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Renn Duffey (They/Them) - Director of Safe Homes

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 LGBTQIA+ individuals. As a teenager, Renn attended Safe Homes Worcester and was a Peer Leader for two years. 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 that was given to them as a teenager and can’t wait to see how the program grows!

Ricky Saucedo (They/Them) - Safe Homes Worcester Program Coordinator

Ricky has extensive professional experience working with LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous and other youth of color. Born and raised in Boston, they love spending time cooking for friends and advocating for LGBTQIA+ liberation. Saucedo has also engaged in advocacy around all-gender bathrooms and police accountability, helping to create policy that stands in solidarity with Black transgender people. Outside of Safe Homes they love supporting local artists and musicians.

 

Mike Petracca (He/Him) - Safe Homes Clinician

Mike Petracca is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with LGBTQIA+ youth at Safe Homes since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo before moving to Worcester in 2009 where he received his master’s degree from Assumption College. Since that time, he has also worked in schools in Worcester and surrounding towns.

In his work, he uses a client-centered, strengths-based approach, employing strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. In his free time, he enjoys salsa dancing, drumming, and playing in a flag football league.