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Executive Director - Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson was born into activism and has over 15 years of experience as a community organizer and peer counselor. He has served on the board of the Sacramento Gender Association and is co-founder of the Sacramento Transgender Coalition and TransFamilies Sacramento. He also enjoyed leadership roles in organizing the Transgender Leadership Summit in 2009 and also in 2010 when Sacramento hosted the first ever California Transgender Advocacy Day at the capitol. Ben also served as a Regional Field Manager for Equality California after Prop 8 passed.

Clinical Director - David Nylund

David Nylund has over 25 years of clinical experience working in many contexts including community mental health, non-profit agencies, managed care settings, and private practice. Dr. Nylund is an associate professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento and the former clinical director of the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Centerís counseling program. He is an expert on transgender mental health care and is a full-standing member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Operations Manager - Rachael Hudson

Rachael Hudson manages the day to day operations of the office by organizing office volunteers, ordering supplies, accounting, information technology, media and web design, and making sure that the office runs smoothly. She is a transwoman who has lived in the Sacramento area since 1978. In 1999 she began her search for others like her and discovered the Sacramento Gender Association or SGA. In 2004, she became a board member of SGA and learned that she wanted to help the transgender community every way she could. In 2007 she co-founded TransFamilies Sacramento and the Sacramento Transgender Coalition. She now facilitates both TransFamilies, which meets with PFLAG, and the TransFem support meeting. She was also on the planning board of GHC.

Director of Programs - Jacke Humphrey-Straub

Jacke Humphrey-Straub is a social justice activist. She received her MSW from CSU, Chico in 2012. As an undergraduate student, she was the director and program coordinator of the CSU, Chico Womenís Center, and received her Bachelorís degree in social work with a minor in womenís studies. Most of her work experience has been in feminist and queer community organizing, service delivery, event planning and public policy advocacy. Jacke has also spent several years working in the domestic violence field, providing legal advocacy, crisis intervention and case management services. Currently, Jacke is the Program Manager of Gender Health Center where she has developed and implemented a health advocacy program to support transgender individuals in navigating the health care system to ensure all health needs are being met, including getting access to hormones and surgeries. In addition to working at GHC, Jacke is adjunct faculty at the Division of Social Work at Sacramento State.

Program Manager - Alejandro Contreras

Alejandro Contreras began his relationship with the GHC as an undergraduate intern in 2012, since graduating 2013 with a Bachelors in Social Work he has been brought on as staff of the center. He has been committed to the Scripts - Hormone Clinic as Program Coordinator and has expanded his role to include the Covered California Outreach and Education initiative as well as facilitating other GHC programs and events. An avid cyclist, and do-gooder; he serves on the executive committee of the board for the NorCalAIDS Cycle as the youngest member and only member of color and also teaches 3rd grade at Union House Elementary in the South Sacramento community. He has plans to continue his higher education in Social Work, Human Rights, and Education.

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