TransNewYork Board of Directors

Meet Our Board Members

TransNewYork’s Board of Directors are responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations and guiding TransNewYork’s long-term vision and planning. The Board also focuses on the continued financial stability of the organization and participates significantly in fundraising efforts.

William Self

President & Treasurer

William Self is currently the Director for Library Services at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and previously held the position of Executive Director of The Medical Library Center of New York, a consortium headquarters for over 70 metropolitan academic and hospital medical libraries.

No stranger to TransNewYork’s programs, Bill comes to the Board with extensive experience in non-profit management. At Lenox Hill, Bill serves as a voice for LGBTIQ staff as well as LGBTIQ patients and their families on a number of committees and councils including the Advisory Council to the Executive Director, the Lenox Health Community Outreach Health Education Council, Lenox Hill Hospital LGBTIQ Employees Council (as Co-Chair), and the LGBT Medicine Program for Lenox Health Greenwich Village Advisory Committee. He is also the founder and coordinator of Lenox Hill’s Pride on the Hill Celebrations.

Along with his husband, Kevin Uhrin, who currently sits on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the NYPD Commissioner, they support a number of other LGBTIQ organizations including Live Out Loud, Immigration Equality, OutRight Action International, National Equality Action Team/Freedom for All Americans, GOALny: The Gay Officers Action League of New York, and the NGLCCNY.

Nyx Melody

Secretary

Nyx Melody, LMHC (pronouns: they/them/their and fae/faer/faers) is queer and non-binary, trans femme, panromantic, enabled, neurodivergent, former sex worker/unhoused person, who is a first-generation college student, grew up in poverty and is a small-fat, White American cancer survivor who lives on the stolen land of the Lenape tribes in Manhattan. They are a New York State psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, professor, and anti-oppression/LGBTQIA+ consultant.Fae also teaches at NYU and Columbia University. They are passionate about working with individuals, couples, and groups who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, racial identity exploration, and dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority.

Nyx graduated from the Point Park University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology where fae completed a research study regarding the ongoing coming out process for queer men. They completed a dual masters degree: Masters of the Arts in Psychological Counseling and a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, where fae took extensive course work and engaged in research initiatives surrounding queer and gender expansive microaggressions/mental health concerns.

Nyx has extensive experience working with queer and straight clients, couples, and groups
related to the topics of: sexuality/gender, kinks, consensual non-monogamy, and polyamory. They also have experience providing clinical documentation in support for gender affirming care for transgender and gender expansive individuals. Listening, validation, curiosity, challenging, and accountability are important features of Nyx’s approach to their work with faer clients.

Through consultation, Nyx seeks to amplify the messages and teachings of Queer folx, TGNC folx, & the BIPOC community to create affirming practices/policies. As a supervisor, fae aims to assist their supervisees and colleagues with developing culturally responsive approaches to therapy and increase competencies for working with queer and gender variant clients.

Dan Werner

Board Member

A California native, Dan Werner received his B.A. Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. in Education at Loyola Marymount University. Dan brings extensive experience in LGBTQ+ issues across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate sectors. During his 5 1/2 year tenure at the Arcus Foundation, he worked closely with trans-led organizations on increasing economic opportunities and the overall inclusion of transgender people in the United States. He also helped create the Global Trans Initiative: a $20-million, multi-year endeavor to improve the lives of trans people around the world. He is currently working with G.E.T. Phluid—a comprehensive diversity and inclusion training program—helping companies with the inclusion of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals.

Dr. Shannon Whittington

Board Member

Dr. Shannon Whittington, DNP, RN, CCM, LGBTQ+ Health Certified, is the director of the Gender Affirmation Program at VNSHealth. She educates and coaches clinicians in caring for transgender and nonbinary patients after gender affirmation surgery. Dr. Whittington was awarded the Quality and Innovation Award from the Homecare Association of New York, the LGBTQ Notable Executive Leadership award by Crain’s New York, and the Daisy Award for Outstanding Nurses. Shannon is a bestselling author and a NY City and state lobbyist where she advocates for transgender equality. Her goal is to transform how health care is delivered to the rainbow community.

Tabytha Gonzalez

Board Member

Tabytha Gonzalez is a fearless advocate for the transgender community. She is an accomplished speaker and outreach expert for the Transgender Community. She has been advocating for the transgender community for 15 years. She has the skill base to create community programs that have and impact on our community. She is currently an Associate Human Rights Specialist at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Tabytha’s educational background and professional affiliations are as follows: • Hostos Comm. College (current; Social Work) • State University of New York, 1999-2000• General Equivalency Diploma, 1999 • Stake Holder: Transgender Equity Coalition (founding member) • Stake Holder: The LGBT Network (NYS Department of Health) • Member: Solutions Coalition