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.
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.
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Dennis Newman (he, him, his) (Trustee Vice-chair) received his Masters in Counseling Psychology with a multicultural emphasis from the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his undergraduate degree in English and Political Science in 1995. He earned a law degree from Florida State University in 2001. Dennis’ academic interests include law, social justice, queer studies, community advocacy, critical studies, and identity development. Dennis was born in San Francisco, but has lived in 19 states. In his spare time, Dennis relaxes with family and friends, reads comic books and fantasy novels, and watches tennis. He is excited and grateful to be a part of the GIC team!
Amber O’Connell (she, her, hers) (Trustee Secretary) 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.
Kathe Perez (she, her, hers) (Trustee Chair) 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. 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 (she, her, hers) 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).