No Image AvailableKaris Agnew, PROMO
Session: Where We Call Home: Advocating for LGBTQ People in Rural Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Karis is the Field Director for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBTQ equality. Karis is based in Springfield, MO, and is originally from a small town in Iowa. They moved to Springfield in 2010 and proudly called Missouri home before joining the PROMO team in 2017. Karis graduated from Drury University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology focusing on power and poverty. 

2019 Convention - Miko AliceaMiko Alicea
Session: Supporting the Underserved: Shining a Light on Underserved LGBTQ Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Miko Alicea is a writer, researcher, educator, and historian. She writes about the history of sexuality on her website Sexual History Tour. She has written articles and spoken on podcasts about sex positivity, inclusivity, and sex education for sites such as YourTango.com, EvolvedWorld.com, Cirillas.com, LifeontheSwingset.com, Tell Me Something Good podcast, LTASEX podcast, and Life On The Swingset podcast. She has presented panels on creative sex positive spaces, inclusivity, sexuality, depression, and motherhood at CatalystCon, Playground Conference, and ClexaCon. As the parent of an asexual teen, she also spends time being an Ace advocate. Being the safe house for most of her teen’s queer friends who can't be out to their families, she addresses the intersection of sex positivity, inclusivity, and mental health.

No Image AvailableAiden Takeo Aizumi, PFLAG Pasadena          
Session: Collaboration with Local and National Partners: A Case Study
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Aiden is the current president of PFLAG Pasadena and has been working with PFLAG Pasadena’s youth program for 10 years. He graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and currently works for a charter school as their compliance and sports coordinator. He is on the Models of Pride Steering Committee and has co- written a book with his mother about their journey called Two Spirits, One Heart. Aiden has received honors from the National LGBTQ Task Force, Trans Pride Los Angeles and has been seen in Subaru's Drive Magazine and commercial as a Subaru Ambassador and PFLAG leader. He is married, loves music, golf, and his furbaby, Kuma.

2019 Convention - Marsha AizumiMarsha Aizumi, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API), and Biden Foundation LGBTQ Advisory Council
Session: Collaboration with Local and National Partners: A Case Study
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Marsha is the proud mother of a transgender son, Aiden. She is the co-founder and co- president of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islanders (SGV API) chapter, serves on the PFLAG National Board of Directors, and is co-chair of the PFLAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also founded Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering that is a biennial conference, which began in 2014. Marsha was appointed to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Foundation for LGBTQ Acceptance in 2017. She has received recognition from Congresswoman Judy Chu for her work in the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ community, LOGO TV as Trailblazer Parent and Angel of Change from the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has been married for 47 years to Tad and is also the proud mother of a straight ally son, Stefen.

2019 Convention - Jonathon AntleJonathon I. Antle, KC CARE
Session: Let’s Talk About Sex
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Jonathon Antle joined KC CARE Health Center in May 2016 as Program Coordinator for The HIMM Project (High Impact Men’s Movement). He received a Bachelor’s of Music Education (K-12) from Southwest Baptist University in 2008, and then moved to Kansas City to pursue a Master’s of Music in Music Theory. After beginning PrEP in 2015, Jonathon quickly became aware of the lack of awareness and the stigma surrounding PrEP, both in Kansas City and across the country. This motivated him to shift careers in order to help the Kansas City LGBTQ+ community understand new methods of HIV prevention. The HIMM Project is funded by CDC grant PS15-1502 for HIV prevention in the Kansas City Metro among men who have sex with men. More information about The HIMM Project can be found at theHIMMproject.org.          

2019 Convention - Joel BarrettJoel B. Barrett, Joel Speaks Out      
Session: Ex-Gay ... Still Gay? Understanding Conversion Therapy and Proposed Legislation
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Jay McShann A

Joel Barrett is an LGBTQ writer, speaker and gatherer, and he is recognized for his honesty in sharing his story as a former Baptist pastor and survivor of ex-gay therapy. He has a unique ability to bring people together, and his message encourages everyone to live authentically, not controlled by fear and shame. Joel strongly believes in the power of the personal narrative to educate, enlighten and empower his audiences. Joel was a regular contributor to The Phoenix, a monthly publication for Kansas City’s queer community. He has produced and hosted two successful, monthly shows: Sexual Sunday School and OUTWords: LGBTQ Storytelling. Joel is a board member of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Transformations Youth Group. He is a frequent guest on panel discussions, interviews, podcasts, and broadcasts. His book Godly But Gay will be released in 2019.    

2019 Convention - Stephanie BattaglinoStephanie Battaglino, PFLAG National Board and Follow Your Heart
Session: Building Business Equality in Your Community
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC, Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop leader, trainer, and consultant focused on creating inclusive workplaces for transgender and gender expansive individuals. In addition to her Board position for PFLAG National, Stephanie has served on the Boards of the LGBT Community Center of New York, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the International Foundation for Gender Education. She was also a long-standing member of the Transgender Advisory Committee of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. As a retired Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company, Stephanie has over 40 years of corporate experience in marketing and communications. Stephanie holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Palm Desert, CA with her wife, Mari and their cat, Aengus.

2019 Convention - Meg BishopMeg Bishop, The University of Texas at Austin
Session: Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Meg Bishop is a second year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, working in Dr. Stephen Russell’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Health and Rights Lab. Meg’s research examines the factors that influence identity development, health, and well-being among LGBTQ+ populations. Meg's current projects focus on intersectional approaches to sexual and gender minority identity development and exploring how unique social locations shape development over time. Meg aims to produce rigorous research that informs programs and policies for eliminating disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ populations.    

2019 Convention - Dionne BoyiceDionne T. Boyice, WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Pastor Dionne T. Boyice, MDiv, BSW is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. There she is studying “Creative Leadership” with an emphasis on Pastoral Care and LGBTQ Advocacy. Dionne is also a social worker by trade, and has worked in the mental health field for over 29 years. Dionne is the visionary and founder of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*. Dionne founded this ministry from a desire to serve the spirituality of the LGBTQ community in August 2017. She is also a cognitive therapist, working with adults living with traumatic brain injuries. Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Dionne is the oldest of three daughters and enjoys spending time with her wife LeAundra and her family. Her desire is to bring glory to God through her service to others while remaining culturally sensitive to the needs and aspirations of all God’s people.


2019 Convention - Sam BrintonSamuel Brinton, The Trevor Project              
Session: The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth From Conversion Therapy
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Sam strives to be one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bills 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on our most vulnerable youth. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent viral New York Times. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a bisexual genderfluid person.

2019 Convention - Kelly Brooks-HaileyKelly Brooks-Hailey, PFLAG National Diversity & Inclusion Committee and PFLAG Howard County
Session: Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Kelly Brooks-Hailey is a member of the PFLAG National Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at PFLAG Howard County, and has recently accepted a board seat at  PFLAG National. Kelly works with businesses and organizations in Maryland to help mobilize a strategic D&I strategy that works for everyone. She is a speaker, trainer, and consultant having obtained her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from UMBC, and is committed to organizational change starting at the top and throughout the company. She is passionate about her work and journey at PFLAG and hopes to help create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable chapter network throughout the US.

