Board of Directors

Susan Maasch- Director

Jack Montgomery- Director

Rebecca Oglesby- Director, Treasurer

Our board of directors at TYEF summer camp!

Board Advisors

Zack Paakkonen

Zack graduated from Cornell School of Law and is an attorney at Portland Legal LLC. He was previously an attorney on staff at GLAD, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. Zack's practice focuses on LGBT law, especially on transgender law and matters related to Transgender youth. He was a contributing author on Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. 

Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH

   Michelle Forcier is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Brown University Alpert Medical School. Her professional interests include: sexual and reproductive health issues such as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender health, advanced family planning, pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Michelle received her Bachelors of Science degrees from Brown University, her MD at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Pediatric Residency at University of Utah. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Fellowship and Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She has a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
   Michelle currently is an active medical provider working with transgender children and youth ages 0-25 years, in Rhode Island, and surrounding communities. She offers a holistic and primary care focused approach to understanding the youth as a whole person, as well as in the context of the family, community and life goals. Michelle has an interest in public and professional education about transgender health issues as well as early identification and support for youth with gender non-conformity. She provides hormonal therapies to block puberty, allow for puberty in asserted gender, and cross gender hormone management for her patients.

Alexander Baldassano

Alex is currently a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate center of the University of NY, where they work on issues of gender non-conformity and trans* experience in medieval history and literature. They teach several courses at Hunter College as an adjunct lecturer. A lifelong competitive swimmer, they transitioned in their later teen years and continue to compete in swimming and running events. As a volunteer with TYEF, Alex works as a counselor at the youth retreats/camps, helps run workshops and support groups, and helps out at conferences such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

Victoria Minerva Rodríguez Roldán

Victoria has been an advocate for trans* rights for the entirety of her adult life. A 201 Truman scholar, she holds a psychology degree from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors and was the first openly transgender member of the student government in the institution's history. She also holds a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she presided over the LGBT caucus  and formed an active part of the LGBT coalition of Maine- based LGBT advocacy organizations she has worked for the National LGBTQ Task Force as a law fellow where she started pioneering advocacy for trans* accessible ID policies in Puerto Rico. She is founder and chair of the Puerto Rico Equality Project- the first trans* focused policy advocacy organization in Puerto Rico. She currently works as an equal opportunity specialist for the Office of Compliance and Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center in Washington D.C. 

Fox Allen

Fox leads the youth advising programs at TYEF. He is a trans activist that is proud to be among the first trans youth to be able to transition in this country at a very young age.  Fox loves to give back by producing the Trans Waves educational podcast program and has partnered with the Transgender Law Center to share these podcasts on their large social networks so they can reach youth and families in underserved areas. He has designed and led several Sex Ed workshops he calls "Sex Ed: Non Cis Style" in high schools and national conferences. At TYEF Camps Fox has served as leader of the "Big Brothers" and Big Sisters" program that matches older campers with the youngest campers.

Laura Kradas

Laura is a trans activist that is passionate about using her business and communications skills to support youth outreach at TYEF. She also works closely with TYEF to promote youth outreach to communities of color. Laura designs our programs at TYEF Camps and attends as camp counselor. 

Dr. Sabra L.Katz-Wise, PhD

Dr. Katz-Wise is a developmental psychologist working as a Research Scientist in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research investigates sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth. She recently began an NIH-funded study to examine how the family environment affects the health and well-being of transgender youth.

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Jaime Wing

Jaime is am artist and graphic designer based in Portland, ME.  He is passionate about getting trans youth the support they need.  He created the branding for TYEF and maintains the Tumblr page.

