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Staff Bios

Brittny M.

Sexual Assault Counseling Staff

Brittny is the Survivor Services Coordinator at the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, which collaborates with NAGLY in providing services and facilitating prevention and empowerment-based programs for NAGLY’s youth.  Brittny has been involved in non-profit work for over a decade and feels empowered by the passion and resiliency of others.  She received her Master's in Social Work at Simmons College and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

Glendy V.

Sexual Assault Counseling Staff

Glendy is the bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate for the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center.  She advocates for SA survivors and non-offending loved ones.  Glendy obtained her bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Glendy enjoys spending time with friends and family. 

James Giessler

Executive Director

James Giessler has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than a quarter of a century. Trained by the fundraising professionals at The Fundraising School at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, James launched his nonprofit career in Indianapolis in 1993 before moving to the Greater Boston area in 2008.


Over the years, James has been an event planner and director of development for an HIV/AIDS organization, a development writer and director of corporate and foundation relations for a comprehensive university, executive director of a cancer support organization, president and chief development officer for an innovative start-up nonprofit working in the ALS sector, and most recently executive director of a private foundation supporting the performing arts.


An avid walker/hiker, James enjoys getting outside with his four-legged daughter, Tessa (who loves to keep him company in the office while he’s working). James also boasts a wonderful family including two daughters, a son and daughter-in-law, and twin grandsons (all of the two-legged variety). He is delighted, proud, and deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve NAGLY and advance its mission on behalf of GLBTQ+ youth.

Tony Leone

Program Director

Tony is the Program Director at NAGLY.  He currently resides in Salem, but he grew up in Peabody and graduated from Peabody High School in 2011.  Tony  pursued an undergraduate degree at Salem State University, first in criminology and then in Juvenile Psychology.  He plans to receive a Master's Degree in Psychology within the next few years.  Along with being part of the management team at NAGLY, Tony is also a Therapeutic Support Specialist with Children Friend and Family Services, which is a partner of Justice Resource Institute (JRI).

Todd P.



Facebook Coordinator

Todd joined NAGLY in 2014 and currently serves as webmaster and Facebook Coordinator.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Education.   Todd has over 20 years of experience teaching at the middle school level.   He currently resides in Peabody with his husband and their cat.

Ross S.

Sexual Assault Counseling Staff

Ross (he/him/his) is the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator for the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center.  He facilitates consent presentations in local high schools and colleges and manages community relationships, like the YWCA’s relationship with NAGLY.  Ross believes that relationships are what life is all about, and he is passionate about building healthy relationships in our communities.  Ross holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and he has been working with the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center for 8 years.  Ross enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, playing video games, and spending time with his partner and three young kids. 

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