No Image AvailableAmy Bucher, Avila University
Session: Eliminating Shame through Building Affirmation
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Lester Young B

Dr. Amy Bucher is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and an Associate Professor of Psychology with over 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Her first professional job as a therapist was to provide counseling to gay men with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. Her research focus concerns the relationship between discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ persons and political activism. Dr. Bucher is an active participant with Equality Kansas and volunteers at the Kansas City Center for Inclusion. In addition to her identities as a psychologist, educator, researcher, and activist, she is proud to be the mother of two adult children who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

2019 Convention - James BunceJames Garland Bunce, II, The Anunnaki Foundation  
Session: Born Intersex: We Are Human! The Importance of Inclusion
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

James Bunce is a father, a GM World Class Technician, and shop foreman for a Cadillac dealer in Georgia. He has also been married to Mx. Anunnaki Ray, who was born intersex, for 29 years. When married they appeared as a heterosexual couple, and now that Anunnaki has reclaimed his true gender, they appear as a gay couple. In an emerging documentary, Stories of Intersex and Faith, as a family, they share their life story. James’ hope is that this documentary will help change the way intersex people are treated by society. Family means everything to James, and he feels blessed to be able to embark on this journey of changing society together with Anunnaki. As a founding board member to The Anunnaki Foundation, he now gives a voice for intersex children whose voice has been taken by being violated by non-consenting surgeries and celebrates self-determination with their families.                

2019 Convention - Daphne CallenDaphne Callen, Straight Spouse Network
Session: Affirming the Straight Spouse Experience
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Daphne has been involved with the Straight Spouse Network (SSN) since 2006 and previously served on its Board of Directors and also as Interim Executive Director. Daphne currently recruits volunteer group leaders and support contacts. Since 2007, Daphne has been a primary referral contact in Chicago, where she has been facilitating face-to-face meetings since 2008. Daphne and her husband, both straight spouses, mentor other Chicago area leaders and contacts and theirs is among SSN's most active groups nationwide. She has been co-host/organizer for multiple Chicago Gatherings. She and her husband have spoken on behalf of the Straight Spouse Network at local PFLAG chapters in order to increase awareness of the straight spouse experience with the LGBT community. She is also the moderator of a variety of online Straight Spouse support groups. 

No Image AvailableStarla Carr, WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Reverend Starla Carr is the author of six books. Her most recent publication, Christian Terrorism is a detailed writing of true stories and experiences from people within the LGBTQ+ spiritual communities. She is also a licensed barber/hairstylist. Starla volunteered at a LGBT community center and was awakened to the issues within this community and desired to address these issues head-on. Starla created unique and creative spaces and events such as spoken word events in an effort to allow others to speak out about sexuality inequality. Starla also worked as a mentor with the Passages LGBT youth group. As a Black lesbian, Starla continues to be dedicated to righting the wrongs within her community through empathy and unconditional love. Starla currently hosts a podcast that uses its platform to advocate for and educate the community on LGBTQ+ issues. Starla, along with her partner Iris, are dedicated members of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*.

2019 Convention - Logan CaseyLogan S. Casey, Movement Advancement Project     
Session: Where We Call Home: Advocating for LGBTQ People in Rural Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Logan Casey, Ph.D. is a Policy Researcher for the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), where he creates accessible and persuasive policy research, manages the LGBT Equality Maps tracking state and local laws, and conducts analyses of LGBT movement capacity. He was the lead author on MAP’s 2019 report Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America. Prior to joining MAP, Logan was a Research Associate for the Harvard Opinion Research Program and served as the deputy director on a polling series about discrimination in America, among other projects. He is a Missouri native and earned his Ph.D. in political science in 2016 from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

2019 Convention - Anton Castellanos-UsigliAntón Castellanos-Usigli, PFLAG National Board, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, and Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing
Session: LGBTQ Sex Ed: Health, Rights, and Pleasure
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

Antón Castellanos Usigli, MPH, is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA. He is also a public health consultant for Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, conducting research and evaluation related to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programs. At Wyckoff, he previously served as the Director of Prevention Programs, managing a portfolio of programs that deliver sexual health services such as HIV/STI testing, STI treatment, PrEP and linkage to HIV medical care to hundreds of clients every year. Antón is a Member of the Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, a group of global experts brought together by Durex to advance the links between sexual health, sexual rights and sexual pleasure across policies and programs. He is also a Member of the National Board of Directors of PFLAG. Antón has a MPH from Columbia University and he has been a speaker in Congresses across twelve countries.          

2019 Convention - Conal CharlesConal Charles, PFLAG Regional Directors Council, PFLAG Atlanta
Session: Technology and Social Media: Make It Work for Your Chapter!
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Conal was born and raised in Mumbai, India. In 2005, he came to the United States on an MBA scholarship, moving to Atlanta shortly after. In 2009, he found his local PFLAG chapter and some wonderfully supportive parents who helped him with his own coming-out journey; their support inspired him to continue his work with PFLAG. Conal joined the board of PFLAG Atlanta in 2010, serving two terms as Co-President. He now serves as the PFLAG Gulf Regional Director, serving the chapters in the states of AL, FL, GA, MS and PR.

2019 Convention - Dan CongerDan Conger, PFLAG San Diego County          
Session: Critical Mass: Growing Your PFLAG Group
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Julia Lee AB

When Dan Conger's adult child came out, he asked the question “Can I really call myself an ally?” After attending just a few PFLAG meetings, he jumped in to help the local support meeting grow. A few short years later, he calls himself an ally but an also an advocate. Dan is a husband, father of two, a co-facilitator at one of six chapter support groups and a board member with PFLAG San Diego.

No Image AvailableElmer Corado, KC CARE Health Center         
Session: Let’s Talk About Sex
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Elmer Corado joined KC CARE Health Center in May 2016 as Prevention Specialist (bilingual) for The HIMM Project. Elmer is the primary HIV tester for HIMM and can often be found providing outreach HIV testing at community events throughout the Kansas City Metro. In addition to testing, Elmer also provides CLEAR Counseling for English- and Spanish-speaking clients and manages HIMM’s social media presence. Elmer especially enjoys community outreach events, and is proud of the sex positive reputation The HIMM Project has in the community.

2019 Convention - Nancy CorcoranNancy Corcoran, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 
Session: What's G*d Got to Do with It? A Conversation 
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Jay McShann A

Nancy Corcoran is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet who presently ministers with transgender, gender expansive and intersex humans and their families in the St. Louis area. Her prior ministry has been as Catholic Chaplain at Wellesley College, Director of grass/roots: Women's Spirituality Center, CSJ Province Leadership, as well as a host of other interesting missions. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an emphasis on Feminist Liberation Theology, which has both opened and closed doors for her.

