GHC Office Staff
Executive Director - Ben Hudson
He, Him, His
Ben Hudson is a human rights activist, community organizer, and educator. Ben is the founding Executive Director of the Gender Health Center (GHC), a grassroots non-profit providing healthcare and advocacy for marginalized and underserved populations with a focus on transgender folks. He is co-founder of TransFamilies Sacramento, and serves as a co-chair of the LGBT Foster Youth Task Force. He sits on the Steering Committee of the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network. He is recognized as a master trainer on cultural competency for sexual orientation & gender identity/expression. In 2012 Ben received the Spirit of Harvey Milk Award and in 2013 was listed on the inaugural Trans 100 list; a national effort to shift the coverage of transgender narratives to focus on the positive work being done by 100 transgender activists nationwide.
Clinical Director - David Nylund
He, Him, His
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 Center’s 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).
Community Outreach Director - Rachael Hudson
She, Her, Hers
Rachael Hudson was on the planning board for GHC and was voted in as Operations Manager, the only full time employee, when we opened our doors in July of 2010. Today, she is Community Outreach Director working with a team of amazing people. She organizes community speaking, tabling at events, fundraising and social events, as well as coordinating the Speakers Bureau for panels. Rachael 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 (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 SOFFA-T support groups. She now facilitates both TransFamilies, which meets with PFLAG, and the TransFem support meeting.
Director of Programs - Jacke Humphrey-Straub
She, Her, Hers
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 Women’s Center, and received her Bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in women’s 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
He, Him, His
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.
Program Manager - Alex Filippelli
He, Him, His/They, Them, Theirs
Alex lived on Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada) prior to moving to Miwok Territory (Sacramento) in 2014 to join our team as a mental health program manager. Alex holds a BSW and is currently completing an MSW also at the University of Victoria, Canada. Alex is a queer and trans activist committed to addressing the root causes of systemic violence and creating safe, loving communities for people of all genders and sexualities. His passion for social justice led them to discover Narrative Therapy and subsequently the life-saving healthcare and mental health community work being pioneered at Gender Health Center. When not working and studying, Alex finds passion and peace riding their bike, hiking the hills, and sharing meals with good company.
Lead Organizer - Keyko Torres
She, Her, Hers
Keyko is a social activist and Chicana that was born and raised in San Diego, California but has made her home in Sacramento for almost a decade. She attended CSU Sacramento, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduating, she went through the Bilingual and Multicultural Education Teacher Credential Program with an emphasis in Social Justice. While and since attending CSUS, Keyko has been involved as a volunteer for the Multicultural, Women's Resource and Pride Centers by participating and promoting panels and various events at CSUS. She has also served as the Advocacy, Arts and Culture Program Coordinator for the Sac LGBT Center. While teaching social-emotional Learning to at-risk youth in the Sac-City Unified School district, she began her involvement at the Gender Health Center she was involved with the Healthcare Revolution and is now the office manager, coordinating Intake and volunteers efforts as well as day-to-day office operations.
Respite Program Coordinator - Kay Temple Kirk
She, Her, Hers/They, Them, Theirs
Kay Temple Kirk is a living breathing member of the planetary biome. She dropped out of school in 1997 to pursue a less formal education in more esoteric subjects, specializing in Post-Capitalist Sociology and Guerilla Botany. She also spent time as a street performer, professional poker player, costume shop manager, and worked in multiple facets of the sex industry. Now that she has found a home and copacetic environment at Gender Health Center, she is involved with many projects, including our Peer Advocacy Program, Danelle’s Place Respite, and our Healthcare Revolution Medi-CAL enrollment project.
HIV Program Coordinator - Robyn Learned
She, Her, Hers
Robyn has been a very active member of the trans community since she moved to Sacramento in 2012. She is a freethinking, lesbian, transwoman, activist who is proud to have become a “Vagina Warrior” when she took part in the Sacramento 2015 production of the Vagina Monologues. She is a proudly outspoken sexual health educator, who has recently joined the Gender Health Center team as an HIV test counselor; she is also involved with our new Needle Exchange Program. In her spare time she has discovered a talent for writing and sharing her unique perspective on this beautiful, painful, incredibly complex journey called life.
Healthcare Program Coordinator - Maddi Alexandra Stratton
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Maddi supervises enrollment counselors in training, as well as those who are certified. They also collaborate with other entities such as Sacramento Covered in regards to health care enrollment. They coordinate every aspect of our health care enrollment program, collaborating with staff, to ensure success of the program. The goal is to make sure health care enrollment into Covered California/Medi-CAL is accessible to community members and to get community members renewed and enrolled!