March 20th - 24th, 2024

2024 Participant Biographies


I'm Scarcity! I have been a drag queen for almost 6 years! I'm a vibrant person with lots of energy and I hope I make everyone feel just as excited!

Joshua Robert

No bio provided.

"Makeup 101"

Dr. Michele Angello
Certified Clinical Sexologist and Gender Specialist

Dr. Michele Angello works with gender variant youth and adults. She offers individual, group and family therapy, as well as corporate education and training on a variety of issues of sexuality and has presented internationally on her work with trans-youth and working with children of transitioning parents. She facilitates several monthly support groups for transgender adults, youth and parents. Dr. Angello is often called on to speak as an expert on transgender issues to universities, corporations and the media. She has appeared on Larry King Live, the Tyra Banks Show, and various documentaries. She base her practice in Paoli, PA.

Mr. Aaron Ayala

Aaron Ayala is a transgender voice-specialized Speech-Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist in the Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Aaron earned his Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia State University in 2017 and his Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2022. Aaron's professional services include videostroboscopy (direct visualization of the vocal folds), voice evaluation, and voice therapy. While he works with a wide range of vocal issues and symptoms, he specializes in working with transgender and gender diverse patients for gender-affirming voice care, as well as working with singers and the injured voice. Aaron is a trained singer who has performed in professional and community musical theatre for over 20 years and continues to perform locally. He is an active member of the Voice and Upper Airway Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and frequently presents on topics related to the voice and voice disorders.

If you crave special attention from your salon service provider, you have found it with Bobbie! Bobbie has a way about him that makes one feel comfortable, immediately. It is his pleasure to serve your hair and skin care needs and boy does he deliver! The quality of his work is beyond compare. Always learning and growing his skill sets, Bobbie spends his free time leveling-up his knowledge of his craft. Energetic and so much fun, let Bobbie embrace you in his positivity!

Karyn Bello is a fashion designer who founded Zhe by Karyn Elizabeth, an inclusive lingerie label that serves the needs of transgender women. After spending more than 20 years as a stay at home mom, Karyn followed her childhood dreams and took Continuing Education classes at Parsons School of Design. While there, one of her children disclosed that she was transgender, it was during her daughters transition that Karyn realized the lack of beautiful lingerie options for the community. Karyn is an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ+ community, with strong ties to the Pride Center in her hometown of Staten Island. She is specifically passionate about inclusiveness in the fashion industry.

Since completing her cosmetology license, Genna Betros has been a makeup artist in New Jersey for over seven years. She caters to a diverse range of incredible and beautiful clients. She is currently the head makeup artist at Glamour Boutique in Fairfield NJ and has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients. Sharing a special bond with each unique client allows her to tailor the make overs specific to each client's personalities and desires. She feels pure joy every time she sees her client's reaction of their inner beauty shining through and looks forward to turning many more chairs around to show clients their gorgeous selves.

"Engaging Eyes"

Ms. Susan Bienvenu

Susan is a Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Acupuncturist with a background in teaching communication skills in a therapy setting and in the Information Technology industry while managing large projects and technical teams. She is widowed, and was married to Judith (Jude) Bienvenu, who transitioned in 2009. Susan and Jude gave a presentation that describes communication methods for partners progressing through transition for several years at Keystone. Susan is willing to be contacted for discussions with SOs outside of the workshop setting and can meet in the SO Sanctuary during the conference or via email individually.

Rain Black
Ask Me My Pronouns!

Rain Black, M.P.H., CPH (Fae/He) is a trans autistic watercolor artist and forager who earned faers bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Public Health and Art from Cedar Crest College. He holds a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of South Florida and is Certified in Public Health. He is a community educator with 7 years of experience focusing on topics around domestic and intimate partner abuse, queer and transgender justice, foraged art making, life skills, and public health. Fae also teaches about native plants, forest conservation, and foraging on social media and in person. He is a founding organizer of Queer & Trans Lehigh Valley.

"Queering Sex Ed"

Miss Michelle Blond
Expert Witness - Independent Operator

Michelle is a professional trainer in the art of personal defense. She is also an expert witness in the state of VA and has testified in felony cases on behalf of the defense. Michelle's testimony was key to the verdict of not guilty for the cases she worked. Michelle has been training individuals in the art of personal defense since 1979, has traveled all over the USA training students, has trained private security teams, and has a 100% safety record. Michelle will provide an informative, practical, instructional, and meaningful presentation for all who attend. Michelle will impart her knowledge, practices, and principles to the attendees presented in a way that will allow each person to immediately utilize the information in their daily lives. Michelle will present information regarding personal defense best practices, most effective tools, threat identification and avoidance, legalities of self-defense, the victorious mindset, the victim mindset, the criminal mindset, the victim selection process of violent criminals, use of force and probable outcomes, how to engage with LEO's when necessary, and, most importantly, how to avoid becoming a victim of violent crime and live your life in peace. Michelle will also discuss some of the tools that are available to women for defense and will show which tools are effective and which tools are not recommended.

MarySebastian is a queer, neurodivergent social worker who is passionate about animals, the environment, theater arts, and creating intentional communities that lift up marginalized individuals. They have worked for over 15 years as an educator of all ages, primarily young children, and are currently at Millersville University as a student themselves for their Expressive Arts Therapies certificate. As well, they are working towards their LCSW and plan on starting a mental health private practice specifically for children, LGBTQ, and neurodivergent individuals. MarySebastian lives with their fiancé Janus, their two cats Ishtar and Leonardo De' Catrio, and currently works at Merakey as a Family Based Therapist.

Ms. Maureen Brackey
LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator, VISN 4 Lead

Maureen Brackey, LCSW, IPVC, YT200 is a Senior Social Worker and the LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator at the Lebanon VA. Ms. Brackey has spent the past decade working in advocacy for equality in access to care, housing and employment for LGBTQ+ people both in and out of the VA system. She has worked as an adjunct professor teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Pennsylvania state school system, as well as offering CEUs to clinicians seeking to improve the provision of affirming care. She has provided educational training and coursework in California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Michelle Braucher

Michelle Braucher graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2008 with a Masters of Science in Nursing in their Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has worked in primary care for the past 15 years. After one of her patients kept asking her if she would prescribe hormones so that the patient didn't have to travel 30 minutes for medical care, she saw an unfilled medical need in the transgender and non-binary community.

Ms. Karla Brown

Karla utilizes a strength-based approach. Karla recognizes that respect, empathy, and authenticity are core conditions to build therapeutic relationships. Karla is enthusiastic, empathetic, and non-judgmental by nature. She focuses on providing a welcoming and safe environment for those who need it most. Each individual Karla meets as a mental health professional matter to her. Her main goal is to assist individuals of all ages in developing functional coping skills that will assist them to enjoy their lives to their fullest potential. Karla focuses on helping his clients to build insight into how their body shows up, communicates with us and can be an agent to promote growth and healing. Karla collaborates with clients from all intersections of life with sensitivity and cultural awareness. Karla is proud of her family and community. She enjoys reading and writing poetry. Karla enjoys cooking for family and friends. Karla is a soccer fan. Karla enjoys listening to classical and modern music. Karla Specializes In: Individual and Family Therapy Intersectionality Culturally Sensitive Therapy Exploration of gender identity, gender dysphoria, and social transition LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy Life and Career Transitions Self-Empowerment and Self-Compassion School Stressors and Life Stressors Social Skills and Healthy Boundaries

Ms. Claire Burgess
Claire is the Founder and CEO of the Seattle Voice Lab

Claire Michelle studied education and vocal performance at Central Michigan University where she soon found herself frustrated with the narrow focus of the education she was receiving. Through years of post private study in both trans voice and business entrepreneurship, she built the Seattle Voice lab which now has a staff of over 15 and has helped thousands of trans voices from all over the world. Claire Michelle’s current roster of clients includes a variety of scholarship students as well as: Jen Richards, actor and producer of Her Story; Tommy Dorfman, Actor on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why; F1nn5ter, prominent queer YouTuber; Abigail Thorn of Philosophy Tube; (Kris) Chris Tyson, Mr. Beast CoHost with over 36+ million views per day.

Rev. Joanne Carroll
Executive Director, Trans Advocacy Pennsylvania

Joanne M. Carroll is the Executive Director of Trans Advocacy Pennsylvania; a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Governor's Commission on LGBTQ Affairs; Past President of TransCentralPA, and is the Past President and Past Vice President of EqualityPA. She serves as a Consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and served as a member of the Governors’ LGBT Working Group, the Millersville University - President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity, and is a member of the Transgender American Veterans Association and is the Co-Chair of the Keystone Conference, “A Celebration of Gender Diversity”. She is an active member of the Penn Central Conference, UCC (United Church of Christ) - Open and Affirming Ministry Team, and is an active member of Christ Church United Church of Christ where she served for two years as the President of Consistory (Leadership Council) in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of Lancaster County Embrace, a group providing support to congregations that affirm LGBTQ persons of faith, and by the way, she is an ordained Minister and preaches in multiple venues in Pennsylvania and routinely serves as a wedding officiant.

Charlene Cash

Charlene is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 25 years of service and is an outdoor enthusiast. Primarily trained in logistics with the military, she has had opportunities for a wide array of duties and locations around the world. She finished her career in Japan as the Executive Officer for a military installation. While always having a desire for outdoor activities, particularly hiking and backpacking, the COVID-19 pandemic provided the opportunity to fully embrace this desire. After retirement, Charlene embarked on a grand backpacking journey and continues to build upon those experiences. Outside of the outdoors, she is the secretary/treasurer for Trans Central PA and volunteers with the American Red Cross to provide emergency communications during disaster events.

