Adam Leonard (he/him/his)
Adam Leonard grew up in Minnesota but left the snow behind in 2010 and headed west to California. He first started in youth development working at a summer camp guiding canoe trips for teenagers in the Canadian wilderness. Adam has continued to work with youth ever since then, primarily in youth health education and promotion. He currently works as a Nurse Practitioner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health caring for adolescents and young adults in the Community Health Programs for Youth (CHPY) clinics. He is proud to join the LYRIC family and support the organization’s inspiring work with LGBTQQ youth. Prior to joining the LYRIC board, Adam served as Co-President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). He also serves on SAHM’s LGBTQ Clinical Services committee and is co-chair of the Getting To Zero Adolescent and Young Adult committee. Some of Adam’s favorite indulgences include taking spin classes, eating take out food of all kinds, and drinking lots and lots of sparkling water.
Alexander Cook, Board Co-chair, has served on the LYRIC Board of Directors since December 2016 and is currently a Product Management, Digital Innovation with Levi Strauss & Co. Prior to Levi Strauss & Co., Alex implemented several business transformation projects at Gap Inc., moving to San Francisco from New York City and Ralph Lauren Corporation, where he drove digital and ecommerce initiatives as part of the Global Ecommerce Strategic Development team. Before Ralph Lauren, Alex was an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch where he advised clients in the Retail & Consumer Products industries. Alex is passionate about social justice and brings with him nonprofit board experience from environmental, arts and LGBTQ-focused organizations. He believes strongly in the enrichment, development and support of LTBTQ youth and believes that deliberate and focused investment in our future through support of programs like those which LYRIC drives is one of the most important aspects of evolving our society. Alex graduated from Dartmouth College and outside of work enjoys the art, food and social scenes of San Francisco.
Amos Lim (he/him/his)
Amos Lim immigrated from Singapore to the United States in 1999 to be with his husband, Mickey. But this move was not simple. Amos and Mickey encountered first hand the discrimination faced by same-sex binational couples under current US immigration law, that was compounded by DOMA. The struggle to stay in America, and have his marriage recognized, led Amos to activism, co-founding Out4Immigration out4immigration.org.
As the Community Outreach Director for the all-volunteer grassroots group, Out4Immigration, Amos has worked both locally and nationally to raise the profile of same-sex binational couples, leading workshops, speaking to the media and teaching other couples to advocate for change to U.S. immigration law and meet with their Congressional representatives to ask for support of the Uniting American Families Act and Reuniting Families Act.
Amos was an early supporter of full federal marriage rights, and forged strong alliances for same-sex binational couples with Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL. Amos has been instrumental in raising awareness about the unique struggles same-sex binational couples face and bringing that into the larger immigration dialog. In 2007, he organized San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Summit where LGBT immigration issues were discussed for the first time. He has also been part of the San Francisco City ID Card committee, served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission from 2008 – 2014 and the City College of San Francisco’s Bond Oversight Committee from 2010 – 2014. Amos has an extensive professional background in the corporate sector, with experiences in project management, community organizing, business development and human resources. He currently serves on the Board of LYRIC and Francis Scott Key Elementary PTA and lives in San Francisco with his husband Mickey and their adorable daughter.
Yashomati “Bachul” Koul (they/them/their)
Bachul Koul is incredibly honored and excited to join LYRIC’s board in April 2020. Originally from Srinagar, Kashmir, Bachul immigrated to Pennington, New Jersey with their family in 1981. Bachul’s parents ensured that their home in New Jersey was infused with Kashmiri culture, food, language, arts, history, mythology, etc. This household environment, paired with regular trips back to Kashmir and India, helped Bachul establish a very strong sense of self at an early age.
Bachul became more active in LGBTQ+ politics as an undergrad at Amherst College in Massachusetts. After graduating from Amherst, Bachul worked in the Financial Services industry until 2008 when the crisis hit. They took this opportunity to go back to school and get an MBA from Georgetown University and start a new career in management consulting. Bachul has worked for Kearney, a global consultancy firm, since 2012 and is now a Principal in the Leadership, Change, and Organization practice, based out of San Francisco. They live in the Outer Sunset with their wife Nicole and love exploring all that living in California has to offer. Bachul has remained a passionate advocate for social justice and is excited to spend more time giving back to their community through this board role and in supporting the critically important work that LYRIC does.
Barbara Lin is a professional non-profiteer by day. Before working for GLIDE Foundation, she was an Associate Director of Programs at the SF-Marin Food Bank. These days she is working as GLIDE’s Senior Manager of Learning and Development, focusing her work on organizational development initiatives, internal staff development and workforce development with community members. She also serves as the Program Chair on the Board of Directors of Chinatown Community Development Center and was a previous member on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Commission. By night, Barbara tries to cultivate a number of plants in her small Bay Area living room, unlearn her dependence on coffee.
Erick Felder was born and raised in the bay area, Fairfield to be exact. Growing up and spending a lifetime in the Bay Area and watching it change, Erick decided he didn’t want to be a bystander, but one involved and effecting change. Joining LYRICs Board in 2018, Erick’s goal is to be part of the change by being involved in promoting LYRICs mission. Erick currently works as an HR Systems Manager at Stanford and serves on the Gender Inclusive Taskforce. It is his goal to have systems updated and or created in a way that allows for gender inclusivity and ultimately allows for each individual to be accurately represented. In his spare time Erick enjoys reading, spending time at our cold SF beaches, camping, hiking, and being around friends and others who are passionate about social justice.
