Read A Bit About Who Is Presenting...
Every year, Fantasia Fair attracts some of the finest and most knowledgeable people in and out of the
Transgender community. Biographies from Years Past
You can read the biographies of presenters from recent years in the Participants' Guide
for that year. These guides are in printer-friendly PDF format.
Below are brief descriptions of each who is expected to attend the 2016 Fair. We encourage you to get
to know these people and to attend as many of their presentations as you can.
Presenter biographies are found also in the Participants' Guide, which is published in advance of the Fair each September.
Many of the presenters will offer their professional services during the Fair. To find out more, please check the
Professionals At The Fair page.
Please check back soon for the latest additions to our programs.
Robert C. Anderson launched PtownTours, ptowntours.com, an art and
architecture walking-tour company of Provincetown, in 2009 but has been giving tours both domestically and internationally
since the 1990's. Rob is a trained artist and designer, an
historian of architecture, interior design, and art, and has traveled extensively for pleasure and research. In 2007, he was awarded a
Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, researching art and architecture. Rob continually volunteers as a docent for Boston By
Foot, has led guided tours through the Walter Gropius House, and has taught at various colleges and universities in New England. He is
presently teaching architectural history and interior design as a full-time faculty member at Endicott College, and is also working on
his PhD work with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).
Jennifer Finney Boylan has been described as "a role model for her brisk prose and high spirits as well as for her public advocacy and attention to her wife and sons." She is an activist for LGBT people in general and trans men and women in particular. A widely praised author and professor, Professor Boylan is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights.
Ms. Boylan was chosen as the first openly transgender co-chair of the National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and Jenny serves as Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine. In addition, she has served on the Policy Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.
Professor Boylan is an author of thirteen books and is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her 2003 autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller. She’s Not There is popular both as a textbook in high schools and colleges as well as with readers' groups and the work won an award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. She has been a contributor to the op/ed page of the New York Times since 2007 and in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Her 2013 work, Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders, is a memoir about the differences between fatherhood and motherhood. Stuck in the Middle holds that "having a father who became a mother has helped my sons, in turn, become better men."
Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR's Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News' 48 Hours and The History Channel. She is a consultant and cast member for I AM CAIT, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series TRANSPARENT.
Jan is a proud transgender member of her local community who has co-founded her local transgender support group, Mid-Hudson Transgender Association (MHVTA), in the Hudson River Valley of NYS. She's happily married. She has participated in and presented at many transgender events throughout the past including IFGE, SCC, Be-All, First Event, Liberty, Empire and Fantasia Fair. She was part of the Fantasia Fair committee for several years. She treasures her participation in the community.
Carolyn Caywood became a librarian in 1972 and retired in 2011. She specialized in providing public library services to kids, older adults,
people with disabilities and other minority groups. For 8 years she wrote a monthly column in a national journal on library service to teenagers.
Currently she is involved in professional activities focused on intellectual freedom and privacy, and on civic engagement. She also serves as a volunteer
librarian for the local LGBT center. In 2004, she was honored by the New York Times as a Librarian of the Year and in 2006, she was added to the
Freedom to Read Foundation's Roll of Honor. Since 1976, she has been married to the person who is now Kathleen Caywood.
Hi! I am Flare, or Ryan if you must. I am a fairy who finally found my fairy name two years ago! I started knitting about 15 years ago in Los Angeles. I moved full time to Provincetown three years ago with my husband and two Dogs. I am so happy to be in a great town with great energy and amazing people.
Mary Beth Cooper has been long time Fair attendee, and more recently a member of the planning committee, serving as Advertising Director and Program Director during her tenure. She is also an experienced public speaker and performer, serving for the past several years as Follies Emcee. A one-time consort of Galactic president Zaphod Beeblebrox, Mary Beth is one hoopy frood who mixes the meanest Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster this side of Betelgeuse Seven, and always know where her towel is.
Barbara has been active at Fantasia Fair since 1996. While she she is probably best known as the Producer and Emcee of the FanFair Follies, she has recently taken the helm of Fantasia Fair as its Executive Director. In her time away from the Fair she is a member of the Connecticut Outreach Society and regularly speaks publicly on transgender issues. She is active in her church at both the local and state levels. She has been married Susan for more than 30 years.
Jamie Dailey has been helping out in the trans community since the late 1990s. She writes and speaks publicly on transgender issues. Jamie is a presenter with The Stonewall Speakers, a Connecticut-based LGBT speaker’s bureau, the Director for Media and Communications for Fantasia Fair, and holds the position of Chair for Real Life Experiences, Inc., Fantasia Fair's parent organization. Jamie has trained in several martial arts including Taekwon-do, Modern Arnis, and Krav Maga. She holds a black belt in Taekwon-do and operates a school in this martial art.
Sophia D'Aoust is the proud Parent of 3 great children and 2 grandchildren. Successful business person, musical producer, composer, performer, arranger, nusiness and life coach, activist. Former President of Gender Mosaic, Canada’s largest and oldest Trasngender social and support group.
Energetic and Quebec French Latin blood to it’s finest and also humble ;-)
Loves to have fun and never to be to serious
Tobias K. Davis (Toby) is an allosexual queer trans man. He is also an activist, playwright, and young adult novelist. He strives to create works which are entertaining, educational, and accessible. He is an experienced facilitator and has a M.Ed. in social justice education. He runs a writing workshop for trans and nonbinary folks.
Dallas Denny is a writer and activist who resides in northern New Jersey. She founded and was for many years the executive director of American Educational Gender Information Service (Now Gender Education & Advocacy) and editor of the journal Chrysalis. She was editor of Transgender Tapestry from 1998-2006. Dallas was Director of Fantasia Fair from 2001-2007 and has attended Fantasia Fair since 1991. She is the author of three books and many book chapters and magazine and journal articles. She is the recipient of the IFGE Trinity and Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Awards and Real Life Experience’s Transgender Pioneer Award and has been named to the Trans 100 list. Dallas worked for many years as an applied behavior analyst. Her website is dallasdenny.com.
Dr. Mark DiStefano is the founder of the DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, the largest independent hair restoration
practice in New England. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, a veteran of both the ER and surgery,
and is was well-known in Massachusetts medical circles for his surgical skills. In fact, he has provided physician training and
mentoring in hair transplantation at Harvard Medical International and is a Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery at the
University Of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. In addition, Dr. DiStefano volunteers his surgical expertise
for OPERATION RESTORE, helping critical need patients to restore their self-image, self-esteem and their hair restoration. Dr.
DiStefano is renowned for his artistry in the reconstruction of hairlines, with over 5,000 hair transplants to his credit.
Aubri Drake is genderqueer, nonbinary trans, queer, and on the ace spectrum. They are a researcher and social worker. They have both an MSW and an MLS. They enjoy learning to navigate systems and passing that information along to others. Aubri runs an outdoor club for trans folks in western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
As last years’ Miss Congeniality, this is her fourth Fantasia Fair and is very honored and privileged to be asked once again, to co-host this years’ Fashion Show! A native Washingtonian, she currently holds two college degrees in music as well as two college degrees in computer science. At present, she resides near Rehoboth Beach, DE, but frequently travels to and from the Washington, DC area. Her favorite type of dress is Victorian Gothic, particularly the Ball Gowns of the era, but is also partial to the Civil War era dresses. Last year was a big year for Temperance In 2015, she had two articles published in the TransGen Times – “Snap,” and “Yes, Ma’am.” And, she was also a featured model in TransLiving Magazine issues #47 and #51. Temperance is delighted to know all of the wonderful women she has met at Fantasia Fair over the years and is honored to call many of them her friends.
After 19-years on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM, Scott Eck came out in May of 2016 and revealed herself to the world as Kristen. There's been no looking back since ! Flying high over Boston rush hour traffic, Kristen shares photos, insight, and humor from a vantage point available to few others.
Photo credit: Ray Bartlett, http://kaisora.com/
Dawn Ennis successfully transitioned from broadcast journalism to online media following another transition that made headlines; in 2013, she became the first trans staffer in any major TV network newsroom. She was the first out transgender editor at The Advocate, and the first trans journalist to interview Caitlyn Jenner one on one. Now the native New Yorker is a contributor to several publications. In her 30-year media career, she has earned more than a dozen awards, including two Emmys. With the blessing of her three children, Dawn retains the most important job title she's ever held: Dad.