No Image AvailableSara Crow, PFLAG Hutchinson
Session: Growing a Thriving Chapter in a Conservative and Divisive City
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Born in Minnesota and originally transplanted to Wichita in 2001, Sara, who holds a degree in English, and her husband Larry have lived in Hutchinson for about eight years with their beloved cadre of cats and their pug, Ollie. At Hutchinson’s first Salt City Pride event last year, she discovered the incredible work Salt City Pride and PFLAG Hutchinson were doing to unite people across Kansas and build an understanding across the LGBTQ+ community and the people at large in their corner of Kansas. She was immediately sold on joining PFLAG and working with them to build and promote an amazing 2019 Pride event. In August, she was elected Social Media Director for PFLAG and Pride. When she’s not building websites and marketing plans for PFLAG, Sara works as an artist, editor, and instructional design consultant. She hosts gallery shows and attends art shows across Kansas.

2019 Convention - Jamie CurtisJamie Curtis, PFLAG National
Session: Effective Chapter Meetings Roundtable
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)

Session: Leadership Transition
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Jamie Curtis joined PFLAG National in May 2003. She is PFLAG’s Director of Chapter Engagement responsible for working with chapters throughout the United States and overseeing the Chapter Engagement team. Prior to serving as the Director of Chapter Engagement, Jamie served a Field & Policy Manager working with chapters in the eastern region and she began her tenure at PFLAG National as a Field and Policy Associate helping to manage chapter services. Before coming to PFLAG, Jamie gained experience by working with underprivileged youth in Washington, DC. Jamie graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in international relations. Jamie hails from Auburn, New York.

2019 Convention - Gerrard DavisGerrard Davis, Heart to Hand, Inc.
Session: Black Bisexual Liberation in Queer Spaces
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Gerrard Davis, originally from Decatur, Georgia, received their Master’s in Philosophy & Social Policy from American University. A professor, bisexual LGBTQ+ advocate, and self-proclaimed cosplayer and nerd, they currently work for Heart to Hand Inc., a public health organization serving Prince George’s County, MD as co-facilitator for the organization’s psychosocial support services. Whether in a training, group session, or their philosophy class at Prince George’s Community College, they aim to create a warm and unique experience on the journey to improved, personal sexual health and wellness.

2019 Convention - Cindy DeutschCindy Deutsch, PFLAG Charlotte    
Session: How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Cindy Chibucos Deutsch serves on the Board of PFLAG Charlotte. Cindy is Director of Development for Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville, NC. Cindy and her husband Rich reside in Huntersville, NC, with their two daughters, Heather, Abby, and her dachshund, Chloe. Cindy enjoys spending time with family, helping others, and reading. Cindy believes one of the best ways to help LGBTQ+ youth is to support their parents. She writes a blog called mama-bear.mom about parenting her transgender daughter.

2019 Convention - Jamelle DooleyJamelle Dooley, PFLAG National
Session: Effective Chapter Meetings Roundtable
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)

Jamelle joined PFLAG National in September 2018 as the Chapter Services Coordinator. His focus is providing operational support to chapters across the United States, which includes the responsibility of assisting chapters as they navigate the startup and development process; as well as serving as a resource for existing chapters. Jamelle currently holds a Bachelor’s in Family Studies from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s of Sociology from City College of New York. Prior to joining the PFLAG National team, Jamelle served as the Director of Operations for PFLAG Metro DC, where he supported their 18 community groups.

2019 Convention - Freddie DolphusFreddie M. Dolphus, ACLU of Missouri Statewide Trans Leadership Table
Session: Achieving Trans Dignity at Work
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Lester Young B

Fredrick “Freddie” Dolphus is a certified personal trainer and is a member of the Transgender Leadership Table of Missouri. He joined the leadership table in 2018. Since 2014, he has been a trainer for several gyms in the Kansas City area and has in cage/ring experience as a fighter and coach. He is currently working to promote fitness as a form of self-awareness within the LGBTQ and people of color communities within the Kansas City area. 

No Image AvailableAspen Eberhardt, PFLAG Greater Boston
Session: Providing Successful Training for Students, Teachers and Parents
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Prior to becoming Finance Manager at PFLAG Greater Boston, Aspen has spent two years as a dedicated intern and volunteer for the organization. Aspen has been a passionate LGBTQ educator and activist since college, helping establish LGBTQ programming, education, and inclusive policies for eir school. Ey is excited to continue working with PFLAG Greater Boston to help create safe and inclusive spaces for everyone. Outside of work, Aspen is a huge nerd and loves playing video games, reading comic books, going to conventions, and spoiling eir cat.

2019 Convention - Nancy EdmunsonNancy Edmundson, PFLAG Santa Barbara
Session: Catalyzing Faith Communities: Have an Interfaith Pride Celebration
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Nancy Edmundson, Treasurer of PFLAG Santa Barbara for the past four years, is joyfully retried from two professional careers as a Physical Therapist/business owner and religious professional as a Director of Administration. Nancy finds purpose and joy in being a co-conspirator on many projects with Georgia. She is currently a retreat facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal supporting their work with clergy and congregations. Nancy loves creating trustworthy communities that are transformational for the individual and the world. Spending any time around Nancy will include boasting about all of her children’s life partners and one amazing grandson!

2019 Convention - Ian EllasanteIan Khara Ellasante, Bates College 
Session: Strengths-Based Collaboration with LGBTQ+ Young People of Color
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Ian Khara Ellasante, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College. Ian is a community-engaged cultural studies scholar and advocate for LGBTQ+ communities, having worked on behalf of and alongside LGBTQ+ young people for over a decade.

2019 Convention - Kathy GodwinKathy Godwin, PFLAG National Board
Session: Why or When Should a Chapter Consider a Satellite Group?
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

Kathy has been a member of PFLAG since 2005. Her previous PFLAG experience includes being PFLA Salt Lake City Chapter President, Mountain West Regional Director, Regional Director Chair, and a PFLAG National Board Member, currently serving as National President. She was also the Chair of the University of Utah Tanner Dance Children’s program, Catholic Home School Association President, and participated in other youth-related sports and activities work in fundraising and organizing.

2019 Convention - Rachel GonzalesRachel Gonzales
Session: Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Rachel Gonzales has testified several times at the Texas Capitol, spoken at rallies and protests, and has maintained a local to national media presence in the fight for equality for transgender Texans. As the mother of a transgender child, equality for LGBTQ youth is her passion. She is delighted to be able to combine her passion with her background in cultural applied anthropology to advocate for the equal treatment of LGBTQ youth, providing support for families to be their own best advocates. She is an active member of Dallas-Fort Worth Trans Kids and Families (DFWTKF) and a member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Parents for Transgender Equality Council.

