Conference Founder and Director
Aidan is thrilled to celebrate 14 years since organizing his first Gender Odyssey conference. Aidan leads the largest network of support groups in the nation for families raising transgender and gender-nonconforming children at Seattle Children’s Hospital. When the conference is not demanding his attention, Aidan offers trainings for schools, organizations, health providers, and social service agencies through Gender Diversity Education and Support Services. Aidan’s work has led to numerous speaking engagements, as well as TV, radio, and other media appearances. He is the author of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Child Chapter (Oxford University Press 2014) as well as a co-author of Gender Cognition in Children (Psychological Science 2015).
Kristin is a behind-the-scenes force throughout the Gender Odyssey planning year, having numerous and varied responsibilities. She enjoys working with parents through Gender Diversity’s Family Support Groups. Originally from high and dry Colorado, Kristin enjoys temperate Seattle with her husband, Aidan.
POC Program Assistant Coordinator
Kory is a dual-language adjudicator for the State of Washington Employment Security Department. She enjoys volunteering for Gender Odyssey and has done so every year since its inception. She is currently writing a fantasy novel about dual-sexed beings in a galaxy far, far away.
Teen Program Coordinator
Gil Rich is the Gender Odyssey Teen Program Coordinator and runs the youth groups for the Gender Diversity family support meetings held at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Gil has also volunteered with Camp Ten Trees and the WSU-4H Challenge Program and has spent the past 16 years leading leadership and community-building programs that help youth recognize their potential. Gil had the unique opportunity to grow up as a gender-nonconforming kid with an identical twin who was also gender-nonconforming. Growing up different but knowing there is someone else like you in the world provided a foundation of self-confidence and pride that he hopes to pass on to the youth he works with.
Lena has been a nanny in Seattle for 11 years and has a 21-year-old son. She loves kids, animals, the outdoors, playing, and being spontaneous. This is Lena’s second year volunteering for the conference.
Sam Berliner is a Bay Area-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender nonconformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters and Perception have screened at over 100 film festivals around the world. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival. He also leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. He freelances as a camera assistant, still photographer, animator, assistant director, and editor. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks web series and released his newest film, Float, in June of 2015. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013.
Assistant A/V Coordinator
Diwa and Yolanda Cain
POC Program Assistant Coordinators/Events
Diwa and Yolanda Cain are excited to be a part of this year’s conference. They have been active with the conference in various ways over the last four years. They are proud parents and grandparents. Throughout the year Diwa works to build community among POC trans-identified people while Yolanda works to provide support and space for all partners.
Program Book Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator
Carolyn is the year-round communications coordinator for Gender Diversity, and an editor, musician, and mother of two children, one of whom is a transgender teen. She has attended all seven prior Gender Odyssey Family conferences, and is one of the original members of the Seattle Children’s Transgender and Gender Variant Support Group, which was started in January of 2008. She is jazzed to contribute to this epic conference for the fifth time.
Program Book Designer
Jonas has been attending Gender Odyssey since 2006, has given several workshops, and is excited to be volunteering in organizing GO for his fourth year. Originally from Germany, he moved to the U.S. eleven years ago to be with his now husband and currently works as a program manager for an online retailer based in Seattle. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his friends and chosen family.
Carmel is a Seattle-area clinical social worker. She has wanted to get her hands on GO evaluative data ever since the first Gender Odyssey conference she attended in 2011. She looks forward to volunteering her time transforming attendee feedback into programming for future conferences.
Program Book Graphic Designer
Tucker FitzGerald is a local graphic designer at Denny Mountain Media, a former professor of visual communication, and a full-time student of social justice, poetry, and hope. He is helping raise four amazing kids, one of whom has taught him a lot about gender and authenticity.
Dawn Marie Blades
Assistant Registration Coordinator
Much of Dawn Marie’s registration and conference experience comes from the Midwest science-fiction community. She is happily translating her skill set to help out with Gender Odyssey. Dawn Marie has two adult children (in school in the Midwest), and two feline children. Last year she started taking classes in the PsyD program in clinical psychology at Antioch University, Seattle, so she may be looking a little blurry in spots. (Just hand the gal in Tigger ears a chai latte or energy drink and things will be fine in a few minutes.)
Susan is a technical writer and a professional volunteer, having assisted just about every nonprofit in the region and beyond! So what better position to fill with GO than volunteer coordinator! Single and unencumbered, she frequently travels internationally, often stepping in as personal trip planner and tour guide for friends, especially in Greece, where her background as a Classics major comes in especially handy.
