Meet our fabulous Board of Directors

Shannon Fortner

(THEY/THEM) Executive Director & Founder

From a young age, Shannon Fortner  has fervently dedicated themself to the causes of justice and equality— timelessly inspired by their motto, “Community Focused, Community Driven.”

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Jay Moore

(HE/HIM) Vice President, Board Member

Jay Moore is a trans educator who is currently working to educate the
public on the trans experience, trans language, and propper trans
care. Almost 10 years ago Jay created The Idratherbenaked Community
Brand at the start of transition.
LGBTQ+ community protection.

Jay Moore is a trans educator who is currently working to educate the
public on the trans experience, trans language, and propper trans
care. Almost 10 years ago Jay created The Idratherbenaked Community
Brand at the start of transition. This is a brand of collective
artists working & promoting positive mental health practices and
LGBTQ+ community protection. This brand collective was created to fund
travels to speak and connect with people to educate about trans
community protection. He is currently working within the medical
education platform to educate practicing nurses, doctors, and future
nurse practitioners proper trans care. His overall goal is to create a
more compassionate environment for those who have, are, and will
transition so that they will be seen as equal to the rest of society.

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Rachel Jean

Rachel Jean

(she/her)
Board Member
Rachel Jean brings a vibrant and dynamic perspective to our board, drawing from a rich and diverse career in the arts.
Currently, she is an emerging figurative artist known for her innovative approach to layering realism and expressionism to create moving and evocative portraits. Her artistic journey is deeply rooted in her previous experiences as a professional entertainer in musical theatre and burlesque, where she honed her craft and developed a profound understanding of performance and expression. Rachel’s passion for the arts extends beyond her personal achievements. She is a staunch advocate for making the arts accessible to everyone, believing that creativity and expression are fundamental human rights. Her commitment to equality and
inclusivity is evident in all her endeavors, as she strives to create opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage with and appreciate the arts. As a proud member of the queer community, Rachel is dedicated to fostering a more inclusive environment for all.
Throughout her life, Rachel has been dedicated to breaking down barriers and promoting diversity within the arts community. Her work has been instrumental in various initiatives aimed at promoting equity and inclusivity. She believes that everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to experience and participate in the transformative power of the arts.

Andrew Ensign

(HE/THEY) Board Member

Andrew Ensign resonates community and understands the importance of being involved and active with an organization that celebrates just that. Between being a part of the community…

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Mason Gallo

(HE/THEY) Board Member

Queer-identified transman activist and leader. His activism journey started at a young age. In high school, he volunteered as an HIV and AIDS peer educator in 1994 for the public-scho…

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Carlos Bardalez

(HE/HIM) Board Member

Born in Peru, raised in Miami and served as a combat medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He studied English in Florida and is presently working on a first collection of poetry. His work…

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and amazing Ambassadors!

Grace Korley

(SHE,HER) Queer BIPOC Initiative Coordinator, Grant Writer, Intern Coordinator

Grace Korley is a student, teacher, advocate, partner, friend. Grace has an educational background in Women’s and Gender Studies, English Literature, and is working toward a Master’s degree in..

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Dganit Ana Greier

(She/Her) Ambassador

born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Graduated the Institute of Art in Florence, Italy, and continued my art education in Etchings at Atelier 17, in Paris, France and at the Art Students League in NYC, assisting Prof. Seong Moy. In Israel, she taught art to children four years old…

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Michael Murphy

(He/him) Ambassador

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