Although her recent experience had been in health information management, Tess’s greatest satisfaction has always come from her work in the LGBTQ community.
While she was managing a program for nascent women directors at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, she served as board president of what was then The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. She was then recruited to become the executive director of Frameline, the presenters of the San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival, the largest of its kind.
And then she had babies, a good lesbian activity in a good LGBTQ city.
Time moved on, and a foray back to school to study medical records ensued, leaving little time for LGBTQ activities. As the men/children have grown and their Bronx mama has moved back home to New York, she returns to doing the work closest to her heart. After volunteering for pride week 2015 a position for Program Information and Referral Specialist opened up and Tess was the first in line with a brand new resume and a request for a meeting.
She takes great pleasure working with what she calls the ‘most awesome staff and community around’ to keep on learning, and helping and never forgetting to take time for a good laugh along the way.