Amber Alarid (she, her, hers) A Denver native, Amber has always been passionate about community and social change. She has held a number of volunteer positions over the past 12 years with a range of nonprofits. Most recently Amber has volunteered with Community Educational Outreach (CEO), helping clients prepare for the GED and/or sharpen their math, writing, reading, and comprehension skills. She is currently the Learning and Talent Development Manager at JVA-a local consulting firm specializing in helping social sector organizations become more successful.
Dr. Neil Cannon (he, him, his) is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. Neil is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice in Cherry Creek. He treats individuals and couples on any matter related to sex, gender, intimacy and relationships. Neil has been a volunteer and supporter of the Gender Identity Center of Colorado since 2006 and is a past speaker at Gold Rush. Neil has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Doctorate degree in Human Sexuality. He has post-graduate certifications in both, Marriage & Family Therapy, as well as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Family Systems.
Stevie Crecelius (she, her, hers) grew up in a family of photographers and was weaned in the family darkroom at age six. Age six was also a profound year because Stevie had the onset of Tourette’s Syndrome and began to realize that “he” was a girl in a boy’s body. It was the 1950’s, there was no internet, no support system, not even a word for it. Stevie spent 7.5 years as a TV News photographer, then moved to Law Enforcement where she lived CSI and took photography to a new level. In 2006, she had a kidney stone, and during the exam it was discovered that she is intersex. This both validated how she always felt and scared her to death. Her spouse of 24 years encouraged her to be herself and to this day, they are still married.
E. Asher Eno (they, she, him) is a psychotherapist for individuals, relationships and families and is the owner of Infinite Possibilities Counseling, LLC. In private practice, Asher specializes in gender and sexuality transitions, LGBTQ communities, polyamory and open relationships, BDSM, kinks and fetishes. Asher teaches at the University of Colorado at Denver in Counseling Psychology and Counseling Education. Asher presents on both sexuality and transgender communities to many organizations, schools and at various conferences nationwide.
Dave Ensign (he, him, his) was raised in Wisconsin, built his career on the East Coast for 9 years, and has lived in Boulder, CO since 1994. Dave’s professional experience is in Telecommunications and Internet Services. From 1997 through 2011 he was on the Board of Directors of Out Boulder, Boulder’s LGBT Community Center, where he was Treasurer for three years and President for one year. He has also been serving on the Boulder County AIDS Project board since 2012, where he was President for one year and is currently Secretary. Dave’s love of outdoor recreation has led him to complete 9 Marathons and climb over half of the Colorado 14ers.
Todd Garrity (he, him, his) Todd Garrity is a transgender man who is passionate about preventing suicide in the transgender community through the ongoing education of healthcare providers, family members, coworkers, and support group facilitators. Todd is the owner and healthcare provider of a Complementary Alternative Medicine Clinic in Denver, Colorado, specializing in Depression/Anxiety and transgender care for the past five years. His private practice helps patients struggling with suicidal ideations find emotional balance by aiding them with a multitude of holistic therapies such as meditation, acupuncture, herbs, essential oils and breathing techniques to gain greater self-control of their emotions.
Dr. Detre A. Godinez (she, her, hers) received her PhD in Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and emotional and cognitive brain development. This research is heavily influenced by her volunteer activities and work as the former director of the Bias Incident Hotline Project. She has demonstrated commitment to unlearn bias and social hierarchy and is dedicated to equality and social justice for all.
Monica Horn (she, her, hers) moved to the Denver Metro area in 2006 and found the GIC soon after her arrival. She served on the GIC Board of Directors for 3 years and last held the position of Vice President. She is an avid skier and enjoys hiking, biking and camping in the summer. She retired from a 26 year Airline Career in 2010 but occasionally works as a Theatre Set Builder and a Carpenter. She is active in 2 churches, Living Water Unity and Mile High Since of Mind and Spirit. She would like to thank everyone at The Gender Identity Center of Colorado for this wonderful opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Jeffery Hoyle (he, him, his) is currently the Owner and Chief Communications Officer of Emphasis Communications, LLC, a firm focusing on the public relations and marketing needs of Denver’s small business and nonprofit communities. Jeffery was part of the host committee for The National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference in February 2015, and joined the national Board of Directors of the organization in February 2015. He also serves as Co-Chairperson for the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission, Co-chair of the Board of Directors of The Alexander Foundation, and Coordinator for the Colorado Healthcare Guild. Jeffery graduated from Denver’s own East High School, and attended CSU.