The entirely fabulous Lorelei Erisis is many things to many people. She has been an activist, adventurer, writer, performer, actor, improviser, storyteller, politician, sex worker, soda jerk, cage dancer, stage manager, a waitress, a punk, a goth, a club kid, a dandy and a bona-fide pageant queen.
Lorelei was born in Northampton, raised on Cape Cod and returned to Massachusetts by way of Chicago, Los Angeles and points along the way.
She is proudly trans, bi, poly, kinky and queer.
Currently Lorelei serves as President of the board of directors for Transcending Boundaries Inc. and was co-chair of the 2015 Transcending Boundaries Conference. An annual weekend long conference focusing on Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities, the intersectionalities between them, and building communities among them.
She was also, much to her own surprise, the very first and still most famous Miss Trans New England (2009). For which accomplishment she has acquired a tiara, two crowns and three sashes that she keeps in a Kermit The Frog lunch box in case she starts to take herself too seriously.
For the past six years Lorelei has written a popular monthly advice and opinion column called, “Ask A Trans Woman” for The Rainbow Times newspaper.
Prior to her life as an activist pageant queen, she studied improvisational acting and sketch comedy at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, performing in a great number of sketch and improv shows at their theatre in L.A.. While in Los Angeles, she directed and performed with perhaps the first, certainly one of the only, all trans improv groups, “The Fully Functional Players”!
For the past several years she has often worked with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and other organizations to help improve the lives of trans and gender variant people through advocacy, outreach and legislative protections. Helping to pass historic civil rights legislation and raising awareness of trans issues both in Massachusetts and far beyond.
Additionally, Lorelei was a founding board member of the first fully 501c3 certified iteration of Noho Pride; she was the first trans woman to serve at that level in the history of the Northampton Pride organization.
On top of all this, for the past three years she has been the co-host and tech director of the show, “Tammy’s Twist” at The Broadway Comedy Club in NYC. The only trans produced, hosted, directed and focused comedy show in a mainstream comedy club in the country. Maybe the first of it’s kind ever.
Lorelei also speaks and performs regularly about gender, sexuality and improv for various organizations, conferences and universities.
Miqqi Alicia Gilbert, Ph.D. aka Michael A. Gilbert is Full Professor of Philosophy at York University, Toronto, Canada. Miqqi Alicia has also published scholarly articles in Gender Theory including an essay in Hypatia in 2009, “Defeating Bigenderism.” She is a life-long cross-dresser and an activist in the transgender community. Miqqi Alicia has made a point of being out and public sand has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, as well as interviews on radio and television. She has been the book review editor and regular columnist for Transgender Tapestry, a recipient in 2007 of an IFGE Trinity Award, and Director of Fantasia Fair for 8 years. She has presented workshops at numerous trans events including Fantasia Fair, Southern Comfort, Esprit, IFGE and First Event. Her website is located at: http://gilbert.info.yorku.ca/. Hir newest book, Arguing with People, was published by Broadview Press in Spring of 2014.
Sherri Gray is a licensed therapist (N PE1709), with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She has, for decades, utilized experiential techniques in working with addicted and/or traumatized clients. Sherri has facilitated thousands of individual, family, and group sessions with diverse populations including LGBTQ community members. She has led many workshops for community organizations, general public information, and instructing other therapists. She also has facilitated numerous workshops (all day or weekend) for client healing, using experiential techniques.
No longer working full-time for an agency, Sherri now has a small private practice and is able to spend more time writing LGBTQ-related songs about inclusion and equality. She is a member of PFLAG, a big fan of Nashville Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a volunteer at Pride celebrations, and a member of TVALS, the Tennessee Transgender Support Group. She performed her youtube-viral marriage equality song in Sydney Australia 2/9/14, at the opening of the Sydney G&L Mardi Gras, and Joe Morgan, chief reporter for Gay Star News, has featured 3 of her songs on that site.
