Planning Committee

Aidan Key
Conference Founder and Director
Aidan is thrilled to celebrate 13 years since organizing his first Gender Odyssey conference. Aidan facilitates one of the only 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.Kristin Wilson-Key

Kristin Wilson-Key
Administrative Assistant
Kristin is a behind-the-scenes force throughout the Gender Odyssey planning year. She also specializes in pre- and post-surgical massage treatments with trans people to optimize results and recovery.  Kristin and her husband, Aidan, live in Seattle, WA. 

Phoenix Benner
Lead Logistics Coordinator
Phoenix BennerPhoenix identifies as a genderqueer mixed-blood Cree First Nations/Scots/English. Phoenix resides in Seattle and has lent support for the Gender Odyssey conference several times over the years. Phoenix has been an advocate for transgender/genderqueer human rights since 1992 and continues to champion acceptance for all gender expressions.

Johnnie PrattJohnnie Pratt
Pre-institute Program Coordinator
In solidarity with the new Japanese youth trend of “de”-generation, Johnnie is a farmer with permaculture overtones, a poet and performance artist with a social justice message of “Opening the Heart and Erasing Restrictive Stereotypes.” He lives out his wholeness with his wife and little dog too on a farm on Vashon Island, WA complete with goats, pigs, chickens and colorful out buildings.

Jeri StarrettJeri Starrett
Professional Seminar Co-Coordinator

Jeri is an activist for social justice, an active PFLAG member, and has served on the Pride Foundation Scholarship Committee. Several years ago, she attended her first GO conference at the encouragement of her son. She’s grateful to have the opportunity to be a member of the conference planning team this year.

Kory Martin-DamonKory Martin-Damon
Professional Seminar Co-Coordinator
Kory has worked on almost every Gender Odyssey Conference since its inception. Kory has also had too many jobs to list. Currently she is an adjudicator for the Employment Security Department in Washington State. Her hobbies include reading M/M romance & writing.

Marjorie Newman
Marjorie NewmanProfessional Seminar/CEUs
Marjorie is a social worker and the mother of an adult trans son. She attended Gender Odyssey for the first time last year in an effort to learn as much as possible about her son’s journey and the changes his journey is bringing to their family. She is delighted to be able to help out this year.

Gil Rich
Teen & Tween Program Coordinator
Gil runs the youth groups for the Gender Diversity family support meetings at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. Currently a corporate training manager, Gil also volunteers with Camp Ten Trees and the WSU – 4H Challenge program and has spent the past 16 years pursuing his passion of facilitating experiential education programs that help youth recognize their potential.

Carolyn Fuller, ND
Carolyn FullerTeen Program Assistant Coordinator
Carolyn has been involved with Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family for several years. She also is a volunteer with the youth and teens of the Gender Diversity family support groups at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is a naturopathic physician with a specialty in GLBTQ health. Carolyn is dedicated to living and helping others live an authentic, empowered, healthy life and looks forward to meeting you at the conference!

Noam ten Bosch
Tween Program Coordinator

Noam ten BoschFor the past eight years, Noam has been working as a music, performing arts and science teacher at elementary schools in his hometown district of Drenthe, The Netherlands. Helping kids to discover their talents and develop a healthy sense of self-confidence is his main drive to work with children. Finding the beauty in every kid entrusted to his care is his goal as a teacher. In his spare time he likes to sit next to the beehive in his garden and watch the bees bring in all kinds of colors of pollen.

Margaret Ramirez
Kids Camp Coordinator
Margaret is inspired by the fearless strength and beauty of trans children which ignite her lifelong commitment to education, inclusion and diversity outreach. A proud volunteer with Gender Diversity since December 2011, she’s also been a life long LGBTQI ally and is honored to be part of an organization that creates safe spaces and thriving environments for all children and their families. Formerly a live-in nanny and grassroots organizer, she’s excited and ready to lead this year’s kids day camp.

Diwa and Yolanda Cain
Diwa and Yolanda CainAs a team, Diwa and Yolanda are happy to spend their third year volunteering with the Gender Odyssey Conference. They are excited to have the chance to connect with familiar faces and welcome new ones into this community. In addition to their work with Gender Odyssey, they are part of the Washington branch of Black Transmen, Inc. Through the efforts of both organizations, they are glad to be able to help establish safe spaces for transgender and genderqueer people within the community and beyond.

