Biographies of Presenters (Listed Alphabetically)

Michelle Allison
Michelle Allison is a fully out transgender woman (she, her hers) and a CT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA from Amherst College (1964) and an MA from the University of Connecticut (1988). She maintains a full time psychotherapy private practice in Storrs, CT. About one third of her clients are gender variant (trans, non-binary) or other queer folks. She works with adults, couples and adolescents. She was married for 30 years and has two grown children, ages 29 and 24. Earlier in her life she was a banjo maker and ran a small musical instrument business (the ‘Allison banjo’ lives on!). She is also an artist, making sculptural wooden vessels using a wood lathe, and has exhibited at high end art and craft shows for about ten years. In addition to working as a gender therapist, Michelle’s clinical interests are also focused her cis clients: their attachment and identity issues. She also uses her dually gendered perspective to work with cis couples, and to rescue cis men from the suffocating impact of patriarchy and the problematic legacy of male socialization. Michelle’s message to all her clients is: ‘…appearances notwithstanding, I’m really just like you!.’

David Velasco Bermudez
David, the son of a Spanish Pentecostal minister and Puerto Rican mother, was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. As a boy, he always loved singing. He grew up in a family of music. His mother was a radio singer in the 1940’s. As a young adult, David performed in many off Broadway plays as well as in productions and private performances in Puerto Rico, Florida, California, and Cape Cod. David attributes his love of music and the diverseness of the music industry to his ability to find himself as a gay man. As David has said, “Music is the language that everyone understands.”

David was a participant at the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The revolt in the bar spilled out into the street and became the riot and spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement. To this day, David has been an activist promoting LGBT rights. He continues to speak at colleges, middle schools, churches and private groups.
This June on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, Dave and Bob, his spouse, will celebrate 45 years together. David is the first Stonewall Veteran to be married in a same gender marriage. Dave and Bob were married at their home on Cape Cod in 2004.

 

Jan Brown
Jan is actively involved in the transgender community in New York and Florida (where she snowbirds). Jan co-founded her local TG support group, Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association (MHVTA) in 2000 and gets out in her various communities (for retail therapy, dining out, and visiting places of interest). She has presented at various TG events, including Fantasia Fair, IFGE, Southern Comfort, Be-All, First Event, Liberty and Empire), and was part of the Fantasia Fair organizing committee for several years, focusing on programming and advertising.

 

 

 

Representative Gerri Cannon
Gerri was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2018 and represents the city of Somersworth and the town of Rollinsford. She sits on the house Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. Gerri is a transgender advocate and a member of the NH Conference of UCC Churches, Open and Affirming Concerns Committee. Gerri lives in Somersworth, and was elected to the city’s school board in 2017.
Gerri is a spokesperson for Transgender equality. She has been discussing transgender topics for Speak Out Boston, PFLAG NH, Freedom NH, and with the NH State Legislature for over 15 years. She worked for the combined companies of Digital, Compaq and Hewlett Packard for more than 30 years in a variety of engineering and marketing roles. She is a master carpenter and drove tractor-trailers cross country.

 

 

Officer Emmett Catanese
Officer Catanese has been a police officer with the Town of Provincetown for more than seven years. He began his career as a summer police officer in 2012 and was then hired full time. He graduated from both the Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy and Full-Time Police Academy at the top of his class, winning the Brian Daley Academic Award twice. Officer Catanese earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and after graduation worked for seven years with the Transportation Security Administration. In 2017 he was appointed the Civil Rights Officer for the Provincetown Police Department, where he serves as a patrol officer. He enjoys traveling to experience new landscapes, cultures, and food. He is an out transman.

 

 

Assistant Attorney General Sara Colb
Sara Colb is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. On behalf of the Commonwealth, she advocates for those who have been discriminated against in housing, public accommodations, employment, and other contexts. Ms. Colb has worked on a broad array of civil rights matters having both a local and broader national impact. For example, in 2018 Ms. Colb led a multistate effort, co-writing amicus briefs on behalf of 20 states opposing the Trump administration’s transgender military ban. In 2017, Ms. Colb investigated and negotiated a six-figure settlement on behalf of a transgender woman in a sex and gender identity discrimination employment case against Dell/EMC. In 2018, Ms. Colb was awarded the 2018 Access to Justice Award for Prosecutor by the Massachusetts Bar Association, and in 2015 she received the “Top Women of Law” award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Dallas Denny
Dallas Denny is a writer, editor, and long-time trans activist. She founded the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service in 1990 and edited its historic flagship journal Chrysalis throughout the decade. She was editor of Transgender Tapestry Journal from 2000-2008. She has produced a half dozen books and countless booklets, pamphlets, journals and magazine articles, as well book chapters. She has been involved in the planning and execution of Fantasia Fair since 1991. Dallas’s writing can be found on her website at www.dallasdenny.com. She will have copies of her new novel Chance Down the Mountain for sale at Fantasia Fair.

