Meet our Team:
Deja Lynn Alvarez
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
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.
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
Dre Ceja is a Chicano, queer, and transgender speaker, facilitator, and trainer. They have worked in non-profit and for-profit settings to educate folks on how to create more affirming, welcoming, spaces for transgender and non-binary people. Dre is passionate about using intersectional approaches to creating more inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive and feel belonging. Outside of TTI, Dre uses their perspective and expertise on several committees and boards. They currently serve on the PA Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs, the first of its kind in the nation, and are part of the commission’s Legal & Advocacy and Youth & Young Adult committees. As a commissioner, Dre has shared public testimony on the Pennsylvania legal name change filing process and has made policy recommendations for a more accessible and equitable legal name change system for all Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. Dre also believes that access to affirming and quality healthcare is a human right. Dre serves on Penn State Health LGBTQ+ Taskforce, Penn State Health CHNA Health Equity Task Force, and Wellspan Health Transgender Education Committee. They have worked with these systems to both build and strengthen their transgender and non-binary affirming policies, practices, and culture. Dre is also part of the Pennsylvania Transgender Coalition and thier Training & Education Committee. Dre has worked with fellow coalition members and partnering organizations like the ACLU to share accessible educational sessions. Dre worked with the coalition to educate communities on topics such as transgender and non-binary student rights in K-12 schools and sports. You can learn more about Dre by visiting their website here or by following them on Instagram where they share their personal story and educational infographic posts
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
Training Team, Founder/CEO
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…
Pronouns: Fae/Fem/Faers, They/Them/Theirs
Tara Johnson, MEd
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs, She/Her/Hers
Sean Lare, LCSW-C
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.
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.
Amanda Lea LuBrant
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.
Dominique Morgan is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, she works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be available in 2022. Find out more about Dominique at www.dominiquemorgan.com. Check out her TEDxTalk on Resilience
Dane Ray, LGPC
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.
Mark Saint Amour
Mark Saint Amour identifies as a demi-pansexual, queer and trans (non-binary, genderfluid) person of Mexican Indigenous descent. Mark spent over ten years in the national for-profit industry as an upper-level manager/director and business developer working both with entrepreneurs developing and opening start-ups and with established companies looking to expand into new territories, always bringing a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion while using justice oriented frameworks. Following this Mark spent another ten years active in the non-profit field, working with organizations through-out Chicago, New York, and West Michigan. They most recently worked in higher education working in areas of philanthropy, social justice, and JEDI consulting. They are actively completing dual Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Work, while holding a BBA in Entrepreneurship and General Management with a minor in Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude).
Kelsey Van Nice
Kelsey Van Nice is a sexuality education professional who has been working in the sexuality and social justice fields since 2008. Their 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, and a Consultant/Virgo-extraordinaire for a variety of clients, such as Elizabeth Schroeder Consulting and the Toxic-Free Tomorrow Collaborative. They are 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.