KIMBERLY BROOKS MAZELLA LPC
Founder & Executive Director
Kim discovered a wellspring of strength and resilience as a result of her short-lived marriage to a closeted gay man. She embraces the concept of post-traumatic growth, and has devoted her professional life to supporting both the straight spouse and the LBGTQ+ communities. The Kintsu Project has been simmering on Kim’s back burner for a while, waiting for just the right ingredients...and found them the qualities brought to the table by the Kintsu Project Board of Directors: passion, experience, enthusiasm, creativity, dedication, energy, knowledge, and a shared belief that every person deserves to live an open and authentic life.
Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, as well as post-Master's work in Community and Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She has a private psychotherapy practice in McLean, Virginia in addition to her work as Executive Director of Kintsu Project.
LAURENCE "LARRY" BEST JD
Larry has had a wonderful and fulfilling family life and career, but still struggles with rumination and regret as do too many others from mixed sexual orientation marriages. His experience of these challenges causes him to believe that we, as a society, can do much better, both in accepting and appreciating our diversity and in inspiring everyone to lead genuine, authentic lives. He also knows there is gold to be found for our recoveries just as there is gold for Kintsu joinery. His wish is to help others find the gold to mend their own wounds and bring wholeness and beauty back into their own lives and those of their loved ones.
Larry earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1971 from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in 1974. After forty years of marine and energy litigation practice in Louisiana and Texas, including admission to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, he is now retired.
LYNN L RUDD, PHD
Lynn tries hard to rise to Gandhi’s challenge: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” She enjoys being a resource for people who want to grow and heal despite the unexpected experiences life might throw at them. Lynn also believes that change is nurtured within a caring community of like-minded individuals. She hopes her contributions to the Kintsu Project is one way to help others rebuild their lives with hope and purpose within a devoted community.
Lynn has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction front Kent State University, a Master of Education in Reading Literacy from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Cedarville University.
After Barb discovered she was married to a closeted gay man, she felt like her life was shattered into a million little pieces. Barb was able to take the shattered pieces and with her inner strength, support and understanding from others was able to rebuild her life into one that contains happiness, joy and love.
Today, Barb leads a straight spouse support group where she helps others through this difficult journey. Barb is excited to be on the board of the Kintsu Project to continue to help others find the support and resources needed to mend their broken lives and create a uniquely beautiful life.
Barb has a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science — with concentrations in Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics — from the College of St. Benedict.
DARREL COX JODREY
Darrel is motivated by the pursuit of meaning and a desire to give back. She’s found purpose in her various life roles, among them: mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and public health advocate. After a long-term marriage and two children, Darrel’s life was shattered when her husband came out. Ultimately compassion — for herself, her gay spouse, and the LGBTQ+ community — and support from family and friends helped her emerge from dark days of anger and grief. Darrel brings to the Kintsu Project a passion to help those affected by mixed orientation marriages find gold to create lives of new beauty from brokenness.
Darrel has a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in Public Health from UNC – Chapel Hill.