Our Team

Members of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative have partnered with a team of local LGBTQIA+ community members and allies to lead the planning efforts, forming the HT Pride Steering Committee.

Isis Williams


President, HTEI

Isis is a cofounder of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative and has served as the Board President since its inception. Isis found her life forever changed in 2020, and vowed to do her part to make her corner of this world better for all those who reside in it.

Isis believes in the power of community and connection to make long standing change. That as individuals, we have a personal obligation to uphold an environment where all can flourish and meet their full potential, while feeling supported in doing so. An accountant by trade and the Executive Director for a Minority owned Philadelphia based CPA firm, Isis believes that representation matters and is a critical component in change that will result in equitable access, diversity of thought leadership and empowerment  of individuals historically marginalized in our society.  

Isis is a resident of Haddon Township and serves on the Haddon Township School District Equity Committee in addition to leading the Haddon Township Parent Equity Group.  She has dedicated over 20 years to philanthropy and civic service, including her current roles as a Board member for the Haddon Township Board of Education, C.O.L.L.A.B., and the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

In 2022, Isis was honored for her leadership with HTEI and the inaugural Haddon Township Pride Parade + Events and was a recipient of the 2022 Camden County Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal.

Becky Reiser


Vice President, HTEI

Becky is a contemporary artist who works and lives in Haddon Township, NJ, with her husband and their three children. In between earning her BFA from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA from Syracuse University – both with a concentration in Sculpture – Becky worked as the Director of the Public Art Academy’s Artist-in-Residence Program at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA.

Her work crosses disciplines – often introducing sound, performance and video to compose space and activate objects (found or constructed) – as she pushes her viewers to examine the desire that connects objects and people. Becky’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries such as KHB Weissensee, Berlin, Germany; 25CPW Gallery, New York, NY; Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY; and SUArt Galleries, Syracuse, NY.

As cofounder and Vice President of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative, Becky has begun the push for real equitable change across her community – focusing on relationship building, connectivity, and collaboration to create more inclusive spaces where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Becky was a guest on The Kinswomen Podcast, Episode 24, Be Like Becky, and a recent visiting artist at Penn State’s School of Visual and Performing Arts where she gave a lecture titled, An Intersection of Art, Activism, and Motherhood.

Carrie Grimmie


Secretary, HTEI

Carrie is a lifelong resident of Haddon Township, co-founder of HTEI, and serves as the current Board Secretary.

Carrie spent a decade working at PHH Mortgage in Marketing & Communications returning to school in 2011 as part of the first cohort of Rowan University's Urban Teacher Residency Program. Through this program, Carrie earned a M Ed in Teacher Leadership and fulfilled her dream of teaching in Camden. She has spent the last 12 years serving students and families in Camden both as a teacher and school leader. Carrie currently works as the Senior Manager of School Operations at the Camden High Campus, Eastside High & Pride Academy.  

Carrie is proud to work alongside the other members of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative to recognize, understand, honor, and celebrate the beauty of diverse people, ideas, and lifestyles within our community.

Bryan O'Donnell


Treasurer, HTEI

Bryan serves as the Treasurer of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative, striving to build a community that values and respects all people, regardless of their background or identity. As a resident of Haddon Township, Bryan acknowledges the Lenape people as the rightful owners of the land. They are a strong advocate for anti-racism and anti-discrimination policies and practices that center the experiences of historically marginalized individuals and communities.

As a learning strategist at PwC, Bryan brings valuable expertise in environmental social governance, sustainability, and technology risk and assurance to their role. Bryan also serves as the President of Torch Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization that runs a leadership program at Stockton University focused on servant leadership development in high school students and young professionals.

Bryan believes that true progress and positive change require an unwavering commitment to equity and justice for all people. Through their work with the Haddon Township Equity Initiative, Bryan is dedicated to building a community that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable for everyone.

Philip ‘Pip’ Haxby-Thompson


Board Member, HTEI

Pip co-runs JFKLiving with his husband Jeremiah - an LGBTQ+ owned real estate team, located right in the heart of Haddon Township. They love promoting the neighborhood and local businesses; and continue to fight for fair housing practices throughout the area and the U.S. 

Originally from the U.K., Pip has a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is also a trained sommelier. His involvement with the inaugural Pride celebrations in Haddon Township was one of the most rewarding things he has ever done, and he is thrilled to join the Haddon Township Equity Initiative. 

Jeff Peirce


Board Member, HTEI

Jeff is a resident of Haddon Township and was inspired to get more involved with HTEI after working with this group of amazing people on the inaugural Haddon Township Pride celebration.

By day, he works as an analyst with the United States Courts in Trenton. Jeff also serves as the board secretary for PFLAG Collingswood and has volunteered with the Humanity Preservation Foundation.

Jeff is a firm believer in HTEI’s commitment of creating and supporting a community that fosters a sense of belonging, where all historically marginalized members feel seen, heard, respected, and supported.

