Adam Gregory Catanzarite, Director of Programs
Preferred pronouns: ve/they/them/their (neutral)
Born and raised in the bread-basket, Adam made their way to Vermont to plant new roots after receiving ves B.A. in Communications & Culture from Indiana University. Ve has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, worked as an instructor with The Upward Bound Project and has been an animal/human rights advocate for several years. Some of Adam’s roles at Outright are to oversee Friday Night Group programming (for Burlington, Rutland, and Montpelier — with hopes of expanding this service to new parts of the state), put together Camp Outright (with the help of many wonderful folks), manage Outright’s HIV testing program and schedule fun social events throughout the year. Adam will also be working on finding new and creative ideas for programming within the youth space – so if you have ideas that you’d like to see, you should absolutely contact them! If you find them biking about town or strolling through the farmers market be sure to say hello.
Five Fun Facts – Adam…
1. is a vegan.
2. named their dog after a video game character.
3. enjoys foraging for wild edible berries.
4. sleeps in their boots from time to time.
5. fell in love with the sea at age 13 (and still is)!
Adam can be reached at adam[at]outrightvt.org
Melissa Murray, Executive Director
Preferred pronouns: she/her
Melissa Murray is a queer mama and a social justice activist. She has worked in a variety of social justice movements, including anti-violence, racial justice, reproductive health, and queer rights. In Ohio, she worked with LGBTQ students at the Ohio State University, and provided sober support to queer women in recovery. Melissa holds a BA in Women’s Studies and a Masters in Social Work, both from the Ohio State University. Outside of work, Melissa is an avid hiker and climber and loves exploring Vermont. Melissa is excited to bring her talents to Outright Vermont to work with and on behalf of queer youth.
Contact Melissa at ed[at]outrightvt.org
Five fun facts about Melissa:
- I have three hilarious daughters.
- I have climbed seven mountains in the last year and look forward to more mountain climbing this summer.
- I am terrified of bees. Know what that phobia is called? Melissophobia.
- I can read a book in a day if I like it well enough (no matter how long it is). Favorite book? Probably Harry Potter (all of them).
- It would take me more than a month to listen to all the songs on my iPod. Best Album of all time? 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields.
Dana Kaplan, Director of Education
Five Fun Facts – Dana…
1. I have a twin brother (Yes, I am older. By 2.5 minutes. Yes, he is also queer)!
2. I like to ferment foods. If I ever started a business, I decided I’d call it “pickled pink”
3. I play in an indie pop band that’s toured internationally and released 4 albums, but I’ve never actually thought of myself as a musician.
4. In my free time, I like to give hair cuts. I’m good at table tennis. I like to make my bed every morning. I’m told I’m a phenomenal driver… on both sides of the road! And, I can be a rule-follower, but I prefer to stretch them when I can.
5. I’d rather go up a mountain than go down it.
Dana can be reached at email@example.com