healthcare services

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Healthcare Services

Jasmine Bright

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Director of Healthcare Services

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Sagitarius

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.

Email: jasmine(at)ghcmail.org 
Direct Line: (916) 476-2916

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Indie Pichardo  

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Harm Reduction Program Coordinator

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I’m Indie “Sol” Pichardo, a Chicanx, Queer, Transmasculine, individual living and learning in Sacramento, CA. My path to GHC was led by my love for my community and my own experiences as a transgender person navigating different systems of healthcare and social services, and seeing the gaps in resources and access to care that we as Queer, Trans, People of Color face. I found Gender Health Center when I was in need of support in my own journey and I’m proud to join this team as Harm Reduction Program Coordinator as of October 2020. I believe in the power of the collective and dedicate my work to abolishing systems of oppression and securing liberation of all oppressed peoples. I’m also an artist and an avid daydreamer, and spend much of my spare time thinking of alternate worlds, digging in the dirt, and studying trauma-informed care.

Email: indie@ghcmail.org

 

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respite services

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Trudi Mathison

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Respite Manager/Veteran Affairs

She/Her/Hers

Sagittarius

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. 

Email: trudi(at)ghcmail.org

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Harvey Marquez

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Respite Data manager

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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.

Email: Harvey(at)ghcmail.org 

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Cloud Johnson

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Respite Data Specialist

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Aquarius 

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.

Email: Cloud(at)ghcmail.org 

mental health services

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David Nylund

Clinical Director

He/Him/His

Virgo

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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.

Email: david(at)ghcmail.org

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Sara Freid

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Director of Finance

They/Them/Theirs

Aries

"I'm Sara, a trans nonbinary anti-capitalist and abolitionist. I'm an elder in our trans community living in Sacramento. I've lived in many places and am happy to have ended up in California. My goal is to assist my comrades here at GHC to continue to provide and expand trans-centered services to QTPOC led by QTPOC staff. It's my honor to do this work. I'm married to the absolute love of my life, Marlene. We share our home with our dogs, cats and birds and also share our passion for our community."

Email: sara(at)ghcmail.org 

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Lina Rippee

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Data Specialist
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Gemini

"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."

Email: lina(at)ghcmail.org

Direct Line: (916) 455-2391

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Charlie Tornaci

Board of Directors – Chair

He, Him, His

Gemini

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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.  

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Essie Saldana

board of directors - treasurer

She/Her/Hers

Virgo

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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. 

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Liza Thantranon

board of directors - secretary

She/Her/They

Gemini

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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.

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Lauren Pulido

board of directors - Member

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GHC's mission is extremely important to me because it centers the voices of TGI and BIPOC which have historically and disproportionately been underrepresented in places of influence. As transgender person, I see myself reflected in institutions, like the Gender Health Center, that work to fulfill and uplift our intersectional TGI communities. I have always strived to work the same value set into my daily life by sharing my lived experiences in hopes to create a more inclusive and educated environment. As a lifelong Sacramento resident and active LGBTQ+ community member, I have witnessed the impact of the Gender Health Center on countless TGI individuals firsthand. It would be a tremendous honor to be a part of the incredible work done at the Gender Health Center, and I look forward to the opportunity to join the intersectional team working to pursue justice for our entire community and beyond.

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