Meet our leadership team
CELESTE CAROLIN (she/her)
Executive Director | email@example.com
Celeste Carolin comes from a business and leadership background with a wide range of senior business roles. She attended Harvard Extension School from 2009 - 2013 studying a Master’s in Business and is currently working on a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from NCU.
As a queer (lesbian) cisgender woman, Celeste has worked with LGBTQ youth and non-profits for the past 10 years. She served on the Mama Dragons Leadership team in 2016, Mama Dragons Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. Celeste has a knack for start-ups, leadership, and launching organizations needing growth.
Celeste lives just outside Seattle in Bremerton, WA with her lovely partner Jamie, extended family and grand kiddos, and their pup Jackson Blue. You can find Celeste in free moments exploring the outdoor world around her.
Both Celeste and her partner come from non accepting religious roots, LDS and Evangelical Christianity. This fuels Celeste's passion for understanding and serving the intersectionality of faith and parenting LGBTQ children.
OLIVIA PETERSEN (she/her)
Director of Marketing | firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia joined Mama Dragons in January 2021 as the Marketing Director. She is responsible for the strategic and operational direction for Mama Dragons marketing functions - overseeing media relations, branding, advertising, program, and website development.
As a seasoned professional, Olivia has over 25 years of graphic design and marketing experience. Holding a BA from Brigham Young University, specializing in Graphic Design, her work experience includes being a lead designer at an advertising agency in Logan, Utah, art director for a corporation in Kansas City, Missouri, before starting her own successful design and marketing company for 20 years assisting clients all over the nation in the healthcare, retail, education, and nonprofit sectors.
As a mother of four children, two of whom are transgender, she brings her passion for advocating for LGBTQ individuals to Mama Dragons. She and her husband reside in a small mountain valley in Utah, and can be found enjoying the outdoors with their family at every possible opportunity.
JENNIFER HOWELL (she/her)
Director of Education | email@example.com
Jennifer (she/her/hers) is the proud mom to two amazing adult children, one who identified as lesbian and one who identifies as non-binary transgender. The family loves traveling, playing board games, swimming, kayaking, and cooking.
Jennifer joined Mama Dragons in 2015, and in 2020 accepted the position of Director of Education to share her expertise in curriculum, instructional design, program evaluation, dispute resolution, and educational technology. As the Director of Education, Dr. Howell leads the development of Parachute, an eLearning program designed to educate moms and their supporting communities about the needs of LGBTQ individuals.
In her personal and professional life, Jennifer approaches the world through a strong passion for liberation and equity. Her experiences as a bisexual woman with disabilities serve as a powerful catalyst in her efforts to educate families and communities in a way that leads to affirmation and support for LGBTQ youth.
CAMEO SHERMAN (she/her)
Director of Programs | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameo Sherman became Mama Dragons Facebook Programs Director in February 2021. She oversees all of the processes, programs, and volunteers that work within the Mama Dragons Facebook groups.
Cameo originally joined Mama Dragons in December 2018. She quickly got engaged in the various volunteer opportunities and programs Mama Dragons offers, such as Paper Hugs, Wrapped in Hugs, QPR Suicide Prevention, and Regional Groups. Cameo's volunteer experience in these programs provides her with valuable insight into the inner workings of the Mama Dragons Programs while also understanding the organization as a whole.
Cameo lives in Maryland with her husband, five children, and two cats. She used to be a birth doula but is not currently practicing, although she holds the birth experiences and parents she worked with close to her heart. After leaving her traditional Christian religion in 2018, she came out as bisexual and has become a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ community. Cameo strongly believes in the power of mothers, and all parents, to change the lives of LGBTQ people, one home at a time.
NOEL BALDOVINO (she/her)
Diversity and Intersectionality Committee Chair | email@example.com
Noel Baldovino joined the executive team as the Chair of the Diversity and Intersectionality team. Noel leads a diverse group of Mama Dragons in an effort to create a more diverse organization. In the past, Noel has served on the Paper Hugs team.
Noel has Hispanic Catholic roots and a strong background in marketing, communications, and business development. She has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Houston-Downtown. Noel has decades of experience in business development and marketing. After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston is 2017 Noel decided to work for a nonprofit helping homeowners recover from the storm. Since then, she has become a fierce advocate for marginalized communities.
