Diana is an ordained Protestant minister and works as a Chaplain and Manager of the Spiritual Health Department of a Regional Hospital in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She has an earned doctorate in spiritual direction. Some of her specialized training and experience is in grief counseling, emergency management (disaster response), crisis management and multicultural awareness. Diana had been married for 28 years when her husband came out to her in 2003. Since that time, as a single woman, she has experienced a renaissance of physical health, emotional well-being and renewed self-esteem. She joined the Board of Directors in 2007 and became president in 2010. Raised in Kansas, she has also lived and worked in Oklahoma, Nova Scotia and Minnesota. Beware: Diana dearly loves her grown daughter, son in law, young granddaughter and cool dog Dorie. She might corner you and show you photos. Her special interests are playing piano and pipe organ, landscaping, reading, knitting, gourmet cooking, creating healing environments and living green. As part of her renewal post-divorce she built a new house, as organic and free from plastic as possible and hiked across Spain. Diana hopes her skills in grief support, crisis management and reclaiming life will serve other straight spouses in their journey.
Rev. Carter Cortelyou is a United Methodist Pastor in Michigan. His ex-wife came out to him in 2009 when their sons were a high school senior and a high school freshman. He hosts and facilitates a face to face group which meets monthly in the suburbs of Detroit. He is particularly interested in helping the Straight Spouse Network address the spiritual concerns of straight spouses, regardless of the religious traditions they may identify with.
Rev. Cortelyou credits the Straight Spouse Network with helping him through the grief recovery from the loss of his first marriage and has recently married again to a woman who supports his work with straight spouses.
Kimberly Brooks Mazella
Kimberly Brooks Mazella, LPC
Kimberly Brooks Mazella, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Washington, DC suburb of McLean, Virginia. Her own marriage ended in 1987 when her husband came out as gay, and since then she has worked to support straight spouses and their families in coming to terms with their new and often very painful reality ~ "helping families come out on the other side." Kim's blog about straight spouses is at http://straightforwardonline.blogspot.com. Kim earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and post-Master's work at Johns Hopkins University. She previously served on the Board of Metro DC PFLAG. Kim is recently remarried, and lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, stepdaughter, and Labrador Retriever, Ebony.
Betsy Wortley Ring was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She moved to Washington, DC in 1981 to attend college and never left. She worked for the US Government and the United Nations before staying home to raise her three children. Betsy was married for just over 20 years when her husband came out to her in 2009. A stay home mother at that time, she worked tirelessly to care for her family and kept busy with volunteer activities. She began helping the Straight Spouse Network in 2011 and was elected to the Board in 2013. She enjoys exercising, traveling and entertaining.
My name is Linda Walsh and I am a straight spouse, 28 years past disclosure and still married to my gay husband of 34 years. Together we have raised 6 children and have 5 grandchildren. He now lives with a male companion and I have returned to my home town of Nutley, NJ to care for my ailing parents. We are pursuing divorce within the next year.
I have been part of the Straight Spouse Network since 2004. I joined the Wives of bi-gay husbands group first and attended the meetings in NY. I also joined the Mahwah group in 2005 and have been a member since then. I have also been an active member of the Str8s on line message board for eight years as well.
In 2008 I was asked to be a first contact person for the Kingston/Poughkeepsie NY area and as such have been referred to several Str8 spouses in need. I have met with them on the phone and in person, and on three occasions accompanied them to the Mahwah meetings. My experience as a pastor's wife has also given me countless opportunities for assisting people in need and helping them find necessary resources, be it mental health, financial or medical health, or just being a listening ear.
I have worked for over 30 years as an Educator and Preschool Administrator and as such I have spent many years working with non-profit organizations throughout my career. I have had experience in seeking funds through private donations as well as public fundraising efforts. I have worked directly with budgets as well as advertising, web site design, computer graphics and grant writing.
For me, the Straight Spouse Network has been a lifeline! My experience in this organization has been uplifting and empowering, at a time when I felt the most weak. I reached out to SSN when I found that my husband was actively pursuing his same sex attraction after many years of denial as to any involvement with men. Through SSN and the active involvement in the Str8s message board I found the compassion and understanding that was needed to help me pull through the crisis. As a clergy straight spouse, Amity has referred me to people in a similar situation to mine and I have been able to share my experience and offer reassurance and strength to other clergy spouses.
I look forward to my time on the SSN board to help make the organization stronger, more financially solvent and insure that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the men and women who look to us for help. It has been an honor to have served on the board for the past few years.