Meet The Staff


Hudson Pride Center is a home and voice for the diverse LGBTQ+ community and our allies that advocates for our physical, mental, social and political well­­­-being. We create safe and vibrant spaces to gather and celebrate our lives.


Hudson Pride Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization situated in Jersey City, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in this country and home to the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) community in New Jersey. Hudson Pride was established in the early 1990’s to serve as an advocate and social service provider for both the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities in Hudson County at a time when few organizations in our area were willing and able to do so, and more than 25 years later, we continue to deliver a wide array of services, programs, and events to meet their on-going health and social support needs.

Hudson Pride is dedicated to improving not only individual lives but also the communities we serve each day through our advocacy efforts and on-going commitment to social and economic justice. We provide professional training and education to facilitate changes in attitudes and behaviors among service providers throughout the region who work with members of the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities. We serve on task forces and other local working groups and assist governmental entities in conducting local needs assessments to better identify existing gaps in care that LGBTQ+ individuals may be experiencing through unintentional, yet still pervasive, institutional marginalization. We serve as the fiscal conduit for Jersey City Pride, enabling its organizers to hold this important festival that has been bringing our community together each year since 2001 to socialize, remember our history, embrace our present and ensure our future. We routinely mobilize our volunteer and client base in response to calls for action on important social issues such as transgender rights, LGBTQ+ non-discrimination legislation, and HIV funding.



Elizabeth Schedl

Elizabeth Schedl (She/They)

Executive Director

Stephanie Mills (She/Her)

Director of Youth Services

Joseph Zapata (He/Him)

Community Engagement Manager

Jonathan Lucas

Jonathan Lucas (He/Him)

Finance Director

David Rosen (He/Him)

DBH, LCSW, Clinical Director

Elvis Guiracocha (He/Him)

Community Health Programs Manager

Phillip Vazquez (he/him)

Client Services Navigator

Karla Oliva (She/Her/Ella)

Client Services Navigator

Nicole Cañete S(HE)/(HE)R

HIV Outreach Specialist

Gabby Gomez (She/Her)

Office Administrator

Max Laffend (They/Them)

LSW Client Service Counselor


Susie Gervolino (She/Her)

Youth Program Coordinator


Kimberly Aguirre (she/her/ella)

Health Educator


Ashley Frost (She/Her)

Health Educator


Gelen Almonte (She/Her)

Latinx PrEP Counselor

Gordon Sauer (He/Him)

Group Leader of Rainbow Elders of NJ



Neil Abadie

Board Chair

Benjamin Feldman (He/Him)

Board Member

Micheline Grace Lewis (She/Her)

Board Member

Antonio “Tony” Parrales (He/Him)

Board Member

Dr. Christopher Awwad (He/Him)

Board Member

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3000 John F. Kennedy Blvd, SUITE 306
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm

(201) 963-4779

NHCAC Health Center
2nd Floor, 714 31st St,
Union City, NJ 07087

Mon-Thur: 9am-5pm