Board of Directors
Susan Maasch- Director
Jack Montgomery- Director
Rebecca Oglesby- Director, Treasurer
Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH
Michelle Forcier is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Brown University Alpert Medical School. Her professional interests include: sexual and reproductive health issues such as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender health, advanced family planning, pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Michelle received her Bachelors of Science degrees from Brown University, her MD at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Pediatric Residency at University of Utah. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Fellowship and Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She has a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
Michelle currently is an active medical provider working with transgender children and youth ages 0-25 years, in Rhode Island, and surrounding communities. She offers a holistic and primary care focused approach to understanding the youth as a whole person, as well as in the context of the family, community and life goals. Michelle has an interest in public and professional education about transgender health issues as well as early identification and support for youth with gender non-conformity. She provides hormonal therapies to block puberty, allow for puberty in asserted gender, and cross gender hormone management for her patients.
Victoria Rodriques -Rodan.
Victoria has been an advocate for trans* rights for the entirety of her adult life. A 201 Truman scholar, she holds a psychology degree from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors and was the first openly transgender member of the student government in the institution's history. She also holds a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she presided over the LGBT caucus and formed an active part of the LGBT coalition of Maine- based LGBT advocacy organizations she has worked for the National LGBTQ Task Force as a law fellow where she started pioneering advocacy for trans* accessible ID policies in Puerto Rico. She is founder and chair of the Puerto Rico Equality Project- the first trans* focused policy advocacy organization in Puerto Rico. She currently works as an equal opportunity specialist for the Office of Compliance and Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center in Washington D.C.
Fox leads the youth advising programs at TYEF. He is a trans activist that is proud to be among the first trans youth to be able to transition in this country at a very young age. Fox loves to give back by producing the Trans Waves educational podcast program and has partnered with the Transgender Law Center to share these podcasts on their large social networks so they can reach youth and families in underserved areas. He has designed and led several Sex Ed workshops he calls "Sex Ed: Non Cis Style" in high schools and national conferences. At TYEF Camps Fox has served as leader of the "Big Brothers" and Big Sisters" program that matches older campers with the youngest campers.
Alex (they/them) has volunteered for TYEF for nearly a decade and is committed to seeing the program grow. They have multiple degrees in adolescent education and a doctorate in medieval literature; their passions include ensuring youth have equitable educational opportunities and the confidence to pursue adulthood as a trans person. Pre-pandemic, they helped with counseling at our youth camps and conferences. During COVID, they help coordinate Zoom support groups and panels of volunteers to help address youth needs.
Laura is a trans activist that is passionate about using her business and communications skills to support youth outreach at TYEF. She also works closely with TYEF to promote youth outreach to communities of color. Laura designs our programs at TYEF Camps and attends as camp counselor.
Dr. Sabra L.Katz-Wise, PhD
Dr. Katz-Wise is a developmental psychologist working as a Research Scientist in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research investigates sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth. She recently began an NIH-funded study to examine how the family environment affects the health and well-being of transgender youth.
Susan Trostle Brand is a Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she teaches Grand Challenge and methods classes and supervises student teachers. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Reading from West Virginia University, and a Doctorate in Education, with play therapy certification, from Pennsylvania State University. She is the campus advisor for JumpStart Rhode Island and counselor for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society where she served as a national board member. Susan is the author of three textbooks and several book chapters and articles addressing diversity and the transgender population. A Diversity and Service Award recipient, she has presented her work nationally and internationally. She serves on the URI President’s Council on LGBT, the President’s Council on the Status of Women, and the LGBT Task Force. Susan co-authored articles, blogs, and a book chapter while working at TYEF, and is co-authoring a social justice textbook. She co-presents transgender youth and family workshops, assists with TYEF fundraising and goal setting, and creates website resources of transgender books. She delivers transgender workshops to schools and universities and is the mother of three young daughters: Faith, Fiona, and Jessica (shown below).
Sofia began as a youth at TYEF. As an adult she wanted to be more involved and came on board as advisor. She studied law in India where she was born and raised. Ultimately she decided to study computer science. She advises on our social media pages and designs our wonderful and effective campaign to raise awareness for trans youth. Her work shares a message of hope and support for trans youth and has increased our visibility tremendously.
Director of Games and Coaching at TYEF Camps and Retreats
Stephen is an out-and-proud, multiple sport, high/middle school coach. Along with Mo'Ne Davis, Michael Sam and Jason Collins, Stephen was named the 2014 Sports Illustrated Trailblazer of the Year. Profiled by NPR, NBC, the Huffington Post, SB Nation, the Advocate, Compete Magazine, Art New England, and the Washington Blade, he is a speaker/thought leader who works with educational institutions and sports businesses such as ESPN. His focus is on diversity, LGBTQ rights and sports issues. He works with leaders at the national, state, and local levels to help create more welcoming spaces for all.
An educator with degrees in psychology, religious studies, social work and special education, Stephen works with K-12 students and their parents as a teacher, tutor, and mentor. He also works with administrators, coaches, social service agencies and religious institutions. After global travel and living in NYC, Stephen returned to his hometown to coach over 19 seasons. Coach Alexander is working on several projects as well as a children's book series. He believes sports has the ability to transform society into a more welcoming place for everyone.