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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
Phil Armstrong, Treasurer
Brian Dorsey, Co-Vice Chair
Lara Embry, Co-Vice Chair
Joel Flatow, Member at Large
Meredith Kadlec, Chair Emeritus
Michael Norton, Chair
Peggy Rajski, Founder
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
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.
BRYAN COCHRAN PH. D.
University of Montana Department of Psychology
LARA EMBRY PH. D.
Private Practice, Birmingham, AL
ROBERT GAROFALO MPH
Director of Research
Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
DOUGLAS C. HALDEMAN. PH.D.
Professor and Chair of Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA
AMANDA HIRSCH PH. D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology
University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology in Education
ALBERT KILLEN-HARVEY LCSW
Clinical Improvement Coordinator
Chadwick Center-Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
SCOTT LEIBOWITZ M.D.
Instructor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
BRIAN MUSTANSKI PH.D.
Associate Professor of Feinberg School of Medicine
JOHANNA OLSON M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Keck School of Medicine at USC
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent Medicine
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.
Brenda R Freiberg
Jerry J. Ruiz
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.
Marisol Cervantes, 20
Juniper Cordova-Goff, 19
Cody Courtney, 20
Dannie Dobbins, 19
Rachel Epperly, 20
Eli Erlick, 19
Amelia Gresbach, 17
Kegan Jones, 18
Charlie Kerr, 22
Neeta Lachmandas, 16
Detrick Manning, 17
Sabina Mendoza, 19
Conner Mertens, 20
Jessica Milford, 22
Dominic Ravina, 18
San Rafael, CA
Anna Talajkowski, 17
Castro Valley, CA
Naijasia Thomas, 18
Tom Woermer, 21
Matthew Yeung, 17
San Ramon, CA
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.
L. T. O’Brien
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.
SALT LAKE CITY
For general questions or comments, contact The Trevor Project at [email protected]