2018 Presenter Bios

We have been approved for 6 Cultural Competency CECs  
All the workshops except "Out Among the Civilians" and "Being Trans and #Me Too" approved for CECs

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Presenter: Charlie Arrowood
Presenter Bio: Charlie Arrowood, Esq. is Transcend Legal's Director of Name & Gender Recognition. He represents trans people who have received health insurance denials for trans-related care. He also handles legal name and gender change cases in New York. He is a Long Island native and a graduate of Tulane University and New York Law School.

Presenter: Jeri Beckford, JD
Presenter Bio: Jeri Beckford, J.D. is the founding partner of E.R.I.C.C.A. (Equal Rights Investigators and Contact Compliance Analysts, LLC), which serves as a compliance coach to organizations that are committed to proactively mitigating the risk of litigation by complying with federal and state civil rights laws. E.R.I.C.C.A. coaches organizations on how to comply with regulatory mandates promulgated by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights (CHRO) and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  E.R.I.C.C.A. also serves as an objective finder-of-fact for organizations in need of an independent investigator when an internal employment discrimination or sexual harassment complaint arises.  Jeri has Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (with a Criminology emphasis), from the University of Denver and a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Presenter: Er. Andrea V. Boisseau CPS & Nick K. Chaleunphone
Presenter Bio: Elder A. Vickie Boisseau CPF. is the New England Director of Organization Intersex International. Herm is a public speaker and lecturer on intersex issues and transgender education to the public. Herm is a rights activist/advocate, facilitator of intersex/transgender support groups. Herm is the co-founder of the Intersex Day of Awareness started in 2002 at the University of Montana which is now gone national on herm’s birthday. Herm is the writer of Born Purple and wrote the Christian chapter about intersex and eunuch in the book ""Hermaphrodities 2nd Edition"" consolidated by Raven Kaldera. Herm is a certified peer support specialist. 
Nick K. Chaleunphone is a poet and published author. Herm has written 3 books: “The Immortal Poet”, “My World through my eye” & “Living the Dream.” Herm is a College graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Social Science. Nick K. Chaleunphone lecturers at Eastern Connecticut State University and is a residential instructor at Primecare and Auxiliarist at the United States Coast Guard.

Presenter: Laurie Bonjo & Brenden Garcia
Presenter Bio: Dr. Laurie Bonjo serves as counseling faculty at Southern. Dr. Bonjo’s pronouns are they/them/theirs or she/her/hers. An out-and-proud bisexual genderqueer counselor educator, Dr. Bonjo has worked with the queer community and individuals who identify as trans for 10+ years. Dr. Bonjo teaches courses designed specifically to help clinicians develop competence with the full spectrums of gender and sexual diversity. Additionally, Bonjo conducts advocacy research aimed at improving the status of LGBTQQIA+ persons across the lifespan. 
Brenden Garcia has been working with and presenting with Dr. Bonjo for the past 3 years. Brenden’s pronouns are they/them/theirs or he/him/his. A former student of Dr. Bonjo’s who currently works with sex offenders, Brenden also specializes in trauma and crisis counseling, suicide and non-suicidal self-injury, counselor training around LGBTQQIA+ issues, and working with multiracial individuals and groups.

Presenter: Timothy Bussey
Presenter Bio: Timothy R. Bussey, M.A. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He is currently an instructor of record for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; he previously served as the lecturer for the UConn Rainbow Center. His research interests involve LGBTQ+ politics and military history.

Presenter: Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens - Community Outreach and Education Coordinator
Presenter Bio: Ms. Darby-Hudgens joined the Center in 2017.  She has spent her professional career with the goal of pursuing meaningful, civic-minded work, with a focus on advocating for high needs populations.  At the Center, she promotes an awareness of fair housing issues and concerns across the state and works to help Connecticut residents advocate for their own fair housing rights.  Finn’s research on exclusionary zoning was published in Connecticut’s 2013 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.  She earned her B.A. from Trinity College and will be awarded an M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut in May of 2018

Presenter: James Dresser - Fair Housing Specialist
Presenter Bio: Mr. Dresser joined the Center in 2014. He runs fair housing tests, works directly with clients who believe they have been the victim of housing discrimination, and conducts outreach and education regarding fair housing laws. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Dresser worked in Los Angeles with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights in Los Angeles CHIRLA, an immigrants’ rights organization. While with CHIRLA, Mr. Dresser conducted labor tests and analyzed data to investigate issues dealing with national origin discrimination by employers.

