Meet our Team:
Deja Lynn Alvarez
Core Training Team
Deja Lynn Alvarez is an award winning transgender advocate and activist with a long history of representing and serving LGBTQ communities in Philadelphia. She is the first Transwoman in the state of Pennsylvania to run for public office. In 2019 Ms. Alvarez ran for City Council at Large where she placed in the top 10 of 30 candidates. Deja currently works in Public Health and Politics. Deja has served in leadership roles for several local organizations, including: Mayor Kenney’s Commission of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, board of directors Liberty City Democrats, Former coChair of the annual Trans March in Philadelphia and cofounder and director of the first LGBTQ specific shelter and recovery facility The LGBTQ Home for HOPE. She is currently the President of The Women’s March on Philadelphia, on the board of directors of The William Way community center, Chairwoman Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee and Chairwoman for International Trans Day of Remembrance. She is one of the founding members of the Trans Wellness Program at Mazzoni Center, a co-founder and former facilitator of Sisterly Love (a Trans support and skill-building program by and for transgender women), and a former coordinator for the Trans Information Project of GALAEI. In recognition of her leadership and dedication to Philly’s trans communities, Ms. Alvarez was awarded the 2014 Community Advocacy Award from the I am Human Campaign, the 2015 Jaci Adams Outproud Transgender award from Philly Pride, the 2016 Person of the Year from the Philadelphia Gay News, the 2016 Community Hero Award from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, the 2017 Founders Award from the Men of All Colors, and the 2018 Community Playmaker Award from the Philadelphia Flyers and Walmart. Professionally, she currently works as a system navigator for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Health. She joined the TTI Training Team in 2018.
Isazela “Zel” Amanzi
Core Training Team
Isazela “Zel” Amanzi (They/He) is a nonbinary-trans* sacred energy educator and space holder, cultural worker and perpetual learner with certifications in Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Reiki & Meditation. He creates and shares at the intersection of sacred energy, ancestral relationship, anti-oppression and imperial divestment. Zel loves co-creating liberatory practices with nonbinary and trans*, Black and Indigenous & disabled and neurodivergent communities, while also building internal and external systems that allow multiply-privileged people to invest in liberated relationships. Before transitioning into this line of work, Zel taught in early childhood and elementary classrooms for 6 years as a lead, assistant and substitute. They earned an M.S.Ed in Social Justice Education and certificates in child development / early childhood education along the way. Having already walked in their shoes, Zel knows the needs and concerns of teachers viscerally and is eager to support teachers in their ability to create thriving environments for their gender diverse students. Zel joined the TTI Training Team in February 2021.
Tweet Brock (they/he) is a dancer by trade and enjoys a wide variety of other artforms. After spending a year as a Jazz/ Contemporary Trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School, they went on to tour with Fame the Musical, work in regional theater and as a dancer/ dance captain on a cruise ship before settling in Brooklyn, NY. When he moved to Brooklyn, he was exposed to the queer nightlife scene while working as a dancer and Associate Choreographer for the immersive nightclub musical, Oscar at the Crown. From there, they were able to start GoGo dancing and dabbling in burlesque at different queer parties around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Tweet has had some incredible performance opportunities since moving to Brooklyn, including dancing for drag artists such Alaska Thunderf*ck and Jan in addition to co-choreographing Yvie Oddly’s number for World Pride 2019. While performing and being on stage is typically Tweet’s ideal work environment, he is brimming with joy and grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful folks at TTI that share a common goal of uplifting and affirming the trans* community.