 

Meghan Schindler

Meg is graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies. Her passion for Trans* Youth activism began when a young family member came out as transgender in early childhood. Meg's academic career was driven by her love for her family member, her focus area being in gender identity development in early childhood. Meg hopes to continue her studies in the near future in a PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Meg worked with TYEF in the summer of 2015 as a full time intern, and received the Mount Holyoke Lyon's Pride Scholarship award for her valuable work with TYEF. As a volunteer with TYEF Meg works as a counselor at the youth retreat/camps, helps design and lead workshops and support groups, works on the TYEF TransWaves Podcast program, and presents at conferences such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference and the Trans* Awareness Week Conference at the University of Rhode Island. Meg is very excited about taking another step forward and becoming a board member. Meg enjoys coffee, hiking, and spending time with her yellow lab, Boon.

Susan Trostle Brand

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Susan Trostle Brand is a Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she teaches Grand Challenge and methods classes and supervises student teachers. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Reading from West Virginia University, and a Doctorate in Education, with play therapy certification, from Pennsylvania State University. She is the campus advisor for JumpStart Rhode Island and counselor for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society where she served as a national board member. Susan is the author of three textbooks and several book chapters and articles addressing diversity and the transgender population. A Diversity and Service Award recipient, she has presented her work nationally and internationally. She serves on the URI President’s Council on LGBT, the President’s Council on the Status of Women, and the LGBT Task Force. Susan co-authored articles, blogs, and a book chapter while working at TYEF, and is co-authoring a social justice textbook. She co-presents transgender youth and family workshops, assists with TYEF fundraising and goal setting, and creates website resources of transgender books. She delivers transgender workshops to schools and universities and is the mother of three young daughters: Faith, Fiona, and Jessica (shown below).

Interns and Volunteers

Jessica Brand

Web Consultant to TYEF; Educational Resources Advisor

Jessica Brand is a transgender woman who speaks across the country at universities and various conferences, including the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, as an activist for transgender youth, children, and teenagers, with respect to their physical, emotional, and medical needs. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in French, while also working with Americorps' Jumpstart program, teaching underprivileged preschool children how to read. In May, 2015, she became the first student at the University of Rhode Island to have her Sex Reassignment Surgery 100% covered by student insurance. She has appeared in the Providence Journal newspaper, on NPR, ABC, and NBC and, along with four other transgender youth, is featured in a 2017 documentary entitled "What I'm Made Of." When not championing for the rights of others, Jessica enjoys watching her beloved Yankees, Patriots, and Crimson Tide, as well as reviewing food and cooking.

 

 

 

Medical Consultants to the Board

Norman Spack, MD

  Norman Spack, MD is a Senior Associate in the Endocrine Division at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Brookline MA as the son of a nationally acclaimed Jewish educator. A 1965 graduate of Williams College, he received his MD from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1969. Following Pediatric Residency at Boston City and Children’s Hospitals, 2 years as consultant Air Force pediatrician for the Middle East, he returned to do fellowships in Adolescent Medicine and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital, Boston. In 1978, Dr. Spack co-founded the first community-based private practice of Adolescent Medicine in New England. He has been consultant or staff physician for several community teen clinics. In 1992 he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital, Boston and in 1998 became full-time Clinical Director of the Endocrine Division. He serves on the Admissions Committee of Harvard Medical School and the Peer Review Committee of Children’s Hospital, Boston. He celebrated his 35th anniversary at Children’s Hospital, Boston, in 2013.

   Dr. Spack’s interest in gender diverse patients was kindled as a volunteer on the medical van of Bridge Over Troubled Waters in 1974. In recent years he has become endocrinologist and a nationally recognized advocate for transgender individuals, from children to mature adults. As a pediatric endocrinologist, he consults frequently on cases of infantile genital ambiguity and variability. He was a member of the 2005 International Consensus Conference on Intersex and has lectured internationally on the treatment of transgender youth. Dr. Spack has received numerous awards for his teaching, clinical care, and community service. In February 2007, with Pediatric Urologist Dr. David Diamond, he co-founded Children’s Hospital’s GeMS, Gender Management Service, an interdisciplinary monthly clinic for Disorders of Sex Development (Intersex) and Transgenderism. It is the first such combined program outside of Europe.