During the past two Gender Odyssey conferences, Shelley has served as part of the GO Picnic team responsible for hosting this most unique gathering of many diverse people who have arrived here from origins all over the planet. The Picnic is the Saturday night destination for all those attending the conference and an opportunity to share a meal and engage in heartfelt discussions with these kindred spirits. In facing the challenges of her own personal gender journey, Shelley has continually found herself nourished by family and friends, and has found the safe harbor of Gender Odyssey to be a powerful resource in providing a strategic roadmap for living harmoniously as a Trans person.
Kids Camp Coordinator
Kit Moreland is thrilled to be the Kids Camp Coordinator for GO 2015. He has experience leading transgender support groups, workshops, and policy discussions in university settings and is now turning is hand to the younger transgender community. By day, Kit is a cognitive psychologist PhD student.
Kids Camp Co-Lead
Rosemary is one of the Kids Camp leads for the Gender Odyssey Conference. She has several years of experience working with children and is very exciting to be part of such an amazing group like Gender Odyssey. She is looking forward to creating a safe, fun, and memorable experience for children at the Gender Odyssey Conference.
Kids Camp Co-Lead
Marisa Patrick is a second year University of Washington undergraduate student studying Early Childhood & Family Sciences with a minor in Marine Biology. She brings over six years of experience to the Gender Odyssey conference; ranging from directing community center youth programs to facilitating family based activities at the Seattle Aquarium. She is also an avid oceanographic researcher and has acted as a telepresence educator abroad in the Mediterranean for the NOVA and National Geographic E/V Nautilus. This year Marisa will be co-leading the Kids and Teen Programs for the August 2015 Gender Odyssey Conference. She is most excited to organize and facilitate engaging physical and creative activities. Work hard, play hard!
Kids Camp Co-Lead
Matt Peverill is a child clinical psychology student with a background in pro-feminist activism, reproductive health, and gender violence prevention. Matt has experience working with children in summer camp and research settings and is looking forward to helping coordinate a fun and rewarding weekend for our younger attendees.
Micah is an awesome little person, exploring what it means to live in a gender that doesn’t exist in the world. Their blog, www.neutrois.me, houses a four-year transition timeline, and some life wisdom found beyond the binary. A native of Mexico City, Micah now resides in San Francisco with a loving spouse and a menagerie of imaginary pets. An expert transgender advocate and educator, Micah takes “strange and unusual” as a complement, and is a closet idealist.
Joshua is a web developer and marketer with more than 15 years of professional experience. He has been working on the Gender Odyssey websites since 2008. That year also marked the beginning of his gender transition, which he continues to chronicle on his popular blog, Gender Outlaw. Joshua lives in rural British Columbia, Canada.
Cynthia Mullis is a web/graphic designer, jazz saxophonist, and newbie triathlete. As a non-feminine cisgender Lesbian, she supports all efforts of liberation from the oppression of binary gender expression. More information at www.cynthiamullis.com
Registration Coordinator, Database Administrator, Co-Emcee
From delivering meals to AIDS clients to working on gay rights campaigns to presenting Transgender 101 talks—Diana has been a longtime LGBTQ advocate. She volunteered at her first GO conference in 2013 and now serves on the conference planning committee. As a cisgender lesbian, she is proud to stand with all members of the queer community. She’s passionate about opening hearts and minds to embrace and support all of our sisters, brothers, and everyone in between.
Duncan Gibbs Art Show Coordinator Duncan Gibbs is inspired by the art produced in our community and our power to create change through imagination and action. He curated art shows for the conference in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and is delighted to return to support this year’s wonderful projects.
Brenda Bowers has been involved in Gender Odyssey from its inception, first as Family Kids Camp creator, then as a workshop facilitator, family liaison, and vendor coordinator. She and her son Bronze, 10, and daughter Olivia, 23, have loved being a part of the Kids Camp and the conference for 8 years now. Brenda holds a degree in communications and is a treatment and recovery grant administrator with the State of Alaska. She is also the identical twin sister of conference organizer Aidan Key, and will happily share with you the subtle distinctions on how to tell them apart!
Melville Petrosky is an experienced public interest law attorney. He is also a professor of philosophy, psychology, politics, and law in Seattle. In 2010, Melville founded the nonprofit organization TransFTM, a private social-media-based networking group for AFAB individuals that began as a local Washington project, and has now spread nationally. TransFTM is a growing, grassroots, volunteer effort to inform and connect non-female-identified and male-spectrum-identified trans individuals, digitally and on-ground.