Emeritus

Many people have contributed to ISNA's work since our founding in 1993. This part of the website is where we acknowledge their generosity (in somewhat random order).

Adam Mathias

Classification: Emeritus

Adam Mathias
Adam Mathias joined the board of ISNA with an impressive list of credentials and passion for our mission. Adam first learned of ISNA’s work when his sister, Robin, fell in love with ISNA founder Cheryl Chase. Having Cheryl as a family member, witnessing the progress ISNA has made over the years, and having a deep and personal understanding of the struggles sexual minorities face because of his own identity as a gay man, Adam decided to volunteer his energy and skills toward advancing ISNA’s mission. An accomplished playwright and fundraiser, Adam has produced and managed advertising and media for his own play and helped many non-profit theater groups raise funds.

Alice Dreger, PhD

Classification: Emeritus

Alice D Dreger

Alice Dreger,PhD began her association with ISNA in 1996 in response to Cheryl Chase’s request for help changing the medical treatment of people born with intersex. One of the few non-intersex people to become a pillar of the intersex rights movement, Alice served ISNA for nine years, acting as Chair and President of the Board for six years, Chair of the Fundraising Committee for one year, and as the first Director of Medical Education. These titles do not capture the extent to which Alice often functioned as behind-the-scenes glue helping to hold ISNA together. She wrote, ghost-wrote, and edited countless articles, grants, letters, hand-outs, and blogs for ISNA, recruited and aided allies, directed numerous major fundraising campaigns, and played a central role in policy development and advocacy strategizing. She and her husband, Aron Sousa (a member of ISNA’s Medical Advisory Board) have also been major financial donors to ISNA.

Angela Moreno Lippert

Classification: Emeritus

Angela Moreno photo

Angela Moreno Lippert has been involved with the Intersex Society since 1996 when she appeared in ISNA’s first video production, Hermaphrodites Speak! Since then, her intersex activism has been featured in such diverse venues as the Chicago Tribune, FOX News Chicago, On the Issues, Ms. Magazine and Mademoiselle. She has spoken publicly on the subject of improving treatment for people with intersex conditions and their families, including an appearance as keynote speaker at GenderPAC’s 2001 National Conferenc

April Herndon, Ph.D.

Classification: Emeritus

April Herndon
April Herndon, Ph.D. served as ISNA’s Director of Programming from June 2005-June 2006. Along with ISNA’s Executive Director Cheryl Chase and former Director of Medical Education Alice Dreger, Dr. Herndon helped to administer our Clinicians’ and Parents’ Handbooks Project, funded respectively by the California Endowment and the Arcus Foundation. Dr. Herndon also helped administer public outreach work, production and distribution of educational materials, and research related to ISNA’s mission-based programming. She helped establish ISNA’s Speakers Bureau, edited ISNA’s newly revised “Teaching Intersex Issues,” wrote blogs, co-authored grants, helped upkeep ISNA’s website, and forged and fostered relationships with ISNA volunteers.

Arlene Baratz, M.D.

Classification: Emeritus

Arlene Baratz

Arlene Baratz, M.D. has been a medical advisor to the Androgen Insensitivity Support Group for seven years and joined the ISNA Medical Advisory Board earlier this year. Prior to joining the board, Baratz was a contributor on the Handbook for Parents and the Clinical Guidelines, new publications for both families and health care providers dealing with DSDs produced by ISNA and the DSD Consortium.

When asked how her previous experience as a radiologist working with breast cancer prepared her for her work with ISNA, Baratz says, “I have been practicing in the specialty of breast radiology for 16 years.

Aron Sousa, M.D.

Classification: Emeritus

Aron Sousa (with Kepler)

Aron Sousa was a founding member of the ISNA board. He received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1996 and is currently Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and faculty in the Department of Medicine at Michigan State University. He is a general internist by training and has particular interest in evidence-based medicine (including the lack thereof in intersex care). He is also interested in how the medical community can help adult intersex people. He has used his access to medical education to help trainees understand the illogic of the surgic

Barbara Jones

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Barbara Jones

I decided to become a speaker on behalf of ISNA due to my diagnosis of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome at age 26. This was not the first revelation which came about when I was 19 years of age and trying to find out why I hadn’t had the normal female rites of passage at the onset of puberty. I had secretly gotten my physician father’s textbook on gynaecology and began turning page after page. I remember sitting cross-legged on my bed and seeing a picture of a nude woman with the black bar across her eyes. She looked just like me with the absence of body hair. There was only a page and a half of information but from what it described, I knew who and what I was — finally.