Liz Cavallaro

Liz Cavallaro is an adult development scholar and professional executive coach – whose research has been presented to the International Leadership Association and published in the Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work, the Journal of Adult Development, and The Learning Organization.

Mx. Lila Charap

Lila Charap (she/they) is a Philly-area professional in education attending Keystone for her third year in a row. She's married and the parent of two humans and an elderly Havanese.

Chris Condran

Dr. Chris Condran is a professor of physical therapy and an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with more than 10 years of academic and clinical experience. Dr. Condran’s educational background includes a BS in Exercise Science (East Stroudsburg University, 2006) MS in Exercise Physiology (West Chester University, 2009) MBA in Business Administration (Widener University, 2015) DPT in Physical Therapy (Widener University, 2013) and is currently enrolled in an EdD in Kinesiology (University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2022). He also holds certificates in Healthcare Management (Widener University, since 2013), as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine, since 2006) and as a Certified Conditioning Specialist (National Strength Professionals Association, since 2004). He is a recipient of the Joe Conner Alumni Emerging Leader Award from Widener University. Chris is passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ communities and accomplishes this through research ventures and serving on the editorial advisory board of the Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health as well as the American Physical Therapy Association Special Interest Group PTProud’s board as Treasurer.

Janelle Crossley
Gender Identity Advocate

Janelle Kayla Crossley is a sole advocate for gender identity in Central, Pa. and surrounding areas for 13+ years. Her passion is bringing visibility, awareness and education of gender identity to society in hopes of gaining equality for all. Since her transition 13 years ago she became a volunteer with many organizations within her community including becoming a Big Sister of Big Brothers/Big Sisters as well as serving on their newly created JEDI Committee, also has seats on local boards for organizations that are bettering our communities, as in The Cumberland County Round Table. Janelle has worked with the Amish community, as in helping an Amish male transition to female and remain within the Amish community and with her family. Our mission was a success. Janelle is also co-founder of Pa. Coalition for Trans Youth, a coalition of members from across the State of Pennsylvania to support our trans youth, families, and all people inclusively against hate, bigotry, and discrimination they are experiencing within society. Janelle was a candidate for Pa. State Representative of House District 199 in Cumberland County in 2020. She was not victorious in the election, but she made history in the State of Pennsylvania by being the first openly trans woman to run for a state elected office in Pennsylvania and was inducted into the Rainbow Wave of The Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Natalie Crouse

Natalie Crouse (she/her) is an AAHIVM certified HIV Clinical Pharmacist for the Caring Together Program, a partnership between WellSpan Health and Family First Health. She began her Clinical Pharmacy career in primary care with Kaiser Permanente in the MD/DC region, later transitioning to WellSpan Health. Throughout her academic and professional career, HIV management and Infectious Diseases have been a passion; resulting in several research and presentation opportunities.

Outside of pharmacy, Natalie enjoys time in nature, practicing yoga, crafting and baking (desserts are her specialty!). It has been a joy sharing these activities with friends and family.

Mrs. Diane Crow

With 25 years experience working with men and women, Diane is a full-time commercial photographer and filmmaker. Among her clients are Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, the PGA, banks, law firms, Models and Actors. She has written, directed and edited commercials for the national market. But her biggest accomplishment to date is her transformation to Diane. It has been 4 years fully out and 100% living my true life. To book a photography session click

Ms. Victoria Datta
Director of Marketing & Market Access Strategy

Victoria Datta is from Deptford, NJ. She's built a very successful career as a professional executive in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 25+ years. Victoria has leading roles as a senior executive in marketing and management of product commercialization for small orphan/specialty and mega-blockbuster drug brands for the US and Global markets. She successfully transitioned on the job from 2012 through 2015. Additionally, she's gotten her current employer to add key transgender and gender non-binary benefits to their list of healthcare benefits. Victoria is active in transgender advocacy through her employer and also volunteers her time to advance policy positions through local legislators in New Jersey.

Ms. Shauna Daube

Shauna has played with hair since her fingers could move and always tinkered with new looks, braids and hairstyles just for fun. Yes she did that “look” for someone and she wants to encourage you to be brave and find your best look. After years of kitchen cuts and home perms and colors galore she finally went pro. Got her cosmetology license then went on to get her cosmetology teacher license. Now many years later thousands of heads have passed through her hands and she uses this knowledge to improve her own art as a stylist and teach others how to make the most of what they have and can improve. Take the time to learn first, it will get easier and faster the more you practice.

Mrs. Masha-Leah Dinah

Masha-Leah is a Jewish transgender woman who finally started living authentically at the age of 60. She retired from the Tech Industry and now works as the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equality Ambassador at a Texas IKEA. Masha is an accomplished inventor with over 250 filed patents. Nowadays, she spends her time giving back to the community by being on the board of several LGBTQI+ Socially Responsible Organizations and is fully engaged in fighting hateful legislation by meeting with legislators, testifying, picketing and protesting to make the world a better place to live. This is her sixth year of attending the Keystone Conference.

Kristin Edwards

Kristin carries over 28 years of combined law enforcement and military experience. Kristin retired from the United States Marshals Service where they were a Chief Inspector in the Tactical Operations Division. They were responsible for the security of the federal courts in Washington, D.C. As a manager in the Office of Security Programs, they established the insider threat program, revamped the workplace violence program, and supervised planning to counter active shooters at the agency Headquarters. They were a certified adjunct instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). They trained both Judicial Security Inspectors and Court Security Officers. They received a Director’s Award for the design and construction of the security at the new USMS Headquarters. Following their retirement, Kristin served as the Director of Training for DSA Detection where they redesigned their training program. They worked with major professional sporting and entertainment venues, as well as government agencies. They delivered presentations at national and international conferences on X-ray Imaging. After five years with DSA Detection, Kristin formed Safe Conduct, LLC in 2023. In the year since forming Safe Conduct, they have trained security teams at professional sports venues, intelligence agencies, and public schools. Kristin served 15 years in the United States Army both as an Infantry Officer and a Civil Affairs Officer. They are a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ms. Holly Evans

Ms. Evans is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years of Experience. She is the President of Evans Engineering Inc a Civil and Structural Engineering firm based out of Harrisburg Pa, A company she started in 1989. She is also a Senior Partner in Strata Development, a Construction Management Company, as well as a partner in the firm Modern Architectural Design and the Managing Member in Blue Mountain Properties LLC. All Companies started by Ms. Evans. In Her professional career Ms. Evans has worked with companies such as Amazon, Pepsi, Hershey, Proctor and Gamble, Whirlpool, and Prologis Corp. In preforming her work she interacts with corporate executives, lawyers, contractors and various government agencies. In April 2018 Ms. Evans publicly transitioned and began working full time as her authentic self. Throughout her transition she has found acceptance from her business partners, clients, piers and co-workers.

Rev. Grace Ferris

Mother Grace is a priest in the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (CACINA) and is pastor of CACINA's Saint Wilgefortis TRANSmission, the online spiritual home for the transgender community. CACINA is an open, affirming, and inclusive independent Catholic church; Mother Grace is its only transgender priest. A graduate of the seminary at Liberty University and a former Southern Baptist minister, Mother Grace had what she calls her own personal "Damascus Road Moment" a few years ago which gave rise to her tandem transitions, one from Southern Baptist to Catholic and the other from Gary to Grace. Mother Grace recently retired as a chaplain (1LT) for the 10th Area Command of the New York Guard, which supplements and augments the New York Army National Guard. The parent of five grown children, Mother Grace spends most summer Saturdays on the competitive drum corps circuit with the Hawthorne Caballeros.

Ms. Melissa Firstenberg

Melissa grew up in central Jersey (which does exist) and came to Philadelphia to study Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, moving to Marlton, NJ in the late 1990s after school. Melissa participates actively in industry professional associations as a trusted industrial cybersecurity professional, contribute to committees that have created Industrial Cybersecurity standards, and speaks at conferences and symposia around the world. Melissa has served on multiple Boards of Trustees, including executive roles with her synagogue as VP of Education, Ritual, and Membership - most notably as the first openly transgender board member at both Temple Emanuel and Congregation Kol Ami. The founder and co-chair of Kulanu (a Jewish LGBTQ+ inclusive affinity group), Melissa continues to campaign for inclusion, particularly in faith-based spaces. As of 2023, Melissa is also the first openly transgender board member for JFCS (Jewish Family and Children’s Service). Melissa exhibits her strongly held beliefs in fairness and human rights for all through her involvement with organisations such as Jersey Pride and New Hope Celebrates. A former coach (soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball) and league coordinator, Melissa believes in the value of inclusive youth recreational sports for all. When not at work or volunteering, Melissa enjoys alpine skiing, football (aka soccer), theater, and spending time with her three children - Jessica 21 (UMaine), Samuel 19 (Montana State), and Eddie 15 (Cherokee HS).