Core Training Team, Social Media Coordinator
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs, She/Her/Hers
Maybe Burke is an award winning actor, writer, and human rights advocate focused on expanding conversations around representation for marginalized communities. They have married their love for storytelling with their passion for advocacy, creating accessible tools that can help people learn how to be respectful and supportive of trans and non-binary people. Maybe has spoken on several panels and various platforms, from Buzzfeed to BroadwayCon. They have also created and facilitated several workshops around trans and queer identities in colleges, universities, community centers, and other settings. As an artist, Maybe performs around New York City. Their solo show, Love Letters to Nobody, received the 2017 Fresh Fruit Spirit Award for Fostering Pride, Survival, History, and Progress. As the Artistic Associate of Honest Accomplice Theatre, Maybe founded The Trans Literacy Project, in which they collaborate with trans artists, advocates, and activists to produce accessible videos which address questions about trans experiences. Those videos can be seen on Youtube and in trainings provided by the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Maybe joined the TTI team in 2018. You can learn more about Maybe at maybeburke.com
Dr. Jaymie Campbell
Dr. Jaymie Campbell is a highly regarded educator and content matter expert with over a decade of experience in facilitating high impact trainings on topics related to race and gender. Throughout his work, Dr. Campbell strives to help eliminate disparities and inequity towards a just world. Dr. Campbell’s subject matter expertise and educational work are heavily informed by his learnings from his non-profit career serving individuals and communities that endure intersecting oppressions, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), transgender/non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ), and HIV+. Dr. Campbell holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Community Mental Health from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a BA in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the co-author of the International Journal of Transgender Health’s forthcoming special volume: “Transgender People of Color and Intersections of Oppression” and his dissertation research centered on racial and gender microaggressions experienced by transgender people of color. Dr. Campbell joined the TTI team in 2015 where he specialized in training medical and behavioral health providers, K-12 public and independent schools, and institutions of higher education. He also works with workplaces, non-profit organizations, government organizations and foundations of all sizes to help them advance their gender and racial equity goals. Read more about Dr. Campbell…
Core Training Team
Dre Ceja is a Chicano, queer, and transgender speaker, facilitator, and trainer. They currently work as the Director of Training & Education at the LGBT Center of Central PA and as a Continuing Education Instructor at Temple University Harrisburg Campus. While Dre’s work centers primarily around transgender inclusive training, they also coordinate the LGBT Center of Central PA’s ARTS of PA and Passageways Transgender & Non-binary Group. Both programs were created with the intention of cultivating spaces for community care among transgender and non-binary Pennsylvanians. Dre is passionate about using intersectional approaches to creating more inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive and feel belonging. Dre joined the TTI team in 2020.
Eliza Davison is a sexuality educator based in Seattle, WA. They believe deeply in the power of young folks, queer and trans liberation and anti-racism work as a core part of the movement. They work to promote an intersectional curriculum that lifts up their learners’ strengths, identities, and capacity for self-empowerment. For the past 5 years, Eliza has been designing and delivering interactive and comprehensive sex ed with young people ranging from elementary to college-age. Eliza’s passion is in supporting young adults to be peer educators and resources for their friends and communities around sexuality, sexual health, identity, and access. Eliza has an MSW from the University of Washington and is currently working towards their AASECT Certification as a Sexuality Educator. Eliza joined the TTI team in 2020.
Kat Glick, LPC, LCADC, ACS
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers & They/Them/Theirs
Kat Glick is a licensed therapist and the founder of Personal Evolution LLC, a holistic psychotherapy, health coaching, and consulting practice. Her professional background includes 12 years of working in clinical mental health and addiction treatment, including holding various positions of dual diagnosis specialist, clinical supervisor, clinical director, and administrator. Kat’s specialties in clinical practice include integrative and nutritional approaches to treating anxiety and disordered eating, as well as affirmative approaches to sexual and relational identities. As a member of the LGBTQIA community, she strives to create a safe, accessible, anti-oppressive and affirmative space for individuals to explore the intersections of their identities and build community. Fishtown Wellness Center, located in the heart of Philadelphia, offers individual counseling services as well as free support groups, educational seminars, and various events that are open to current clients as well as the surrounding community. Along with her clinical experience, Katherine has held an instructor position in higher education for the past 10 years, teaching psychology, addictions, social work, and mental health counseling courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, she provides consulting, training seminars and continuing education courses for mental health and addictions professionals. Kat has a particular passion for teaching and training mental health and human service professionals who are entering and/or currently working in the field. She is currently in the process of completing the requirements for her PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, with her dissertation focusing on enhancing LGBTQ+ competency for addiction professionals. Kat joined the TTI team in 2019 as our Curriculum Design Specialist and currently works as a consultant for TTI.
