Board of Trustees
|Suzanne Grapperhaus, she/her/hers|
President / Chair of the Board
Suzanne oversees the board and the direction of TCNE. She works with each board member to ensure timely and thorough execution of our mission enabling the board to make strategic decisions in the best interest of the trans community. Her direct responsibilities include board management, strategy and operations. Suzanne also volunteers with Dwelling House of Hope, a service organization in Lowell, MA.
|Michelle Hirsch, Ph.D., she/her/hers|
Michelle leads a group of dedicated volunteers who maintain all TCNE and First Event communications channels, including web, email, social media, and print. She has also led the First Event Fashion Show since 2013. Michelle is an occasional participant in corporate Diversity and Inclusion panels to improve awareness of and empathy for the transgender experience.
|Raman Solanki |
Information Technology Lead
As a board member, Raman Solanki is ebullient about working on the technical aspects of TCNE. He is a strong ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and has worked hard to fight for equality whether in Asia or America.
He is a graduate student in Cambridge.
|Cheryl Katon, she/her/hers|
First Event Chair (Outgoing), Nominating Chair
As the outgoing chair for First Event, Cheryl is handing off the reigns to Bree Sullivan as she helps guide the conference to the future. Additionally, Cheryl serves as the nominating committee chair. In this role Cheryl helps bring new board members and volunteers forward and assists with their onboarding experience.
|Julia Morgan, she/her/hers|
As the Finance Director for First event, Julia communicates with many of the First Event staff, vendors, and sponsors regarding invoicing and payments. She is responsible for the budgeting of First Event, and also reconciles all of the event transactions. Julia’s finance background will help bring new money management and budgeting ideas to the TCNE organization.
|Annalise Boisvert, MD, FACOG, NCMP, she/her/hers|
Annalise is an OBGYN & Cosmetic Surgeon at Hawthorn OBGYN in Dartmouth. In addition to caring for women and girls of all ages, she has a special interest in LGBTQ healthcare and provides a warm and welcoming environment for all members of the community. She is excited to be able to serve as a first year member of the board!
|Juliana Wall, she/her/hers|
Juliana is a transfeminine lady boss with 18 years of experience in logistics, operations management and workforce leadership in the transportation/service industries. She served as the director of the First Event 2020 Art Show and the creator and hostess of “Finding Your Voice” workshops held at WSU, Fenway Health, and FE ‘20. Juliana is both excited and humbled to step into the role of Director of Development for the Club. She will work diligently to keep the mission alive and well as we move through these challenging times.
|Bree Sullivan, she/her/hers|
First Event Chair
As the chair for First Event Bree, through the volunteer FE team, is responsible for the program, financial performance, communication, logistics, customer service and the overall First Event experience. In an effort to reach as many in the community as possible, she serves as Co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Boston chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Professional Organization, an organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation.
|Samantha Matoian (Sammie), she/her/hers|
Samantha is Director of Wellness for First Event and online programming.
|Samantha Ambrose, she/her/hers|
As the workshop Director, Samantha leads the team that provides diverse programming for the transgender community and allies, both at First Event and year-round. Samantha has been attending First Event for years and is thrilled to now be part of the TCNE/First Event team.
|Athena Vaughn, she/her/hers|
Athena Vaughn is an activist and community leader, recently recognized by Boston Spirit as a Local Leader driving change in our communities. Athena leads the Trans Resistance movement which launched in June, 2020 with a wildly successful vigil and march supporting Black Trans lives. Athena is also the president of the New England Ball Collective. Athena supports programming and other outreach activities to help TCNE and First Event better serve Transgender Communities of Color.
|Marcus Ross, he/him/his |
|Liz Campbell, she/her/hers|