Christopher Grant earned his master’s degree in Health Care Genetics from the University of Connecticut where he studied cancer genomics and virology. He is an accomplished scientist with experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery and specializes in structural biology and bioanalytics for pre-clinical research & development programs. He was also part of a core team at the University of Connecticut that implemented an infectious disease surveillance program for COVID-19 during the height of the 2020 pandemic. Acute application of Chris’s experience working in various healthcare roles has allowed him greater insight into effective program management, experimental design, and research focused initiatives.
Chris has been a long-time leader in his community, a census volunteer, and one of three Health Care Genetic graduate students to complete the 2020 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Tomorrow’s Leader’s College Program.
Director of Finance
includes investment accounting as well as customer service volunteer work for LGBTQIA+ events across the MA and CT region.
Dita also currently serves as the committee lead for brand activation for the pride BRG group at MassMutual including oversight of how MassMutual is showing and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and their employees. She has been a drag entertainer for 25 years. In those 25 years, she has hosted many charity events for MA and CT youth projects and for LGBTQIA+ homelessness.
Director of Government Affairs
Cindy Dubuque-Gallo, LMSW, MAT is an educator, political activist, and policy practitioner. Prior to returning to school to pursue a doctorate in social work, Cindy lobbied to end homelessness, improve health equity, and protect workers’ wages. In addition, Cindy has served on multiple boards and committees including the Hartford Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, the CT Chapter of Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, CT Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunities, and the San Francisco Human Rights Advisory Board. She also served as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland). She is currently earning a PhD in social work from UConn.
As a political social worker, Cindy has worked on various political campaigns and is a fierce advocate for voter registration, civic engagement, and fair elections. While passionate about numerous social justice initiatives, Cindy’s proposed research examines the emerging school meal debt crisis, and the ensuing practice of debt shaming. Cindy is an adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph in the social work department. She holds a B.A. in history from Wells College, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University, and a Master of Social Work (public policy concentration) degree from the University of Connecticut.