Dr. Eli R. Green, CSES
Dr. Eli Green is a formally trained educator with over 20 years of experience facilitating transgender-related content for cisgender audiences. He has helped thousands of people have a stronger understanding of what it means to be transgender, how to be effective allies, and how to provide crucial support and affirming services to help transgender and non-binary people survive and thrive in today’s world. Dr. Green is the co-author of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills, and he specializes in helping fellow educators expand skills and build capacity for implementing high quality transgender trainings through TTI’s Training of Trainers (TOT) courses and virtual supervision for TTI TOT alums. His work has been honored by the Society for the Study of Psychological Issues (SPSSI), LGBTQ division of the American Psychological Association (APA – Div 44), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Read more about Dr. Green…
Tara Johnson, MEd
Core Training Team
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs
Amanda Lea LuBrant
Sean Lare, LCSW-C
Senior Training & Consulting Team
Sean Lare is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about serving transgender and gender diverse communities. In addition to providing psychotherapy for individuals in the transgender communities, Mr. Lare also works as an educator and advocate in the Baltimore, Washington, DC and surrounding areas to help increase awareness about the unique needs of transgender, non-binary and gender diverse individuals. His educational work has included providing introductory and specialized trainings on: engaging and retaining transgender talent in the workplace, supporting transgender and non-binary students in K-12 and college/university settings, and guidance for providing affirming services for transgender clients in clinical, behavioral health and medical settings. Mr. Lare has been a featured speaker at regional and local conferences, participated in numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes, and is a sought-after contributor to community and policy planning efforts to increase services and rights for and to meet the diverse needs of transgender people. The focus of his psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. Sean has been a member of the TTI Team since 2018. More information can be found at www.seanlare.com.
Jeffrey Liang is a second generation Taiwanese/Hong Kongese American advocate, drag artist, choreographer, and event producer. Originally born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Los Angeles working with local artists on music videos, teaching dance classes, performing in and out of LGBTQ spaces, and hosting/producing shows. He is the cofounder and producer of LA’s first monthly Asian/Pacific Islander drag space that intentionally centers LGBTQ API and fellow BIPOC communities. Whether as an instructor or event producer, his mission is to create spaces where folks can build community and are validated in the intersections they occupy. With a background in the nonprofit sector working in HIV education and donor relations, he hopes to utilize all his experience to support the liberation of marginalized communities.
Dr. Li Lock
Dr. Li Lock is a formally trained sexuality educator and researcher specializing in gender development and identity, sexological worldview development, consensual non-monogamy, and sex and substance use. Dr. Lock focuses their educational and teaching work in the online realm, where they apply best practices of learning theory to online training by developing interactive learning and webinar based courses. Dr. Lock received their PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University in 2019, where their dissertation research explored psychosocial predictors of varying sexual behavior and subjective sexual effects people report while experiencing the effects of cannabis. Dr. Lock also holds a Master of Education from Widener University, a Master of Science in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and Bachelors of Science and Arts from the University of Georgia. Dr. Lock works as an Research Associate & Interim Director of Education at Planned Parenthood Great Plains. Li joined the TTI team in 2019, and oversees our online course development.
Forever Moon is a black non-binary queer human who has been engaging in some type of sexuality education work since they were seventeen. They are passionate about working with and for youth and committed to doing work that is rooted in social justice and intersectional lenses. Forever taught sexuality topics in local schools, community organizations, and conferences for five years based in Olympia, Washington. They have worked on delivering and currently train educators in an LGBTQ+ centered sex education curriculum and other topics of equity and accessibility. Forever joined the team in 2020 as TTI’s Registration Coordinator and helps manage online webinar and course registration. They are a big nerd who is into color coordination, discovering new ways to organize things, and making sure folks have what they need to be present in their learning and growth.
