The people behind Trans Families

Our Staff & Volunteers

Trans Families is able to operate because of the dedication and love of a small staff and a large volunteer pool. Without all of these folk showing up week after week, we would not be able to serve the thousands of families in our community.  Scroll down to learn more about some of the amazing folk who keep this organization going.

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Aidan Key (he)

Founder & President

Aidan Key, founder and president of Trans Families, began his gender advocacy work in the late 90’s and continues strong today.  He is also the founder of Gender Diversity, an organization offering training regarding gender inclusion. Key has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, and other youth-based agencies across the United States. In 2001, he founded Gender Odyssey, one of the longest-running conferences for gender diverse people in the nation.

Key is the coauthor of Gender Cognition in Transgender Children (Psychological Science 2015), Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Children (1st and 2nd editions, 2014, 2021: Oxford University Press). He is currently authoring a book, Trans Children in Today’s Schools (Oxford University Press; expected publication 2021). The Greater Seattle Business Association honored Key as the Humanitarian of the Year (2017) and Seattle Magazine proclaimed Key as one of The Most Influential People of 2019.

 

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Kristin Wilson-Key (she)

Parent Program Specialist

Kristin joined Aidan Key in 2008, supporting parents of children with gender differences through the work of Trans Families and Gender Diversity.  Her many and varied responsibilities have evolved over the years and include assorted roles planning the Gender Odyssey conference, facilitating Trans Families support groups and conducting TF new parent orientation meetings. Kristin enjoys connecting with families when they first step in and checking in as they move through the amazing journey.  Originally from high and dry Colorado, Kristin now resides in and enjoys the wet, wild woods of Juneau, Alaska.

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Huddle Blakefield (she)

Parent Program Manager

As the parent program manager, Huddle oversees parent intakes and orientations, and manages our groups. She is a senior facilitator having started with Gender Diversity’s Family Support Groups in Seattle in 2017. In her former life, she was a dental assistant working with individuals going through cancer treatment and most recently a stay-at-home mom. She is a fierce mama-bear when it comes to her trans son & and a reticent but committed activist. Her free time is spent quilting, crafting, hanging out with her family & loving on her dogs.

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Nikki Neuen (she)

Executive Director

Nikki was recently appointed executive director of Trans Families (formerly Gender Diversity) after more than three years as the associate director. In early 2018 she began facilitating Gender Diversity Family Support Groups in Seattle. She spearheaded the launch of TYTAN and Thriving On Two Spectrums in 2019 and is excited to be facilitating the Parents of Nonbinary Kids now. Her own trans nonbinary son, now an adult, continues to inspire and challenge her with his drive to always live his most authentic self.

Nikki recently moved her office to Philadelphia and is excited to get to know more families and organizations on the East Coast.

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Gil Rich (he)

Board President, Director of Youth Programs

Gil Rich is the Gender Odyssey Teen Program Coordinator and runs the youth groups for the Gender Diversity Family Support Groups held at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Gil has also volunteered with Camp Ten Trees and the WSU-4H Challenge Program and has spent the past 16 years leading leadership and community-building programs that help youth recognize their potential. Gil had the unique opportunity to grow up as a gender-nonconforming kid with an identical twin who was also gender-nonconforming. Growing up different but knowing there was someone else like him in the world provided a foundation of self-confidence and pride that he hopes to pass on to the youth he works with.

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Vatsa Sreedhara (they/he)

Youth Program Manager

Vatsa (they/he) joined Gender Diversity as the youth program manager in 2018. Before that, they managed venue and logistics for Gender Odyssey, our annual conference. In their current role, they manage and oversee our youth programs through our many amazing youth facilitators. They also work on developing and implementing our overall program evaluation plans, besides being our primary liaison for key grant partners.

Vatsa/Sri lives in Seattle with their husband. They also volunteer with other organizations that promote social dialogue and change, and provide resources and support to communities in India and Seattle – including Trikone Northwest, a support space for queer South Asian folk in the Puget Sound region. In their free time you would find them reading, writing, singing, dancing, cooking, or napping!

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Debi Jackson (she)

Program Manager

Debi lives with her husband and two children in Kansas City, Missouri. She became an advocate for transgender rights in 2014 when her speech about her daughter’s transition at the age of 4 went viral. The self-described “conservative Southern Baptist Republican from Alabama” now speaks on behalf of transgender children and their families around the world. Her daughter, Avery, has told her own story in a children’s book and was featured on a cover of the “Gender Revolution” issue of National Geographic magazine.

