Renn Duffey (they/them) - Program coordinator
Renn is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where they received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout college, they focused on early-childhood and adolescent development, with a particular interest in assisting youth through various mental health and identity concerns. They were a teacher’s assistant for two years in an LGBT psychology seminar, where they received an Outstanding Teacher’s Assistant Award for their implementation of self-developed workshops on various issues affecting the mental health of LGBT individuals. As a teenager, Renn attended Safe Homes Worcester and was a Peer Leader for two years through the program. Being a part of Safe Homes taught Renn vital lessons about inclusivity and fighting for your beliefs, and the lessons they learned there have inspired them ever since. They hope to bring the same empathy, hard-work, and sense of belonging to Safe Homes North that was given to them as a teenager and can’t wait to see how the program grows!
Alicia Sagastume (she/her) - MSA Intern
Alicia is a senior at Assumption University in Worcester, MA. She is a Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies major with a concentration in working with children and adolescents in a community setting. She also has a minor in Community Service Learning. Alicia has always held an interest in volunteerism and service to others. She began by helping perpetuate Portuguese traditions within her family and the larger surrounding community. Later, she focused her studies on service to others and started taking part in service trips. Alicia has loved everything she has learned from these enriching experiences and is so excited to start her journey with Open Sky. She knows these next ten months will be filled with endless learning and she can’t wait to dive in!
Diadora Finley-Abboud (she/her) - msa intern
Diadora is an undergraduate student finishing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a very driven person and very determined to continue to push new boundaries and become the best version of herself. She lived abroad and learned Lebanese in 2 years which she now speaks fluently. She is very good at communication and easy to work with. She enjoys doing research and plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology once she finishes her bachelors. She is a very positive person and one day hopes to open a wellness center for people of all demographics. She believes that she can bring a positive influence to Open Sky and the Commonwealth Corps team and brings a strong sense of leadership, organization and imagination as well. She is very excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to see how much she will grow this coming year!
Taylor Glickman (he/him) - msa intern
Taylor is a third-year graduate student at Westfield State University where he will complete his master’s degree for Social Work in Spring 2021. His role in Safe Homes North will help prepare him for his career goals as a clinical provider for gender non-conforming youth and adults, which he has aspired to do since entering his first LGBTQ spaces in high school. Many of Taylor's goals for his service year are centered around professional development, teamwork skills, and opportunities to prepare and present trainings as preparation for the Drop-In Center continues. Taylor credits the Safe Homes program for helping affirm and support his own identity as a youth and is excited to contribute to Safe Homes North and Open Sky eight years later!
TERRA BUCK (SHE/THEY) - MSA INTERN
Terra is a third-year graduate student at Assumption University where they will complete their master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology in Spring 2021 with concentrations in cognitive-behavioral therapy and child and family services. After graduating, Terra wants to focus on working with kids and adolescents, especially those in the LGBT+ community. Their work at Safe Homes North has already helped them find a work environment that feels accepting and meaningful; and will also be a way to gain experience working with gender non-conforming individuals. In her free time, Terra enjoys reading, playing video games, and practicing martial arts. She is very excited to be working with Safe Homes North, as well as Open Sky Community Services as a whole.