No Image AvailableKaren Tessmer Graci, PFLAG Charlotte
Session: How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Karen Tessmer Graci is Executive Director and Board Chair of PFLAG Charlotte. Karen formerly served as Manager of PFLAG Charlotte’s Healthcare Outreach Initiative and has led educational and awareness workshops for healthcare providers, educators, and other community members. Previously, Karen worked with Deloitte in Washington, D.C., Wilton, CT, and Charlotte, NC where her roles included Manager of National Recruiting and Chief of Staff, National Human Resources. Married, Karen and her husband, Jeff, live in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two daughters, Heather and Amber, and two adorable cockapoos. Karen enjoys playing bridge, traveling, and connecting people as we work together to create a more inclusive world.

2019 Convention - Cheryl GreeneCheryl Greene, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Session: Welcoming Schools: Creating LGBTQ and Gender Inclusive Schools
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

Cheryl Greene has spent her career in education and is passionate about making school a place where all children can thrive. In her current role at the Human Rights Campaign, she serves as the Deputy Director of Welcoming Schools, managing the Welcoming Schools training program. In addition to her work with Welcoming Schools, Cheryl is the Program Coordinator/Adjunct Professor for Hamline University’s Graduate Bullying Prevention Certificate Program.

No Image AvailableStephenie Hardaway, Just My Opinion
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Minister Stephenie Hardaway was born in Pine Bluff, AR and moved to Kansas City with her mother and two brothers after the death of her stepfather in 1985. Stephenie has always been involved in ministry, but stepped away after her calling was denied due to her gender. Stephenie created the podcast Just My Opinion because she recognized that LGBTQIA folks were being told that God hated them and she knew in her heart that this was the furthest from the truth of God. During the podcast Stephenie works alongside her co-host and friend, Starla “M.T.” Carr. Together they discuss a wide range of topics from religion to politics, and other topics they believe should be discussed with the LGBTQIA community. Stephenie enjoys time with her wife and is working to receive a B.A. in Biblical Studies soon. Stephenie and her wife are strong supporters and members of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*

2019 Convention - Jamie HenkelJamie Henkel, PFLAG National
Session: Effectively Sharing Your Story
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Jamie Henkel is the Learning & Inclusion Manager at PFLAG National. She joined the PFLAG National staff in April 2008 as Operations Associate. Prior to her time at PFLAG she completed two internships with the Richmond Peace Education Center and Hope in the Cities. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice Studies. She also received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University.

2019 Convention - Jay-Marie HillJay-Marie Hill, ACLU of Missouri
Session: Achieving Trans Dignity at Work
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Lester Young B

Jay-Marie Hill (they/them) is a facilitator, educator, and musician that seeks to use all learning mediums to eliminate racialized and gendered barriers to freedom. Jay-Marie currently works out of St. Louis, MO for the ACLU of Missouri and serves as the statewide Trans Justice Organizer. They have previously been a nationally touring musician, and a consultant with arts and non-profit organizations. Currently, they participate in ongoing activism to further the mission and work of multiple organizations focused on National Black and Trans/Queer Liberation, including but not limited to BYP100, Action STL, and the Movement for Black Lives.

2019 Convention - Jean HodgesJean Hodges, PFLAG National Board and PFLAG Boulder
Session: Crafting a New Normal: Creating Effective Community Conversations About Intersectionality
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Jean is a PFLAG mom, educator, community organizer, lobbyist for equality, and advocate for inclusion in her faith community. She and her husband helped to cofound the PFLAG Boulder chapter. As a former theatre director, Jean’s strength is organizing community events. She rose through the PFLAG ranks, from local to state coordinator to Mountain West Regional Director, then as the chair of the Regional Directors Council and Vice-President of the National Board of Directors. During her many years on the PFLAG National Board, Jean took a leading role on a number of issues, including support, education and advocacy for the transgender community as well as inclusion of greater diversity on the board. She served as national president and board chair from 2014-2018.

2019 Convention - Dawn HoltDawn Holt, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG Regional Directors Council, PFLAG Portland
Session: Leadership Transition
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Dawn Holt is the mother of a 26 year-old gay man who serves as her inspiration for her work in the LGBTQ+ community. Dawn is the past President of PFLAG Portland, which includes PFLAG Portland East County, serving Portland’s conservative East side. PFLAG Portland emphasizes the inclusion of the adult transgender community and Portland’s youth. PFLAG Portland offers a mini-grant program for GSAs and other youth-led organizations. In addition to her service in PFLAG, Dawn served as the Co-Chair of Equity Foundation, an Oregon-based community foundation for the LGBTQ+ community. She was also appointed by Oregon’s Labor Commissioner to Chair the Oregon Council on Civil Rights in 2011. The Council delivered a report in 2013 on the pay gap between men’s and women’s earnings. Dawn is a practicing Buddhist who serves on the board of her Zen community.

2019 Convention - Lanesha HugginsLanesha Huggins, WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Born and raised in Kansas City, KS by a single mother, Lanesha Huggins was very active as a child. She enjoyed gymnastics, tap, jazz and ballet. Lanesha also played basketball, softball and ran track. During her teenage years, she worked at the YWCA as a mentor for girls ages 8-18. Lanesha attended Emporia State University majoring in graphic design. She later decided to study communication and graduated from Park University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts-Broadcasting. Being very involved in the community, Lanesha joined the non-collegiate fraternity Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity, Incorporated which is a fraternity designed specifically for lesbians who identify as “masculine of center.” Since 2012, Lanesha has been employed with the Unified Government of Kansas City, KS as a juvenile probation officer. She enjoys traveling and making people smile. Lanesha and her wife Tiffany are happily married and are dedicated members of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*.

2019 Convention - Catherine HydeCatherine Hyde, PFLAG National Board and PFLAG Columbia-Howard County
Session: How to Organize a Local Gender Family Conference
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Session: What Keeps Me Up Nights: Parents of Gender Expansive Kids
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Catherine Hyde has worked in social justice for 20 years. She did not listen to her child when he, at age four, told her that something had gone wrong in her belly and that he was supposed to be a she. She did not understand gender identity until PFLAG educated her; and it was PFLAG that provided the support her family needed on their gender journey. Today, Catherine speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity; she is focused on sharing resources to help all PFLAG chapters support their trans and gender creative children and families. She serves on PFLAG’s National Board of Directors and has testified before the Transgender Task Force of the U.S. Senate's LGBT Caucus on safety issues facing trans youth.

No Image AvailableDebi Jackson, Gender Inc. and Trans-Parenting.com
Session: Public Activism: Ways to Advocate in Support of Trans Youth
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Debi Jackson lives with her husband and two children in Kansas City, MO. 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. She has been interviewed by media across the US, the UK, France, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Colombia and Brazil. She has developed relationships with many LGBTQ organizations, including PFLAG, NCTE, NCLR, HRC, the ACLU, and Trevor Project, learning all she can about issues the trans community faces in order to be the best possible advocate.