Dallas is a member of the Fantasia Fair 2019 Planning Committee and Chair of the TEA Board of Directors

 

 

Temperance DuWitt
As the 2015 Fantasia Fair Miss Congeniality and 2017’s co-Miss Fantasia Fair, 2019 will be Temperance’s seventh Fantasia Fair. She is honored and privileged to be the Fair’s Registrar! A native Washingtonian, Temperance studied music at the University of Maryland, College Park, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied Computer Science from the ITT Technical Institute. She resides in Milton, DE, but frequently travels to and from the Washington, D.C. area. Temperance’s taste in attire could be classified at best to be eclectic, as, on more than one occasion, she has been observed dashing around Provincetown in some type of remarkable regalia. Her favorite type of dress is Victorian Gothic, particularly the magnificent and opulent ball gowns of the era; she is also partial to the Civil War-era dresses.

Temperance is a member of the Fantasia Fair 2019 Planning Committee.

 

 

DJ Emerson
A little bit about myself: I’m a DJ, chef, and traveler from Truro who works locally in clubs, at special events, and weddings during the summer and shoulder seasons. In the off season I am traveling, seeking out special food, and playing destination events throughout the U.S. and abroad. My tastes in music are as diverse as the crowds I play for, and I am renowned for my ability to read a crowd and select just the right musical mix for each different event.

Cheers!

 

 

 

Deborah R. Fabian, MD & Leslie Hilburn Fabian, MSW
Deb and Leslie are an orthopedic surgeon and retired social worker and author, respectively. They’ve been married for 27 years, 20 as David and Leslie, 7+ as Deborah and Leslie. Though cross-dressing was always a part of their lives together, the couple never expected David to become Deborah full-time. But the kids grew up and Leslie could no longer watch her husband suffer. In 2009, the transition adventure began, with Deb emerging full-time in 2011. In 2010, Leslie had begun writing about her own transition as her husband morphed. This resulted in her book My Husband’s a Woman Now. The Fabians have frequently shared their story, in their desire to educate and increase understanding and compassion for trans people. They currently live in Gallup, New Mexico, where Dr. Fabian works at the Indian Medical Center and Leslie volunteers in numerous ways. The have six grown children and three grandchildren.

 

Leslie Hilburn Fabian, MSW
Leslie Fabian is a retired clinical social worker and author. In 1991, she married Dr. David Fabian, in full awareness and total support of his cross-dressing. She had raised two children alone and had a background in sales. In 1996, Leslie obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College, then began work as a psychotherapist. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Fabian supported her husband’s transition, also finding a profound need for solitude. Writing about the experience helped her deal with what she considered her own transition. Eventually, Leslie realized that her desire to remain with her mate superseded the many concerns she had for their future as a trans couple. Her book, published in 2014, is a testament to her love for Deborah and an expose of her struggle to reconcile the profound changes in her life and marriage. Leslie lives in Gallup, New Mexico.

 

 

Ryan “Flare” Cook
Hi! I am Flare, or Ryan, if you must. I am a fairy who finally found my fairy name a few years ago! I started knitting about 20 years ago in Los Angeles. I moved full time to Provincetown six years ago with my husband and two dogs. I am so happy to be in a great town with great energy and amazing people.

 

 

 

Miqqi Alicia Gilbert, Ph.D.
Miqqi Alicia Gilbert (aka Michael A. Gilbert) is Full Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at York University, Toronto, Canada. Miqqi Alicia has published scholarly articles in Gender Theory including an essay in Hypatia in 2009, “Defeating Bigenderism.” S/he is a life-long cross-dresser and an activist in the transgender community. Miqqi Alicia has made a point of being out in public and has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.S. She has also done numerous interviews on radio and television. S/he has been the book review editor and regular columnist for Transgender Tapestry, a recipient in 2007 of an IFGE Trinity Award, and Director of Fantasia Fair for 8 years. S/he has presented workshops at numerous trans events including Fantasia Fair, Southern Comfort, Esprit, IFGE and First Event. Hir website is http://gilbert.info.yorku.ca/. Hir latest book, Arguing with People, was published by Broadview Press in the spring of 2014.

