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KELLAN BAKER, M.P.H. | Contact
Kellan Baker is a Health Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress, where his work includes strategically advocating for LGBT inclusion in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, improving data collection on LGBT health and health disparities, and working with the Department of Health and Human Services on a broad range of LGBT health issues.
Prior to joining American Progress, Kellan was the senior policy associate at the National Coalition for LGBT Health, an 80-member organization that is the nation's leading community voice in federal LGBT health policy. Before the coalition, Kellan spent several years in Moscow, Russia, where he co-founded a group that advocates for quality health care for transgender people in the former Soviet Union and worked with Special Olympics Russia. As part of the first class of interns in the Obama White House in 2009, he interned for the special assistant to the president for disability policy.
Kellan is an affiliated faculty member for LGBT health policy at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute, and he holds a master of public health in global public health policy and a master of arts in international development from George Washington University, where he was elected to the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society. He graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in astrophysics and Russian.
ROXANNE BARRETO | Contact
My name is Roxanne Barreto and I grew up in San Diego, California. Having been born in the 60’s, I grew up in a time where people were just starting to realize that diversity was something to be embraced, not feared. This was particularly important in my neighborhood, where the population was half Mexican – American and half Philippine – American. In our Junior High class of over 750 students, 3 of us where white. This led to a personal understanding of what it meant to be different and how to overcome the prejudices of others.
Pre-transition, I was highly regarded as one of the top experts in Data Centers and Business Centric Metric Reporting for network operations centers. I was also on staff at a church in San Diego as a small group Pastor and convalescent care Minister. I began my transition in 2009 and am now just awaiting the ability to afford my surgery, but the truth is, even if I never get it, I am just happy that I FINALLY get to live my life as ME! This has led to being more successful in ministry, my job and my social environments. I have just recently started public speaking in schools and at Pride Festivals and will soon be recording a “It Gets Better” video.
I look forward everyday to educating those around me, because with education, prejudice is lost.
ANNE FAITH BEON | Contact
I am a mature post-op Trans sexual Woman, retired and living in New Haven CT I currently serve on the board of CT Outreach Society. I also serve as Outreach Director. I am a member of the CT Pride com. Unity of the pioneer Valley in Mass, and the Stone Wall Speakers board. I lecture in schools, colleges, Churches and Org's. on equality and bullying. I have served on the TG health and law conference board for 2 years, Lobbied and testified in Hartford and Washington for equality and ENDA. I perform as an actress in Independent films (PG comedies). Hosted a main stream variety show in New Haven CTed and perform on stage in Westport, CT and about to open in NY in an off Broadway production of which I am co-author. I have been the subject of front page articles on 2 major news papers in CT, The CT Post and the Westport News, speaking on subjects concerning TG issues and lives. I have tried to focus my efforts toward the mainstream to foster understanding and acceptance of TG individuals as well as council and guide TG individuals toward a happy and fulfilling life. I along with a group of others are forming a board to establish a shelter for gay and trans youth who are homeless in CT or surrounding states.
MARCI BOWERS, M.D. | Contact
Marci Bowers is a 1986 graduate of the University of Minnesota medical school where she served as Class and Student Body President. During her 20+ years as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist she has delivered more than 2000 babies and has served as Ob/Gyn Department Chairperson at Swedish (Providence) Medical Center and as the only physician member of the Washington State Midwifery Board. She took over the Gender Reassignment Surgery Department in Trinidad, Colorado in 2003 having been hand-picked by the legendary Dr. Stanley Biber. She has now performed 700 primary MTF vaginoplasties and nearly 100 FTM reassignments. She performs more than 220 gender-related surgeries annually.
She is listed among 'America's Best Physicians', is a member-elect of the European Academy of Sciences, and is a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). She has appeared on numerous television programs including Oprah and made a small cameo on an episode of CSI: Las Vegas'. Dr. Bowers brings a diverse set of interests and backgrounds to her work. Committed to healthy living (she is a vegetarian), she is interested in alternative health solutions to compliment more traditional medical techniques.