Bryanna Forsythe
Rise Hair Studio, Harrisburg, Stylist Extraordinaire

Bry Forsythe is a master of all beauty services- hair, makeup, nails, hair extensions - you name it, she can do it! She has a passion for creativity and is a natural at all things beauty. She is versed in many methods of doing hair, and she uses her knowledge to create what her clients are envisioning when they sit down in her chair. Bry loves that her work can change not only how people look, but how they feel about themselves. Because of this, she’s always working to improve upon her skills, learning new techniques, experimenting, and keeping herself up to date on all the latest hair, nail and makeup trends. She can't wait to meet you and make you feel amazing! Bry is ready to welcome you to Rise Hair Studio for a multitude of services including makeup, all hair services including wig styling, manicures, pedicures, facial, full body waxing, lash extensions and more! We are 10 minutes from the Hilton downtown. Call us at 717-540-1225. 🏳️‍🌈 #proudally #saferspace #hairhasnogender

"Hairway to Heaven "

Bree Fram
Lieutenant Colonel

Bree Fram is an author, podcaster, and active duty colonel and astronautical engineer in the United States Space Force. She is also the former President of SPARTA, a non-profit that advocates and educates about transgender military service on behalf of over 1700 transgender service members. Bree is currently assigned to the Pentagon to lead space acquisition policy development. Prior to recommissioning into the Space Force in 2021, she served 18 years in a wide variety of Air Force positions including a Research and Development command position and an oversight role for all Air Force security cooperation activity with Iraq. She came out publicly as transgender on the day the transgender ban in the military was dropped in 2016 and transitioned while in a command position. She is currently one of the highest ranking out transgender officers in the United States military. Bree has appeared on ABC and NBC news, PBS News Hour, and NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and 1A. Her writing has been featured in the Washington Post, Military Times, Inkstick, and LGBTQ Nation. She’s been a featured speaker on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and LGBTQ+ topics at Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and military and government organizations. Bree co-edited the book With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Troops in Their Own Words and co-wrote Forging Queer Leaders: How the LGBTQIA+ Community Creates Impact from Adversity which will release in May 2024 from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Bree has been married for 19 years to Peg Fram and they have two kids, ages 15 and 11. Find out more about Bree at her website:

Peg Fram

Peg Fram is a crafter, military spouse, and mother. She earned degrees in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Spanish allowing her to work for medical examiners and police departments before staying home to raise her two daughters. She quilts, sews, paints, knits, reads, and builds/fixes whatever her family breaks. Bree and Peg have been married for 18 years and they have two girls.

Dr. Gabrielle Frenkel

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Dickinson College, BS in Neuroscience, 2016
Lake Erie College of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2022
Current Resident Physician at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon PA 2022-2025

Lives in Hershey, PA with her wife, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and parrot! Enjoys spending time outdoors, reading fiction/sci-fi novels, and loves Halloween!

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lisa has been a therapist in private practice since 2021, specializing in the provision of trauma and trans services. Lisa’s work with the trans population began during her employment in a Residential Treatment Program. Her experience has continued to develop with employment in the Integrated Behavioral Health and Private Practice Setting. She is published with Drs. Alex Redcay and Paul Felker in the Journal of Residential Treatment of Children and Youth on the topic of treatment of transgender and gender expansive youth in the residential setting. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Millersville University. Lisa has been providing services in the clinical setting for 12 years.

Ms. Ashley Ghiron

Ashley Ghiron is a post-op transgender woman who began her transition in 2020 at the age of 60. Ashley owns and founded a large food preparation and co-manufacturing business 25 years ago in NY, that among many business interests, delivers meals throughout the country under the brand name Top Chef Meals. Previously, she was both a Director of Program Management on the B-1B bomber and an active duty F-111 fighter pilot in the USAF. Ashley has a BS in Engineering Operations and still volunteers in USAF Aux as a search and rescue pilot as well as an incident commander for various state, regional, and national emergency incidents. Her wife and son are both accepting and a key part of her life. Ashley and her son now run Ashley's company together.

Ashley Glennon

Hi, my name is Ashley Belle Glennon (she/her) and I am a lifelong woodworker and woodturner. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to study with a handful of artistic legends in the woodturning community which have left a profound impact on my work, but I often struggled to find my voice in my art. In Dec 2019, I officially came out socially as gender fluid and by the next July, I determined that yes, I am a trans woman. On July 1, I began my social/medical transition journey to being seen full time as the woman I have been all my life. As I was going through the challenges of the first couple years of transition, I was doing art sketches in one of my log books and realized, I had found a voice of my own! My art now was purposeful and meaningful! The difference in the results as well as the freedom I gained from expressing these emotions was simply amazing. People can begin to understand some of the raw emotion I was going through at the time while looking at my work. This workshop will focus on my examples of art, how I went about coming up with the inspiration, and going through the creative process for each one. It may be centered on woodturning as that is my passion, but I want to discuss other passions like music, poetry, writing, singing, ...even sports as running was a big outlet for me during my changes. I am also the co-founder of the Cville Trans Women's group, a board member of Cville Pride, and a board member of the Cville Gender Expansive Network(CGEN). Please come say hi as I love to meet new people in our community!

Ms. Karla Goodner
Keystone Registrar

Karla is a transgender woman who came out to her spouse in 2009. She began her transition in 2017 while working for South Londonderry Township as head of maintenance and a licensed Wastewater Operator. Retiring this year after 25 years on the job. After having spent her career behind the scenes, she continues in community service. She is a member of TransCentralPA, My Feminine Heart and a new member of the Vanity Club. She serves as the Registrar for the Keystone Conference and Secretary/Treasurer for TransCentralPA. She enjoys traveling and astronomy.

Mx. Corinne Goodwin
Exec. Dir. Eastern PA Trans Equity Project

Corinne Goodwin (She/They) is a Spouse, Father, Woman, Advocate, Friend, and Business Owner. As Executive Director and founder of Eastern PA Trans Equity Project she focuses many of her volunteer efforts on empowering transgender and gender non-conforming people. Corinne also volunteers with the Keystone Equality, the United Way, the ACLU, the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations to advance their causes and improve their processes.

Risa Gorospe

Risa Gorospe is a group chief scientist specializing in systems engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). She has worked various roles in systems engineering that span the systems engineering lifecycle such as requirements development, modeling and simulation, and integration and test. She is the second highest ranking transgender person at JHU/APL and is a regular thought leader in the defense systems engineering community. She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Villanova University, a Masters in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Mx. Robin Gow
Supportive Services Coordinator

Robin Gow (it/fae/he & él y elle) is a trans poet and educator. It grew up in rural Pennsylvania and lives with his queer family on unceded Lenape land also called Allentown Pennsylvania. Awarded the Jerry Cain and Scott James Creative Writing Fellow, Gow earned faer MFA in Creative Writing from Adelphi University where fae also taught as a professor of English.

Over the last five years, Robin has trained over 3,000 people on LGBTQIA2+ Inclusion and Equity and Neurodiversity/Disability Justice topics. He's given presentations at national conferences including the Philly Trans Wellness Conference and Youth Rise Up Conference and to organizations like Arts Quest, Bethlehem School District, Rutgers University, and Allentown City Hall. He serves on the Board of Eastern PA Trans Equity Project and Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and is a founding organizer of Queer & Trans Lehigh Valley.

Robin is the author of critically acclaimed poetry books and LGBTQ+ young-adult and middle-grade novels, earning starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and more.

"Queering Sex Ed"

Casey Grim
Rise Beauty Company Owner & Master Esthetician

Casey Grim is a professional esthetician and owner of The Rise Beauty Co. I am cisgender and love to offer my skincare and makeup services and expertise to the transgender community. Diversity and inclusion are core components of the culture at RISE. Casey does makeover transformations for Cassandra Storm in York, PA and is a Founding Club Member Expert of My Feminine Heart and TransTuesdays from day one - Cass even filmed her first episodes in Casey's salon! Casey is also an 11-year Air Force Veteran having served one tour in Iraq as a staff weather officer to the 101st Airborne Division and 4th Infantry Division. I look forward to connecting with you at Keystone! My contact information for setting up a makeup appointment is 717-850-3430. Please send a text message with your name and requested appointment time.

Dr. Sven Gunther

For more than 15 years, increasing access to gender affirmation surgery has been a driving force of Dr. Sven Gunther’s education and training. For Dr. Gunther, it is more than a profession but a calling: to provide compassionate and comprehensive care throughout patients’ journeys to find themselves. Dr. Gunther understands that this journey touches nearly every aspect of a person’s life including self-identity, social and romantic interactions. Dr. Gunther brings his unique training and artistic eye to the operating room with a focus not only on function but also aesthetics.

Dr. Gunther graduated valedictorian, with an associate degree in chemistry from San Diego Mesa College. He graduated summa cum laude from University of California San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology. Dr. Gunther attended medical school at the University California Davis School of Medicine as a Regents’ Scholar, one of a select group of students with demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and exceptional promise. He also received a master’s degree in clinical research during which he obtained a research training grant for his research on wound healing.

He went on to graduate at the top of his medical school class and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical society, a reflection of the principles of lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service. One of Dr Gunther’s greatest personal achievements during medical school was founding and co-directing a free hormone clinic for transgender and gender non-conforming patients.

Dr Gunther attended Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for his plastic surgery residency, Here, he trained with multiple world-renowned surgeons in the study of gender affirming top surgery, facial aesthetics, rhinoplasty and facial feminization. Dr. Gunther was fortunate to spend his last year of training at Oregon Health & Science University, focusing on all aspects for gender affirming surgery including phalloplasty, vaginoplasty, chest masculinizing surgery, breast augmentation and facial feminization. Dr Gunther has been an active member in WPATH since 2018.

When not in the operating room, Dr. Gunther enjoys tending to his orchid and plant collection and trying to get various birds to eat from his hand. He is an avid runner, hiker, and a culinary experimenter best known for his pasta making skills.

