Come Out & Celebrate 2017

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Hilton Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA 02026

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Please join us as we celebrate OUT MetroWest’s work to enrich the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston. Guests will be treated to cocktails, dinner, and an inspiring program featuring important voices from the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Those wishing to continue the celebration will enjoy dancing and dessert beginning at 9:30 p.m. Your generosity will benefit the youth served by OUT MetroWest’s Nexus, Umbrella, and WAGLY programs.

For more information, contact Julie Blazar at or 508-875-2122.

Honoree: Dr. Asa Sevelius, Principal of the Heath School in Brookline, MA

Photo of Dr. Sevelius by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

(photo by Lane Turner/Globe Staff)

Asa Sevelius, Ed.D., is the principal of the Heath School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is the first out transgender principal in the Commonwealth and amongst the very few out trans school leaders nationwide.

As an educator, Dr. Sevelius has a clear commitment to issues of social justice, closing opportunity gaps, high-quality early childhood education, and fair assessment and evaluation practices. School culture and professional development are particular passions of his.

Before leading Heath School, Asa was the Principal of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. He has also taught in Northern California and Japan.

In 2016, Dr. Sevelius earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston College. Before that, he earned degrees from both Lesley University (M.Ed.) and Indiana University (BA).

Chair, Honorary Committee: Representative Jack Patrick Lewis

Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis is the former executive director of OUT MetroWest. He stepped down from this role in December 2016 to assume his new position as state representative for the 7th Middlesex District (Ashland & Framingham).

Jack serves on the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; Joint Committee on Public Health; and Joint Committee on Public Service. In the House, he is the lead sponsor on legislation to provide greater youth access to HIV prevention services, in addition to co-sponsoring bills to ban conversion therapy; ensure confidential healthcare decisions; and guarantee accurate, inclusive health education. He also successfully restored $1 million in HIV prevention funding to this year’s House Budget.

Jack lives with his husband, Brent, and kids in Framingham.

Honorary Committee

Bridget Belgiovine and Sandy Vivas

Andrew Bott, M.Ed., Superintendent of Schools, Brookline

F. Javier Cevallos, Ph.D., President, Framingham State University

Perry Cohen

Ophelia Dahl and Lisa Frantzis

Catherine D’Amato and Debbi Ford

Robert Ellsworth and Arthur Lipkin

David Fleishman, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Newton

Valerie Frias

Kerry Healey, Ph.D., President, Babson College

Paula A. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., President, Wellesley College


Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq., President, Bentley University

David F. Lussier, Ed.D., Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools

Robyn Ochs and Peg Preble

David Podell, Ph.D., President, MassBay Community College

Peter Sanchioni, Ph.D., Superintendent, Natick Public Schools

Robert Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent, Framingham Public Schools

Janson Wu

Host Committee

Noah Augustine

Jaime Brody and Meghan Todd

Nicole Castillo and Kat Rocchio

Ineke Ceder

Kim Comatas

Eric Endlich and Kris Krok

Susan Catterall Francis

Tatyana Goldwyn

Cathy and Sue Gorman

Kathy Kaufmann

Corie Mieth

Rise Shepsle

Donna Tambascio

Gloria Tower-Davis

Angelique Tung

Katharine Waggoner

Sponsors To Date:


Rick Cresswell and Jamie Pierce

Kathy and John Kaufmann


Suzanne Abair and Kat MacDonald


Charlotte Harrington

Justice Resource Institute

Frank and Tracy McGrath

Elaine Mittell and Doug Poutasse

Bob Steingart and Anne Terhune

Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Bridget Belgiovine and Sandy Vivas

Sawyer Bethel and Katharine Waggoner

Jean and Neal Butler

Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines

Ineke Ceder and Daniel Saroff

Lisa Chapnick and Kristina Schaefer

Cyra Coady and Dario Vlah

Congregational Church of Needham

Fidelity Investments

Betsy Gardella and Jim Smith

Tatyana Goldwyn

Amy and Jack Haley

Hartney Greymont

David and Stephanie Lawrence

Merrill Lynch

Middlesex Savings Bank

Kim Ritrievi

Amy and Ruth Ro

Jianhua Shi and Richard Yurko


Ballentine Partners, LLC

Patience Crozier and Jessica Keimowitz

Allan and Jean Crudale

Dana Hall School

Deerfield Academy

Eastern Bank

Encore Construction

Firsh Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist

First Universalist Society of Franklin

Moira and Salvatore Giacalone

Carson Gleberman

Kauffman Law & Mediation

Steve Kidder and Judy Malone

Jim Lillie and Maureen McCaffrey

Erik Mar and Brandon Tunney

Mix 104.1

David and Ellen Morrison

Alan and Suzanne Posner

Riverside Community Care

Marilyn and Mitchel Ross

Linda and Joe Senecal

The Francis Family

The Home for Little Wanderers

Walden Behavioral Care

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Blazar at


What is the suggested attire for the event?

Creative & Casual Cocktail --- wear what makes you feel celebratory!

Is there an age limit to enter the event?

The evening's program is geared to adults, but youth are welcome.

Is parking available?

Yes, free parking is available on-site.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a record of tickets purchased.

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Hilton Dedham

25 Allied Drive

Dedham, MA 02026

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