True Colors Board of Directors

Carter Johnson (President) joined the True Colors Board of Directors in 2014. She serves as the Vice President of Communications for GSG’s busy New England office where she designs strategic communications and advocacy campaigns for clients in heavily regulated industries. An expert in government affairs and communications advocacy, Carter brings her knowledge of government acquired from over 20 years of service in the public and private sectors to clients who face substantial challenges. Whether it’s siting the first commercial wind energy project in a state, or rallying grassroots support for vital safety net services, Carter is adept at creating effective messages and campaigns that get results. Prior to her role at GSG, Carter worked as the Operations Manager/Digital Strategist at a leading lobbying firm, a committee clerk in the Connecticut legislature and as a Frauds Investigator with the Department of Consumer Protection. She also ran her own ethics compliance practice for several years. She was elected Board President in June, 2016.

Tyrone Walker (Treasurer) joined the board of Directors in 2012. Tyrone is a Quality Assurance Manager at Pratt and Whitney. He served as a True Colors mentor for several years prior to joining the Board of Directors. Tyrone also serves on the Board of the Christian Activities Council, a community stabilization and re-development organization in the Upper Albany Area of Hartford, where he is on the Long-range Planning and Finance Committees. Tyrone recently was elected to the 6th District Town Committee for the Hartford Democratic Party, which represents the South End of Hartford. Tyrone has graduated from Howard University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Elena M. Gervino is Vice President, Claim Services at Travelers where she leads the National Subrogation organization and is the Manager of Operations for Claim Legal setting overall recovery strategy and operations for Commercial and Personal Lines of Business. Elena is a certified Travelers Diversity Training Officer. Outside of her responsibilities at Travelers, Elena serves on the Board of Directors for Arbitration Forums as well as the Executive Board of Directors for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. Elena began her career with Travelers in 1996 after working as a trial lawyer at Day Berry & Howard and Bingham McCutchen in Hartford, CT. Elena graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1982. In 1985, she graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law where she was a Notes Editor on the Law Review and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student. She lives in Storrs with her partner and their two daughters.

Barry Walters is an Outreach Manager for Aids Project New Haven. He joined the True Colors Board in 2014. He and his partner have one son.

Evelyn Mantilla (Vice President)  is a highly experienced political consultant, with decades of proven experience across many levels of government and communities. With ten years experience as a Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, Evelyn brings a unique perspective to every issue. Known as a strong communicator, an effective coalition builder, and a highly respected leader among social, political, and business circles, she provides a breadth of knowledge guaranteed to provide strong results. As an activist and legislator, she has spent her professional career working on civil rights and equality issues – particularly focusing on her work with disenfranchised communities. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve as Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives as well as the first openly gay woman in the Connecticut General Assembly. During her tenure as a legislator, she represented an urban district with an overwhelming majority of Latinos / Puerto Ricans – a district with one of the highest populations living in poverty in the state. She has held leadership positions with the National Council for Community and Justice and the Hartford Sexual Assault Crisis Service, and has received awards from the Connecticut Institute for Community Development and the National Association of Social Workers, among others. In addition to her legislative work, Evelyn has worked as an advocate for women’s rights and as a small business owner consulting to nonprofits, businesses and electoral campaigns for over 22 years. She has served on numerous boards, commissions, and public committees, and uses her unique combination of talents, multiculturalism, and activist experience to be an advocate for social justice issues.

Recently retired from active practice, Art Webster is a lawyer and law professor. As an attorney, he spent 35 years  in courtrooms arguing for the protection of children and youth from abuse, neglect and delinquency. He is a noted authority on complex medical-legal issues, including diagnostic and treatment decision-making, HIV/AIDS, religious exemption laws and end-of-life issues. As a teacher and an author, he has instructed hundreds of students, attorneys, judges, other professionals and citizens on the impact of law on children, parents and the government. Art is a graduate of Bradley University, B.A., summa cum laude,  and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Sarah Gilbert is the founder of Transitions Therapy LLC; a private therapy practice in Manchester that specializes in serving the trans community and their loved ones. In addition to therapy, Sarah provides training and consultation to other mental health providers about creating trans-affirming practices. A clinical social worker for nearly 10 years, Sarah has worked with varied populations in numerous non-profit capacities before starting her own practice in 2014. She is thrilled to be joining the board in 2018 after serving as a volunteer and presenter at their annual conference. Sarah lives in Vernon with her husband and daughter Aria.

Thomas J Wrenn is a newly elected Board Member for True Colors Inc. Thomas is a lifelong Connecticut resident, residing in West Hartford for the past 3 years. Thomas has been an active member in the GLBTQ community for many years. Most recently he has been involved in the Truer Colors conferences at the University of Connecticut for the past 3 years. He has a passion for helping those in need and was looking for the perfect organization to offer his time, which he believes in True Colors. Thomas is currently a Banking Center Manager for Webster Bank in downtown Hartford, prior to Webster Bank, he was a Manager for TD bank in West Hartford. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and hopes to complete his MBA soon.

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