Annual Report FY2015


Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people. The organization works to fulfill this mission through four strategies:

1. Provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide.

2. Offer resources, supportive counseling, and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal.

3. Educate young people and adults who interact with young people on LGTBQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection, and response.

4. Advocate for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.

We are dedicated to focusing on ways to expand awareness of all our lifesaving programs so that youth who do not know about our services have access to them.


In 1994, producers Randy Stone and Peggy Rajski saw writer/performer James Lecesne bring to life Trevor, a character he created as part of his award-winning one-man show Word of Mouth. Convinced Trevor’s story would make a wonderful short film, Stone and Rajski invited Lecesne to adapt it into a screenplay. Rajski directed the movie and TREVOR went on to win many prestigious awards including the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.

Trevor Screenwriter:
James Lecesne

“With TREVOR, I saw the power of a story…what a story could do and how it could travel out into the world like a little satellite. Something that happened in 1994 is continuing to grow and change and affect people’s lives.”

Trevor Director/Producer:
Peggy Rajski

“Somebody once said, it takes a village to raise a child, and I feel like Trevor’s the village for so many people who need it. We’re moved by the fact that this has grown so much bigger than anything we’d thought it would be.”

Trevor Producer:
Randy Stone (August 26, 1958-February 12, 2007)

“This project was a perfect experience for us. From the beginning, it seemed to be blessed. Everybody we asked to help said yes.”

The Oscar-winning film eventually launched a national movement. When producer Randy Stone secured an airing on HBO with Ellen DeGeneres hosting, director/producer Peggy Rajski discovered there was no real place for young people like Trevor to turn when facing challenges similar to his. She quickly recruited mental health experts and figured out how to build the infrastructure necessary for a nationwide 24-hour crisis line, and writer James Lecesne secured the funds to start it. On the night their funny and moving coming-of-age story premiered on HBO in 1998, these visionary filmmakers launched the Trevor Lifeline, the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of young people in crisis have reached out to The Trevor Project’s multiple in-person and online lifesaving, life-affirming resources—Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, and Trevor Education Workshops.

Strategic Plan

To build upon the progress the LGBTQ community made in 2015, we honed our Strategic Plan with the feedback of Trevor donors, staff, board members, volunteers, partner organizations, and LGBTQ young people.

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Board of Directors

This board list reflects the end of fiscal year 2015.

Chris Allieri
Phil Armstrong, Treasurer
Ben Boyd
Ken Campbell
Lindsay Chambers
Brian Dorsey, Co-Vice Chair
Lara Embry, Co-Vice Chair
Jeffrey Fishberger
Joel Flatow, Member at Large
Brian Irving
Meredith Kadlec, Chair Emeritus
Scott McPhail
Michael Norton, Chair
Tyler Oakley
Amit Paley
Peggy Rajski, Founder
Ruben Ramirez
Adam Shankman
Stacy Smithers
Linda Spooner
Brian Winterfeldt, Secretary
Jeffrey Paul Wolff


Staff list reflects the end of fiscal year 2015.

Jeremy Ancalade, Vice President of Operations
Jared Bardugone, Crisis Services Coordinator-Operations, MSEd
David Bond, Vice President of Programs, LCSW, B.C.E.T.S.
Chris Bright, Crisis Services Coordinator-Training
Kim Chatham, Lead Shift Supervisor—Crisis Services Coordinator
Taryn Crosby, Crisis Services Manager, LMSW
Jill Dannis, Crisis Services Coordinator
Ashby Dodge, Clinical Director, LCSW
Kathleen Dreyer, TrevorChat Shift Supervisor
Jennifer Dugan, Community Engagement Coordinator
Brock Dumville, Crisis Services Manager, MPH
Jason Daniel Fair, Major Gifts Officer
Tracy Ferrell, Database Manager
Denis Flavius, Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager
Odalis Gonzalez, Crisis Services Manager
Rachel Harlich, TrevorSpace Community Coordinator
Adam Hunt, Crisis Services Coordinator-Operations
Melva Johnson, Finance Manager
Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Amy Lanteigne, Research & Data Manager, MSPH
Sandra Leon, Senior Community Engagement Manager
Amy Loudermilk, Associate Director of Government Affairs
Jack McCurley, Associate Development Director
Steve Mendelsohn, Deputy Executive Director
Liam Mina, Crisis Services Manager, MSW
Brittany Moro, Crisis Services Coordinator
Danielle Orner, Community Engagement Coordinator
Madeline Parker, Government Affairs Fellow
Rebecca Pine, Development Coordinator
Rene Porter, Human Resources Director
Richard Rocha, Executive Assistant
Amit Routh, Technical Program Manager/TrevorSpace
Laura Ann Sims, Leader Trainer—Crisis Services Coordinator
Eva Steers-Smith, Operations Manager
Shawn Steiner, Marketing and Communications Director
Brian Stiles, Operations Associate
Brent Webster, Development Coordinator
Allyee Whaley, Digital Marketing Specialist
Matthew Zaslow, Director of Special Events