Brendan Slavin


Board Member, HTEI

Small business owner and Retail Manager, born and raised in Haddon Township class of 2003. After graduating, lived up and down the east coast from Savannah to NYC before making it back in town with his boyfriend Caleb.

Growing up in town, he always felt comfortable with being who he was but learned quickly after graduating that there are a lot of people in our community that have not been so lucky. He is grateful to be part of HTEI and couldn’t be more proud of our town for supporting such an amazing event like PRIDE and the work that HTEI has done to support the community.

2023 HT Pride Steering Committee Members

LauraBeth McAllister


LauraBeth is a pediatric nurse with a Master of Public Health. She aims to help cultivate an inclusive and welcoming community and lives in town with her husband and rescue dog. 

Carol Sue Decinque


Carol Sue DeCinque has been a Haddon Township resident for 23 years. She has 3 children with her husband Tom. Carol Sue also works in HT as a Behavorial aide. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, the outdoors and is also part of a Dragon Boat team. 

She loves Haddon Township and the opportunities HT continuously offers for learning and growth across all populations. 

This is her third year participating in the HTEI Pride events. She identifies as an ally and loves to volunteer time to help others and help this community become a safer place for her family and friends. 

She is proud to be a part of the growth that this community shows in coming together to support everyone.

Ricque Porter


Ricque has worked as an educator for the past twenty years in Philadelphia. She has served as the Associate Director of the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) since 2015. In this role, Ricque has been committed to furthering the school’s mission of “serving Asian American students and immigrant and refugee students of all races and engaging students in understanding their role as active participants in working for a just society.” 

She lives in Haddon Township with her husband and teenage daughter. The whole family has volunteered for years with the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council (IHOC). They particularly enjoy attending on-going mentor night events with men who have graduated from the program.     

Ricque first volunteered as a member of the HTEI PRIDE planning committee in 2022. She is excited to continue to serve as an ally and to collaborate with this team of like minded people working together to build a more inclusive community.

Ashley Affrunti

Emily Gazzara

2023 HT Pride Sub-Committee Members

Ryland Di Pilla


Ryland has been a kindergarten through fifth grade general music teacher in Medford since he graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015. In addition to teaching general music, he instructs 4th/5th grade chorus, 5th grade band, and 5th grade drama club. Ryland also spent his first six years upon graduating working with and directing high school marching bands. In December of 2021, he graduated with his masters in music education from Kent State University. 

Ryland came out as a transgender man in January of 2021. Being the first known openly transgender teacher in NJ to transition after already being established at his school- this was unknown territory for students, parents and administrators alike. Ryland had to strategically navigate these uncharted waters because of the multi-faceted complications such as age-appropriately handling this with elementary-aged children and being the music teacher at his school for six years by this point. 

Ryland now resides with his wife and daughter in Haddon Township. After growing up in Haddonfield and not feeling safe to come out, it is a relief to come back to the area to a community that he not only feels safe, but celebrated.

Ryland has given talks at several universities including Indiana University of PA, The College of NJ, Arcadia University, and University of Arkansas to discuss his journey as a transgender man and educator. He has catered his presentation to music educators, physician assistants and school counselors. Ryland enjoys sharing his journey to spread awareness and most importantly provide the representation that he so desperately needed, but never experienced, for the first 27 years of his life. It is his pleasure to serve Haddon Township Pride.

Scott Hutchinson


Scott is a cis gay male who was raised in the town of Shamong, located in the New Jersey Wharton State Forest. He graduated from Seneca High School in Tabernacle, New Jersey and later attended Stockton University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Environmental Science in 2016. While studying at Stockton, Scott also volunteered at the university's arboretum, where he developed a passion for forestry and environmental conservation. 

Scott has a deep love for nature and enjoys spending his free time exploring the Pine Barrens, Longwood Gardens, the Jersey Shore, and local parks in Haddon Township. He is a strong advocate for sustainability and conservation, and is committed to preserving the environment for future generations. 

Aside from his love for nature, Scott also has a passion for caring for people, particularly those in the LGBTQIA+ community. He has set his sights on pursuing further education in the medical field, with the goal of becoming a licensed practical nurse. Scott plans to return to school to become a medical assistant and hopes to join a practice that specializes in LGBT care, where he can provide compassionate and inclusive care to those in need. 

Overall, Scott is a driven and caring individual with a strong sense of purpose. He is committed to making a positive impact in his community and in the world at large, both through his love for the environment and his dedication to providing quality healthcare to marginalized communities 

J Di Pilla


J is your friendly neighborhood queer mom. Knowing at a very young age that she was a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, J has a gift for seeing people as people. 

With a bachelors degree in Communications and a masters degree in Instructional Design, J has a career as a Digital Learning Specialist at Chubb Insurance. In addition to her involvement with HT Pride, she also serves on the Chubb Pride Business Round Table Workplace Committee and previously ran a youth LGBTQIA+ support group with her husband. She looks forward to raising her daughter in a community full of pride!

Creating change and encouraging other humans to accept and love themselves fully as individuals is her daily mission. As the band The Police sing, “be yourself. Not matter what they say.”

