Elana Rosenberg, Executive Director
After growing up in Kentucky, Elana moved to Rhode Island in 2007 and began working at YPI as the GSA Network and Programming Coordinator. In that role, she organized center programming, provided professional development to Rhode Island school educators and administrators, and managed the statewide GSA Network for five years. After three years as a member of the Community Investment team at United Way of Rhode Island, Elana returned to YPI in November 2017, to become the organization’s 6 th Executive Director. She holds a BA in sociology from Smith College and a MS in College Student Personnel from Miami of Ohio University. When she’s not hard at work at YPI, you can find Elana practicing with her dog for agility competitions or hiking in the woods.
Elana can be reached at Elana@youthprideri.org
Andy Taubman, MSW, Director of Youth Service
Andy graduated with a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Rhode College in the Spring of 2019. They have worked in nonprofits for 20+ years and have a particular love and interest in working with youth, especially being around their energy and being part of the process of helping them navigate adolescence and young adulthood. YPI is particularly appealing to Andy as a queer person who loves the opportunity to work directly with the youngest members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In their free time, Andy performs as a drag king performer, producer, mentor, workshop maker and event manager and community builder. They enjoy hiking with their dog (the world’s prettiest Soi (street) dog that they rescued in Thailand named Saku!), working out, traveling and exploring new places, and flopping on a couch and binge watching TV shows.
Andy can be reached at Andy@youthprideri.org
When not at YPI, Jesus works with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island. There he serves as the Youth Leadership Director where he educates and mobilizes youth to fight toxic infrastructure in their communities. Jesus is also a part of several committees and has been invited to multiple conferences. Through DARE, Jesus is a part of the national alliance Right to the City which campaigns for fair housing. He is also a part of the national group called Beyond the November Movement, also known as Black Youth Project 100 which is a group dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people though transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens.
Jesus can be reached at Jesus@youthprideri.org.
Dev is a fairly new Rhode Islander, having moved here from Westchester, New York where they grew up. They went to Kenyon College in Ohio where they earned a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. After college, they did a year of service with City Year Providence, where they served at Pleasant View Elementary School with an incredible class of fourth graders. Dev came to Youth Pride because they are proud of their intersecting queer identities, and after spending a year working with Providence youth, they were so excited to put their passions together. YPI seemed like the perfect place to do that. They are passionate about good stories, D&D, hiking, and dogs.
Dev can be reached at Dev@youthprideri.org
Tiffani grew up in Providence and received her double major in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Prior to YPI, Tiffani worked at the University of Rhode Island’s Gender and Sexuality Center as Building Manager where she gained great insight and understanding of the LGBTQ community and its unique needs. Outside of work, Tiffani can be found reading horror novels, painting, relaxing outside, or working on graphic design projects!
Tiffani can be reached at: Tiffani@youthprideri.org
A big ol mess with a lot of good intentions, paired with an immensely dodgy memory and a semi functional nose. Lukas first came to YPI in early 2014, and began attending Gender Spectrum in late 2014. Xe is involved with the Providence community at large, with a focused interest in sex education, LGBTQIA politics, and trans healthcare. When not leading YPI’s peer support group, Gender Spectrum, xe is usually tucked away in a quiet corner of the space with a book or craft project, or making something to share in the kitchen. Bad at starting conversations, but always happy to chat.
Lukas can be reached at: Lukas@youthprideri.org
Molly Heller, LICSW Clinician/Counselor
Molly Heller is a social worker with a special interest in working with underserved populations. She grew up in Connecticut, received her Masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and relocated to Rhode Island in 2005.
Her career has included working with foster children and adoptive families, serving as a supervisor of high risk teens in a residential setting, and establishing and staffing the position of school social worker at a charter school in Cambridge, MA and was the founder of the the school’s GSA.
She has been a clinician at a mental health center in Providence with children, youth and families, and currently works at Youth Pride, Inc. as a clinician serving GLBT youth. With her sister, nearly 30 years ago, she founded a national organization (COLAGE) serving children with GLBT parents.
Molly enjoys being a activist, loves yoga, yearns to travel more, enjoys eating yummy food (or simply talking about food,) and adores hanging with her two children and dog, Chloe! She appreciates art and music and loves working with young people!
Jessica Peters, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jess has worked as a clinician at YPI since August of 2016, facilitating the Way Out and Thirteen and Under groups and providing individual counseling services on Thursday evenings. She is originally from the Boston area and obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She moved to Providence to complete her clinical residency and postdoc at Brown University Med School, where she continues to research adolescent emotional functioning. Her specialized clinical training includes helping people manage difficult emotions, decrease risky behavior (like self-harm, substance use), and deal with challenging relationships. She is also an experienced mindfulness teacher. Throughout her clinical career, she has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and is thrilled to be part of the YPI team. When not working, Jess loves creating and experiencing art, reading, inventing new recipes, and hanging out with her cat.
To make an appointment with Jess, speak with staff or use the above email. Individual appointments may be available for walk-ins. Older youth coming in for appointments during the 13 and under time should notify staff that they are here to see Jess.
At Large Members:
Tom Canterino, Lisa Carcieri, Alex Hartley, Aliya Johnson, Jeffrey LaValley, Paola Mejia*, Erin Pavane (leave of absence), Michelle Saunders, Greg Tumolo, Henry Walther
* = Youth Board Member