Community Engagement Manager
Al is Ingersoll’s Community Engagement Manager and they couldn’t be more honored! They left Chicago for Kansas State University to study freemartins (mixed-sex mammals) where their love for animals and life too small to see transformed into a drive for racial equity, trans liberation, reproductive and restorative justice. Al is a sleepy workaholic (professional power-napper) that loves supporting and celebrating their QTPOC family, their love language is Acts of Appreciation, and they have 2 fur and 2 aquatic babies. They firmly believe that the only way up and out is through radical self-love and using your body to make whatever movement and noises it can. If you want to dance like nobody's watching, get general support and resources, or find out more about Support Groups, email them at alphonse@
Anis is Ingersoll's Operations Manager! They use their Type A powers only for good. They are queer, non binary, disabled, Filipinx, and magic - and they are grateful to work at a place where they don't have to hide. When not fussing over commas (don't hate them), they can be spotted crying like a Hufflepuff, cheering for you at your show, or dancing somewhere with mild to moderate abandon. They would love to connect with fellow operations wizards - please send them an introductory gif at email@example.com.
Communications and Development Coordinator
Coco is Ingersoll's Communications and Development Coordinator. Their background is in community organizing and graphic design. They love working in and for community and furthering the success of community movements through thoughtful and creative design. In their spare time they can be found eating way too many cookies or cuddling with their pocket pitbull named Bea who insists on being the big spoon. They would love to see your fur babies and/or connect with you about all things communications or development (FUNdraising!) at coco@ingersollgendercenter.
Economic Justice Coordinator
Elle is Ingersoll's Economic Justice Coordinator. A born and raised Texan, she moved to Washington after graduating the University of North Texas. Although her main principles are hospitality management and music performance (oboist), this is Elle's first time working for a non-profit organization. She couldn't be more ecstatic about being a part of a community that aids and betters its own. Elle possesses a chill and collected personality, well-balanced by hyper spontaneity. She can be found hunting for the next spectacular place to eat, or out supporting nightlife performing arts. If you need support amending your identity documents, navigating employment or housing issues you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After being on the Board of Directors here at Ingersoll, Karter became our first full time staffer in our forty years and executive director in 2017. Karter has over a decade of experience in community organizing, nonprofit management and programming. Originally from Alaska, Karter is a proud graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Pride Foundation Scholar. When not supporting trans and gender nonconforming communities you will most likely find Karter facetiming with their adorable nieces, cooking for friends and family, listening to podcasts, supporting the Sounders with their partner or playing with their adorable pups, Dobby and Hagrid. You can reach Karter via email at email@example.com.
Born in Milwaukee, WI Lee or "Jonathan" is a recent transplant to the Seattle community. He was raised on the Northside of Milwaukee where pride and love of Black people and culture were instilled as foundations. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he was heavily involved in student organizing and the LGBT Studies program. After attending UW-Madison, Lee remained in the city spending most of his adult life engaged in racial justice and LGBTQ advocacy locally, statewide, and nationally both on and off the clock.
Prior to joining Ingersoll, in Seattle Lee served as Program Manager for the Black Trans Empowerment and HIV Prevention programs at POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network) and an Intervention Specialist with King County Public Health. Lee was a 2019 recipient of the Black Trans Advocacy Conference “Rising Star” award. He continues to participate on panels and provide trainings on a range of topics including transmasculine perspectives on feminism, Black Trans history, Trans 101 for Black/POC led organizations, and more. In his personal time, Lee enjoys listening to music(als), podcasts, karaoke, and watching vintage Black films. He is lifelong Cheesehead.
Rev. Louis Mitchell is a pioneering “intentional man”. Known around the country and abroad as an elder, advocate, trainer, teacher, student, minister, parent and friend. He is a proud father to his daughter, Kahlo, and co-parent with her mother, Krysia L. Villon.
Rev. Mitchell is a co-founder, former Executive Director and current Board member of Transfaith. He brings his own learned experiences, a broad range of resources, theories and studies, to offer a fresh, “on the ground”, open-hearted, holistic strategy to the work of individual and community healing, intersectional diversity planning and commitment to personal and community agency and solvency. He is a confirmed believer in the restorative power of truth telling in the voices of those whose stories are often told about them rather than with them. Engaging and witty, he brings his whole self to each endeavor and appreciates the opportunity to guide and witness growth and wholeness!
