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.
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.
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.
Arin McNeese has vast experience in a community health outreach, specific to the HIV population, homeless, and transgender community. He holds BS and MS in Quality Systems Management. Arin spent over two decades managing and operating specialty pharmacy services, including ensuring indigent and low-income patients with chronic diseases receive their life-saving medications. Arin volunteered for the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition from 2005-12.
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
Angela Tyler, is an Administrative Specialist at the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. She has been with the UC system in healthcare for 20+ years. Angela previously was the community Advocate for AIDS Healthcare Foundation which provides HIV testing and counseling services for girls and women of color through the CDC program S.I.S.T.A (Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS) in the South Central Los Angeles area. She is a member of the UCSD LBGTQ Resource Center, and is a proud parent of a transgender son.
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.
Kelley Keatly is an educational therapist in Encinitas that specializes in research-based approaches to aid learning challenges. She taught in the public school system for over 11 years and was an active board member of a prominent North County charter school. Kelley holds a B.A. from U.C.S.D. and she received post-college education from the same university. She is dedicated to creating a stigma-free environment for all transgender persons especially children. She is very proud to have a transgender person in her family.
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.
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.