Michelle Neumann (she, her, hers) - Suicide Protocol Team is currently pursuing her masters degree in social work at the University of Denver. She received her B.A. in sociology/anthropology and religion from Lake Forest College in Illinois, and was born and raised in North Dakota. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, visiting used book stores, and playing board games.
Samantha Gault (she, her, hers) – Heritage Program Coordinator is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work and a certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy at the University of Denver. Born in Chicago and raised in Littleton, Colorado, she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sam loves to travel the world and has recently spent time in Greece and Italy, embracing her Mediterranean roots. She has a passion for writing, poetry, and music. She will find any excuse to catch a concert at Red Rocks. She is a foster parent at Foothills Animal Shelter and fondly refers to her home as “the zoo.” Sam is ecstatic to be apart of the team at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.
Megan Marsh (she, her, hers) - Clinical Records Manager is currently pursuing her Psychology Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver where she received her Masters degree in Sport and Performance Psychology. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Chapman University. Megan grew up in Southern California and has been in Denver for the past two years. She has been competitively figure skating for nineteen years and has a passion for fitness. She enjoys snowboarding, crossfitting, and listening to country music. Megan looks forward to working with members of the community who hope to find a happier and healthier way of life. She is ecstatic to be a part of the GIC team!
Chelsea Yamaguchi (she, her, hers) – SOFFA Group Leader is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. She is originally from Grand Junction, CO where she also received her BA in Sociology-Human Services from Colorado Mesa University. Chelsea is also an intern at Denver Family Institute and hopes to work in the field of Couples and Family Therapy. In her free time Chelsea enjoys spending time with family, yoga, running, reading, and playing with her Boston Terrier. Chelsea was a volunteer at the Gender Identity Center this last fall and is now excited to be a part of the team!
Megan Collop (she, her, hers) - Suicide Protocol Team is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. She received her B.A. from Washington State University. She moved to Denver about two years ago after spending a year in Thailand with Peace Corps doing community development work. Megan grew up in Seattle, WA and sometimes still misses the cloudy, rainy days that entice you to stay indoors with your favorite book and a cup of coffee. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and painting. She is excited to be part of the Gender Identity Center team.
Olga Naroditskaya (she, her, hers) Clinical Records Management is currently pursuing her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver. She completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Although she has lived in Colorado since she was 8 years old, Olga was born in and spent her early childhood living in Russia. Olga loves to expand her knowledge through reading, particularly the writings of modern feminist thinkers such as bell hooks and Jessica Valenti. In her free time, Olga enjoys hiking, twisting herself into a sweaty pretzel during yoga, playing with her cat Skittlefoot, and spending time with close friends. Olga is thrilled to be a part of the Gender Identity Center team and considers it an honor and a privilege to advocate on behalf of those individuals whose voices have traditionally been negated and silenced.
Mackenzie Martin (she, her, hers) - Groups and Training Coordinator is currently pursuing her Master's degree in counseling at Regis University. She received her B.A. in psychology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She was born and raised in Denver and considers herself a proud native. She is active in the community and currently works at several mental health agencies specializing in trauma and at-risk youth. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, concerts at red rocks, reading, being outdoors, playing with dogs and watching football. She looks forward to advocating for the LGBTQ community and is both honored and excited to be part of the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.
Ben Kernan (he, him, his) is a recent graduate of George Washington University, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology. While studying at GW, Ben worked as a Student Coordinator at the University’s LGBT Resource Center, which is where he first developed a passion for supporting all members of this community. A native of Syracuse, NY, Ben enjoys keeping up on current events, skiing, and exploring the amazing nature that Colorado has to offer. Ben is honored to become a part of the Gender Identity Center team!
Samantha Tenner (she, her, hers) - Yearbook Project completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently in the process of pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver. Samantha is from Boston, Massachusetts but feels that Colorado is her “true home.” Samantha traveled abroad on the Semester at Sea Program and was able to spend time in India, China, Japan, and Africa. She has a passion for traveling and hopes to travel as much as she can in the future. Samantha will also find any excuse to be outdoors and especially enjoys camping, skiing, and hiking. Samantha is always eager to meet new people and is excited to be a part of the Gender Identity Center team.