Ms. Savannah Hauk

Detroit-born Savannah Hauk is an author, podcaster, advocate and TEDx Speaker, living a confident, visible and successful male-to-female crossdressing life. Through a lifetime of experience and research, Savannah has come to understand the many reasons men crossdress, the struggles and fears they face, and the weight of the crossdressing labels they accept but may not truly understand. Her eLit award-winning "Living with Crossdressing" book series is written to demystify and destigmatize the dual gender experience for both crossdressing men and their loved ones. Savannah also co-hosts the weekly The Fox and the Phoenix Podcast, reinforcing the same positive and inclusive message of gender identity and expression. She also leads conference workshops and has given two TEDx talks. When Savannah isn’t working or advocating, she loves the MCU, rebuilding LEGO sets from bulk bricks, and spending time with her girlfriend and two fur babies.

Dr. Gennifer Herley

Dr. Gennifer Herley PhD has started a new company which Gender Solutions NY which she is the president of. In her past experience, she was founder and Executive Director of TransNewYork. Gennifer is a proud transgender woman who earned her doctorate degree in 2014. Dr. Herley works with allies of the transgender community, additionally Gender Solutions NY provides mental health support to those in the transgender/gender diverse community. In addition Gender Solutions NY provides Transgender/Gender Diverse educational training seminars for Organizations. Her career has taken two paths, corporate management roles and business and mental health, as well as nonprofit experience. To Gennifer there is no greater service than servicing the transgender/gender diverse community. She has over 40 years of experience in a psychoanalytic setting and had attended transference groups for over 3 years Her leadership experience includes managing all operational activities, such as finances, business development, sales, marketing, and fundraising. Dr. Herley excels at developing and monitoring budgets and resources, planning and executing short- and long-range goals, and redesigning programs to respond to the changing needs of the LGBTQ Community with a focus on members of our community who are transgender. In addition, Dr. Herley is a Board member of 'I’m from Driftwood' which aims to help LGBTQ people learn more about their community, straight people learn more about their neighbors and everyone learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and story sharing. Dr. Herley is also an adjunct professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Herley is a tireless advocate of the transgender community and has spoken at many Transgender Conferences focusing on group dynamics.

Owner of Dominion Wellness Coaching. As a home health physical therapist for over 20 years, I subscribed to the weight-centric approach to health and believed that achieving and maintaining a “healthy” weight was the best thing we could do to ensure a long and healthy life. However, as a chronic dieter, I was no more successful at losing weight than my patients or clients were. I became a certified Transformational Health and Life Coach through the Health Coach Institute in September 2020 in the height of the pandemic. I went on to become a certified intuitive eating counselor under the guidance of registered dieticians Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. Along the journey, I experienced profound change for myself, especially in my relationship with food and my body. Now, my passion is helping other people repair their relationship with food and body so they can have authentic health with more pleasure and satisfaction than they’ve had in years! As an intuitive eating counselor, I help empower my clients as the experts of their own body. Together, we create a powerful partnership to decouple self worth from body size or shape, let go of guilt and shame around food and body, and foster a greater connection with the body. Through the process of intuitive eating, my clients achieve increased energy, improved physical and mental health, greater self-esteem and positive self-regard. I am particularly passionate about working with other women over 40 who feel frustrated, discouraged, and defeated on the weight loss roller coaster and want a better approach to wellness!

Lex Horwitz

Lex Pe’er Horwitz (he/they) is an LGBTQ+ Educator, Activist, Consultant, Public Speaker, and Researcher based out of Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from Bowdoin College, where he competed on the Varsity Men’s Squash Team and became the first out transgender athlete in all of collegiate squash, and the first out transgender athlete to compete at Bowdoin.

Lex works with educational institutions, nonprofits, medical centers and businesses creating and presenting LGBTQ+ curriculum and training, developing inclusive policy, producing educational resources, and providing feedback and action steps to address areas of growth. Through Lex’s keynote, they share their journey as the first out transgender athlete at their college and in all of collegiate squash, and what it was like for them to navigate the binary sports world as a non-binary person — including their experience in switching teams. Lex is coaching Middle and High School JV Girl’s Squash at The William Penn Charter School. Additionally, Lex is a research co-investigator, consultant and writer in Gender Affirming Health Care at Temple University and Temple Health.

Their work focuses on educating people of all ages, backgrounds, and lived experiences on LGBTQ+ identities, topics, and issues—with a focus on gender and sexuality—through a multitude of pathways including facilitations and workshops, public speaking and keynotes, one-on-one support, and consultation services. Through his work, Lex cultivates a powerful judgment-free safe space where all people can engage in critical conversation on gender, sexuality, and community, and become effective allies in action to LGBTQ+ folx.

Ms. Telane Jefferies

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Megan Karns

Meet Megan Karns, a devoted advocate and guide in the transgender community with a passion for forging genuine connections with others. As a Human Resources professional and business owner, Megan has held numerous roles across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Holding a master's degree in Public Administration, her professional journey fuels her dedication to building safe spaces for individuals on their unique paths. In her role as a facilitator, Megan blends her rich background with compassion, wisdom, and a touch of humor, emphasizing that the journey of transition can unfold into a rich tapestry of post-transition life. Having traveled this road herself, Megan intimately understands its intricacies, victories, and obstacles. Her commitment to authenticity shines in fostering an environment that embraces the genuine experiences of transition—the laughter, the victories, and the occasional quiet moments of reflection. During her free time, Megan enjoys digging in the dirt, strumming a guitar, and running endless miles along the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River. Through workshops like "Beyond Transition: Navigating Life on the Other Side of the Rainbow," Megan aspires to create a venue where individuals can share, connect, and find support.

Amy Keisling

Amy Keisling is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Dickinson College and received a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the primary focus of her work has been in the provision of gender-affirming care to transgender and gender-diverse people. In 2019, Ms. Keisling left the world of private clinical practice to become the Coordinator for the pediatric and adolescent Gender Health Clinic at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, serving the needs of transgender and gender-diverse children, adolescents, young adults, and their families.

Natalie Kratzer

With more than a decade of experience providing transparent, holistic advice, Natalie Kratzer (she/her) focuses on educating and empowering clients as they make important financial decisions that impact them now and in the years to come. This leads to long-lasting relationships amongst our clients and their families.

Natalie leads the Roots Financial Group at Thrivent, a dynamic team of financial professionals provide financial planning services for those seeking guidance on their journey to financial clarity with a specialization in assisting nurse anesthetists, student nurse anesthetists, and nurses on the path to becoming nurse anesthetists.

Natalie is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF), designations granted by the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. She holds the Certification for Long-Term Care CLTC). She has also achieved Million Dollar Round Table status, an industry honor based on sales excellence, outstanding client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge. She is a member of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC), and has earned the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Quality Award for demonstrating a commitment to excellence through performance, professional education, and industry service. Locally, Natalie volunteers as a Board member for the Lower Dauphin Communities That Care, the Hummelstown Business Professionals Association, and with the Saturday groups serving the differently sheltered in Harrisburg, PA.

Natalie is an active member of Thrivent’s Pride Business Resource Network and is focused on building practice that is open and affirming.

Abbe Kruger, JD, CLC

Abbe is a MBSR trained, certified Life Coach, who coaches cis and straight partners of transgender, gender diverse and LGBTQ+ folx. Abbe offers a range of coaching services including one-on-one coaching, group coaching, workshops and online support groups. She is a former attorney, legal recruitment executive, CEO and community leader. She is a wife and mother who splits her time between NYC and PA.

Nicole LaRocque

Nicole is an experienced and caring clinical social worker and psychotherapist with a keen intuition and capacity to listen, connect, strategize and team build. She owns a private psychotherapy practice where she provides a safe therapeutic environment for clients undergoing major life transitions. Social justice is at the core of her work. Her education and advocacy in transgender care began when her child expressed gender dysphoria eight years ago. More recently, as anti-trans bills grew, Nicole increased her engagement within the transgender community as a volunteer on the Yes On 3 Campaign and other public advocacy roles and continues to provide psychotherapy to transgender clients. Nicole helped found RIGT because she sees the organization and its mission as an opportunity to have a greater impact on the health equity of transgender and gender diverse people. She graduated with a Masters of Clinical Social Work degree from Boston College and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of Saint Rose where she is in the Athletics Hall of Fame (Women’s Basketball). The Research Institute for Gender Therapeutics (RIGT) is a nonprofit pharmaceutical company and a registered 501c3 public charity that was founded to address the significant unmet medical and social needs of gender diverse individuals. The clinical treatment of gender diverse individuals is often stigmatized and there are no FDA-approved treatments for gender incongruence. RIGT was established to address these issues and has recruited a team of world renowned experts in gender care to guide our organization and help support a world where the treatment of gender diverse individuals is broadly accepted as standard medical practice.

Ms. Jennifer Lehman

Ms. Jennifer Lehman is a transgender woman who after a lifetime of hiding her true self executed a successful gender transition in 2013. She has been married for 39 years to her college sweetheart, Karen, who is now the Significant Other Program Director of TransCentralPA. Jen and Karen have a daughter, son-in-law, son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. Jen is a business development manager, bowls competitively in two leagues and is very active in her local Lutheran ELCA church. Jen has presented workshops on gender transition at the 2014-2023 Keystone Conferences, the 2014 and 2018 Philly Transgender Health / Wellness Conference, the Philadelphia EEOC, and several local churches and high schools.

Mrs. Karen Lehman

Karen is the Significant Other Program Director of TransCentralPA. She is married to Jennifer (Jen) who transitioned in 2013. Karen and Jen met in college and had been married for 24 years when Jen confided in Karen that she was transgender. It took Karen five years to accept that Jen needed to transition and that she wanted to try to make their marriage last. They renewed their vows as Karen and Jen for their 30th anniversary and have now been married for 39 years. They have a daughter, son-in-law, son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. Karen is a Preschool Teacher’s Aide and is a very active member at her Lutheran ELCA church. Karen is available throughout the conference, in group sessions and individual meetings as needed. She can be reached after the conference via email.

