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2022 Presenter Biographies



Whitney Walker
Donna's Hair Studio

Before coming to work at Donna’s Hair Studio and Spa as a hairstylist and makeup artist, Whitney worked for Dermalogica skin care and Laura Geller makeup. She also does lash extensions and hair extensions.

Workshops
  • "Exquisite Eyes"
  • "Save Your Skin & Your Wallet: How to Buy the Right Makeup and Skincare"


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.

Workshops
  • "Anxiety - The Elephant in Your Room "
  • "Couple's Therapy"
  • "Safe Relationships in Transition: Who Should I Share Information with and Who Don’t I Have to?"
  • "Telling Your Children and Family Members"


Ms. Krystal Anspach
LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator

Krystal Anspach served in the US Army for 10 years as a Combat Medic. She started her journey at the VA 6 years ago and currently works as a Medical Administrative Assistant. She became the Special Emphasis Program Manager for LGBTQ and the Chairperson for the EEO Diversity and Inclusion Committee from the beginning of her career. Three years ago, she was elevated to LGBTQ Veteran Care Coordinator. She is one of the only non-clinical people to have this role in the nation. She has worked tirelessly at VA Butler Healthcare to raise the LGBTQ program. She has attended Pride festivals, held seminars to educate clinical staff on how to ask appropriate clinical questions and making a welcoming environment throughout VA Butler. She was part of the Programs in VAs first ever Virtual Pride Festival. During this month long celebration she gave a presentation on Prosthetics and Consult Language. This program covered items the VA has available such as packers, STP, multiple types of breasts and gender diverse swim suits to name a few and what consult language is needed when ordering them. Thru education and administration, she has procured a gender affirming prosthetic kit to be able to match and size veterans correctly. She regularly meets with veteran groups to gain perspective on LGBTQ issues and how the VA can help. Krystal is in the process of creating VA Butlers first Gender Diverse support group and clinic. She is continuing her education to be able to provide crucial care for the veterans at VA Butler Healthcare

Workshop
  • "US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served"


Mx. Arin Ayala

Arin Ayala is a non-binary voice-specialized Speech-Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist in the Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. They hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Arin studied Musical Theatre at the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre of the University of Hartford for two years before completing their Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. They earned their Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia State University in 2017 and are currently in their last semester of a Master of Vocal Pedagogy program at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Arin has been working in otolaryngology since 2017, when they were a Clinical Fellow. Their professional services include videostroboscopy (direct visualization of the vocal folds), voice evaluation, and voice therapy. While they work with a wide range of vocal issues and symptoms, they specialize in working with transgender and/or non-binary patients for gender-affirming voice care, as well as working with singers and the injured voice. Arin is a trained singer who has performed in professional and community musical theatre for over 20 years and continues to perform locally. They are an active member of the Voice and Upper Airway Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are a frequent guest lecturer on topics related to the voice and voice disorders.

Workshops
  • "Exploring Voice Feminization Workshop"
  • "Exploring Voice Masculinization Workshop"


Kaitlyn Bachert
MSW, LSW

Kaitlyn Bachert is a Central Pennsylvania native. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Kutztown University. She has been a licensed social worker, in the state of Pennsylvania since 2016. With the assistance of two providers, Dr. Susan Medalie, and Michelle Braucher, CRNP, she assisted with developing a gender affirming care clinic, in Lebanon, PA. She assists patients with getting connected to needed resources and additional gender affirming care options. She enjoys helping patients find their true authentic self and helping them reach their goals of getting to there.

Workshop
  • "The Transgender Primary Care Office Visit"


Genna Betros

Since completing her cosmetology license, Genna Betros has been a makeup artists in New Jersey for over five years. She caters to a diverse range of incredible and beautiful clients. She is currently the head make up 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 see her clients reaction of their inner beauty shining through and looks forward to turning many more chairs around to show clients their gorgeous selves.

Workshop
  • "Flawless Foundation"


Ms. Susan Bienvenu
LMSW, LAc

Susan is a Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Acupuncturist with a background in managing large project 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, and Susan is continuing that workshop. 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.

Workshops
  • "Ask a Spouse/SO"
  • "But You Lied To Me - A Way to Explore the Emotions (SOs Only)"
  • "Relationship Priorities: Using Communication and Compassion to Work Through Transition"


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.

Workshop
  • "Personal Safety and Defense En Femme"


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.

Workshop
  • "US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served"


Michelle Braucher
CRNP

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 13 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. Michelle is one of the two prescribers/providers in the Wellspan program that have built their transgender care program from the ground up.

Workshop
  • "The Transgender Primary Care Office Visit"


Amber Brown
Director of Education & Training

Amber Brown, Director of Training, Community Outreach, and Education at Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey), is a sexuality educator and trainer with more than 17 years’ experience. She has taught grades two through 12 and has provided training for schools, colleges, parents, healthcare professionals, and community-based organizations. She oversees PPKey's three LGBTQ+ youth groups, Berks County’s Health Resource Center, and the Patient Navigators for PPKey's Gender Affirming Care program. She works with new hires on counseling skills and abortion stigma. Amber earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Penn State University and is certified to teach K-6 grades, as well as middle school science. She is an Our Whole Lives trainer, sings alto in a chamber choir, loves Renaissance faires, amigurumi, and fantasy films.

Workshops
  • "Being Your Own Health Advocate"
  • "Providing Transgender and Nonbinary Care at Planned Parenthood"


Mrs. Stephanie Bruning
Content Designer / Educator

Stephanie is transgender woman, historian, and educator. She is currently the senior content designer for social studies at Edmentum, a leading provider of digital education solutions in the United States. She's also worked as a teacher, presenter, and musician.

Workshop
  • "Transgender History and Progress in Education"


Rev. Joanne Carroll
Executive Director, Trans Advocacy Pennsylvania

Joanne M. Carroll is the Executive Director of Trans Advocacy Pennsylvania; a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania 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 is 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 in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and 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.

Workshop
  • "Advocacy - For Yourself and Others (How to Game the System)"


Danniyel Marie Christensen
TransCentralPA Transwomen Program Director

Danniyel Christensen is a MTF transwoman from Philadelphia. She has been transitioning for four years. She served in the U.S. Navy, and is currently employed as a Nuclear Technician for a Nuclear Technology company and travels extensively throughout New England. She is currently the director of the transwomen program for TransCentralPA, and is also a member of the Vanity Club. Through her experiences as a transwoman, she has discovered that the world is not a scary environment as some perceive it to be. She believes that sometimes the transgender community can be their own worst enemy in thinking the world is not ready for the trans community. She is always ready to share her experiences to help others to not limit themselves in activities out in the mainstream world.

Workshop
  • "Hello World! Taking Those First Steps Out"


Ms. 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.

