TYEF Loves Our Wonderfull Staff


Susan Maasch – Director
Jack Montgomery – Director
Rebecca Oglesby –Treasurer

TYEF Board Directors having a blast at our TYEF Youth Retreat!

TYEF Board Directors having a blast at our TYEF Youth Retreat!


TYEF Board Advisors

Zack Paakkonen

Zack graduated from Cornell School of Law and is an attorney at Portland Legal LLC.  He was previously an attorney on staff at GLAD, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. Zack's practice focuses on LGBT law, especially on transgender law and matters related to transgender youth. He was a contributing author on Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy.

Alexander Baldassano

Alex is currently a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center of the University of NY, where he works on issues of gender non-conformity and trans* experience in medieval history and literature. He teaches several literature courses at Hunter College as an adjunct lecturer. A lifelong competitive swimmer, he transitioned in his later teen years and continues to compete in swimming and running events. As a volunteer with TYEF, he works as a counselor at the youth retreats/camps, helps run workshops and support groups, and helps out at conferences such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

Victoria Minerva Rodríguez Roldán

Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán has been an advocate for trans* rights for the entirety of her adult life. A 2011 Truman Scholar, she holds a psychology degree from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors and was the first openly transgender member of the student government in the institution's history. She also holds a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she presided over the LGBT caucus and formed an active part of the LGBT coalition of Maine-based LGBT advocacy organizations. She has worked for the National LGBTQ Task Force as a law fellow where she started pioneering advocacy for trans* accessible ID policies in Puerto Rico. She is founder and chair of the Puerto Rico Equality Project - the first trans* focused policy advocacy organization in Puerto Rico. She currently works as an equal opportunity specialist for the Office of Compliance and Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center in Washington D.C.