Marsha Botzer - Founder and Co-chair
Marsha has served the LGBTIQ community in various roles for over 30 years. She was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and the Seattle LGBT Center, and has served as a board member of Pride Foundation, the Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, Seattle Counseling Service, the Seattle LBGT Commission, Washington State DSHS Advisory Committee, and Equality Washington. Marsha is currently national co-chair of The Task Force, a position that she also held in 2005-6. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, and is currently involved in creating a Leadership Training Program for the LGBTIQ Community. Marsha founded Ingersoll Gender Center and continues to serve the organization.
In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington DC. In 2004 Marsha received the Horace Mann "Victories for Humanity" Award from Antioch University, and the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2007 Marsha received The Task Force Leadership Award.
Breanna Anderson - Co-chair
Breanna Anderson is a Seattle-area community organizer, educator and activist for Transgender and Queer issues. She has been involved in grass-roots community activism since coming out in 1990, at the age of 33, volunteering and in leadership of organizations such as Q-Patrol, Freedom Day Committee (Pride parade organizers), Seattle LGBT Community Center, Washington Transgender Equality Project, Out in Front LGBT Training program and Ingersoll Gender Center. Breanna is currently focusing on transgender issues, education and community building efforts.
Professionally, Breanna is a software designer and entrepreneur specializing in web publishing technology and helped start-up MSNBC.com in 1995. Breanna is an out and open queer, transgender woman and is partnered for 17 years with Ryan Blackhawke who is also a long-time queer and trans-activist and Maggie Metcalfe, her wife of 2 years who is an Ingersoll volunteer. Breanna has three fabulous adult children.
Al Ankney - Treasurer
Al has been involved with Ingersoll's leadership since 2006 in addition to his volunteer work with several other queer projects and organizations prior to involvement with Ingersoll, most notably at Lambert House as a regular volunteer. Al proudly identifies as a member of the gender variant community and has no pronoun preference.
Al holds a Master's degree in Therapeutic Psychology from Seattle University. He currently serves as a Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist in King County. His work experience includes crisis triage, involuntary commitment, quality insurance and contract compliance, individual and group therapy, case management, supervision, and chemical dependency in a wide range of settings including community mental health centers, group homes, day treatment centers, homeless shelters, hospitals, private homes, and in the community at counseling , resource and referral centers. Al has a breadth of experience working with chemically addicted and chronically and acute mentally ill adults, veterans, youth, women & families including transgender and sexual minority adolescents and adults along with their families. He has a passion for serving the needs of the whole gender variant community, with mindfulness to be inclusive and non-marginalizing of gender variant people who also struggle with with disabilities, mental illness and other challenges.
Al receives regular training and educational experiences through his work as a Designated Mental Health Professional at King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division and Crisis and Commitment Services. He enjoys attending conferences and workshops on subjects related to work in the gender variant community as well as on topics such as focusing, person-centered therapeutic intervention, cultural sensitivity, veteran care, anxiety, violence, hospice care, and the psychological relationships of individuals and communities along with ever-emerging new areas of interest.
Alison Davison - Support Services
Ryan Blackhawke - Communications
Ryan Blackhawke has been a community activist with a focus on LGBT equality for over 25 years. He cut his activist teeth with ACT UP in the early 90's while organizing the Louisiana contingent for the 1993 March on Washington. Shortly after the 1993 March on Washington, Ryan returned to Louisiana and formed the first GSA on his college campus in Louisiana. After moving to Seattle in the mid-90's, he volunteered for Freedom Day Committee, former producer of the LGBT Pride March & Rally and managed online communications as a volunteer for the Seattle LGBT Center. In addition to his work for LGBT equality, Ryan served as state co-coordinator for Sensible Washington during the 2011 campaign for marijuana legalization.
Ryan's work with Ingersoll Gender Center is extensive. He is a seasoned facilitator of Ingersoll's weekly peer support groups and is an experienced public speaker about issues related to gender identity & expression. Ryan currently serves as the Director of Communications on Ingersoll's board.
Ryan has been happily married to his wife of 17 years, Breanna Anderson, who serves as Co-chair for Ingersoll Gender Center and his wife of 1 year, Maggie Metcalfe.