Laura Williams


Laura is a resident of Haddon Township and lives with her husband and three children. For the past 19 years, Laura has worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in various nursing roles, most recently as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist. During the school year, Laura is also a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Laura is passionate about education, volunteering, and community outreach - especially bystander CPR. Her and her husband have volunteered internationally through various organizations combining their love of travel and healthcare.

Laura is proud to say that she is a volunteer with HTEI because she firmly believes in the mission and vision of the group. The positive impact that HTEI has made in the community is palpable and she is honored to be part of the team that is making equitable change.

Melanie Reiser


Melanie is a communications and fundraising professional with more than two decades of experience advancing equity in the education sector. She serves as Chief Advancement Officer of Freire Schools, a network of public charter schools in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Melanie develops robust communications and public affairs strategies and leads all aspects of fund development, including annual appeals, major and planned giving, and capital efforts. She has extensive experience in public charter school operations and compliance, project management, new school development, grant writing, and public advocacy. Melanie believes that “school choice” is not a new concept, but a privilege historically enjoyed exclusively by those with means. She believes in and fights for public charter schools because they extend that right to families from traditionally underserved communities.

Melanie also believes that game nights are good for the soul, and so has organized Pride Quizzo as part of Haddon Township Pride’s Pride and Progress Night for the past three years. When she’s not dreaming up Pride Quizzo questions, you can find Melanie spending time with her three amazing siblings or walking her dog Whitman in Collingswood where she lives. 

Cristina Aicher 


Cristina Aicher, she/her, is a born & bred Norwegian, psychologist in private practice by day, and presents as Cris Valkyria; a songwriter and performing artist in the original alt/rock/pop band Valkyrians by night. She is a devoted mother of a 15 year old Haddon Township freshman, and enjoys spending time with her son as much as possible. She enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, animals, good food, yoga, socializing, arts and culture, she is good for a humorous bit or a friendly banter, and is passionate about equity.

Betsy Cassel

2023 HT Pride Sponsorship Committee Members

Julie Wasserbach

Dawn Stillwell

Tara Martinek

Alyssa Washington

2022 HT Pride Planning Committee Members

Alicia Gilbert - Education & Advocacy

Alyssa Washington - Partnerships & Businesses

Amanda McDevitt - Events

April Jackson - Events, Outreach

Ashley Affrunti - Volunteers

Brendan Slavin - Partnerships & Businesses

Brent Satterly - Education & Advocacy

Carol Decinque - Outreach, Volunteers

Charmaine Young - Programming & Entertainment

Cheryl Divito - Programming & Entertainment

Cheryl Smith - Events

Christian Malatesta - Events

Constance Verner - Volunteers

Cristina Aicher - Partnerships & Businesses

Dan Bove - Events

Dana Zelechoski - Volunteers

Dawn Stillwell - Partnerships & Businesses

Debbe Barnett - Volunteers, Education & Advocacy

Elizabeth Cassel - Volunteers

Emily Gazzara - Outreach

Isaac Israel - Education & Advocacy

J Dipilla - Events

Jeffrey Peirce - Events, Volunteers, Partnerships & Businesses

Jen Reiser - Events, Programming & Entertainment

Jennifer Gravishgravish - Education & Advocacy

Jenny Ragghianti - Programming & Entertainment, Education & Advocacy

Jim Cleary - Volunteers

Jim Greway - Volunteers

Julie Wasserbach - Outreach, Partnerships & Businesses

Kate Carr - Volunteers

Kate Koch - Events

Kelli-Rose Simmons - Education & Advocacy

Kelly Dougherty - Events

Kristin Ortiz - Outreach

Laura Williams - Volunteers

Laurabeth McAllister - Volunteers, Education & Advocacy

Lauren Hargrove - Events, Education & Advocacy

Lisa Braack - Partnerships & Businesses

Lisa Godfrey - Events, Outreach, Volunteers, Education & Advocacy

Lois Allen - Volunteers

Martin Irrera - Partnerships & Businesses

Maureen Deninno - Volunteers

Melanie Reiser - Programming & Entertainment

Michael Mcneely - Events

Michele Loughlin - Programming & Entertainment

Molly Fleming - Programming & Entertainment

Nicole Glazebrook - Education & Advocacy

Nicole Lipman - Events

Noah Roberts - Outreach, Volunteers

Paige Wolf - Outreach

Rachel Mccuen - Volunteers

Richard Klineburger - Events

Ricque Porter - Events

River Kayy - Events, Partnerships & Businesses

Rylan Earle-Lott - Partnerships & Businesses

Scott Hutchinson - Events, Volunteers, Partnerships & Businesses

Seana Sapunarich - Outreach

Steve Giannino - Outreach

Sydney Ivey - Volunteers, Education & Advocacy

Tara Martinak - Partnerships & Businesses

Theresa Tentilucci - Events, Volunteers

Tom McAllister - Volunteers, Education & Advocacy