Barby Halstead-Worrell

Classification: Emeritus

Barby Halstead-Worrell served as educational consultant for Total Patient Care. Barby is a staff member with National Education Association.

Bruce Wilson, MD

Classification: Emeritus

Bruce Wilson received his M.D. from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1975 and is a board certified Pediatric Endocrinologist at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University. As a physician working with the U.S. armed services from 1978 to 1988, Dr. Wilson served children and families around the world, including in Iran, Germany, and Washington, D.C. at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Today at DeVos Children’s Hospital he leads multidisciplinary teams caring for children with chronic illnesses (including diabetes) and children with intersex. Although he maintains a full practice and teaches through the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine educational programs, including serving as the Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Section from 1989 to 1999, Dr. Wilson also maintains an active research program into the etiologies and psychosocial effects of pediatric endocrinologic conditions. His studies of these subjects have been published in the Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science, Pediatric Cardiology, the Journal of Medical Genetics, and the Journal of Clinical Ethics. Dr. Wilson has presented papers at numerous professional conferences and parent conferences, and has received research grants from Eli Lilly, the Howard and Howard Foundation, and the BSRG. For his work in medical education he has three times been awarded the Residency Teaching Award at Michigan State.

Cade McCall

Classification: Emeritus

Cade McCall
Cade McCall served as a gratis intern for ISNA and donated his considerable talents to managing our web page and several other projects. He is currently working on a PhD in social psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Carolyn Parsons

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Carolyn Parsons

On a small mission in the heart of the central Angola highlands, Carolyn Parson’s grandfather delivered her, introducing a healthy girl to a growing family. A healthy and happy baby, she grew to be a bright, curious, and easy going child.

As an energetic 11 year old, Carolyn began a journey that would radically change her life. Her apparently female body started to change. Her muscles began to develop, hair started growing on her body, her clitoris and labia began enlarging. She began to be very shy of her body and never let anyone know what was happening.

Cheryl Chase (Bo Laurent)

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers


Cheryl Chase was our founder. Her ongoing efforts to improve the social and medical treatment of intersexed people have been recognized with the year 2000 Felipa de Souza Human Rights Award, and in diverse publications and numerous television and radio programs including Newsweek, the New York Times, NPR’s Fresh Air, NBC Dateline, ethicist Alice Dreger’s Intersex in the Age of Ethics, social psychologist Suzanne Kessler’s Lessons from the Intersexed, molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling’s Sexing the Body, and Pulitzer Prize winning medical writer Natalie Angier’s bestseller, Woman: An Intimate Geography.

Christine Feick, MSW

Classification: Emeritus

Christine Feick

Christine Feick, worked with ISNA as a social work intern to create educational materials for counseling professionals and less harmful medical protocols. Christine has since graduated from the MSW program at University of Michigan. She brought to ISNA clinical experience in outreach and support groups with the University of Michigan’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs office, as a student residence advisor at University of Michigan, and a support group for sex workers created as an independent study.

Ciara Relyea

Classification: Emeritus

Ciara Relyea

Ciara Relyea came to ISNA as an intern from the University of Michigan School of Social Work through the Triangle Foundation. She helped ISNA compile a bibliography on public policy issues related to intersex conditions.

Cindy Stone

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Cindy Stone

Cindy Stone earned her bachelor’s and masters degrees in Education from Indiana University. She has worked at her alma mater as an administrator and instructor for the past 26 years. Cindy was born looking like other baby girls, and her intersex syndrome was not fully diagnosed until she was an adult in her 30’s. She has the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome passed on genetically from her mother. Had she not become inquisitive on her own at age 34 about her medical needs, she might have developed gonadal cancer. She was unaware that her doctors lied to her as a teenager withholding critical information about her syndrome.