Debi’s self-care routine is time in the kitchen pretending to be a great chef while listening to a true crime podcast or dancing to Ricky Martin.

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Rachel Langshall (they)

Development & Communications Manager

Rachel connects and builds relationships with Trans Families’ amazing donors and supporters. Rachel has been working in nonprofits for 26 years, and been an activist for over 30 years. They are excited to bring all their life and work experiences together to use to help families like their own. Rachel is trans nonbinary genderqueer. They are proud to live authentically with their 100% trans family; their partner (she) and their child (they). They spend their non-work time with their family and chosen family exploring the Pacific Northwest, putting together Lego, writing, creating art, and wishing the cat didn’t wake them up so early every morning.

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Meghan Hebert-Trainer (she)

Facilitator

Meghan is a co-facilitator of the Gender Diversity Family Support Groups in Tacoma, WA.  She has been with Gender Diversity for 4 years, when her 4 year old child asked her “Mama, why did God make me a boy, when I’m really a girl?”  Meghan and her husband, Ryan, began their journey to help support their child and have been advocating and speaking in support of the transgender community ever since.  Meghan is also a home educator, she homeschools their 4 kids.  She loves camping, hiking, biking with her kids, and reading.

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Stephanie (she)

Facilitator

Stephanie is a co-facilitator at the Gender Diversity Family Support Groups in Tacoma, Washington. She has been a supporter, advocate and ally for the transgender community ever since her heart and mind were broken open when her 7 year old told her she was actually a girl. Stephanie really loves facilitating the support groups and watching families help other families cope, learn, grow and thrive along side their gender diverse children.

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Dirk McCulloch (he)

Facilitator

Dirk is the proud father and co-parent to two wonderful daughters, the younger of which is transgender.  He is grateful to have been involved with the Gender Diversity community since 2014 and is honored be stepping into the role of facilitating Family Support Group discussions in the Seattle area and online.  In addition to embracing the joys of parenting tween and teen girls Dirk is an avid hiker and backpacker and enjoys cooking, travel, spoiling his cat and reading.

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Pattie Pritchard (she)

Facilitator

Pattie Pritchard facilitates the Gender Diversity Family Support Groups in Kitsap county, WA.  She and her husband live in Bremerton with their 3 kids, dog and cat.  As a parent raising a trans son in a biracial family, Pattie has become a strong advocate for issues related to gender, diversity and equity, especially local to Kitsap County.  For her day job, Pattie works with cancer patients as a licensed clinical social worker.

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Brandon Miller (He)

Facilitator

Brandon is the father of 3 kids, one who is non-binary and one who is transgender. He has been involved with Gender Diversity and the Gender Odyssey conference since 2012. He has facilitated various support groups since early 2019. In addition to raising his kids and advocating for and marching with his family, he enjoys concerts, Lego, traveling, and TV/movies.

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Nazia (she)

Facilitator

Nazia is a thoughtful and compassionate person who happens to be the mother of three amazing kids. Her eldest daughter is trans and youngest was born with a heart condition. Nazia is an equity advocate for social justice and trans rights. Her passion for changing hearts and minds started in her very own family, and the communities around her. She works in the Edmonds School District, volunteers as a Community advisory board member for Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic and obtained her Master’s in Education in 2019.

Nazia, born in Pakistan, moved to Seattle in the 80s. She has strong connections to her Muslim community in the Northshore area of Seattle.

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Micah (she, they)

Facilitator

Micah leads a Gender Diversity Family Support group in Wenatchee, WA.  Their mission is to transform the quality of life for transgender and gender expansive folks by providing a broad continuum of care that is inclusive, culturally competent, collaborative, insight-oriented and attuned to each person’s specific needs. Micah is deeply devoted, professionally and personally, to the empowerment of disenfranchised groups and believes that diversity, inclusion and equity are vital to living our values and achieving our authentic self. Micah’s day job is working as a licensed independent clinical social worker with a diverse group of folks in the rural community of Wenatchee, WA.  She loves camping, sailing, researching data and being with her wife and 4 furry children.

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Wendy Reynolds (she)

Facilitator

Wendy has been an LGBTQ+ advocate since 1990. She is active in both Gender Diversity (now called Trans Families) and PFLAG. She has 2 children, 1 of which is non-binary. Wendy loves to read, play tennis and travel.  She is actively working with the school district on LGBTQ+ issues.

