5th Annual Symposium – Speakers

Bardia Amirlak, MD

Bardia Amirlak, MD

Top Surgery options for transgender people
Courtney Caplin

Courtney Caplin

Lastest Techniques in Cosmetic Surgery for the Transgender Patient

Dr. Caplin is one of Oklahoma City's only triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeons, having achieved the fellow status with The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Courtney Caplin, MD, DMD is uniquely qualified as a female Cosmetic and Maxillofacial surgeon, with both medical and dental degrees, giving her a special ability to meet the needs of women, especially with regard to facial procedures. As chief resident at The University of Florida, she was the recipient of awards for her ethics and kindness in caring for patients while providing the most complex facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. At the completion of her residency, she was chosen for the highly selective fellowship in General Cosmetic Surgery under the directorship of Dr. E. Antonio Mangubat in Seattle, Washington. This dedicated specialized training focused on facial and body cosmetic procedures with an emphasis on facial, breast and abdomen. In addition, she has volunteered on multiple mission trips in Central and South America for the surgical correction of patients with cleft lip and palate and facial differences.  As Dr. Caplin values education, she has become a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma and trains both students and surgical residents.  Dr. Caplin continues a lifelong commitment to diet, exercise and personal fitness as well as devotion to God, her family, the University of Florida Gators and her two dogs, Max and Ruby Rose.

Al Carlozzi

Al Carlozzi

Transgender/Gender Expansive Persons: Ethical Treatment and Advocacy

Dr. Al Carlozzi is a Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology in the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling & Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, his master’s degree in sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his doctorate in counseling from the University of Houston. During his forty years at OSU, he has served in numerous administrative and leadership positions, including department and school head and associate dean/interim dean of the Graduate College. He received the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996, the OSU-Tulsa President’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012, and the OSU College of Education Leadership and Service Excellence Award in 2016. He served as President of the Board of Directors of Mental Health Association Oklahoma in 2015, and has served as co-chair of that association’s Education Committee from 2012 to 2016. He has authored numerous publications in professional journals and made many national, regional, state, and local presentations. Dr. Carlozzi is licensed as a psychologist and marital and family therapist in Oklahoma, has maintained a private practice part-time for over thirty years, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. He currently serves as a Professor at OSU-Tulsa and as Director of the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center. Since he moved from the OSU campus in Stillwater in 2006 to the OSU-Tulsa campus, he has collaborated with the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, placing OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center interns there as counselors and support group leaders. He has been co-leading a support group for parents of transgender children and teens at the Equality Center for eight years, and published an article on counseling transgender persons in the August, 2017 issue of Counseling Today. He is co-editor of the book, Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons: A Handbook for Service Providers, Educators, and Families, published by Routledge in 2019.

Lindsey Churchill

Lindsey Churchill

Sex Positive Awareness, Sexual Health, and Inclusion and Diversity

Lindsey Churchill is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the creator and Director of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. In 2015 she worked with the campus community to create the Center, which includes the Women's Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center. Her book Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States was published in February 2014 by Vanderbilt University Press.  Churchill worked as a Fulbright Specialist in Latvia in 2016. She is the recipient of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association and Oklahoma University Human Rights Association (2016). Dr. Churchill mentors over 40 students at the Center, including the Sexual Health Ambassadors who act as peer health educators. The Sexual Health Ambassadors visit university classes to discuss sexual health from a sex positive and research based perspective.

James Cooper

James Cooper

Ward 2 Councilperson and published writer

James Cooper is Ward 2 Councilperson and published writer who lives in OKC’s historic Paseo neighborhood. An AVID middle school college preparation teacher for Oklahoma City Public Schools, James also works as an adjunct Film Studies professor at Oklahoma City University, where he serves on OCU’s Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. James serves as a trustee on OKC’s transportation board, COTPA, as well. James was born in Midwest City where his mother, a retired registered nurse, still lives. He received a bachelor's degree in Film Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He began his teaching career at OSU as a graduate assistant, where the university’s English Department recognized him for Teaching Excellence in Composition. He holds an MA in English at Oklahoma State University and graduated at OCU with his Creative Writing MFA. In 2009, The Society of Professional Journalists awarded James for a column he wrote for OSU’s The Daily O’Collegian on federal hate crimes legislation. Later that year, the O’Collegian promoted him to Opinion Editor. James’ essay on the 2013 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, “An Oklahoma Perspective on Tornado Alley,” appeared in the Huffington Post. Oklahoma Gazette published Cooper’s 2011 two-part article on the history of Oklahoma City’s LGBTQ community, “From Closet to Community.” He spent more than a year researching the story.

Steven Goldman

Steven Goldman

Health Insurance Options for LGBTQ+ Community in Oklahoma

Steven Goldman has served as a federally-certified, non-profit Healthcare Navigator for over five years, specializing in Marketplace health plans for LGBTQ+ community. He prioritizes both consumer education and enrollment activities to underserved populations in Oklahoma. . His interaction with federal, state and county government officials has led to novel and productive programs. Design of educational materials on a variety of health coverage topics is informed by his 25 years of experience in the medical marketing industry. Analysis of complex data and socio-political trends is aided by a PhD from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois.