Commander Tony Lopez (he, him, his) has been a member of the Denver Police Department for over 32 years. He is currently the Commander of Denver Patrol District 6 in downtown Denver. He is tasked with command of Patrol Officers, the Mounted Patrol Unit, the Downtown Motorcycle Unit, the Homeless Outreach Officer program, the Special Crime Attack Team, and the Property Crimes Investigation detectives. Commander Lopez completed his undergraduate work at Florida International University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command school. In 2009, he was selected as the Denver Police Department’s “Commander of the Year.”
Kathe Perez (she, her, hers) is a certified speech-language pathologist and the founder and president of Exceptional Voice, Inc. Kathe has taught her unique transgender voice therapy program to speech pathologists at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Kathe has been helping trans* women and men discover their true voices since 2000. Kathe and co-creator, Annika Kappenstein, now offer transgender people the solution to their voice struggles in an iOS app named Eva.
Dr. Daniel Reirden (he, him, his) I have completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency that has prepared me to provide clinical care to both children and adults. In 2007, I joined UC Denver, where I have a joint appointment in Adolescent Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and serve as Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Youth Program (CYP). This structure has allowed me to combine my expertise in youth HIV care and research with my expertise in caring for marginalized, high-risk, HIV uninfected youth. Over the past five years, I have continued the growth of CYP, established an inner-city satellite clinic serving HIV-infected youth, and increased research efforts among our youth population.
Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu (she, her, hers) After studying electromagnetic turbulence above the aurora borealis, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu shifted to bioscience, investigating the molecular machine that implements the genetic code. Two years ago, her team mapped a long gender-related RNA molecule that might be involved in reprogramming DNA (‘epigenetics’). Sanbonmatsu is a principal investigator at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Physics (Columbia University), Ph.D. in Astrophysics (University of Colorado), and the Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists. She was elected fellow of American Physical Society.
Dr. Pasco Scarpella (he, him, his) recently served as a Board member at-large for the GIC and has been working to reorganize and rewrite the GIC’s governance and bylaws. Pasco has been a long-time supporter of the GIC, a business sponsor, financial contributor, and a consultant on governance and boardsmanship. His experience in the non-profit world is extensive, having served on numerous non-profit boards. Currently, he serves as District Secretary for the Rocky Mountain District of Barbershoppers; an organization that represents roughly 900 barbershop singers across 9 states.
Catherine Shea, JD (she, her, hers) is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Currently, Cat is an Assistant Regulation Counsel in the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, where she investigates and prosecutes attorney discipline, attorney disability, law examiner, magistrate, and judicial matters at trial and in appellate proceedings. She is an active member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and the Denver GLBT Commission, where she serves as Co-Chair.
Amy Gale Ruth Tapie identifies as bigendered, presenting as female part time. She has been the Event Organizer for the GIC’s 2nd Friday Crossdresser Meetup since November 2013. She acted as Chair of the Trans*, Intersex, and Nonbinary Hospitality Suite Subcommittee for the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change conference in 2015. Under her performance name of “Amelia Storm,” she was crowned Miss Majestic Hearts of All Colorado 2015-16. She holds a B.S. in computer science from the U.C. Santa Barbara and has been a professional software engineer for over two decades.
Dr. Anna Wegleitner Dr. Wegleitner grew up in west Texas. She attended Baylor University and subsequently obtained her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Residency training then brought her to Denver but Colorado won her heart and she stayed to practice medicine. Dr. Wegleitner founded Mountain View Family Medicine in 1992. She is dedicated to providing individualized attention and a “listening ear” to all patients. Dr. Wegleitner has a special interest in the care of transgender individuals, including hormone therapy, disease management and primary care. Dr. Wegleitner is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Leslie Wright is a Community Research Liaison and Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Leslie was co-founder of the community-academic partnership called GLBT SUSTAIN (Seniors Using Supports to Age in Neighborhood). She consults on a regular basis with KPCO leadership regarding equitable health care and services for LGBT members including advising on the implementation and continued improvement of Transgender Services. She is beginning her second term as President of KP Pride, Kaiser’s LGBT employer business resource group. Leslie has also served on several boards and committees in Denver, including the Denver GLBT Commission, the Colorado Business Council, and the Center’s board.