Our Speakers

2019 LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Summit Presenters

Lauren Champagne, LCSW
Senior & Disability Services - RV Council of Governments

Lauren Champagne was inspired by feminist analyses of the Human Life Cycle development theories, during her MSW program at Smith College in Massachusetts. Alongside her career as a therapist for the last thirty plus years, her valued education came from gay, lesbian and transgender friendships and her travels in other cultures. As a Lesbian now entering older adult development, she is very grateful for a wonderful adventure in life and intends to continue lifelong learning.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: LGBTQ Aging Adults: What a Ride It's Been and Is!

Lauren Champagne, LCSW
Senior & Disability Services - RV Council of Governments
Ruth Christiansen, PA-C
Physician Assistant - OHSU Transgender Health Program

Ruth Christiansen, PA-C, enjoys serving patients of all stages and walks of life, and appreciates being able to share her ideas and expertise with others to help them in their journey to lead healthier and happier lives. She is passionate about preventive medicine, evidence based medicine, and patient education.

Day 2 - Overview of Gender Affirming Surgical Care; Break-out Sessions #1 & 3 - Medical Focus; Case Discussion

Ruth Christiansen, PA-C
Physician Assistant - OHSU Transgender Health Program
Kara J. Connelly, MD
Medical Director - Doernbecher Gender Clinic

Kara J. Connelly, MD, is the medical director for the Doernbecher Gender Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical care for transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents, under the umbrella of the OHSU Transgender Health Program. Her research interests include congenital hypothyroidism and newborn screening methods for detection as well as improving medical care for transgender youth.

Day 2 - Break-out Session #1: Medical Focus

Kara J. Connelly, MD
Medical Director - Doernbecher Gender Clinic
Stick Crosby
Network and Health Equity Manager - AllCare Health

Stick Crosby is the Network and Health Equity Manager for AllCare Health, Inc. As the Network and Health Equity Manager for AllCare Health, Inc., Stick is able to look at inequities on a systems level within the provider network and find ways that we can change the system to work for everyone.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: Southern Oregon LGBTQIA Listening Sessions

Stick Crosby
Network and Health Equity Manager - AllCare Health
Jacob Dougherty, MS
Youth & Family Therapist - Kairos

Jacob Dougherty, MS, is a Youth and Family Therapist. He graduated from SOU with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2012, and he is an ally that has experience assisting clients with a variety of mental health issues. He has a multi-cultural, person-centered, strength-based, and solution focused approach, and he is grateful for the opportunity to assist youth and families in a collaborative approach toward attaining their individual goals.

Day 1 – Break-out Session #1: Conceptualizing and Implementing Casual Acceptance for LGBTQ+ in Your Practice

Jacob Dougherty, MS
Youth & Family Therapist - Kairos
Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW
Intake & Referral Specialist - OHSU Transgender Health Program

Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW, assists folks with identifying affirming care providers within and outside of OHSU. They also provide accompaniment to visits throughout the OHSU system, including having a presence at Richmond Family Medicine. Jess also is highly involved with patients seeking care from Pediatric Endocrinology and pursuing phalloplasty. Jess uses they/them pronouns.

Day 2 - Break-out Sessions #1, 2, & 3: Mental Health Focus; Care Planning for Surgery and Collaboration as Multidisciplinary Teams; Case Discussion

Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW
Intake & Referral Specialist - OHSU Transgender Health Program
Liz James
Former CEO - Lesbian Health Initiative

Liz James is an out lesbian health equity and human rights advocate. She currently serves as a Member of the Oregon Statewide LGBTQ Aging Coalition and as a volunteer leader with AARP’s Southern Oregon Community Action Team. During her tenure as CEO of the Lesbian Health Initiative, a Houston-based nonprofit, she developed and delivered, LGBT Cultural Competency 101 – Tools to Improve Patient Communication, Care and Outcomes, a multi-discipline CEU training course for healthcare students and professionals.

Day 1 - LGBTQ Cultural Competency 101 - Tools to Improve Patient Communication, Care, and Outcomes

Liz James
Former CEO - Lesbian Health Initiative
Andrea Krause, MS, MPH, DVM
Epidemiologist - Jackson County Public Health

Andrea Krause, MS, MPH, DVM, is the Epidemiologist at Jackson County Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University (2009), Master of Science from Texas A&M University (2004), and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota (2013).

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: The Rise of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Andrea Krause, MS, MPH, DVM
Epidemiologist - Jackson County Public Health
Charlie Manzano
Co-creator - Transgender Cancer Patient Project

Charlie Manzano is a transgender man with stage 3b melanoma who is involved in LGBT, health, cancer, and disfigurement related activism. He is co-creator of the Transgender Cancer Patient Project which seeks to uplift and connect trans cancer patients.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: Trans Patient Perspective: The Impact of Gender in Healthcare

Charlie Manzano
Co-creator - Transgender Cancer Patient Project
Kylan Mattias de Vries, PhD
Associate Professor - Southern Oregon University

Kylan Mattias de Vries, PhD, holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Sociology and Anthropology programs at Southern Oregon University. His scholarly interests include inequalities, intersectionality, transgender studies, critical race studies, and social psychology.