Miqqi is a member of the TEA Board of Directors.

 

Nick Greiner
This will be Nick’s third Fantasia Fair; he attended his first Fair with his trans parent, Sibil. Nick was inspired by the organizers and fellow attendees and extremely honored to receive the Mr. Congeniality Award. He lives in Philadelphia where he is an out transman involved in his local LGBT community including co-facilitating an open trans* group. He and his mom, Sibil, share their story in workshops and talks to promote visibility. He served proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and vowed to never hide again after he was honorably discharged.

 

 

 

Sibil Greiner
Sibil Mae attended her first FF in 2016. Like a phoenix, she has risen from the ashes of alcoholism and personal tragedy to transition and live authentically. Sibil, along with her son Nick, have done parent/child transition workshops and more recently college talks before a class of future Occupational Therapists. You will find her to be an outgoing social butterfly who will welcome you with open arms and an open heart. As a recovering alcoholic, she is in service to help people with their addictions and to help others recognize their own potential in living an authentic life.

 

 

Allyson Hale
Through personal tragedy and traumatic events, Allyson gained a new perspective and insight regarding human responses, interactions and reasoning as to why we do and say what we do. With this new knowledge of herself and her expertise with molding and shaping individuals both physically and mentally, she hopes to help others open the door to explore this knowledge with themselves and others. 2015 was the start of her own awakening into the individual she needs to be; a translator of simple human decency. Allyson currently works for the Massachusetts DOC, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, and serves in the Army Reserves/National Guard (18 years of service). She holds the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) and position of Battalion Staff NCO. She has 30 years of Japanese Jujitsu training and a BA in Sociology from Framingham State University.

 

 

Karen Jandro
Karen will be participating in her 8th Fantasia Fair in 2019. She has told many how she was blessed when Fantasia Fair awarded her a scholarship in 2012. She has been a volunteer every year since. Karen has been recognized for her dedication to the Fair three times, being named Most Helpful in 2015, Most Congenial in 2016, and Fantasia Fair Award winner in 2017. She is self-employed as an entrepreneur in Western Massachusetts, enjoys amateur photography and is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. A long-time mentor, Karen is starting her 22nd year in October 2019 with an International Drug Demand Reduction Program. She holds an MBA Degree from Western New England College in Springfield, MA, and has an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps.

Karen is a member of the TEA Board of Directors.

 

 

Jewels Johnson
Jewels comes from decades of experience in the bridal alterations field; self-taught starting at age five with the desire for more Barbie outfits. She has spent a lifetime learning new skills and perfecting her craft. Accomplished at age 14, she created many of her own school clothes. By age 16 she landed a job at a bridal shop. Over the years people often asked her to make their wedding attire, so in 1995 she started her own business of custom alterations on wedding and special occasion gowns and dresses. A stint at JCP as a custom decorator brought new knowledge of draperies and window treatments. Around 2007 Jewels stumbled onto the Tiffany Club of New England and by 2008 was a member. She learned about spandex and Lycra while creating prototypes for the late John Warrener. She has published several articles, poems and has been featured in The Suffield Observer and The Hartford Magazine.

 

 

Ariadne Kane

 

 

 

 

 

KayeCee Kennedy, Music Director
Master of Music in vocal performance and choral conducting. More than 40 years of experience. Church musician, choral, orchestra, keyboard, theater experience, on stage and music director for musicals at local community theaters, active in professional organizations and soloist and chorus member for decades. Recently retired.

 

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Dee LaValle
Dee LaValle grew up in Massachusetts and has been a regular Fair attendee since she began her transition almost five years ago. Dee works for an international multimedia corporation as a manufacturing Engineer/Operations Scheduler with responsibilities for the Northeast region. In her career she has held numerous senior leadership positions in Management, Operations, Procurement, Distribution/Logistics, Sales, and Marketing. Her skills include team building, project management, statistical analysis, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing.

Dee is the Fantasia Fair Director.

 

 

Jolie LaValle
You can call me Jaye or Jolie. As far as I know, no relation to Angelina. My loving spouse Dee and I have been married for 26 years. She came out to me in 2015. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Wellesley College, now working in the financial services industry. Dee and I have one daughter in her first year of college with her sights set on law school. Her goal is to become a human rights attorney. Our son is 14, finally playing high school football. His dream? Playing for the NFL. We have a black cat who runs laps around the house and a dog who is determined to protect us from all who enter his domain. Call us the LaValle family with a capital V.