SHARON BRACKETT | Contact
Sharon Brackett is a serial entrepreneur who has been the President/CEO of The PTR Group, an engineering technology services firm, for the past decade. She is presently President/CEO of Tiresias Technologies, a new startup company. In 2010 she was selected by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as one of Washington's Smart100 CEOs for 2010 and then again, after transition, in 2011. She is a volunteer co-moderator of the Gender Identity support group of the GLCCB in Baltimore. She is one of the two co-founders of TransParent Day, and is a board member of MoringaCommunity.org, a charity that is building a trade school and food preservation education program in Ghana, West Africa. In her spare time she works with youth groups with technical interests such as rocketry and robotics. She resides in Howard County with her two sons.
MICHAEL BROWN | Contact
Michael Brown is a transman living in Phoenix, Arizona. Michael realized the need for more localized support systems in the trans community, and acted upon it with starting up an organization in August of 2008 that provides individual support with mentoring, resources, emergency assistance, safe housing, clothing, transitional supplies, and more. He and his wife opened their home as Trans Safe House and Transitional Living Home at the same time for the homeless and victims of abuse within the community, and continues to provide this safe haven to all in need.
Michael is proactive in facilitating weekly groups and social events for his local community, as well as focusing on the individual needs of the community and networking around the world through online and offline support. He was also successful in creating large, multi-day trans-educational events, and continues to present workshops, and speaking engagements on trans issues and lives for educators, social service agencies, and various trans-related events and conferences.
THOMAS COUGHLIN, LPC, NCC | Contact
Thomas Coughlin works is a Psychotherapist at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), a community health center in Washington, DC. He is part of the Behavioral Health Department and sees clients for individual and group psychotherapy. He leads a psychotherapy group for persons on the transgender spectrum. Thomas also acts as Patient Advocate for Transgender Health at WWH. In this role, he provides initial assessment for persons seeking TG-related care at WWH, gathers background information, introduces prospective clients to all the services available at the WWH and assists them in navigating these services.
Additionally, Thomas has a small private psychotherapy practice in DC providing both individual and couples therapy. Much of his caseload in private practice includes work with members of the LGBTQ population. In addition to therapeutic services, Thomas is an educator and has provided Cultural Competency and Mental Health-focused workshops on working with the Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Nonconforming community.
HELEN HILL, M.A. | Contact
Helen Hill is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. She is also an “out” post-op transsexual female who performs workshops, outreach, advocacy and training for area Southern California universities, as well as public agencies which deal with homeless populations.
Since 2004 Helen Hill MFT has presented (at last count) over 200 workshops on topics related to:
- transgender health, safety, and the law
- treatment issues
- discrimination and human potential
- accepting ourselves and others
Venues have included: Pacifica University, University of Southern California (USC), University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), DuPaul, Columbia College, University of California – Riverside (UCR), University of California – Davis (UCD), Chapman University, California State University – Long Beach (CSULB), SRO Public Housing, Project New Hope, Homeless Health Care, and numerous small community groups as well.
Helen received her BA in Education from the University of Missouri, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University – Los Angeles.
ANN MARIE HOEPPNER | Contact
My name is Ann Marie Hoeppner, I am 60 and live with wife, Jane. We have been together for 44 years. We have 2 adult children, Dana and Darren, three grandchildren – Sage, 13, Samantha Jade, 3, Max, 2, and Jon,10. I have an Electrology business (www.ann-ser.com) and have been in the insurance business for over 30 plus years.
I was President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin in 2003 and owned several Insurance Agencies in the Eau Claire area. I also have owned a Martial Arts School for a number of years, and currently hold a 6th degree Black Belt in Korean Taekwondo.
I am a committee member of the SAPG (State Action Planning Group), which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept of Health for HIV/AIDS.
I currently hold the office of Treasurer at the LGBT Center of the Chippewa Valley.
ABIGAIL JENSEN, J.D. | Contact
Abigail Jensen is an attorney in private practice in Arizona. She representats defendants in state criminal appeals and post-conviction relief proceedings for both indigent and private clients, arguing before trial courts and the Arizona Supreme Court. She has extensive experience in statutory analysis.
She was the first attorney to appear in front of the Arizona Supreme Court both as a man and a woman.
She received a B.A. with Distinction in Economics from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley. She has given multiple presentations on transgender issues as well as serving on multiple non-profit boards.
