Presenter Bios

Paula Ison, MSW has lectured extensively on gender variant expression including continuing education classes to mental health professionals at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky.  More recently Paula has been instrumental in successfully adding Trans Health Benefits to the group health plans for the City of Cincinnati and for Macy’s. Both organizations now score perfect 100’s on HRC’s corporate equality index. Cincinnati was the first Midwest city to add these benefits.

Cyrsti Hart is a 65 year old trans woman who has published one book “Stilettos On Thin Ice” and writes the “Cyrsti’s Condo” blog. Born transgender, Cyrsti spent 50 painful years fighting the idea she was a cross dresser. She is also a Vietnam Era Vet and currently under Veterans Administration HRT treatment.

Liz Trumble, is an ally and partner to Crysti Hart.  She is an excellent resource for those love transgender people.

Logan Lamprecht is currently an Assistant Professor in the Counseling program at Cleveland State University, where he coordinates the Clinical Mental Health Program and Directs the Campus Counseling Clinic.  He is also an assistant faculty member at the Gestalt Institute.  He also works part time in private practice and identifies as a Trans Ally.

Brienne Miller is in the final year of her studies as a counseling student at Cleveland State.  She will begin her clinical internship in the fall semester.  She is the President of the Chi Sigma Upsilon counseling student honor’s organization at Cleveland State and identifies as a LGBT Ally.  She is also the proud mother of a lovely little girl.

Lauren Davis is currently enrolled in the counseling program at Cleveland State University and serves in a full time capacity as an academic advisor in the Honor’s College at Cleveland State.  She identifies as a Trans Ally and is very involved in the Cleveland LGBT community.  ”

Aran Reinhart is a poet & has been published in a national magazine that most of you probably haven’t heard of (Friends Journal).  His most successful poem was about Leelah Alcorn which was read by lots & lots of people.  He is also on the board of TransOhio.

Carrie Chandler, M.D., is a physician, educator and trans-feminine person who enjoys wrestling with the challenges faced by trans*-identified people and how to surmount them. She has lectured to medical students and residents about trans* and LGBT health care.

Jalen Hutchinson, Ph.D., is a university professor with experience as a diversity and social issues educator. In addition, Jalen has been active in co-facilitating workshop trainings on trans* as well as basic LGBT education to various audiences, and trainings to health care providers and residential youth counselors.”

Julia M. Applegate leads the LGBTQ Health Initiative at the Columbus Public Health Department where she focuses on developing policies and programs to reduce health disparities in LGBTQ communities of Central Ohio. Recently, Julia is a founding member of Youth Across Borders, a program of Montana de Luz (an orphanage for HIV+ Youth in Honduras) designed to facilitate cross cultural learning for young people with HIV.  She also represents the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association’s planning committee for the 4th International LGBTQ Human Rights Conference to take place at the 2017 World Outgames in Miami, Florida. Julia holds a Master of Arts in Women’s, Sexuality and Gender Studies from The Ohio State University and has 10 years of teaching experience in this field at the University level.

Brad Henry is a 20 plus year veteran in the information technology field.  A graduate of The Ohio State University and a current doctorate student, Brad has architected and developed global systems and processes for Fortune 500 companies, works collaboratively with several top tier 1 and 2 research institutions around the nation on emerging technology in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, wearable tech, predictive analysis, cognition, instructional design, augmented reality.   Brad is also a cofounder of Imaginate, llc, the President of EduTechnologic, llc, a development firm building, testing and designing technologies using an array of technologies for education, medical, training, and industry.  Brad writes blog articles on emerging tech, has published works on cyberbullying, technology with English Language Learners, multimedia learning, and educational psychology.  Brad is an active advocate in providing volunteer services and bettering communities.  He works as a mentor to  emerging coders (over 100 and counting), volunteers for several non-profit organizations each year, including: The American Heart Association; AIDS Resource Ohio; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; tutor with English as a Second Language students and many others.

Lou Weaver is a leader in Houston’s LGBT community.  Lou served as a co-chair for the Creating Change 2014 conference in Houston, and is extremely active with the diversity and political committees of the Houston chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.  He is currently completing his studies at the University of Houston, where he is a member of the LGBT Resource Center’s Advisory Board.  He has helped educate the Student Health Services group and the Counseling and Psychological Services groups on culturally competent care for the LGBT communities.  Lou is also actively engaged with local law enforcement offices to help change policy and procedures for the employees, communities and inmates. He is currently contracted by Equality Texas as a trans specialist to work on a statewide equality campaign. He will also be focusing on LGBT military, first responders and sports professionals.”

