Meet the PTWC Committee
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Janis Stacy (Dakota/Cherokee) is a Co-Chair. Janis has been a Co-Chair since 2014 and has worked with the planning committee since 2007. She has led the Indigenous / First Nations and Spirituality working groups. Janis is on the board of TransFaith, Co-founded a Two-Spirit Society, Co-founded NCTE and is an Electronic Engineer with extensive project management experience. She has also spent significant time on workplace issues, transgender insurance coverage, workplace inclusion, local legislation, federal legislation, racial equality, gender equality and housing for low income and homeless Trans people.
Kim Watson is the Co-founder of Community Kinship Life, known as CKLife that assists affirmed men &; women with necessary life skills, medical needs, counseling, and access to the resources needed to improve their quality of life & contribution to society. CKLife provides a safe, secure space for affirmed people (& allies when applicable) to meet and learn about life inside & outside of transition. CKLife also sponsors a benefit to raise funds for the CKLife scholarship fund that has helped many affirmed people with paying for necessary transition related procedures. CKLife also participates in many conferences centered around affirmed people such as WPATH, PTWC in Philadelphia, & many more. People across the United States & the world have benefited greatly from the selfless acts of Kim Watson & the CKLife organization. CKLife has set a precedent for non-profit organizations that assist affirmed people and continues to do amazing things in the community at large.
Kim Watson was awarded Christine Jorgenson Award (Bronx LGBTQ Center 2014, Citation of Merit from Ruben Diaz jr. (Bronx Borough President 2014, Certificate of Merit from Senator Jose Serrano 2014, Proclamation from Ruben Diaz jr.(Bronx Borough President)June 2013;2012; 2011, Contribution to the Translatina community (CRIS)Award 2013, Black Trans Advocacy Community Award 2012, Black Trans Ally Award 2014, Outstanding Transgender Award from Unity Fellowship Church-NYC 2013, DBGM(DEPRESSED BLACK GAY MEN) Resilience Award 2014, 2015 LGBT CAUCUS AWARD (Councilman Richie Torres' office), 2015 Harlem Pride Legacy Award, Co-Author of HOW (Healing our women), Black Trans Women Inc(BTAC) Black Trans Advocacy Woman Of The Year 2016 award, 2016 LGBT Award
Jayden HC Sampson is an African-American transman who took an oath of service when he joined the sorority of Delta Sigma Theta as an undergrad at the University of Chicago long before he transitioned. That commitment to service lead to his participation as a planner of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference since its second year. As an attorney working for the Public Defender's office in Philadelphia, he was acutely aware of the need to provide a voice and a zealous defense of the Constitutional rights for those in the criminal justice system. As a criminal justice educator at Montgomery County Community College his focus is to empower his students to become critical thinkers and inspire them to be compassionate and just in their criminal justice careers. His career path has been varied from lawyer, high school teacher, financial adviser, and college instructor, but the foundation of it has always been about education and empowerment. He has served on the boards of Mazzoni Center and the Attic Youth Center. He volunteers for his alma mater, the University of Chicago, works as the treasurer for his Quaker Meeting, and helping to increase awareness about food addiction. When not volunteering, he enjoys reading, bicycle tours, good conversation, and learning.<