Mx. Miranda Lewis
University Professor

I am married, a retired US Marine, a certified life coach, and a government civil servant. I am a spouse, parent, student pilot, car mechanic, and infantry combat veteran. I just happen to also be transgender. My wife and I have four amazing children and work every day to make our way down this path of transition together. I am a professor of defense systems acquisition, teaching program management for the Department of Defense in my day job. I run a transformational and transitional life coaching business as a certified Dream Builder and Life Mastery Consultant too, which is my true passion. I serve those who want help identifying the limits and constraints that are keeping them from seeing their dreams and living their best life. I have spoken and presented at national conferences and for government agencies, such as the Dept of Transportation. As an educator, I have taught and facilitated over 50,000 contact hours of instruction.

Ms. Sabrina Love

Stepping Out of the Closet and Into the Spotlight: Introducing Sabrina Love For 32 years, I stood before the public as a confident and accomplished speaker and trainer. But behind the facade, a secret bloomed in the shadows of my closet, nestled among silks and sequins. A secret I'm finally ready to share with the world: I am Sabrina Love, a crossdresser who's ready to embrace the light.

My journey spans a lifetime, a whisper of femininity tucked away in forgotten corners. Yet, three years ago, that whisper roared into a chorus. A chance invitation to a "girls' night" with fellow crossdressers became a defining moment. Stepping into that safe space, adorned in my hidden finery, felt like coming home to a reflection I never knew existed.

It wasn't all sunshine and sequins. My path has been paved with challenges, navigating acceptance, societal norms, and the delicate balance of two worlds. But amidst the hurdles, I've discovered a vibrant community of sisters, a network of unwavering support that fuels my confidence and whispers courage in my ear.

Now, I stand before you, not just as Sabrina Love, but as a beacon for those who may be walking a similar path. My story is your story, a tapestry woven with the threads of self-discovery, acceptance, and the transformative power of community. Learn from my stumbles, savor my triumphs, and let my experiences propel you on your own journey of blossoming.

Mr. Mason Luke
Keystone Transmasculine Program Director

Mason Luke is a transman who has been in the adult sales industry for 18 years. His business specializes in products for thr LGBTQ+ Community. Inclusive of gender expression as well as sexuality specific products. Mason is a product tester and reviewer for multiple companies and routinely posts his honest and sometimes comical reviews on YouTube and as a blogger. Through numerous product trials, Mason can help folks find products that fit their unique needs.

Dr. Lulu is a queer Nigerian-born, pediatrician, mom of a transgender daughter, Former Lt. Col., and Disabled US Air Force Veteran, TEDx Speaker, and certified parent/life coach advocating for LGBTQ+ children, and their parents at the workplace. She is the recipient of the 2022 San Antonio LGBT Chamber Youth Advocate of the Year Award, the 2022 San Antonio Business Journal D.E.I award, and was a finalist for the San Antonio NAWBO 2023 “Rising Star” Award. Dr. Lulu was interviewed in September 2022 by Oprah Winfrey in her “The Life You Want” Masterclass on Service, her mission is youth suicide prevention, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ youth, particularly gender-diverse youth. She speaks about parenting, anti-racism, and LGBTQ+ issues and is the host of the “Moms for Trans Kids Podcast” available everywhere. Dr. Lulu is the bestselling author of 7 books including "How to Teach Your Children About Racism”. Her next books: “Invited In, How to Become the Parent Your LGBTQ+ Child Needs”, and her parent handbook; “About Your Black Transgender Child” are due out in 2024, while her Physician Notebook; "Allies in White Coats: Beyond Bias in Healthcare" is due out in 2025. She hangs out on Linkedin, Facebook, and Instagram. Her websites are and Tel: 802-768-1180.

Dean Luther

Dean Luther is a native of Troy, North Carolina. Dean began ministry at the age of 18. He is a graduate of East Coast Bible College (BA Biblical Studies) and The Pentecostal Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Dean has pastored churches in Maryland, Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He began chaplain resident at Geisinger Medical in 1997. He remained at Geisinger for seven years. While there he became an ACPE Certified Associate Educator and Co-Director of the Department. He has served hospitals in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia before joining the VA Medical System in Jackson, MS in 2014. He transferred to Lebanon in September of 2017 as the Chief of Chaplains. While Dean was ordained in the Church of God, he currently has Standing with the Disciples of Christ. Dean is married and has two adult sons Jon and Eric. Dean enjoys fishing and Clemson Tigers football.

Jo Malave
Ask Me My Pronouns!

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Dr. Scott McCracken

D. Scott McCracken (he/him): I have been a practicing family physician in York for over 10 years. I believe strongly that healthcare is a human right, that health disparities exist in the United States, and that we can address these disparities through intentional effort to meet the needs of a diverse population. I have been directly involved in gender affirming care for the past 7 years, and am excited to share recent research and guidelines, as well as discussion, to encourage us all to improve our care of nonbinary patients.

Ms. Beth McKinley
Financial Advisor

After 15 years as a donor advisor for a variety of regional, national, and international non-profit organizations, Beth McKinley (she/her) transitioned her experience in charitable gift planning to the financial services industry. As Associate Wealth Advisor at Roots Financial Group at Thrivent, Beth provides financial planning services to clients and is focused on serving those who want to include giving in their financial plan, helping women feel confident in their financial future, and prioritizing the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Professionally, Beth has earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation and is an active member of the Greater PA Chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS). She is also a member the Keystone Business Alliance, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Central PA. She was the first Chair for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Carlisle Branch of AAUW, and recently served as Co-chair for the ELCA Lower Susquehanna Synod’s LGBTQIA+ Affirming Taskforce. Additionally, Beth continues to support local fundraising efforts as an active volunteer, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors for YWCA of Carlisle and Cumberland County, the Development Committee for Project Share, and the Engagement and Events Committee for the Fund for Women and Girls at TFEC.

Bio My name is Rachel McShane and I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for 20+ years. Speech pathologists are experts in speech, voice and communication. Of these roughly 170,000 licensed professionals in the United States, only 8% have any experience providing Gender Affirming Voice Therapy. I have been interested in Gender Affirming Voice Therapy since I was an undergraduate student in the late 1990s and was invited by one of my professors to take part in one of the first Gender Affirming Voice Therapy clinics in the United States. I have experience serving individuals receiving Gender Affirming Voice Therapy across the country. What is Gender Affirming Voice Therapy? Gender Affirming Voice Therapy enables people who are seeking to speak in a way that best represents their gender to speak in a vocally healthy way. Equally important, and sometimes more important than pitch, is knowing about and utilizing appropriate vocal hygiene, resonance, speech rate, volume and intensity, as well as using intonation appropriately. We will address what many of these characteristics are in our workshop today, as well as try some exercises to help you practice your best voice. In my work with people who are seeking to change their voice through gender affirming voice therapy, clients have had a variety of objectives: from not being misgendered on the phone, to speaking at a higher pitch, to not thinking about their “new” voice…it’s just their voice. People who have a masculine voice often want their voices to sound more feminine. People who have a feminine voice often want their voices to sound more masculine, and everyone wants the way they sound to be more aligned with their most authentic self, regardless of where they identify on the gender binary. I have worked with individuals who are pre-vocal surgery, post-vocal surgery, and with individuals who do not wish to undergo vocal surgery but want to speak in a healthy, representative way. Through my training and clinical experience, I have developed a program that enables individuals seeking gender affirming voice therapy to speak in a way that best reflects their gender. I am available to provide individual teletherapy sessions, and look forward to meeting with you in Harrisburg!

Donna Miller
Donna's Hair Studio

Donna's Hair Studio & Spa was founded more than 35 years ago and has been at its current location for over 25 years. The salon is now a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon carrying the full line of John Paul Mitchell Systems hair products and styling tools, a full line of exclusive Bodyography Super Natural Cosmetics, 2 fully-equipped manicure stations, a private skin care room featuring full body waxing, facials and massage, a private pedicure room, and seven hair stations. We have a small wig salon carrying Raquel Welsh, Gabor, and Henry Margu. Visit my site at

Ms. Linda Mills

Linda Katheryn Mills is a Fine Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Educator living on Long Island, NY. After years of searching she finally realized that she identified as being Non-Binary, more specifically BiGender. In 1998 Linda joined Chi Delta Mu (the greater New York/New Jersey area chapter of Tri-Ess) where she became the chapter’s Vice President, a position she held for four years. Linda is a founding member of Pathways, a Transgender Support Group which meets monthly in Northern New Jersey, and she’s been an active member of the Vanity Club since 2007. More recently Linda’s thoughts on being Bigender were featured in an article for TransLiving International Magazine (#80 Summer 2023). Currently she is writing a book about her journey embracing the absolute joy of her gender duality. You can reach Linda before or after the conference at You can also visit her small yet humble Bi-Gender website at

Mr. Nathan Morgan
Ask Me My Pronouns!

My name is Nathan Morgan (He/Any) and I’m the lead instructor at the Seattle Voice Lab. I have performed on Broadway for 12 years in The Phantom of the Opera, the CATS Revival, and on several National Tours. With a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and having taught voice for 24 years, I believe I can help improve voices by creating a positive, safe learning environment, and a physical awareness of the tools necessary to succeed. During my career, I have created curricula to help Trans folx the world over. I happily am afforded the opportunity to train teachers through SVL to work specifically with trans voices. Being a part of this organization, and the exciting opportunities that are coming our way in the near future, is truly rewarding in ways I never dared expect. I count myself lucky to be a part of the journeys of the students at SVL, and look forward to helping increase the quality of life of anyone who comes my way!

