Gender Odyssey Professional


Michele AngelloDr. Michele Angello offers individual, couples, group, and family therapy, as well as corporate education and training on a variety of issues concerning sexuality. She has presented internationally on her work with transgender, gender-variant, and gender-nonconforming youth. She facilitates several monthly support groups for transgender adults, youth, and parents and offers sessions to people around the world via webcam. Dr. Angello has appeared as a guest expert on Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC Primetime, Dr. Oz, and many more shows and documentaries. She is also an adjunct professor at Widener University and has developed the first graduate course in the U.S. that focuses on clinical issues in transgender communities. Her private practice is in Pennsylvania.

DanielleAskini_150Danni Askini is the executive director of Gender Justice League—a Trans-activist collective based in Seattle, Washington. They are a medical social worker and longtime activist. Their work has spanned teaching the Northwest’s first Trans medical school class at the University of Washington to working as the policy director of Basic Rights Oregon. Danni was instrumental in repealing health insurance exclusions in both Washington and Oregon’s private and public health insurance plans including Medicaid in both states. They have also worked extensively on issues related to HIV, Hate Crimes, Immigration, and LGBTQ youth.

Meg Bergeson, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a board certified acute and family nurse practitioner who has worked alongside Dr. Toby Meltzer since 2011. She began her career in 1996 and has experience in pediatrics, burn, obstetrics, and gynecology as well as emergency and trauma medicine. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Meg also has an outstanding academic background that includes a BS in psychology and nursing, an MS in nursing, and a PhD in nursing, where most of her work revolved around transgender medicine and post-operative care. Meg’s combination of clinical education and experience provide a strong academic foundation for the continuing care of her patients. She currently follows all of Dr. Meltzer’s patients during hospitalization and provides post-operative follow up.

David Breland, MD, MPH, is a member of the division of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Breland earned his MD at the University of California, Davis and MPH at the University of California, Berkeley. He has expertise in male health, eating disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, and transgender youth health.

Trystan CottenTrystan Cotten, PhD, is an associate professor of gender and African American studies at California State University, Stanislaus. His research and teaching focus on gender, sexuality, race, and nationalism in trans migrations and diasporas. He is also the managing editor of Transgress Press and principal architect of its focus as a social entrepreneurial publishing firm devoted to empowering trans* communities. His most recent books are Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men (Transgress Press 2012) and Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition (Routledge 2011).

DISKINDenise-GenderOnTheJobAs a speaker for the ACLU of Washington, Denise Diskin engages in public education for and in collaboration with the ACLU on LGBTQ rights and Washington antidiscrimination law. Denise is an associate at Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she litigates on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody. She frequently represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer or gender-nonconforming clients and survivors of sex- or gender-based harassment and domestic violence. Prior to joining Teller & Associates, Denise graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law, and later became principal attorney of the Law Office of J. Denise Diskin. Ms. Diskin chaired the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Committee, and served on the QLaw Foundation Board from 2011-2013. She speaks frequently about employment discrimination and LGBTQ access to the legal system.

Julia Crouch, MPH, is a clinical research associate at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She conducts qualitative research with the goal of improving health and healthcare access for foster youth and transgender youth. She is the chair of the LGBTQ and allied staff affinity group at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Jenn Matsui De Roo is a genderqueer, mixed-race, registered clinical counselor who feels honored to live, work, and advocate within trans community.  Jenn’s work is grounded in anti-oppression and feminist theory and practice, with a focus on supporting trans and gender diverse individuals.  Additional areas of interest include sexual health, wellness, and pleasure; healing from trauma and abuse; living with chronic pain and illness; and thriving in intercultural and queer relationships.

Johanna Eager has been involved with equity issues in E/K-12 education for over 20 years as a professional educator. Johanna provides leadership and expertise in addressing bias-based bullying in schools with an emphasis on intersectionality, gender, and LGBTQ-inclusive schools. Johanna started with Welcoming Schools as the Regional Consultant for the Upper Midwest in 2011 after working as a high-school teacher and administrator in public education. Johanna’s areas of expertise include the following: E-12 Equity & Social Justice Professional Development, Equity Organizational Change Initiatives, Intercultural Communications (Qualified Administrator of the IDI), anti-racism and White privilege education, and fostering LGBTQ-inclusive schools that respect the complexity of gender.