Workshop
  • "Taking Advocacy to the Next Level -- Running for Public Office"


Ms. Christine Daily
Paramedic - Public Safety Educator

Christine Daily has been involved in Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety for most of her life, (over 47 years). Knowing who she was on the inside (being female in a male body), she got involved in this profession to help others as it gave her self-worth on the inside. She has been involved with Police, Fire, and EMS in various positions including Paramedic Fire Fighter, Paramedic Provider, EMS Instructor, and Guest lecture for police recruit training. Most recently She presented to the Georgia Association of Emergency Room Nurses on the topic of Transgender Care. She currently is employed by one of Georgia's largest healthcare systems as a paramedic in the emergency department. She provides patient care, staff education about transgender patients, and sets an example to all who see her as someone no different than they are. She wants to educate all of us so that while we are out in public living our authentic lives, we are safe, understand what will be tolerated, and how to interact professionally in any situation.

Workshop
  • "Medical Emergencies While Presenting Authentically “Under-Cover”"


Dr. Katharine Dalke
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Dalke completed her undergraduate degree from Haverford College and her MD and MBE (Bioethics) from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her psychiatry residency and served as Chief Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). While at Perelman and HUP, she was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director for Sex and Gender Curriculum, Co-Director, Inpatient Mood Disorders and Geriatric Psychiatry Service, and Co-Director, Consultation/Liaison Service at Perelman/Pennsylvania Hospital. She is interested in clinical services for transgender populations and in creating education programs in this area.

Workshops
  • "Beyond the Binary: Exploring Non-Binary Healthcare "
  • "Transitions of Care"


Jenee Davis

Jen has been out and about since 1984. She has attended many events such as Be-All, First Event, Detroit Invasions and Southern Comfort. This is her 3rd time at Keystone. She enjoys her time out dancing, enjoying dinners with friends and seeing local shows. She lives near Milwaukee, WI and is a born and bred Cheesehead! (and proud of it!) Jen frequents the Milwaukee TG friendly bars and restaurants and often travels to nearby Chicago to meet up with friends. Jen is also very supportive of a local LGBTQ shelter that supports displaced LGBTQ youths. She is always willing to help out a friend and has learned many “tricks” through the years from her supportive Drag friends and TG friends. She is married to a supportive spouse (35+ years) and has been a proud member of the Vanity Club since 2010.

Workshop
  • "Hacks, Tricks and Trade Secrets: Advice from Your Big Sisters"


Ms. Lynn Discenza
President of Stonewall Speakers

Lynn is a transgender woman and President of Stonewall Speakers. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She has been an LGBTQ+ advocate and Stonewall Speaker since her coming out in 2010 as bisexual. In 2019 she started her transition. Lynn is founder and president of the PFLAG Waterbury Chapter and on the executive committee of QUEST (Queer Unity Empowerment Support Team) of Waterbury. Lynn is a True Colors trained youth facilitator and has been facilitating LGBTQ+ youth since 2019. She is a co-leader in her Roman Catholic parish's LGBT ministry. Lynn was married and has 3 grown children and a foster son who is gay and 2 grandchildren. Lynn is founder and president of Design By Analysis, inc. an aerospace engineering consulting company located in Middlebury CT.

Workshop
  • "You Have a Story? Come Learn about Stonewall Speakers and How to Share Your Story"


Mrs. Samantha Ethridge
Samantha Ethridge

I am a full time trans women. I transitioned 5 years ago and I am married to another trans women Stephanie Ward. We live in Conway Arkansas which is a small town north of Little Rock. We have attended Keystone several times and are current members of the Vanity Club. I am very active in the community in which I live going out with friends and other activities. I am currently involved in a social / sport called Cornhole in which I play with others from our local area and also the Southern region of the ACO league I belong to. I am also the current season 16 Co-Ed State Champion of Arkansas. It has given me the opportunity to develop friendships with a broad spectrum of people.

Workshop
  • "Introduction to the Social Sport of Cornhole"


Dr. Alexander Facque

Alexander Facque, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with The Gender Confirmation Center of San Francisco, working alongside Dr. Ley and Dr. Mosser in providing excellent patient care and service to the transgender, gender diverse, and non-binary community. He is originally from Reno, Nevada and first felt the importance of gender-affirming surgery while he was a resident in plastic surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He then spent an additional training year specifically in performing gender affirming procedures under Dr. Loren Schechter in Chicago, IL. Dr. Facque has been in practice in California since that time and specializes in gender affirming facial surgery, chest surgery, and body contouring.

Workshop
  • "Gender Affirming Facial Surgery: Using Computer Animations to Help Explain Surgical Options for Transmasculine, Transfeminine, and Non-Binary Individuals"


Rev. Grace Ferris
Pastor

Currently a deacon in the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (CACINA), I will be fully ordained a priest by the time Keystone arrives. CACINA is an open and affirming, independent church; I am its only transgender clergy member. I pastor CACINA's Saint Wilgefortis Transmission, the nation's only Catholic mission expressively for the transgender community.

I hold a master's degree from Liberty University's seminary, and am a graduate of the interfaith ministry program at All Faiths Seminary International in New York City. I currently hold two concurrent volunteer ministry positions: one as interfaith chaplain at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady NY, and the other as chaplain for the 10th Area Command of the New York Guard, the state defense force that is subordinate to the Army National Guard.

Although a practicing independent Catholic, my training at All Faiths Seminary, and my experience as both a hospital and a military chaplain have given very valuable understanding of the divergent cultural and religious traditions of those in my care.

I am retired from a lengthy career in nonprofit administration, much of that with the American Red Cross. I also held administrative posts at Boston, Case Western Reserve, Drexel, and Niagara universities; the University at Buffalo; Albany Institute of History & Art; and the New York State Museum. I hold two undergraduate degrees from Niagara University. I have five grown children and the cutest granddaughter imaginable.

Workshop
  • "Practicing Authentic Faith While Living Authentic Life: How to be Faithful and Transgender"


Bree Fram
Lieutenant Colonel

Bree Fram is an active duty lieutenant colonel and astronautical engineer in the United States Space Force. She is also the President of SPARTA, a non-profit that advocates and educates about transgender military service on behalf of 1400 transgender service members.

Lt Col Fram 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.

Bree 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 is the co-editor of the book With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Troops in Their Own Words from NYU press.
,br>Bree has been married for 17 years to Peg Fram and they have two girls, aged 13 and 9.

Workshop
  • "Not All Roses - A Couple's Journey Together"


Mrs. 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, age 13 and 9.

Workshops
  • "Ask a Spouse/SO"
  • "Not All Roses - A Couple's Journey Together"


Elaine Frederick

Elaine Frederick has been teaching social dancing for over 15 years. The styles of dance she specializes in are East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Line Dancing and more.

Workshop
  • "Line Dancing 101"


Danielle Frost

Danielle identifies as a trans woman, and has lived as a part-time woman for 28 years. She has been an active member of the trans community in the Bay Area, has participated in Keystone many times, and has volunteered for both trans and non-trans, non-profit and activist organizations like the Transgender Law Center and ACLU. Danielle used her experienced and contacts through volunteering, to network and interview with employers, and has successfully navigated the working world as a part-time woman. She achieved a life-long dream, recently, of working in a paid position at the headquarters of a major international fashion and beauty company.

