Mission

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.

Founders

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.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors list reflective of August 1, 2015 (FY16)

Chris C. Allieri

Philip Armstrong

Ben Boyd

Lindsay Chambers

Brian J. Dorsey

Lara Embry Ph.D

Jeffrey Fishberger, MD

Zack Hicks

Meredith Kadlec

Michael J. Norton

Tyler Oakley

Amit Paley

Peggy Rajski

Ruben Ramirez

Adam Shankman

Stacy Smithers

Linda Spooner

Jeffrey Paul Wolff

Brian Winterfeldt

View the current Board list here

Staff

Staff list reflective of August 1, 2015 (FY16)

Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

Adam Hunt, Crisis Services Manager

Amit Routh, Senior Manager of Peer Support Programs

Amy Lanteigne, Research & Data Manager

Amy Loudermilk, Assoc. Director of Government Affairs

Ashby Dodge, Clinical Director

Brandon Stinchfield, Sr. Foundations and Corporate Grants Mgr.

Brent Webster, Events Manager

Brett Harrison, Outreach Coordinator

Brian Stiles, Operations Manager

Brock Dumville, Senior Crisis Services Manager

Caitlyn Duer, Grant Writer

Chris Bright, Crisis Services Coordinator – Training

Chris Angel Murphy, TrevorSpace Coordinator – Operations

Danielle Orner, Senior Education Manager

David Bond, Vice President of Programs

Elissa Hawker, Crisis Services Shift Supervisor

Eva Steers-Smith, Senior Operations Manager

Fadra Baker, Crisis Services Coordinator

Ish Green, Crisis Services Coordinator

Jack McCurley, Vice President of Advancement

Jason Daniel, Fair Senior Major Gifts Officer

Jeremy Ancalade, Vice President of Operations

Joie DeRitis, Crisis Services Coordinator – Training

Jonathan Foulk, Senior Corporate Development Officer

Kim Chatham, Crisis Services Coordinator – Operations

Kris Mortier, Crisis Services Shift Supervisor

Laura Ann Sims, Crisis Services Coordinator – Training

Lauren Feldman, Crisis Services Shift Supervisor

Lauren Lydiard, Crisis Services Coordinator

Matt Zaslow, Events Director

Melissa Galvin, Crisis Services Coordinator – Operations

Paloma Woo, Senior Crisis Services Manager

Rachel Harlich, TrevorSpace Community Coordinator

Rebecca Pine, Development Manager

Rene Porter, Human Resources Director

Renee Bever, Crisis Services Coordinator – Operations

Richard Rocha, Executive Administrator

Rory Gory, Digital Marketing Specialist

Sandra Leon, Senior Community Engagement Manager

Scarlet Watts, Associate Development Director

Siobhan Mangal, Community Engagement Coordinator

Stephanie Mesones Alvarado, Development Officer – Individuals

Steve Mendelsohn, Deputy Executive Director

Tracy Ferrell, Database Manager

Vanessa Paolantonio, Sr. Marketing Designer

Addtionally, there were 23 crisis workers in FY16.

View the current staff list here

Advisory Council

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.

Albert Killen-Harvey LCSW

Robert Garofalo MPH

Scott Leibowitz M.D.

Ann P. Haas, Ph.D.

Ana Mari Cauce Ph.D.

Douglas C. Haldeman. Ph.D.

Brian Mustanski Ph.D.

Amanda Hirsch Ph.D.

Johanna Olson M.D.

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

Al Duncan

Brenda R Freiberg

Michael Graham

Bonnie Graves

Scott McPhail

Sean McManus

Jim Murphy

Brian Pendleton

Jerry J. Ruiz

Al Strasburg

Ricky Strauss

Ron Valdez

Jorge Valencia

Scott Zimmerman

Contact

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