Noel Jacobs, PhD

Noel Jacobs, PhD

Barriers to Access and Ethical Considerations for the Rural Community

Panel Discussion: Barriers to Access and Ethical Considerations for the Rural Community Learning Objectives 1. Goal a.       Identify current level of services, gaps in services and consumer stressors in healthcare service to LGBTQIA Oklahomans b.       Discuss service goals as identified by providers and LGBTQIA consumers of Oklahoma healthcare c.       Identify (if time permits) next step recommendations for appropriate healthcare from panel and attendees II.                   Structure of Presentation a.       Introductions b.       Overview of LGBTQIA healthcare services and perceived differences between rural and urban areas in Oklahoma (Dr. Jacobs) c.       Identify current state of healthcare from provider perspective (Laura Arrowsmith M.D) and consumer perspective (Kyle Lawson and Aricles James Wulf) d.       Panel discussion of relevant prepared questions (All) e.       Open discussion with attendees (moderated by Dr. Jacobs) f.        Closing and generated recommendations

Finn Jones

Finn Jones

Trans 101

Finn is the Executive Director and co-founder of Trans-Cendence International which now has support group meetings for transgender individuals and SOFFAs in 6 cities throughout Texas and Oklahoma. And one international chapter in New South Wales, Australia. He serves as a leader in the transgender community of DFW and as a consultant to other LGBTQ+ communities outside of Texas. Finn participates in social education, civil and human rights advocacy and works closely with many leaders and organizations in the community to help further education on transgender and gender diversity issues and policies. He sits on the advisory boards for The Diversity Center of Oklahoma and Ed-U-Care and works as a consultant for several diverse organizations. He is also a member of the Mansfield Equality Coalition and a board member for the Grayson County Pride Board. Finn worked as a consultant in the formation of the Parkland Gender Clinic and the Aids Outreach Trans Wellness Program to assist in bringing much needed health care resources to the transgender community of DFW.Finnigan is a disabled veteran of the United States Coast Guard Transgender/Gender Identity Consultant Ally Training Consultant and a fierce advocate for all human beings. He is the first transgender man to win a primary election in the state of Texas for the Texas House of Representatives in HD 94 for the 2018 elections.He lives in Arlington with his wife Susan and their wonderful 4 legged critters.

Anna Lantry

Anna Lantry

Unlocking YOUR True Voice

Anna Lantry is a singer and transgender voice coach based in San Antonio, TX. She offers voice instruction to clients all over the world in these areas: transgender voice coaching (voice feminization or masculinization), singing (classical and contemporary), voice acting, public speaking, and metal screaming. Ms. Lantry has sang classically in operas, musicals, and choirs since 2007. She first sang as a tenor, then as a baritone, and now as a mezzo soprano. Her extensive repertoire has included roles such as Wotan from the musical Das Barbecu, Koko in Gilbert and Sullivans The Mikado, and a tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Most recently Ms. Lantry has switched focus into the rock/metal realm, as the lead singer in the metal band Azazel since 2017. Ms. Lantry earned a Bachelors in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2018. Ms. Lantry has pursued additional education outside of the classroom, studying respiratory therapy for singers with Dietland Jacobi and Alexander Technique with Theresa Ford. Ms. Lantry brings to the LGBT community a combination of personal and professional experience, seeking to help all those who work with her to Unlock Their True Voice.

Jerome Larez

Jerome Larez

Art and Activism

Jerome Larez is a Ph.D. student in Arts and Culture and Human Rights and Social Justice at Southern Methodist University. Jerome is a Texas Tech alum; completing his undergraduate education and M.A. at Texas Tech University. His research interests explore the complex interactions of art and activism, art equity, and the intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender, and class converges and impact individuals and groups. While at Texas Tech University, Jerome founded Hope Will Never Be Silent, a Big 12 LGBTQ+ traveling art exhibit. In 2014, Jerome co-founded Arttitude to celebrate the LGBTQ+ and marginalized communities’ rich diversity through unique art experiences.

Shauna M. Lawlis, MD

Shauna M. Lawlis, MD

Genderqueer and Non-binary Youth

Shauna M. Lawlis, MD is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City. In addition, Dr. Lawlis is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine – Wichita, University of Kansas Medical Center in Wichita, serving as volunteer faculty. She is board eligible through the American Board of Pediatrics in adolescent medicine and will be taking her boards in April 2018. Dr. Lawlis has research interests in transgender medicine. She has co-authored articles on transgender health concerns and incorporating transgender care into medical education in journals such as Journal of Adolescent Health and MedEDPortal. Dr. Lawlis serves as an adjunct reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health. She has presented her research at national and international meetings. Dr. Lawlis is a member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Lawlis earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lawlis completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and completed a clinical fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati.

Sage Mauldin, M.H.R.

Sage Mauldin, M.H.R.

