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 (she/hers)

Roz Keith (she/hers)

Executive Director and Founder

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, ally and advocate. I began this journey in 2013 when my son came out as transgender. We navigated the journey together so he could get what he needed to transition socially, emotionally, psychologically and medically. It took nearly a year to find appropriate resources to support my child. At that point I knew that we needed to be a support for others out there like us. There was a lot to learn and I’m still learning. 

Language has evolved, access to support has become more accessible and conversations around trans identities are more prevalent. Stand with Trans is here to provide life-saving resources and programs for trans youth and their parents. We want our young trans and nonbinary individuals to know they are loved, to thrive in a complicated world, and to be accepted for who they are without stigma, shame, or harm.

Helping others is a passion of mine.  I long for a healthier, safer world. I like good food (plant based). 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.

Lu Evergreen, LMSW (they/them)

Lu Evergreen, LMSW (they/them)

Program Manager

I am a licensed social worker and have worked in the mental health field on and off for several years. I am particularly passionate about working with and on behalf of youth through their life transitions. I know that being a teenager is difficult enough as it is and that being a trans or gender non-conforming teenager has its own unique challenges. I am interested and committed to helping create systemic changes that will make this world a friendlier place for QTBIPOC folks and others on the margins of our society. All beings deserve support, understanding and love and Stand with Trans has a mission to validate and empower youth so they can move deeper into their authentic selves.

I am a nature lover and enjoy camping, hiking, growing food, foraging, permaculture and giving back to the land that gives so much to us. I am community-oriented and value the connections I have built with the people in my life. My family, friends, dog and rabbit bring me immense joy and I am grateful for all the support in my life.

Cameron Parkins (he/him)

Cameron Parkins (he/him)

Communications Manager

 

I am a Metro Detroit native living in Richmond, VA. I’ve worked in higher education for 20 years and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology.

I am here because, when I started my transition journey, Roz was my Ally Mom. We only texted a few times, but our interactions were invaluable at a very stressful time in my life. When I had the bandwidth to be able to give back, I reached out, asking if I could become a Stand with Trans volunteer. I have been fortunate to be involved now on multiple levels – volunteer, board member, and now part of the staff.

I am a dog dad, a self-professed geek, and home baker with a love for books, minor league baseball, and road trips.

 
 

Volunteers

Christine Carethers (she/hers)

Christine Carethers (she/hers)

Volunteer

I am a recent graduate from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Public Health. I am interested in pursuing a professional degree in a public health field and am passionate about being a social justice advocate. I love to read, exercise, and spend time with my dog. I am proud to work with Stand with Trans and support youth.

Michelle Levy (she/hers)

Michelle Levy (she/hers)

Membership/Volunteer Coordinator for Ally Parents

I am an anti-discrimination activist, advocate, and advisor, focusing on transgender youth and their families. At Stand With Trans, I coordinate membership, performs outreach, participate in national conventions, act as a media spokesperson, and conduct webinars. I am an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of government ethics and poverty law, who specializes in campaign finance prosecution and rule-making. 

Judie Tomaszewski (she/hers)

Judie Tomaszewski (she/hers)

Membership/Volunteer Coordinator for Ally Parents

I am a licensed Social Worker who graduated with an MSW from Wayne State University. I recently spent several years working as a Crisis Intervention Counselor at Common Ground in Pontiac. Additionally, I was active in the Mentoring Program at Jewish Family Services and have maintained a close relationship with my mentee for the past 19 years. As mom to a transgender son, I am happy to bring my experience in social services and communication (my Under Graduate degree was in Journalism) to SWT and to help with coordinating membership and organizing events for Ally Parents. I’ve always been passionate about the need to embrace diversity and combating discrimination of any kind as well as helping people to advocate for themselves and their families.

Board of Directors

Richard Keith (he/him)

Richard Keith (he/him)

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 (she/hers)

Barbara Shumer (she/hers)

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.

Frank Aiello (he/him)

Frank Aiello (he/him)

Board Member

I am a father, academic, and member of the LGBTQ+ community. I grew up in rural Michigan and am a first-generation college graduate. I now am a Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and currently serve as Chief of Staff to its President and Dean. I teach courses about the law of property. My interest in the law began when I was appointed to a vacancy on the East Lansing City Council at the age of 20.

I am passionate about creating safe spaces for the LGTBQ+ community and served on the Board of Directors of Affirmations for six years. For self-care I enjoy reading Queer fiction, working out, and hiking in the woods with Dune (my Golden Retriever).

Tiffany Bloss (she/hers)

Tiffany Bloss (she/hers)

Board Member

I am a dedicated wife, mom of two teenagers, and ally to my son and the LGBTQ+ community. I am based in Upstate New York and spend my professional time in the non-profit sector as a Foundation Director for a local hospital. I have a degree in Managerial Accounting and have worked for nonprofits in Income Development for over 15 years. I have a strong belief in social responsibility and making a meaningful difference in the world. 

I have a mission to break the stigma around mental health and talking about suicide – especially with the LGBTQ+ community. I am a registered safeTALK Workshop Facilitator and encourage everyone to become more aware of suicide alertness for the benefit of those in your life.    

I believe in the natural way of living and am a Certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. Mother Earth has given us everything we need to survive – we just need to embrace what is in front of us. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling with friends and family, experiencing life and making memories. 

Owen Bondono (he/they)

Owen Bondono (he/they)

Board Member

I am a 9th grade English teacher at Oak Park High School and the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year. I am also a transgender man. As a teacher, I am passionate about growing student empathy and self-advocacy, and bringing anti-racist and queer-affirming practices into the classroom. I train teachers across Michigan on LGBTQ+ Student Support. I know what it was like to be a queer teenager in school, and my goal is to make this experience more positive and loving for current and future queer youth.

In my spare time, I’m a writer, the Detroit Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month, and a Dungeons and Dragons player.

Tejinder K. Gill (she/hers)

Tejinder K. Gill (she/hers)

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.’

Jason Stafne (he/him)

Jason Stafne (he/him)

Board Member

Raising a transgender child has made me a better person, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. In 2017-2018, I helped grow SwT’s Livonia support group, working with the elementary age kids. I am honored to be part of the life-changing mission of Stand With Trans.
 
The proud father of two girls, I grew up in Lapeer MI, and earned my bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University. I work as an artist for a consulting company specializing in strategy development and alignment. In my free time I’m an artist, reader, fly fisherman, comic book geek, and baseball enthusiast.

Advisory Council

Ken Bernard (he/him)

Ken Bernard (he/him)

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. (she/her)

Antonia Caretto, Ph.D. (she/her)

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.

Yma Johnson (she/her)

Yma Johnson (she/her)

Writer/Consultant

Yma Johnson is the mother of a nonbinary college student and a passionate advocate for youth rights. She co-founded the Ann Arbor-chapter of Stand with Trans and is a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council.  She also co-chairs the Washtenaw County Health for All Steering Committee. Yma is a committed activist for a variety of progressive causes, including protections for people managing mental illness, housing justice, and sustainable food systems. She is a grant writer and nonprofit development consultant who began her career as a journalist in San Juan, Puerto Rico 25 years ago. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Jay Kaplan (he/him)

Jay Kaplan (he/him)

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.

Dan Shumer, M.D. (he/him)

Dan Shumer, M.D. (he/him)

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 has a son and lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Sara Wiener, LMSW (she/her)

Sara Wiener, LMSW (she/her)

Clinical social worker, Child & Adolescent Gender Services, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

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).

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