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Former Board Members

These board members are not actively serving on the board, but remain an important part of our growth and evolution.

Transfaith Board Retreat (February 2016)

Ovid Amorson (2015-2017)

Ovid Amorson Moves and allows himself to be Carried from one moment to the next via Love. He identifies in a number of ways including queer, trans, brown, Black, nonconforming, fluid, ethereal, creative, sensitive, spiritual and Awake. In addition to being a Mad Artist and an excellent Childcare Provider, Ovid is a native Philadelphian, a library card holder and user, a very unprofessional dancer, a mentor to and collaborator with various queer youth, and someone who has strong needs for Music, Circles, and Growing, Cooking, and Eating Fruits and Vegetables. Ovid spends a lot of time thinking about race, gender, class, sexuality, faith, and the intersections thereof. He believes in Love and he believes that restroom signs should picture toilets, not Humans.

Patricia Kevena ("PK") Fili (2013-2014)

Patricia Kevena Fili is a Pagan Priestess. A former Executive Director and Director of Development and Communications, she now serves as a Non-Profit Management Consultant. A writer and aspiring musician and artist, she is a proud companion to a yellow labrador retriever canine angel.

Whitney Lopez (2017)

Garrett Garborcauskas (2016-2017)

Garrett is a trans man who was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. His faith journey meandered from Catholicism, to Unitarian Universalism, to the UCC, to the Episcopal Church. Garrett has found a home in the Episcopal Church, and is considering pursing ordination. Garrett grounds his theology strongly within the Liberation Theology mindset, believing that social justice and Christianity go hand-in-hand. Garrett was a Chemistry and Classical Studies double major at Smith College, and currently works as a research scientist at a hospital in Boston. He would like to pursue both a medical degree, and a divinity degree sometime in the future. Although different professions, Garrett views both medicine and religion as ways to serve underprivileged communities. Currently, in addition to his job, Garrett works on educating healthcare providers to become more trans friendly. He is especially passionate about the intersections between race, gender, socioeconomic class, and access to healthcare. In his spare time, Garrett enjoys singing with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

Nicole Garcia (2011-2013)

Nicole is a co-chair of the board directors of ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation and a director of One Colorado. Nicole is on track to earn a master's degree in counseling at the University of Colorado Denver in December 2013. Nicole has been granted entrance to candidacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and has been accepted at Luther Seminary. She is scheduled to begin seminary in August 2013 in a specialized distance learning program which will culminate in a master of divinity degree and ordination in the ELCA.

Jamie Goddard (2015-2018)

Jamie Goddard is a cis-female ally. She brings her passion for a more compassionate and equitable world to serve Transfaith and its mission. Jamie finds her spiritual connection through nature, meditation, dance, hiking, yoga, her children and friends. Jamie lives in Berkeley, California, where she is a consultant in organization effectiveness, change management and leadership, helping for-profit and non-profit organizations and individuals to energize around executing strategies to fulfill their goals and dreams.

Jamie Goddard (2015-2018)

Jamie Goddard is a cis-female ally. She brings her passion for a more compassionate and equitable world to serve Transfaith and its mission. Jamie finds her spiritual connection through nature, meditation, dance, hiking, yoga, her children and friends. Jamie lives in Berkeley, California, where she is a consultant in organization effectiveness, change management and leadership, helping for-profit and non-profit organizations and individuals to energize around executing strategies to fulfill their goals and dreams.

Richard Juang (2011-2014)

Richard Juang is an attorney in Massachusetts. He co-edited Transgender Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). A co-founder of the Massachusetts-based Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, Richard is culturally Buddhist. 

Vanessa Lowe (2011-2013)

With an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Vanessa currently serves as an Economic Development Specialist for the National Credit Union Administration. She is a trustee of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA,  a member of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C., and has served for 6 years on the UUA Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.

Transfaith Planning Retreat (April 2012)

Shawn MacDonald (2008-2014)

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Shawn served several churches before pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, exploring white racial awareness in multicultural settings. Shawn has a psychology practice in Bethesda, MD, is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and the American Psychological Association.