Eddie Shieh (he/him/his)
Jack Choi (he/him/his)
Jack has been a San Francisco native since the age of 5, hailing from an immigrant family who moved from Hong Kong in 1990. Since high school, he’s been stretching his community-building muscle through a variety of local community organizations, including the Chinatown Community Development Center’s Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Program and having sat on the board of Kearny Street Workshop (the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country). Now, you can find him participating in political-activism through the art of drag as a member of the San Francisco based API drag house, the Rice Rockettes. He’s over the moon to be joining LYRIC as a board member in 2019, giving back to and continuing the important work of an organization that fostered a safe space for him as a queer youth growing up in SF.
Lisa McIntire (she/her/hers)
Lisa McIntire was honored to join LYRIC’s board in July 2014. She is passionate about social justice, equal rights and accessibility for LGBTQQ folks, especially youth. After making wishes come true at Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area for 11 years now, as Program Manager, she is now following her passion to match candidates with great causes at Careers in Nonprofits as a Recruiter for their Permanent Division. She received her nonprofit management degree in 2012 from University of San Francisco. Past work experience includes her time at the Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, coordinating trainings on volunteer management and best practices for nonprofits and companies alike. She volunteered at Community United Against Violence for five years as a crisis line counselor to LGBTQ domestic and hate violence survivors and as a speaker’s bureau representative to children in schools talking about her identity as a queer woman. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Shay (who she managed to get legally married to before Prop 8 passed back in 2008), her two kids and mini dachshund. She moved to the Bay Area in 2005 after attending Smith College in Massachusetts and studying abroad in Florence, Italy. In her spare time she loves traveling, dancing, walking around the city and eating lots of good food with family and friends.
Phil Kim (he/him/his)
Phil Kim is the Director of Science, Technology, and Engineering for KIPP Foundation, leading the STEM vision and direction for KIPP’s 242 schools serving more than 100,00 students across the country. Phil began his years in education teaching 7th grade Life Science, then went on to hold various roles within STEM and Personalized Learning for KIPP Bay Area. He continues to work at the local, state, and national levels on Next Generation Science Standards implementation, curriculum, and STEM equity. Phil holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bucknell University, and a M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Administration from the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He remains active in the Bucknell network, serving as President of the Alumni Club of Northern California. Phil spends most of his time eating his way through neighborhoods and cities, and is deeply invested in communities and conversations at the intersections of policy, politics, and public education. He is a two-time city-wide candidate for the SFUSD Board of Education and Board member of the Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.
Michael Appel (he/him/his)
Michael wanted to join and support an organization that focuses on lifting those up who need it most, so he couldn’t be happier to be a part of LYRIC and its critical mission of providing services to the community and advocating for LGBTQQ+ youth. Michael is a lawyer, communicator, and strategist. He practiced law at a large firm in Washington, DC and later transitioned into crisis management consulting. Now, he works at Google in state and local policy communications and crisis communications. Everything the board does must be grounded in LYRIC’s mission and vision – together, they are our guiding light when we are trying to determine what is best for the organization. At the end of the day, Michael believes that LYRIC is successful when it is serving LGBTQQ youth through programs, services, and advocacy and we need to ensure our actions always support the organization. Michael is new to San Francisco, and thrilled to have joined LYRIC, so he can give back to his new community and meet great people along the way. When he’s not working, there’s a good chance you can find him on a tennis court. He also love exploring San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Naomi Fierro (she/her/hers)
Naomi Fierro is passionate about youth leadership development with a special focus on youth of color and LGBTQ youth. She currently serves her hometown as the Director of Student Inclusion at Lick-Wilmerding High School where she creates programs to foster a deep sense of belonging for all students. Previously, she was the Youth Development Specialist for the San Francisco Youth Commission, the only City-Chartered Commission created to meet the unmet needs of youth in San Francisco. Prior to her work in local government, Naomi worked as a bilingual science and history teacher for the San Francisco Unified School District. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and Education. Naomi continues to dedicate herself to building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities where young people can thrive.
Rebecca Goodstein was born and raised in the suburbs of NYC. While in college at the University of Texas, Austin she began organizing around LGBTQ rights. In 2003 she moved to San Francisco (SF) to pursue a graduate degree in Human Sexuality Studies. It was at this time she first heard about LYRIC and the incredible impact the organization has on SF’s youth. Rebecca now works for Community Health Programs for Youth, a division of San Francisco Department of Public Health that focuses on the needs of SF’s diverse adolescent and transitional age youth populations. Through her current position she works with many LYRIC youth and has the opportunity to hear firsthand how influential the organization is at impacting the lives of LGBTQ youth and their allies. She is grateful to be part of the LYRIC family.
Robin Abad Ocubillo
Robin Abad Ocubillo, is a LYRIC Alum who was first involved with LYRIC in 2001 as an intern coordinating the Young Loud and Proud Conference. Robin was also a LYRIC staff member working in fundraising development until 2004. After a long hiatus living in London and Los Angeles and moving back again to San Francisco, Robin is thrilled to be part of the organization once more.
His lifelong commitment to youth development started with earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America during his adolescence and working in environmental education with grade school-aged youth at the Crissy Field Center. Robin is currently an Urban Designer with the San Francisco Planning Department, working to make this City even more beautiful than it already is. He is an avid cyclist, tree-hugger, and cinema junkie with a deep passion for California.