Workshop
  • "Becoming an 'Out and About' Girl - A Guided Discussion about Your Hopes and Goals and How to Achieve Them"


Ms. Miranda Galbreath
Licensed Professional Counselor

Miranda L. Galbreath (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with almost 20 years experience working in forensic mental health. She is a Psychological Services Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and has provided forensic treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She serves as the primary point of contact for LGBTQ individuals in her facility, and specializes in conducting treatment assessments for incarcerated individuals seeking feminizing hormone treatment. She is an active member of WPATH and currently pursuing certification. You can connect with her via her website, sexualsafetyspace.com.

Workshop
  • "LGBTQ Older Adults in the Criminal Justice System"


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 YWCA, the United Way, the ACLU, the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to advance their causes and improve their processes.

Professionally, after a career as a Senior Executive for companies in the Retail and Telecommunications industries, Corinne now operates a consulting business that develops training programs for companies that operate in the US, the Caribbean and Europe.

Corinne lives in Orefield with her wife Debbie where she enjoys working on her model railroad, cycling, and cooking meals for family and friends. If you don’t find there, she is likely in New York watching a theater production – hopefully one that her son Kenneth is working on as a sound designer.

Workshops
  • "Anti-Trans Legislation – What is it Really all About and How do we Combat it?"
  • "Introducing the Trans Stories Project"
  • "Legally Changing Your Name in Pennsylvania "


Casey Grim
Rise Beauty Company Owner & Master Esthetician

Casey Grim is a Veteran of the Air Force, professional esthetician and owner of The Rise Beauty Co. Diversity and inclusion are core components of the culture at RISE. Casey does makeover transformations for Cassandra Storm in York, PA and has been a contributor to My Feminine Heart and TransTuesdays from day one - Cass even filmed her first episodes in my salon! Casey is offering her services as a team and you can book both Brittani Young and myself for your makeover via email at casey@therisebeautyco.com.

Workshop
  • "Quick and Easy Hair Styling"


Ms. Savannah Hauk
Author

Savannah Hauk originally from the Detroit area, moved to the boroughs of New York City over twenty years ago in pursuit of a career in graphic design and website management. She now lives in South Carolina with her cis-partner, Judy Swain.

She loves dogs, movies, Stephen King novels, cosplay and comic cons. In addition, crossdressing as a woman is an integral constant of who she is. Her personal journey—and that with her partner Judy—is ever-evolving.

She is the author of “Living with Crossdressing: Defining a New Normal”, awarded the 2018 eLit Gold Medal for LGBT Non-Fiction and the Silver Medal for Sexuality and Relationships. She is also the author of a zombie apocalypse series under her male name.

Workshops
  • "How do I Manage My Gender Fluid Life?"
  • "Living with Crossdressing: Discovering Your True Identity"


Preston Heldibridle
Executive Director

Preston is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, PA's statewide LGBTQ youth advocacy organization. He is a 2017 graduate of Dallastown Area High School in southern York County and a current student at Harrisburg Area Community College. Preston's work with PYC includes assisting school districts with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, advocating for local non-discrimination laws in Pennsylvania communities, responding to attacks on transgender youth in the state legislature, and continuing to advocate for positive, inclusive legislation to be enacted into state law.

Workshop
  • "Advancing Trans Student Policy"


Ms. Susan Holtz

Susan Holtz came out publicly as transgender less than three years ago after a lifetime of struggles regarding her gender identity. Residing in Chicago and happily married in a longstanding supportive relationship, Susan’s life has dramatically transformed since coming out, as she’s taken on various roles in support and advocacy of the transgender community and the broader LGBTQ+ community in Chicago. Susan has been on the Board of the Chicago Gender Society for the past two years, serving terms as Vice President, Program Director, and Secretary. Susan also volunteers for three other local support organizations, but still finds time to cultivate new friendships and an active social life in her new persona.

Workshop
  • "How do I Manage My Gender Fluid Life?"


Ms. Telane Jefferies

No Bio Provided

Workshop
  • "Hello World! Taking Those First Steps Out"


Mx. Miranda Jones
University Professor

I am married, a retired US Marine, a current government civil servant, and bi-gendered. I am a husband, father, endurance athlete, hunter, shooting sports enthusiast, car mechanic, and infantry combat veteran. I just happen to also be transgender; bi-gender, or gender-fluid, to be more specific (and to attach a label if you need one or if the situation dictates it). I am a professor of defense systems acquisition and teach program management. Anne is the mother of our four amazing children and the keeper of our family through more challenge, turmoil, and celebration than is fair for one person.

Workshop
  • "The Ones We’re Closest to are Sometimes the Hardest to Reach"


Amy Keisling
ACSW, LCSW, BCD

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-expansive people. Ms. Keisling recently left the world of private clinical practice to become the Coordinator for the new pediatric and adolescent Gender Health Clinic at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, serving the needs of transgender and gender-expansive children, adolescents, young adults, and their families.

Workshops
  • "Beyond the Binary: Exploring Non-Binary Healthcare "
  • "Transitions of Care"


Ms. Kathy Randall Klein
Founder, Light in the Closet Ministry

A native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Kathy came out in 1999 as transgender to her spouse and three children. Growing up in the Christian church Kathy has served in various ministry capacities, including: Art Director at Jews for Jesus in San Francisco, California; Art Director for the Christian publication Radix Magazine in Berkeley, California; Executive Board Member of True North Christian Fellowship, and participated in the first ever Transgender Religious Leaders Summit at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley, California in 2007. In April of 2009, Kathy attended the 2009 Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, in Washington DC where, joining with other religious leaders, lobbied for successful passage of the Hate Crimes Bill (Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009). From 2010 through 2015 Kathy was pleased to co-host, along with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLGS) the Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, bringing it back to the PSR Berkeley Campus. Kathy has spoken and taught at various conferences, including Creating Change and Southern Comfort in Atlanta Georgia, and at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. “My personal journey has taken me from questioning my gender, to discovering my personhood. A more honest exploration of my gender issues is helping me to discover a more holistic approach to personhood. It is my hope that those who come to Light in the Closet, may find support in their lives and are able to honestly face who they are as God made them, both the male and the female.” - Kathy

Workshop
  • "Navigating Your Spiritual Valley - Kathy Randall, Founder Light in the Closet Ministry"


Anna Lantry
Director, Head Instructor

Anna Lantry is a singer and voice coach based in Vancouver WA. She is director of Your Lessons Now LLC, a multi-state company offering in-person and online voice and music lessons. Since 2013, she has offered voice instruction to clients all over the world in these areas: transgender voice coaching (voice feminization or masculinization), singing (classical and contemporary), voice acting, public speaking, and metal screaming. With a focus on transgender voice coaching, Ms. Lantry works with transgender clients of all genders seeking to retrain the speaking and singing voice to a sound consistent with her student’s gender identity. She does this while maintaining the uniqueness of a person’s voice quality, dialect, and primary spoken language. Ms. Lantry has sung classically in operas, musicals, and choirs since 2007. She first sang as a tenor, then as a baritone, and now as a soprano. Ms. Lantry has studied classical singing with Dr. Diana Allan and Dr. Stephen Austin. Ms. Lantry has become also become versed in other disciplines related to her voice coaching career, including studying Alexander Technique with Theresa Ford, and respiratory therapy for singers with Dietland Jacobi. Ms. Lantry earned a Bachelors in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015, and a Graduate Degree in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2018. Ms. Lantry brings to the LGBT community and singing world a combination of personal and professional experience, seeking to help all those who work with her to develop a voice they can be proud of.