2019 Convention - Iris JohnsonIris Johnson
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

For Iris Johnson, her career as a nurse was the direct result of wanting to make sure that when people were in crisis and in need of healing, she would be a person to provide direction to that healing. Throughout her life, Iris enjoyed being part of a community as an illusionist, someone who performs in the visual art of misperception and artistry. This illusionist group was called the “Screaming Kupcakes.” The group was sought out to entertain in many states. Iris also had the honor of creating an illusionist group which taught others to perform in the style of illusion. Today, even in retirement, Iris takes pleasure in continuing and expanding her oath to support, educate and uplift people within the LGBTQ+ community. Currently, Iris along with her partner, are committed and faithful members of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*, where they enjoy fellowship and connection with their Creator.

2019 Convention - Julia JohnsonJulia Johnson, PFLAG Hutchinson
Session: Growing a Thriving Chapter in a Conservative and Divisive City
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Julia Johnson has been a permanent resident of Hutchinson, KS since 1984 but originally hails from Denver, CO. She holds degrees in Business and Marketing but resigned from those professions in 2001 when her health declined. She has been a social and political activist for the last 11 years, using her voice to speak out for equality. Julia was a member and then President of the local chapter of Equality Kansas in 2010-2013, was a member of PFLAG Hutchinson 2011-2015, and a Project Manager on the board of WiTCoN. In 2018 Julia served as Chairman of the Board for Hutchinson Salt City Pride. In August of 2018, in an effort to unite the city of Hutchinson, Julia facilitated the negotiations with PFLAG's board to integrate the two once and for all unifying the two organizations. PFLAG gained PRIDE and Hutchinson gained Unity .

2019 Convention - Kristin KalbliKristin Kalbli, Straight Spouse Network
Session: Affirming the Straight Spouse Experience
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Kristin Kalbli is a Naples, FL-based voice actor and narration coach. She has narrated over 100 audiobook titles and currently produces and hosts the Straight Spouse Network Podcast. Kristin learned her ex-husband was gay when his second wife contacted her seven years after her divorce.

No Image AvailableStacia Kato-Takayesu, A Window Between Worlds and PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API)
Session: A Window Between Worlds: Art Transforming Trauma
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Lester Young A

Stacia (stay-see-uh), is board president for the nonprofit group, A Window Between Worlds, and on the board of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API). And most importantly, she is the proud mom of a 17-year-old trans daughter. Being a proud mama bear has become her passion and purpose. And she’s here to share how shes been using art to engage community and empower individuals to make a difference.

No Image AvailableBrian Kirk, PFLAG St. Joseph
Session: Where We Call Home: Advocating for LGBTQ People in Rural Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Brian is the pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Joseph, MO, a Christian faith community which welcomes and affirms of all persons in the LGBTQ+ community. Brian is one of the co-founders and board officers of PFLAG St. Joseph and resides in the community with his husband of 20 years, Johnathan.

No Image AvailableHenry W. Kronner, Regis College
Session: Leadership Skills to Facilitate an Effective and Vibrant Support Meeting
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Lester Young A

Henry Kronner, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Regis University. Henry has years of clinical experience working with individuals, families, couples, LGBTQ+ identified clients, and clients with mental health challenges. His research focuses on program evaluations and effective therapist self-disclosure.

2019 Convention - Blanca LeosBlanca Leos, PFLAG Regional Directors Council, PFLAG Denver
Session: Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Blanca’s involvement with PFLAG started when her son came out. She wanted to get educated about the LGBTQ+ community and learn how to break the stigma of raising a Catholic, Latino, gay son. As a single Latina mom, her work with PFLAG and experience raising her child helped her learn how to educate people on their preconceived notions about LGBTQ+ people. Shortly after Blanca's initial involvement with PFLAG Denver, she became the president of the chapter. She has used outside-of-the-box-thinking to grow the chapter, adding satellite meetings, developing new ways to raise money, and creatively increasing the chapter's visibility in the LGBTQ+ and wider community. As a leader she has been challenged in new and surprising ways, achieved things she never thought possible—and done things outside of her comfort zone that have made her grow in her role.

No Image AvailableAngelique Luna   
Session: Supporting the Underserved: Shining a Light on Underserved LGBTQ Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Angelique Luna is a Certified Kink Aware Professional from the Kink Aware Therapy Certification Institute. She is the host of Living aSex Positive Life podcast with her husband, John C. Luna, where they discusses all aspects of sexual relationships. She also creates and presents workshops on bisexuality, intimacy and alternative relationships. As the mother of a sex abuse survivor, her passion is working with sexual abuse survivors and their support team.

2019 Convention - Robert MarchmanRobert Marchman, PFLAG National Board, FINRA
Session: Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Robert Marchman is Special Advisor to the Head of the Department of Enforcement at FINRA. He also plays a major role in providing guidance to FINRA senior management with regard to its diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Marchman headed the New York Stock Exchange Regulation’s Enforcement Division and Regulatory Risk Group as well as its Market Surveillance Department and served as Chairman of NYSE Diversity Council from its inception. Prior to joining the NYSE in 1989, Mr. Marchman was a Branch Chief in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Allegheny College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Marchman attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. He is the member of a number of nonprofit and charitable boards and has been widely recognized for his contributions towards equity for all.

2019 Convention - Anunnaki MarquezAnunnaki Ray Marquez, Jax Youth Equality and The Anunnaki Foundation
Session: Born Intersex: We Are Human! The Importance of Inclusion
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

Anunnaki is a survivor of psychic mutilation, a parent of three kids, a spouse of twenty-eight years, an intersex activist and educator, a musician, an artist, and a “Gender Space Pirate” performer. He is also a person born with intersex natural bodily variations whose social activist and educational work focuses on an individual’s right to bodily autonomy, and the right to express their true gender identity. As a gender nonconforming androgynous intersex man, he has legally emancipated himself, and in November of 2017, medically and legally proved to a FL court that his biological sex is intersex. On September 17, 2018, and with much persistence he received the first CO intersex birth certificate. He is creating his own restitution from being assigned wrong at birth, and firmly believes that the self-determination of gender identity is every human being’s human right and it is his life passion to educate this world.

No Image AvailableSam McClure, The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton
Session: How to Organize a Local Gender Family Conference
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Sam McClure is Director of the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton, and a champion of LGBT Health Equity. In her previous role as Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), McClure led affiliate relations, external affairs, public policy and advocacy, and supplier diversity. McClure is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, commentator, panelist, and an expert on LGBT Economic Development. An award-winning strategist, she created the LGBT Business Builder and built local collaboration models in thirteen cities. This innovative program ultimately won a “Bright Idea Award” from Harvard University. McClure has a wealth of experience and expertise in Team Leadership and Training, Resource Development, Program Planning and Development, Public Policy, Advanced Business Negotiation Skills and Organizational Development. Sam is passionate and dedicated to leading the LGBT Health Resource Center’s efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes for all LGBT people in the Baltimore region and beyond.