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Cooper Stodden (they)

Lead Facilitator - Elementary Ages

At their first Gender Diversity event in 2014, Cooper enjoyed the people so much that they resolved to hang around them as much as possible. Using various Gemini superpowers, they have succeeded! Cooper loves volunteering with Little Kids Play Group in Seattle for the pure joy of helping to create and getting to enjoy a little slice of kid-focused, gender-affirming heaven. In the era of COVID-19, they facilitate the GO-YO! program. In their day job, Cooper provides training and capacity building assistance to health and human service organizations with Cardea Services. Their areas of expertise include gender-affirming health systems, adolescent sexual health, and trauma-informed education.

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Elyanah Posner (she)

Facilitator - Youth

Elyanah co-facilitates the GO-YO! program, and has been volunteering for Gender Diversity (now Trans Families) since 2019. She loves hanging out with and learning from the kids, and they always manage to make her laugh. She’s still not sure what Minecraft is but enjoys pretending she does so the kids think she’s cool.

Elyanah is originally from the SF Bay Area is California, and now lives in Seattle with her partner and cat. She is a school psychology doctoral student at the University of Washington, and is particularly passionate about empowering families and children, especially those from underrepresented and under resourced backgrounds and identities.

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Jack Duroc-Danner (they/he)

Facilitator - Thriving On Two Spectrums Youth

Jack is a genderqueer autodidact HSP autistic with severe SPD with interests in developmental psychology, anthropology and film theory. They work as a sexuality educator and medical massage therapist. Currently, they live in Seattle with their husband.

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Kayden Grey Rinaldi (they)

facilitator - Youth

Grey has been volunteering with Gender Diversity since 2017. They have worked with teen and tween groups as well as facilitated young adult workshops at Gender Odyssey. Grey lives in Bellingham, where they routinely enjoy metal detecting, making ice cream, and watching scary movies.

Judith

Facilitator
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Tiffany (she)

Facilitator

Tiffany is a mom to two delightful sons, one of whom is transgender. She has been gratefully attending Gender Diversity Support Groups and has been a great fan of the Gender Odyssey Conference since 2013. She also feels incredibly lucky to assist with facilitation of the GD family support group in Seattle since 2016.  Supporting her trans son has also ushered Tiffany into the interesting world of political activism where she inspires other families to support their trans children by telling her family’s story.

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Wesley Jones (he)

Facilitator - Thriving on Two Spectrums Youth

Wesley is a transgender and autistic adult who is excited to create the spaces he wished were available to him as a youth. He loves arts and crafts, playing D&D, dogs, and rabbits.

Jason Fuller (he)

Website Administrator
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Nadia Dee Witherbee (she)

Facilitator - TYTANs

Nadia Dee is a graduate of the telecommunication and film department at San Diego State University. She has spent 12 years working in the film industry and became a member of the Local 600 Camera Union. She left Burbank to transition in Seattle and has volunteered for Gender Odyssey, Gender Diversity, Camp Ten Trees, and Lambert House and served on the board of directors for Ingersoll Gender Center and Camp Ten Trees. Combining her love of film and the community, Nadja Dee created SOLD: Examining the T in TV Commercials, presented at Gender Odyssey and Translations Film Festival. Currently working with the Teen Program, Nadja Dee brings her love of film and television, art, music, and special-effects film make-up to Gender Odyssey.

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Lizette Trujillo (she)

Facilitator - Latinx and Spanish-Speaking Parents

Lizette is a graduate of the University of Arizona, Tucson, small business owner, and community advocate for transgender youth and families.  She spends much of her time volunteering for the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance: Families Transformed, where she and her spouse facilitate a local support group for families of transgender, non-binary, and gender creative/non-conforming youth. Her local efforts have brought her national attention and she now serves as a member of the Human Rights Campaign- Parents for Transgender Equality Council.  Lizette is a proud mother to an 13 year old trans child, and enjoys being a mother above all else. She is committed to creating awareness and change around trans youth and their needs by empowering families to know their rights.  She  recently helped lead the effort on inclusive sex ed in Arizona, and works tirelessly with organizations such as HRC, Equality Arizona, and now is excited to co-facilitate TransFamilies Latinx Support group.

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Erin Burk (she)

Photographer

Erin is the talent behind so many of our gorgeous family photos, taken at events and at Gender Odyssey, and sometimes at special photo shoots. She operates Be Seen As You Are and is mother to three beautiful children.