Melissa Morton

Melissa Morton is an attorney turned accountant (now retired) who has been interested in history for many years. Melissa graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. degree in history. While attending law school at the College of William & Mary, Melissa worked at Colonial Williamsburg as a costumed historical interpreter. From this experience she realized that the stories of people, places, and ideas do not tell themselves: they have to be told by others. Melissa occupies the narrow niche of crossdressing historical reenactors, and has become well known in the world of Civil War reenacting. She has an impressive collection of reproduction dresses from multiple eras of history.

Ms. Allison Chris Myers

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Kelly Nelson is a 66 year old transwoman, living in the Houston, TX area. Before transition, she worked as a firefighter/paramedic for 23 years. In 2000, she hung up her turnout gear and stethoscope, and embarked upon a second career in information security. Kelly has been active in the Texas trans community for many years, presenting at seminars and organizing social events. Upon seeing the rapid rise of anti-trans political activity in early 2022, she has become an advocate for trans rights, especially the rights of trans-kids, testifying at the state capitol and engaging political leaders where and when she can. She is currently going through the leadership education program with Equality Texas.

Also in early 2022, she leveraged her life-long avocations as audio engineer, announcer and voice actor, and along with her best friend, Jeri Ann Young, created the “Trans Truth Podcast”. Together, they present regular episodes featuring news and commentary, interviews, and other entertaining content, all with the aim of bringing truth to a public that is constantly receiving a barrage of misinformation and outright lies.

Ms. Emelda Nim
Dahn Master

Emmy Nim has been involved with Yoga for many years and has risen to the position of Dahn Master, and teaches in the Chicago area.She has received extensive training in the United States, Korea and New Zealand. She teaches Yoga to a broad span of age groups from pre teens to seniors in their nineties. Her style of teaching is Korean based, and concentrates of the combination of mind and body. She is an accomplished Red Belt in Dahn Mundo(Korean Tai Chi), and Holistic healing, Her method concentrates on Stretching, Meditation, Breathing Relaxation, and Brain Vibrations.

"Body and Brain Yoga"

Ms. Coleen O'Donnell
Debutante Program Director

Coleen O’Donnell identifies as Transgender MTF. She has lived in Chicago her whole life, except the 9 years she was active duty U.S. Air Force. Coleen is one of the founding members of the largest Transgender group in Chicago, and has been a Member of The Vanity Club for over 10 years. One of her favorite pastimes is shopping, and she also loves to share her knowledge and experiences with those that are just starting out. Coleen has been fortunate to shop in some of the best shopping areas, and stores all over the world, such as Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Manila Philippines, Singapore, Sydney Australia, and Auckland New Zealand. She has never been to a store she hasn’t liked and thinks a bad day of shopping is better than a good day at work. Coleen has been involved with The Debutant program at the Keystone conference since its inception. She says there is no better feeling when you see the smiles on the faces of girls out shopping at a bricks and mortar store for the first time. Her favorite saying is “there is no sound as sweet as your own heels on the street”. She has seen over 100 girls hit the stores for their first time, and never grows tired of doing this.

Ms. Suzane Oliva

Ms. Suzane Oliva is a Retired fully Transitioned Trans Sexual Woman who still does “Consulting & Trouble-shooting” work for “special” clients. Suzane is a Valve, Actuation, Steam, & Strainer Application, Specification expert – “guru”. She has traveled to Five continents and worked on multiple national and international projects with global partners. She has been involved in developing Engineering approvals for major end users like P&G, Linde, Exxon Mobile, Sunoco & the US Navy. She has been a Farmer, Owner Operator, Line Haul Driver, Manufacturers Representative, Product Manager, VP of BDK Engineering in North America, & Product Application Specialist. You cannot get on a USSN ship that does not have a Valve Line she has not been “involved with”. In her previous life when she was playing a “Bit Part on the stage of Life” she was the President of the Maryland Association of the FFA for 75-76. Suzane was one of the original members of Trans Central PA. She was also a member of the Island Girls in Chicago, a charter member of the Classy DC Sisters, and the Transgendered Houston Cover Girls. She has attended and participated in every Keystone Conference except for the very first one. She originated the “Tuesday Pre Keystone” dinner for early arrival attendees. Was instrumental in getting Amy from Just you in Las Vegas to come and work at The Keystone Conference. She hosts a Special Dinner at The Final Cut Steakhouse at the Hollywood Casino on Friday night of Keystone (Was Thursday before this year) Her favorite Quotation comes from Dr. Seuss “ Why Blend in WHEN YOU WERE MEANT TO STAND OUT! The ringtone on her phone is the Shania Twain song “Man I Feel Like A Woman”. So if you have a question or want to converse stop over and see her. She does have a few stories!

Odetta Owen Boudreau
TransFamilies Director of Programs

Odetta is a genderqueer, family advocate, consultant, and community activist who works for TransFamilies as the Director of Programs and uses they/them pronouns. They are the mother of two sons, gender and neurodiverse, with over twenty years of experience working in non-profits as an advocate and program manager for families. They work to educate families, healthcare providers and non-medical organizations on concerns related to trans/nonbinary and autistic/neurodiverse children. They have a Master’s in Organizational Communication and Psychology from Marshall University and enjoy spending time with family and their two cats.

Ms. Christine Penn

Parent, Transwoman, Competitive Cyclist, aspiring writer, dog lover, advocate, volunteer, web site developer, and professional who works as a software engineer for a fortune 100 company. I've published 58 stories focusing on my life journey's and my odd medical experiences. Regularly brought in to speak at a couple of the medical colleges in the area on transgender medicine topics, as well other colleges in regard to transgender sports participation. I hold 4 patents in areas of computer networking and software status reporting. Work with teams to develop custom network, software deployment, and security solutions for the industrial control market.

Mx. Star Peterson

Star Peterson, M.Ed. is a non-binary and pansexual diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) trainer. Star holds a certificate in Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. Star teaches employers, healthcare workers, mental health professionals, and parents how best to support the queer and neurodivergent communities.

Casey Pick (she/her) is the Director of Law and Policy for The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and mental health organization serving LGBTQ young people. She leads The Trevor Project’s work to advance state and federal policies that support LGBTQ young people in crisis, educating policymakers and the public about LGBTQ young people/mental health issues. She also writes and coordinates amicus briefs, collaborates with state and local advocates, and testifies in support of legislation to protect LGBTQ young people. Casey’s work has been featured in CNN, Associated Press, The New York Times, NPR, and MSNBC. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Michelle Popkov
President Emerita Vantiy Club 2018-2019
Ask Me My Pronouns!

Michelle Popkov has given presentations at the major Transgender Conferences since 2011 on style and technique. She is the President Emerita of the Vanity Club and a co-founder of the Las Vegas-based Transgender United—an all-inclusive social and support group for the LGBT community. Michelle is retired and lives in Las Vegas, NV.

Cheyenne Port

Cheyenne Port, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a Social Worker with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Port currently works in primary care with the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Within her current role, Ms. Port assists LGBTQ+ Veterans in receiving affirming care and health services within the VA. Ms. Port has previous experience working within the Pennsylvania state government system as a social worker for the Department of Human Services at Wernersville State Hospital and a social worker for the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs at the Southeastern Veteran’s Center.

Marg Produe

Marg Produe is a person living with intersex traits. Marg is a retired Scientist, Inventor and Video Producer who has worked and taught extensively. Marg holds degrees in General Science, Biology, Information Technology and Technical Prosthetics. Marg has been happily married for 42 years and now works part-time during the summer as a lumberjack at the family tree farm and also in winter as a woman’s costumer. Marg is a member of interACT, InterConnect, Madison Area Transgender Association, The local PFLAG Group, The River City Gems, Transgender Heaven and Crossdresser Heaven. Marg also volunteers for Pride and PrideFest and has attended Diva Las Vegas, Keystone, Wildside and BeAll.

Ms. Billie Elizabeth Reiss
IFGE Co Chair 2009-2013. President CDI NYC 2001-2003

Billie Elizabeth Reiss is a 72 yr young transgender woman. She owns a large outdoor amusement ride and fair company operating in the northeast for over 40 years. She transitioned in 2005 and had supportive wife who passed in 2022. Billie has 3 children and 2 grand children. Her oldest child, who also works for the company is transitioning at 40 and came out while working there. Billie was the President of Crossdressers International Inc, CDI, from 2001-2003 and the Director and Co-Chair of IFGE, International Foundation For Gender Education from 2009 - 2013.

Rev. Joel Risser

Joel Risser (he, him, his) is an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ, ordained to ministry in 2007. He grew up feeling like an outsider in his rural community and found community in Philadelphia as a student at Temple University. By a cosmic joke, he was called to create community in places just like where he grew up and ran from. He was engaged in full-time parish ministry for 16 years at congregations in Jonestown and Hellertown PA. Joel shifted into providing spiritual care at the Lebanon VA Medical Center as a chaplain in 2022, where he became passionate about the role of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in the formation of religious leaders and chaplains. Joel is a proud ally, committed Christian, and passionate religious pluralist. Joel is currently an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education CPE Educator Student, seeking admission as an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate. He is the co-facilitator of the LGBTQ+ Veterans Support Group at the Lebanon VA Medical Center with Dean Luther. Joel believes that education and spirituality are processes of transformation and “becoming” in community; as a presenter, educator, and chaplain, Joel seeks to listen and learn first, and share along the way.