Noel’s home is in Houston, Texas, and she has an amazing bi-sexual daughter. She is very involved in her community and gives back through several volunteer organizations including The Houston GLBT Caucus and The Montrose Center which serves the GLBT community. In her free time you will find her reading a book or two! She also enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Maximus.
JENNIFER KUPPER (she/her)
Diversity and Intersectionality Interim Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer joined Mama Dragons in the spring of 2021, nine months after her young adult expressed that they were non-binary. As interim chair, Diversity and Intersectionality, she facilitates in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment to all mama-identifying humans seeking to love and support their children from within the communities in which they live, as without a doubt, the multiplicity of our intersections (race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, etc) influences the road we travel!
Jennifer had a 25-year career with The Walt Disney Company. She was a writer and speaker for the company and as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, she managed long-term relationships with local- and national youth development, philanthropic, and volunteer organizations and supported government and non-profit agencies to further their youth initiatives. She held many committee and non-profit board leadership positions during her tenure.
Grateful for her own life experiences, Jennifer focuses her volunteer efforts supporting the queer community primarily with the Zebra Coalition, an LBGTQ+ youth drop-in center. In 2019, Zebra named Jennifer Volunteer of the Year. Jennifer participates on the onePULSE Foundation Legacy Scholarship Committee, annually reviewing and selecting 49 scholarships in the names of those lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
Jennifer lives in Orlando and her enby is in grad school in Vermont. Thankfully, her family dog also enjoys the outdoors, entertaining and quiet time.
KAYE KATSEANES (she/her)
Secretary | email@example.com
Kaye Katseanes serves as the Secretary for Mama Dragons. She takes notes, documents meetings, and plans and coordinates events.
Kaye is a native Idahoan - she graduated as a Maniac from Orofino High School, then went on to study at Idaho State University, where she met her husband. After they married, Kaye spent years raising three children and working alongside her husband running Triple K Farms. Kaye is an active member of her community, liberally giving her time and talents in a number of ways. She has recently sewn over 1000 masks and donated them all over Idaho. She spent a winter making hats and lap quilts so LGBTQ kids in Utah's shelters wouldn't feel winter's cold. She's famous for showing up on your doorstep with homemade treats.
Kaye has been active with Mama Dragons since 2015. She has served in various church capacities, trying to educate along the way, cares for numerous people in her neighborhood, and is deeply committed to ensuring all kids feel safe and loved. Kaye has also worked with the youth at Affirmation for the past 4 years.
Kaye's son, who is gay, lives in California and recently completed his first year of law school. Kaye loves all of her children fiercely and is an amazing example of love, kindness, and acceptance. Every day, she gracefully navigates the space between being a member of a conservative Christian religion and loving, accepting, and supporting a gay child.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AMY BOSTWICK (she/her)
Amy Bostwick heads our Mama Dragons Board, bringing leadership successes from Marketing & Retail roles. Currently a marketing consultant with The NPD Group, Amy's experience spans Retail Store Operations, Retail Customer Experience & Loyalty, and Wholesale/Retail Sales. In a fast-changing world, she works with Retail Executives to understand and use analytics and insights, connecting the dots on the "who, what, where, when, and why" of customer behavior.
As an LGBTQ ally, Amy has worked over 10 years with non-profits focused on ending homelessness and building youth-mentoring programs. She fosters finding solutions to problems by asking questions and listening to the answers – even the really tough ones. A Mama Dragon at heart, she is drawn to amplify and fiercely defend the voices of the under-served and the under-represented!
Amy and her oil-painter artist, Karl Bostwick, make Winston Salem, NC their empty-nested home. When they're not entertaining and hosting a game night, they enjoy camping off-grid and hiking to new vistas.
SANDEE DUNCAN (she/her)
SanDee joined Mama Dragons as Treasurer in August 2019 and joined the board in October 2019. She is responsible for all accounting and tax needs for Mama Dragons.
SanDee has been a licensed CPA in the state of Utah since 2012. She has worked in the small business manufacturing industry for over 17 years and is currently the President of an industrial coating company. She has enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector through her work with Mama Dragons.
SanDee is the mother of 4 children, one whom is non-binary. Her love for her children and the desire to make the world a better, more inclusive place fuels her passion for the work that Mama Dragons does. She and her family live in a suburb south of Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoys photography, painting and being in the mountains.