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Rachel Nemhauser (she)

Facilitator - Thriving On Two Spectrums

Rachel is the Community and Family Support Program manager at the Arc of King County in Seattle, WA, and has been an active member of the disability community since 2009.  She is a former member of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, and has been the Supervisor of Parent to Parent in King County since 2015. Rachel works closely with families throughout King County providing emotional support, navigating complex systems and connecting with the disability community. She is also the parent of a 16 year old autistic son, and writes about her experiences being Nate’s mom on her blog: https://nemhouse.com/

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Athena Brewer (she)

Facilitator - GO-YO!

Athena is a psychotherapist for children ages 4 to 12 years old and their parents, in private practice in Seattle. She studied gender in college, and published nationally on LGBTQ mental health issues. She became passionate about supporting children’s emotional health while training as a Marriage and Family Therapist at The Los Angles Center for Child Development and at The McAuley Center. Athena is a national expert in youth suicide, and trained and lead a remote team of 300 volunteers for The Trevor Project. In her free time, she finds purpose in co-facilitating the GO-YO program, learning new play-based interventions for children with complex behavioral needs, reading psychological thrillers, and going on hikes with her partner and their pug puppy, Phoebe.

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Evelyn Dickinson (she)

Web Engineer

Evelyn soldered her first Heathkit H89 PC together back in the days of disco. After a storied career with Commodore Amiga as a wunderkind and a stint for bad behavior at the University of South Florida, she launched her information technology consultancy, the Logical Alternative, with her wife Melissa. She took a few years off for a position with a multibillion retailer as Chief Information and Security Officer.

Evelyn’s hobbies include vegetarian cooking, travel, and burning down the cis/het patriarchy. She’s available in select stores wherever fine wines and rare birds are sold.

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Melissa Dickinson (she)

Website Designer

Melissa moved to the Seattle area from Tampa, Florida in 2007. She’s a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and George Washington University, and helps run Logical Alternative, a technology consulting company, with her wife Evelyn. In addition to studying history, spoiling her pets, making music videos, and helping to build resources for the trans community, she currently spends her “free” time trying her best to follow her mom’s advice: wake up, kick ass, be kind, repeat. 

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Riley Cable (he)

Facilitator - Tweens

Riley moved to Seattle from Denver, Colorado in 2017 and got involved with Gender Diversity (now Trans Families) in order to provide an environment where young people can feel supported. His previous experience includes presenting workshops advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace at organizations including Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He has also written guidelines for transitioning in the workplace while at his previous employer, Ernst & Young. Riley is currently a tax accountant at Amazon and enjoys exercising and watching basketball.

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Al Philipps (they)

Facilitator - Youth

As a volunteer youth facilitator, Al appreciates supporting and affirming gender diverse middle schoolers.

Al identifies as queer and gender non-binary. They enjoy spending time in nature whenever possible, whether that’s backpacking, hammocking, or gardening. When it’s raining, Al can be found rewatching Queer Eye with their roommate in Seattle and cooking midwestern comfort food.

Peter T (he)

Facilitator

Rich W.

Facilitator
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Amanda (they)

Facilitator - Youth

Amanda is a youth facilitator who grew up in San Diego, CA, and has lived in Seattle for the last eight years. They love cooking, baking bread, dancing, eating with friends, spending time with their dog Blue, and being in community with fellow trans people. At their day job, Amanda is a researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Morgan Mitchell (she)

Facilitator

Morgan facilitates the Bellingham, WA Gender Diversity Family Support Group for parents of adult transgender children. She is a licensed mental health therapist, passionate about aligning with, supporting, and advocating for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Morgan is grateful for the opportunity to learn from and be a part of the Gender Diversity family. She loves the sun, cats, and mostly her 3 busy kiddos!

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Amy Bonk (she)

Facilitator

Amy lives on Tiger Mountain, outside of Seattle, with her husband and 2 sons, one of whom is transgender. When not fiercely advocating for her trans son (who is also on the spectrum), you will find her hiking, exploring new places, camping or sewing quilts and clothing. Amy discovered Trans Families community in 2017 when her eldest son came out as transgender.  She instantly fell in love with the welcoming community and is happy to part of the support system that helps parents navigate their exciting new world. Amy has lived all over the United States and chances are she knows someone you know, or has lived somewhere you have lived. It’s a fun game to play and it never gets old!

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Bonnie Hillman (she)

Facilitator
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Rosa Alvarez (she)

FACILITATOR - LATINX AND SPANISH-SPEAKING PARENTS

Rosa is a first generation American of Mexican descent and a proud mom of two sons (one cis, one trans). She has been working in the performing arts for the past 25 years and currently works at the University of Washington. She is a California native and relocated to Seattle in 2001 with her spouse. Rosa first attended a Gender Diversity support group and Gender Odyssey conference in 2016 and was struck by how supportive and welcoming each experience was. Rosa volunteers her time as a facilitator for Gender Diversity parent support groups because this organization is vital to our community and in making the world a better place.