NANCY-JO MORRIS | Contact
I am a Equality-minded, results-driven, totally "out" Trans-woman who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I've served my region as a strong advocate for the Transgender Community via Progressive grassroots political activism, leading support groups and doing education presentations. I've also served on the boards of several local LGBT organizations. Winner of the 2007 Thomas G. Martin Activist Award for Exemplary Service, I've helped make Colorado a more Trans-friendly State through aggressively pursuing efforts that put key Trans-inclusive laws on the books here. My most noted example of successful advocacy work is exemplified in assisting the Colorado Springs Police Department in designing a Mandatory Training and Testing Program aimed at properly educating all its personnel regarding appropriate treatment of Transgender individuals encountered within its jurisdiction. This historic initiative was operational by early Summer of 2010.
KIM PEARSON | Contact
Kim Pearson is one of the nation’s most sought after and experienced educators on the topic of gender diversity in children. Whether it is a discussion with a school principal or guidance counselor, an in-service for a group of educators, a workshop for medical professionals or a presentation at a national conference, Kim has an innate ability to create an atmosphere where participants feel safe to share their fears and concerns. Her extraordinary success at bringing meaningful understanding to her audience is rooted in her ability to accurately identify and speak to the level of awareness unique to each individual.
Drawing from her personal journey as the mother of a transgender child, her professional connections with leading experts in the field, and her vast experience as a transition facilitator, Kim empowers families, educators and others by providing the tools for success.
MARISA RICHMOND, Ph.D. | Contact
Marisa is the President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. Within the LGBT community, she also serves on Board of Directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality and GLSEN of Middle Tennessee. In the community at-large, she serves on the Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee of the Tennessee Department of Health, was just elected to be President-Elect of the Davidson County Democratic Women for 2012, and is a member of the Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
She is a former Board Member of the Tennessee Vals in Nashville, and has also served on the Boards of American Educational Gender Information Service (Board Chair from 1996 to 1999), the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Tennessee Equality Project, and Nashville's Rainbow Community Center. In 2006, she served the Statewide Field Coordinator for the Vote No on 1 Campaign.
She served as the Co-Chair of Southern Comfort Conference in 2001, chaired the host committee for the Tennessee Waltz, the 2002 IFGE Convention in Nashville, and in 2004, she served on the planning committee for Nashville Black Pride.
She is a regular panelist on Out & About Today on News Channel 5+in Nashville, and has written prolifically on transgender rights for several local and national publications.
In 2008, she became the first openly transgender person to win an election in Tennessee when she was elected to the Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee. One month later, she became the first African American, transgender person to be elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention from any state.
She has received numerous awards for her service including the IFGE Trinity Award for contributions to the Transgender Community, a Vagina Warrior by Vanderbilt University's Project Safe, the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the Chairwoman's ICON Award from Baltimore Black Pride, the Community Award from Nashville Black Pride, and was a Grand Marshal of Mid South Pride in Memphis in 2011.
Marisa has three degrees, all in U.S. History. Her A.B. is from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University. She currently teaches history at Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville State Community College.
BARBRA CASBAR SIPERSTEIN, MBA | Contact
Barbra “Babs” is currently a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee, having previously served as Vice Chair of the DNC Eastern Regional Caucus. She is Deputy Vice Chair of the NJ Democratic State Committee and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of NJ. She has served as President of NJ Stonewall Democrats, Co-Chair of National Stonewall Democrats Federal PAC Board, Vice-Chair of Garden State Equality, Executive Board member of National Stonewall Democrats as Chair of the DNC Relations Committee and a member of the NJ Civil Unions Review Commission.
In 2004 she was a recipient of the NJ Personal Liberty Fund’s Honors Award, and was a voting delegate to the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Convention and New Jersey’s first transgender delegate. Following Victory 2005, she served on Governor - elect Corzine’s Labor and Workforce Development Transition Advisory Board. In 2009, she was an author of The Dallas Principles, a speaker at the National Equality March on the DC Mall with 200,000 in attendance, and become the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee. In 2010, along with Gov. Jack Markell, she was honored by the Delaware Stonewall Democrats, and was a recipient of Jersey City’s JCLGO “Vital Voice Award”. In 2011 she was the first recipient of Garden State Equality’s John Adler Icon of Equality Award and named Grand Marshall of the Hudson County Pride Parade and Festival.
She has served on the Board of Congregation Beth Mordecai in Perth Amboy for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers and an MBA from Pace University. Widowed in 2001, she takes one day at a time, enjoys spoiling her 3 grandchildren and wishes they can enjoy a life where people learn to communicate, take responsibility for their actions or inactions, and have respect for each other!