Colleen Kiernan

Classification: Emeritus

Colleen Kiernan Colleen Kiernan was ISNA’s Research and Program Assistant during the year between completing her undergraduate degree and starting medical school. Colleen graduated with High Honors from Michigan State University in 2005 with degrees from the Honors College and Science and Technology Studies, and with course specializations in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society, and Peace and Justice Studies. Her interests focus on the intersection of public health and human rights work. A native of Joliet, Illinois, Colleen has worked as a volunteer sex educator for the Michigan’s Ingham County Health Department, focusing on young people aged 11-21, and as a research assistant for an educational training grant at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. In 2003 she decided to take a year’s absence from school to do volunteer work in Tanzania, where she functioned as a caregiver in a home for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, and as teaching assistant in a school for children with autism. She also spent several months in South Africa doing clinical research and patient education at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit of the Chris-Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. In the summer of 2005, in addition to her duties at ISNA, Colleen performed laboratory-based research on pediatric neuroblastoma at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

David Iris Cameron

Classification: Emeritus

David Cameron

David Cameron attended his first ISNA support group meeting in 1995 and within the year became ISNA’s first volunteer! He served as a board member from Dec. ’02 through Dec. ’05. As a person with XXY sex chromosomes, David has written about his experience in Hermaphrodites with Attitude, Chrysalis, and Alice Dreger’s book Intersex In the Age of Ethics. As an adult, David was hormonally masculinized by testosterone therapy without his “informed” consent.

Debbie Hartman

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Debora Rode Hartman
Debbie Rode Hartman is a single mother raising her intersexed child who had gender re-assignment surgery at 11 weeks. She is an active advocate for ISNA and has participated in numerous panels about intersex including presentations to the National Organization of Women and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Piscataway New Jersey. She was interviewed in Canada SexTV’s full-length feature on intersex Redefining Sex and has been interviewed by numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the New Haven Advocate. She is featured in Total Patient Care, ISNA’s video on the practical application of new methodologies in the treatment of intersexed children. Visit her website on intersex and other special needs.

Ellen Feder, Ph.D.

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Ellen Feder

Ellen Feder is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University, where she also teaches in the program in Women and Gender Studies. She has been an active member of ISNA since 1999, when she first presented a paper at the American Philosophical Association that considered the failure of bioethicists to intervene in the medical management of intersex. She has since published work resulting from interviews she conducted with parents of children with intersex, and was a member of the Hastings Center working group, “Surgically Shaping Children.” She is

Emi Koyama

Classification: Emeritus

Emi Koyama worked for ISNA from 2001-2002 first as an intern and then as a staff activist. With her experiences at ISNA, Emi went on to found and direct Intersex Initiative, an intersex advocacy and activist group based in Portland, Oregon. She also lectures at college campuses around the country on various topics, including intersex, domestic violence, disability theory, and the sex workers’ movement. Emi also has a personal website.

Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D.

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Eric Vilain

Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D. was born in Paris, France and is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology at UCLA. Dr. Vilain received his B.S. in Biochemistry at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in 1987 and then his Ph.D. in 1994 at the Pasteur Institute. In 1995, Dr. Vilain received his M.D. at the Faculte de Medecine Necker Enfants Malades. Dr. Vilain assumes the positions of Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at UCLA, Director of Female Sexual Medicine in the Department of Urology and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Human Genetics. When he was a medical student, his first assignment was a pediatric service taking care of intersexed infants. He was shocked to see how poor the understanding of this condition was, and how many life-altering decisions were made on behalf of the babies. Dr. Vilain has devoted his academic career to the biology of intersexuality. He serves on several national committees on intersexuality. He has received numerous awards, notably from the NIH and the March of Dimes. Dr. Vilain is an expert in the field of the genetics of sexual development. He has deciphered a large number of molecular mechanisms responsible for intersexuality in humans, such as mutations in the sex-determining genes SRY and SOX9. His laboratory is working on the mechanisms of early gonadal development and brain sexual differentiation.

H. Marty Malin, PhD

Classification: Emeritus

H. Marty Malin
H. Marty Malin, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Clinical Studies Program at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. He was formerly the Manager of the Sexual Disorders Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. He is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, Sex Therapist, and Sex Educator, a Life Clinical Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and a member of the Board of Examiners of the American Board of Sexology.

Jane L. Goto

Classification: Emeritus

Jane Goto

Following 25 years of shame and denial, a series of events caused Jane Goto to re-evaluate. Electing to cast off the shroud of shame, she began to utilize her skills and 25 year’s experience as an adult educator and communicator to help others and, in the process, expedite her own healing.

