Kim Hutton, Founder, National Staff Director and Emeritus Board Member
Kim Hutton is a business professional, Mom of two boys and founder of TransParent. Her mission is to make the experience of raising a gender independent child of any age easier through connection, support and resources. Happily married to Brian for over fifteen years, together they are raising a bright, confident and funny transgender son who transitioned at the age of seven.
Sharon Vermont, Medical Advisor
Sharon Dunski Vermont is a pediatrician, writer, mother of a transgender son, and transgender ally/advocate. She joined the Transparent Board in 2015 and is also a member of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Sharon is actively trying to make changes in the way hospitals and physicians treat transgender patients. She has written several articles about supporting transgender children and is excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the Transparent organization.
Dawn Buckley, Communications Director
Dawn’s early career began as an elementary school teacher in both Missouri and Texas. Her passion for social justice and adventurous spirit then led her to Thailand, where she served in the U.S. Peace Corps. Having been a member of our TransParent community for a number of years, Dawn is thrilled to join the leadership team, contribute to this meaningful work, and use the role of Communications Director as a powerful vehicle to spread support, love, education, and advocacy for our beautiful community. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, lively golden-doodle, and four (more-than-lively) kiddos while working with a forward-thinking meeting facilitation group as their Director of Client Experience.
Beth Richardson, Creative Writer
Beth is a writer of creative nonfiction, who blogs about being the mom of a transgender son. She writes as a means to process the world around her, in the hopes that sharing her stories can help others further behind her in the journey. Beth is passionate about supporting parents of transgender children (of any age), as they process their emotions and adjust to a new family dynamic. A mother of two young adult sons, she joined the TransParent team in 2019 as a Creative Writer.
Susan Halla, Webmaster
Susan is an architect, designer and small business owner who is passionate about all things mid-century. She’s also passionate about supporting her trans son and furthering trans-inclusivity in the world. She lives in St. Louis with her amazing husband, two incredible sons and three ungrateful cats.
Richelle Craig, Social Media Leader
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Sonja Goen, President & Chapter Director
Sonja Goen is a business professional by day and trans* advocate by night. She currently serves as Vice President and Chapter Director where she brings a unique combination of logistical understanding and project management skills in order to launch TransParent Chapters across the United States. She has spoken on the need for establishing parent support mechanisms at the Philly Trans-Health Conference, the Transgender Spectrum Conference and the National GLMA Conference. She has served as a member of the Board since 2015.
Taylor McKittrick, Treasurer
Taylor McKittrick is a CPA specializing in nonprofit tax accounting. They are excited to help TransParent grow to new levels of technological capabilities and bring support, connection, and resources for trans youth and their families across the nation. Taylor lives in St. Louis with their wife, Loring, and their two cats.
Gwen Clark, Secretary
Gwen is from just outside Denver, CO and is currently attending Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where, after studying Psychology and Children’s Studies, she grew her passion for becoming a pediatrician. She is committed to giving parents resources and connections to support their children and is excited to help educate the public about gender independence.
Molly Shuman, Chapter Coordinator
Molly is from just outside Boston, MA and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she studied Psychology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about helping to educate the public about the naturally-occurring, human experience of gender independence and joined TransParent in 2016 as a summer intern. Molly’s strong contributions led to a quick appointment as board secretary from 2016 to 2018 and in 2019 she accepted the chapter coordinator role helping chapter leaders develop new parent support systems across the country.
Michelle Zignago, Marketing Director
Michelle Zignago is a self-employed Creative Director with more than 25 years of experience in branding, advertising, interactive and promotions. Passionate and knowledgeable in design, typography and print production, Michelle can take a “what if” idea and turn it into a visual reality.
Michelle’s client base includes non-profit organizations, New City School, Rosati-Kain High School, AFS Intercultural Program, Innovative Technology Education Fund , Stray Rescue and Unleashing Potential.
Michelle has also served as Marketing Director on the Boards of New City School, Missouri Eating Disorders Association and Craft Outloud Art Fair.
Michelle holds a B.F.A. in Visual Communications from the University of Kansas.