Simon Adriane Ellis is a trans/genderqueer-identified certified nurse midwife practicing in Washington State. In 2013, he launched Cedar River Clinic’s successful LBGTQ Wellness Services, expanding the clinic’s work to include management of gender-affirming hormone therapy. He has conducted original research on transgender pregnancy and coauthored the American College of Nurse Midwives’ position statement on midwifery care for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.

julie graham is the director of Transgender Health Services, the first program in the nation to facilitate access to surgery for people with Medicaid (Medi-Cal). julie is a gender specialist and has worked exclusively with transgender, transsexual, and gender-nonconforming people in a public health setting for the past 11 years. julie is the curriculum director for WPATH’s Global Education Initiative and works closely with the certification component within WPATH. julie has spearheaded the cultural competence/cultural humility training for the entire San Francisco Department of Public Health beginning in 2012.


Jennifer Hastings, MD, an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and founding director of the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, is actively involved in supporting transgender services around the country. Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team and is involved in the integration of behavioral health, primary care, mindfulness, and medicine. Jen is a member of the medical advisory board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health which works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey.

Kevin HatfieldKevin Hatfield, MD, is a family doctor at The Polyclinic’s downtown Seattle satellite. He joined The Polyclinic in 2002 and has taken care of Trans* patients since 1999. He sees a large number of gender-questioning/variant children and adolescents. Dr. Hatfield is an advocate for individualized patient care and helping patients make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.

A self-described “country girl” from rural Wisconsin, Kris Hermanns has nearly two decades’ experience and expertise as a program manager, fundraiser, and nonprofit administrator. Before joining Pride Foundation, Kris was the deputy director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she led the development department, provided day-to-day internal management of the organization, and advised on strategic direction. Prior to that, she was a program officer with the Rhode Island Foundation, where she created Equity Action, a field-of-interest fund for LGBTQ concerns, and developed the grant-making program for the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

Mara KeislingMara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, which strives to eliminate discrimination and violence against transgender people by working to improve policies at the local, state, and federal level, including those related to employment, health care, housing and homelessness, police/jails, police harassment, safe schools, and identity documents.

Aidan KeyAidan Key is the director of Gender Diversity, an organization that provides education to teachers, staff, counselors, and administrators regarding gender-inclusive schools grades K-12. Additionally, he provides support for families of transgender and gender-nonconforming children and teens through his parent support groups in Washington State. Key speaks regularly to universities and organizations seeking to expand their knowledge of issues related to gender identity in children and adults. He is also the founder and director of the Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences.

Susan LandonSusan P. Landon, MA, MFT, is a member of the Los Angeles Gender Center with 25 years of experience counseling children and their families. She is on the advisory board of Transforming Family, and facilitator of the parent support group. Susan has spoken around the country about the mental health needs of gender-nonconforming children and transgender adolescents. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and WPATH.

Dr. Tony Mangubat, a native of Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington Medical School, studied surgery at the University of Kentucky, and trained in cosmetic surgery with Dr. Richard C. Webster, a legend in the field of cosmetic surgery. He performs a full spectrum of cosmetic procedures including many gender-affirming procedures. He lectures worldwide on body sculpting procedures and is a leader amongst his peers. He has served on several Academy boards. His full resume:

Kory Martin-Damon first transitioned to male at the age of 28 and then re-transitioned (or de-transitioned) to female, where she remains. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is in the process of writing a novel. Kory is an adjudicator for the Employment Security Department in the state of Washington. Kory is a first-generation Cuban-American and considers herself a mixed-race Latina.

