Board of Directors

Veronica Zerrer


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.

Kate Budd


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.

Chuck Goehring


Chuck Goehring, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and an Associate Graduate Faculty in Women’s Studies at SDSU. His research & teaching incorporates the study of gender, communication and rhetoric. Chuck presented his insights on gender identity and communication to the American Montessori Society, at academic conferences, and in classroom settings. He is a SafeZone Ally on campus. Chuck is the proud father of a transgender son.

Sarah Goehring

board Member

Sarah Goehring is a devoted advocate and ally of the LGBTQ community. As a parent of a transgender child, Sarah hopes to inspire and educate other families during their own incredible and challenging journey. Sarah has volunteered for many years in support of transgender rights, and firmly believes that more can be done to foster an accepting, safe and equal world for transgender youth. Sarah works part-time as a financial planning assistant, and full-time as the mom to two amazing sons. 

Al Johnson

board member

Al Johnson is a Social Work student at San Diego City College. They have been working with professors at Miramar to improve Safe Zone trainings and to encourage more departments to participate. They also attend workshops and events as a panel speaker sharing their experiences as a trans person. Their main work is with local youth, providing resources to GSA’s and facilitating support groups

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

Donn Vickrey

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Donn Vickrey, PhD, CPA, CFE. A former accounting professor at the University of San Diego, Donn co-founded Pacific Square Research, Gradient Analytics, Verus Analytics and Equity Methods. Donn is recognized among the top forensic accountants, with a focus on quality of earnings, corporate insider trading behavior and behavioral economics. Donn is the proud father of a transgender child.

Karen Grossman

board Member

Karen is a nonprofit development professional  She has worked passionately for our local military & veteran families and at risk youth. Karen earned her BA in International Relations/French Studies and a MBA in Marketing from The American University.  She launched her career  at Young & Rubicam  where she contributed to the strategic development and execution of campaigns for  consumer  products like JELL-O, SEARS, KFC, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive to name a few. Karen was recognized for her volunteer impact as a community advocate with the Presidential Service award. She  is the proud mother of a transgender son.


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