Workshop
  • "Transgender Voice Training"


Ms. Jennifer Lehman

Ms. Jennifer Lehman is a transgender woman who after a lifetime of hiding her true feelings executed a successful gender transition in 2013 to begin living her life as her authentic self. She has been married for 35 years to her college sweetheart and has a son (31) and a daughter (27). Ms. Lehman is currently employed as a business development manager. Ms. Lehman is very active in her local Lutheran ELCA church where she teaches Sunday school. She bowls competitively in two leagues. Ms. Lehman has presented workshops on gender transition at the 2014-2019, Keystone Conferences, the 2014 and 2018 Philly Transgender Health / Wellness Conference, the Philadelphia EEOC, and several local churches and high schools.

Workshops
  • "Mapping Your Transgender Journey"
  • "Relationship Priorities: Using Communication and Compassion to Work Through Transition"


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 37 years. They have a daughter (29), son-in-law, son (33), 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.

Workshops
  • "Ask a Spouse/SO"
  • "Expectations (Spouses & Significant Others Only)"
  • "Relationship Priorities: Using Communication and Compassion to Work Through Transition"


Dr. Sherman Leis
The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery

Sherman N. Leis, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. is Professor and Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and specializes in all types of transgender surgery. He is Director and Chief Surgeon at The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery. The Center represents a team of more than forty professionals who have expertise in servicing the surgical and non-surgical needs of transgender individuals and is one of the few comprehensive centers of its type in the United States. Dr. Leis is the Founder of a Residency Training Program in Philadelphia and over the past thirty years has trained more than eighty plastic surgeons practicing across the United States. He is also President, CEO and Principal Clarinet of the Lower Merion Symphony, a Philadelphia area community orchestra.

Workshops
  • "Facial Feminization: Customized Evaluation and Treatment for Optimal Results"
  • "FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure "
  • "MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure."


Dr. Ellie Zara Ley

Ellie Zara Ley, MD completed her general surgery residency at the University of Arizona before pursuing a career in plastic surgery. She then completed a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Ley also completed fellowships in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah under the tutelage of distinguished pediatric surgeon Dr. Louis Morales, Jr. This was followed by hand surgery and microsurgery fellowships at the University of Southern California. After serving as an assistant clinical instructor of plastic surgery at the University of Utah, she moved back to Arizona to work in private practice, which led her to the field of gender confirming surgery. Dr. Ley was trained by Dr Toby R. Meltzer, a well-known leader of the field of gender affirming surgery. Through her work with Dr. Meltzer, as well as her multi-speciality education Dr. Ley has become an accomplished and recognized expert with vast experience and knowledge in all aspects of transgender and gender diverse surgical care.

Workshops
  • "Feminine Affirming Surgery"
  • "Masculine Affirming Surgery"


Ms. Kristen Lorraine

Kristen is an esthetician and makeup artist with 20+ years of experience. She has worked as an artist for Chanel, Dior, MAC as well as other brands. She worked as an educator for Sephora and was responsible for helping plan and execute the first "Class for Confidence" at the Sephora inside JC Penney. She has been a part of the Keystone Conference for several years now. Kristen's focus is on bringing out the beauty in everyone she works with and is passionate about embracing it.

Workshops
  • "Makeup Basics"
  • "Skincare to Contouring: How to Femininize the Face"


Ms. Sophie Lynne
MEd, Instructional Design

Sophie Lynne is a professional Writer whose work has been published in international magazines and the New York Times. She is a Transgender Activist who belongs to several TG groups including Vanity Club, Trans Central PA, and Greater Philadelphia Renaissance. Sophie is a former English teacher who holds a Masters degree in Education from Penn State, and is working on her PhD in Continuing Learning and Adult Education at Penn State, where she is studying cisgender/transgender relations. Her award-winning blog "A Woman Called Sophie" is frequently updated, and has many followers. She speaks at universities, schools, and businesses about transgender issues, and is on several local LGBT committees. Sophie has been living her Truth publicly for seven years.

Workshop
  • "Writing Your Coming Out Letter"


Ms. Jone Magagna
President Maycorr Print Group

Jone E. Magagna, President of MAYCORR PRINT GROUP, has been in the printing business for over three decades starting as a sales rep for a major web printer and then as owner of her own print company. She has worked with clients in a myriad of businesses including healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Jone is active in the Philadelphia community and is a board member of the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) and currently serves on the IBA’s Membership and TransWork committees. Jone is an avid tennis player, runner and skier and has two daughters living in Florida.

Workshop
  • "TransWork: Creating Economic Opportunities for the Transgender Community"


Rick Matash
LGBTQ+ VCC Wilkes Barre VAMC

Rick Matash, LCSW earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH. Rick worked as a houseparent for Boys Hope of Northeast Ohio before returning to PA where he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Marywood University. He has worked as a psychotherapist and as a behavior specialist working with children/adolescents. He was an ICM Supervisor for the CMSU county mental health system for 7 years. Rick joined the Wilkes Barre VAMC in September, 2008 where he serves as the Post 9/11 Program Manager and LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator.

Workshop
  • "US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served"


Maureen McCarthy
LSW

Maureen McCarthy, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker at Alder Health Services. Maureen earned a Master's degree from Shippensburg University, and primarily works out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Maureen began her career at Alder Health Services in 2015 as a medical case manager for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2019 she continued her work at Alder Health Services by providing behavioral health therapy for individuals, couples, and/or families. She believes that everyone has a story and provides a safe and comfortable place for individuals to share it. Her clinical focus is on the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, sexuality, gender, relationships, and people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

She also has experience with aging populations and criminal justice social work. Maureen completed her certificate of Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities through Widener University.

Workshop
  • "Not Your Parent's Sex Talk"


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, hers) transitioned her experience in charitable gift planning to the financial services industry. As Co-founder of Allied Financial Group and a Financial Associate at Thrivent, Beth is building a practice that 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 their allies. Professionally, Beth is an active member of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS), where she helped found the Central PA Chapter and is currently serving as the chapter secretary. She is also a member the Keystone Business Alliance, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Central PA. She is the first Chair for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Carlisle Branch of AAUW, Co-chair for Communications/Newsletter for Thrivent’s Pride Network BRN, and the Co-chair for the Lower Susquehanna Synod’s LGBTQIA+ Affirming Taskforce. Additionally, Beth continues to support local fundraising efforts as an active volunteer on the Development Committees for Project Share, Emmaus Village, and YWCA Carlisle and Cumberland County

Workshops
  • "5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly for the Transgender Community"
  • "Identity Theft: What You Need to Know "
  • "IPA's and IRA's"


Carmen McKinney
LCSW

Carmen McKinney (she/her) is the Behavioral Health Clinic Supervisor at Alder Health Services and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in women's and LGBTQ+ issues. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama and a certificate in Affirmative Therapy with Transgender Communities from Widener University. She is passionate about social justice and working to improve outcomes and access to care for marginalized and traditionally underserved populations.