Jo OlsonJohanna Olson, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been working with gender-nonconforming children and transgender adolescents for the past seven years, providing puberty blockers and hormone therapy for over three hundred youth. Dr. Olson has spoken around the country to professionals, families, and media about the importance of providing thorough, competent, and timely care for transgender youth.

nsmail-2Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an associate clinical social worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender-nonconforming and transgender youth, young adults, and adults, and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender-nonconforming and transgender individuals, with an emphasis on identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege.

Asaf OrrAsaf Orr, staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, focuses most of his work on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District, which led to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He coauthored a chapter on the legal and ethical obligations of school personnel to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, recently published in the Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families.

Jude PattonJude Patton, LMHC, LMFT, PA-C, is a sex therapist, consultant, and social justice/intersectionality advocate, specializing in serving LGBTQIA communities. As an out, open, and proud FTM man, Jude founded Renaissance Gender Identity Services and published/edited a newsletter, Renaissance, in the early 1970s, helping to pioneer education, research, and support for gender-nonconforming children, youth, and adults. Jude began presenting to students and professionals about gender diversity in 1973 and appeared in the media during the 1970s and 1980s, helping to bring much needed accurate and compassionate information to the public. Jude has a private practice and also works as a physician assistant in psychiatry for a nonprofit agency in Sacramento, serving chronically mentally ill homeless clients. Jude is currently writing a book with Margot Wilson which reviews his involvement in the history of activism in trans communities.

Scott Peacock serves as Assistant Superintendent for Leadership and Learning in Snohomish, WA. In 1991 he received a Master’s degree in Teaching Social Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton. For the past 23 years, he has lived in Snohomish with his wife and sons. Over that time he has served as a high school social studies teacher, an assistant principal, a middle school principal, and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning prior to moving into his current position.

Micah RA published writer, engaging advocate, and expert educator, Micah R‘s mission is to contribute positively to everyone’s experience with gender. Micah presents highly rated workshops at national transgender conferences and has also been involved in media interviews and consultations. The popular site is a balance of thoroughly researched information, easy to understand resources, and the personal chronicles of Micah’s transition, a public examination of what it means to live in a world that makes no room for non-binary gender.

Jessica Rongitsch, MD, is a primary-care doctor practicing at Capitol Hill Medical, an LGBTQ clinic in Seattle. She has been providing gender care, hormone management, HIV care/PrEP care, and primary care for the LGBTQ community since 2001.

Ryan SallansRyan K. Sallans, MA, is a public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, and author specializing in healthcare and workplace issues surrounding the LGBTQIA community. For the past three years he has served as Lead Subject Matter Expert for Arms Risk Affiliate Management Inc., in the development of elearning courses for medical providers seeking CMEs in LGBTQ healthcare and cultural competency. He also works with organizations and universities on LGBTQ social issues, and media literacy related to eating disorders and body image. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology, a Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology.

Tess Vo’s work focuses on disability, race, sexuality, gender identity, migration, and the incorporation of community-based approaches to research. During her 20-year career, she has developed programs within various children’s mental health, LGBTQ, settlement, and AIDS service organizations in both Toronto and New York City. She is invested in the creation of equitable spaces and cultural production that interrogates dominant ideologies. Tess currently supervises reachOUT, an LGBTQ program centering on the needs of queer, trans, and two-spirit communities in Toronto, Canada. Tess also directed and produced the award-winning documentary Our Compass, which was co-written by LGBTQ youth labelled with intellectual disabilities.

Helen Weiss is a certified medical assistant with 15 years of experience in family practice. Seattle’s Country Doctor Community Health Centers view health care as a right for all people. Our first concern is that services provided be of high quality and be accessible to all members of the community, regardless of ability to pay. This organization is especially dedicated to serving those who have been excluded from the health care delivery system due to socioeconomic, cultural, or linguistic barriers.

Leja Wright has been working with the transgender community for over 15 years. As a medical assistant she helped run the Spectrum clinic and later studied psychology at Antioch University. She is a photographer and advocate currently working on The Dragonfly Project, a photographic series of trans people in various states of transition. She is also founder of the website.