Misty Blue
Misty BlueElders Track Coordinator
Misty is a “gender outlaw feminist and an income-challenged, retired elder.” She attended her first GO conference last year, and was so blown away by the workshops, events, and people she met, she is sure to come back again this year. Moreover, she’s already putting some effort into the 2013 programming for the Elders’ track.

Vanessa Blake
Reunion Picnic
Vanessa is an executive assistant from Portland who has served as a volunteer at Gender Odyssey for several years. In her spare time, she likes to play outdoors, read, travel, and knit.

Duncan Gibbs
Duncan GibbsArt Coordinator
Duncan is a corporate web producer by day and artist by night. He’s been a community activist in the past with Queer Nation, GLAAD and CUAV (Community United Against Violence). He lives in Seattle with his partner, Christa, and hopes to help foster community with other transgender artists. This is his third year curating the Gender Odyssey art show.

Jacqui Beck
Jacqui BeckAssistant Art Coordinator
Jacqui is an artist and an art instructor. She is currently working on an exciting art project called Gender Personal that involves interviews with people who are gender variant. From the interviews, she is creating paintings and poetry. Jacqui has a 20 year old transgender son.

Logan Bruch
Receptions and Events Coordinator
Logan BruchAs the arts director of Queer Social Club, Logan is a Seattle based trans-queer activist working to bring the queer social justice and arts communities together to share resources, build community, and have a damn good time doing it. Logan is excited to be joining the Gender Odyssey team for the first time this year.

Carolyn MacGregor
Program Book Coordinator
CarolynCarolyn is an editor, musician, and mother of two children, one of whom is a transgender tween. She has attended all six 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 a third year.

Jonas Dubin-Bresnikar
JonasSecurity Coordinator
Jonas has been attending Gender Odyssey since 2006, has given several workshops, and is excited to be volunteering in organizing GO for his second year. Originally from Germany, he moved to the U.S. nine 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 Aronson
Carmel AronsonSurvey Coordinator
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.

Tyesha Best
Registration Coordinator
TyeshaTyesha is a Leatherwoman who identifies as a Queer Femme Tomboy. She is excited to give her talents and gifts in her first year as the Gender Odyssey Registration Coordinator. Her passion is restructuring and reorganizing organizational procedures. Most recently, Tyesha has served as NLA-International Policy and Procedures Chair, founder and past president of the Dallas Girls of Leather, and  as the Calendar Editor & Staff Writing Correspondent at Leatherati.com. She currently serves as NLA-International Contributing Editor for Leatherati.com. Tyesha calls Dallas her home though she currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Kyle
Site Coordinator/Vendors/Merch/Authors & A/V

KyleKyle has been attending Gender Odyssey since 2006, having moved back home after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. This is his first year serving on the conference committee in the areas of outreach and conference set-up. In 1998, he presented a seminar on “The Power of Positive Thinking” at the Wyoming Christian Convention with over 300 attendees. He is currently working in the reconciling ministry network as an advocate for LBGTQ people to be welcomed and accepted into churches across the nation. His hobbies are singing in a men’s barbershop quartet, playing the drums, and kayaking. 

Susan Brooks
Volunteer Coordinator

Susan BrooksSusan 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.

Micah
Social Media
Fueling their passion for anything trans* through online research and offline advocacy, Micah volunteers for the SF LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau, blogs at www.neutrois.me (under the pseudonym maddox), presents at lots of transgender conferences, workshops, and panels, takes “strange and unusual” as a complement, and is a closet idealist. Micah resides in San Francisco with their lovely spouse and has a day job in the web tech industry as a Product Designer/Developer.

Kris Butler                                                                                                                                       Outreach Coordinator   Kris Butler                                                                      Kris is an anti-oppression activist who is passionate about the intersectionality of gender diversity, human sexuality, and racial justice. Over the years, ze has dedicated hirself to social justice activism centered on community asset-building within LGBTQ communities of color and is currently involved in many committees that work to meet the needs of folks who are underserved in the community. In hir spare time, ze likes to work on film and photography projects.

Joshua Riverdale
Joshua RiverdaleWeb Manager
Joshua is a web developer and marketer with more than 14 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.