P.O. Box 976
Edinboro, PA 16412
(814) 245-1375

Pennsylvania Equality Project 

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About Us

Our Team

We strive for full equality across Pennsylvania.

David Moore

President & Founder
In 2011, David founded ME4PA as his way of fighting for equal marriage rights for all Pennsylvanians. Today, he and PEP strive for full equality, which means freedom from discrimination in public accommodations, freedom from conversion therapy, and equal protection from hate crimes.

Jennifer Rahal-Moore

Vice President
Jennifer Rahal-Moore has been fighting for equal rights since 1996. She has her Masters degrees in both Reading Specialist and Special Education and is presently enrolled as a doctoral degree candidate at Indiana University of PA. She has served as VP for the organization since 2014. 

Alex Salmeron

Board Secretary
Alex is the current secretary for the board and is currently working on his Bachelors Degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He has served as secretary since 2017.

Other Members on the PEP Board of Directors

Mechelle Marafon - Board Member

Marie Loose - Board Member

Paula Johnston - Board Member

Richard Guy - Board Member

Josh Kratz - Honorary Board Member

Cathilena Maynard - Treasurer & Board Member

Position Vacant - Director Military & Veterans Affairs

Heidi Piotrowski - Board Member & Financial Consultant

Joshua Szczesny - Board Member, Resources Consultant

Position Vacant - Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator

PEP Equality Award Winners & Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017

Jason Landau Goodman

Jason is the founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. He has been a leader in LGBTQ youth advocacy for over seven years as the first person to work directly and specifically with LGBTQ youth on the statewide level in Pennsylvania.

Caitlyn Strohmeyer

Caitlyn is the President of Transfamily of NWPA, and serves as a facilitator for support groups through Transfamily. She is a recent graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Social Work.

David Moore

David is the President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Equality Project. He founded the organization as Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania in 2011, and has fought to win marriage equality, ban conversion therapy, add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes against hate crimes, and has marched on Erie, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg to do so.

Janice Rael

Janice Rael is the Founder and President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, DVAU. Janice, who has lived in South Jersey for most of her life, is a grassroots activist who has focused on various church-state separation issues throughout the years, including religious freedom, women’s rights, and LGBT equality.

PEP & ME4PA Equality Award Winners: 2013 - 2016

Center: Michael Mahler founded the Erie Gay News in 1992. Since then, he has served as the editor and publisher. He has also organized the annual Pride Picnic at Presque Isle along the Lake Erie shoreline, and the annual Pride March and Rally in August. Michael is the President of the NWPA Pride Alliance, and has organized events ranging from the Erie County Candidate forum to showcase political candidates for upcoming elections, to his outreach with Equality PA to get HB and SB 300 passed. For all his dedication and commitment to LGBT rights, we are proud to include Michael as our first recipient of 2014.
Lower Left: Paula Johnston formed her group known as Marriage Equality for Southwest PA shortly after ME4PA formed. She has led rallies and demonstrations in a part of Pennsyl- vania that is not accustomed to such events. In 2012 and 2013, Paula held Valentine's Day events at the Fayette County Courthouse. She has been involved with the LGBT civil rights movement for many years, and is a source of inspiration and excitement within Fayette and Westmoreland Counties.

Upper left: Representative Brian Sims On September 28, 2013, while in Philadelphia for an equal rights rally, PA State Representative Brian Sims received his award. As the first openly gay man at the time of his election to the PA General Assembly, Brian Sims has been a stalwart leader in the fight for marriage equality.

Upper Center: Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, PA, began marrying same-sex couples who presented their marriage licenses from D. Bruce Hanes. Mayor Fetterman married couples even though Judge John Jones had not yet issued his ruling. (That would not come until May, 2014.)

Upper Right: D. Bruce Hanes As register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Montgomery County, D. Bruce Hanes began issuing marriage licenses and certificates to all people who came to his office seeking to legally wed in Pennsylvania. As a result of the US Supreme Court decisions in DOMA, Hanes firmly believed it was his duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and that failing to do so would be a violation of his oath of office.

Center Left: PA State Senator Daylin Leach has been fighting for marriage equality rights, and for stronger laws against bullying in PA schools, and to end "ex-gay reparative therapy in Pennsylvania."

Lower Center: Rusty Doll, who works at a mental-health facility in New Jersey, purchased a North Philly rowhouse hoping to rehabilitate it and make some rent off it. Then he met a young, gay man in Philadelphia named Charles, whose plans to attend fashion school in Philadelphia had fallen apart. Charles shared a secret with Doll that stuck with him as he slowly worked on his rental home.

"I asked him where he lived, and he said he lived in a shelter," Doll said. "Charles is why I changed my mind." Doll then opened a shelter that serves as a safe space for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia.