I’m Alejandro Contreras (Alej for short). I’m the Director of Healthcare Services at Gender Health Center where I have been working since 2012. I currently oversee our hormone & PrEP clinics, HIV/STD testing and counseling, and our Syringe Services Program with the help and support of an amazing team. My radical social justice philosophies are informed by my queer latinx identities and my lived experience as a child of immigrants and a person living with HIV. I live in midtown with my partner (Armando) and our cat (Her Meowjesty). My love language is acts of service and I’m a double Scorpio-Taurus.
Direct Line: (916) 218-6050
Peer Health Navigator/Clinic Program Manger
I am from Pittsburg, Ca. I love helping people in every way that I can. As a trans-woman I want to help create positive change for all people, but especially women of color. I provide healthcare navigation, HIV/STI/STD testing, and emotional support for my community members . I am dedicated, devoted, and compassionate about my work in the community. As the Clinic Program Manger I oversee the Hormone Clinic and PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophalaxis) Clinic.
Direct Line: (916) 476-2916
Maddi Behrouzmand- Stratton
Advocacy Program Manager
I am originally from Arizona, but Sacramento has been my first base since I was 10. I have also lived in Chico, CA and Mount Airy, Maryland . I identify as Queer, and Non Binary. The way ive come to understand and express my gender and sexuality has shifted a lot over the last decade. I recognize that I will always learn, grow, and struggle. Evolving is is essential. I was brought into my work at GHC through my passion in working within the trans community, supporting other trans community members as a peer, and lifting up other various trans stories and narratives as a valued truth. I engage my work through a social justice, and harm reduction lens.
Direct Line: (916) 218-6079
Ayotunde Khyree Ikuku
Community Engagement/Project Lead
I am an outspoken, ground level activist and poet who creates opportunities and paves the way for Black Trans people to access information and resources in our community. I focus on community healing as well and creating healthy organized relationships with other groups to revolutionize the way society thinks about Trans People of Color. I came up in South Sacramento and have spent time volunteering in Central and South America. I am working to implement all of my knowledge from these different spaces to create projects and to engage with our community in a more active and fruitful way.
Nghĩa Á Nguyễn
I was a refugee from Southeast Asia; I come from a long line of shamanism spirit medium-ship of the Đạo Mẫu. Currently, I do my daily work at Gender Health Center advocating for her fellow trans / gender variant community and outreach to the Northern California community. My life’s work is undoing and resisting white supremacist capitalist cis-heternormative dominionist imperialist patriarchy.
I grew up in the bay area and joined the Army in 1978. I served for 7 years and then worked for the state of California for 20 years. I joined GHC in September 2016 and began my peer navigator job facilitate the respite program. I am a Veterans’ Rep for trans issues and facilitate a twice-a-month transgender veterans group here at GHC.
My name is Harvey Marquez and my pronouns are they/them. I am genderfluid, raised here in Sacramento with roots stemming from Guadalajara, Mexico. I am empowered by the strength of the organizers around me and I work toward trans liberation, visibility, and safety. I value self-education, self-realization, and self-love. I have worked at Danelle’s Place, our trans-centered mental health respite, since February 2020.
I'm Cloud, a born and raised Sacramento native. I'm a Black Trans non-binary activist- my goal is to be able to provide healing and aid to my community. At a young age, I have been passionate about liberating marginalized people. Due to being previously unhoused, my focus is to provide these resources to marginalized folks who don't have as much accessibility as others. The safety, well being and liberation of Queer & Trans People of Color in the face of the oppressive systems in place is my top priority.
I'm a first-generation Southeast Asian born in Sài Gòn. At age 5, I immigrated to California as a result of displacement by US imperialism, war, and colonialism. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2017 and their Master's degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley in 2019. I offer a critical perspective to my work. My interests include overseeing GHC's mental health program, research, narrative therapy, decolonizing mental health care, and depathologizing trans care. In my free time, I am surrounded by houseplants or facilitating the indubitable friendship between my dogs, cats, and fish.
