. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.

 

Thomas Parry , AB '74 - Los Angeles , CA
Emeritus, 25th Reunion Co-Chair, Matthiessen Campaign Committee

Tom has been an HGSC Board member since 1998 and is a former president of the Caucus. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Review and in 1995 became the first openly gay Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association. Tom has been volunteering for Harvard for the past 35 years. Professionally, Tom is a consultant in computer games and he lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Juan Bastos, a noted portrait artist.

 

Rhonda Wittels *, AB '79 - Watertown, MA

Emeritus

Rhonda has been a member of the Caucus for many years and is past-president of the Board. During her undergraduate years, Rhonda had leadership positions in several gay and lesbian organizations that have morphed into the current QSA. She is a compiler writer and works remotely for a world-wide software company. Rhonda also serves on the Board of The Open Gate.