Sandi Hammond founded the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus in November of 2014. She has a BA in Music from Earlham College, where she was a merit-based fine arts scholar in music and also the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in Choral Conducting. In her early twenties she sang as a member with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the John Oliver Chorale. A grant recipient from the MIT Council for the Arts, Sandi has performed as a vocalist on WGBH radio, both as a classical singer and a jazz artist with the vocal trio ESP, with whom she has also sung at notable clubs such as the Regattabar and the Soho series Out By Ten in New York City. In 2000 she released a track as a singer-songwriter as one of 27 women artists on the all-women's compilation CD, RESPOND, which was picked by Columbia Records and which raised over $400,000 for an area domestic violence shelter by the same name. Sandi has over 20 years' experience teaching voice beginning piano, songwriting, and ear training. Sandi is currently working on two musicals, and also recently founded the Butterfly Women's Human Rights Choir, which premiered an original work of hers, "Malala's Song to the Taliban" in April of 2015. In October 2015, Sandi and the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus received the Lavender Rhino Award at the LGBT History Project's HistoryMaker Awards.
Brian Hanechak is a non-binary software engineer who enjoys board games, pinball, and square dancing. Brian uses the pronoun "he", even though he wears dresses, because a fabulously dressed eight-year-old taught him he could.
Dr. Tim Herley is an Organizational Psychologist and a Life Coach who helps individuals develop A Better Life for Their self, with Their Partner and Their Family. He is the creator of A Better Life Counseling. He is Gender Fluid believing he offers the best of both, fluctuating between male and female fluidly. Tim has extensive experience in business having worked 30 years in small and Fortune 100 companies. He has expertise in the following areas: Business, Adoption/Infertility Counseling, Individual Counseling, Couple Counseling, GBLT Counseling with a focus on the Transgender Issues and Gender issues in the workplace or at home. www.aabetterlifecounseling.com
Karen Jandro will be participating in her 5th Fantasia Fair in 2016, and Co-Hostessing the First Time Attendees Meet and Greet with her 2014 "little sister" Madeline "Maddie" Marquadt. She has told many that she was blessed when Fantasia Fair was kind enough to award her a scholarship in 2012. She has been a volunteer every year since in some capacity, whether collecting meal tickets, helping get chairs for an off site training class or any number of tasks that needed to be done. Karen was named the 2015 Fantasia Fair's "Ms Most Helpful" recipient.
Karen is self employed as an entrepreneur in Western Mass. She enjoys amateur photography and is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. She also is a member of the Connecticut Outreach Society and helps mentor at the annual "True Colors" Teen LGBTQI event at UCONN every March. Karen is also very active with helping to get the Massachusetts "Bathroom Bill" passed, using her vast network of family and friends to reach out to more people to educate them.
A long time mentor, Karen is starting her 19th year in May, 2016, with an International Drug Demand Reduction Program. She holds a MBA Degree from Western New England College in Springfield, MA and has 2 Honorable Discharges from the United States Marine Corps.
Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Mara is regularly quoted in national and local print and broadcast media.
Since NCTE’s founding in 2003, the organization has led or participated in coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality.
Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. She has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research.
An active member of the gender, romantic, & sexual minority community since inviting the world into their journey in 2011, Andrew Amanda is a spiritual queer multipotentialite who delights in demolishing expectations and building bridges. They have presented on trans identities, queer relationships, and spirituality at numerous events including Fantasia Fair, True Colors, MBLGTACC, Transcending Boundaries, and Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. After completing three years with the Episcopal Service Corps they are embarking on a path of spiritual and professional formation while studying theology and social work at Boston University.
Police Sgt. Carrie Lopes has been a police office for more than thirty years and a Sergeant for over thirteen. She is a Civil Rights Officer, Domestic Violence Officer, Elder Affairs-Triad Officer, and Sex Offender Management Officer for the Department. Sgt. Lopes also oversees the town's "No Place for Hate" program and is a supporter of the Cape Cod Foundation, a public philanthropic foundation whose mission is to improve community life. The American Red Cross recognized Sgt. Lopes' service to the community with their 2010 Hero Award.
Carole MacKenzie is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut. She has focused upon service to the LGBTQ community for
many years, working with trans* and queer clients, gender creative children, and their families and allies. In addition, she is an AASECT (American Association
of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapist and supervisor. She teaches Human Sexual Behavior at the University of Hartford,
is a board member of Hartford PFLAG, and a member of WPATH.