Workshop
  • "Finding Your Confidence and Overcoming Anxiety"


Dr. Susan Medalie
Physician

I am a family physician and faculty member at Wellspan Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency Program. I have specific interests in prenatal care and transgender hormone care. I grew up in small town Bloomsburg PA and love to give back to my community.

Workshop
  • "The Transgender Primary Care Office Visit"


Mrs. Cindi Miller
Transition Expert

Cindi Grace is a woman who has lived a life of challenge and success. She has been through multiple major life transitions, including gender transition and career transition. Cindi is married to the love of her life and they have been together for 31 years and have two wonderful adult children. Cindi knows and understands what it is to live with gender dysphoria and try to make life work while living an inauthentic version of oneself. In addition to her own personal challenges she has a child with autism and one who is also transgender. She understand what transition looks looks like from all angles. Over the years she has learned the secrets on how to move from simply surviving life to taking charge and learning to thrive with life. She has a Masters in Counseling and Psychology as well as a Master of Divinity and Theology. Cindi has worked in churches as an ordained minister, she has been a licensed mental health therapist, she is a trained transition coach, and has built a very successful insurance business. She has learned how to fail and how to succeed. Cindi lives in sunny Florida in the United States but works with people all over the world. Her passion is helping others live their authentic lives in the best way possible.

Workshops
  • "Gender Transition: A Full Description of Where to Start and How to Thrive"
  • "Transitioning and Marriage Survival: Can a Marriage or Relationship Survive a Transition?"
  • "What Does the Bible Really Say About Gender and Sexuality?"


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 Donnaswigs.com

Workshop
  • "Wigs and More...."


Ms. Sarah Moore
Detective

Sarah A. Moore is a proud member of the Vanity Club who has a passion for helping her community and all victims of crime. She is a veteran Police Officer that has served as a patrol officer, SWAT team operator and is currently assigned as a detective in the crimes against persons unit. She is a court certified expert witness, has authored felony legislation, testified before the legislature and is a tireless advocate for the rights of victims of crime. She works with local, state and national organizations to improve the law enforcement response to crimes involving at risk and diverse people groups. She is a respected trainer that presents to a variety of audiences including the public, law enforcement, medical/mental health professionals, victim advocates and other groups.

Workshop
  • "Clubbing and Partying while Remaining Safe"


Melissa Morton

Melissa Morton is an attorney turned accountant 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 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.

Workshops
  • "Transgender Personalities in History (from the 15th Century through the 1860s)"
  • "Transgender Personalities in History (from the 1860s to the Present Day)"


Dr. Scott Mosser
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Scott W. Mosser, MD FACS is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at the Gender Confirmation Center in San Francisco, California. Working alongside Gender Surgeons Dr. Alex Facque and Dr. Ellie ley, Dr. Mosser specializes in gender affirming top surgery and body contouring for the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive community. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health currently sitting on the Standards of Care Version 8 committee. Dr. Mosser is the founder of the Gender Confirmation Center of San Francisco and of the Gender Institute at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. His practice is 100% committed to Gender Surgery.

Workshop
  • "Breaking Down Nonbinary Top and Body Contouring Surgery: Preference Choices that Patients Need to Make"


Ms. Ann Murdoch
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ann Murdoch is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Ann is committed to serving the transgender community, and trans Veterans in particular. She is exceptionally grateful for the service of TAVA’s members and for the dedication, drive and passion of TAVA’s Board of Directors. She served 24 years on active duty in the US Army, rising from Private First Class to sergeant and ultimately to Lieutenant Colonel. Among her accomplishments as Chief of Officer Accession Policy at the Pentagon, she was responsible for updating seven Army regulations upon the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and many other awards and badges.

Workshops
  • "Celebrating Trans and Nonbinary Identities"
  • "Navigating The VA as a Transgender Veteran"


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.

Workshop
  • "Body and Brain Yoga"


Ms. Coleen O'Donnell

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.

Workshop
  • "Hello World! Taking Those First Steps Out"


Ms. Katie O'Malley

Katie O’Malley has been active in the transgender community since 1988. She has been a participant in many trans events in the past two decades and this is the 9th time she has attended the Keystone Conference. She lives on the Jersey Shore and is frequently seen in the many LGBTQ-friendly establishments in Asbury Park as well as in mainstream settings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Katie is married to a very supportive spouse who is also her fashion consultant and primary photographer. She has been a member of the Vanity Club since 2015 and is currently the Vice President of that distinguished sorority.

Workshop
  • "Hacks, Tricks and Trade Secrets: Advice from Your Big Sisters"


Dr. Jude Opoku-Agyeman

Dr. Jude Opoku-Agyeman is a highly skilled Board Certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving patients within the United States and across the globe. Dr. Opoku-Agyeman completed a Residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Fellowship with world renown transgender specialist Dr. Sherman Leis. Dr. Opoku is an accomplished writer and has multiple high-quality academic publications and presentations in the field of plastic surgery, including the “Opoku classification system.” The combination of his meticulous surgical skills, excellent bedside manner and charisma has made him a patient favorite.

Workshops
  • "Facial Feminization: Customized Evaluation and Treatment for Optimal Results"
  • "FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure "
  • "MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure."


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.

Workshops
  • "How to Document Your Journey Through the Art of Writing While Using the Tools and Platforms Available in 2022"
  • "Transgender Participation in Sports"


Missi Pitcher
Executive Stylist / Artistic Director

Missi Pitcher has been working behind the chair for 15 years and has a massive passion for the hair industry. She’s had the privilege of being trained and mentored by the industry's top hair professionals and company greats in Washington DC, New York and LA throughout her career.

Missi is a National Color Educator, Platform Artist, owner of the social media and education platform Boss Hair Society and owner of MaxCharles Hair Studio. She has taught on stages in Hollywood, New York and Nashville and has traveled the country writing and teaching advanced color formulation and technique classes. In 2020 Missi had the honor of being named Artistic Director for bhave, USA and is currently working to bring their Australian haircare, colour line and education to salons across the nation. As the face of the brand in the US, Missi is in the process of building and performing all of their stage education for the largest beauty shows in the USA. Missi is the founder and creator of MaxCharles Hair Studio in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, NH and continues to work behind the chair as an Executive Stylist. As a Session Stylist, Missi has worked on photo shoots in Hollywood and was trained by both large corporate hair companies and smaller boutique brands as well as a four-time NAHA winner in editorial styling and cutting.

In 2017, Missi was named ‘Catapult Seacoast's Top 20 Young Professional’ to watch and has been a judge for Work, Stay, Play NH. She was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 11 years. Missi was trained in New York in wig fitting and styling for her now retired company Pink Beauty; a nonprofit cancer wig business. Always keeping her pulse on the Industry, Missi continues to grow her passion by working with the newest color technology and freshest brands as well as working side by side with her staff, clients and fellow artists.

