Jennifer Cheers – Executive Assistant is currently pursuing 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.
Michelle Johnson - Mentorship Program Coordinator is pursuing her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and will graduate in May of 2015. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher who looks at health and well-being from a holistic perspective. She trusts in the healing powers of being fully mindful and present in the moment in order to open to all of life’s possibilities and access our highest potential. With acceptance, empathy and compassion, Michelle believes in supporting others on their journey to letting their most authentic self shine. She is honored and excited to serve the gender-variant community.
Michelle Neumann - Research Program Assistant 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.
Dan Ketchum - Media Consultant a second year graduate student at the University of Denver and an ally of the transgender community. He is working with the Gender Identity Center (GIC) to create a short promotional video for the GIC. It will explain the services offered, the open environment of the GIC, and give resources and contact info about how to get involved or donate. Using much of the same footage, he is filming interviews and events for a student project which will examine gender, break down the myth of the binary, and hear from many queer and trans* voices. If you'd like to be involved in either project, as an interviewee or in any other capacity, please e-mail Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay Edwards – Research Program Assistant is currently pursuing a PhD in Couples and Family Therapy through the University of Connecticut. Having successfully defended her dissertation proposal, Lindsay moved from Boston to Denver in order conduct research that studies the effects of hegemonic masculinity on emotional intimacy in couple relationships. Her time is now spent establishing a private practice and leading the LGBTQ support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through the WINGS Foundation of Denver. Before moving to 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.
Etta Skoch - Volunteer Coordinator/Transitions Support Group Co-facilitator completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Regis University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver. As a Colorado native, Etta is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking, hiking, and camping. Etta enjoys making and selling hula hoops and loves spending time with her husband and big Bernese Mountain Dog. She feels that human beings are eclectic as a whole, and therefore it is imperative to take an eclectic, unbiased approach. Etta feels excited and honored to be a part of the Gender Identity Center family.
Samantha Gault – 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.
Jacqueline Silverman - Fundraising Coordinator is currently pursing her masters in contemplative psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She is a Colorado native and studied philosophy at Regis University in Denver. She is excited to bring her infectious laugh and vivacious personality to the Gender Identity Center. She is a foodie of all sorts and loves to try new foods at new places or cook up new concoctions at home. She also loves fashion and is excited to start classes on makeup, coordinating outfits and hair styling. She is truly thrilled to be of service at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.
Mason Nojonen - Volunteer Program Assistant is currently pursuing his MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. He is a Colorado transplant, and completed his undergraduate work in Sociology and Psychology at Ohio State University in 2009. He has an insatiable love of philosophy and appreciates the peace that can be found in our beautiful, natural surroundings. Mason is thrilled to be a part of the team!
Matthew Meurer-Lynn - Speakers Bureau Coordinator is currently pursuing a MSW at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA and received a BS in Human Services with a focus on addiction studies from MSU Denver in the spring of 2013. Originally from Texas, he has been a resident of Colorado off and on for the past 16 years and values spending time with friends playing the 150+ board games that he and his husband own. Matthew also loves playing with his pups, reading, meditation and live music, particularly at Red Rocks. He is very grateful to be able to have the opportunity to share in the experience of others and finds power in creating an environment that fosters open communication, empathy, compassion, and community.
Megan Marsh - 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!
Kiara Brionne-Ilyse Vann - is currently pursuing her Psychology Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver and previously received a B.S. in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. She grew up in Michigan and has only recently moved to Denver. Kiara maintains self care through food, video games, and regular calls to her family back home, but her greatest passion in life is to one day have a family of her own. Kiara is thrilled to join the team at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, is excited to meet new people, and help out in any way she can.
Anthony Burkhart - TIPS Program Coordinator is currently a senior in the Psychology BA program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, with a minor emphasis on Social work, Orientation, and Gender Studies. He is active in the community and has volunteered for several events including First Friday at Tracks, Jokers Jewels and Justice, and Rooftop Fundraisers for the LGBTQ community, outside of working and being a teaching assistant for Clinical and Counseling Psychology. He moved to Denver 3 years ago from a small town in Nebraska to amplify his experiences in life, and to further his education. Interests include forensic psychology, advocacy, creative writing, exploring Denver with friends, traveling, music, and academic research. He looks forward to advocating for the transgender community, because being an advocate for the LGBTQ community is a very important and rewarding process.
Shayna Patron - Volunteer Coordinator is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work and a certification in Animal Assisted Social Work at the University of Denver. She has spent a number of years living in Florida, Georgia, and is a recent transplant to Colorado from Woodstock, New York. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work in Orlando, Florida from the University of Central Florida. In her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her dogs. Shayna is so excited to be apart of the Gender Identity Center team.
Dana Gallagher is currently in pursuit of her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. Originally from Eau Claire, WI she moved to Minnesota to attend Winona State University, where she earned her BA in Spanish and Psychology. In her free time Dana enjoys yoga, skiing, reading, and spending time outdoors. She's also incredibly excited about being part of the Gender Identity Center team and is looking forward to inspiring others towards finding happiness.
Mickey - 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 with co-intern, Debbie Slutz. 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
Bonni Taylor - 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.
Jason Rathsack, MSW – 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 Pro Bono Therapists at the Gender Identity Center.
KP Longton 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 - 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.
Dr. Deb-Ann Thomson 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 - 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 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 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 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
Perri Corvino, LSW, MA - Research Program Director recently arrived in Colorado by way of New York and Chicago. She received a masters degree in social work, and a masters degree in women’s studies and gender studies from Loyola University Chicago. She volunteers for a local public health agency and owns a private psychotherapy practice. Perri’s clinical work focuses on guiding people back to wellness when emotions are unraveling. She uses various interventions depending on clients' therapy goals, identified growth areas, and personality. She emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, the interaction of the mind-body-spirit, and discovering solutions. Perri is grateful for the opportunity to work with the gender variant community.