Conversion Therapy: Ethical Challenges and Science

Sage Mauldin is Adjunct Professor of Human Relations in the Department of Human Relations and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at The University of Oklahoma. He also serves as a reviewer for Psychology Research and the Academy of Human Resource Development. In January of 2018 he was recommended by the Mayor of Norman and elected by the Norman City Council to serve as a Human Rights Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission for the City of Norman and in April of 2018 he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma. He is the author of LGBT+ Issues in the United States.

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

Do No Harm: Ethical Conduct in HIV Care Delivery

Andy Moore is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the HIV community for more than ten years. He received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he is the Clinic Administrator of the Infectious Diseases Institute at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, which houses the state’s largest HIV treatment program. He is the President of the Board of the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, the lead organizer of the OKC AIDS Coalition, and a member of the Oklahoma HIV and Hepatitis Planning Council.

Wes Parks, LPC, NCC

Wes Parks, LPC, NCC

Public Health Policy Making - Understanding Stakeholder Analysis to Get What We Want / Training Non-Queers to Treat Queers: You Need to Know About More Than Butt Stuff

Wes Parks, M.S., LPC, NCC (he/him/his) is a psychotherapist in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex specializing in LGBTQ clients. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology. After working for more than ten years in a high profile forensic and clinical psychology practice, he opened his own boutique practice in Fort Worth. Understanding that change is needed on all levels, he is finalizing his doctorate in public policy and public administration so he can also focus on mental health policy analysis and decision-making.

Ellen Reinebold, DNP, MSN, CPNP-BC, CCRN NE-BC MEd-ABSBC

Ellen Reinebold, DNP, MSN, CPNP-BC, CCRN NE-BC MEd-ABSBC

Human Trafficking in the LGBTQ community

Dr Ellen Reinebold is a doctoral prepared nurse practitioner that has been working in the field of human trafficking since 2005 and is currently conducting research studies to provide evidence based educational protocols to front line providers for the identification, assessment and management of human trafficking victims.

Russell Rooms, MSN

Russell Rooms, MSN

Ending the Epidemic (PrEP, nPEP, and Rapid Start HIV treatment / Protecting yourself agains HIV with PrEP

Russell “Rusty” Rooms MSN, APRN is the owner and lead Nurse Practitioner of Diversity Family Health, a private practice clinic specializing in the care of the LGBT+ community in Oklahoma and Health Equality Coordinator/Advanced Practice Nurse for OU Medicine. He is a master’s prepared Emergency Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner with over 28 years of experience in emergency care and hospital administration. Russell uses his education and experience concentrating bridging gaps in healthcare whether it be removing barriers for the LGBT+ community or building processes to improve hospital operations. Russell spent two and a half years with TeleTracking Technologies Inc.® with Avanti® consulting, specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare systems that are centralizing patient logistics. Russell has been part of the OU Medicine family off and on since 1992 in various clinical and leadership roles previously as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Emergency and Access Services. Other roles have included Health Equality Coordinator, Director, and Clinical Nurse, and part of the Aeromedical Transport Team. Skilled in Lean Six-Sigma and Studer principles, Russell specializes in coaching leaders in process and leadership change to increase the quality and efficiency of care. He also works keeps up his skills in urgent care with Access Medical Center. Russell has experience as a small business owner providing travel medical services and consulting and is also responsible for designing and implementing Forensic Nursing Services for a seven hospital system in south Texas. Russell has ADHD.

Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan

Suicide Prevention in the LGBTQAI+ Population

Brendan Ryan is a native of suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attained his Bachelor's of English at St. Joseph's University. He is an attempt survivor and is in recovery from depression & life in general. Brendan currently works for the ODMHSAS as a “Recovery Support Services Training Specialist,” where he trains and certifies Peer Recovery Support Specialists from around the state. He works closely with consumer advocacy agencies. In addition, he runs a fidelity monitoring program to ensure proper & ethical peer utilization statewide.

Kris Williams, B.A.

Kris Williams, B.A.

LGBTQ Youth Services

The panel will include several LGBTQ+ youth/young adult community representatives. They will share with you their experiences as gender and sexual minorities in today's political and social environment. They will discuss intersectionality and how that relates to their personal experience. We will discuss how health care professionals, family members, friends and allies can better support the LGBTQ+ community through educating on traumatic experiences and responses. 1. How to be a better ally 2. Why words matter; intent vs impact 3. How intersectionality affects the community 4. Learn from young voices about their experiences and how you can affect change

Christina Wright, DPT

Christina Wright, DPT

Pelvic floor physical therapy and the LGBTQ+ patient

Christina is a pelvic health physical therapist with OU Physicians Womens Pelvic and Bladder Health Clinic and faculty for the Gynecology department at OU Medicine. Christina also has received her sexuality educator and counselor certificate through the University of Michigan and is in the process of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists) certification. She is passionate about pelvic health and sexuality, especially in underserved populations, such as LGBTQ+ and oncologic patients. Her mission is to empower "anyone with a pelvis - or at least part of one" to improve their overall health, happiness, and sexual function; Christina greatly enjoys her role in the clinic and the classroom.