Katie Meloan, NLC (she, her, hers) - is a former local girl (Park County) who left the Front Range to attend Adams State University in Alamosa, and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a counselor, and in the process, a “Valley Girl.” She will complete her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling with this summer’s internship at the Gender Identity Center. She works from a Feminist, Person-Centered perspective, with Existential and Gestalt overtones. In her spare time she plays guitar and dulcimer, enjoys gardening and cooking, reading, sunning, and hanging out with her pup, Ms. Etta. Katie identifies as a bisexual transwomyn, and she looks forward to working with all the interns, volunteers and of course, our clients, who all make the Gender Center such a wonderful place!
Samantha Gibb (she, her, hers) - Volunteer Program Assistant is pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, she graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. Sam is passionate about animals and has volunteered with Best Friends of Utah as a dog walker. She grew up riding and showing horses and has never lived in a house that didn't have a dog in it. She recently started kayaking, loves the outdoors, and is excited to explore the camping spots around Denver. She loves exploring new restaurants and breweries, and loves to recreate her favorite dishes in her own kitchen. Sam is so excited to be a part of the GIC team!
Gwen Clark (she, her, hers) - DBT Group is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. Gwen has lived in Colorado since she was four and is proud to call Denver home. She has a background working in the counseling field, most recently working with kids in a hospital setting. In her free time Gwen enjoys going to concerts, exercising, and spending time with her two dogs, Lola and Mickey. Gwen is thrilled to be a part of the GIC team!
Aiden Hunt (he, him, his) - Medical Advisory Team is currently in his final semester in the Beth-El Nursing program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona and moved to Denver five years ago following a tour in the Army. When he is not buried in textbooks, Aiden enjoys camping, woodworking, and hanging out with his two dogs. He feels privileged for the opportunity to be a part of the GIC and hopes that he will be able to work towards making the medical community more aware and respectful of transgender patients.
Scotty Hanley (she, her, hers) - Research Team is originally from northern Baltimore County, Maryland. She has three older brothers and grew up playing sports and trying to keep up with her siblings. She completed her undergraduate degree at Amherst College where she double majored in psychology and history and she played lacrosse and squash there as well. After graduation Scotty moved to the Caribbean and learned how to sail. After a few years at sea and a few years in Baltimore she is now pursuing her master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver. She has just completed her first year and is excited to spend time at the Gender Identity Center. When not in class Scotty is volunteering for Colorado Adaptive Sports, exploring Colorado, cooking, or reading.
Cait Lull (they/them/theirs) is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work at the Metropolitan University of Denver. Cait received a B.A. in Sociology from University of Colorado - Boulder. While living in Boulder Cait has been involved with Safehouse Progressive Alliance for NonViolence as well as Out Boulder's Queer youth art and activism program. Cait is super excited to connect with and contribute to the Denver community! Cait has lived in many places including New York, California, Wisconsin, and most recently Portland, OR. They enjoy traveling, 35mm black and white photography, hiking, and writing letters on a typewriter.
Kaila Balling (she, her, hers) - Image Consultant obtained a BA in Psychology, a BA in Women's Studies, and is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Certificate recipient from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is earning her MSW at the University of Denver and plans on focusing on couples therapy as well as issues regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Kaila has moved over 15 times in her life to over 8 states due to her military family and recently moved to Denver with her partner. The moving experiences made her able to embrace change, meet new people easily, and has given her the experience of working with a diverse population. Kaila enjoys working out, fashion, the beauty industry, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her two pups, Oliver and Tucker. Kaila is excited for the opportunity to work with GIC and cannot wait to work with the team and members!
Juli Simenson (she, her, hers) is currently earning a Master's of Social Work at the University of Denver and earned a BSW from the University of Montana in Missoula. Although she grew up in the metro Denver area, only recently upon her return has she truly begun to appreciate Colorado's natural beauty and the community which makes our city special. As a proud Korean-American adoptee she hopes to one day serve fellow adoptees (not only from Korea, but from all over the world). While working as a sushi chef for the past four years it became clear that she was not fulfilling her life purpose, so now she pursues it with passion. In her free time, she loves to travel, ski, bike, read, eat, cook, bake, play piano, and spend time with family. Juli is excited to learn as much as she can about the GLBTQ community and how best to serve their needs.
Jessica Blechschmidt (she,her,hers) Outreach Team - obtained a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earns her MSW at the University of Denver and plans to focus on Mental Health and Wellness in the LGBTQ+ Community. Jessica was born and raised in Colorado and has been involved in Social Justice Activism on a local level for many years. She is passionate about working with under represented communities to remove stigma and create positive social change. Jessica enjoys dance fitness, old movies, acoustic music, and adventuring around Denver.
