YOUTH QUEER STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (yqsa)
Ellen Cooley - Ellen Cooley is one of the founding members of the Open & Affirming Task Force at North Congregational Church. She was also an integral member of both the planning and facilitating teams of two major youth programs: I AM ME and ALL ARE WELCOME: YOU CAN BE CHRISTIAN AND LGBT – a project partially funded by a grant from The Institute for Social Justice at Bridgewater State University.
The facilitator of the Pastoral Care Team at NCC, Ellen is responsible for connecting those in need of support (physical, spiritual and more) to a team of volunteers willing to step in when life becomes difficult.
Ellen is passionate about ensuring safe, nurturing and sacred spaces for all – child, teen and adult, alike; and also recently participated in the Boston Women’s March to help champion a myriad of important causes close to her heart.
Patty Kogut - BIO coming soon
Ayden DeMoranville has been conducting LGBT trainings for schools and organizations in New England for several years. He is passionate about educating the larger community about LGBT culture, needs, and concerns. He attends Bristol Community College and plans to be a trauma therapist.