Jolie is a member of the Fantasia Fair 2019 Planning Committee.

 

Heather Leigh
Heather Leigh is an active member in the community, as a trans ally and advocate for over 10 years. She hosts a monthly transgender get together in New Haven, CT. DIVA Social just celebrated its 4th year this past July. Heather is also this year’s social event chair for First Event, taking place in Boston.

 

 

 

 

Sgt. Carrie Lopes (Retired)
Carrie Lopes retired in May 2018 after 34 years of service with the Provincetown Police Department. She served as a patrol sergeant for 16 years and was the Civil Rights Officer and LGBT Liaison Officer with FanFair for 21 years. She also handled Domestic Violence, Elder Affairs, and Sex Offender Management for the department and served as a training officer for both full-time and seasonal personnel. Carrie is enjoying retirement with her family, getting projects completed (finally), traveling, and looking forward to continuing her relationship with the Fair.

 

 

 

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW, AASECT
Carole MacKenzie is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Hartford, CT. She focuses on service to the LGBTQI community and has for many years, working with trans and queer clients, gender-creative children, their families and allies. She is an AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. Carole, together with her little dog Virginia Woof, teaches Human Sexual Behavior in the psychology department at the University of Hartford, CT and is a member of Hartford PFLAG, and WPATH.

 

 

 

 

Dan McKeon
Dan comes from upstate New York, where he shot his first photos with a black-and-white Polaroid Swinger camera back in 1967. Influenced by his Uncle Frank and his Aunt Mary, the family photographers, Dan spent much of his childhood making sure family events were memorialized on film. He moved to Provincetown in 2009, following retirement from his 35-year career with the New York State Office of Mental Health. In 2011 he became the Event Photographer for the Provincetown Business Guild and has worked with Provincetown Magazine since 2012. In 2011, he was Production Photographer for the independent film, Bear City 2, the majority of which was filmed in Provincetown. His work has appeared on MSNBC and on NBC’s Today Show, and he has been awarded first prizes in several local photography contests. Additionally, Dan started a wedding photography business in 2012 and has expanded into real estate photography as well. He donates his services to local charitable organizations, including the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and Helping Our Women. He also is the Event Photographer for the Pilgrim Monument, Crown & Anchor, and Pied Bar, and is a featured photographer for Cape Air’s in-flight magazine, Bird’s Eye View.

 

Sandra Mesics, RN, MSN, CNM, HonDSc
Sandy Mesics covered the first Fantasia Fair in 1975 as a reporter. She was then the publisher of a myriad of publications aimed at the emerging transgender community, reaching more than 10,000 readers nationally. She also wrote for Empathy Press, Drag Magazine, The Transsexual Voice, Nugget Magazine, and most recently, Transgender Studies Quarterly. An early trans organizer, Sandy was the Philadelphia Director of the Transsexual Action Organization. During the AIDS crisis, Sandy became a registered nurse, and eventually a certified nurse-midwife. For the past 15 years, she has been the Director of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, the oldest nursing school in the U.S. She was recently the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of the Sciences for her pioneering work in LGBT rights, contributions to women’s health and nursing education. Sandy and her spouse Sara were among the first same-gender couples to marry in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Niela Miller, M.S. Education/Communications
Niela combines a background in Gestalt and Jungian therapies with arts processes and educational programs. She pioneered the development of Fantasia Fair’s couples and Significant Other programs. She wrote the first book for counselors of transgender people, Counseling in Genderland. Niela was the 2018 recipient of the Fantasia Fair Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

 

 

 

Maureen Osborne, Ph.D
Dr. Maureen Osborne is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in gender identity issues for more than 27 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1984 and is a longtime member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. After retiring from her suburban Philadelphia practice in 2015, she now maintains a small practice in Orleans, MA, where she works with transgender adults, adolescents, couples, and family members, helping them to maintain and rework important relational ties in the midst of changes in gender awareness and expression. Dr. Osborne leads a monthly online video support group for cisgender partners of trans persons. She also offers clinical supervision and online second opinion evaluations for individuals seeking gender-confirming surgeries. She has given numerous presentations at community organizations and gender conferences for the last 20 years. Dr. Osborne appeared in the award-winning film, Trans as well as the documentary Just Gender. This is her 11th year facilitating the couple and partner track at Fantasia Fair. In 2015, she was honored with the Friend of the Fair award.

