Executive Director

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Hershey Hirschkop

Hershey Hirschkop cut her teeth at Gay Community News in Boston, at the time one of the few lesbian and gay national newspapers in the US. Her life as an activist took many turns, but never ceased. While the majority of her career was spent first as an architect, and later in non-profit affordable and supportive housing development, she has stayed involved in key social justice issues, including affordable housing and LGBTQ rights.

Aside from late nights catching up on email, Hershey enjoys birding, beekeeping, and admits to being born and raised in Massachusetts. She is now settled in Seacoast Maine with her partner of many years, as well as a variety of farm critters.

Program Director

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Roula Giokas

Roula joined Seacoast Outright as the Program Director in 2021. Roula earned a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in Psychology and Sociology. In her undergraduate years, she participated and was in programmatic leadership roles in the LGBTQIA+ group, The Alliance. Since then, she has pursued a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of New Hampshire. Her experiences entail a mixture of clinical counseling in substance use disorders field, working with adolescents in schools and afterschool programs.

In her spare time, Roula enjoys playing video games, making a mess in the kitchen while cooking, and taking pictures of other people’s dogs. 

Board of Directors

Joyce Kemp

Board Chair | she/her/hers
After a BA from Brandeis and an MAT from Harvard in 1965, Joyce taught secondary school mathematics.  She is currently retired with over 50 years’ experience in teaching, administration and curriculum development both in public and private high schools.  Most recently at Phillips Exeter Academy, she served as a dorm head, tennis coach, and committee head, and has worked very closely with students on personal as well as national issues.  

Joyce has been an advocate and ally of LGBTQ youth throughout her career, and Seacoast Outright is the perfect avenue for her energy and time. She has been on the Board since 2015. Joyce is married with a son and his wife in Utah and a daughter and her wife in Rye, NH.

Sarah Buckley

Secretary & Facilitator | she/her/hers
Sarah Buckley earned a BA in Communications from Colby-Sawyer College in 2005. She joined Seacoast Outright in the winter of 2012 initially as an intern to help broaden her own experiences and get back to working with her college degree.  A life-long ally for LGBTQ youth, Sarah soon became an advocate for those in the Seacoast. Within a year and a half, she joined the board of Seacoast Outright, and became the secretary in 2014. Sarah is also a long time facilitator for the youth meetings. Outside of Seacoast Outright she enjoys photography, reading, writing, spending time with her pug Cash, and spending time with family and friends.

Christine Stilwell

Treasurer & Parent Group Facilitator | she/her/hers
Christine Stilwell has been the Treasurer of Seacoast Outright since 2014. Christine joined SO to help get it back on its feet and to help provide opportunities for the seacoast area youth. She has been a math special education teacher at the Robert J Lister Academy in Portsmouth, NH for almost 20 years. She earned her Master's in Special Education from UNH.  For fun she enjoys coaching and playing in local women's softball leagues and spending time with family and friends. 

Gonzalo Cedeño

Board Member & Facilitator | he/him/his
Gonzalo Cedeño first got involved at Seacoast Outright first as a youth. He obtained a B.A in Psychology, and a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire before moving to New York. Gonzalo then obtained a MSW from New York University and worked in various non-profits in New York as a therapist including the LGBT Community Center in New York. Gonzalo recently returned to New Hampshire and became involved at Seacoast Outright as a volunteer and later joined the board of directors.
Gonzalo continues to work as a therapist in the Seacoast area, maintains a private practice, and lives in Rochester.

Yasamin Safarzadeh

Board Member & Facilitator | she/her/hers
Yasamin Safarzadeh is a transplant in New Hampshire by way of California where she secured her BFA and TEFL Certification. She found her way to the east coast in an endeavor to practice art making with a more natural and sincere approach. Her MFA came out of the late NHIA and now she is going after her MBA from SNHU. Yasamin has always been an advocate of equity and social justice, since being the only person in her high school's Project 10, walking the track of El Camino Real's sports field during a homecoming parade, staring food items from the cafeteria square in the face when bullies had planned an assault on all the nerds and queer kids. It was never about what was cool but what her gut told her needed to be done. Safarzadeh met Hershey Hirschkop through her work at YWCA New Hampshire and knew that she wanted to be a part of the magick that is Seacoast Outright. Safarzadeh hopes to connect Manchester constituents (where she lives) to the Seacoast in an effort to create a unified, empowered and queerer New Hampshire. 

Linda Fishbaugh

Board Member & Parent Group Facilitator | she/her/hers
After working many years in the travel industry Linda proudly transitioned to being a ‘Stay at Home Mom’ – raising 3 kids.  Their youngest is Transgender and she transitioned between 3rd and 4th grade. This began a new passion for Linda – educating and advocating for Transgender Youth (and Adults). Speaking on panels at schools for educators and students, in Hospitals for doctors, nurses and staff about Compassionate Care for Transgender people and testifying at the State House in Concord for Transgender Rights.

It was a natural move for her to be on the Board at Seacoast Outright. She is passionate about helping other Parents of LGBTQ youth – especially parents of Transgender and Non-Binary kids! Outside of Seacoast Outright, Linda enjoys gardening, traveling, hanging out with her family, friends and her doggies, managing an Airbnb, and making bath and body products for her business, which gives a percentage of all sales to LGBTQ non-profits, organizations and camps.

Lee Hoginski

Board Member| he/him/his
Lee Hoginski is returning to the Board for his second stint, having served us faithfully in the 1990's.  He has lived on the NH Seacoast for most of his life and currently divides his time between Rye, NH and West Palm Beach, FL and has maintained a thriving CPA practice for the past 35 years in Portsmouth NH.  He brings his years of experience in financial planning and non-profit fundraising to the Board, along with his dedication to our LGBTQ community.

Michael Haley

Board Member| he/him/his
Michael grew up in Peterborough, NH. After earning his BA from Colby College, he worked in education in Akita, Japan for ten years, and then as a Japanese-English translator. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 2019 and now works as an attorney in the public sector. He joined the Seacoast Outright board in 2021 and looks forward to serving NH's LGBTQ+ youth community. Michael currently lives in Derry with his partner and their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking.