True Colors Staff

You can reach any of the staff members at 860-232-0050
Staff Name Title Ext. Email
Robin McHaelen Executive Director 302
Mentoring Program Director 313
Lea Dantz Office Administrator 301
Melissa Cordner Youth Activities and GSA Coordinator 306 or
Ira Revels Project Manager, Gay Spirit Radio Archive Project 311


Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She is co-author of several books and articles on LGBTQ+ youth concerns. Robin has a national reputation as a thought leader in LGBT youth programs and interventions. She is the recipient of numerous awards including 2019 GLAD Award, the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s Upstander Award for Leadership in LGBT youth issues, the 2011 UConn, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; the 2008 National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter). She was named one of the Advocate’s 50 State Heroes in 2017

Lea Marie Dantz

Lea Marie Dantz has been the Office Administrator at True Colors for more than twelve years. She handles all of the many tasks associated with running our busy office and knows all of the True Colors programs exceeding well.  Lea holds a BA from Kent State University, where she majored in International Relations and Russian Language.





Melissa Cordner is our Youth Activities Coordinator and manages all of our activities both within the mentoring program and as part of our work with school-based advocacy and Gay-Straight Alliances. Melissa started working for queer youth inclusion as a founding member of a GSA during freshman year in high school. From there, they spent five years on CCSU Pride’s e-board while simultaneously working as part of the One in Ten Committee to better campus. Through LOTS of advocacy and hard work, One in Ten managed to open an LGBT Center, start a Preferred Name Program and annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony, and ensure gender-neutral housing and bathroom options on campus. Since graduation, Melissa has volunteered with a variety of organizations, and worked on their own to set up youth-led open mic events, which are now part of True Colors programming. Melissa is a writer, cat fanatic, and avid rubber duck collector.

Meet the Board