 

 

Mariette Pathy Allen
Mariette has been an active participant in the gender variant culture since 1978. She is the author of four books: Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them (1989), The Gender Frontier (2004), TransCuba (2014), and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand (2017). Mariette has made slide presentations and has had art exhibitions internationally.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Phillips
Ellen spent the first half of her life trying to deny, question and figure out her true self. She came to realize her destiny and began living life as a transgender woman. After the 2016 election, Ellen wanted to do more to help advocate and educate others about issues affecting the transgender community. It was through this work that helped her to understand, accept and love herself. Her life’s goal now is to be a resource for others who are questioning their own gender identity and to help them reach a personal understanding of themselves and self-acceptance. Ellen is a frustrated creative geek who is working in a non-creative field. She earned a B.A. in communications and certifications in computer networking and web design. She enjoys watching classical movies, history, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her amazing cat. Ellen is most proud of being a founding member and Media Coordinator for the Otsego Pride Alliance.

 

Marisa Richmond
Dr. Marisa Richmond currently teaches history and women’s and gender studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a member of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashville, of the Transgender Task Force of the Tennessee Department of Health, and the only openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee. Previously, she served many years as the President and Lobbyist for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

She is a prolific author and speaker on transgender rights, and has served on many boards at the local, state, and national levels. She has been recognized for her work with many awards.

Marisa has three degrees, all in U.S. History. Her A.B. is from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. is from George Washington University.

 

 

Arden Ruttan
Arden grew up with five sisters on a 300-acre farm outside a small town in central Ontario. She learned about hard work at a very young age. She met her spouse nearly 51 years ago and they started an electrical contracting business. After struggling with gender identity issues her whole life, she eventually joined support groups and later became an organizer of their monthly dinners. Arden greatly expanded the monthly outings outside of the local area. She has slowly become comfortable enough with herself to regularly travel between the U.S. and her home in Canada. Arden is a licensed electrical contractor, a musician, and a golf instructor. She has an active and fulfilling life now that she is out. Arden attends as many transgender events as she can. Her greatest hope is to help make it easier for someone else to come out or just be themselves.

 

 

 

 

Angela Brightfeather Sheedy
Angela is a dedicated activist in all facets of transgender rights and freedoms. She came out in the 1960s and in 1980 founded the first trans support group in Upstate NY; it was called EON (Expressing Our Nature). She also served as editor of its newsletter, Mother of Ideas, and established a yearly celebration in upstate New York. Angela has presented at major colleges and universities discussing transgender lives and politics. She led the fight to include transgender voices in Syracuse and Onondaga County legislation, which affected their lives and freedoms.

She was voted Director of the newly-formed Congress of Transgender Organizations at the first International Foundation for Gender Education convention in 1985 and served on the Board of Directors for the National Transgender Activist Coalition. She was Chairperson of the Activist Committee. A 2007 recipient of the Trinity Award from IFGE, she co-founded Transgender American Veterans Association and established the first Transgender Veteran’s March to the Wall; Angela also organized the first memorial wreath dedicated at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, the first one ever placed by any transgender organization. She is a progressive thinker inspired from being a practicing shaman to transgender people. One of Angela’s favorite sayings is: “Despite what some people think, God just keeps on making transgender people every day.”

 

Emily Sheldon
Having attended just about every Fair since the late 1980s, Emily Sheldon is well-known within the Fantasia Fair family. Not only has Emily been an active participant, she has given back to the Fair in many ways in both official and unofficial capacities. Emily has helped backstage at the Follies, taken tickets at Fair events, been the Fair’s No. 1 cheerleader, and so much more. Emily’s contributions have been recognized a number of times, including awards for Ms. Most Helpful (1989), Ms. Congeniality (1998), and Ms. Fantasia Fair (2004). This year she continues her long-time role as volunteer coordinator for Fantasia Fair. See Emily if you would like to help the Fair.

 

 

Tina Simmons
Tina is first and foremost a parent, grandparent, and parent of her beloved dog, Mr. T, and totally in love with her spouse, Chris. She has taught undergraduate and graduate computer science courses in the past, but now works as a software engineer. She loves playing the guitar (badly), ukulele (not as badly), singing, walking, hiking, the beach, listening to music, and the Oxford comma. She is not an out or transitioning transwoman, but she is taking more steps every day to find her authentic self. “I’m looking forward to helping out at the fair again this year, seeing old friends, and making new ones!”