Mickey (He, Him, His) - Pet Therapist received his puppy, intermediate, and advanced training certificates through the PetSmart training department. He is currently working towards his Good Citizenship Certificate and developing the Animal Assisted Social Work certificate program at the Gender Identity Center. His hobbies are chasing cats, chewing on bones, and taking naps. Mickey recently discovered that he has a tail. He is looking forward to working at the Gender Identity Center with the goal of someday becoming a certified pet therapy dog.
Jennifer Delgado-Cheers, LPCC, NCC (she, her, hers) - obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University after receiving her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Originally from North Carolina, she and her partner and daughter moved around the country until settling down in Colorado in 2011. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family (as long as it's not skiing), traveling as often as possible, reading, cooking, crafting and candle-making.
Bonni Taylor-Bitterman, M.A., LPCC, NCC (she, her, hers) - pursued her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia and completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University just outside of Washington D.C. She has experience utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques and approaches to help clients heal, recover, and thrive after dealing with diverse presenting concerns. Bonni believes in incorporating creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in her therapeutic work and values the collaborative construction of an individualized therapeutic approach specifically designed to meet the unique needs of every client. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and the building of that alliance via genuine compassion, respect, and nonjudgmental acceptance. She is excited to be a member of the Gender Identity Center team and honored to be able to serve the gender-variant community.
KP Longton, MSW (she, her, hers) completed her Master's degree in Social Work at Kennesaw State Univeristy in Georgia with a focus on clinical practice with children and families. KP grew up in Georgia but feels more at home in Colorado and got here as fast as she could in 2010. KP has experience working with various different populations, but has found that working with the LGBTQ community is her passion. KP serves the community as a volunteer facilitator at the GLBT center of Denver. She enjoys spending free time with her family and looks forward to further serving the community at the GIC.
Kathleen Burnell, MA (she, her, hers) - earned her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver and is also a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Kathleen is an LGBTQ ally and is excited to be a part of the GIC family. In her free time she enjoys knitting, cooking, and photography.
Laurie Walowitz, MSW, LSW (she, her, hers) earned her Master’s of Social Work degree in 2012 from the University of Denver. In addition to working with individuals at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, she is the Family Education Director at a community resource center where she oversees the Early Childhood and Family Education programs. She works individually with parents of young children, facilitates groups, and supervises an in-home parent support program. Laurie is thrilled to be on the clinical team at the Gender Identity Center. She describes herself as a strength-based clinician, and believes a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect and trust is central to successful and meaningful work with clients.
Nicole Garcia, MA NCC (she, her, hers) is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado with an MA in Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. Nicole is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Nicole specializes in trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss. Nicole is also a student in a hybrid online/on-campus Master of Divinity Distributed Program through Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. Nicole is an out and proud Trans Latina and is a nationally recognized leader in the Transgender community.
Kat Roybal, MA (she, her, hers) - completed her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver in 2013 and is a registered psychotherapist with the state of Colorado. Kat is currently a licensed school counselor working with a diverse adolescent and young adult population. She is honored to be a part of the GIC family and an ally to the LGBTQ community. Kat enjoys snowboarding, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family in her free time. Kat works from a humanistic approach, honoring each individual's needs and offering a compassionate and safe space for therapy.
Lindsay L. Edwards, PhD (she, her, hers) - Research Program Director
She earned her PhD in Couples and Family Therapy through the University of Connecticut. As the research program director, Lindsay’s work focuses on studying the effects of discrimination on individuals in the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. Lindsay spends her time working toward licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, teaching in the Couples and Family Therapy program at Regis University as an affiliate faculty member and leading the LGBTQ support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through the WINGS Foundation of Denver. Before completing her degree on the East Coast, Lindsay completed her MS in Couples and Family Therapy at Kansas State University and her BS in Family Studies at the University of Arizona. Lindsay loves being outside in her garden and in and around water whenever possible.
Deb-Ann Thomson, Ph.D., NCAC, CAC, CCTP (she, her, hers) has more then twenty-five years serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Community. She is a nationally known conference presenter and educator. Dr. Thomson embraces her commitment with dedication, honesty, and sincerity.
She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kennedy Western University and completed her internship at Colorado Counseling Center.
