We are so excited to introduce you to our support group facilitators!

Michael Chaney, PhD, LPC, ACS

Michael Chaney, PhD, LPC, ACS

Dr. Mike Chaney, LPC, ACS (he/him) is a licensed counselor and an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Oakland University. For the past 20+ years, his clinical and research interests have focused on LGBTQ+ issues, addiction, and social justice issues. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he is committed to giving back to and advocating for all members of our community. One of his philosophies is that personal growth and self-awareness should be a fun process. He has specialized training in adventure-based group counseling. He is a competitive runner and a dad of two spoiled pups.

Mike co-facilitates the Thursday trans teen group.

Melissa Copenhaver

Melissa Copenhaver

Melissa (she/her/hers) is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She has completed trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and feels that being able to support someone through their recovery journey is a privilege.  She has worked in higher education and with youth for over 15 years.

Melissa co-facilitates the Marquette, MI group.

Nicole Ellefson

Nicole Ellefson

Nicole Ellefson (she/her) was born and raised in the heart of Chicago. She moved to Michigan in 1993. She works in the field of education. Her eldest child was assigned female at birth and came out as a gay trans guy in 2012. She has been engaged in LGBTQ advocacy ever since. She leads the Lansing chapter of SwT which meets monthly at the Salus Center in downtown Lansing.

Amanda Erhardt

Amanda Erhardt

Amanda (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s student at Northwestern University. She believes that support groups and therapeutic experiences provide individuals with the opportunity to grow into the most authentic version of themselves. Amanda recognizes the importance of supporting and advocating for individuals in marginalized bodies and marginalized communities. Amanda trains under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Law, PsyD, LP., specializing in working with trans folks and trans teens.

Amanda facilitates the Monday teen group and co-facilitates as the Tuesday Tween group.

Lu Evergreen, LMSW, LISW, CNP

Lu Evergreen, LMSW, LISW, CNP

Lu Evergreen (they/them), LISW, CNP leads the nonbinary young adult support group on a monthly basis. Lu graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 2010 and is now a licensed social worker in both Michigan and Iowa. Lu specializes in working with LGBTQIA+ folks and those who have experienced trauma. They are 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. In their free time, Lu enjoys camping, hiking, growing food, foraging, and giving back to the land. They are community-oriented and greatly value the connections they’ve built in their life.

Lu facilitates the non-binary young adult group.

Lisa Goyette

Lisa Goyette

Lisa (she/her) has been running a support group for parents of transgender and non binary kids since 2017 in the Lake Orion Michigan area. She has a degree in Social Work and is certified in Emotional & Social Intelligence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Lisa takes great pride in creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where parents are met where they are at in their journey with their children. Lisa is passionate about providing moms and dads support and care along with helpful information to allow them to better assist not only their kids but also themselves.

Al Gray

Al Gray

Al Gray (they/them) is a trans non-binary, Clinical Master of Social Work student at Northern Michigan University set to graduate in May 2023. They plan to utilize their degree to continue to advocate for better resources and support for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and beyond. They received their Bachelor’s degree in 2018 from NMU with majors in Philosophy and Sociology. Their life philosophy is that everyone is different and everyone belongs. In their free time they enjoy hanging out with their wife and dachshund and remaining curious about what life has to offer.

Al co-facilitates the Marquette, MI group.

Erin Hartley

Erin Hartley

Erin Hartley (she/her) lives in the Pacific Northwest with her non-binary partner and their 4 cats, 2 dogs and an undetermined number of chicken. She has three children, two of who came out as non-binary as adults. She has been an ally parent since 2018 [(i think? Might have been early 2019 and I have no idea how to tell)] She co-facilitates our new support group for parents who have adult children who have transitioned.

Axel Hettinger

Axel Hettinger

Axel (he/him) is a transgender two-spirit man from the Florida Keys who is currently completing his master’s in social work at Grand Valley State University. Currently working at the Grand Rapids Pride Center, Axel helps to provide essential services, care, and counseling to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. His work often branches over into the arts, and he specializes in using visual art and media integration in practice. While he works with all ages, Axel’s work primarily centers around helping adolescents and young adults in the community. Axel received his undergraduate degree in History and is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill

Melissa (she/they) identifies as non binary and bi/pansexual. Melissa is a current graduate student at Oakland University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to the program, she graduated in 2010 from University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and a BA in Urban and Regional Studies with a minor in Art History. In her free time, she loves walking her dog, being a novice gardener, and playing board games with her partner and her friends.

Melissa co-facilitates the Thursday trans teen group.

Roz Keith

Roz Keith

Roz (she/her) began this journey in 2013 when her son came out as transgender. They navigated the journey together so he could get what he needed to transition socially, emotionally, psychologically and medically. There was a lot to learn and she admits that she is always learning now. As a facilitator of one of the parent groups, Roz is involved because helping others is a passion for her.

Roz enjoys good food (plant based), loves her family and her dog. 

Stephanie Lange

Stephanie Lange

Stephanie Lange (she/her) is a high energy human services professional with over 25 years of experience including therapy, training, implementing evidence-based practices, supervision, and more in settings like public schools, community mental health, universities, and non-profits across Michigan. Stephanie completed her MSW from the University of Michigan in 1995 and never looked back, knowing that social work is her calling and passion. At-risk youth have been her main focus for the last couple of decades and she hopes to help you find the best resources, assist with problem solving, and building on your strengths to provide the best care and support you can to your loved ones!

Danette Tritch

Danette Tritch

Danette Tritch (she/her) lives in Colorado Springs where she advocates with Inside Out Youth Services as the facilitator of TransParenting, a parent support group. Danette serves on the Board of PFLAG Colorado Springs. She is mom to an adult trans child and has been an Ally Parent since 2015.

Danette co-facilitates our new support group for parents who have adult children who have transitioned.

Amy Ver Wey, MA, LLP, RPT

Amy Ver Wey, MA, LLP, RPT

Amy (she/her) received her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Counseling Psychology and has been licensed as a mental health therapist since 2015. She practices an active and interpersonal approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness, popular culture, art, music, role playing games and technological aspects to modify her treatment on an individualized basis to best meet the needs of her clients. She works with people of all ages, primarily working with children and young adults and is a Registered Play Therapist. Amy practices a gender affirmative therapeutic approach, focuses on working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and has specifically worked with TGNC youth for her whole career. She has held full membership with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health since 2017 and is a WPATH Certified Transgender Health Provider and Mentor.

Amy will be co-facilitating a Thursday evening group out of Grand Rapids, MI (in-person/virtual hybrid option).

Sign up for a parent/caregiver, tween, teen, or nonbinary young adult support group. Our groups are free, but pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

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About Our Facilitator Team

How we choose our SwT facilitators is one of the most important decisions we make on your behalf. Your facilitator is your partner in emotional and mental health. Your facilitators is there to guide you, along with the entire group through many decisions about confronting life’s challenges. 

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23332 Farmington Rd #84
Farmington, MI 48336

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