Ramona Peel is a trans girl, and Kasha Planck is a cis woman. They started dating in 2011 before Ramona’s transition began and Kasha has supported her through every stage of the process. They’ve grown and evolved together over the years, both as a couple and as individuals. Today they live in Columbus, where they work, play, and have joined forces to watch an obscene amount of Netflix together.

Reb Butt is the father of a trans woman. Rex, an Associate Professor of Communication at Bronx Community College (CUNY), has researched transgender issues for over a decade. He serves on PFLAG’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Advisory Council and has mentored scores of families and offered support sessions for families with gender-nonconforming loved ones at conferences since 2007. His book, “Now What? For Families with Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Children,” has just been released this month.

Ellen Seigel, LISW, clinical social worker (33 yrs.), teaches taking charge of negative perceptions of yourself and translating them into strengths and beauty. This results in emotional relief and unleashing natural creativity.  She has a private practice here in Columbus. Co-created and presented an award winning 16 hour course “Sensitivity Training – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students, parents and staff” to hundreds of public school professionals = Trailblazer Award NYS Legislature and recognition by GLSEN, New York City.

Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP is an Internist-Pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center. He completed both his BS in Biochemistry and his MD at Michigan State University. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center and subsequently joined the faculty in 2006. In 2012, He completed a Master’s in Public Health degree at Case Western Reserve University with a special emphasis on Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for LGBT populations. He holds the rank of Assistant Professor at Case Western School of Medicine.  Dr. Ng’s passion is to improve access to and provide culturally effective primary care to special needs populations. He co-founded and currently serves as the Clinical Director of the PRIDE Clinic, Ohio’s only medical home for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients. He also cares for children from Spanish-speaking families at the OSCAR Clinic, a Health Service for Hispanic Children and Adolescents. He previously provided care for adults and children with special needs through the Comprehensive Care Division of Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center and was the medical director for the Metro Youth Outreach (MYO) program, an outreach program for high risk Cleveland youth ages 14 to 24.  Dr. Ng is dedicated to promoting and improving LGBT health. He has lectured on LGBT health and health disparities to students, health care providers, agencies and organizations in the Midwest and nationwide. He is the President of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and is involved in health professional and student education and mentorship.

Kat Holtz believes that humor is important and that chocolate is critical.  For her job she provides HIV prevention and testing at the Portage County Health Department.  She presents on various HIV, sexuality, and BGLTQQAA topics to adults, adolescents, community groups, and congregations. She has presented workshops on various chocolate topics for many years.  As a lifelong chocolate lover, she has learned the fascinating aspects of its history, production, taste variations, and social justice concerns.

Cate Stock is a Columbus native, software engineer, graduate of The Ohio State University, and all-around nerd. She currently acts as a co-founder of Bi Local, the lead developer on the RAD Remedy project, and a facilitator of Columbus Bi Network. Over the past seven years, she has also been a community organizer for numerous other LGBTQ organizations, including HRC@OSU, the LGBTQ & Allies Student Association, comBIne @ OSU, and the Columbus steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign. In her copious spare time, she enjoys literature, electronic music, and indiscriminate use of cat pictures.

Shawn Copeland is the field director for Equality Ohio.  He is a proud graduate of Ohio University, obtaining a B.S.S. in Global Rights and Human Justice. While on campus, Shawn worked on a variety of local student organizing issues that dealt with the intersectionality of class, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. His passion is connecting traditional community, labor, faith, and student organizing traditions to data driven campaigns. Prior to working with Equality Ohio, Shawn served as a faith organizer, community and field director for North Carolina AIDS Action Network, and campus organizer for American’s for Workplace Opportunity. He is an active member of Bi-Local.

Michael Eblin is Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s Prevention Specialist (a community partnership through Southeast Mental Health), striving to empower youth to build protective factors to avoid their higher risk for mental health issues, substance abuse, STI infection, violence and other traumatic experiences.  Michael has his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University, where he studied mental health interventions for oppressed groups, with a special focus on people who are transgender.  He has previously worked at the Youth Program at the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, and taught technology to community members.  Michael has returned to KYC, having been a youth in 2005 and 2006 and volunteer during 2012 and 2013.