Kira Manser, Med, LSW is a triple threat: clinian, educator, and program manager with expertise in gender and sexual diversity, sexual pleasure, disability advocacy, and social justice. She is a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Education in Human Sexuality. Due to her obsession with learning she is also working to complete a doctorate in Human Sexuality from Widener University- examining the experience of gender identity development for neurodiverse individuals. She has worked as a sex educator in a large range of settings, from middle schools to medical schools for over a decade. She recently moved from Philadelphia where she worked as the LGBT Health Conference and co-founded the sex education collaborative ScrewSmart. She is excited return to Rhode Island, and humbled work with the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (thecsph.org) and the RI Trans* Health initiative to create systemic change and sex positivity in the community.
Luna Maria currently resides in Toronto, Canada where she has been a hairdresser for over 20 years, and specializes in cutting edge styles. She began her career as a makeup artist which nurtured a fascination for transformations and makeovers. She is able to tell what kind of hairstyle would suit all clients, according to natural features such as face shape, skin tone, eye color and personality.
She is excited to be partaking in Fantasia once again and is looking forward to sharing her experience, giving you tips on how to select and style the right wig or your own hair. She derives the most satisfaction from seeing you marvel at the results you will achieve on your very own.
Madeline has attended two previous Fantasia Fairs and has fresh memories of her first time at the Fair. So many people were very helpful and she wishes to extend what she has learned to
help newcomers quickly settle in and get the most from the Fair. Madeline has recently started transitioning and is supported by an incredible wife of 42 years and loving family. Madeline is the owner of a management consulting firm where her focus is on leadership development, employee engagement, innovation and diversity and inclusion. Madeline has BS in Secondary Education and an extensive background in the behavioral sciences and Organizational Development.
Comedienne Jaye McBride will be sharing her unique brand of comedy at this year’s Fair. Jaye has performed stand-up all over the country and has opened for comics such as Gilbert Gottfried, Aziz Ansari, Bobcat Goldthwait and many others. She was the winner at “Times Square Comedy Showdown” and the “Comic Syndrome Comedy Festival”.
In addition to stand-up, Jaye hosts “Planet Funny Radio” on iHeart radio and writes “The Comedy Blog” for the Albany’s Times Union. As a public speaker and advocate for the transgender community, Jaye has even presented at Tedx Talks with her segment entitled ‘Trans 102: Life After Transition’.
Jaye's Fantasia Fair debut will take place on Tuesday, October 18th. In the meantime, you can find out more about Jaye by becoming her friend on Facebook or checking out one of her YouTube videos.
Hera Navassardian has been in the fashion and beauty industry for more than thirty years. Her career began in New York City as a model for Bob Mackie
and other designers like him. She has since worked in many similar industries, including consulting and demonstrating the finer techniques of skincare,
make‐up and fashion at high‐end establishments including Bergdorf Goodman, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and CHANEL. Hera's love and passion for beauty
and fashion has led her to open her own boutique and transformation studio; Klymaxx Unlimited in downtown Provincetown. Klymaxx offers a wide variety of
services including make‐up consultations, hair and wig design, and skincare for men and women. She also carries a large selection of handbags,
high‐end costume jewelry, wigs, accessories and her new line of clothing. Hera puts her heart, soul and experience into all of her clients to help
them achieve whatever they may be looking for.
Felice Newman is a somatic sex coach and sex educator who has helped many couples create satisfying sex lives. Clients love the openness and permission that greets them when working with her. She recently presented her work to therapists at the 2016 Winter Institute of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She is the author of the best-selling Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us. Felice Felice is also an artist whose paintings can be seen at the Hutson Gallery. She lives is Provincetown, MA and Palm Springs, CA, with her wife of fifteen years.
Dr. Maureen Osborne is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years experience as a therapist, specializing in gender identity issues for more than 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1984, and is a longtime member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). In addition to her private psychological practice working with transgender people and their families, she also volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights, conducting psychological evaluations for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. from countries where LGBT people are often victims of harassment and physical violence. Before retiring from her Pennsylvania practice in February of 2015, she was honored with Fellowship status in the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists for her work in community education about transgender issues.
