About TEACH Alliance
The Trans Education, Activism, Community & Health Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide education and informational activities to increase public awareness of mental, physical and sexual health and safety as it pertains to sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression.
Our History In 2008, two activists were sitting around discussing the difficulty of accessing accurate LGBTQI health information, and they decided they should do something about it. They began presenting health workshops for trans folk and their partners, and introductory LGBTQI sensitivity workshops for medical and mental health professionals. They soon expanded their workshops to cover topics such as: organizational inclusivity, safe zone trainings for educators, queer sexual assault support groups, LGBTQI foster parenting, homeless shelter accessibility, therapeutic writing and much more.
TEACH Alliance is rooted in a trans worldview, and primarily presents on trans issues and identities; however, they have led workshops targeted toward non-trans audiences and regularly participate in outreach for students, mental and medical health practitioners, legal representatives, non-profit administrators, families, allies, queer organizations and anyone else who wants to learn more. They are currently working on a plethora of educational and outreach projects including publications, mentoring programs, and youth homelessness outreach. TEACH Alliance tours the country providing professional trainings, activist workshops, and health demonstrations.
Outreach Coordinator: Kristopher From a young age, Kristopher has been involved in safer-sex outreach and HIV/AIDS prevention. He volunteered with Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, a local HIV/AIDS advocacy center, and helped to promote their needle exchange program, distribute safer-sex materials and advocate for free HIV testing. As a community college student, he held positions as the president, secretary, and treasurer of the campus LGBTQ organization, PRISM. After receiving his associate's degree, Kristopher transferred to Washington State University where he became the programming chair for the campus GLBTA. He became an assistant to the campus sexual assault prevention coordinator and worked for the Women's Resource Center.
Kristopher is a co-founder and executive board member of the non-profit organization, Queer Sqouts. He participates in safe zone trainings, transgender sexual health seminars, and LGBTQ medical education workshops for healthcare professionals. Kristopher has served as a moderator for male/intersex/transmasculine sexual assault support groups and as a peer educator for the non-profit, Men Opposing Violence through Education. He currently works as the Family Shelter Case Manager for the Upper Valley Haven. His interests include issues of queer youth homelessness and creating more accessible homeless shelters and campus environments. Kristopher is in the process of completing his master's degree in cultural studies at Dartmouth College.
Education Director: Jack Jack started his career as an educator at Washington State University, where he served as an upper division English instructor. While at WSU, he served as a long-time volunteer for Women's Transit, and later worked as a first responder to incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence on campus under the direction of the Women's Resource Center. During this time, Jack also served as the public relations chair and treasurer of the WSU GLBTA, and interned with the Education Access Coalition to increase access to tertiary education for non-traditional and marginalized student populations.
Jack has been a long time mentor for youth with behavioral disorders and has served as an educator in three countries. He is a co-founder and executive board member of the non-profit youth organization, Queer Sqouts, and he has served as a guest lecturer for high schools and universities on issues of gender socialization and the needs of LGBTQI youth. He has presented at national conferences on LGBTQI health; has moderated sexual assault and domestic violence support groups for men/intersex/transmasculine individuals; and has led trainings for faculty, staff, and administrators on supporting the unique needs of LGBTQI students. He recently completed his master's degree in creative writing at Dartmouth College and now teaches creative writing and composition for New England College.
Gail Catherine Piche, RN, attended Keene State College in the 70's, earning a BS Ed in Physical Education. Following a career in ski instruction, she attended Nursing school at NHTI in Concord, NH. While working as the night nurse at Proctor Academy, it was determined that she was, at the time, the only lesbian transsexual school nurse in the known universe. Now a Certified Orthopaedic Nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she is responsible for much of the patient teaching, as well working with the Medical School helping instruct a new generation of doctors in caring for LGBT patients.
Sebastian X. Muñoz-Medina is a recent graduate from the Student Personnel in Higher Education Graduate Program at the University of Florida (UF), obtaining a Master's in Education. At UF, Sebastian worked as the Community Engagement Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership and Service and graduate advisor for Florida Alternative Breaks. Sebastian served as a Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Life Coach and a University Minority Mentor. Sebastian collaborated as co-facilitator for Trans at UF, a social, support, and discussion group for trans* identified students and community members. Sebastian volunteered as a Graduate Peer Advisor for STRIVE (sexual trauma/interpersonal violence education) through GatorWell Health Promotion Services, presenting on topics of sexual health, by-stander intervention education, and resources to student groups on campus. Sebastian holds a B.A. in Women's Studies and Gender Research with a minor concentration in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Within the Gainesville community, Sebastian is the treasurer for Spectrum, a trans*-community outreach and awareness group, and is one of the founders of Heavyweights, a queer, fat boxing club, promoting body image empowerment.
We are pleased to say that in 2012, August Branch joined our staff, and in 2015 joined our Board of Directors. In his youth, August worked with guidance counselors to start a GSA in his high school. He again started a GSA at Southern New Hampshire University called "Generation Equality" which supports a culture of equality for LGBTQ individuals and their allies on campus. He served as the president of Generation Equality for two years. August has presented with TEACH Alliance at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference as a special educator on his experiences with the foster care system of Vermont and he was featured in the documentary "Ask Us Who We Are." He has also presented to several High school health classes and a few college campuses on transgender rights and acceptance. He is interested in body-positivity, sexual health and grassroots organizing. He recently moved to North Carolina and is working on gender equality education programs within his new community there.
Carrie first volunteered with TEACH Alliance in 2014, participating in a panel at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. There, she shared her experiences as a foster parent, and as the mother of a transgender child. Carrie has been a licensed foster parent for twenty-five years and was recognized by the governor of Washington state multiple times for her work in therapeutic fostering.
Carrie has served as a elementary school Title I and LAP teacher for more than twenty years. She is also active with Special Olympics, coaching alpine skiing. Her activist interests include working with the parents of LGBTQ children, and working with religious organizations to promote greater awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and communities.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Please see bio above. In addition to Jack's duties as Education Director, he also serves on the board.
We are looking for additional volunteers and board members to become involved in this organization. Volunteers must reside within commuting distance of Hanover, NH to participate in training and fundraising activities. Board members may reside anywhere within the United States or Puerto Rico.
To be considered as an active volunteer: please email us a copy of your resume or CV, along with a description of your experience and a list of our workshops in which you would like to become involved.
To be considered as a board member: please email us a copy of your resume or CV, along with a description of your experience in nonprofit administration and management.
Please note that due to our budget, all positions are currently available on a volunteer basis only. All applications will be considered. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action organization with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people including transgender individuals, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other marginalized communities or groups.