2019 Convention - Talicia McFedersTalicia D. McFeders
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Talicia D. McFeders is employed with Kansas City, KS Public Schools where she holds a full-time position as a Para-Educator in the Life Skills 3 Program within the Special Education Department. Talicia has obtained two certifications in the medical field. One as a Certified Nurse Assistant, and as a Certified Medical Assistant. Talicia has also held a position in the Mental Health field as a Case Manager Assistant. In an effort to develop and increase her own spiritual understanding, Talicia has completed three foundational courses at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, in pursuit of a Theological Diploma. Talicia’s greatest pride is her three daughters ages 17, 16 and 12, of whom she is extremely proud. As a strong believer in Christ, Talicia has been a committed member of WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.* since its inception in 2017. There she worships and works with, loves and supports the LBGTQ+ spiritual community.

2019 Convention - Janet McMonagleJanet McMonagle, Straight Spouse Network
Session: Affirming the Straight Spouse Experience
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Janet McMonagle is the Communications Director for the Straight Spouse Network (SSN). She has volunteered for the organization for many years as a contact, and has provided administrative support. She is a self-employed virtual assistant, specializing in website updates, social media connections, and sales support. Her background is in music, education, and real estate. Janet is a straight ex-spouse of a closeted gay man. She became involved with the Straight Spouse Network as a Support Contact for others who accept and live the truth, no matter how unbelievable it is to those around them. She edits the blog Straight Talk, and writes much of the content. She is also involved in the production of the Straight Spouse Voices podcast, and manages social media for SSN. 

2019 Convention - Robert MinorRobert N. Minor, The Fairness Project and The University of Kansas
Session: How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Jay McShann A

Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. His eight books include When Religion Is an Addiction; Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society (called one of the “Top Gay Books of 2003”), and Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to be Human (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Independent Publisher Book Award). He is a single parent of a 42 year-old son and a seven-year-old grandson. He has served on, and presided over numerous boards and taskforces in the area of human rights and lectured and led workshops on gender, homophobia, racism, and healthy activism for universities, colleges, national and regional PFLAG conferences and meetings, churches, businesses, government organizations and religious groups and workshops on LGBTQ growth beyond "coming out." He received GLAAD’s Leadership Award for Education. His website is www.fairnessproject.org.

2019 Convention - Kathie MoehligKathie Moehlig, PFLAG San Diego County
Session: Critical Mass: Growing Your PFLAG Group
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Kathie Moehlig is the Executive Director of San Diego-based TransFamily Support Services, and a leading authority on supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families. A tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, she was named “Woman of the Year” by California Assemblyperson Todd Gloria, and one of the “Best People of San Diego” by CityBeat Magazine. A certified life coach, parenting instructor and motivational speaker, Kathie’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and on the NBC News. Kathie serves on the Human Relations Commission for San Diego. She has lived in San Diego for 25 years, raising her children here and regularly crisscrossing the county to work with families, school, healthcare and the organizations to promote understanding, inclusion, and equality. 

2019 Convention - Jean-Marie NavettaJean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National
Session: Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)

Session: Building Business Equality in Your Community
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Jean-Marie Navetta is the Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National, leading its Straight for Equality project, education programs, and inclusion efforts. Under her leadership, more than 16,000 people have participated in PFLAG educational programs. Jean-Marie is the former director of communications for PFLAG where she increased the organization’s visibility in outlets including the New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also the media relations manager for the American Association of University Women, where her work focused on issues such as discrimination in education, pay equity, and Title IX. But Jean-Marie is, most importantly, living proof that philosophy majors can get real jobs. She lives with her wife Jude and their two talented cats in Palm Springs, CA.           

2019 Convention - Georgia NobleGeorgia Noble, PFLAG Santa Barbara
Session: Catalyzing Faith Communities: Have an Interfaith Pride Celebration
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Georgia Noble, Ed.D, MFT, has been the President of PFLAG Santa Barbara for the past four years, has a doctorate in education, and enjoyed a private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 25 years working with individuals and groups. In addition to her PFLAG work, Georgia is currently a retreat facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal supporting their work with clergy and congregations. Her passion is creating hospitable spaces for growth and change.

2019 Convention - Nicholas OakleyNicholas Oakley, Center for Children & Youth Justice
Session: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Courts
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner A

Nicholas Oakley, Esq., is Senior Programs Manager/Policy Counsel at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, where he oversees initiatives on behalf of commercially sexually exploited children and LGBTQ+ youth. Nicholas’ work is based on close partnerships with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He convenes both leaders and front line workers from these sectors to develop reform proposals to policy and practice, coordinates the pilot implementation of the reforms, and advocates for widespread adoption of the reforms once they have been evaluated. Prior to joining the Center, Nicholas represented youth and families in juvenile offender, dependency, education, domestic, and criminal matters. He also served as a lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Nicholas holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia.        

2019 Convention - Dimetri O'BrienDimetri O’Brien, PFLAG National
Session: Social Media
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Dimetri O'Brien is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer and social media coordinator with a spirit for service & innovation. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad with roots in Jackson, MS. Dimetri has worked with a multitude of clients and organizations on projects ranging from graphic design to consultation and management. Although his skill set is vast, his greatest expertise revolves in the worlds of programming for young men who have sex with men ages 18-29, social media, brand identity design, content creation, and print collateral.

2019 Convention - Jen O'RyanJen O'Ryan, Double Tall Consulting
Session: The Parent Journey: Raising Queer Kiddos in a Straight World
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Dr. Jen O’Ryan completed her PhD in Human Behavior, focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. After 15+ years developing programs in the tech industry, Jen now works with organizations on their inclusion strategies and practices. She also coaches employees, managers, and executives to improve their LGBTQ+ cultural competency. Jen works with parents and other caring adults as well. She provides workshops on LGBTQ+ inclusion to camp counselors, teachers, care providers, and other adults who frequently interact with youth. Jen also helps families navigate their child’s relationship with gender, gender identity, and attractions. Through years of research and advocacy, Jen specializes in making potentially “awkward” topics more accessible. More details and contact info are available at www.DoubleTallLLC.com.

2019 Convention - Liz OwenLiz Owen, PFLAG National
Session: Social Media
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Liz Owen received her BS from Northwestern University, and completed post-graduate work at New Actors Workshop. Post-graduation, she moved to Chicago and spent three years as co-founder/Executive Director of FilmBureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Chicago’s film community. She then moved to LA, turning her attention first to film production, and then to film publicity at Paramount Pictures. After a long, happy family leave to stay home with her newborn twins, Liz left Paramount to become a freelance communications consultant. In 2011, Liz jumped on the opportunity to join PFLAG National as Director of Communications. She enjoys theatre and music, serving as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, and spending time with her 13-year-old twins, Molly and Sam.

