Peter Kim, Lex Brown, Shawn Mims, Louis Lobato, Jay Saulnier, Jonathan Chu
MASS BEARS AND CUBS GOVERNING BOARD
Louis Lobato, President
Louis’ experience with the Boston Bear Community began back in 2014, when he competed in the Mr. Boston Bear Contest. After relocating several times due to his career in the biotech industry, he made Boston his home in 2015.
Previously, he was on the Board of Mass Bearz, one of our predecessor groups, and has been on the Board of Mass Bears and Cubs since 2016. He also is one of our incorporating founders.
He has been active with our group activities, marching in the Boston Pride Parade, participating in our volunteer events at My Brother’s Table, the Boston Living Center, Toys 4 Joy, and also representing MBC at social events. In addition to participating as a contestant for Mr. Boston Bear, he has been an active member in organizing and producing the contest for the past 4 years.
Peter Kim, Vice President
Peter has been an active member of the greater LGBTQ+ community for many years, starting in college. He has been involved with the Bear Community since the days of Mass Bearz and was previously a member of Entre Nous, a now inactive leather group. Peter’s past experience with non-profit organizations has been informative for the MBC Board, providing insights on membership, fund raising, and other administrative proposals.
Shawn Mims, Secretary
Shawn has been an active member of the Community since 2005. The earlier part of his professional career was spent working in the HIV/AIDS field, starting at the Boston Public Health Commission, and later at the AIDS Action Committee. He initially joined the Board of MBC in December of 2016, and was
elected President in January of 2017, leading the group to its incorporation as a non-profit and recognition as a 501(c)3 in November, 2019. Shawn is one of the founding incorporators of Mass Bears and Cubs, Inc. With the assistance of the Officers and Governing Board, he continues to guide the organization in fulfilling its mission of promoting an inclusive LGBT+ community and providing support to other community
Jonathan Chu, Treasurer
Jonathan serves not only as MBC’s Treasurer, but also as treasurer for one of our community partner organizations, The Boston History Project. He has a BA in economics from Amherst College and an MBA and MSF from Boston College. He has been instrumental in establishing financial related policies and procedures for MBC, and is one of the three founding incorporators
Jay Saulnier, Board Member
Jay started serving on the Board of MBC in November, 2018, pre-incorporation, and joined the MBC Corporate Board at its inception in November, 2019.
Jay is a previous competition participant and served as Mr. Boston Cub 2019. As a result of being a contestant in the title competition, and then representing MBC while title holder, Jay has had extensive interactions with members of the Bear Community and brings that experience and community understanding to the Board.
Lex Brown, Board Member
Lex, one of our of newest members, brings a unique energy to our Board. His first introduction into the Bear Community was when he went to Bear Week for the first time five years ago. He says that, for the first time in years, he felt accepted and wanted, and safe, as a result of that experience. Lex joined Mass Bears and Cubs because he wants to give back to the community that helped him gain the confidence to be himself, helping others to feel better about themselves and accepted for who they are. Basically, he feels that serving on the Board is a way to pay it forward for the Bear Community, which helped him along his personal journey
Corey DePina, Board Member
Corey is an accomplished rapper, a skilled workshop and program facilitator. As a freelance facilitator for local and national nonprofits, schools and community centers. Corey has received recognition from several organizations for his work including the 2008 Good Neighbor Award from East Boston’s NOAH, 2008 Community Leadership Award from Jamaica Plains Hyde Square Task Force and the 2014 Best Initiative, Best Youth Worker of the Year. Corey was influential in helping ZUMIX develop its award winning curriculum that has been nationally recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2011. In 2015 Corey completed The Institute for NonProfit Management certificate program at Boston University. In 2019 received the ChangeMaker award from the institute for nonprofit practice and In 2020 Corey received Corey won the Black Excellence on the Hill award from the from the Black and Latino Caucus at the Massachusetts State House.
Corey is honored to join the board and to add his experience with arts, education and culture to the the Board.