Board of Directors

Kate Budd

President

Kate Budd brings extensive marketing and organizational development experience to TFSS. As the parent of a transgender child, she is dedicated to using her skills to help ensure the education and advocacy work of TFSS can continue to grow. Kate is the local coordinator for the Bikes for Kids Foundation and works full time as the COO of a national insurance lead brokerage. She has a BA in Communications from the University of San Diego and enjoys hiking, yoga, and travel.

Kristine Grandlund

Treasurer - she/her

Kristine is a well-rounded, human resources, sales and marketing professional with expertise in business planning, accounting, employee relations, creating marketing assets and more. She holds a human resource certificate from Mira Costa College and comes with more than 20 years of real-world business experience and customer-relationship building. Kristine lives in Oceanside, California. Supporting her transgender son has led her further into allyship and advocacy. She brings her passion for learning and helping others learn more about the barriers facing our trans family members to the TFSS mission.

Jesse Pullen

secretary - Him/His

Jesse Pullen, Chief Petty Officer, is an active duty military member with 11 years of service and was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He transitioned in 2017, with a long history of volunteering within the LGBTQ+ community. His passion for connecting with folks and volunteering in the community led him to TransFamily Support Services. He joined the TFSS board because he believes the organization’s mission can truly affect change. Jesse holds AS degrees in both Business Administration and Human Resources. 

Arin White

BOARD MEMBER ​

Arin White has been active in the community for the last 3 years. He is a trans male that helps facilitate groups at the LGBTQ Center. Currently, Arin is playing a major role in planning Trans Pride for the San Diego Community and also volunteered his time last year during Pride.  He joined TFSS to continue to help build community and increase trans visibility.  Arin has been a dog groomer for over 14 years and currently works at City Dog in downtown San Diego

Paulo Batista

he/him/his

Paulo’s outstanding customer service and leadership skills have spanned many different industries, nationwide, from fitness to security to cosmetology, the arts, education and retail. He is now a Target property manager. A 36-year old transgender male, Paulo is a 12 -year fitness athlete and body builder, Paulo trains in the gym as a competitive bodybuilder and has competed in numerous competitions. His passion lies in helping others understand fitness and advocating in simplicity. He also serves as a mentor for trans youth and a fierce transgender activist.

Joan Irving​

SHE/HER/HERS​

Joan is the proud parent of a non-binary trans masculine child. She was first introduced to TFSS when she sought education, resources and support. Joan has personally witnessed the shift among families from anxiety, worry and lack of knowledge to a place of loving calm and resilience. She is also a Board Member for the Escondido Arts Partnership and has been a major contributor to the arts community and brings her experience, energy, passion and expertise to TFSS, driven by the mission to foster a clear vision of advocacy for the future. 

Veronica Zerrer​​

PRESIDENT EMERITUS​​

Veronica is a retired US Army Major & transitioned in 1998. Her professional experience includes military, civilian government & nonprofit executive level positions. Veronica’s served seniors, the disabled, homeless, & the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. She was the Director of Development for the Orange County LGBT Community Center, was on the board of the LA Chapter of ACLU, and currently is Board President for The Neutral Corner Inc., a local transgender nonprofit organization.

Michael PJ Dillaway

he/him

Michael, a proud parent of a trans teen, has been on the beneficiary end of TFSS and serves on the board in order to give back to the community by providing strategic guidance to an organization that he sees as a lifeline to many families. His professional background includes financial and investment advising, as well as employee leadership. Michael lives in North San Diego County with his family.

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