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.

Since 2015 Stand with Trans has been dedicated to developing programs, Educational Events and Support Groups to serve the Transgender Youth. Our 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.

Staff

Roz Keith

Roz Keith

Executive Director and Founder, Board President

I 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.

Sage Mitchell

Sage Mitchell

Program Manager

I am a non-binary educator, organizer, and youth advocate. I work hard to center youth voice in all the work I do. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University where I also completed specific training on youth-driven spaces. 
 

I have facilitated groups in Washtenaw County such as Trans Together and MYTransVoice. I am passionate about creating spaces for trans folks to not only get support but also to make vital social  connections.

In my spare time, I am a mentor and writer. I enjoy reading poetry and getting outside as much as I can.

Board of Directors

Richard Keith

Richard Keith

Vice President

I 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.

Barbara Shumer

Barbara Shumer

Secretary

I 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.

Emme Zanotti

Emme Zanotti

Treasurer

I am a native of Bay City, Michigan.  I graduated from Bay City Central High School before obtaining a degree in accounting from Alma College.  After spending five years working at Domino’s Pizza’s world headquarters in Ann Arbor, I now work at Ally Financial and live in Detroit.

I’m here because I have a deeply held belief and faith that our beautiful trans youth will live in a world that describes them as mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, neighbors, artists, doctors, and lawyers before it defines them as transgender.  I’m here to empower trans people to follow their dreams and make the world a better place.

I happen to be a trans woman, but I am also so much more than that.  I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a Godmother, a college graduate, an analyst in Corporate America, and the Treasurer of this amazing organization.

Tejinder K. Gill

Tejinder K. Gill

Board Member

I am a Certified Dream Builder life coach helping people architect the life they love to live. I am also an engineer serving the automotive sector for past 27 years. I am a proud mom, involved in multiple projects that are aimed to give back to the community. I strive to be the change that I wants to see in the world – ‘accept everyone as they are.’

Susan Learman

Susan Learman

Board Member

As a proud transgender ally, I am pleased to join the Stand with Trans board. I am a graduate of Wayne State Law School and have practiced primarily with nonprofits, focusing on guidance in the areas of advancement, grant funding and planned gifts. My volunteer work has included promoting voting access and legal access for the public. The mission of Stand with Trans is important to me personally and critical to the trans community.

Cameron Parkins

Cameron Parkins

Board Member

I am a Metro Detroit native and have worked in higher education for 17 years. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. 

I became a volunteer, then board member, because I was raised to give back and support non-profit organizations who have helped me. Roz was my Ally Parent via supportive text messages, early in my journey, so it was important to become involved when I was at a point where I could.

I am a socially awkward, self-professed geek and amateur baker with a love for books, minor league baseball, road trips, and spoiling my Shih-Tzu.

Advisory Council

Ken Bernard

Ken Bernard

Investment Advisor

Former Board Treasurer and Member at Large
Ken is president and founder of Bernard Wealth Management. He has been an investment advisor and portfolio manager since 1999, primarily responsible for investment strategy, portfolio management and research.  Prior to founding Bernard Wealth Management, Ken was with Griffin Portfolio Management, and Sigma Investment Counselors.
Ken 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. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003.

Antonia Caretto, Ph.D.

Antonia Caretto, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Antonia Caretto, Ph.D. is a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist and a graduate of the University of
Michigan and the Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology.  Dr.
Caretto’s 1991 doctoral dissertation research was on “Familial Homosexuality Among Women and It’s
Relationship to Childhood Gender Role Non-Conformity and Adult Sex Role.”

Dr. Caretto has a solo private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan and gender identity development
continues to the focus of much of her work. Dr. Caretto presented her research on transgender youth at the
WPATH Symposium in Bangkok Thailand in 2014 and recently co-authored an article: “Initial Clinical
Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in
Adolescents.”

In addition to treating gender diverse adults, teens, and children she provides training on transgender
identities to a variety of consumer and professional groups including medical professionals at Henry Ford
Health System and the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Oakland University Medical
Schools.

Jay Kaplan

Jay Kaplan

Attorney

Jay Kaplan is currently a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan’s LGBT Project, which was founded in 2001. He advocates for the LGBT community on a number of issues, challenging current laws and moving for reforms.

Deb Kovsky-Apap

Deb Kovsky-Apap

Attorney

Deb Kovsky is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. She focuses her practice on bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts. Deb also works with the ACLU and other organizations on a pro-bono basis in areas including LGBT and prisoners’ rights. Deb is the proud parent of a wonderful transgender son.

Dan Shumer, M.D.

Dan Shumer, M.D.

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Shumer is a pediatric endocrinologist at Mott Children’s Hospital, and the founder and medical director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic at Mott.  His research has involved the mental health vulnerabilities of transgender youth.  His medical degree is from Northwestern University, and he also has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.  He and his husband are the proud parents of a 9 month old, Charlie.

Sara Wiener, LMSW

Sara Wiener, LMSW

Director of Mental Health Services within Child & Adolescent Gender Services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Director of Comprehensive Gender Services at Michigan Medicine

Sara Wiener specializes in children and adolescents who identify with a gender that is different than the sex they were assigned at birth, with specific clinical interests in prepubertal children and families who are growing in their support of their transgender or gender creative child. Sara has presented nationally about working with transgender people across the lifespan, and she is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).

Let Us Keep you Posted

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!