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Morgan Mentzer

executive director, She/Her Pronouns

Morgan is a co-founder at the Lavender Rights Project and was once an auto-mechanic before attending law school. When she's not buried in emails, she is a drummer and singer in a local band, Militia Etheridge, and enjoys breaking and fixing things, perusing Second Use for building supplies, and rebuilding crappy cars.

 
 
 
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Dusty Weber LaMay, J.D.

Equal Justice Works Fellow for Trans Advocacy in Rural Places (TARP), He/Him Pronouns

Dusty started with LRP in 2016 as a volunteer intern before working as the organization’s Law Clerk and Grant Writer. He currently is the Equal Justice Works Fellow for the Trans Advocacy in Rural Places program which brings civil legal support and community programming to rural transgender people across Washington state. He studied law at UC Davis and has lived in the PNW for many years. He is deeply committed to all transgender liberation and creating worlds in which transgender people can thrive as their true selves.

 
 
 
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Stephanie Mueller

Attorney

Stephanie has been a criminal defense lawyer in Washington since 1990; before that, she worked with runaway and homeless teenagers at social service agencies in Chicago and Seattle. She likes spending time with her two groovy adult daughters and rocking out on the guitar with her garage band.  Stephanie has been transgender for her whole life, but only made it out of the closet in 2012. She will tell you that it has worked out really well.

 
 
 
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Jaelynn Scott

Director of HR & Operations

Jaelynn moved to the Pacific Northwest from Denver to serve as minister and director of a Unitarian Universalist education program. In her previous careers, she has worked as a Director of HR, Operations, and Education. She regularly preached and facilitated workshops on justice and mindfulness in her previous career as minister and religious educator. She is passionate about queer and trans* libration, sacred practices for self-care, decolonize labor practices, and mindfulness in the workplace.

 
 
 
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Anya Morgan

attorney, she/her pronouns

Anya is originally from California, but lived in Connecticut and Texas for several years before returning to the best coast. In 2017, she completed a year-long fellowship at Northwest Justice Project, providing civil legal services to low-income trans folks. Since joining LRP, Anya’s focus has primarily been representing kiddos in the foster care system and trans people in workplace discrimination cases. In her free time, Anya enjoys playing video games and petting every dog.

 
 
 
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Dorian Esper-Taylor

paralegal, he/they Pronouns

Dorian began as an advocate for the rights of folks with disabilities and surviving the experiences of institutional violence since their own life has been shaped and molded by such experiences. After years paving the way to advocate medical, housing, and transportation needs for himself and others, Dorian now attends school with hope of a Bachelors in Law and Policy. They hope to bring his motto "accessibility as an afterthought is the opposite of inclusion" into all gender-affirmative services and organizations. Dorian's other passion is all things Kayak.

 
 
 
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Jye Zehring

paralegal, They/Them Pronouns

Jye grew up in small town Pennsylvania. After graduating college, they moved to Oregon, Washington, and Missouri before making their home in Seattle. Jye began working as a legal assistant in 2014 and joined Lavender Rights Project in summer 2019. They enjoy photography, art, natural history, exploring nature, and spoiling their pets.

 
 
 
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Luke Savot

Communications & Development Manager, he/they Pronouns

Luke is a creative transplant from the Midwest, where he studied visual communications and women's, gender and sexuality studies. Luke is invested in community engagement, genuine and reciprocal relationship-building, intentional design, and liberation. He can be found making to-do lists, scoping out new-to-him coffee shops and bars, and binge-watching TV shows with his partner, roommates, and dog.

 
 
 
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Photograph by Mike Hensel

Penny Corbett

Accountant

Penny handles accounting. She spent decades at non-profit organizations and also internationally. Now she has the joy of time with her youngest grandchild and living near the ocean again.

 
 
 
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M. Benitez

Project Manager: Reckoning Trade Project, they/them Pronouns

M. Benitez is a former welder and PhD candidate writing a dissertation that brings together gender/sexuality, w.o.c. feminism, labor, and affect theory to analyze the intersections of identity and work through the experiences of non-traditional workers in blue-collar labor. Co-founder of the Reckoning Trade Project, they are focused on creating equitable, sustainable, and supportive employment opportunities.