The purpose of the Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of Respect Differences. This Board also strongly supports this organization's mission and needs.

Board of Directors                                           Advisory Board

Chelsea Barker - Founder and Chairwoman
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, UMBC
Graduate Student in Counselor Education at UM
Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Dylan Sirois
Studied Secondary Education at UM
Data Analyst at Regional School Unit #2
Former Administrative Assistant of LGBT Services

Sandra Caron 
Professor at UM - Family Relations & Human Sexuality
Member, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Deborah Mitchell 
Crime Prevention Specialist
Member, Public Safety at UM

Mark Schoen 
Producer at & movie TRANS
Former Director of Sexuality Education

Ray Winship
Long Time Teacher and Coach in MSAD #49
Civil Rights Team Leader 
Given F.E. Pentlarge Award from EqualityMaine
Elizabeth Handy
Analyst - Energy, Communications & Services
Consulting & Systems Integration

Wayne Maines - Ad Hoc Advisor
Director of Safety, Environmental Management, Transportation & Security at UM

Brian McNaught 
World's Leading Corporate Diversity Consultant Dealing with LGBT Issues in the Workplace
Former Mayor of Boston's Liaison to the Gay and Lesbian Community
Best Selling Author of Four Watershed Books on Gay Issues

Hudson Taylor
Founder of Athlete Ally Nonprofit Organization
Wrestling Coach at Columbia University


Chelsea Barker - Chief Executive Officer
See Above

Kiera Walsh - Secretary
Earned Bachelors Degree in Pre-Medicine
Member Services Rep at Public Consulting Group

Kristina Pettegrow - Public Relations Officer
Psychology Student at UM
Member, Honors College

Pamela Barker - Fundraising Officer
Former Board Member of Riding to the Top Organization
Former Fundraiser for Sports Teams

Natalie Roberts - Photographer
Shoots Weddings, Engagement Sessions, Senior Portraits, and Other Special Events
Preschool Teacher & BHP

*** Treasurer Position Available
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to
*Note: Positions are volunteer work only.