Founder and CEO
SaVanna KB Wanzer has been a community activist for over 20 years. During that time
with the support of ReGina Newkirk and Dave Mallory she founded TransPride in 2007. In 2018 she made her second vision come to life with an event called May Is: All About Trans”, a month long celebration Being, Living and Loving Transgender people. To
bring leadership for the first year, SaVanna hand-picked 8 diverse Super-Star community
members that make up the Board of Directors of May Is: During her years of service to the community, SaVanna has reached several milestones including:
First trans woman to serve on Whitman-Walker Health Board
First trans woman to serve on Capital Pride Board DC Flux Chair
Trans 101 facilitator
Co-facilitator Trans Dimensional support group 2016-17
Co-Sponsor various youth-focused mentor and employment programs
Received several community honors and awards
SaVanna acknowledges that although she has worked hard for the community, she is
no-where near finishing her work in her community
Ian is an Information Technology Professional and Army Veteran who’s military career spanned 23-plus years, three wartime deployments, two overseas peace time tours and multiple leadership roles. He has earned a Master of Arts in Information Technology Management and is a trained full-stack web developer.
His lived experience in the intersections of various cultures informs his passion for advocacy and program development, namely within the transgender community. He works to highlight the concerns of the most marginalized among us and to amplify the voices of those that have been silenced.
He currently serves as a board member of Keshet - For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life; board member, Tagg Magazine Scholarship Fund; Officer at Large of the Western Hemisphere, World Congress of GLBT Jews; board member, May Is: All About Trans; and community partner, Wanda Alston Foundation.
Ian is a former Capital Pride Alliance board member and the Programming Committee co-chair to the Bet Mishpachah Board of Directors. He was the 2019 Harvey Milk Chesed Award Recipient and has served as the Co-Producer of the WC GLBT Jews & Keshet Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial and Panel Discussion (2020), Executive Producer of Capital Trans Pride (2018-2019), a panelist for the FLUX Transgender Veterans Panel Discussion (2018) and the keynote speaker for the Bet Mishpachah Transgender Day of Remembrance service (2017).
Ian is also a self-proclaimed foodie, fitness enthusiast, lover of live music and a proud fur-parent.
Whether performing music, mentoring people, or working to end HIV, it was clear from
an early age that Diedre was destined for a non-traditional life walk. As a gospel artist,
music teacher as well as a health-care professional, Diedre knows that for some, feeling
connected and having their hear touched can be the difference between life and death.
So she works hard to bring her life perspective and sensitivity to every situation.
Although she is proud to have graduated from Bowie State University with her BS in
music, then impacting and changing young lives while teaching music at DuVal HS, now
serving as District of Columbia Health Department Transgender Health Coordinator,
Diedre is most proud to live her authentic truth without apology, explanation or
validation. Diedre believes she truly is where God has her to be. Minister Diedre knows that
through God 1st and then community, all things are possible.
Maverick Hill has lived in the Washington D.C. area for 3 years. He is a financial program specialist with the Department of the Treasury. Maverick holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A & M University-Central Texas and is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Maverick is an Army veteran. His 8-year service includes 2 deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He is a member of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) and the Maryland Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (MALGBTIC) affinity group. He is a member of the Mental Health Advisory Council (MAHC) with the Department of Veterans Affairs--Washington D.C. He is a trained peer-support specialist and co-leads a mixed group for transgender, gender-nonconforming and non-binary individuals twice a month. He volunteers as much time as possible to LGBTQ organizations throughout D.C.
As a man of the transgender experience, Maverick hopes to use his education, both professional and personal, to mentor transmasculine youth. More importantly, Maverick is an advocate and is highly motivated to help the individuals at the national and state levels, understand issues from a human perspective, especially when it affects the transgender population.
Christopher Holleman served as Chief Financial Officer of Whitman-Walker Health, a DC landmark LGBTQ FQHC from 2009 to 2017 and continues to serve the organization in a leadership role. Prior to joining WWH, Christopher served as Controller of Population Services International in DC and ACRIA, an AIDS Research nonprofit located in New York City. Prior to entering the nonprofit community, Christopher worked as a manager for Time Warner and NCCUA as bank auditor. With 33 years of experience, he served on the Board of the Hearth Foundation from 2011 to 2017 as both President and Treasurer. After 23 years in the DC metro area, he returned to his home state. Christopher currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Heather, daughter Samantha, and family cats Lily and Mia.
My name is Danny Mendoza (They/Them/Elles) and I have worked to support my Trans siblings by assisting with Healthcare Navigation in my role at Whitman-Walker, as the Lead Trans Support Group Facilitator at the DC Center for the LGBTQ+ Community, and in a myriad of personal and professional roles. I do this work because I am dedicated to the wellbeing of Trans Lives and believe in our incredible power for change. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I speak conversational Japanese and am learning ASL. Light is a clean and stylish font favored by designers. It's easy on the eyes and a great go to font for titles, paragraphs & more.
Amy Nelson is the Director of Legal Services at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) in Washington, DC, a holistic community health center and the oldest medical-legal partnership (since 1986!) offering transgender, primary, and HIV healthcare; mental health and addiction services; dental care; medical case management; and legal services. WWH specializes in serving DC’s LGBTQI and HIV communities and opens its doors to all clients regardless of status or income. In 2017, WWH served more than 16,000 persons, including more than 3,000 legal clients -- one-fifth of whom identify as transgender.
Amy is a frequent speaker on trans health and legal issues and managed the creation of DC’s first name and gender change legal clinic in 2012. In 2014, Amy was recognized as a “Shero of the Movement” by the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and honored with Capital TransPride’s Engendered Spirit award.
David Joseph Moody
Gay Men's Advisor
David Joseph Moody was born in San Antonio, Texas to a military family. His father, Colonel Moody’s exemplary service inspired David’s own enlistment with the US Navy. Following his five years of service aboard the USS SE Morison (FFG-13), he found his way back to DC, eventually managing Smith and Wollensky before it’s closure. He then pursued his degree in Computer Science at the University of Washington DC. For the past five years, he has been involved in Washington DC’s LGBTQ community, starting from a referral for services at HIPS from Casa Ruby. At HIPS, he became a staff member, working in HIV prevention and linkage as a Community Health Worker attached to Whitman-Walker Health. In that capacity, he developed strong ties to the transgender community, and currently works as the Manager of Community Engagement at Metro Health, (formerly the Carl Vogel Center) where he has developed a team focusing on prevention for high-risk individuals, including transgender individuals and men who have sex with men. He leads the outreach team at the clinic, working with a passionate fervor to address barriers to care and provide prevention services to the community at large, with a focus on transgender and MSM populations of color. A strong advocate for the community, he is also a consumer liaison for the DC collaborative, providing training to consumers on quality HIV care. He's also avidly chasing the Red Angel around the galaxy with Michael Burnham and the rest of the crew.