OUR HISTORY & MOTIVATION
Launched in June 2017, Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs, is a not-for-profit foundation established to raise crucial funds for LGBTQ issues in our home towns of Saratoga County, the Southern Adirondacks, and the Greater NY Capital District with a specific focus on supporting under-served and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
We hear all too often of the LGBTQ population and it’s vulnerable youth being rejected by their families when they reveal their sexual orientation or true gender. In addition to the wrenching emotional trauma of this rejection, these LGBTQ youth are soon blind-sided by its physical realities: thrown out of family homes, stranded with no financial support, literally tossed out on the streets.
Homelessness is one of the most dire issues facing at-risk LGBTQ youth with a staggering 40% of homeless youth under 25 identifying as LGBTQ. Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs will raise funds to support local programs and organizations working with the vulnerable LGBTQ population and LGBTQ youth to address these issues as they arise by helping LGBTQs get back on their feet through funded LGBTQ programs that include therapy, support groups and social services outreach efforts.
Founder & President
Tas Steiner grew up in Loudonville, NY and has lived in NYC, Boston, LA & has resided in Saratoga Springs, NY with his two dogs Henry and Bosie for the last 5 years. Tas worked as a celebrity publicist, event planner and promoter for The Oscars, and Emmy Awards to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tas went to graduate school later in his life and became a psychotherapist who has a private practice in Albany, NY where he treats individuals, couples, & families. He also is a trained LGBTQ Affirmative Therapist and enjoys working with the LGBTQ community. Tas has volunteered as a member for Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s largest fundraising arm, The Action Council for the last 5 yrs, and one of his highlights has been co-chairing SPAC’s Ballet Gala and SaratogaArtsFest’s Masquerade Ball Gala.
Melanie Glennon grew up in Loudonville, NY & during her 20 years with General Electric, she held roles of increasing responsibility from engineer to executive global quality leader for GE’s largest business, GE Power, & over her career has successfully led international teams across a spectrum of areas: Quality, Regulatory, Engineering, Acquisition Integration, Executive Development and Diversity & Inclusion. Melanie is a trailblazer with respect to LGBT inclusion, being one of the first out executives in GE and spearheaded the visibility & growth of the company’s LGBT diversity network, elevating it to the distinction of HRC “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Melanie currently lives in Connecticut with her wife, stepson & two cats Fido & Ambrose.
Ellen Beal serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for SaratogaArtsFest, an organization that presents multi-genre arts events showcasing the region’s many artistic groups, performers, and artists in venues throughout Saratoga Springs. Ellen has 20 years’ experience serving in executive positions in global multimedia publishing organizations, including Berlitz, National Geographic, and StayWell Publishing. Ellen holds a B.A. in English and History from Lafayette College and completed graduate course work in cultural anthropology at Brandeis University. In her free time, she loves getting lost in a good book, bicycling, hiking, and kayaking, live music, and spending time with her husband Brad and two daughters, Shannon and Devon. Ellen is a member of the 2018 class of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saratoga program.
Steve Rosenblum is the Managing Director at the Masie Center in Saratoga Springs. For the past 5 years, Steve has managed the annual Learning Conference for up to 2000 leaders in Workforce Learning, featuring keynote speakers such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Robin Roberts & Anderson Cooper. He moved to Saratoga in 2014 after spending over 30 years in Boston. While there he was the Assistant VP of Corporate Systems at John Hancock Financial Services. In addition to his Treasurer role for Whispering Angels of Saratoga Springs, Steve is currently on the Board of Opera Saratoga, for which he serves as co-chair of the annual Opera Gala, & he is a committee member for Saratoga Pride. While in Boston, Steve spent many years on the board of SpeakEasy Stage Company. He is the proud father of a grown daughter who he raised jointly with her two moms and he is obsessed with Broadway Musicals.
Mary Jo Driscoll
Mary Jo Driscoll enjoyed a 35-year career in admissions, development and marketing for independent schools and colleges across the country. Born in Troy, NY, Mary Jo has lived in Colorado, New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. She has made her home in Saratoga Springs for four years now and is the founder and principal of a pet care business and gardening business. In her free time Mary Jo plays golf and tennis, kayaks, reads and knits.
Dr. Sandra Winn
Sandra Winn grew up on the western slopes of Colorado. She became a teacher through Western State Colorado University, which took her to Japan where she taught for close to six years. Sandy moved to the Capital Region in 1995 to pursue her graduate degrees at SUNY Albany. She graduated with a Master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Humanistic Studies. Sandy is an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College. Her interests lie in civil rights, organizational change, curriculum development, strategic planning, and systems thinking. Sandy won the Founders' award from the National Association for Multicultural Education for her work in education justice. She was awarded a fellowship from the American Association of Colleges and University to participate in the China Studies Institute. Sandy is devoted to civil rights; it drives all of her work, particularly in the areas of LGBTQIA issues. She has lived in the Capital Region for 23 years with her husband, daughter, and rescue animals.
Dr Amy Tweedy
Amy Tweedy is committed to the education of our youth and has worked in higher education throughout her career both in and out of the classroom. Amy has served as an advisory to LGBTQ+ youth groups both in the community and on college campuses. As a scholar, her focus includes the study of the ways in which barriers are in place for those who are different.
Currently, she works at Skidmore College in the area of Institutional Effectiveness. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences and an Advance Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University with an interdisciplinary focus on gender and sexuality. In addition, she holds an M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Oklahoma State University and a B.A. in Public Relations from Texas Tech University.
She has lived in New York for 25 years and currently resides in Saratoga Springs with her partner, their almost teen-age son, a dog and three cats. A gecko joined the household last year just to keep it interesting!