I am proud to be from Detroit. My ethics and values as a social worker and social justice led me to work with marginalized communities. I also come to this work as Social Work Professor and Queer Theory scholar and Narrative Therapy practitioner. I am proud of having known and supervised Danelle Saldana, the visionary of the GHC. I have been a part of the GHC since its inception. I supervise the therapists and student interns, conduct the group supevision meetings, conduct trainings in Narrative Therapy and Feedback Informed Treatment and do consulting sessions with community members.
Hi! My name is Amaranta (Ah-mah-rahn-tah) or Ama (Ah-mah) and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. I am a pansexual, gender non-conforming individual with roots stemming from Brasil and El Salvador. While I am a proud, second generation Latinx individual, I also acknowledge and denounce with compassion all the beliefs and traditions of my Latinx culture that perpetuate abuse, cause harm, and/or deny myself and others their human rights.
I joined Gender Health Center in August of 2020 after graduating from Sacramento State University, where I majored in Anthropology and minored in Biology. I am currently passionate about using the financial and administrative skills my privilege has allowed me to cultivate to support local activists and social workers in their work of centering marginalized communities and dismantling systems of oppression. When I'm not doing this you can usually find me at home with my dog and four cats, binge watching shows or with my nose in a book. I also enjoy hiking and swimming in the Yuba River and playing board games with friends."
Please, call me Ōme. My life's mission is to create better relationships on behalf of the Chicanx community in acknowledgement of those that are more marginalized than us and then to aggressively seize power from all oppressors. We must all do this in everything we do: art, work and community service.
This thought process emerged from growing up half in rural Mexico, and half in Inglewood, Los Angeles, South Sacramento, and finally Oak Park. My main concern are Trans people who are peppered across marginalized neighborhoods in Our City. "Liberation for all or Liberation for none." "Ay que Mandar Obedeciendo."
"I grew up in Davis CA. After having a very difficult time most of my life and dropping out of college I moved to Sacramento and the Gender Health Center was here to help me. After they helped me put my life back together I wanted to give back by volunteering and when the opportunity came for me to become an employee instead of a volunteer I took it. I have been working at the front desk doing scheduling and helping people over the phone since and any other tasks I can do from the front desk since."
I am a Romanian immigrant and queer witchy single mom. Fatter in real life. I'm an artist, a comfortably lazy explorer, and a lover of gentle, soft, and crunchy sounds. I have been working at Gender Health Center since September of 2019. I do graphic and web design, marketing, and development as well as organizing and general staff support. I am an abolitionist and I fight for the destruction of all systems that oppress marginalized folks and for the liberation of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Trans + Queer people..
I am originally from the outskirts of the Bay Area, and relocated to Sacramento following graduation from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I majored in Mechanical Engineering. I have worked as a Civil Engineer for the past 20 years as an engineering consultant, serving the Public Works Transportation Infrastructure industry. Our founder, my dearly departed late fiancée Danelle Saldana, introduced me to the lives and experiences of the Transgender Community back in 2006 as she began to volunteer to assist the community to provide mental health counseling and advocacy needs. Her experience with the Trans community, both in San Francisco as a student at University of San Francisco, and within Sacramento, ultimately inspired her to start a Trans-centered organization to better serve the needs of the community. Likewise, my experience and interactions within this community of beautiful and soulful people has inspired me to continue after her passing to assist with her goal of providing accessible help and services to folks in need, especially those who have experienced a lifetime of oppression, marginalization and disenfranchisement from society.
board of directors - treasurer
I’ve been a Social Worker since 1972 working with individuals, families, and communities to enhance social, emotional wellbeing and improve safe levels of health care. My greatest blessing and purpose in life has been, being the mother of Danelle Saldana, visionary of the Gender Health Center. I’m a very proud Mom, as I watched my beloved daughter live her life from a very young age, always looking out for the welfare of others.
board of directors - secretary
I was introduced to the Gender Health Center through my work as a poverty law attorney where I serve low-income and marginalized communities. My legal work with the Trans/GNC community inspired me to join GHC’s Board of Directors, where I hope to provide support in a broader capacity.