Workshop
  • "Harmonious Hair Color & Styles, Empowering your Confidence in the Chair"


Cher Poitevien
Personal Stylist

I am Cher Poitevien, a personal stylist specializing in bra fits, undergarments and plus-size fashion. A fashion junkie since my teens, my stylist journey began when I tried to curtail my retail habit. My closets were bursting at the seams, but SHOPPING and BUDGET are two words that I just couldn't make work together. It was time for Plan B; I went to work part-time at a plus-size clothing retailer solely for the discount. During one of my first shifts, I approached a woman who told me she was there to find an outfit for a family function, and then burst into tears. I instantly knew her pain because it was my own - wanting to look and feel beautiful, but thinking that it's hopeless because of your size. There was no way I was going to let her leave my store feeling that way. After a few questions, I set her up in a dressing room, pulled a few outfits and proper undergarments, and we got down to business. An hour later, she was ready to purchase an entire outfit, sexy new bras and panties, shoes and accessories. And she was crying again, and laughing, and hugging me. And the usually not-very-emotional me was crying and hugging her back. As they left the store, her mom hugged me and said "Thank you for making my daughter feel as beautiful as she is." And I knew then that I had found my true calling. It's not difficult to make a woman look beautiful, but there is a special kind of magic that emanates from a woman who FEELS beautiful.

Workshops
  • "Classy & Curvy: Sophisticated Styling for Plus Sizes"
  • "Undergarments are a Girl's Best Friend"


Michelle Popkov
President Emerita Vantiy Club 2018-2019

Ms. Michelle Popkov has presented at Southern Comfort, Keystone, and First Event many times. Michelle has been very active in support for transgender women in learning the obstacles of their journeys. Michelle is the President Emerita of the Vanity Club and an officer on the Las Vegas Posse—both social groups that enhance the public perception of transgender women.

Workshops
  • "Hacks, Tricks and Trade Secrets: Advice from Your Big Sisters"
  • "How to Get Read in 10 Seconds Flat: Perspectives on Enhancing the MTF Image"


Ms. Randi Sue Potter
Reverend

Ms.Potter is a 70 year old transsexual female. She lives in Central Oregon where she works as an ally with several transgender support groups, both medical and non-medical. An ordained minister, Ms. Potter's 45+ year career has seen her pastor two churches, been a military chaplain, worked as a counselor, police officer and sexual abuse investigator, aerospace technical writer and as a professional musician in several capacities. She is the author of a widely distributed booklet titled Gender Dysphoria & Transgender: A Short Primer to Understanding Sex, Sexuality, Gender and Gender Identity. First published in 2017 it has become known and reprinted throughout the US and on at least three continents. Attendees will receive a copy at the end of the session. A seasoned conference speaker, Ms. Potter has taught at conferences and seminars throughout the US, in Europe and in Asia.

Workshop
  • "The Care and Feeding of Your New Genitals: What Your Mother (and Your Doctor) Didn't Teach You"


Ms. Jessica Purdy

Jessica Purdy’s desire for a more inclusive and accepting society led her to become an Activist, Public Speaker, and Founder of FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC.

Her identity as a panromantic, asexual, transwoman is central to her life and work. She is, as they say, Out and Proud. But rather than ‘coming out’, she brings people into her confidence, her truth, and her life. It’s a combination of her personal experiences and mindset of ‘bringing people in' that has made her an effective leader, facilitator, and change agent.

The ‘new collar’ journey that led to her founding FIC Human Resource Partners began with Military Service as a Legal Specialist. Her nearly 4 years of service ended with an honorable discharge under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Once she transitioned back into the civilian workforce, she moved up from an hourly wage Service Technician position through Service, Branch, and Regional Manager positions before becoming the Director of Culture and Talent for the C3 Agency.

She was a founding member of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, Board Chair of the Lancaster Pride Association, and is currently serving on the Mission Committee of the Lancaster YWCA and The Keystone Business Alliance Board of Directors. She has also engaged in various political advocacy work, including discussions in support of the PA Equality Act and expansion of Aging Resource Programs to include LGBTQ+ initiatives.

Workshop
  • "Listen When I’m Talking: Getting Heard by HR"


Colleen Reeser

No Bio Provided

Workshop
  • "The Transgender Primary Care Office Visit"


Ms. Joanna Rivera
Manager of Transgender Aging Services

Joanna Rivera is a South American transgender woman whom began her medical transition at the age of 15 through black market hormones and left home shortly after due to family rejection. Through these experiences Joanna learned the importance of chosen life and found her passion for helping people through her work in non-profits. She has worked in roles ranging from Peer Health Educator at syringe exchange's to Director of Transgender Housing at the Ali Forney Center -- the first shelter for TGNB youth in NYC. Joanna is currently the Manager of TGNB Outreach and Community Engagement at SAGE -- working with transgender and non-binary older adults, age 50+ in all NYC SAGE Centers. Joanna is very passionate about working with her community and advocating for the needs that need to be met. Her dream is to some day lead a Non-profit Organization serving the TGNB community.

Workshop
  • "Aging While Trans : SAGE-USA Programs and Services "


Ms. Rachel Rollins
Master Firearms Instructor

Rachel Rollins is a Transgender woman who has been involved with the trans community in and around Chicago and Milwaukee for over 30 years. She is married with 2 children, all supportive . Rachel has been helping others learn self defense and practice situation awareness for 12 years professionally. Rachel owns and operates a private shooting range/training facility ,to teach others how to use a firearm for self defense. Rachel also vlogs about her life and marriage, as well as book reviews, and Anything related to supporting transgender folks of all ages. Her channel, Rachel Rollins Trans Life , has been on You Tube for 6 years.

Workshop
  • "Personal Safety In The Street, Situation Awareness, and Threat Management."


Rev. Marcie Rose
Pastor

Marcie started her journey by secretly trying on her mother's clothes as a child, even though her church considered such things sinful and demonic. She was a minister in similar denominations for several years, all the while hiding and suppressing her female self. After a church split, she became disillusioned with conservative Christianity, and with the help and encouragement of her teenage foster daughters, finally embraced her femininity. She is now an ordained minister in a progressive, grace-based church, and loves helping others who are dealing with religious shame and legalism.

Workshop
  • "TransTheology"


Brielle Ross

Transgender woman, started HRT in November 2021. Crossdressing off and on for at least 60 years. Married to cis female since 1981, just came out to her in July 2021.

Workshop
  • "TransTheology"


Mr. Martin Russo
Medical Case Manager

Martin Russo is a Medical Case Manager at The Wright Center for Community Health, Ryan White HIV Clinic in Scranton, PA. At the Wright Center, Martin helps connect his HIV+ clients to an array of medical, social, and emotional support services that are available to people who live with HIV. He holds a BS in Human Kinetics from Rutgers University and Certifications as a Certified Community Health Worker and a Certified Recovery Specialist.

Martin also does consulting work for public school districts in Northeastern Pennsylvania to help them integrate transgender students into their classrooms and curricula. As a transman of 37 years, I use my very unique skill set to help parents and teachers provide the best possible educational and social experience to all of their students. “If you are being stigmatized and bullied in school, that’s not going to happen.”

