Board of Directors
Jabari Lyles has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 10 years in various positions that emphasize his passion for education, community, social justice and LGBTQ activism. He attended Towson High School in Towson, Maryland as a law and public policy magnet student and founded the school’s first and still-running Gay-Straight Alliance. During this time, he began working as a youth volunteer for the Baltimore chapter of The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN Baltimore). Today, Jabari is co-chairperson and education manager for GLSEN Baltimore and was recently appointed to GLSEN’s National Advisory Council. He serves on a number of local and statewide coalitions to collaborate on issues facing the LGBTQ community including Youth Equality Alliance (YEA), Maryland Suicide Prevention Intervention Network (MD-SPIN) and the Baltimore City Police Commissioner’s LGBTQ Task Force.
Jabari previously worked for FreeState Legal as an outreach specialist and coordinator of the Transgender Action Group (TAG), a harm reduction street outreach program serving transgender sex workers in Baltimore. Before coming to FreeState, Jabari worked as an elementary and middle school teacher at a public charter school in Baltimore City, and has lectured and presented on LGBTQ issues in schools across Maryland.
Jabari earned an associate degree in Science and Mathematics from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), and is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Jabari plans to pursue state certification as a secondary mathematics teacher upon graduation, and return to working with youth in Baltimore’s classrooms. Jabari lives in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City, is the oldest of three, and enjoys Jeopardy, Empire, wine, live music, friends and family in his free time. He is a passionate community servant, and is excited to offer his knowledge, experience and leadership to the GLCCB.
David Sugar joined the GLCCB Board of Directors in October of 2015 after spending several years volunteering for Baltimore Pride. A Baltimore native, David currently works at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland providing IT/systems support and holds an M.S. in Information Technology from Towson University and a B.A. in Computer Science from Hobart College. David also previously served on the Maryland LMSC for US Masters Swimming Board of Directors and previously served on the Hampden Community Council Board. David lives in Hampden and enjoys sailing, swimming, traveling and skiing in his spare time.
Kayla Tullis is a recent graduate of Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Management. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she served in many student leadership roles including National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) President, Greek Ambassador, Executive Board Member of the Council of Diverse Student Organizations and was a very active member of Towson’s LGBTQ student group, In The Life. She currently works for Analytical Informatics, Inc., a Baltimore-based start-up, as an Application Specialist and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. Kayla serves as a City Director for Lesbians Who Tech, a community of queer women in and around tech. She has volunteered for Baltimore Pride for two consecutive years, serving as the Volunteer Committee Chairperson for the Baltimore Pride 2017 Planning Committee. Kayla lives in Waverly with her fiancée and enjoys touring Baltimore for all of the great food spots and spending time with her family.