Presenter: Emerson Mason Cheney 
Presenter Bio: Emerson Mason Cheney is a 23 year old Transgender man, who is known for being an LGBTQ+ activist since the beginning of his high school career. He was President of one of the leading community college GOT PRIDE? clubs in Connecticut. Emerson continues being a leader by volunteering with GLSEN Connecticut and traveling to speak alongside his partner, Kylar. He is also a professional funds marketer for the revamped DARE program.

Presenter: Alberto Cifuentes, Jr. 
Presenter Bio: Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., LMSW, is a community social worker and doctoral student at the UConn School of Social Work. He focuses on LGBTQ rights/equality and HIV/STI prevention. He has been a member of the GLSEN Connecticut Board of Directors for nearly fourteen years and currently serves as the chapter's Co-chair, coordinating professional development and community outreach activities.

Presenter: Roberta Crispino
Presenter Bio: As a retired public school reform-minded 68 year old newly transitioning (m/f) teacher, I have many interests and areas of expertise. While school-age students are in transition, why not have schools transition along with them. Schools exist for students and not the other way around. I am also a classically trained fencer. Fencing builds confidence. This tranny can fight, never mind what Trump says. 

Presenter: K. Kenneth Davis
Presenter Bio: K. Kenneth Davis also known as "The Trans Capitalist" is a proud Transgender Male committed to you financially thriving through every transition! Kenneth passionately works to educate the LGBTQIA community on the importance of financial literacy. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and will receive a Masters of Finance for Professionals from Pace University Lubin's School of Business in 2018. Apart from being a financial literacy advocate, he offers private counseling for personal and entrepreneurial finances, strengthens queer* businesses, and helps organizations develop programs for LGBT identifying homeless youth to become financially independent. 

Presenter: Dallas Denny
Presenter Bio: Dallas Denny has been a leader in the transgender rights movement since the 1980s. Her work as an advocate, writer, editor, and community builder have played a significant role in the advancement of rights for transsexual and transgender people in North America and around the world. She lives in the greater New York Metropolitan Area.

Presenter: Dr. A.C. Demidont 
Presenter Bio: Dr. A.C. Demidont is the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Anchor Health Initiative (a non-profit LGBTQ health clinic). Patricia Alfieri is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Anchor Health Initiative committed to providing healthcare to disenfranchised populations.

Presenter: AJ Eckert
Presenter Bio: Dr. Eckert is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights, and has introduced trans hormone therapy programs and safe space programs to both rural and urban communities. Dr. Eckert sees all ages, from infants to the elderly. She believes that there is no single formula or equation in health care. Her goal is her patients’ full expression of health.

Presenter: Stana Horzepa
Presenter Bio: Stana Horzepa, BA, JD, is a transwoman, who began crossdressing at age 12. In her late teens, she took baby steps out of the closet on Halloween and over the years got further out of the closet by honing the skills necessary to allow her to live as a woman in society without hormones or surgery. Today, she speaks at colleges and universities evangelizing the normality of crossliving and writes the popular transgender blog Femulate.org.

Presenter: Dr. William Howe 
Presenter Bio: Dr. Howe is a former civil rights compliance officer and an adjunct professor of education and is a graduate of Teachers College/Columbia University, and a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)."

Presenter: Rosa Lee Klaneski
Presenter Bio:Rosa Lee Klaneski is an author, activist, and entrepreneur. She has run an eBay business for fifteen years and she is currently employed as an SAT, ACT, and math tutor for Catalyst Prep. Rosa holds a B.A. in Women's Studies and an M.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Trinity College, and is a member of MENSA and Intertel.

Presenter: Kathleen Harding
Presenter Bio: Kathleen Harding has been working in the Healthcare field for 20 years and has recently completed her MPH with a focus on LGBTQ healthcare. Ms. Harding has been instrumental in the cultural transformation of the largest FQHC in CT through collaborative with the CDC and HRSA.

Presenter: Ari Leigh
Presenter Bio: A Kansan who settled in Massachusetts, Ari is an autistic, genderqueer, trans person with a complex (a)sexuality. After serving as a librarian, police intern, camp counselor, and seminarian, they have settled comfortably into the role of polyamorous-queer homemaker while doing trauma recovery work. Since 2011 they have facilitated over 30 workshops on topics ranging from Gender 101 to exploring the complex intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, shame, identity, and discrimination.

