Ron is a co-facilitator of the local Straight Spouse Network group in Maryland. In 2008 he learned that his wife of 25 years and mother of his four children, was homosexual. His experiences; being a straight spouse, divorcing , and finding a new partner, have been confusing, scary, humbling, and enlightening. He is now happily remarried to another straight spouse. Together, they work to help as many straight spouses as possible – through online, phone, and face-to-face interactions.
Ron has observed how differently men handle their wives coming-out compared to how women handle their husbands coming-out. He is focused on improving how to help men work through their many unique challenges, as well as the opportunities they encounter after learning their wife or girlfriend is a lesbian.
Ron’s profession is in technology product marketing and research. He is currently consulting, and has held senior-level positions in enterprise software companies, industry analyst firms, and a media audience measurement corporation. His professional value is his collaborative work style, fast learning, analytic prowess, communication skills, and business savvy. He earned academic degrees a long time ago – M.S. in Cartography and B.S. in Geography. Ron’s past volunteer work has included coaching youth baseball and serving as a board member of his synagogue.
2016 Board Member
Laura Long grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In 1978 she went off to Boston College, where she majored in nursing and met her future husband. Married nearly twenty years with two preteens, Laura discovered quite by accident that her husband was gay and essentially leading a duplicitous life.
They endured a turbulent transition as a couple but kept their priorities focused on the needs of their sons, who have grown into terrific adults. The Straight Spouse Network was an invaluable cornerstone of insight and support via the local support group, and online, throughout the many stages of the Straight Spouse journey. The Unitarian Church, also a place of healing, was where Laura met her second husband. They have a son together. Over the years they’ve continued to share holiday and family celebrations with Laura’s ex and his various boyfriends; scaffolding together their own version of a modern family.
Laura has a PhD in health policy and works in home healthcare and hospice. She also holds academic appointments at various colleges and is an aspiring writer. Laura brings strength and perspective to the role as Board member. She is passionate about the mission of the Straight Spouse Network to raise awareness of the Straight Spouse Experience.
2016 Board Member
Sam Cheney returns to the Board. Sam has served in several capacities since 2005, including Board President 2007-2009. He first sought support from the Straight Spouse Network when his ex came outin 2000. He cares deeply about the future of the organization. “I bring problem solving capability and the ability to see the big picture of where organization came from, where we are now, where we need to go and how we must get there,” says Sam. Sam is a Computer Engineer in the Philadelphia area. He is currently co-owner of a small business that produces custom software for DOD and commercial customers. Sam’s return will provide context and proven clear thinking to the organization.