THEA Team

Blake Alford: President

Blake Alford is a nationally known speaker and advocate for transgender people across the nation, and provides a voice to the most vulnerable and marginalized transgender people in the southern United States.

He is a Co founder and the President of the Transgender Health and Education Alliance (THEA). In its third year of growth, THEA provides programs for transgender adults, families, spiritual leaders, college students, and health care professionals.  He also developed the Robert Eads Atlanta Health Program. Prior to founding THEA, Blake was integral to the Southern Comfort Conference serving on their Board of Directors for almost a decade. During that time, he developed programs to improve the welfare of transmen. He was the director of the scholarship program and director of the Robert Eads Health Partnership Program (REHP), which was vital to ensure sexual health of transmen by providing cost-free pelvic exams and medical advice.

Blake was elected to the Board of Directors for Georgia Equality in 2013. He served on the Board of Directors for Someone Cares. He was chosen for the Trans 100 list in 2013. Throughout the year, Blake participates in speaking engagements at colleges and universities. Blake has worked with the Department of Justice on hate crimes against transgender people since 2013, and served on a task force to help the Atlanta Police Department revise their Standard Operating Procedures for transgender people.

Blake is dedicated to the greater community. He has been riding with Georgia Patriot Guard since 2010, makes hospital and home visits for people in need, and volunteers for civic service in his local community as Captain of his neighborhood watch. He is also a member of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Contact: blake.alford@thea-plus.com

 

Lisa Raman: Co-President

Lisa Raman is the mother of a transgender man, an advanced practice nurse, and co-founder of THEA. She is the organizer of the family program. Prior to THEA+, Lisa developed and chaired the first family conference at Southern Comfort Conference. Furthermore, she is co founder of another non-profit health care organization and works/volunteers at two other non-profit health care organizations. Working with vulnerable people and rare conditions is Lisa’s main interest in her personal and professional life-she lives by her values and sees no separation between the two.

Contact: lisa.raman@thea-plus.com

 

JoAnn Pfeiffer:
Director of Communications, Marketing & Media

JoAnn is a former Conference Chair & Director of Programs for SCC Conference. She developed the first SCC Family Day, which blossomed into the THEA Family Symposium. JoAnn also brought SCC and HRC back together by bringing Chad Griffin to address the conference in 2014.

Contact: joann.pfeiffer@thea-plus.com

 

Emily Ashcroft: Board Member

 

Bio coming soon

 

 

Cindy Bowden: Board Member

 

Bio coming soon

 

 

 

Dallas Denny: Board Member

Dallas Denny is renowned for her work on advocacy, policy issues, and health practices involving transsexual and transgendered people. She has served as an advisor to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, The University of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control, the city of Atlanta, journalists, and filmmakers. For more than twenty years she taught a class on transgender issues at Emory University. She has made hundreda of presentations at universities, businesses, professional organizations, and conferences.

Contact: dallas.denney@thea-plus.com

 

Keren Landman: Board Member

Keren Landman is a practicing physician and writer. She is trained in internal medicine and pediatrics with specialties in infectious diseases and public health, and served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a researcher, she has focused on the prevention and treatment of HIV and malaria in resource-poor countries, and she has worked as a medical epidemiologist at the New York City health department. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

​Tracee McDaniel: Board Member

Longtime Transgender Advocate Tracee McDaniel is motivated by a strong desire to ensure that all transgender and gender non-conforming people also receive Equality, Justice and Human Rights protections. Tracee was born and raised in South Carolina and supported by her spouse of almost two decades. Tracee became the first transgender person in 2007 who was invited to deliver a key-note speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration march and rally in addition to also lobbying the United States Congress in 2008 to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and increased HIV/AIDS funding. Her personal motto “Show Up and Participate for Equality” attributed to her becoming the Founder and Executive Director of 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Incorporated which is an advocacy, consulting and social services referral organization specifically designed to empower the largely diverse transgender and gender non-conforming community. Juxtaposed Center’s vision is to act as a collective body to provide basic, necessary and fundamental services to the transgender community. Juxtaposed Center is also an anchoring organization of Transgender Housing Atlanta Program, which provides transitional and emergency housing to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Juxtaposed Center is the official organizer of (TDOR) Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is an annual vigil that memorializes transgender and gender non-conforming people whom were either murdered or committed suicide due to hate and violence against community members who may identify as a gender that’s opposite their birth sex. Additionally, Tracee has served on the Atlanta Police Department’s L.G.B.T. Advisory Board and Mayor Reed’s Working Group on Prostitution (WGOP) and in 2014 she became a Vetted Trainer for the United States Department of Justice. Conclusively, Tracee has also served on Board of Directors for several community initiatives and also facilitated Transgender cultural competency training for Atlanta Police Department Academy recruits in addition to facilitating Atlanta's observation of Stonewall weekends, including convening speakers' panels and marches. Awards: Women Healing Women, Inc. 2012 “Transgender Revolutionary” Award Fenuxe Magazine Top 50 2012 "Most Prestigious and Influential" Award GA Voice 2012 “Best Transgender Activist” Award S1C 2009 “Transgender Leadership” Award Unity Fellowship Church 2008 “Community Leadership” Award Atlanta City Council 2008 Proclamation Declaration

 

Gina Silk: Board Member

 

Bio coming soon

 

 

 

 

Tammy Lin Spencer: Board Member

 

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