There were 16 crisis workers in FY 2015

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Advisory Council List

The Advisory Board is a group of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills that compliment Trevor’s Board of Directors, staff, and committee members. The Advisory Board allows Trevor to create and maintain formal and visible relationships with leaders in the community and people with highly respected skills in certain related fields such as Mental Health, Communication, Education, and Public Policy.


Associate Professor
University of Montana Department of Psychology


Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice, Birmingham, AL


Director of Research
Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Professor and Chair of Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA


Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology
University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology in Education


Clinical Improvement Coordinator
Chadwick Center-Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA


Instructor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School


Associate Professor of Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University


Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Keck School of Medicine at USC
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent Medicine

View the current Advisory Council list here

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is a group of dedicated past board members who continue their work with The Trevor Project by supporting Trevor’s programs, strategic initiatives, lending expertise, and advocating for public policy that advances Trevor’s mission.

Tim Aldrete
Richard Ayoub
Lisa Brende
Andre Caraco
Christian Dowell
Al Duncan
Joel Flatow
Brenda R Freiberg
Michael Graham
Bonnie Graves
Sean McManus
Scott McPhail
Dianne Molina
Jim Murphy
Brian Pendleton
Jerry J. Ruiz
Al Strasburg
Ricky Strauss
Ron Valdez
Jorge Valencia
Scott Zimmerman

Youth Advisory Council

The Trevor Youth Advisory Council (YAC) serves as a liaison between youth nationwide and The Trevor Project, as it relates to young people and the issues surrounding suicide, sexuality, and gender identity. The YAC submits recommendations to The Trevor Project in an effort to increase Trevor visibility and best serve the LGBTQ youth population. Twenty young people ages 16-24 convene quarterly via conference call, having the unique opportunity to have their voices and opinions heard, then implemented into the strategies of a national organization.

Travis Amiel

Marisol Cervantes, 20
Caldwell, ID

Juniper Cordova-Goff, 19
Azusa, CA

Cody Courtney, 20
Ellisville, MS

Dannie Dobbins, 19
Bloomington, IN

Tara Dugel

Rachel Epperly, 20
Clifton, ME

Eli Erlick, 19
Claremont, CA

Madelyn Gelpi

Amelia Gresbach, 17
Richfield, WI

Jeff Iles

Kegan Jones, 18
Marblehead, MA

Charlie Kerr, 22
Brooklyn, NY

Luke Knudsen

Hannah Kopach

Neeta Lachmandas, 16
Escondido, CA

Detrick Manning, 17
Baltimore, MD

Sabina Mendoza, 19
Provo, UT

Conner Mertens, 20
Kennewick, WA

Jessica Milford, 22
Pocatello, ID

Dominic Ravina, 18
San Rafael, CA

MaKayla Reed

Anna Talajkowski, 17
Castro Valley, CA

Naijasia Thomas, 18
Galloway, NJ

Adam White

Tom Woermer, 21
Washington, DC

Matthew Yeung, 17
San Ramon, CA

Emma Zyriek

NextGen Leadership

NextGen is a group of volunteers in New York and Los Angeles that spreads awareness, supports leadership development and advocacy, and hosts fundraising events, encouraging lasting engagement with The Trevor Project.


Grant Sloss
Michael Sullivan


Mike Hines
L. T. O’Brien

Ambassador Leadership

Trevor Ambassadors are key volunteer groups in six major U.S. cities who work to expand Trevor’s program, communications, and fundraising efforts to new geographic areas.


Josh Coyne
Amanda Machan


Joy Kessler
Curt Janka
Joe Rivera


Tim Web


Patrick Kubik
James Luna


Zak Koffler
Jamie Woodard


Nick Seaver
Eric Call


For general questions or comments, contact The Trevor Project at [email protected]