2019 Convention - Annabelle PardoAnnabelle Pardo, PFLAG Charlotte
Session: How Effective Strategic Planning Leads to Innovative Community Programming
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Annabelle Pardo is the Vice President of Development and a Board Member for PFLAG Charlotte. On her 9 to 5, Annabelle is the Human Resources and Office Administrator for an immigration law firm, and a property manager for her personal rental real estate portfolio. Previously, she worked in the banking industry for Bank of America and BB&T, holding positions as Vice President, Branch Manager, and Wealth Private Banker. Annabelle is married to Jorge Pardo and together they have two children: Nicolas and Sebastian. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and helping others with their entrepreneurial goals.

2019 Convention - Casey PickCasey Pick, The Trevor Project
Session: The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth from Conversion Therapy
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

As Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs, Casey Pick helps lead The Trevor Project's work advancing policies and positions that support LGBTQ youth in crisis, especially the 50 Bills 50 States campaign to end conversion therapy. Her responsibilities include educating policymakers and the public about LGBTQ youth/mental health issues, analyzing and drafting legislation, filing amicus briefs, and testifying in support of vital legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law. Recently, the National LGBT Bar Association named her one of 2019's “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.” Casey’s pronouns are she, her, and hers.

No Image AvailableTonyia M. Rawls, Freedom Center for Social Justice
Session: Crafting a New Normal: Creating Effective Community Conversations about Intersectionality
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls is a noted national faith leader and social justice activist who has focused on fighting oppression and discrimination through culture shifts. She is Founder/Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ). Founded in 2009, they work intersectionally through their programs that support the trans community, people of color, people of low wealth, youth, and sexual minorities. Bishop Rawls is the architect of the FCSJ Do No Harm Campaign, which provides safe space for leaders to discuss challenging justice issues that involve LGBTQ citizens and their families/friends. She is Pastor of Sacred Souls UCC, was appointed the Inaugural Chair of the NC NAACP’s Executive Board LGBTQ Committee, and is a two-term member of the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. She’s recognized as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women and was listed in the June 2017 inaugural issue of Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 list for Black women who are shaping a more just America.

2019 Convention - Omid RazaviOmid Razavi, Pflag Canada
Session: Pflag Canada: Lessons from North of the Border
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Jay McShann A

Omid is an LGBTQ+ advocate based in Toronto, Canada. Using his years of marketing and communications experience he currently serves as the Director of Communications for Pflag Canada and is a Founding Board Member of It Gets Better Canada. Omid's current focus involves strengthening the voices of the LGBTQ+ community, and its allies, through education and community outreach. He is also the author of the children's LGBTQ+ book Let Me Out a pop-out about coming out. 

2019 Convention - Linda ReevesLinda K. Reeves, PFLAG Manhattan Beach/South Bay
Session: What You Don't Know About Your Child's Identity
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Leaning into her passion for making a difference, Linda diverged from a successful career in marketing and sales to become a psychotherapist. While securing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles, Linda was inspired to pursue the LGBT Specialization, which offered a rich curriculum for understanding the lived experience of LGBTQ+ persons. This unique education and trans-affirmative training coupled with her experience as the proud mother of a gay son provides Linda with perspectives that support LGBTQ+ affirmative psychotherapy practices. Linda currently is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Manhattan Beach, California. She is also a co-founder, board member and facilitator of the Manhattan Beach PFLAG chapter. In addition, Linda is a co-founder of the Prism Institute, a full-service education and training organization that provides customized LGBTQ+ workshops to mental health providers, schools, local governments, law enforcement agencies and other civic organizations.

2019 Convention - Stephen RussellStephen T. Russell, University of Texas at Austin
Session: Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young B

Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development and chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has served on the governing boards of the Society for Research in Child Development, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), National Council on Family Relations (he was elected fellow), the Society for Research on Adolescence (President, 2012-2014).

2019 Convention - Diego SanchezDiego Sanchez, PFLAG National
Session: Building Advocacy Efforts Roundtable
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)

Diego Sanchez is the Director of Advocacy, Policy, & Partnerships at PFLAG National. He was Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank through his retirement in January 2013 and made history as the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staffer on Capitol Hill, the first to testify before Congress in the first hearing on Transgender Employment Discrimination in 2008 and the first openly trans person appointed to the DNC Platform Committee. With 20 award-winning years in global Fortune 500 companies, Diego earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, where today he serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.

No Image AvailableTheresa Segovia, Department of Justice Community Relations Service
Session: Helping LGBTQ Communities Build Local Capacity to Address Conflicts
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Theresa Segovia is the Associate Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, with responsibility for national field operations. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and expanded by the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, Theresa leads a team of skilled conciliators to mitigate community tensions based on race, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion and disability, and to support local efforts to develop stable, inclusive, viable communities. Prior to joining CRS, Theresa was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. She began her career as the human trafficking investigator for the Criminal Section, and had collateral duty as the Victim Witness Specialist and served as a peer reviewer for grant making offices for several federal agencies that supported the 40 federal human trafficking task forces throughout the nation.

2019 Convention - Brooke SmithBrooke Smith, PFLAG National
Session: Technology Roundtable
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)

As a Chapter Engagement Manager at PFLAG, Brooke supports chapter members, leaders, and regional directors on annual chapter responsibilities, provides management, leadership and accountability for PFLAG's CRM, and manages the Chapter Hub When she came to PFLAG 2004, the LGBTQ community had just lost marriage amendments in 11 states. She felt lucky to be part of the next decade at PFLAG and worked with countless groups on starting PFLAG chapters, mostly in rural areas. Brooke holds degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas and graphic design from Johnson County Community College.

2019 Convention - Lorena SotoLorena Soto, PFLAG El Paso
Session: Understanding the Community You Serve to Be an Effective Ally 
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Lorena Soto is a first generation American born in El Paso, TX who proudly identifies as a queer brown woman. As an Air Force veteran, she was afforded the opportunity to experience life outside of her border town. After a few years of travel, she found her way back to El Paso with a new found respect for her desert home. Lorena invested her experience and knowledge in her community by working with nonprofits to better her community. Lorena is a presenter, facilitator and human rights activist. She currently sits on the board of PFLAG El Paso and uses her training experience to create custom presentations for organizations and business throughout El Paso with topics ranging from LGBTQ terminology, LGBTQ customer service, creating an inclusive clinic, sensitivity training, and diversity training. Lorena also facilitates conversations between community members and organizations to develop synergy and encourage teamwork and communication. 

No Image AvailableJoni Stacy, Academy LGBTQ
Session: Trans 101: Tools to Uplevel Your Advocacy and Allyship
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Jay McShann A

Joni Stacy is an attorney in private practice specializing in family law and estate planning. She has been educating on LGBTQ topics for over 10 years. She co-founded Academy LGBTQ whose mission is to educate families and organizations to elevate themselves so they can celebrate LGBTQ people. She and her husband have three children, one of them is transgender and one of them is gay. Joni is a former PFLAG National Board Member and former Central Regional Director. She has also served as President of the PFLAG Omaha chapter. Joni educates about LGBTQ issues to thousands across the country each year. She incorporates stories and humor as a way of making learning the concepts easier and not overwhelming.