Jane joined ISNA in 2003 as our Operations Manager in Seattle. She has fielded several thousand e-mails, letters and phone calls from people seeking answers and assistance with the aftermath of unwanted surgeries, secrecy, lies and shame that have traditionally been associated with Disorders of Sex Development.

Jeanne Nollman

Classification: Emeritus

Jeanne Nollman
Jeanne Nollman has 19 years of experience as a Probation Officer in California, two years of graduate education in counseling, and experience as a Counseling Intern in the California State University system. Happily married for 15 years, Jeanne is the mother of two wonderful adopted children. In 2006, Jeanne ran the workshops for affected teenagers at the annual conference of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group, to rave reviews (this was the first time that the conference included a programming track specifically for them). At age 18, Jeanne’s doctors told her partial truths about her diagnosis.

John Allen

Classification: Emeritus

Attorney John M. Allen helped ISNA through the tedious processes of incorporating and successfully filing with the Internal Revenue Service for 501©3 tax exempt status. This infrastructure allows us to obtain funding via tax deductible gifts from individuals and grants from foundations.

John continues his advocacy as the cofounder of the Ruth Ellis Center, a shelter for GLBT teens and young adults in Detroit, MI.

John Otto

Classification: Emeritus

John Otto worked tirelessly to help ISNA archive materials and also assisted Jane on the helpdesk. John holds a MLIS from the University of Washington.

Julie Dorf

Classification: Emeritus

Julie Dorf

Julie Dorf served as ISNA’s Board Seretary. Julie founded the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission and served as its Executive Director 1990-2000. She created the organization to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Ms. Dorf speaks Russian and spent six years involved with dissident movements in the former Soviet Union prior to founding IGLHRC. Her work and the work of IGLHRC has been widely featured in Time, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms.

K.M. Walker

Classification: Emeritus

K.M. Walker worked as Cheryl’s assistant at ISNA, and did a masterly job of running the office and the books, as well as responding to inquiries and requests for information from all over the world. She is a talented musician and works with her partner Chris developing a rapidly growing California company that specializes in green-minded ways of removing, recycling and reusing material hauled from residential and commercial clients.

Katherine Betzer

Classification: Emeritus

Katherine Betzer
Katherine Betzer interned at the ISNA in 2003 after spending a semester in the Netherlands studying the Dutch biomedical response to intersex births. While with the ISNA, Katherine helped Executive Director Monica Casper research and compile data on international medical and legal perspectives on female genital surgeries. Katherine graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and plans to continue her studies on the intersections of health, biomedicine, sexuality and gender identity.

Kim Saviano

Classification: Emeritus

Kim Saviano

Kim Saviano is an intersexed activist living in Denver and working as a UNIX administrator. She served as Treasurer of the Androgren Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group from 2000 - 2001 and hosted their 2001 national conference. She has spoken at several local organizations and been interviewed for articles about her experiences growing up intersexed. Kimberly recently found herself ready to move beyond the realm of support groups and into advocacy.

Laina Poon, Secretary

Classification: Emeritus

Laina Poon

Laina Marie Git Jung Poon (board chair) joined ISNA in March of 2005 after conducting in-depth research resulting in an analysis of ISNA’s structure and organizational development. Laina completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in June 2005. Her ISNA analysis became a Ford Foundation Case Study that will be utilized by public affairs students nation-wide. She previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, providing technical assistance and facilitating community-based natural resource management. Laina also studied overseas in Sweden, has engaged in consulting work for the non-profit sector. Laina lives in Seattle, WA, and works as an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Lynnell Stephani Long

Classification: Emeritus | Speakers

Lynnell Stephani Long

Lynnell Stephani Long has been involved with the Intersex Society of North America, officially, since 2000 after she met Cheryl Chase in D.C. at GenderPac’s National Lobby Days. She is a columnist for Identity Magazine, a Chicago LGBTI magazine, where she writes on intersex. In addition to speaking locally in Chicago, Lynnell has spoken on ending intersex genital mutilation in Canada, Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.

She is also a photographer, published poet, and international performance artist.