I offer my 37 years of lived experience as a transgender man to parents, siblings, teens, adults, friends, family members or anyone who needs help understanding what being transgender entails. If sharing my story can make someone’s life a little easier, then that’s what I’m going to do.

Martin also serves on the Board of Directors of the NEPA Youth Shelter in Scranton, PA and lives in Scranton with his HIV+ cat, Simon.

Workshop
  • "A Journey of Authenticity: A Transman's Reflection on 37 Years."


Ms. Leah Santini

Ms. Santini has recently begun exploring her Femininity and dresses at least once a week. She strives to present as a regular mainstream woman, and is always improving her style, look, and presentation. She has made several videos on aspects of cross dressing and maintains contact with a number of members of the Trans community.

Workshop
  • "Foundation Garments for Feminine Presentation"


AJ Schaeffer

No Bio Provided

Workshops
  • "Being Your Own Health Advocate"
  • "Providing Transgender and Nonbinary Care at Planned Parenthood"


Dr. Jarrett Sell

Dr. Jarrett Sell is a family medicine doctor practicing and teaching family medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and is also Medical Director at Alder Health Services where he also serves the LGBTQ+ community. He received his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Sell's clinical interests also include teaching and providing care to those living with HIV.

Workshops
  • "Beyond the Binary: Exploring Non-Binary Healthcare "
  • "Transitions of Care"


Ms. Angela Brightfeather Sheedy
TAVA Founder, Past President, Vice Pres.

Community Pioneer, Advocate, Activist and Organizer. Awarded the IFGE Virginia Prince Tiffany Award. Founder of EON (Expressing Our Nature, Syracuse, NY), National BOD of NTAC and Chair of the Activism Committee, Chair of It's Time the Carolinas, Founder, Past President and Present Vice President of Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA). 76 years young and active in our community since 1974.

Workshop
  • "Trans Veteran Healing Circle"


Ms. Lisa Smith

I am a 72 year old dual gendered person. To me, being dual gendered means I have a strong female side that I love and a strong male side that I love as well. When I am presenting as my male self (which is most of the time), Lisa is always there as well. I have been told by cisgendered women friends that I have the best of both worlds and I feel that I do. I love reaching out to cisgendered folks and educating them about the huge transgendered umbrella. I have attended and volunteered at The Keystone Conference for many years, have been in the fashion show at First Event and am active on a Facebook fashion group that is made up of primarily cisgendered women. I am a proud member of The Vanity Club, a service and social organization for trans women. I am fortunate that I have a supportive wife who gives me space to be Lisa although she does not want to meet Lisa in person.

Workshop
  • "I’m Not Sure I want to Transition: Could I Identify as Dual Gender?"


Ms. Lauren Stein

Lauren is a trans woman who came out to her family, parents and siblings in 2016 and is actively transitioning to her true self. She has practiced law in Pennsylvania for over two decades and has been in private practice for over 18 years, 10 of them as a sole practitioner. She has experience doing name changes for adults, minors, and transgender clients, and looks forward to evolving her practice as her true self in the near future.

Workshop
  • "Primer on Name Change: Planning for the Current Legal Process in Your State"


Mrs. Cassandra Storm
Portrait Photographer

Cassandra Storm is a co-chair of this year’s Keystone Conference in addition to being the trusted Keystone Conference photographer since 2012. From her 10 years of experience in working with the transgender community, Cassandra has created two online communities of Sisterhood for trans women, My Feminine Heart and Yoga with My Girlfriends.br>
My Feminine Heart is Transforming the Lives of Trans Women through Sisterhood with a Private Club Member’s Community Online and weekly online events called TransTuesday that are a mix of Zoom Socials, Interviews with Inspiring Trans Advocates and Live Interactive Talk Shows led by the Sisters of My Feminine Heart every Tuesday at 8 pm EDT.br>
After years of photographing trans women struggling to move, pose and feel like their most feminine selves, Cassandra created an online yoga program designed to help trans women have the feminine mind and body connection they desire while feeling the support and camaraderie of a Sisterhood of cisgender and transgender women.br>
Cassandra is also photographing portraits for the Saturday Night Gala. Visit https://www.myfeminineheart.com/events for all the details. You can also call, text or email 717-887-3124 or info@cassandrastorm.com.

Workshops
  • "Feminine Flexibility and Movement Part 1"
  • "Feminine Movement Part 2 – Get Ready for the Gala!"
  • "How to Create New Friends and Master the Art of Girl Talk"
  • "Killer Heels - The Crash Course"


Janus Stroh

Janus Stroh is a Harrisburg native who has been working with the local LGBT community for years. She’s fully trained in the instruction of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Pranayama (yogic breathing). Janus is transfeminine & nonbinary and has been living as their authentic self since 2015. She etches glass for local businesses and organizations and does other mixed media art, including drawing, sewing, and 3D artwork/sculpture.

Workshop
  • "Finding Your Confidence and Overcoming Anxiety"


MK Strohman
Social Worker

MK Strohman, MSW, LSW, HSV, is a Licensed Social Worker and Home and School Visitor for Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. They completed their undergraduate degree in Social Work at Elizabethtown College, their Master’s Degree in Social Work from Millersville University, and their Home and School Visitor Certification from Widener University. Their professional experience has been primarily focused on urban school social work with high school students who have complex behavioral, familial, and/or academic needs. In the past they have worked in the School District of Philadelphia and School District of Lancaster. For the last 5 years they have worked at Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 with transitional age students who are working to secure employment upon graduation. MK is also involved in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at IU13, providing trainings and consultation to promote the mental wellness and equity of LGBTQ+ youth in schools. As an openly transgender professional, MK is visibly and vocally involved in local advocacy work related to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. MK’s direct work with LGBTQ+ students and their families, along with their personal experience, has made them a known resource in the school system and local community.

Workshop
  • "Self Advocacy: Microaggressions and How They Impact Transgender/GNC People and What You Can Do About Them"


Carlotta Svoboda
Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist

After working in the medical field for 25 years and being a spiritual person that enjoys helping people and giving back to the community, I was looking for a more holistic modality to help people relax, meditate and heal. I ran across an advertisement for vibrational sound therapy and just knew this was exactly what I needed to do.

When you relax, you open the door for your mind, body and soul to grow and heal.

This is a very excellent hands-off, non-disrobing way to help with stress, anxiety, depression and many other issues. It also promotes deep meditation.

Using therapeutic grade singing bowls on certain areas of the body helps relieves tension and pain and promotes a state of well-being.

Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) combines powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The induction of the sound waves directly into the body along with soothing ambient tones is such a strong treatment that clients report effects ranging from a meditative state to deep relaxation. By placing the therapeutic singing bowls directly on the body and using correct techniques, a practitioner engages with their client both physically and aurally.

The techniques associated with VST have many advantages over traditional massage. One major comfort barrier that prevents many people from receiving a traditional massage is fear of being touched by a stranger. In the VST method, the client remains fully clothed and is never touched directly by the practitioner. In fact, because the singing bowl is doing most of the physical work, contact is kept to minimum. This does not diminish the connection between client and practitioner because spiritual intimacy is maintained through the sound and the vibration transmitted through the bowl. Vibrational Sound Therapy is also much less physically intrusive than traditional hands-on massage and won’t leave the client feeling sore.