Chris Paige (2008-2017, some ex officio)

Chris is an OtherWise-identified organizer who has had a historic role in transgender religious organizing. Chris is passionate about racial equity, body justice, and spiritual community. Chris Paige served previously as publisher of the award-winning progressive, ecumenical Christian magazine, The Other Side. Chris has a Bachelor's degree with a triple major (Math, Computer Science, and Religion) from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. 

Shelley Rosenberg (2013-2014)

Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg is a retired teacher educator and writer with an Ed.D. in Psychoeducational Processes and a Masters degree in Remedial Reading. She has authored three books, as well as numerous articles for magazines and newspapers. Shelley is a founding member of Reconstructionist Congregation Or Hadash and has served in several leadership roles. She is currently Secretary of Abington (PA) Township's first HRC and a member of the Tri-State HRC. She also works with the Jewish Family and Children's Service LGBTQ Task Force and Keshet. Shelley is the proud parent of an adult daughter who identifies as genderqueer.

Board of Directors retreat (October 2016), Ovid, Enzi, Garrett missing

Finn Schubert (2016-2017)

Finn Schubert is a storyteller, an epidemiologist, and an activist. He has been practicing in the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism since 2009, and is a co-author of Developing Trans*Competence: A Short Guide to Improving Transgender Experiences at Meditation and Retreat Centers and a co-founder of transbuddhists.org. He currently works as a research manager at a community hospital in Brooklyn, and previously worked in the reproductive justice movement for many years, most recently helping family doctors get trained in abortion care.

Holiday Simmons (2014-2015)

Holiday Simmons, MSW is the Director of Community Education and Advocacy for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and people with HIV. He has a background in Social Work, Education, and Performing Arts & Activism. At Lambda Legal he focuses on transgender rights, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, police misconduct, and amplifying the voices of LGBT Native Americans and two-spirit people. Holiday is a Black Cherokee transmasculine two-spirit activist, athlete, and lover of babies, soccer, and the ocean. He is based out of Atlanta, GA.

Mykal Slack (2014-2015)

The Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack is the founder and lead organizer of 4LYFE, an ecumenical, consultative ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches that provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum, inviting everyone to Live Your Faith Everyday. He also serves First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist as a Worship Leader and Community Life Coordinator, supporting their efforts to become a multiracial, multifaith, justice-making community. As part of his ministry, Mykal leads the faith and spirituality work of the Trans People of Color Coalition, the only national organization that seeks the social and economic equality of all black and brown transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Janis Stacy (2014-2018)

Janis Stacy (Dakota/Cherokee) had a distinguished career as an electrical engineer with Honeywell, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Lucent Technologies, prior to transition. She is co-founder of the East Coast Two Spirit Society and has served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference for several years (through 2016). She has also volunteered significant time on workplace issues, including navigating transgender insurance exclusions, diversity in the workplace, and state and federal legislation. 

Enzi Tanner (2014-2016)

Enzi Tanner is a Black American transgender Jew. Professionally, Enzi serves as a case manager working with people affected by HIV/AIDS. He has been a member of the Brown Boi Project and has served on several national boards. He has also worked with homeless youth services for the past six years. Enzi is a member of Shir Tikvah, a reform synagogue in Minneapolis. When Enzi is not working or studying he spends his time cooking or hanging out with friends and their children. Enzi believes life is a journey that is best lived through exploration, curiosity and wonder. He has committed his life to community organizing in areas of intersections, in particular where issues of race, gender, sexuality, faith and economic justice collides. 

Lynn Young (2012-2014)

Lynn is a teacher educator working at Indiana University South Bend. In addition to teaching experience in primary school and higher education, Lynn brings experience in grant-writing, teaching technologies, and curriculum development. Lynn is Two-Spirit identified and maintains spiritual balance by walking daily in her Native American traditions, being an active member of a UCC church, and drumming whenever possible.


 
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