2017 Presenter Bios

PARKING:
We will be providing a shuttle bus to go between the shuttle lot and the academic entrance from 7:30 until 5:30.

CECs:
The following workshops have NOT been approved for CECs
From Consult to Surgery: A guide of “What do I do now?”
Makeup Basics for Trans Females

Aimee Alphonso
Aimee (moderator) is an MD candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on reproductive health and fertility in the adolescent trans population. 

Dr. Anisha Patel, DO, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Department of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Yale University School of Medicine.  She provides specialized care for pediatric patients with thyroid, growth, pituitary and pubertal concerns along with disorders of sexual development and gender non-conforming youth.  She is one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary clinic for gender concerns. 
Ryan Shields, MD, is a first-year Ob/Gyn resident at Yale New Haven Hospital. He completed his MD at Johns Hopkins University where his research focused on SGM medical school curricula reform. He was also a member of the EQUALITY study which investigated patient-centered means to collect sexual orientation and gender identity information in healthcare settings. 
Rachel Lawton, PhD, is a Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2016. Her clinical and research interests are primarily focused on the intersection of chronic illness and mental health among child and adolescent patients. 
Wendy Bammater, PhD, is a Psychology Fellow at the Yale School of Medicine where she specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with complex developmental trauma, a broad range of mental health difficulties, and numerous psychosocial stressors. Both Wendy’s clinical work and research program aim to contribute to the elimination of mental health and service disparities for lesbian, bisexual, gay and trans* individuals as well as underserved people of color.

Susan Boisvert
Sue is a senior risk specialist with Coverys.  She has presented at numerous regional and national risk management conferences and contributed to healthcare and risk management journals and publications. She is the mother of a transgender son and has a special interest in transgender healthcare concerns.

Timothy Bussey
Timothy R. Bussey, M.A. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He is also an instructor of record for the Women???s, Gender, and Sexuality Program and a lecturer for the Rainbow Center as well. His research interests involve LGBTQ+ politics, LGBTQ+ educational support, and queer military history.

Rex Butt
The father of a trans woman and an Associate Professor of Communication at Bronx Community College, Rex has researched transgender issues and presented conference sessions on transgender issues and topics since 2007. His book, Now What? A Handbook for Families with Transgender Children (Transgress Press) is available today.

Grace Capreol
Grace Capreol, BS, MPH Candidate, is the Sr. Health Applications Analyst for Community Health Center, Inc. She is committed to developing the Health IT environment at CHC and maintaining compliance with state and national standards. She also enjoys working closely with the Center for Key Populations on improving clinical processes and outcomes.

Patrick Comerford
Patrick Comerford has been working in the reproductive freedom movement for the last 10 years. Focused on queer inclusion and justice, he specializes in working with younger activists to shape and harness their personal narratives to create change and demand power. For the last six years he has worked with Planned Parenthood to head their youth organizing work in CT with a specific focus on LGBTQ inclusion and racial justice. Most recently Pat was a lead trainer for Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s first ever national volunteer event, where over 1,000 volunteers from across the country were trained in organizing and strategy skills to go home and win locally for the movement in the November 2016 elections. In addition to his work with Planned Parenthood, he also a board member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of CT.

Meghan Curran
Meghan Curran RN, Assistant Patient Service Manager for the Department of Urology at Yale for the last 3 years formally an Emergency Room nurse and Epic analyst.

Lori Davison
Lori Davison, M.A., is currently serving her last year as President of PFLAG Hartford. PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization, with local chapters in 49 states. A former World Language teacher, Lori has dedicated herself over the last few years to PFLAG’s mission of support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ folks and their families.   www.pflaghartford.org

A.C. Demidont
Dr. Demidont is a board certified Infectious Diseases physician who also specializes in working with transgender and non-gender conforming individuals ages 13 and above.  She has worked in the field of LGB and TGNC healthcare, HIV prevention and treatment and working with marginalized populations and for over a decade in both NYC and CT.

Dallas Denny
Dallas Denny is a leader in the transgender rights movement. Her work as a writer, editor, speaker, and community builder have played a significant role in the advancement of rights for transsexual and transgendered people in North America and around the world. Her writings are available free of charge at http://dallasdenny.com/Writing

Kailin Doodleboi
Kailin is an agender-fluid, full time Bostonian, and part-time cat. Xe is the co-organizer of TSK and of Community TIESS; both Trans* organizations. Kailin has been a presenter since 2008 and enjoys aerials and yarn-work.

Tony Ferraiolo
Tony Ferraiolo is a Certified Life Coach, Transgender Youth Advocate based in New Haven, Connecticut, running several support groups to support transgender youth and their families. The subject of the award winning documentary “A Self Made Man” and author of the book “Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth,” Tony is also the Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation.

Diana Glassman
Diana Glassman RN, Clinical Program Manager for the Department of Urology at Yale for the last 3 years. Has been a manager in ambulatory surgical settings for the last 30 years.

Thomas Goodkind
Thomas Goodkind, retired as professor emeritus after 50 years at UConn. As a social studies,  technology, and elementary education leader he has focused on social issues affecting young people including equal rights and opportunities, respect for all and the great impact of the media and its messages that influence the young today.

Marwan Haddad
Dr. Marwan Haddad is the medical director for the Center for Key Populations at the Community Health Center.  He specializes in the provision of primary care to the LGBT population.

Stana Horzepa 
Stana Horzepa, BA, JD, transwoman, began crossdressing at age 12, took baby steps out of the closet as a teen and ultimately exited the closet by honing the skills necessary to live as a woman in society sans hormones or surgery. Today, she evangelizes the normality of crossliving and writes the popular trans blog Femulate.org.

