SUN. JAN 15, at 3PM | “We See You” featuring Amanda Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense f
Ms. Amanda R. Simpson is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, responsible for developing the strategy for the utilization of energy for military operational forces worldwide. Her former posting was as the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives [previously the Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF)] and was responsible for large scale renewable energy projects to bring energy security to Army installations leveraging private sector financing. Previously she was the Special Assistant to the Army Acquisition Executive. In her first government assignment, she was the Senior Technical Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security where she advised on policy and export control issues necessary to protect the security of the United States. Ms. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Harvey Mudd College, a Master of Science in Engineering from California State University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where she served on the Systems Engineering Technical Committee.
As the Racial & Economic Justice Policy Analyst, Joanna serves as policy expert on issues related to communities of color, immigrants and lower income transgender people. In addition to her role at NCTE Joanna serves as an Advisor to the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs where she lends her expertise to advise the Mayor on policy reforms such as healthcare, housing and employment that will aid DC’s LGBTQ community. Joanna also serves on the Board of Directors at Whitman Walker Health, D.C.’s largest health care provider serving the LGBTQ Community. Joanna is a writer and volunteers Wednesday nights with La Clinica del Pueblo’s Empoderate Youth Center, DC’s only youth center that exclusively serves the trans and gay Latino immigrant community. At the Empoderate Youth Center, Joanna lends her support by serving on the Community Advisory Board.
Thomas Coughlin, LPC, NCC, is a Psychotherapist at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH). He sees clients for individual and group psychotherapy and leads a psychotherapy group for persons on the transgender spectrum. Mr. Coughlin served as Patient Advocate for Transgender Health at WWH. In that role, he provided support and guidance for persons seeking TG-related medical care, introducing prospective clients to services available at WWH as well as resources available in the community. Thomas also has a small private practice in DC working with gender expansive individuals and their families. Thomas provides cultural humility and mental health-focused workshops on working with the transgender, gender expansive and gender-nonconforming community to organizations, businesses, and universities.
Alex Leffers began his physical transition in January 2000. Out as a polyamorous, pansexual transman, Alex has been a very active educator and speaker since 2001, primarily at Gallaudet or at deaf schools, but he has spoken at other universities and events for hearing audiences, as well.
Alex currently works at Gallaudet, and his this enables him to participate in the Transgender Task Force, a group of staff, faculty, and administration brought together to change policies and practices on campus to be more inclusive of people with various gender identities.
Alex also mentors and supports a growing number of transgender people in the Deaf community, mostly through a private group in Facebook, which has over 100 members. Alex is also collaborating with several Deaf trans people to organize a national organization and is also working with a committee to form the first retreat in the U.S. for Deaf trans people.
Asteria LaFaye Summers is a binary transwoman of color who is also deaf as well. She started her journey two years after years of self-reflection and realization of her true self. She is working as SBG Director of Social Justice at Gallaudet University working tirelessly to raise awareness of different social justice issues on campus and how they impact the community at Gallaudet.