Chris McCoy dreamed of a historic house with a white picket fence for a long time but the city seemingly only offered overpriced small condo spaces. The suburbs were home to many but lacking in culture, diversity and edge. On a fateful day in 2000, when parking for a nearby restaurant, Chris would find the historic house in Dorchester’s Polish Triangle that they would move into and restore. Still a work in progress, Chris found himself in a vibrant neighborhood where he would make connections with new friends, gay and straight that introduced him to civic pride. He joined the local civic organization, the historic society and then found DotOUT, where he was intrigued by the blend of social networking, community service and charity work. He joined the steering committee in 2009 and was appointed to President in 2010. Chris works at a major teaching hospital in Boston as co-director of the antimicrobial stewardship program with a faculty appointment at Northeastern University and serves on the research board at the Fenway Institute.
Terms: 2009 – 2011 – 2013 – 2015
“At the end of every day I drive through the city of Boston and I cross the highway that will take me home, I feel the words building inside me. I can’t stop them, or tell you why I say them, but as I reach the Columbia Rd. exit, these words come to me in a whisper. I say these words as a prayer, as contrition, as praise, I say: Dorchester, Dorchester.” (Any similarity to any written works by Pat Conroy and/or “The Prince of Tides” is purely coincidental). Originally hailing from Rhode Island, Matthew returned to New England by way of Washington, DC and Los Angeles, California. Reflecting on his past while planning his future, Dorchester seemed to be the obvious choice. The rest, as they say, is history.
Currently residing on Jones Hill, Matthew is a member of several civic and professional organizations in the Boston area. He has been a member of the steering committee of Fenway Health Men’s Event as well as one of the founders and current board member of Gay for Good – Boston. As a practicing attorney and principle of Duffy Law Group, he is on the board of directors of the Massachusetts LGBTQ and the Justinian Bar Associations. Matt considers himself and excellent skier; however, that is open to debate.
Terms: 2010 – 2012 – 2014 – 2016
Mark Haley’s introduction to DotOUT came when he helped with the Dorchester Day DotOUT parade float. Realizing the work that was being done would help build bridges with neighbors in Dorchester, he saw DotOUT as an essential group and one he should learn more about. Mark first moved to the St Mark’s area of Dorchester in 1993 for three years and then returned for the long term when he bought a house in Jones Hill in 2000. He joined the DotOUT steering committee in September 2008 as a commitment to both the Dorchester and gay communities – two passions of his.
Mark founded Above and Beyond Catering, Inc, in Boston in 1996. As president of the company, his primary focus is to keep his vision of delivering creative and good food, consistently to all his customers. Mark is proud to say that his first big job was from Codman Square Health Center where he helped run their Men Cook for Women’s Health fundraising event; he has been doing this for 11 years now. His clients range from corporate to individuals, large weddings to intimate gatherings. Mark is a graduate of the 2005 InnerCity Entrepreneurs program and holds a B.A. degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mark is also currently the Chairman of the Board of the South End Business Alliance.
Terms: 2008 – 2010 – 2012 – 2014 – 2016
A native of Connecticut, Chris returned to New England after a long absence in 2006. Relocating to the area for a new employment opportunity, Chris sought a neighborhood that still had growth and gentrification potential. With the help of an excellent realtor, Chris & his partner Vance settled into a home in the Baker Square Condominiums at Lower Mills. Chris found a neighborhood in transition, with a long history and great potential for growth and neighborhood gems. Chris has a long history of community involvement and volunteerism, and as a new resident of Dorchester he sought involvement in an organization that shared his values. Chris found that organization in DotOUT. Chris is a Director at a major Quick-Serve Restaurant company, and has been involved with DotOUT since 2008.
Terms: 2012 -2014 – 2016
Pamela Civins discovered and moved to Dorchester in 2002. She has lived in Savin Hill and the Ashmont-Adams area ever since. She enjoys being an active member of her neighborhood and has participated in DotOUT activities for several years. Pamela decided to deepen her involvement as a member of the steering committee in 2012 hoping to connect with more women in our community and to encourage them to get involved in the civic, social, political and charitable activities of DotOUT.
Pamela is the Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education, an organization dedicated to enhancing the academic achievement and nurturing the growth of Boston’s public school students by providing them with focused, individualized in-school volunteer support. She and her partner appreciate the diversity and openness of Dorchester. They can be seen often at neighborhood restaurants from Lower Mills to the Polish Triangle and have an appreciation for delicious food, good wine and tasty craft beer. For fun, you will find Pamela at Franklin Park’s William Devine Golf Course, where she is attempting to improve her short game this summer.
Terms: 2012 – 2014 – 2016
As newcomers to Massachusetts, Travis moved with husband Chris from San Antonio, Texas into an executive apartment in Dorchester in January of 2010. In getting to know the area through local bars and restaurants, they came to realize that not only was Boston the perfect fit, but Dorchester was the place to be. They have found the neighborhood and community to be more than they could have hoped for.
While Chris and Travis have been longtime active members of the Human Rights Campaign, they wanted to find a way to have more of a local impact. DotOut quickly became the clear choice to be part of a civic organization that is strengthening the gay and lesbian community in Dorchester.
A bartender for more than fifteen years, Travis works on Newbury Street. Chris is a Director for Electronic Medical Records at a major Massachusetts healthcare provider. They enjoy their two rescued Italian greyhounds in their spare time.
Terms: 2011 – 2013 – 2015
The group’s newest Dorchester resident, Marie has lived in Dorchester for only a few years but has called Boston home for over a decade. She’s involved with a number of LGBTQ and animal welfare organizations at national and local levels. She’s the one with kitty treats in her pocket or a bit of rawhide making nice with four-legged ones in the neighborhood. When inside, she’s the one with a bunch of Sharpies in one hand and name tags in the other welcoming folks to DotOUT! Don’t forget to #BYOL!
Terms: 2013 – 2015
Charles now calls Boston home after moving here from small town Maine to attend Boston University in 2005. He was delighted to find Dorchester two years ago and enjoys exploring the diverse neighborhood. You can find him strolling along the Harborwalk, or relaxing at 224 Boston Street near where he lives in the Polish Triangle.
Charles is passionate about social justice and community building as well a the arts. He serves as the Deputy Director at Still Harbor, an organization that works to elevate the role of spirituality to sustain social change (located nearby in Andrew Square). He’s also involved with several local and global nonprofit organizations in and around Boston. When he’s not working, Charles can be found exploring the city by bike, practicing yoga, or sailing the rocky Maine coast.
Terms: 2014 – 2016
Will Tankle is a very proud Dorchester resident. He is an OFD (originally from Dorchester) Dot Rat who is very proud to represent the many facets of Boston’s biggest neighborhood. Will has lived in many areas of Dorchester, including Port Norfolk, Neponset and Savin Hill. He currently resides in Lower Mills along the Mattapan high-speed trolley line and most of his immediate family is still in Dorchester as well. Will works as an event planner and staffing manager for Above and Beyond Catering. Will has been involved with DotOUT for a few years now and is happy to join the steering committee in all their future endeavors.