Bill Howe
Dr. Bill Howe is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. He is the former program manager for culturally responsive education, multicultural education, bullying & harassment, gender equity and civil rights at the Connecticut State Department of Education and from 1998

Doug Janssen
After 4 yrs on Special Events Comm., AIDS CT, now provide HIV Outreach at Community Health Center, Inc. with 14 sites around the state.  Facilitate sex-positive prevention discussions at our sites and many other venues including college clubs, health fairs, & schools for differently abled.  Trans Ally.

Faria Kamal
The Yale Gender Clinic provides comprehensive mental health and endocrinology care for trans children and adolescents.
 
Michal Klau-Stevens 
Michal Klau-Stevens speaks nationally and locally on healthcare and maternity care advocacy. A regular contributor to an NBC affiliate morning lifestyle show and a blogger, Michal is also a Past President of BirthNetwork National, a national consumer advocacy organization. She is currently pursuing Masters Degrees in Public Health and Social Work.

Irwin Krieger
Irwin Krieger, LCSW is a clinical social worker who has worked extensively with transgender teens and adults and their families. He is a graduate of Yale with an MSW from UConn. Irwin is the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents. For additional information see www.IKriegerTraining.com

Paul Levatino
Paul Levatino is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University with a research focus on transgender and gender variant related issues. He has offered workshops related to transgender issues at the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA), International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) and CTAMFT.

Nancy Lichtenberg
Nancy Lichtenberg, LCSW, is a family counseling clinician at Jewish Family Services and serves as the Speakers Chairperson for PFLAG Hartford, Connecticut's largest extended LGBTQ family: www.pflaghartford.org

Natasha Lombardi
Tasha Rose has been involved in the LGBTIQQA community since 1988 when she began volunteering at Project 100/The Hartford gay and lesbian community center. In May of 2013, Tasha Rose graduated from the University of Saint Joseph and recently attended Fordham University where she earned her MSW. Tasha Rose is a member of the Imperial Sovereign Court

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

Dwight Norwood
After a 25-years as an IT consultant, he made a major career change in 2007, graduating the UConn School of Social Work with an MSW. Two years later he entered the doctoral program there, where he learned about Acclerated Resolution Therapy from a colleague. He was trained in early 2010 and is a vocal advocate for this effective new technique.

Priya Phulwani
Dr. Phulwani, MD is a dual board certified endocrinologist with an adult practice at The Hospital of Central CT and pediatric practice at CT Children’s where she is also the medical director of the Gender identity Program. She provides compassionate care to children, adolescents and adults who express a strong desire to be the other gender.

Erica Preston
Dr. Erica Preston is a clinical psychologist at the Community Health Center who has been working with the LGBT population for the last ten years.

Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
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 32 years in his private practice he’s worked with transgender clients of all ages and with their families.

Elizabeth Rowell
A professor emeritus, Liz created and taught Multicultural Views of Same-Sex Orientation and Transsexuality as well as served on the Gender Neutral Restrooms and preferred Name Change Committees. She is a transgender ally and marched with a sign in support of Transgender Americans in Augusta the day after the election.

Jyl Shaffer 
Jyl Shaffer is a straight, cis aspiring ally to the LGBTQ community. She uses she/her/hers pronouns. Ms. Shaffer is the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Montana State University where she oversees civil rights compliance. She is a Native American Studies master's student at MSU focusing on Two Spirit student success.

Alix Simonetti
Alix Simonetti earned a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Since 1992, she has been a litigation attorney at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She represents the CHRO in the prosecution of certified discrimination complaints before the CHRO Office of Public Hearings, and at court. She also represents the Commission in appeals of CHRO cases and works with the principal attorney on CHRO amicus participation in cases at the state and federal courts. She advises on CHRO's contract compliance enforcement issues, and assists in the preparation of the agency's legislative efforts. Attorney Simonetti is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section (Executive Committee since about 1993 and section chair 2008-2009);Human Rights and Responsibilities Section (Executive Committee since about 1993, section chair 1995-98, legislative liaison); was House of Delegates member.

Richard Stillson
Dr. Richard Stillson is a psychologist and recently retired from the State of CT and now is Clinical Director of Hartford Psychological Services, a private practice at 210 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, where ze sees LGBT folks. Ze is a leader in providing specialized services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Ze has recently started a therapeutic group called the T party for transgender people. Ze taught psychology at UHA, Capital and Middlesex Community Colleges and Union Institute.

Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
Psychotherapist, consultant, educator, writer and keynote speaker in private practice in the Albany, NY area. For over 30 years in his private practice he’s worked with transgender clients of all ages and with their families. His consulting and educational work takes him all over the country into corporations, colleges, K-12 schools, clinical and professional conferences.

Connor Synuates
Connor is an LGBTQ+ Educator located in Boston, MA and fascinated by the ways in which linguistics, communication, and culture touch our lives, queer, trans, poly, kinky, or otherwise. He co-founded and currently leads a transgender discussion group called Gendersoup and has presented at numerous conferences. Find out more at www.connorsynuates.com

Katy Tierney
Katy Tierney is an APRN specializing in endocrinology, specifically transgender medicine and diabetes. She precepts nursing and medical students as well as lectures both locally and nationally on transgender health. She has authored two textbook chapters on the topic and heads the Transgender Health committee at Middlesex Hospital.

Donna Warren
Donna has been an activist/ally in the LGBT community for nearly three decades. A registered nurse, she proudly served as the STD Program Coordinator of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective for 11 years until her retirement. Donna is a long-term PFLAG Mom, and sees queer friends and allies as her family of choice. 

Kaylee Zheng
Kaylee is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and is a practicing mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. She is an active member of the model railroad community, and a member of PFLAG Hartford and its board of directors. In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys playing the guitar, taking photographs, hiking, shopping, and receiving warm hugs.