Mallery Jenna Robinson

Mallery Jenna Robinson is an AfraCarribean Binary Transgender woman as well as a Transgender and HIV healthcare advocate for Los Angeles and the State of California. Her first role into advocacy began as the Engagement Specialist and Service Navigator for the Transgender Health Program. The duties of this position included: case management of clients, linkage to care, PrEP and PEP services, STI screening and HIV testing. While implemented several successful essential programs such as: Rack and Roll (a clothes closet), Snack Shack (food pantry), TRANSport ( an essential items delivery service,) and events such as: Come OUT and Pose, ValenTrans Day, and a The T-Report Red Desk Diaries a panel for National Transgender HIV Testing Day. She is the creator of A Hateful Homicide a true crime and investigative journalism podcast covering the hate crimes and hate violence of the Transgender, Gender Non-binary/Nonconforming, Intersex and Two-Spirit community members in the United States and abroad Transgender Empathy Trainings (TET Talks) is a collection of trainings that provides empathetic approaches and procedures to be better connect and work with the TGI community. TET has been presented by Sony PlayStation, and LA County Board of Supervisors to list a few. Mallery has also spoken publicly for The Long Beach Transgender Day of Remembrance at Harvey Milk Park in November 2019 and for ALL Black Lives Matter Los Angeles in June 2020 and co-hosted several LGBTQ virtual award shows such as Unique Women's Coalition Our Honors Award on Transgender Day of Visibility. ❤️🤗

Ms. Sharon Rose
Helping Hand Team

Sharon Rose is a transgender person who has attended every year of the Keystone Conference. For many years, she has served as a member of the Helping Hand Team, answering questions and assisting first-year attendees with maximizing their experience at Keystone. She believes in “paying it forward” and enjoys making newcomers feel welcome. She is a proud member of the Vanity Club, and she is also active in her local transgender support groups. She is married to a supportive spouse and has two children. Sharon lives and works in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Her interests include long distance running and snow skiing. She is an active member of her Reform Synagogue.

Ms. Naiymah Sanchez
Trans Justice Coordinator

Naiymah Sanchez - (she/her) is a nationally recognized and proud transgender woman who has contributed to reducing barriers experienced by the community and focused on increasing the quality of life that centers on individual needs. Ms. Sanchez wears many hats, from direct resource support to advocating for policy change. She uplifts the experience of those disproportionately impacted by inequity while overcoming personal challenges and exhibiting standards that co-empower her community to have agency over the work that creates the necessary change we need. Ms. Sanchez advocates for Systemic Equity and is working to move us forward through community education, relationship building, supporting inclusive policies, pushing for comprehensive laws, and, most importantly, demanding accountability and oversight. Ms. Sanchez contributes her insight from the experiences of her past and the impacts felt throughout the community while letting her passion for community liberation fuel her efforts. Naiymah Sanchez joined the ACLU-PA in January 2017 and has continued to dedicate her efforts to better the lives of all people impacted by systemic unjust throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Amelia has always been passionate about hair and make-up. Growing up, she possessed skills way beyond her years. It was obvious she had a natural ability for all things beauty. Amelia graduated from Walk with Scissors Beauty Academy and is currently a service provider at Rise Hair Studio in Harrisburg working with a team of talented beauty specialists. She may be young but she will amaze you with her instinctual skills. Grow with her!

Lorenzo Singotti

Lorenzo Singotti, MSW, LSW, earned his bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton. Lorenzo worked with homeless veterans in transitional housing, in child welfare as a general protective services intake caseworker, crisis/mental health, and intellectual disability settings before earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2022. Lorenzo has worked as a psychotherapist shortly after graduation in a mental health/substance abuse setting for Veterans prior to joining the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center as a Crisis/ED Social Worker. Most recently, Lorenzo has held the role of LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator at the Wilkes-Barre VAMC, in addition to his role as a Crisis/ED Social Worker.

Ms. Lisa Smith

S. Lisa Smith identifies as dual gender. She is a 74 year old retired attorney. She has volunteered at the local aquarium and is active in her synagogue. She has surfed for 57 years and hopes to be surfing for many more years. She has attended The Keystone Conference for 6 years as well as being a volunteer. At the last two Keystones she led discussions on being dual gender, which were well attended. She also led workshops at The Paradise Conference in Atlanta in October 2022 and First Event in Boston in January 2024. She also attended First Event in 2020 and was in the fashion show. She loves reaching out to cisgender folks and educating them about the huge transgender umbrella and is active on a Facebook fashion group that is made up of primarily cisgender women. She is a proud member of The Vanity Club, a service and social organization for trans women. She is fortunate to be married to the same woman for 48 years who is supportive and gives her space to be Lisa.

Ms. Gabrielle Spierer

Ms. Gabrielle Spierer is the President of Out of the Box (O.T.B.) Services LLC where she coaches, counsels, educates and helps people to be their authentic selves and also turn trauma into success. She's a published author co-writing a book sold on Amazon, called "Giving Women a Voice" with Donna Anne Pace and 10 other women from around the world on overcoming domestic violence. Gabrielle had a career as an engineer, project engineer and manager. Gabby also owned a 2 businesses, one in tech the other in distrubution. Now she's involved in social work, education, speaking and activism. She hopes to start a nonprofit in the future to help people estranged from their families. Starting transition in 2011 she came out in 2013 at Newsday and to about 1,000 customers successfully, being the first openly transgender person to work for the LI, NY newspaper and the 13th largest in the US. Gabrielle is a speaker, an advocate for trans rights and a member of LITAC, The LI Transgender Advocacy Coalition, the Empire Pride Agenda, the Stonewall Speakers Association, The Global Sisterhood in Pittsburgh and the Women's Diversity Network on Long Island, NY.

Ms. Lauren Stein

Lauren has practiced law in Pennsylvania for over twenty-five years with over twenty years in private practice. She has experience doing name changes for adults, minors, and transgender clients. Having started her transition in 2016, she continues to further her transition and work within the community by serving as Vice-President of TCPA and finding opportunities to educate anyone willing to learn.

Mrs. Cassandra Storm
Retreat Yoga Leader, Creator of My Feminine Heart, Co-Chair of the Keystone Conference

As a photographer, Cassandra Storm was invited to photograph the Keystone Conference in 2012 and has since photographed and taught workshops on poise, feminine comportment and yoga from Boston to Erie, D.C., Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale.

She saw the need for capturing affirming and beautiful photographs of her clients but desired to help them realize their true inner beauty below the surface. This desire led to the creation of My Feminine Heart in 2020, teaching goddess inspired yoga at conferences and online in the pandemic as well as becoming the co-chair of the Keystone Conference in 2021. In 2022, she was awarded Member of the Year by the Keystone Business Alliance (Harrisburg chapter affiliate of NGLCC) for her outreach in the transgender community.

Cass has been a practicing yogi for 19 years and received her 200 RYT Certification in 2019. She specializes in helping those who are struggling with trauma and PTSD, especially children, and teaches trauma informed yoga to teenagers in foster care living in residential treatment programs.

Cass is also the co-creator of CLK Events along with her partners Kristy Snow (Founder and President of TransCentral PA, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Keystone Conference) and Dream Building, Transformational Life Coach Liz Tattersall. To learn more about their affirming and inclusive women’s retreat “Letting Go in Lancaster” in fall of 2024, visit her website

Tesla Taliaferro
Rainbow Rose Center President

Tesla is an active and dedicated LGBTQIA+ advocate and an openly transgender/gender fluid, queer, and polyamorous person. They serve as president of the Rainbow Rose Center board, has previously served as the secretary of PFLAG York, and is the former chair of the social justice committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. He works as the Coordinator for Information Technology at Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates (PA CASA). He is an award-winning contributor for The Central Voice, Central PA’s LGBT+ news source. They currently live in Harrisburg with their husband and their many menagerie of pets.

Ms. Liz Tattersall
Certified Health and Life Coach

Liz is a Transformational Life Coach, Dream Builder Coach, and Life Mastery Consultant who helps individuals who feel overwhelmed and confused at a crossroads in life to find clarity, purpose, and energy so they can live an authentic life they love. Liz believes we are all capable of far more than we realize, and that we can really live a life that we love living. A Registered Nurse by training with more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Liz brings her decades of training, mentoring and life experience to her Transformational Life Coaching business, helping people build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives. As a sought-after life coach and professional speaker Liz offers inspiring workshops as well as transformational in-depth coaching programs to help clients achieve new heights of success, fulfillment, and spiritual aliveness. A regular presenter and speaker at many of the Transgender Conferences throughout the year, Liz is privileged and honored to serve the LGBTQ community.

Lindsey Taub
Image Consultant/Stylist

Hi! My name is Lindsey. If you saw my shoe collection you’d understand – FASHION IS MY PASSION! A passion that led me to a life in the luxury fashion industry where I quickly became an invested student – learning how to cobble my own shoes, make garments my own and dress the top 1% to impress. While attending New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), only after years of working in the industry, did I learn to truly understand and respect the nuances of skin tone and the spectrum of colors that goes with it. I became more intrigued with image consulting than fashion creation. I have had the joy of styling men and women and the privilege of working with the transgender community; styling people of all shapes and sizes from all walks of life. I’ve gained an enormous amount of knowledge while working for companies like Jeffrey NYC, Saks and was a senior stylist for MM LaFleur, in Washington, DC. The affirming and positive impact I’ve had on my clients has given me the inspiration to know that I can help shape your entire wardrobe and help you find your personal style.