LISA DAME (she/her)
Lisa Evans Dame has served on the Mama Dragons Board since 2017 and has been a member of the group since 2014. She has performed many roles with the organization including regional group leader for the Wasatch Front Group, which is her current job.
Lisa has a background in education with a degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary and Special Education. She taught in the public schools for five years before staying home with her children and transitioning to private tutoring. She has been involved with several non-profit organizations as a fund raiser, community support and worker bee. She has volunteered her time with The Road Home, Youth Futures, Circles, and Encircle which are all organizations in the Salt Lake City area.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
She lives in Sandy, Utah with her husband David at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Their five children and their significant others all live in the area and are available for frequent family dinners and activities. They have two beautiful grandchildren and several grand pets who they babysit on occasion. Lisa enjoys the outdoors through hiking, walking, and playing tennis and pickleball.
KRISTEN CAMPBELL (she/her)
Kirsten’s background is in education. She taught high school English and currently works in the
education department of the South Bend Civic Theatre. She is a self-described “professional
volunteer”—having served in many capacities including PTOs, foundation boards, social service
organizations, and women’s organizations.
Kirsten is the mother of two, one of whom identifies as bisexual. She is a loving ally for the
LGBTQ+ in her community and particularly her church congregation. Her goal is to make these
spaces safer and more loving toward LGBTQ+ youth.
BECKY FROST (she/her)
Becky joined the Mama Dragons Board of Directors in 2021. She is a seasoned media and communications strategist and a diversity and inclusion leader, bringing more than 15 years of experience to the role.
Becky is skilled at creating media-genic messaging that amplifies organizational narratives while educating multiple audiences. When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), she has worked in leadership roles within publicly traded organizations for the last dozen years, designing and facilitating the launch of employee resource groups, global inclusivity training programs, and facilitating DEI Council initiatives.
Believing in the power of education to open new opportunities and ways of thought, she earned an MBA from ASU when her children were seven and five (they called it “super school”). Becky holds two bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University in Communications and French. She grew up a fierce advocate for her LGBTQ+ sisters and believes in the power of communication to educate and create pathways to positive change.
KAREN BAGLEY (she/her)
Dr. Karen Bagley joined the Mama Dragons Board of Directors in 2020. She is an award-winning psychologist and maintains an interest in and focus on working with people of color and LGBTQ+ folks and understanding the role that their social and cultural identities play in their lives
Karen has 15 years of experience as a therapist, and has worked in many settings, including a university, a VA Medical Center, and community-based mental health practices. In each environment, her goal has been to create an open space where she can work genuinely and collaboratively with clients on understanding and addressing their concerns. Her approach is integrative in nature, drawing on humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and insight-oriented orientations as she help clients develop approaches to more well-adjusted living and optimal performance.
She took a road slightly less traveled on her way to becoming a psychologist, one that included roles as a researcher, consultant, and educator. These experiences conducting program evaluations, public health and diversity-related research, and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses gave her opportunities to explore and understand ways that larger scale systems and concerns can affect individual and group wellbeing. Karen has a PhD in clinical psychology from George mason University, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
ROBYN HENDERSON-ESPINOZA (they/them)
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza joined the Mama Dragons Board of Directors in 2021. They are a leading activist and scholar, publishing work on philosophical theology and ethics while helping faith communities around the country use theological scholarship in their activist justice movements.
Robyn's life’s work focuses on connecting the dots between theory & action, helping folks within the dominant culture & white-passing folks – who are ready to confront their socialization – to identify the ways they have been conscripted into supremacy culture by leaning into connection and relationship and by composting existing hierarchies into the kind of transformed culture we long to see emerge.
As a nonbinary, transgender Latinx, Robyn brings a variety of important perspectives to their work, particularly in foregrounding racial and LGBT justice in intersectional movements. As a public theologian in residence at Faith Matters Network, an organization working to highlight the voices of people of faith who have not historically been recognized, Robyn’s goal is to bring together their theological studies of social ethics, race theory, and queer theory in a way that is politically useful for all faith communities. Their work building bridges between faith communities, justice movements, and academia is the subject of their published book, Activist Theology: Recognizing the Prophetic Edge in the Streets.