Mary Kelterborn

Classification: Emeritus

Mary Kelterborn

Mary Kelterborn was ISNA’s second intern and did a fantastic job of assisting Cheryl in several different capacities, including organizing ISNA’s large presence at the Creating Change conference. Mary is now at Lambda Legal in New York City.

Medical Advisory Board

Classification: Emeritus

ISNA’s Medical Advisory Board included some of the nation’s leading experts in pediatric endocrinology, urology, general pediatrics, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and bioethics.

Megan Curran

Classification: Emeritus

Megan Curran

Megan Curran worked with ISNA in conjuction with the Children’s Hospital of Oakland to describe the current management of newborns with intersex conditions at U.S. children’s hospitals. Megan brought to ISNA her experience of advocating for underrecognized populations, such as women with mood disorders and children experiencing violence in their homes. She has a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology, and plans to practice developmental and behavioral pediatrics in the future.

Michael Davis

Classification: Emeritus

Michael Davis volunteered his time and energy to help ISNA with post-production work. His generosity enabled ISNA to create and distribute its videos.

Monica Casper, PhD

Classification: Emeritus

Monica Casper

Monica J. Casper, PhD, served as our Executive Director in 2003. Monica is an internationally recognized medical sociologist and biomedical ethicist who brought a wealth of experience in research and policy advocacy to her leadership of ISNA. She is author of the award-winning and groundbreaking book, The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, which examines the rise of the controversial practice of operating on unborn babies. Framing fetal surgery as a women’s health issue, she addresses profound questions about society’s compulsion to normalize its members, especially those at the beginnings of life, and to subject otherwise healthy individuals to risky medical treatment. Monica is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She and her family live in Nashville.

Olivia Kienzel

Classification: Emeritus

Olivia Kienzel was ISNA’s very first intern and was an invaluable assistant to Cheryl. Today she’s a freelance writer based in southern California.

Phyllis Ward

Classification: Emeritus

Phyllis Ward

Phyllis Ward has written, produced and directed documentaries and magazine segments for local, national and international television markets. Her work has won over three dozen major broadcasting awards. Phyllis created Is it a Boy or Girl? and Banished, Living with Leposy for the Discovery Channel for broadcast in the year 2000. Phyllis was the producer/director/writer of My Country, an award-winning hour-long documentary on the disability rights movement and the Americans with Disability Act that aired on PBS. Her other credits include twenty hour-long documentaries on such subjects as education, changing relationships in the United States, trauma care, stress, and mental illness, and news magazine segments for ABC News’ Primetime Live, CBS News’ Street Stories and ABC News’ 20/20. We are particularly grateful to Phyllis for having created Total Patient Care for us.

Rebecca Baughman Kerns

Classification: Emeritus

Rebecca Baughman Kerns is board treasurer. “I hope that those I contact through ISNA see giving to this fabulous organization as I do; a chance to share the necessary resources and talents that we all have to make ISNA stronger, wiser and more relevant. When one gives to ISNA, you are giving to the future of better education, understanding and treatment of those with disorders of sex development. Giving to ISNA helps to ensure that a better future is available for the lives of families and children born with disorders of sex development.” Rebecca has seven years of experience in non-profit fundraising for various health organizations, as well as five years of marketing experience.

Robin Mathias

Classification: Emeritus

Robin Mathias

Robin Mathias helped ISNA incorporate and grow into the organization it is today. Robin is Executive Consultant for FourThought Group, Inc., where she is creating best practices for Medicaid policy, systems and operations. Robin’s own website, MathiasConsulting.com is a valuable resource for the insurance industry and publicly financed healthcare programs in their fight to dramatically decrease the expenses caused by healthcare fraud. She speaks about Medicaid reform and healthcare fraud and abuse at conferences nationwide, including the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, Managing Managed Care Claims, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Insurance Fraud Conference. She is interviewed in the media and made her television debut on CNBC in a live interview about alleged healthcare fraud at Tenet Hospitals. Robin is a board member for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

Sallie Foley, MSW

Classification: Emeritus

Sally Foley

Sallie Foley is a social worker with a strong background in education and sex therapy. Her interest in the emotional and sexual consequences of genital surgeries on children dates back to 1992, when she and University of Michigan surgeon George Morley published an article pointing out that counseling and alternatives to surgery were better treatments for girls born with vaginal agenesis. Their article, Care and Counseling of the Patient with Vaginal Agenesis was published in the journal The Female Patient. Sallie was responsible for bringing to ISNA the talents of Christine Feick as an intern and mentored Christine while they two of them helped write drafts of ISNA’s parents’ and clinical handbooks. Additionally, Sallie appeared in ISNA’s ground-breaking video Total Patient Care and has written for our website.