Rev. DAVID WEEKLEY | Contact
The Rev. David Weekley was born in Cleveland, Ohio where he transitioned FTM, completing the initial process in 1975 at the age of twenty-four. Rev. Weekley is a graduate of Cleveland State University (B.A. cum laude, Psychology). He completed graduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (Phenomenology of Religion), and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology (1982). Rev. Weekley has served the United Methodist Church as an ordained clergy since 1982. He is currently the only openly transgender clergy serving in the denomination.Rev. Weekley shared his story with his congregation and world August 30th, 2009.
He has appeared on ABC news, CBS “The Early Show”, and several radio programs. He has presented workshops at a number of colleges and universities. His recently released book, In from the Wilderness: Sherman, (She-r-man) published by WIPF&STOCK Publishers (Eugene, OR.), is his personal story, faith journey, and reflection on the official position of several denominations, including the United Methodist Church, in relation to the LGTBQ community. Rev. Weekley belongs to several organizations advocating for the full inclusion and rights of transgender and LGBQ people, including the Transfaith Relgious Leaders Network, Northwest Gender Alliance, Reconciling United Methodists, Basic Rights Oregon, The Community of Welcoming Congregations, and the Human Rights Campaign. Rev. Weekley currently serves as Pastor of Sellwood and Capitol Hill United Methodist Churches in Portland, Oregon. Website: www.shermanswilderness.org
JILLIAN WEISS, J.D., Ph.D. | Contact
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss has a J.D. And a Ph.D. In Law, Policy & Society. Currently Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, she has conducted research involving hundreds of companies and public agencies that have adopted "gender identity" policies. She publishes a popular blog on the subject of Transgender Workplace Diversity, and has numerous research publications on the subject of gender identity, which you can find here
Dr. Weiss is also Principal Consultant for Jillian T. Weiss & Associates, a consulting firm that works with organizations on transgender workplace diversity issues. She has trained hundreds of employees at corporations, law firms, diversity trainers and governmental organizations. Dr. Weiss has worked successfully with Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies during the past few years, including Boeing, HSBC, KPMG, Viacom, and the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Her work has been featured in news stories by the New York Times, Associated Press, the Society for Human Resource Management, Workforce Management Magazine, and HR Executive Magazine.
C. MICHAEL WOODWARD | Contact
C. Michael Woodward is the founder of lgbtQ&A, a diversity & inclusion consulting firm located in Tucson, Arizona. He led Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) for five years and, more recently, served as the community center’s Health & Wellness Programs Manager.
Woodward is a charter member of The University of Arizona President’s LGBTQ Advisory Council, which advocates for significant support for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Council successes include a Director of LGBTQ Affairs administrative position, domestic partner benefits for faculty and staff, and expansion of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. He was a key advisor and subject matter expert to the UA Transgender Project, which developed the nation’s first transgender-friendly public restroom guidelines at a state-funded university and improved the campus process for changing identity documentation, transcripts, and employment records. In 2006, he co-founded Tucson Transgender Awareness Week, an on-going annual collaboration between Wingspan and UA.
Woodward represented Mayor Robert Walkup on the Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues from Jan 2007 to Dec 2011. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and other City officials on matters of policy and public interest.
As one of the core trainers for the all-volunteer LGBTQ Behavioral Health Coalition of Southern Arizona, he has provided SOGI competency training to hundreds of behavioral health professionals across the state of Arizona. He also played a role in the development of the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Department of Behavioral Health Services LGBTQ Committee.
He was elected in 2008 to the Board of Directors of Female-to-Male International (FTMI) and is profiled on Dr. Lynn Conway’s “Successful Transmen”, a prestigious Web site recognizing leaders in the international transgender community. Prior to transitioning, he served as a volunteer and Board member for over two decades for Women in the Arts, Inc./National Women’s Music Festival, the nation’s oldest annual conference for female artists, producers, and engineers in the music industry.
Woodward earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Corporate Communications from Butler University. A former Executive Editor at Macmillan Publishing USA, he has published books and articles on a variety of non-fiction topics, most recently A Simple Guide to iPad 2 (2011, Luminis Books). A lifelong musician and entertainer, Michael also performs as the lead vocalist in the classic rock and blues band, Too Much Information.
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