Now Accepting Applications to Join TransOhio Board of Directors!
If you are interested in joining our board, please click here to read more about the board application process. TransOhio accepts applications from people of all walks of life all over the state of Ohio.
James Knapp, Chair (he, him, his) was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, James has been a member of the TransOhio Board of Directors since 2013. A lifelong activist, James first got involved in trans* advocacy in 2002, when he spoke to the Akron Public School Board concerning its policy on gender-variant individuals, dress codes, and bullying. Since that time, he has been involved with a number of student, local, state, and national organizations. He continues to speak and educate others on the complex issues facing the LGBTQ communities, focusing on concerns specific to transgender and gender-variant individuals. He has spoken to students, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, medical professionals, and attorneys, both at private training and conferences. James has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from The University of Akron and a Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School.
You can email James at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Brennan, Treasurer (she, her, hers) more information coming soon
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Arykah Carter (she, her, hers) is an activist is the Cincinnati community. She is a board member for TransOhio.org, a statewide advocacy and education group, and was instrumental in making TRANSSAINTS, a faith based trans organization an integral part of the Cincinnati Transgender Community. Arykah is currently working on organizing a Trans & Queer People of Color Collective (TQPCC) in Cincinnati. Arykah holds a B.S. from Western Michigan University, and an MBA from the Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.
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Aran Reinhart (he, him, his) is a bisexual Quaker transguy from rural Seneca County. He is a poet who often writes about being trans and has been published in Friends Journal. He is a facilitator for the Toledo Area Trans Support group (TATS) and is very active in Quaker & trans spaces. He wants to be a bridge to bring diverse people together and wants to reach out to LGBTQ folks in rural areas who may feel isolated.
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Jameson James “JJ” Glasser (he, him, his) is a native Ohioan but lived for a decade in the Pacific Northwest. He returned to the Central Ohio area with his wife Aubrey in 2012 and has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Since 2013 he has worked for a locally owned sign company as a Production Coordinator and lives in Reynoldsburg with Aubrey, two cats Ivan & Mister and a dog, Penny. JJ is new to nonprofit work but became inspired to commit to education and advocacy in light of the current hostile political and social climate regarding transgender and genderqueer individuals.
You can email JJ at: jamesG@transohio.org
Ginger Williams (she, her, hers) is from Cleveland. She holds degrees in engineering from Youngstown State and Case Western Reserve Universities.
Ginger participated with other Trans* leaders from around the state at the Ohio Transgender Leadership Academy.
She has been involved locally in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Equal Housing and Employment Act, Marriage Equality, and the City of Cleveland Non-Discrimination Ordinance changes. She has helped in planning activities for Cleveland’s TDOR and was a member of the planning team for the first Northeast Ohio transgender job fair in 2014. She is the recipient of the 2014 TDOR Illumination Award as transgender leader of the year.
Her passion is volunteerism for its associated sense of community, socialization and self-worth.
Ginger proudly volunteers with the following organizations:
Human Rights Campaign
You can email Ginger at: GingerW@transohio.org
Felicia M G DeRosa (she, her, hers) is an acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist with an eclectic background, and has been an Ohio resident since 2010. A veteran of the west coast “Low-brow” / “POP surrealism” movement, she quickly found a place with the underground art happenings of central Ohio where she continues her 30+ year span of domestic and international work.
After completing her MFA (studio art/art education) in 2014, Felicia established herself at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she currently works as an instructor of anatomy, design, theory, and drawing fundamentals. Being openly and visibly trans, she has recently stepped into the role of advocate, fighting for inclusion and respect for the LGBTQAA++ students that she mentors, as well as reaching out to Columbus City Schools as a mentor, speaker and sensitivity advisor.
She lives with her wife Gwen — (since 2006), a hedgehog, a bird, and 2 ferrets in Westerville Ohio, and is quite fond of muscle cars, cartoons, and cheese puffs.
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Sarah (AS) Green (they, them, theirs) is an activist, comedian/storyteller. Originally from Chicago, Sarah has lived in Columbus for the past 10 plus years. A founding member of Cbus2Ferguson , Sarah has been activate in the community for three years advocating for transgender and non binary community as well as people of color.
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Lena Tenney (they, them, theirs) joined the TransOhio Board of Directors in 2017. Lena is passionate about issues related to youth, education, and public policy. They are a co-founder of two grassroots community activist groups that have sought to ensure legal protections for and institutional inclusion of LGBTQ individuals. This advocacy work has resulted in successes such as the establishment of legal protections for LGBTQ residents in housing, employment, and public accommodations in the first city in Oklahoma to pass such legislation; the creation of the first ever LGBTQ Lounge at the University of Oklahoma; and the ability for transgender college students to obtain student ID cards that list their preferred name instead of their legal name.
Working as a facilitator and researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, Lena conducts anti-racism trainings throughout the state of Ohio and across the nation. They also serve as a member of the university’s LGBTQ Student Success Taskforce and as the adviser for OSU’s Gamma Rho Lambda, a national LGBTQ sorority.
Lena graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Education and a Masters of Public Administration. They also hold a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and History from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to moving to Oklahoma for college, Lena lived in both Dayton and St. Marys, OH. Lena currently lives in Columbus, OH with their cat named Ruth Bader Ginspurr. In their free time, they bake homemade desserts and blog about dapper fashion.
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Aubrey Glasser (she, her, hers) is a queer activist originally from Washington State. In 2012 she moved to Ohio with her husband Jameson “JJ” Glasser. She has 15+ years of education and experience in the Health Care industry and currently works for Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Billing Specialist.
She has been involved as an active volunteer with TransOhio since 2015 and has participated in Pride events, the Annual Symposium, the Trans Job and Wellness Fair, and has been the primary facilitator of the Trans Partners Support Group. As a newly elected board member she hopes to continue the amazing work TransOhio has accomplished thus far and to provide advocacy and education to the trans and ally communities, with a personal focus on healthcare and medical insurance knowledge and resources for transgender individuals.
Aubrey currently resides in Reynoldsburg with husband JJ, their two dogs, and three cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, catching up on movies and TV series, spending time with her friends and family, and going on travel adventures with JJ both in and outside of Ohio.
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Julie Boylen (she, her, hers) more information coming soon
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Shane Morgan (he, him, his). While Shane is no longer on the Board of Directors of TransOhio, he is still dedicated to its mission and continues to be active in the community. He can often can be found facilitating transgender support groups in Central Ohio and speaking at conferences around the nation. Shane is a member of Equality Ohio and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
Shane’s presented at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference; Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Southern Comfort Conference; IDKE X; and other national and local conferences. He currently serves as a Steering Committee Member for Trans Advocacy Network (TAN). Shane has previously served as a Board Trustee at Stonewall Columbus, served as a Steering Committee member at the United Way of Central Ohio, a member of the Equality Ohio Public Policy Committee and as a Local Action Team leader.
In October 2010, Shane completed a Political Fellowship with the Center for Progressive Leadership. The Ohio Political Leaders Fellowship is a 9-month, part-time program that focuses on providing the long-term resources and skills necessary for emerging leaders to become powerful political advocates for their communities. Through training, coaching, project-based work and mentoring, the program gives up-and-coming leaders the skills and networks they need to advance progressive political change in their communities.
Shane presents on several topics: Inclusive policies in the Workplace; Sex-Segregated Spaces; Trans Homelessness & Shelters; Ally & Coalition Building; Trans & Queer Community organizing; Female-to-male transition; Domestic Violence & Safety; Coming Out at Work; Creating gender-safe & neutral spaces and Sex and sexuality.