Staff & Board
W. Jeffrey Campbell is the new Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections in Jersey City, NJ. Until Marc h 2012 Jeffrey was a lifelong resident of Texas having been born in Cuero, TX and spending the last 23 years living and working in Houston, TX. Jeffrey is a graduate of Texas State University with a major in Business with a concentration in Accounting. Jeffrey is also a licensed and ordained minister and has attended Houston Graduate School of Theology.
In 2002 Jeffrey began to get great clarity about his personal and professional life as a same-gender loving African American man who was also a minister in a mainline denomination. This clarity has allowed him to achieve many goals in community which include but are not limited to:
- Being the first open-gay African American man in Houston, TX to launch an affirming church;
- Serving as advocate for the GLBTQ community locally in Houston as well as nationally;
- Launching Brothers Speaking, an annual empowerment event specifically targeting African American Men Who Have Sex with Men;
- Co-Chairing the City of Houston’s African American State of Emergency Task Force in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS;
In August 2012 Jeffrey became the new Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections. He comes into this position with the following goals for the agency:
- Increase the center’s ability to be a full-service LGBTQ center through the acquisition of grant funding and non-restrictive funding;
- Increase the center’s visibility locally, state-wide and nationally by publishing the successes of the center as well as increasing the staff’s presence in the communities served;
- Increase the number of effective partnerships with local and national agencies and other LGBTQ centers that will help enlarge the impact that the center has on the target audiences.
Jeffrey currently resides in Central New Jersey with his partner of 3 years.
David Rosen’s, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM primary responsibilities over the past eight years include clinical oversight of the mental health program at HPCC, therapeutic group facilitation, staff/intern clinical supervision, clinical program development, grant writing, community training and crisis counseling. Mr. Rosen also serves as the part-time Clinical Director of the Institute for Family and Adolescent Services (IFAS), an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescent substance abusers in Raritan, NJ, where he provides direct addictions counseling in group, family and individual session formats. He also clinically supervises the IOP staff and interns and oversees all clinical quality management activities for the agency. Mr. Rosen has also worked for the Division of AIDS Education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was responsible for developing and implementing needs-based continuing education trainings in HIV for healthcare providers on behalf of the NY/NJ AIDS Education and Training Center. For the past five years, he has chaired the Education Committee for the Hudson Ryan White (RW) Planning Council, where he works collaboratively with other local agencies to plan, develop and implement trainings targeting all of the RW-funded mental health providers and HIV medical case managers in the county. Mr. Rosen is a NJ-Licensed Clinical Social Worker and maintains certification in advanced social work case management through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He received his Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1996 and is currently enrolled in a distance-learning doctoral program in Behavioral Health through Arizona State University and is expected to complete his studies by December of 2011.
Training and Education Specialist
Tyree Oredein has been the Health Education and Training Specialist (among many other roles) at Hudson Pride Connections Center since 2005. As a long-time ally, she admites to feeling like the John Howard Griffin of the LGBT community. She delivers LGBT sensitivity trainings to youth-serving personnel and facilitates workshops about sexuality and sexual health, self-esteem, education and vocation, media literacy, HIV/AIDS and other important topics with LGBT youth. Prior to her work as a health educator, she worked for Select Media/The HEAR ME Project whose major programming includes CDC-approved HIV prevention curricula, and a national HIV story-writing competition targeting at-risk youth to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College, and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College. She is now an “ABD” Public Health doctoral student working on her dissertation at UMDNJ with research interests in urban adolescent health, health literacy, media studies, sexuality and sexual health. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Say Ah!, a non-profit agency dedicated to increasing health literacy and is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. She hails from Jamaica, Queens, loves the Yankees (hates the Red Sox), has a poodle named “Jolie” after Angelina Jolie and loves working for Hudson Pride.
Liz Edman is a political strategist and an Episcopal priest. From 1991 to 1995, she served as Chaplain to AIDS Health Services (10C) at Jersey City Medical Center. While at JCMC, she worked closely with Jersey City’s brand new LGBT services center – then called Jersey City Connections — to encourage faith communities to develop responses to the AIDS crisis in Hudson County. After five years on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS pandemic she returned to her political career, directing government affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1995 to 2000. In 2000 she moved to Vermont to run the statewide media campaign preserving the nation’s first civil union law.
From 2006-2009, Liz served as the Episcopal Chaplain to Northwestern University. She co-designed an innovative workshop on Christian sexual ethics lifting up the experiences of LGBT people as authoritative. Designed to generate and inform conversations about sexuality both in the church and among young adults, the workshop traveled to local, regional, and national gatherings.
She now directs community outreach for NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and serves as Priest Associate at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hoboken. She has two awesome sons, Jasper and Leo. Liz thinks that serving on the board of an LGBT center is about the coolest thing ever, and she is very happy to be at Hudson Pride.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, moved to New Jersey in 2001 to find exciting new adventures in the pharmaceutical industry as a technology professional. In 2005, he joined Pfizer World Headquarters in New York City as the Director of Information Science & Technology Management. In this role he was responsible for managing all aspects of information and technology used in global and domestic market research. In 2010, Jonathan left his more recent position at Pfizer as Director of Specialty Analytics to pursue his passion and interest in Arts Administration. In addition to his cultural & business interests, Jonathan has been an out member and strong supporter of LGBT community. He has participated in programs advocating for LGBT issues, especially those affecting youth. He joined the Hudson Pride Connections Center board of directors in November 2010, where he is also serving as Treasurer.
Jonathan attended DePaul University in Chicago, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Accounting, while also studying computer science and music. He is currently pursuing a certificate in Arts Administration at New York University. Regardless of his professional career, he has always made time to fulfill his need to be creative by designing fashions for individuals or costumes for theater and dance companies. In his spare time, he continues his design work but travels extensively to pursue his interests in opera, theater, cooking, and volunteer work.
A New Yorker born and raised, Steve lends his time to the community through volunteer work with various LGBT organizations throughout the metro area. Steve prides himself in sharing his time and commitment to the LGBT community – especially growing up in a city where it was once a challenge to be out of the closet. His experiences encouraged him to contribute to a prospering organization committed to helping others, while also nurturing each other and empowering individuals.
For the past few years, he has worked with Dance On The Pier doing Guest Services, overseeing the safety of patrons on the Pier, and Folsom Street East in fundraising and donation collecting efforts at the entrance to their event. Last year, Steve decided to cross the Hudson to participate in Jersey City’s Annual Pride Parade and Festivities, to get a feel for his wonderful neighbors and learn more about the area’s LGBT community. His enthusiastic participation did not go unnoticed, particularly his excellent work in accommodating the Event’s entertainers.
By day, Steve works for the State of New York’s Empire State Development Corporation as an Administrative Coordinator, a jack-of-all-trades and staff supporter. Previously Steve has also worked in the financial printing industry, where he honed his sharp eye and attention to detail. He is excited and honored to be a part of the Board and is committed to the wonderful work of the organization.
A native of Texas Rick Thurman moved to New York City in 2010. Rick brings his wealth of 25 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, non profits, outreach, STI Disease Intervention, Case Management, and Capacity Building. Rick is currently employed with GMAD(Gay Men of African Descent) as the Prevention Director. Rick attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas. His professional career has been vas
His professional career has been a journey of volunteering to being a business owner. His leadership skills has placed him in a position to give of his mental and physical talents. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc(Kappa XI Lambda Chapter-The Wall Street Alphas) in New York City.