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.

Meet the folks who led the HT Pride planning efforts!

Anthony Fitzpatrick

he/him/his

Awareness, Education, Advocacy & Philanthropy

Principal, Haddon Township School District

Born and raised in HT

"It’s important for the community. For those who need to see themselves and for those who need to see others."

Ashley Affrunti

she/her/hers

Family & School Activities

Childcare Provider, Second Nature Nanny; Creator

HT resident since 2015

"I decided to get involved in the HT Pride Steer Committee because I want my LGBTQIA+ neighbors to know we love them, we support them, and we celebrate them!"

Becky Reiser

she/her/hers

Business Partnerships & Local Businesses; General Planning, Set Up & Logistics; SoHa Event

Contemporary Artist; Vice President, HTEI

HT resident since 2017

"Once you see things you cannot unsee, you have no choice but to act, no choice but to push for change. So we push for change together, as a community for the community - a unified movement toward real equitable change. Change that creates space for ALL our community members to thrive, change that begins right here in our own backyard."

Brent A. Satterly

he/him/his

Awareness, Education, Advocacy & Philanthropy

Professor of Social Work, Widener University

Happily an HT resident since 2003!

"As a cis-gender gay male sissy boy, I am thrilled to see HT take a visible and important step in celebrating queer culture and its contribution to the richness of our community. As a teacher and a drag queen, I have something to offer here...and I'm happy to do it. #SparkleOn"

Bryan O'Donnell

he/they

Sponsorships; General Planning, Set Up & Logistics

Senior Manager, PwC; Treasurer, HTEI; Founder, Torch Leadership Academy

Moved to HT in Spring 2020

"I hope to help further the town's efforts at inclusivity and belonging. however I can . Change happens at a local level and I know events like Pride will have a great positive impact on our community, especially for young people looking for role models they can see themselves in."

Carrie Grimmie

she/her/hers

General Planning, Set Up & Logistics

Logistics Specialist, ECO Charter School; Secretary, HTEI

Born and raised in HT

"Wherever I go, I am proud to call Haddon Township my home. I chose to remain in this town to raise my daughter because I have always felt safe, supported and loved here. I want all people to feel that too and to know that when they come to Haddon Township they are seen, welcomed and celebrated for who they are. I want my daughter to grow up in a place that celebrates difference and diversity and that strives to create equitable opportunities. I am so honored to help plan our town's first Pride celebration and I can't wait to see everyone in June!"

Claudia Messer


Pool Party


Erica Martin

she/her/hers

Entertainment & Parade Planning

Nurse at Rohrer Middle School

Born and raised in HT

"I got involved in the SteerCo to help my friends and neighbors in the LGBTQIA+ community feel supported and represented while spreading some joy in the community"

Genevieve Cattanea

she/her/hers

Family & School Activities; Awareness, Education, Advocacy & Philanthropy

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, MSW Admissions Interviewer; Exec Board Member, HTEI

HT resident since 2011

"I hope bringing Pride events to Haddon Township will help our LGBTQIA+ residents, friends and neighbors feel supported and celebrated for the contributions that they make to this amazing town! It is important to me to live in a place that celebrates the identities and recognizes the lived experience of all its residents. I also hope that these events can act as a way for the younger generation to see themselves represented in a positive and joyful way. I want my children to grow up knowing that the possibilities of who they can be and who they can love are endless."

Isis Williams

she/her/hers

Business Partnerships & Local Businesses; General Planning, Set Up & Logistics

Executive Director, HorseyBucknerHeffler, LLP; Owner, POSH Events; President, HTEI

HT resident since 2012

“'Humanity is meant for community and for togetherness. There is something very fundamental about being acknowledged, of being seen, as a person. The heart longs for a human embrace, for the attentive ear of another, who shows some interest in being with them and listening to what they say.' - unknown

I want my neighbors to know that I see them; I feel them and I will continue to hold space in my home, heart and this community, for those in need. "

Jeremiah F Kobelka

he/him/his

Business Partnerships & Local Businesses; Sponsorships

The JFKLiving Team Lead

Working in Haddon Township since 2018

"We are part of the community and wanted to get involved."

Jill Boccia

she/her/hers

Family & School Activities; Pool Party

Student Assistance Counselor at Haddon Township School District, LSCW

HT resident since 2018

Lauren Beals

she/her/hers

Entertainment & Parade Planning; Family & School Activities; Pool Party

Mom; Executive Board Member, HTEI

Born and raised in HT, taught 4th grade in HT for 16 years

"Having lived here my whole life, Haddon Township has never had anything close this Pride celebration we are organizing for our town! This is a momentous occasion that I have the pleasure and joy of being a part of. I want all of our LGBTQIA+ friends, family and neighbors to know they are loved and celebrated! This is just the beginning for HT to shine as a welcoming place for all!"

Lucia Cucinotta

she/her/hers

Towns, Neighborhoods & Community Partnerships

Director, Anjali Power Yoga

HT resident for 8 years

"I was sold at PRIDE parade and pool party! I think it is great to bring more PRIDE events to HT and celebrate love <3"

Michele Messer


Entertainment & Parade Planning; Awareness, Education, Advocacy & Philanthropy; Pool Party


Nicole Kennedy

she/her/hers

Sponsorships; General Planning, Set Up & Logistics

Marketing Director, PwC; HTEI Board Member

HT resident since 2008

"I want Haddon Township to show our LGBTQIA+ community - particularly our young people - that they are not just accepted, but celebrated for everything that makes them who they are. I want this town that has brought me so much joy as a white, cisgender woman to do the same for all community members and become a place where people move because they know they can be happy, supported and successful. "

Philip ‘Pip’ Haxby-Thompson

he/him/his

Business Partnerships & Local Businesses; Sponsorships

JFKLiving Marketing Director

Working in Haddon Township since 2018

"We love to get involved with community projects - especially ones that celebrate fairness, equality and diversity. Pride is such important event and we can't wait to be part of the first one in Haddon Township!"

Samantha Carell

she/her/hers

SoHa Event

SoHa Arts Building Manager, Founder/Artist of Carell Enterprises LLC

HT resident since 2019

"My love for creativity envelops in every aspect of my life. I am thrilled to put it to use in partnership for PRIDE with HTEI and the SoHa Arts Building."

Sarah Harris


Awareness, Education, Advocacy & Philanthropy