- · National Certified Addictions Counselor - senior level
- · Colorado Certified Addictions Counselor - supervisor level
- · Certified Behavior Analyst
- Certified Integral Therapist
Jane Davidson, LCSW - is a licensed social worker committed to serving the needs of the LBGTQ community by providing a safe, accepting, and compassionate environment for individual, couple, and family therapy.
Jane graduated with a master’s in social work from the University of Denver and completed a two-year postgraduate training program in couples and family therapy. Current Experience:
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
-Private practice offering sliding scale therapy for individuals, couples, and families
-Group Facilitator for Wings Foundation
-Clinical Supervisor: The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
Janelle Washburne, LCSW (she, her, hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in individual and relationship counseling, as well as sex therapy. She is committed to helping others regain balance, integrity, self esteem, and positive change in their lives. She considers therapy a sacred journey that no one has to walk alone.
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
-Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
-Clinicial Supervisor: The Gender Identity Center
-Clinical Supervisor: Denver Family Institute
-Clinical Supervisor: U. of Denver, Grad. School of Social Work
-Professor: Denver Family Institute
-Adjunct Professor, U. of Denver, Grad. School of Social Work
Tania Henderson, LPC (she, her, hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has enjoyed helping individuals explore their gender identity and determine what steps will help them feel more at peace in their lives. From the early questioning stages to sexual reassignment surgery, Tania is committed to providing support and assistance every step of the way. In addition to her advocacy in the LGBTQ community, she also specializes in trauma and anxiety, helping people address issues so they cease having debilitating power and the individual feels more in control.
-Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor
-Certified EMDR Provider (Special treatment for empowerment, trauma, and fear)
-Clinical Supervisor: The Gender Identity Center
-Occasional radio speaker, and presenter for Regis University and Denver University’s Master Programs in Counseling
-Presenter for various groups throughout the community.
Li Brookens, LCSW (they/them/theirs) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing in the mental health field since 2004. Li received an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2011. In chorus with Smith's strong social justice approach, Li believes that all people should be able to access quality mental health care at an affordable rate. Li has specialty training, experience, and commitment working with individuals, couples, and groups in order to address concerns related to identity, transition, relationship dissatisfaction, trauma, caregiver issues, anxiety, mood swings, and depression.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Supervisor, The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
Healthcare Guild (LGBTQ Friendly Mental Health and Medical Providers), Leadership Committee
WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), Member
Private Practice in Denver/Boulder with individuals, couples, and groups found at www.librookens.com
Jason Rathsack, MSW (they/them/theirs) – A recent graduate of the MSW program at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Jason also received a B.A. in Philosophy from MSCD. Jason is excited to now be one of our Clinical Therapists at the Gender Identity Center.
Soltahr Tiv-Amanda, MA, LPC (she, her, hers) is a graduate of the Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University in Boulder. She has worked with the Transgender community for the last 10 years as an individual counselor as well as the facilitator of the Boulder Gender Support group for 3 of those years. Soltahr received her intern training at the Multicultural Counseling Center at CU Boulder, and specializes in working with people from marginalized groups, as well as having a lifetime of lived experience fighting oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. She has worked with the LGBTQ community at large for the last 15 years, and is dedicated to continuing this work. In her private practice, she offers a sliding fee scale in her desire to ensure that all those who need, have access to therapeutic help. She is a clinical supervisor at the GIC.
Sky Snogren, MA, LPC (he, him, his) - has been a psychotherapist since 2001. Sky received a BA and MA from Naropa University in Boulder Co. Walking the path of the transgender, Sky is committed to assisting the LGBTQ community and individuals receive the services they need to thrive. Trauma and spiritual growth and healing are three of Sky’s specialties, utilizing body-centered psychotherapy as the avenue to access and resolve old wounds.
Sky both volunteers at the GIC while also offering counseling to adolescents, adults and couples in private practices located in Arvada and Loveland.
When not working, Sky enjoys living in the mountains, kayaking, biking, hiking and exploring with Kena, Sky’s German shepherd.
Heather Tousignant-Stanton, LCSW (she, her, hers) - is a couples, family, and individual therapist and specializes in the LGB and Transgender communities. As a previous therapist at the GIC, she currently works as the clinical director for a local non-profit and has her own private practice, Affirming Psychotherapy. Heather is a firm believer in accessible, affirming, and quality therapy for individuals, families, and couples from all backgrounds. About Heather:
--Holds a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy and Masters in Social Work
--Trained in Strengths-Based and Trauma Informed Approaches
--Clinical Supervisor at the Gender Identity Center
--Speaker at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work