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
Alison comes to Ingersoll with a long history of Social Service and Social Justice work. She began her professional career in Seattle in 1970 at the Open door Clinic as the Social Services Director. She went on to work in community mental health at a number of settings and in the Seattle area. She began her transition in the early 90’s and appreciated Ingersoll’s support during those early days. Alison’s employer moved her to Tucson AZ in 2001 where she quickly found the LGBTQ Center “Wingspan” and the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. “SAGA” She quickly began to volunteer with both orgs . . . . including serving on the boards of both of them until they merged – simplifying her life. She later was hired as the first full time SAGA employee – as SAGA Coordinator
Alison has been an activist and educator on trans issues and care for the past 12 years. She has worked in HIV care for 6 of the past 12 years (currently at Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle).. She was a founding member of the Southern Arizona Behavioral Health Coalition - where they changed state policy and developed curriculums for behavioral health practice in AZ. Alison was a part of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center trans training group in 2003 and has served as an educator with PAETC since then. She presented trans care models at Border Health Conferences in 2007, 2008, 2009.
Alison joined Ingersoll’s board in 2011.
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 18 years, Breanna Anderson, who serves as Co-chair for Ingersoll Gender Center and his wife of 3 years, Maggie Metcalfe.
Jesse Gilliam works at Seattle City Council President Sally J. Clark's office as a legislative aide. He was most recently at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound where he served as the Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy. He has also worked in Seattle at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and in Washington, DC at an international health organization called Advocates for Youth. When in college, Jesse founded a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth advocacy event called the Day of Silence Project.
Jesse has a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in public policy and women's studies from the George Washington University in DC. In addition to serving on the Board of Ingersoll, he is also on the Seattle Board of Trustees for the Point Foundation.
He lives in West Seattle with his wife, Jamie, and two furry 30 pound dogs.
Scott Skinner-Thompson is a litigation associate at Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle and joined the Board of Directors of the Ingersoll Gender Center in 2013. Scott has extensive experience advancing the rights of LGBT individuals and those living with HIV through both litigation and advocacy work. Some of Scott’s representative matters include representing a transgender woman in an employment discrimination suit against the federal government and another transgender woman who was denied insurance coverage for a mammogram in violation of ERISA. He also successfully represented an HIV-positive boy in an ADA discrimination suit. Recently, Scott drafted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in Hollingworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor on behalf of the American Sociological Association, challenging the constitutionality of DOMA and Proposition 8 and explaining that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as those raised by opposite-sex parents. In addition, Scott has authored multiple articles on constitutional law, LGBT rights, and HIV rights.
Scott served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores Sloviter of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Robert Chatigny of the District of Connecticut. Previously, he was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. Scott received a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and an LL.M. in International & Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law in 2008. In 2005, he received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Whitman College.