Dr. James Thomas
The Voice Doctor

Dr. James Thomas, a laryngologist specializes in voice change and voice disorders. His undergraduate and medical training started at Penn State, followed by residency training at Southern Illinois University and subsequently a voice fellowship at Loyola University in Chicago. He currently offers fellowship training in laryngology in Portland, Oregon. A pioneer in surgical vocal pitch change, he develops procedures to alter voice. He developed Feminization Laryngoplasty (FemLar) over the past 20 years and has presented and published results at professional meetings and peer reviewed professional journals. Refining surgical procedures is ongoing for Feminization Laryngoplasty, vocal cord webbing, thyrohyoid elevation, pharyngeal narrowing and laser vocal cord thinning.

Alex Tour

Alex tour has been a custom corsetiere full time for over a decade specializing in feminization garments, plus size shaping techniques, and bespoke ordering. Alex has an education from apprenticeships in Paris and costume design from notable performing arts schools, she has shown in New York fashion week and worked with notable clientele such as RuPaul, Trixie Mattel, lizzo, Nicki Minaj, lil Kim, Patrick starrr, Emma chamberlain, and many more. Located full time in Pennsylvania she takes orders via email or in person.

Gabbi Tuft
Former WWE Superstar, Transgender Advocate & Fitness Coach

Gabbi Tuft, CPT, LSN, is a forerunner and pioneer in the transgender community, a renowned professional athlete, keynote speaker and fitness coach. Gabbi has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry and has coached over 1500 people to success in the past 13 years. With 99% of her clients being cisgender women, Gabbi's mission is to empower women to break free from cyclical behaviors and embrace sustainable fitness and nutrition habits, all while fostering positive neuro-associations for success, inspiring a world of women who embrace change and love themselves as the queens they are. Her goal is to create a ripple effect of empowered women who lead fulfilling lives, unlocking their true potential and celebrating their individuality. Gabbi has been featured in The New York Times, Insider, The Tamron Hall Show, Breakfast Television and more.

Miss Nikki Valentine's

I am Nikki Valentines A Exercise Coach, Fitness trainer, and champion Athlete in basketball, football and fight sports including as a Championship Kickboxer with the USKBA and WKA. A Expert in the field of Exercise with a degree in Sports medicine and Athletic training. With over 30+ years of experience in Fitness and Fight Sports. A former Fitness Director to 2 of the largest health club chains in New York- Equinox Fitness and NYHRC( NY Health and Raquet Clubs) as the main trainer for the Fitness Personnel I was responsible for all Anatomy and Exercise knowledge that my training staff received. I have also presented on specifics of Sport Specific exercises at several conferences and AAU training facilities with double A Professional team. After leaving the Fitness Industry, I opened and ran successfully 3 Fitness and Kickboxing Dojos for a total of 12yrs and still teaching and training both Self-Defense and Personal Training to Children, women, men, and many members of our community. In addition to this I maintain a online Fitness and health information page on FB to help our sisters and brothers get quality information on workouts, nutrition, rehabilitation, and general health questions. As a transgendered woman I am appalled by the lack of quality fitness information and Videos on Training specifically for our community there are available on the internet, lots of Fitness training videos for Cis-women and Men but very little up to date information for our Transwoman's group, this is what has inspired me to pursue the online Space. Live with passion and Purpose Nikki Valentines

Dr. Brenda Vulpes

Brenda Vulpes is a professor of biology at a major state university. After earning a Ph.D. in genetics, she held research fellowships at two prestigious universities. She is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed research publications. Her research focuses on the relationship between genotype and phenotype. This involves the molecular and physiological mechanisms that link particular sets of genes with the form and function of body structures, functions, and behaviors.

Ms. Christiana Wagner

Christiana Wagner is a speech-language pathology graduate student with a passion for voice. She is currently completing an externship in the Department of Otolaryngology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she is learning to provide gender-affirming voice therapy and treat a range of voice, swallowing, and upper-airway disorders. She will graduate in May with a master's degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Christiana is a member of the Voice and Upper Airway Disorders Special Interest Group (SIG 03) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Christiana is thankful for the opportunity to speak about voice masculinization and feminization at the 2024 Keystone Conference with her mentor, Aaron Ayala.

Mr. James W Walker VII
Certified Professional Electrolysist
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With over 20 years experience as a transgender care specialist electrolysist, Mr Walker has built up plenty experience in both hair removal and the special challenges faced by the transgender community. Many have been aided and guided through the complicated maze of transition.

Ms. Lilia Weber
Lilia Weber, A-CSM, CSPO

Lilia Weber is a veteran of the Keystone Conference with 100% attendance. She is a proud parent, grandparent, and is a Consulting Manager and Agile Coach working in software development. She completed her professional transition in place in 2016 while continuing with the same employer. Lilia currently serves on the board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Trans Equity Project and is active in her employer's corporate DIB Council and Pride ERG. She is also an active member of Trans-Central PA.

Dr. Tish Weikel

Dr.Tish Weikel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Phoenix Counseling Services, LLC, a private practice in rural Gettysburg PA. Phoenix prides itself on being an affirmative counseling practice that provides quality care to LGBTQIAP+ populations. In addition to running the Phoenix group, Tish is also an adjunct instructor at Shippensburg University of PA. Lastly, Tish cofounded Doug's Haven Inc, a grassroots non-profit organization working to end stigma against marginalized populations such as the LGBTQIAP community.

Bree Wiles

Bree Wiles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at UCLA and speaks at national conferences on self-harm and queerness, with a focus on youth in particular. She graduated with her MSW from USC with a specialization in Children, Youth, and Families. She has worked with queer youth in multiple settings including in the medical field, providing therapy, and creating programs within institutions and agencies to provide queer youth with more equitable care. Bree presents at conferences around the country where she focuses on her own story as a queer teenager who self-harmed and the intersectionality between mental health and queerness. She has extensive lived and professional experience on how to assist queer youth with interventions to replace self-harming behavior. She has provided various LGBTQIA+ trainings to doctors, nurses, and other social workers at UCLA, as well as implemented more visibility on the pediatrics unit. Her own story has inspired many queer youth and has provided awareness on how prevalent self-harm and suicide are within the queer community in particular. With self-harm and suicide on the rise for queer youth who are grappling with a society that has tried to silence them, Bree is passionate about providing awareness, education, and using her lived experience as a queer woman to make impactful change in the mental health world. Bree plans to open her own private therapy practice where she wants to focus on helping queer youth and will continue to present at conferences to create change in the mental health field.

Brittani Young

My name is Brittani Young, owner of Britts Beauti! I feel like no matter what outfit you wear, or how much money you may have if your hair is not right, nothing is. I have always loved doing hair since a little girl. Growing up as the oldest of an entire generation, it was the one responsibility I absolutely loved. The creativity and love I was able to express brought me Joy! Your hair represents you. Britts Beauti is where you can Be-YOU-ti-Ful however you do it!

Jeri Ann Young

Jeri Ann Young is the co-founder and co-host of the "Trans Truth Podcast" which equips listeners with informed responses to the growing wave of disinformation currently being used against transgender people. As an ambassador for the trans community she also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Currently she is serving as captain of her rodeo team. She has received recognition and several awards from the organization for her work on her committee. As a retired educator of 34 years Reverend Jeri loves to travel, garden, fish, bake and entertain guests in her home. Degrees she has earned include; B.S.Math, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Reading Instruction, M.Ed. School Administration, Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Ph.D. Bible and Theology.

Ms. Lindsey Young

Lindsey Young is the founder of Quiet Wealth, a financial planning firm and wealth management firm focused on serving LGBTQ profressionals. Prior to founding Quiet Wealth, Lindsey spent fifteen years in Silicon Valley finance, primarily as an investment banker working on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, leveraged finance and other transactions for technology companies. She leverages her deep background in finance to help Quiet Wealth clients achieve their goals. She also has extensive experience providing strategic and financial advice to businesses of all sizes in multiple industries. Lindsey received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she concentrated her studies on finance and entrepreneurial management. She earned her BA from Williams College, where she majored in economics and psychology. Lindsey is an Investment Adviser Representative and is licensed as an insurance Adviser in the State of Maryland. Lindsey is also a CFP® professional, a Certified Exit Planning Adviser and a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. Lindsey has a long history of advising non-profits. Currently, she is the board president of FreeState Justice, the leading statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization in Maryland. She is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served two years in Armenia as a small business advisor. Lindsey is a native of Baltimore, and after a globetrotting career, she is happy to be back home in Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, baking, singing, producing a music podcast and rooting for her Orioles.

Matthew “Dr. Matt” Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist and professional speaker who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodivergent clients. He is proud to serve the Gifted community as a consultant, a professor, an author, and a researcher. He has spoken over 400 times all over the world about supporting neurodivergent kids. Dr. Zakreski is a member of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC), and Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). Dr. Zakreski graduated from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) in 2016. He is the co-founder of The Neurodiversity Collective:

Ms. Christine Zuba

Christine Zuba (She/Her) is from Blackwood, NJ, just outside of Philadelphia. She's responsible for National Sales Accounts for Dielectric LLC, a Maine based manufacturer of equipment for the television and radio industries. Christine travels nationwide working with senior level management of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS amongst others. Christine’s corporate parent is Sinclair Broadcasting, one of the largest group owners of television stations in the US. Christine has a BSEE from Penn State, an MBA from Rutgers, and has been employed in engineering and sales for over 30 years. She transitioned successfully in 2015.

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