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Vanessa Lee Nic (she)

Facilitator

Vanessa is a parent to an amazing transgender son, on a mission to create a kinder world. She became an accidental activist and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in 2017. Vanessa loves to learn from others in the community, absorbing as much knowledge from the transgender community. She has a passion for assisting parents new to the journey of parenting a trans child, serving as a resource and a connection.

Vanessa is also an amateur writer, a business owner, a yogi, a traveler, and a dog lover. Vanessa spends most of her free time volunteering for various causes, writing about her life and planning travel adventures whenever possible.

Vanessa is heavily involved in local activism in her home state of Florida and was an integral part of lobbying for inclusive guidelines for her county’s schools which were passed in October of 2018. Trans activism and advocacy has become her life’s work.

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StormMiguel Florez (he)

Video editor

StormMiguel Florez is a trans, queer Xicane filmmaker whose work includes award-winning documentaries, The Whistle (Producer/Director) and MAJOR! (Editor/Co-Producer 2015). StormMiguel is also an event and media producer, actor, and a life-long musician. He was a 2020 San Francisco Pride virtual Community Grand Marshal and a recipient of NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures), The San Francisco Arts Commission, and Horizons Foundation grants. He’s originally from Albuquerque, NM, which he very much considers to be his homeland, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 24 years. He lives with his partner and their 3.5 chihuahuas.

Board of Directors

Trans Families’ Board of Directors consists of long-time associates and family members who have supported us for years. They are gender-diverse, parents of gender-diverse children, and lifetime allies.

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Gil Rich (he)

Board President

Gil (he) oversees the Trans Families Teen Programs and youth support groups. He has over 15 years’ experience developing leadership and community-building programs that help youth recognize their potential. His background includes teaching within the Seattle and Atlanta public schools and serving in leadership roles with Camp Ten Trees, Lambert House, the YMCA, and the WSU-4H Challenge Programs. Gil has presented workshops on supporting trans and GNC youth at Creating Change and the HRC Time to Thrive conferences, and also facilitates transgender awareness training for corporate audiences. Gil had the unique opportunity to grow up as a gender-nonconforming kid with an identical twin who was also gender-nonconforming. Growing up knowing there was someone else like him in the world provided a foundation of self-confidence and pride that he hopes to pass on to the youth he works with.

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B. Siobhan Murphy (she)

Board Vice President

Siobhan brings 20 years of accounting experience and entrepreneurship to her role as Board member. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Washington University; is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and  a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), She has taught college-level accounting courses at Charter College and Western Washington University, and served as the Finance Director, Treasurer, President, Director, and Consultant at a variety of local non-profit organizations. Siobhan is passionate about education in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors so that leaders are empowered with a deeper understanding of the financial workings of their organizations.

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Kelly Lindsey (she)

Board Secretary

Kelly lives in south King County with the resident foreman, Zeke the cat. She champions Equity and Social Justice in her everyday life, promoting transit options. In her free time, she daily admires the Pacific Northwest for its beauty and progressiveness and loves to go to community festivals, enjoys live music and community dancing.

Kelly has been friends with Aidan Key since they were teenagers and appreciates and supports his journey to this place and going forward with his vision. Her experience growing up with a disabled father gives her insights to the nuances of inequities and the overt injustices even in a progressive landscape. She feels passionately about gender issues and that creating an informed public breaks down ignorant thoughts and actions. She has administered and witnessed in her life small steps forward that blossom out to new beginnings and better outcomes for all.

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Mark Yeoell (he)

Board Treasurer

Mark and his wife Kathryn live in Belize. He has been an active Trans ally since 2013 when he first became aware of the challenges facing transgender folk and especially trans children and their parents.

For the past 24 years Mark has been an Organizational Development consultant focused on Leadership Development, consulting with organizations and coaching leaders from the U.S., Asia, South America, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.

Prior to that, he lived for 15 years as a 24/7 yogi at Kripalu Center. There he was part of a leadership team that ran what became the largest residential personal growth and development center in the USA. His roles included stints as CFO, COO and as Acharya for the Kripalu International Network (KIN).

Now winding down his professional career, Mark continues to do what he can to support the growth of his own and other’s consciousness.