Dr. Osborne’s theoretical orientation and training in Contextual Therapy led to an interest in relational ethics and justice dynamics as they apply to the transgender journey. She has given talks and workshops at many different national and international gender conferences, and this is her 8th year running at Fantasia Fair. She appeared in the award-winning film, "Trans", as well as the documentary "Just Gender". In her psychotherapy practice. Dr. Osborne worked with transgender adults, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them to maintain and rework important relational ties in the midst of changes in gender awareness and expression. She also facilitated a long-running monthly therapy group, “Transquility,” which has lasted beyond her retirement as a source of support and sisterhood for its members. After a year’s “sabbatical” to facilitate adjustment to her new semi-retired life on Cape Cod, she will resume professional work on a more limited basis.
Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and numerous chapbooks of poetry, she is Editor/Publisher of EOAGH and Co-editor of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat), which was a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her recent writing appears in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, The Best American Experimental Writing 2016, The Brooklyn Rail, The Ashbery Home School Gallery, and the "Genre Queer" issue of Cream City Review. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and teaches the first-ever course in Transgender Poetry at Hunter College.
K.J. Rawson is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. His research and teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, digital media, and LGBT studies.
Previously, he was a Lecturer in the Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. in 2010 from Syracuse University in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, and a Master's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in English Literature, with a focus on queer theory and critical race studies.
His outside live revolves around his wonderful partner Steph and their young daughter Maya. His interests include vegan cooking (and eating); reading tales of exploration, bear encounters, and survival; taking backpacking trips and other excursions; hiking with his dogs Moze and Mango; playing with his cats Sappho and Frodo; gaming; reading; and watching movies.
Dr. Sirena Rivera is a near-grizzled veteran of Fantasia Fair, returning for her third time. She is male‐to‐female transgender/dual-gender, and has spent her life oscillating between gender poles. Dr. Rivera is a board-certified physician, working for a community health clinic in the Baltimore/Washington Metro area, primarily with underserved populations, including patients who are LGBTQ. Sirena earned degrees from the University of California and Dartmouth College. While she does her best to remain off the clock while in Provincetown, Sirena is more than honored to share her personal insights on gender to those who are interested in them. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of ‘80s alternative music and strives to use her powers of trivia for good. Sirena also enjoys futzing with computers, tabletop gaming, and is deeply involved in organized science-fiction fandom with her lovely and supportive spouse, Else Adler. Sirena and Else celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year.
Diego Miguel Sanchez is Director of Policy for PFLAG National. Diego was most recently Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank until the Representative’s retirement in 2013. Diego made history with that appointment, being the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staff member on Capitol Hill. He also testified before Congress in the historic Transgender Discrimination Hearing in 2008 and that year was named as the first openly trans person ever appointed to the DNC Platform Committee.
Prior to his four years in DC, Diego spent five years as Director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and AIDS Action Council, DC. Before to moving into the nonprofit sector, Diego worked for 20 award-winning years in global public relations, marketing, and diversity management at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Holiday Inn Worldwide, ITT Sheraton, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and began his career in 1980 at Burson-Marsteller/NY, then the world’s largest public relations firm.
Diego was among The 100 Most Powerful Latino/s in Corporate America named by Hispanic Business Magazine, named an LGBT Latino Hero by the Mayor of Washington, DC, in the 100 most powerful Latino/s (Poderometro) in Massachusetts by El Planeta newspaper and in 2013, named to the Out 100 and in the Inaugural Trans 100, sponsored by GLAAD.
Accredited in Public Relations, Diego earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a major in Public Relations from the University of Georgia, where today he serves on the Journalism College’s Alumni Advisory Board and is a member of G-Club, the University’s Letterman Club as the only male who earned his letter on the women’s tennis team. Diego is a Senior Fellow of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program in the College of Management.
Ali Sands is a Cape Cod based author, speaker, ally and trans partner. In her new memoir, I Know You Are, But What Am I? , Ali journaled her personal experience as her partner transitioned from female to male. Representing the voice of the partner, Ali is a facilitator and public speaker who creates safe spaces to open the conversations regarding gender in a relationship, and how we excavate our own identities when partners transition.
