Committee Members and Volunteers
Mor Erlich, Curriculum Committee
Mor Erlich (he/him) is the creator of Sez Me, an LGBTQ multidisciplinary educational program for all ages, and The Dragtivity Book, an educational tool for engaging kids in conversations about drag, gender, and identity. He presents the workshop "Dragtivity Time with DQSH and Sez Me" in collaboration with Drag Queen Story Hour NYC.
Frankie Dascola, Curriculum Committee
Frankie Dascola is the Music Director, Co-Advisory for the Ram's Rainbow Alliance and the Social Emotional Learning Lead at I .S. 93 in Ridgewood, Queens. During the week Frankie spends time as a NYC DOE Teacher, pushing students to express themselves through music and the arts. Frankie also works as the Head of Operations for the Big Apple Leadership Arts Acadamy where she works to enrich marginalized communities and uplift students through music and community service. On weekends Frankie can be found supporting various arts and cultural endeavors or biking all over Brooklyn.
Jubie Deane, Events and Administrative Volunteer
Jubie Deane (she/her) is a 212 Original and life-long Lower East Sider. She is a proud champion of arts in education & has always believed that books are magical enough to change lives.
Emily Greytak, Curriculum Committee
Emily Greytak (she/her) is a queer activist, researcher, and parent. As a former radical cheerleader, she knows firsthand the power of performance to make change and is overjoyed to be a part of DQSH NYC! Emily has a PhD in Education and leads research and evaluation efforts for mission-based nonprofits, previously at GLSEN and now at the ACLU. She also teaches part-time at Brooklyn College and is active with local groups fighting for justice and equity in NYC schools.
Lily MacLeod, Administrative Volunteer
Lily MacLeod (she/her) is thrilled to be working with DQSH! She is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Gender Studies. She is excited at the chance to work for such an incredible organization that similarly believes in the power of storytelling!
Zak Malik, Curriculum Committee
Zak Malik (he/him) is a proud Brooklyn native and a Policy Advisor at Cozen O'Conner, where he provides pro-bono lobbying services for DQSH. Over the past several years, he has worked closely with DQSH staff in navigating the City's budget process, working with them to secure government funding to provide free community programs throughout the boroughs. He has truly appriciated the opportunity to advocate for such a meaningful organization and is excited to continue to advance their goals throughout NYC. Zak has a Mater's Degree in Special Education and he especially loves DQSH's readings for children on the autism spectrum.
Allison Marino, Treasurer of the Board, Organizational Building Committee, Fundraising Committee
Allison Marino (she/her), is a macro social worker enthusiastically promoting social justice and dismantling barriers to equity with communities across NYC. Her professional expereince includes nonprofit management and development in addistion to policy advising, advocacy and community organizaing. Allison is also an active volunteer and advocate in the food justice space, supporting her local community fridge network and serving as a board member for Equity Advocates, an organization helping build the capacity of nonprofits to address the underlying causes of food inequity through policy and systems change.
Syd Seifert, Coordinator of the Curriculum Committee
Syd Seifert (she/her) is a proud native New Yorker and lives in Harlem. She is a therapist and program coordinator with a specialization in sexuality, gender, and youth-centered activism and programming. She works clinically with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health issues and needs. Syd earned her Masters in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Sophie Schoenfeld, Event Facilitator
Sophie (they/them) is a nonbinary queer filmmaker and educator. They have worked for the nonprofit Reel Works, and are currently at The Center as an Advisor for the School Ambassador for Educational Equity program.
Marina Reggiani Smith, Event Facilitator
Marina (she/her) is a queer mama and early educator who is passionate about using books and storytelling to help kids and their caregivers think about how to build a more inclusive, equitable, and loving world. She is also an aspiring full-spectrum doula and writer and is excited to facilitate community events with DQSH NY.
Wanda A. Ward, Graphic Design Volunteer
Wanda A. Ward is a Seattlite that's been in Brooklyn for over a decade. She has a degree in Graphic Design and recently got her Juris Doctorate. Wanda is elated to be working with DQSHNYC and believes that drag queens & kings are the patron saints of. the LGBTQIA+ community!