Judy Troilo, Executive Director

Judy Troilo, Executive Director

Judy Troilo joined The LOFT team as Executive Director in November 2014.  She brings a wealth of experience in both the not-for-profit sector and arts and entertainment industry to her leadership position at The LOFT.

 

Judy was Executive Director for more than 10 years for an Albany-based New York statewide not-for-profit organization which assists thousands of disenfranchised individuals and families with health services, employment opportunities, and affordable housing.

 

Prior to segueing into the not-for-profit sector, Judy worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years.  Four of those years, she worked independently.  For eleven of those years, Judy was with a major record label and was one of the youngest recording industry executives as well as one of the few female vice presidents at the time.  Judy was instrumental in developing artists such as Melissa Etheridge and The Cranberries, and worked with other renowned artists such as Grace Jones, Tom Waits, U2, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.  During her years in the music industry, she had the privilege of working on the Red Hot and Blue AIDS awareness and services benefit project and Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She Thing, an all-female artist compilation album and breast cancer campaign.

 

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (BFA) in NYC, Judy is an artist, filmmaker, musician, activist, and executive.  She believes in a purposeful life and feels strongly that by working for The LOFT she is achieving her goal to Advocate for, Educate, and Celebrate her own LGBT community.

 

Scott Havelka, Director of Programs and Services

Scott Havelka, Director of Programs and Services

Scott Havelka has been The LOFT’s Director of Programs & Services since 2009, and has been a part of the staff since November 2005.  His previous positions at The LOFT were: Intern (2004-05), Program Manager (2005-07), Interim Executive Director (2008). Scott is The LOFT’s network representative to the NYS LGBT Health & Human Services Network, coordinator of the Westchester LGBT Health & Wellness Coalition, is on the planning committee of the annual Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival, and is co-chair of Memorial Thrift Shop.

 

Prior to joining The LOFT team, Scott worked at Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.  He completed a year-long study abroad program in London with the International Partnership for Service Learning.  His service placement was at Linden Lodge, a school for visually impaired youth.  Scott holds a  B.A. in Liberal Studies (2007) from SUNY Purchase.

 

Outside of the center, Scott has an eclectic mix of hobbies and habits. He resides in White Plains with his adopted houseplants Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.  Inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race, he is developing the drag queen alter ego Chittah Chattah whose world debut will be on Arbor Day 2017.  Save the date!

 

Kat Andriotis, Membership & Volunteer Manager

Kat Andriotis, Director of Communications & Memberships

Katharine “Kat” Andriotis is

The LOFT’s Director of Communications & Memberships.  She is a semi-retired on-location corporate photographer and joined our center’s team as a part-timer in March 2015.  Kat has photographed thousands of people in the many years she’s been in business as a corporate photographer and in many locations throughout the United States and worldwide.  (The staff photos were taken by Kat.)

 

Having freed up more time in her life, Kat is committed to advancing LGBT causes and building community at our center, drawing on her experience as a creative professional and business owner toward those goals.

 

Kat has a long history with the center.  “I started going to The LOFT when it was actually located in a loft,” she reminisces.  Not long after becoming a member, Kat was elected to the LOFT Board.  During her tenure she served on many committees, plus she created and produced The LOFT-funded public access TV show “Forward & Out” (click here for episodes of the show).  In 1994 The LOFT awarded Kat one of their first Pride Achievement Awards for her work on the show.  Along with her staff position, Kat also continues to volunteer her time and resources to The LOFT.

 

Kat is a native New Yorker, proudly born and raised in The Bronx.  She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (BFA, Photography 1982) in NYC, and lives in White Plains with her wife Laura and their sweet little dog Bobo.

 

 

Shepard Verbas

Shepard Verbas, Program Manager, Silver Connections & Helpline

Shepard Verbas joined The LOFT team in November 2015 as Program Manager for Silver Connections and Helpline.

 

A 2014 Marywood University graduate, Shepard holds a B.S. in Special Education/Early Childhood Education, and has more than five years experience working with youth and adults with special needs. Because of this experience, Shepard thrives on thinking creatively and keeping calm in challenging situations. In addition, they are currently on the board of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Hudson Valley, reside as the co-chair of their LGBT youth-outreach initiative, Shared Stories Open Minds, and function as the co-chair for the volunteer coordinator role responsible for volunteer retention, training, and involvement.

 

Shepard has an unrelenting passion for LGBT advocacy, and shares The LOFT’s commitment to Advocate, Educate, and Celebrate diversity wholeheartedly. They are particularly passionate about trans* rights and visibility, and present at various trainings and presentations about the importance of a trans*-affirming society.

 

Shepard loves staying active and is an avid cycler.  They also love hiking and swimming, and never turn down a challenge. When they’re not being active, Shepard enjoys playing guitar and spending time with their girlfriend, Karina, and beloved pug, Mason.