Having attended just about every Fair since the late 1980s, Emily Sheldon is well-known within the Fantasia Fair family. Not only has Emily been an active participant, she has given back to Fair in many ways in both official and unofficial capacities. Emily has helped backstage at the Follies, organize the volunteers during the Fair, took tickets at Fair events, been the Fair's number 1 cheerleader, and so much more. Emily contributions have been recognized a number of times, including awards for Ms. Most-Helpful (1989), Ms. Congeniality (1998), and Ms. Fantasia Fair (2004).
Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston Medical Center and is a
Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Head and
Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Boston University
School of Medicine. His practice specializes in Facial
Feminization Surgery. He sees facial cosmetic surgery patients
in his state‐of‐the‐art private office in Boston’s beautiful
Chestnut Hill. For more information about Dr. Spiegel and his
practice, visit his website, http://www.drspiegel.com
Cody Suzuki is a local Spoken Word artist - poetry, lyric, play & story writer with a passion for Trans* Spoken Word. All his works are original, most in verse, educational and often humorous- delivering plus infusing gender accepting messages & concepts. Supporting trans* and non-conforming community & visibility everywhere, his wish is to educate, enlighten & entertain with the same breath! Current projects include workshops, spoken engagements, impromptu reads or anywhere there's an open mic! See his latest creation, the one act play "Mirror Mirror" Friday night at the Follies.
Nick Teich is the founder and CEO of Harbor Camps, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Camp Aranu'tiq is its flagship program, and is the world's first overnight summer camp for transgender youth. The camp has 2 weeklong and multi-week sessions for youth ages 8-15 in New Hampshire and California as well as a weeklong leadership camp and two family camp weekends. In 2012 Nick authored a book entitled: Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue (Columbia Univ Press). Nick got his master's in social work at Boston College and is a PhD candidate in social policy at Brandeis University. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
BA-Theatre Arts, MS- Communication Sciences and Disorders- Communication / Vocal Coach and Speech Language Pathologist. Combining scientific and theatrical work is a passion for Lezli. She currently holds a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology, and works full time in that field. Prior to this manifestation of life Lezli was a professional Actress, with a focus on voice work. Her teaching explores one's own voice and the ability to express it fully, naturally and safely. Lezli's training includes mime, gender in movement, speech articulation, accents, voice work for stage and television, as well as many genres of singing. Her training comes from RADA in London, University of Iowa, IHP Boston-Mass General, Kristin Linklater, Andrea James, Kitie Verdinlini and Sandy Hirsch. She feels at home in the world of gender shift, and looks forward to returning to Fan Fair!
Liz Winter, a.k.a Elizabeth "Ice Box" Winters, started her show business career at the age of eleven at
School of Stillness in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 1950, at sixteen, she became the youngest person to qualify
to teach modern dance throughout the island nation.
In 1962, Liz became a resident female impersonator in Gaborone, the capital and largest city of Botswana, performing live
twice a week to a regular crowd. She soon started touring the country under the name of "Miss De Bus", introducing a mixture
of mime, live vocals, stand up comedy, amazing gowns and a uniquely choreographed number that included three chickens
and plunger. By the end of the decade, Ms. Winters found herself in Bangkok, suffering from a combination of alcoholism,
bulimia, and perpetual foot fungus. For years, she languished in forgotten obscurity until talent scouted by Robert Kent
in 1996 when she was recruited to play the parts of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt in a three-man drag version of Star Wars.
Although critically acclaimed, the play shut down after two nights in Cabot Cove, Maine, due to copyright violations.
Since then, Ms. Winter performing as "The Ice Box", has relived her floorshow and has been touring in Eastern Turkey,
billed "the ultimate in entertainment adventure for a girl and a girdle." When not performing live, Ms. Winters appears on
many TV and radio broadcasts and acts as the spokesperson for the Franklin Research Center for Foot Fungus Awareness.
Elizabeth is a retired nurse. She began writing poetry in high school, and has been writing ever since. She currently volunteers at a reading program for adult learners. She has been married to her wonderful understanding wife for 32 years. They have 3 adult children. She loves art, the theater and being trans. Being transgender is one of the very best things ever to happen to her. She currently lives in Easthampton, Mass. This is her second Fantasia Fair.