Robin Mathias helped ISNA incorporate and grow into the organization it is today. Robin is Executive Consultant for FourThought Group, Inc., where she is creating best practices for Medicaid policy, systems and operations. Robin’s own website, MathiasConsulting.com is a valuable resource for the insurance industry and publicly financed healthcare programs in their fight to dramatically decrease the expenses caused by healthcare fraud. She speaks about Medicaid reform and healthcare fraud and abuse at conferences nationwide, including the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, Managing Managed Care Claims, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Insurance Fraud Conference. She is interviewed in the media and made her television debut on CNBC in a live interview about alleged healthcare fraud at Tenet Hospitals. Robin is a board member for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.
Sallie Foley is a social worker with a strong background in education and sex therapy. Her interest in the emotional and sexual consequences of genital surgeries on children dates back to 1992, when she and University of Michigan surgeon George Morley published an article pointing out that counseling and alternatives to surgery were better treatments for girls born with vaginal agenesis. Their article, Care and Counseling of the Patient with Vaginal Agenesis was published in the journal The Female Patient. Sallie was responsible for bringing to ISNA the talents of Christine Feick as an intern and mentored Christine while they two of them helped write drafts of ISNA’s parents’ and clinical handbooks. Additionally, Sallie appeared in ISNA’s ground-breaking video Total Patient Care and has written for our website.
Sam Ferguson was a volunteer in the ISNA office during the time that we shared office space in San Francisco with several other nonprofits. Sam also participated in ISNA presentations for medical students and others around the Bay Area.
Sherry Groveman Morris is an attorney and intersex activist who founded the US branch of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group in 1995. Ms. Groveman has been a frequent lecturer on the topic of intersex at medical conferences throughout the world. She has given presentations to the Royal Society of Medicine Endocrine Section, the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Society and the European Pediatric Urology Association in Turkey. In addition, Ms. Groveman has been a featured speaker on the subject of intersex at the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Center, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Full Circle of Women (a retreat for transgendered and intersex women sponsored by the Los Angeles Center for Gender Sanity).
Sunny Nordmarken worked as an intern for ISNA and helped ED Monica Casper conduct research about CAH testing and diagnosis. Sunny is currently helping United Genders of the Universe to assemble a speakers bureau. She also works as a children’s counselor in a group home in San Francisco and plans to continue her work with children by studying innovative therapy techniques that involve play and performance.
Sydney Levy served as ISNA’s Board Secretary and Treasurer. Born in Venezuela and schooled in Israel, Sydney speaks Spanish and Hebrew as well as English. An immigrant himself, he belongs to a family of immigrants where each of the last three generations was raised on a different continent. Sydney has worked with the Bar Association of San Francisco assisting low-income HIV-positive immigrants overcome the HIV exclusion. As Coordinator of the Asylum Project of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Thea Hillman served as the Chair of ISNA’s Board. She is a writer and intersex activist from San Francisco. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Depending on the Light. A San Francisco poetry slam champion with an MFA in English/Creative Writing, Thea has performed her work at festivals, bookstores, and reading series across the country. She has produced many performance events, including the sold-out Intercourse: A Sex and Gender Spoken Word Recipe for Revolution for the 2001 National Queer Arts Festival. She is on the Mills College Board of Trustees and one of the coproducers of ForWord Girls, the first inclusive all-girl spoken word festival. Visit her website for more on her work. Thea was also a key figure in helping the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to conduct the investigation and testified during the subsequent meetings.
Former chair of ISNA’s Medical Advisory Board, Vernon A. Rosario MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is a child psychiatrist working in private practice and with LGBTI foster children. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University, and his M.D. from the Harvard Medical School-M.I.T. Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He is co-editor with Paula Bennett of Solitary Pleasures: The Historical, Literary, and Artistic Discourses of Autoeroticism (1995) and the editor of Science and Homosexualities (1997). He is the author of The Erotic Imagination: French Histories of Perversity (1997) and Homosexuality and Science: A Guide to the Debates (2002). His current research interest is in transgender and intersex children and adolescents.
William Hanley, A.A., B.A. (Board President) has been in the healthcare field for over 19 years, practicing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. He holds an A.A. in Occupational Therapy, B.A. in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration and is currently working on a M.A. in Applied Urban and Medical Anthropology with an anticipated graduation in December 2006.
Hanley’s undergraduate and graduate coursework have centered on a special interest in GLBTI studies, especially issues related to the healthcare needs of this population, and he brings this passion and expertise to the ISNA Board. Hanley believes there is a real need for a patient-centered model of healthcare that will better serve the DSD and transsexual populations. He is particularly interested in studies about the long-term effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on patient well-being.