Workshop
  • "Vibrational Sound Therapy "


Liz Tattersall
Certified Health and Life Coach

Liz is a Transformational Life Coach who helps individuals who feel overwhelmed and confused at a crossroads in life to find clarity, purpose, and energy so they can live according to their true calling. As a Certified Dream Builder Coach, 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.

Liz is a member of My Feminine Heart where she has been interviewed by Cassandra Storm as well as being given the opportunity to teach a live Facebook workshop for the MFH community.

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.

Workshops
  • "How to Love Yourself Again, or for the First Time"
  • "The Ones We’re Closest to are Sometimes the Hardest to Reach"
  • "The Vision Workshop: 3 Keys to Mastering Your Results"


Lindsey Taub
Image Consultant/Stylist

Lindsey is an Image Consultant and Stylist working in the Washington DC area. Over a decade ago, she ceased an opportunity to work for one of the top ten-luxury retailers in the world. Seeing the fashion firsthand and how beautiful it was, paled in comparison to watching clients’ awe-inspiring transformation with just the right garment, color, or fit.

Showing someone how to unite their inner self with the outward style they desire, turned into a passion. In 2014 she received a certification in Image Consulting and has since taken Color Intensive trainings from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lindsey’s ability to understand, connect and build lasting relationships with those she serves has played an integral part to everyone’s success.

Workshops
  • "How to Successfully Style for Your Body & Shape"
  • "Killer Heels - The Crash Course"
  • "STOP WASTING MONEY ON THE WRONG CLOTHES "
  • "What's Your POWER Color?"


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 Souther 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 vocal pitch. 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.

Workshop
  • "Feminizing the Voice - Comparing Surgical Options"


Dr. Brenda Vulpes
Professor

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.

Workshop
  • "It's NOT Not Natural – The Biology of Sex and Gender"


Ms. Randi Wallace
Photographer/Consultant

Randi Wallace is a consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute who has been helping her clients create the life they want and fulfill their dreams for. Randi works enthusiastically with individuals, groups and companies to guide them in discovering their deepest desires, reaching their potential and achieving their personal and professional goals. She has been studying personal growth and development for more than 2 years, and she is thrilled that she has been able to turn her passion into a business that helps people live happier, healthier, and more abundant lives.

Randi has excelled in two careers, a military career of 20 years and as a Federal Police Officer for 22 years. In both careers she was a trainer, coach and speaker. If you’d like to create the life you’ve been dreaming of, contact Randi by phone at (240) 625-6747 or by email at RandiMKCon@comcast.net

Workshop
  • "Think and Grow Rich"


Ms. Lynda Waltman

Lynda Waltman is a transgender woman working as a cyber and professional liability underwriter for Starr Insurance in Philadelphia. She has a Master’s degrees in Geology and Environmental Engineering and worked as a hydrogeologist investigating hazardous waste sites before I transitioned into the world of insurance. She had her name legally changed to Lynda on her 60th birthday and returned to work as Lynda five days later. Many in the LGBT community live in the closet and this is especially true for transgender people. It takes a lot of energy to lead a double life and it feels wonderful to finally have the freedom to express myself authentically.

Until very recently, she served as the chair of the West Norriton Human Relations Commission, which was formed in 2019 in response to a Township anti-discrimination ordinance The Commission’s purpose is to oversee the process of addressing complaints of discrimination, promote equality and foster equal protection under the law. Lynda especially enjoys being a committee member for TransWork, which is a sister organization of the Independence Business Alliance. TransWork helps connect un- and underemployed transgender individuals with trans-friendly employers. In her free time, she likes to play tennis and swim in the ocean.

Workshop
  • "TransWork: Creating Economic Opportunities for the Transgender Community"


Ms. Kate Weber

Kate Weber is a 12-year veteran of the Keystone Conference attending every year with her spouse. She has been married to her amazing spouse before, during, and post transition. She is an educator working in her local district and the Mom to two teenagers. She and her spouse are active members of TransCentralPA.

Workshop
  • "Ask a Spouse/SO"


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

Lilia Weber is a veteran of the Keystone Conference with 100% attendance. She is married, a parent, and is a Manager and Software Engineer working in software development. She completed her professional transition in place in 2016 while continuing with the same employer. Lilia serves on the board of the Eastern PA Trans Equity Project and she and her spouse, Kate, are active members of Trans-Central PA.

Workshops
  • "Mapping Your Transgender Journey"
  • "Transition in Communities"


Tish Weikel
NCC LPC

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 focuses on providing quality care to LGBTQIAP+ populations. In addition to running the Phoenix group, Tish is also an adjunct instructor and doctoral candidate at Shippensburg University of PA. Lastly, Tish cofounded Doug's Haven Inc, a grassroots non-profit organization that is working to end stigma against marginalized populations such as the LGBTQIAP community.

Workshop
  • "Letter Writing for Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Clients "


Ms. Cassandra Williamson

I am a post-op transgender woman and veteran of the US Navy and USMC. I have four children and eight grandchildren. I am also a graduate of the US Naval Academy (1984). I serve on the Board of Transgender American Veterans Association where I also lead TAVAs VA Engagement team. I am also on the Suicide Prevention team and the LGBTQ+ team at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. I also serve in a volunteer capacity as a Research Assistant in the Eyer SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity) Health Needs lab at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and lecture often on Transgender Affirming Care- Narrative Exposure Therapy at VAs around the country.

Workshop
  • "Navigating The VA as a Transgender Veteran"


Jillian Wojdyla
Certified Personal Trainer

Jillian is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist with a passion to help clients realize and achieve their goals for lifelong health and wellness. She has experience working with individuals from different backgrounds with their own unique individual needs and objectives. Through fitness programming and training, and proven health and nutrition coaching, she listens to and partners with her clients to develop sustainable plans to reach their goals.

Workshop
  • "Build Your Feminine Booty: Creating a Workout that Works for You"


Brittani Young
Stylist & Cosmetologist

Brittani Young is a motivated and talented cosmetologist who is continuously expanding her services. She is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School - Honolulu. Brittani has been fortunate enough to have experienced many great opportunities and meet beauty industry people from all over the world. She loves education and is inspired to one day become an educator in cosmetology herself. She is a stylist for The Rise Beauty Co. This is her first Keystone Conference and will be working alongside Casey Grim. You can book their services via email at casey@therisebeautyco.com

Workshop
  • "Quick and Easy Hair Styling"


Ms. Lindsey Young
Founder

Lindsey Young is the founder of Quiet Wealth LLC. Lindsey started Quiet Wealth to provide the comprehensive set of financial advisory services that successful LGBTQ professionals and their families need.

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 serves as the treasurer and a trustree for Freestate Justice, the leading LGBTQ legal 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, spending time outdoors, baking, and rooting for the Orioles.

Workshop
  • "Financial Planning for the Transgender and Gender-Expansive Community"

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