Core Training Team
Dane Ray is a Washington, DC based mental health professional, who currently works with DC Department of Health, at the Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs. Dane has 12 years of experience as an educator, within and on behalf of the transgender communities, with additional experience in prevention education and research related to HAHSTA (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration). Dane believes that in order to achieve equitable care, it is critical that mental health and community health providers be informed of and prepared to meet the needs of trans and gender expansive people. In working towards this goal, Dane’s current research interests center on public health communication in response to gaps in the healthcare system for self-identified trans and gender expansive people. Dane serves on the Board of Directors of the Rainbow History Project and is a graduate student at University of the District of Columbia’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program, sitting for a Licensed Professional Counselor credential in DC. Dane received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Birmingham-Southern College in 2007, and has worked for the DC government since 2016. Dane joined the TTI Team in 2019.
Kelsey Van Nice
Kelsey Van Nice is a sexuality education professional who has been working in the sexuality and social justice fields since 2008. Her passion for social justice comes from the belief that every person has an innate worthiness and is deserving of safety, dignity, love, and support, and that every person can help to actualize that vision for others. Kelsey is TTI’s part-time Training Coordinator, and they help manage the logistics of TTI’s training calendar and open enrollment courses. Prior to joining TTI, Kelsey worked as the State Strategy Coordinator for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) and the Public Policy Associate for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Kelsey is a certified Gynecologic Teaching Associate, an Online Course Instructor for Answer’s LGBTQ Issues in Schools and Relationship Skills for Teens workshops, a User Support Helpdesk seasonal staffer for TurboVote, and a Consultant/Virgo-extraordinaire for a variety of clients, such as Elizabeth Schroeder Consulting and the Toxic-Free Tomorrow Collaborative. She is also a trained abortion, birth, and postpartum doula. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Montana State University. They have been a member of the TTI Team since 2018.
Sage Williams is a black trans advocate, speaker, educator and activist. Sage is a Transmasculine Non-Binary North Philadelphia Native, they have made it a personal passion to advocate for LGBTQ people of color, in addition to advocating for Black lives, Black feminism, Muslim experiences, comprehensive sexual education and youth. As an educator, their work has included engagements at SXSW, Young People for Change National Youth Summit, Advocates for Youth Urban Retreat and Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, in addition to extensive educational work on LGBTQ Student inclusion at Philadelphia Schools. Sage joined TTI in 2019, where they particularly enjoy working with educators and other youth serving professionals, mental health providers, and non-profit organizations.
Our Ally Trainers:
Isobel Connors, MSW, MEd
Ally/Advocate Training Camp Co-Facilitator
Isobel Connors is a Philadelphia-based sexuality educator and consultant, specializing in LGBTQI+ issues, kink/BDSM, and sex worker rights. In her work as an educator, Ms. Connors strives to take an intersectional approach—to explore the ways in which culture and society shape sexual identity, and to identify and combat systems of oppression that infringe upon sexual freedom. Ms. Connors started her career as an educator and activist in 2009, during her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo. As a student, she helped spearhead grassroots initiatives to address campus sexual assault, homophobia, and transphobia on campus. Upon graduating in 2010 with a Bachelors in Anthropology, she was hired by the university to consult on their 2011 Sexual Assault Teach-In. From 2011-2012, Ms. Connors worked as a Community Trainer for Planned Parenthood, designing and facilitating workshops on such topics as safer sex, healthy relationships, consent, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Ms. Connors interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic, supporting clients and training efforts. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies and Master of Social Work. Ms. Connors is one of our ally trainers, and co-facilitates our Ally/Advocate Training Camps. She joined the TTI Team in 2018.
Dr. Mark Levand, CSE
Ally Guest Trainer & Catholic Schools Consultant