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Frontline support team

Aadya Rising is an organization by and for the LGBTQA2+ community that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination.

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Bri Seeley

Board Member

Bri Seeley is an entrepreneur, innovator, and business visionary. She works with entrepreneurs, companies and small businesses to create long-term, sustainable success… on their terms!

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Dr. Susan Byers

Executive Director

Atlanta-based Psychologist Dr. Susan Byers brings over 20 years of experience to her practice, offering her clients a holistic and integrative approach as they navigate life's transitions.

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Gabrielle Lory

Grant Writer Funding & Development

Gabrielle Lory is currently earning her doctorate in Sociology. Before coming to West Virginia, she attended the University of Georgia where she obtained her BA in Sociology and her MA from Georgia Southern University in Criminology.

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Kohan

Speaker/Board Member

Kohan is a 30-year-old, female to male transgender advocate from Tennessee. He and his service dog Linus make a perfect team.

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Kristen Lee

Speaker/Board Member

Kristen Lee has spoken on panels promoting mental health, healthy relationships, and women’s empowerment.

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Micky Mackenrodt, M.A.

Speaker/Board Member

Micky identifies as non-binary, gender-fluid and queer. Born in 1979 in Germany, they started volunteering for non-profits in their teens.

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Rosalynne (Rose) Montoya

Speaker/ Board Member

Rosalynne Montoya, usually referred to as Rose, is a Hispanic, bisexual, nonbinary transgender woman. Rose’s pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/their/theirs. She works as a professional model, content creator, actor, public speaker, makeup artist, and advocate. Their goal is to spread love and education about their community as they share their story.

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Skyler Jay

Speaker/Board Member

Skyler is a vivacious transgender activist from the South East. He has worked for the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade and worked to greatly increase visibility, growth, and opportunity for Transgender people.

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