About Us

Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.

When our son, Hunter, came out to me in early 2013, I knew we had to do something. There was very little out there in the way of resources. I really had no idea what it meant to be transgender. Of course, now, there is something almost daily in my news feed, on social media and in the evening news about trans* individuals; albeit not all positive. However, the awareness is growing and that is a good thing.


Stand with Trans was founded in February, 2015. As a federally approved, not for profit, all donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.

 

Roz Keith, Founder, Board President

SWTs_PortraitGallery1WorkThumbsROZI am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and advocate. My son is in the throes of transitioning from female to male (FtM). We are navigating the journey together and doing our best to spread awareness and ultimately, gain acceptance regarding what it means to be transgender.

My son tells people that I "am obsessed" with all things trans. That's not exactly true — in fact, not even remotely true. The fact is, however, that I am interested in educating myself and have jumped in feet first so that I can help my son be the best, authentic version of himself.

I love social media. I blog. I run a marketing business. I struggle to stay fit. I like good food. I love my family. I am OBSESSED with my dog. I care about others. I would do anything for my children. I believe in community. To contact me, feel free to email roz@standwithtrans.org.

 

Richard Keith, Vice President

SWTs_PortraitGallery1WorkThumbsRK2sI am a proud Dad, husband and ally to my son, Hunter. It's a privilege and honor to be a part of this journey, along with my wife, Roz.
It has been a learning experience, and like any worthwhile learning experience, it forces us to grow, both in knowledge and love, as well as in our willingness to look beyond our bias and pre-conceived notions. We are dedicated to guiding "Stand with Trans" to a place where transgender youth and adults can find the resources and support they need.

I am a Creative Director,  dedicated dad and dog lover… I love exercise, writing poetry and watching movies. While living in NYC I served as a Self-Esteem and Substance Abuse Counselor and studied martial arts. I am presently a Certified Radix Practitioner.

 

Ken Bernard, Treasurer

SWTs_PortraitGallery1WorkThumbsKenI am Ken Bernard, president and founder of Bernard Wealth Management. I have been an investment advisor and portfolio manager since 1999.  I have primary responsibility for investment strategy, portfolio management and research.  Prior to founding Bernard Wealth Management, I was with Griffin Portfolio Management, and Sigma Investment Counselors. My personal portfolios are substantially invested in the same securities owned in the firm's client accounts.
 
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 1992. I earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.
 
 
Barbara Shumer, Secretary
 
SWTs_GeneralGallery2WorkThumbs BarbaraI worked as a public librarian in a variety of professional capacities for over 30 years, primarily working in youth services. I have also worked in an administrative and secretarial capacity at a busy medical office. I am an avid advocate for children and youth, with special interests in early childhood, literacy, and helping people of all ages find resources and information to counter bias and stereotypes. Children need advocates, and I am passionate about supporting them and helping others find the resources and programs to become better educated and informed.
 
My son, Daniel, is currently a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan and is the physician provider at the new U of M Pediatric Gender Management Clinic. His passion for helping transgender and gender expansive youth lead to my own interest and enthusiasm. I feel it is important for me to educate and enlighten so many who just do not understand.
 
I received my Undergraduate degree and Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Michigan.
 
Seth Carwyn, Board Member

SWTs_GeneralGallery2WorkThumbs SethI am a husband, step-father, brother and son who is passionate about many things -geology, archaeology, nature, ancestral health, and rewilding to name a few. I hold a B.S. in Geoarchaeology from Utah State University. I was labeled female at birth, and raised in the Mormon faith which I didn’t leave until my thirties. Since then, my life has been one incredible transition after another. I regularly speak on transgender and lgbt panels throughout Michigan, and have hosted 'Trans 101' presentations for government and private organizations. I am working towards a future where children are allowed the space to live their lives authentically, and society doesn’t blink an eye when someone says the word “transgender”.

 

 

Lisa Goyette, Board Member

SWTs_GeneralGallery2WorkThumbs LisaGoyette 2I hold a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University. I have worked at Lake Orion United Methodist Church since 2008 where I am involved in community coutreach and oversee a program to provide one on one support for men and women going through a difficult time in their lives. I am the co-owner of Celebrate Hope which partners with parents who have children who have received medical diagnoses that are life altering. The goal is to bring them from a place of crisis to a place of hope. 

I run a support group for parents of transgender youth in Lake Orion under Stand with Trans. In February 2016, I completed a 6 month training program through ACLU of Michigan. Through this training, I learned how to interact with legislatures at a community and state level to discuss issues the transgender community deals with on a daily basis and to help advance the community's need for rights and protections.

 

Dave Goyette, Board Member

SWTs_GeneralGallery2WorkThumbs Dave I hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. I have been employed with Ray Electric for 33 years as an electrial wholesaler. I am involved in volunteer work at my church and am an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish, golf, boat, bike, run, and swim. I am the proud father of a transgender son.

 

 

 

Molly Galbreath, Summer Intern

I am a senior at Oakland University majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Sociology and LGBTQ studies. I'm a member of the Honors College and recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. For the past five years I have been an amateur cosplayer and attend conventions around Michigan. I am an ally to the trans community and am excited to be an intern this summer.

 

 

 

Youth Advisory Council

 

Hunter Jordan Keith, Youth Counsel

SWTs_GeneralGallery2WorkThumbsHunter2Hunter's Bio to come…

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Johnson

 

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