Carter Johnson (President Emerita) joined the True Colors Board of Directors in 2014. She is the Principal of Ethical Influence, a public affairs and ethics compliance agency that provides 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 30 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 EI, Carter was a Senior Vice President at Global Strategy Group, worked as the Operations Manager/Digital Strategist for the lobbying arm of Robinson & Cole, a committee clerk in the Connecticut legislature and as a Frauds Investigator with the Department of Consumer Protection. She was elected Board President in June, 2016.
Mx. Alex Pitsas joined the True Colors Board of Directors in July 2020 and has been a mentor to an LGBTQ youth since February 2020. They came to understand their gender late in life and identifies as non-binary. Since 1986 they have worked in the field of education as a classroom instructor (math), building administrator and consultant for the State of Connecticut. Additionally they spent 17 years coaching soccer and basketball at all levels. Alex spent several years on the State Equity Team supporting and promoting racial equity. Alex is interested in moving into a second career in non-profit and continues to support the youth of our state.
Melanie Glennon grew up in Albany NY & during her 20 years with General Electric, she held roles of increasing responsibility from engineer to executive global quality leader for GE’s largest business, GE Power, & over her career has successfully led international teams across a spectrum of areas: Quality, Regulatory, Engineering, Acquisition Integration, Executive Development and Diversity & Inclusion. Over 2 years ago, Melanie transitioned to Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, CT where she works in her current capacity as Director of Strategy for the Quality Organization. Melanie is a trailblazer with respect to LGBT inclusion, being one of the first out executives in GE and spearheaded the visibility & growth of the company’s LGBT diversity network, elevating it to the distinction of HRC “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” In 2017, she became VP and one of the founding board members of Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs, a non-for-profit foundation established to raise crucial funds and awareness for at-risk LGBTQ+ youth. Melanie is happy to continue her passion and mission to support LGBTQ+ youth as a board member of True Colors. Melanie lives with her wife Deb, son Charlie and cat, Fido in Hartford.
Annette Rivera: “What I like about True Colors is the fact that it cares about our LGBTQ+ youth. It is inspiring to learn about the multiple activities that it holds, particularly focusing on their support and advocacy as they discover, explore and develop their identities. While this would potentially be considered my first Board of Directors experience, I do bring the willingness to help and inspire the LGBTQ+ youth. I want to be a part of a team that helps to expose these young minds, some whom are still trying to feel comfortable on being themselves, on the vast opportunities that exist for them to pursue as they become young adults, while, at the same time, help them feel affirmed in their identities. In the past, I led the PRIDE ERG at United Technologies Research Center (the research arm of what was called up to recently: United Technologies Corporation UTC, now Raytheon Technologies) reaching its five sites (Connecticut, California, Italy, Ireland, and China); have been part of an initiative to globalize the PRIDE ERG within UTC (Sue Theden, Jayshown’s mentor, is also a part of this great initiative); attended a few Chocolate & Cheesecake events (which I shared pictures and information about the event in the company’s news feed); and volunteered as a High School Mentor for the FIRST Robotics Competitions. As an engineer myself, I would like the Board to continue fostering STEM-related activities within the LGBTQ+ youth community, just like the True Colors/UTC summer program, which I am currently investigating how I can also volunteer in that initiative. As a past mentor, my ‘go-to’ approach with past mentees (FIRST Robotics) has been to challenge them to answer why’s (Why did you choose this over that? Did you think about this/that?), to ultimately bring them to see the big picture and get them to think outside the box. On a professional level, I am more of a strategist. I would like to be part of the team that is working on defining True Colors’ strategic plan, without losing sight of its core mission and vision.”