Day 1 - Trans and Gender Non-conforming People's Encounters with Healthcare in Southern Oregon and Northern California

Kylan Mattias de Vries, PhD
Associate Professor - Southern Oregon University
Eddie May, LCSW
Assistant Professor of Practice - Portland State University

Eddie May, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Practice at PSU with a small, queer affirming private practice. He seeks to hold space for courageous conversations surrounding intersectional identity, response to trauma, and the overarching connection between privilege and power within societal and interpersonal relationships. Eddie believes focus on implicit/explicit bias and socialization, informed by narrative and existentialist frameworks, is critical to clinical practice.

Day 1 - Break-out #1 & 2: Centering Intersectional Identity, Parts 1 & 2

Eddie May, LCSW
Assistant Professor of Practice - Portland State University
Tim Menza, MD, PhD
Medical Director - HIV/STD/TB Section of the Public Health Division, OHA

Tim Menza, MD, PhD, serves as the Medical Director of the HIV/STD/TB Section of the Public Health Division at the Oregon Health Authority. Dr. Menza is a recognized expert on screening and treating sexually transmitted diseases.

Day 1 - Opening Plenary; Break-out Session #2: Leaders of the Pack: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and HIV Diagnosis and Treatment

Tim Menza, MD, PhD
Medical Director - HIV/STD/TB Section of the Public Health Division, OHA
Dayna Morrison, MPH
Program Manager - Oregon AIDS Education & Training Center

Dayna Morrison, MPH, serves as the Program Manager of the Oregon AIDS Education & Training Center. Dayna brings 20 years of experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and abroad.

Day 1 - Promising Practices; SOGI Data Collection and Practice; Break-out Session #1: Taking a Sexual History: Tools and Workflows

Dayna Morrison, MPH
Program Manager - Oregon AIDS Education & Training Center
Melissa D. Murphy, MD
HIV Lead Clinician - Portland VA Medical Center

Melissa D. Murphy, MD, serves as the HIV Lead Clinician for the Portland VA Medical Center and Veterans Integrated Service Network 20. Dr. Murphy also holds a faculty appointment at Oregon Health and Science University as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and serves as the Medical Director for the Oregon AIDS Education & Training Center.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #2: STI Case Discussion / Complex Cases
Optional AETC Dinner - Prescribing PrEP to Prevent HIV

Melissa D. Murphy, MD
HIV Lead Clinician - Portland VA Medical Center
Ryan Nesbit
Fourth Year Medical Student

Ryan Nesbit is a fourth year medical student going into family medicine, who grew up in Oregon and plans to practice in Oregon. He enjoys making wine, playing piano, and savoring anything outdoors.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #2: Transgender Inclusivity Clinic Changes You Can Make Today

Ryan Nesbit
Fourth Year Medical Student
Mara Owens, MS
Therapist - Kairos Therapy

Mara Owens, MS, is a therapist who devotes the bulk of her practice to working with LGBTQIA+ youth and their families in order to foster acceptance and healthy, open communication. The daughter of a gay man lost to AIDS, Ms. Owens is equally committed to supporting education regarding both mental and physical health issues for the queer community.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: Conceptualizing and Implementing Casual Acceptance for LGBTQ+ in Your Practice

Mara Owens, MS
Therapist - Kairos Therapy
Andy Peacock
LGBTQ+ Trainings Assistant - Southern Oregon University

Andy Peacock is an undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University who has been working within the community for several years to improve education gender-inclusive spaces and language. Andy is also currently working as the LGBTQ+ Trainings Assistant for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at Southern Oregon University.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: Practice Using Gender Inclusive Language

Andy Peacock
LGBTQ+ Trainings Assistant - Southern Oregon University
Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW
Program Coordinator - OHSU Transgender Health Program

Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW, joined OHSU in January 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the newly launched Transgender Health Program. Amy has a history of providing and overseeing care for the LGBTQ community and is dedicated to promoting health equity for these and other underserved populations experiencing health disparities.

Day 2 - Breakout Sessions #1 & 2: Mental Health Focus; Care Planning for Surgery and Collaboration as Multidisciplinary Teams; Break-out Session #3: Medical Focus; Case Discussion

Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW
Program Coordinator - OHSU Transgender Health Program
Tanya Phillips, MPH
Health Promotion Manager - Jackson County Public Health

Tanya Phillips, MPH, is the Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health, supervising the public health preparedness program and numerous health promotion and prevention programs and activities. Tanya Phillips earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England and completed her undergrad work in public health from Oregon State University.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: The Rise of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Tanya Phillips, MPH
Health Promotion Manager - Jackson County Public Health
Roman Ruddick
Co-creator - Transgender Cancer Patient Project

Roman Ruddick is non-binary cancer patient, student, and advocate for the LGBT and young adult cancer patient communities. They are a co-founder of the Transgender Cancer Patient Project, a platform to support and bring awareness to the experiences of transgender people with cancer. In their spare time they enjoy writing and creating art centered around transgender health and cancer activism.

Day 1 - Break-out Session #1: Trans Patient Perspective: The Impact of Gender in Healthcare

Roman Ruddick
Co-creator - Transgender Cancer Patient Project
Carey Jean Sojka, PhD
Assistant Professor - Southern Oregon University

Carey Jean Sojka, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University. Her research and teaching interests include transgender studies, embodiment, gender, sexuality, race, disability, and fat studies. She also conducts community trainings on transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer issues in our region.

Day 1 Plenary - Trans and Gender Non-conforming People's Encounters with Healthcare in Southern Oregon and Northern California; Break-out Session #1: Practice Using Gender Inclusive Language

Carey Jean Sojka, PhD
Assistant Professor - Southern Oregon University