Board of Directors
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.
Stephanie York’s extensive career in Health and Wellness and her Holistic Health Practitioner’s license is a significant contribution to the TFSS team. After working with TFSS to help her with her sons transition, she has put her passion for helping others and her knowledge of medical systems to use as the TFSS Insurance Coordinator. Stephanie’s success with overturning surgery and medication denials is invaluable for our families. She is married, has three cis daughters, one trans son, and one beautiful grandchild(afab).
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, 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.
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
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.