Sam Ferguson

Classification: Emeritus

Sam Ferguson was a volunteer in the ISNA office during the time that we shared office space in San Francisco with several other nonprofits. Sam also participated in ISNA presentations for medical students and others around the Bay Area.

Sherri Groveman Morris

Classification: Emeritus

Sherri Groveman Morris

Sherry Groveman Morris is an attorney and intersex activist who founded the US branch of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group in 1995. Ms. Groveman has been a frequent lecturer on the topic of intersex at medical conferences throughout the world. She has given presentations to the Royal Society of Medicine Endocrine Section, the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Society and the European Pediatric Urology Association in Turkey. In addition, Ms. Groveman has been a featured speaker on the subject of intersex at the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Center, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Full Circle of Women (a retreat for transgendered and intersex women sponsored by the Los Angeles Center for Gender Sanity).

Sunny Nordmarken

Classification: Emeritus

Sunny Nordmarken

Sunny Nordmarken worked as an intern for ISNA and helped ED Monica Casper conduct research about CAH testing and diagnosis. Sunny is currently helping United Genders of the Universe to assemble a speakers bureau. She also works as a children’s counselor in a group home in San Francisco and plans to continue her work with children by studying innovative therapy techniques that involve play and performance.

Sydney Levy

Classification: Emeritus

Sydney Levy

Sydney Levy served as ISNA’s Board Secretary and Treasurer. Born in Venezuela and schooled in Israel, Sydney speaks Spanish and Hebrew as well as English. An immigrant himself, he belongs to a family of immigrants where each of the last three generations was raised on a different continent. Sydney has worked with the Bar Association of San Francisco assisting low-income HIV-positive immigrants overcome the HIV exclusion. As Coordinator of the Asylum Project of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Thea Hillman

Classification: Emeritus

Thea_Hillman

Thea Hillman served as the Chair of ISNA’s Board. She is a writer and intersex activist from San Francisco. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Depending on the Light. A San Francisco poetry slam champion with an MFA in English/Creative Writing, Thea has performed her work at festivals, bookstores, and reading series across the country. She has produced many performance events, including the sold-out Intercourse: A Sex and Gender Spoken Word Recipe for Revolution for the 2001 National Queer Arts Festival. She is on the Mills College Board of Trustees and one of the coproducers of ForWord Girls, the first inclusive all-girl spoken word festival. Visit her website for more on her work. Thea was also a key figure in helping the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to conduct the investigation and testified during the subsequent meetings.

Vernon Rosario MD, PhD

Classification: Emeritus

Vernon Rosario

Former chair of ISNA’s Medical Advisory Board, Vernon A. Rosario MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is a child psychiatrist working in private practice and with LGBTI foster children. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University, and his M.D. from the Harvard Medical School-M.I.T. Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He is co-editor with Paula Bennett of Solitary Pleasures: The Historical, Literary, and Artistic Discourses of Autoeroticism (1995) and the editor of Science and Homosexualities (1997). He is the author of The Erotic Imagination: French Histories of Perversity (1997) and Homosexuality and Science: A Guide to the Debates (2002). His current research interest is in transgender and intersex children and adolescents.

William Hanley, A.A., B.A.

Classification: Emeritus

William Hanley

William Hanley, A.A., B.A. (Board President) has been in the healthcare field for over 19 years, practicing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. He holds an A.A. in Occupational Therapy, B.A. in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration and is currently working on a M.A. in Applied Urban and Medical Anthropology with an anticipated graduation in December 2006.

Hanley’s undergraduate and graduate coursework have centered on a special interest in GLBTI studies, especially issues related to the healthcare needs of this population, and he brings this passion and expertise to the ISNA Board. Hanley believes there is a real need for a patient-centered model of healthcare that will better serve the DSD and transsexual populations. He is particularly interested in studies about the long-term effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on patient well-being.

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