No Image AvailableTroy Stevenson, The Trevor Project
Session: The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth From Conversion Therapy
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Troy Stevenson currently serves as campaign manager for The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign. Troy is a nationally recognized civil rights advocate, having served as Executive Director of both Garden State Equality - in NJ - and Freedom Oklahoma, both statewide LGBTQ rights organizations, as well as serving on the board of directors for numerous local and national organizations. Troy is an OK native and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in political science, before earning a law degree from the University of Westminster in London. Troy's pronouns are he, him, and his.

2019 Convention - LeAundra Stewart-BoyiceLeAundra Stewart-Boyice, WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H.*
Session: F.A.I.T.H.*- Finding Answers In The HEALING
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Lester Young A

Mrs. LeAundra Stewart-Boyice is an MDiv student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, KS. LeAundra works as a cognitive therapist with adults living with traumatic brain injuries and has extensive educational background and experience in mortuary science and the grieving process. LeAundra has a strong desire to be a voice for those who otherwise feel they have been silenced due to injustices shown to the LGBTQ community as it pertains to spirituality. Alongside her wife, Dionne, who is the founder and Pastor of WHOSOEVER: Community of F.A.I.T.H.*, LeAundra works diligently as an advocate for any and all who are in need of transitioning from hurt-to-healed. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, writing and reciting poetry and short stories. However, what brings her the most joy is ministering to those who believe they are not worthy of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, favor and love.

No Image AvailableSam Thomasson-Bless, PFLAG Greater Boston
Session: Providing Successful Training for Students, Teachers and Parents
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 5 – Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Sam Thomasson-Bless (she/her/hers) has a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill, where she double majored in English and Women & Gender Studies. Working with people with social differences, folks on the autism spectrum, immigrants, LGBTQ+ identified folks, youth and veterans, Sam has spent nine years as a curriculum writer, facilitator, and strategic relationship manager, working towards social justice in the fields of education, health, and employment. She joined PFLAG Greater Boston in 2018 as the Program Manager after moving to Waltham, MA from Berkeley, CA. In her free time, Sam likes to spend time with her wife, Athena, and cat, Irene, explore nature, take care of plants, and watch television.

2019 Convention - Sung TseSung Tse, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API)
Session: Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Sung Tse is Korean-American and mother to a trans-masculine son. She is co-president of the first AAPI chapter of PFLAG in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California, identifies as Christian, and feels called to love and advocate for the LGBTQIA community, especially those who do not have supportive parents.

2019 Convention - Tee TylerTee Tyler, Texas Christian University
Session: Leadership Skills to Facilitate an Effective and Vibrant Support Meeting
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Lester Young A

Tee R. Tyler, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University. Tee has years of clinical experience working as a therapist providing individual, family, and group services for at-risk youth and their families. His research focuses on communication between parents and LGBTQ children.

No Image AvailableBrian C. Vega, Gay Resources of the Ozarks (GRO), LLC
Session: Difficult Conversations: Tackling the Hot Topics without Getting Heated!
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB

Brian Vega is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Through Gay Resources of the Ozarks (GRO), he has worked with LGBTQ individuals, couples, families, and groups for almost 15 years in Missouri. He has been married to a man for 27 years, and they have two children. Brian presents to schools, businesses, and community organizations about best practices for working with the LGBTQ+ community.

2019 Convention - Inoru WadeInoru Wade, Midwest Rainbow Research Institute   
Session: Eliminating Shame Through Building Affirmation
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4 – Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Lester Young B

Inoru is the Executive Director at the Midwest Rainbow Research Institute and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Center for Inclusion. They are a nonbinary Kansas City native that received their Bachelor’s in East Asian Languages and Cultures and International Policy and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Kansas. The emphasis of their studies and research focused on LGBTQ+ related issues and policy. Their published research in academic journals on LGBTQ+ issues has taken them to multiple national conferences teaching various governments, nonprofits, and working professionals about the issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. They have served the Kansas City metropolitan area LGBTQ+ community through their policy work with local cities and counties in an advisory role.   

No Image AvailableJoAnne Wells, PFLAG Howard County
Session: How to Organize a Local Gender Family Conference
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

JoAnne is a retired project management consultant. When, at age 15, her child told her he was transgender, she did not understand transgender or gender identity until PFLAG provided the information she needed to help her son on his journey. Since then, JoAnne supports other parents as a co-facilitator of a PFLAG transparent support group and through one-on-one coffee talks. She also speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity. JoAnne was on the leadership team that brought the first of its kind gender conference to the east coast in 2014. In its fourth year in November 2017, the conference served over 800 attendees. She is excited to bring this conference back to Baltimore in fall 2020. She also served on a committee for Baltimore County Public Schools to draft guidelines to support transgender and gender expansive students, and currently serves as a steering committee member for PFLAG Howard County.          

2019 Convention - Carla WillisCarla Willis, PFLAG St. Joseph
Session: Where We Call Home: Advocating for LGBTQ People in Rural Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Bennie Moten AB

Carla Willis was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where she spent the first 54 years of her life living, working, and raising her three children. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a BS in Elementary and Special Education, with a concentration in Behavior Disorders. After teaching for one year, Carla chose to stay home with her children and start a family business. She is a very proud mom to a 19 year old lesbian daughter, and they attended their first PFLAG meeting in Kansas City in the Fall of 2016. After moving to Stewartsville, MO, Carla was asked by a very good friend to help form a PFLAG chapter in St. Joseph, MO about an hour north of Kansas City. She currently serves as the president of PFLAG St Joseph which hosted its first meeting in November 2018.

2019 Convention - Marilyn WillisMarilyn Willis, PFLAG National Board
Session: Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Dr. Marilyn Devoe Willis is an internationally-recognized and award-winning educator and community service leader. She dedicated her life to providing educational support and services to underprivileged communities, and her passion is helping to make a difference in the communities in which she lives and works. Dr. Willis spent 30+ years of service in teaching and administration with Augusta Technical College, in Augusta, Georgia. Her commitments to being a champion for inclusion and diversity have catapulted her onto the national stage, having been nominated and elected to serve on the PFLAG National Board of Directors. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Willis is a mother of three, and grandmother of five. Dr. Willis retired in 2015 and relocated to the Greater Atlanta Metro Area. She enjoys spending her time with her grandchildren, working with her arts and crafts small business, traveling the world and learning Chicago-Style Stepping.

No Image AvailableAndrew Zanevsky, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois
Session: Publishing an Engaging PFLAG Community Newsletter
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB

Andrew Zanevsky holds a number of titles and responsibilities. He is a database administrator, consultant, small business owner, and published author of one book and more than a hundred articles on database programing and administrator topics. Andrew is also a volunteer for PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois, working as secretary, editor of its monthly newsletter, and being responsible for the web site administration.