Presenter: Paul Levatino, LMFT
Presenter Bio: Paul Levatino is a licensed Family Therapist and Assistant Professor and Program Director at Southern Connecticut State University's Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Paul's research and study areas include gender expression and the impact of societal expectations and roles on minority populations. www.paullevatino.com

Presenter: Kylar Maldonado
Presenter Bio: Kylar Maldonado is a 20 year old Queer Latino Transgender man. He is a SHINE Team alumnus, active Board Member, and Certified Professional Development Facilitator of GLSEN Connecticut. Through this organization, Kylar has gone onto traveling all over the nation to facilitate workshops on All Student Inclusion within schools, transgender rights, family experience with a transgender child co-facilitated with his mother Kim, and gender trainings at corporate offices.

Presenter: Margot Margarones 
Presenter Bio: Margot Margarones is a parent, educator, and advocate and is a graduate of Teachers College/Columbia University, and a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)."

Presenter: Spirit McIntyre
Presenter Bio: Spirit McIntyre (Spirit/They/Them) is a Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Facilitator, and Reiki Practitioner, promoting healing by any medium necessary. Spirit believes in growing compassionately through tight places to find expansion. The transition of their father, Paris McIntyre, has led them to explore the divinity of grief. www.spiritwerks.com

Presenter: Rev. Aaron Miller
Presenter Bio: Rev. Aaron Miller, M.Div.'08 Yale Divinity School, is ordained by the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).  He is the Pastor of MCC Hartford, Spiritual Leader of the MCC Oasis (a global spiritual community), chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital, and a Trans* educator and political activist who is committed to full LGBTQ equality and liberation.

Presenter: Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
Presenter Bio: Reverend Moonhawk River Stone, M.S., LMHC, is an Interfaith Minister, psychotherapist, consultant, educator, writer and keynote speaker in private practice in the Albany, NY area. For over 33 years in his private practice he’s worked with transgender clients of all ages and with their families. His consulting and educational work take him all over the country into corporations, colleges, K-12 schools, clinical and professional conferences. He holds considerable expertise in areas of transgender workplace, healthcare and school policy. He is currently volunteering in various capacities with the Gov. Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic by 2020 AIDS Task Force Subcommittees, and he was the first transgender person appointed to the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, serving for about 18 months.

Presenter: Elizabeth Rowell
Presenter Bio: Liz Rowell retired as Emeritus from Rhode Island College. Prior to being at RIC she taught at all different grade levels in 9 countries & 6 states. She continues to study, write about, learn, and give talks related to Transgender Friendly Picture Books and transgender young children. She is on the GLSEN DownEast Maine Board and serves on the Welcoming Renewal Committee which is focused on Transgender at her UUC church.

Presenter: Matthew Simmons & Amy Dustan
Presenter Bio: Matthew has been creating art for over 30 years. Amy Dustan Miller is Matthew's life partner and is also an artist. Both Amy and Matthew have shown their art at the Russell Library in Middletown, CT as well as in other locations in Middletown. Both use art to express themselves. Amy has been a steady form of support for Matthew throughout his transitions in gender, family, living arrangements, religions, and health.

Presenter: Alix Simonetti & Robin Fox
Presenter Bio: Alix Simonetti has been an attorney with the CHRO for over 25 years. She has mediated, litigated and investigated employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination cases. She provides assistance in CHRO's legislative efforts and has been the legal liaison to the contract compliance unit. She has represented CHRO in the Safe School Climate Coalition and has provided training on the CHRO's complaint process and various areas of discrimination law, including gender identity and expression, discrimination and bullying. 

Robin Fox has been an attorney with CHRO for over 20 years. She has mediated, investigated and litigated employment discrimination cases and provided training to state employees, private employers and the general public about how to investigate discrimination complaints and how to prevent claims of discrimination (for employers) and how to address discrimination (for employees). She has represented CHRO in the Safe School Climate Coalition.

Presenter: Laura Williams
Presenter Bio: Laura Williams, President PFLAG Hartford is Diversity Partner for the Munich Re US P&C Diversity Council, supporting all of the Employee Resource Groups including the Women’s Network, Green Team, and PRIDE for LGFT & Allies.  Prior to PFLAG, Laura was Director of Community Outreach for the nonprofit Out Film CT.