 

 

Melina Stevens
Melina Stevens was a writer and editor for 25 years, including 18 years as a daily newspaper reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Her first transgender event was Lake Erie Gala in Erie, Pa. Even though she lived in Fort Lauderdale, she became the gala’s co-chairwoman and played a key role in helping it grow from a small gathering to more than 100 girls. She did stand-up comedy for 10 years and spends her free time acting in community theater and writing plays. She once saw her entire life’s philosophy succinctly stated on a bookstore magnet she now wishes she had bought: “I like being Ken. I just want to wear Barbie’s clothes.”

 

 

Cody Suzuki
“Ask not what your Gender can do for you–Ask what you can do for your Gender.” Hailing from Massachusetts, Cody Suzuki is a local MA/RI trans queer non-conforming spoken word artist. With passions in poetry, play, lyric and story writing, his original works are educational, most in verse, and often humorous, delivering gender accepting messages to audiences of all ages. Supporting the trans* and non-conforming community everywhere, his wish is to educate, enlighten, and entertain with the same breath! A long time Fantasia Fair attendee and performer, Cody’s current projects include opening for the URI play Trans Views touring production, RI Pride Trans & Queer Slam, Southcoast Equality Pride, First Event, hosting workshops, spoken engagements, impromptu reads, or anywhere there’s an open mic! You are welcome to join Cody and Nick Greiner on the stage Wednesday night at the Common Threads Fashion Show, hear his words Thursday night at the Open Mic & Poetry Night, then see him perform Friday night at the Follies!

 

Alice T.
Alice considers herself a garden variety transwoman. She has been to a bunch of Fairs, her first was in 1989 but she left after the first day because she was so scared. She returned for good in 2012, has assisted several follies, and in 2017 first offered this workshop. She’s a social worker with a strong interest and background in religion which for her includes social activism. She was published in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. Alice is convinced that the Roman Catholic Church is 90% anachronistic and the part that’s is not selling bingo or some such. However, she sees an important part of that anachronism is looking 10,000 years into the future–to a time when we will have learned peace. The problem of the middle East will be resolved, and people will wonder how we came so close to destroying time (not to mention the planet earth…).

 

 

Heather Verdui
Heather has worked in the past as a professional musician, performer, producer, and performance coach.

 

 

 

 

Shannon Whittington, RN MSN
Shannon Whittington, RN MSN, is the Clinical Director of the Gender Affirmation Program at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNDNY), where she educates and advises clinicians in care of the post-operative gender affirming patient. Since March 2016 VNSNY has successfully convalesced more than 300 patients who have undergone this life changing surgery. VNSNY is recognized as the industry leader in home care of the transgender patient.

Shannon is the recipient of the Quality and Innovation Award from the Home Care Association of New York for her work in transgender health. She is committed to educating healthcare professionals across the country and is also a published author. Shannon is a member of the John Maxwell team of professional speakers and has spoken at DOH, NY Conference on Transgender Health and Mt. Sinai live surgical conference among other community organizations.

 

 

 

Rhonda Williams
Rhonda was born a talker and has parlayed that talent into a large variety of talking gigs, culminating in being co-host and emcee of the Fabulous Fantasia Fair Follies! She is a proudly outspoken advocate for the trans community, and never turns down an opportunity to …er… educate her fellow humans on how to support society’s trans members. Rhonda is excited to be part of the Follies again this year and hopes she doesn’t fall down on stage or leave her skirt tucked into her pantyhose like that one other time.

Rhonda is a member of the Fantasia Fair 2019 Planning Committee.

 

 

 

 

Liz Winter
Liz Winter is a longtime Fair attendee who has been happy to be able to facilitate the Pink Fog workshop for the last four years. Perhaps best known for sleeping in after late nights and her odd sense of humor, Liz holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is an LICSW. She has done extensive work with child protective services, domestic violence and sexual abuse victims, and group work in her professional career.

Liz is a member of the TEA Board of Directors.

 

 

 

Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD
Carolyn Wolf-Gould attended Hamilton College and the Yale University School of Medicine. She has been a family physician in Oneonta, NY since 1994, practicing transgender medicine as part of general primary care since 2007. She is the founder of The Gender Wellness Center at Susquehanna Family Practice, a center that has been growing rapidly to meet the needs of patients in upstate, NY. She and her team of providers are the recipients of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Grant from 2016 – 2019 to create a rural based Center of Excellence in Transgender Health for upstate, NY.