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Leadership

Key coordinating leadership is provided by Louis Mitchell (Executive Director), Chris Paige (Operations Director), and Tahnee Jackson (Program & Special Events Coordinator) but the majority of the impact of Transfaith is achieved by a variety of volunteers and advisers working together in a spirit of collaboration.

Board Members

The board of directors of Transfaith (legally the Interfaith Working Group) takes overall responsibility for safeguarding the health and well-being of the organization. Current board members include:

Yahya Alazrak (Nominations Chair)

Yahya is a second generation radical queer, the child of a very active trans muslim faith leader. Yahya's spiritual journey began in Sunni Islam; sojourned in Unitarian Universalism; and is now walking a path of Sufism, Radical Christianity, and Quakerism. Although they were a student of religion at Guilford College, their calling and passions lie in organizing for racial and economic justice. They currently work at Resource Generation as a National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs. Being a part of Transfaith allows Yahya to serve communities of faith and the trans community in ways that are close to their heart, but for now are not a part of their day-to-day organizing. Yahya brings with them a passion for organizational development and strategic planning.

Jaime Noel Matheny (Treasurer)

Louis Mitchell (Executive Director, ex officio)

Megan Rohrer

RJ Robles

RJ Robles is a queer and transgender Latinx activist and member of Southerners on New Ground seeking to continue the strong legacy of trans people of color organizing in the South. They hold a BA in Gender & Women Studies and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rj is currently finishing their Master of Divinity (M.Div) at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where their focus is on the intersections of transgender theology and pastoral care and counseling. They serve currently as the first paid employee and Program Coordinator of the Trans Buddy Program at the Program for LGBTQI Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which assists transgender people in getting access to healthcare in Nashville. Their work there consists of training medical professionals on transgender issues and cultural sensitivity, assisting Tennessee's transgender community with access to transition related healthcare, coordinating, recruiting, and training volunteers of the program in order to provide patient advocacy and emotional support to transgender patients.

Dionne Stallworth

Community Leaders

Transfaith Community Leaders are volunteers who are committed to the values and priorities of Transfaith. They provide leadership in support of diverse Transfaith programming through service on the national Transfaith Council, through regional host committees, through stewardship of Facebook groups, and other leadership opportunities.

Elena Rose (founding member of the Transfaith Council)

J Mase III (founding member of the Transfaith Council)

J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet based newly in Seattle by way of NYC. Mase is author of "If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around" as well as "And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inappropriate Jokes About Death." As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as k-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities among others. He is the founder of the international performance tour Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement and of awQward, the first ever trans & queer people of color specific talent agency

Jonathon Thunderword (founding member of the Transfaith Council)

Jonathon is a theologian, a scholar, and a free thinker. He is an omni-faith, multi-spiritual practitioner who is a part of City of Refuge United Church of Christ (Oakland, CA), Beth Chaim Congregation (Danville, CA), and Mata Amritanandamayi Center (Castro Valley, CA). He is an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM), founder of Finding Another Right Road Authentically and Holistically (FARRAH) in California, and founder of By the Way Ministry in Virginia. He also affiliated with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Faith Network, Pacific School of Religion (alumnus), Lehrhaus Judaica (Hebrew student), Black Trans Men International, and Brothers Rising (Oakland, CA).

Mycroft Masada (founding member of the Transfaith Council)

Mycroft is a writer and artist, who is called to fat justice work. Hir "Good News: A Sermon On Fat Justice" appears in the current issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society (the Special Issue on Religion and Fat). In addition to being a Transfaith Community Leader, Mycroft currently serves as a steering committee member of TransEpiscopal, and previously as a board member of Congregation Am Tikva. Mycroft moved to the DC area of Montgomery County, MD from hir lifelong home of Boston, MA, in January 2014. Zie is partnered with Julia McCrossin, the masculine fatshion blogger, and co-parents a dogter. Mycroft's central online home is MasadArts.blogspot.com.

Shani Akilah (founding member of Transfaith Council)

Shani is an organizer, social justice advocate, political strategist, teacher, thought leader and Poet. They currently work for the Youth Health Empowerment Project (YHEP) where they over see the I AM program. The I AM program works to empower LGBTQ Black and Latinx youth between the ages of 13 and 30 who are living with HIV or who are defined as being at high risk for contracting HIV. YHEP also offers social justice learning and organizing trainings, free medical care, and basic needs services to youth who are homeless and/or unstably housed. Shani also founded, Training from the Margins, a grass roots organization that consults to social justice organizations and political entities on decolonizing their organizing practices, policies, and political strategies by teaching anti-oppressive strategic movement building. They believe that each persons liberation is interconnected and that true movement building is layered and works from the intersections.


 
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