Board of Directors: Officers

David April 2019

President and Founder

David E. Moore (he/him) founded Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania in 2011 to raise awareness that Pennsylvania did not have marriage equality at the time, shortly after New York had won it. In August 2014, David changed the name of the organization from Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania Equality Project, and assembled the first Board of Directors. David retired from teaching German and mathematics at the high school level in April 2018. On September 18, 2019, Pennsylvania Equality Project received 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS. David serves as President of Pennsylvania Equality Project and is an outspoken advocate and activist. David is on a medical leave of absence until June 4, 2020.

Phone: (814) 790 – 9344



Vice President

Jennifer L. Rahal-Moore (she/her) is the Vice President of Pennsylvania Equality Project and has served in this capacity since 2017. In addition to her duties on the board and as Vice President, she is a certified special education and reading teacher. Jennifer is an outspoken advocate with over ten years classroom experience. Jennifer will be taking a sabbatical until August 31 and is expected to resume her duties on September 1, 2020.



Cathilena Maynard


Cathilena Maynard (she/her) joined the board of Pennsylvania Equality Project in 2018 and was elected to serve as the treasurer of the organization. Her primary focus is the financial well-being and growth of the organization.


Laura Crowley


Laura Crowley (she/her) is the Secretary for the Pennsylvania Equality Project. She was elected to the position on September 23, 2019. Her primary role is as holder of records for the Board.



Other Board Members

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Caitlyn Strohmeyer (she/her) is the founder and past president of TransFamily of NWPA, a grassroots organization that operates several support groups throughout Northwest Pennsylvania and advocates for the rights of all transgender people of the region. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Edinboro University and currently works as a Crisis Clinician for Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot. Caitlyn remains involved with TransFamily of NWPA as Board Advisor and co-facilitator of TransFamily of Erie Support Group, she sits on the Erie Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council, and has been integral in expanding LGBTQ+ healthcare resources in the Erie area in collaboration with UPMC and Allegheny Health Network.’

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Mechelle Marafon

Richard Guy (he/him) has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 when the organization was known as Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania. He has assisted at numerous Erie area Pride events.

Mechelle Marafon (she/her) has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 when the organization converted from Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania Equality Project.

John Moore

John Moore (he/him) serves as the director of Information Technology for the board. He advises the board regarding any matters related to computers, social media, software, and other technology issues. John is a graduate of Laurel Technical Institute and has works as an Information Technology Specialist.


Heidi Piotrowski

Heidi Piotrowski (she/her) is the Edinboro Branch Manager for Woodforest National Bank. She joined the board in 2018 and serves as a financial consultant. Her focus is on developing a strong financial and business plan for the organization.

Matt Haslam

Matt Haslam (he/him) is an LGBTQ-friendly business owner who founded and hosts the LGBTQ educational show Powered by Rainbows. He works towards community education and normalizing being LGBTQ in society by his activism, films, TV shows, music, and art. Matt has been a proud member of the Schuylkill County PA LGBTQ Club since it was founded in 2018 and he also serves as the Southeast PA Regional Leader of the PA Equality Project. Matt is presently Acting Vice President of the organization, and will be Interim Vice President beginning June 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.


Paula Johnston

Paula Johnston (she/her) has worked with David since the organization was called Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania. Paula has marched for civil rights in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. She organized the Market Square Rally in 2013 at which time we presented the Equality Award to then Mayor of Braddock John Fetterman, now Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor.

PEP Youth

William Pelley

William Pelley (he/him) serves as the leader of the PEP Youth movement, an outreach program of the Pennsylvania Equality Project. His role is to organize and lead programs intended for LGBTQ+ youth.


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Vice President and Art Director

Meredith Moore (she/her) designs posters, t-shirts, and other items for the Pennsylvania Equality Project. Her posters have been seen at Pride rallies, and rallies to ban conversion therapy since 2014. Meredith is a student at General McLane High School.