Healthcare Access Manager
Mattie is Ingersoll Gender Center's Healthcare Access Manager. They can typically be found laughing at inside jokes with their little human, 9 year old Zaiya Rylee and planning their next getaway/world takeover with their partner Nanta. Here at Ingersoll they can be found helping community members find gender affirming care, navigate insurance enrollment and denials, and working with Ingersoll's provider consult group on ways to improve and expand access to gender affirming healthcare for the tgnc community. They are extremely passionate about tgnc healthcare because they believe that marginalization by the healthcare community leads to poor health outcomes and increased health disparities for the tgnc community. If you are looking for help in accessing healthcare, finding a provider, questions about how you or your workplace can learn about how to effectively provide gender affirming care or any general healthcare questions Mattie would love to speak with you at Mattie@ingersollgendercenter.org.
Shea is the Operations Assistant at Ingersoll Gender Center. They are a hardworking Taurus who loves to knit and do embroidery in their free time! Shea is working their bachelor’s in Community Psychology at University of Washington and loves being able to serve their community at Ingersoll. You can reach out to Shea for general questions and to set up appointments by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Access Coordinator
Zee grew up in Virginia and moved to Seattle in 2014, and has since come to love the coffee, the nature, and the beautiful trans community as much as they hoped they would. Zee is non-binary and grateful to have a career helping trans people access what they themself trekked across the country for! When they’re not working, they can be found at coffee shops, comedy shows, or hanging out with as many rabbits as possible.
Our Board of Directors
Brandon currently is Director of Policy and Advocacy for a Tacoma-based non-profit which supports people experiencing homelessness and economic disadvantage through integrated services of healthcare, housing, education and employment, and by addressing the social determinants of poverty. Brandon has a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and has practiced labor and employment law since 1992.
Having grown up in Hawaii, Brandon idolizes the big yellow ball of warmth that coyly visits the Pacific Northwest in the summer months. During those times, you can find him happy on the softball fields or at the park with his two pups.
Heather Villanueva has over 10 years of experience in multi-ethnic coalition building and community organizing. She began her career at the Minority Executive Directors Coalition as the Business Manager. She was then hired at SEIU 775 as an organizer where she gained a breadth of experience in grassroots and grasstops coalition building, legislative advocacy, civic engagement, organizational development, and language access work. Among her accomplishments are establishing the four-time award-winning Racial Equity Team and serving on several boards and commissions including the King County Civil Rights Commission, Ingersoll Gender Center, The City of Seattle Immigrant Voting Task force, and the International Examiner.
Jessica brings over five years of experience in development and operations at progressive political non-profits to her role as Board Treasurer at Ingersoll. She currently works as Operations Manager at Progress Alliance of Washington, supporting the organization to build a permanent and powerful social change movement in Washington state. She has a passion for organizational development and is excited to bring that lens to supporting trans and gender nonconforming communities with Ingersoll. In her free time, Jessica loves seeing local music, drawing, and exploring the outdoors.
As a longtime resident of Seattle, Jodi O'Brien has been an enthusiastic supporter of Ingersoll for more than two decades and is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors She is also a professor of Sociology at Seattle University where she teaches courses in Transgender Studies, Discrimination and Inequality, and Religion and Sexuality with an emphasis on the social psychology of difference and discrimination. Her commitment is to helping people understand and undo "permissible prejudices" and systems of oppression. She provides workshops to schools, medical and mental health providers, and churches on on transgender and GNC support, health, and liberation and is eager to be able to engage in this work with Ingersoll.
Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities for over 41 years, as a founding member of Equality Washington, and on boards of Pride Foundation, Safe Schools, Lambert House, Seattle Counseling Service and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. A founding member of Equal Rights Washington, a past co-chair of Seattle’s LBGT Commission, Marsha served as co-chair of The National LGBTQ Task Force in 2005-6, 2009-10, and as Chair of the Action Fund in 2015. She is a founding member of Out In Front Leadership Project, founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and served as a national co-chair of the 2008 Obama Pride Campaign.
Marsha received the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee of Equality Across America, and in 2011 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award and the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award. In 2013 she was selected for the Inaugural U.S. Edition of the Trans 100 List, and in 2014 she received the Gay City Health Community Leadership Award. In 2015 Marsha was elected to the Martin Luther King County Labor Council. Also in 2015 she received the Distinguished Scholar Award from Antioch University in Seattle and the Backbone Award from the National Secular Students Alliance. In 2016 Marsha received the William O. Douglass Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.