I have been a trans activist and educator ever since I transitioned, to pay forward what others have done for me. My role on the LAGC Board is to continue that work, to help others assist and support trans and GNC youth and adults, educate the public, and provide outstanding care to people in our community.
Dr. Rob Veis was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been a practicing dentist in LA for over 30 years. He is also CEO of a large dental laboratory with affiliate offices throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and Taiwan. Being an active part of LA’s diverse community has always been important to Rob and as soon as he finished school he became a “Big Brother” through Big Brothers of America. Providing healthcare has been Rob’s passion and he is a strong believer that accessible healthcare for all is a must.Rob joined the LAGC board in the hope that his business experience can help further LAGC’s mission to serve transgender and gender nonconforming communities.
I am very pleased to continue my long association with the Los Angeles Gender Center. Early in my career as a psychotherapist, I saw many clients who were transgender or whose experience of gender was outside of the culture-bound gender binary. Having worked in community settings, I wanted to create a space where professionals specializing in the fields of gender and sexuality could come together to discuss their work, find support, develop necessary competencies, and cultivate their clinical skills. In 1992, this collaboration of therapists became the Los Angeles Gender Center. It is a gratifying experience to still be a part of an organization that continues to evolve, deepening and expanding its mission.
Ralph Bruneau, PhD, LMFT has had a private practice in Larchmont Village for 25 years. He has taught at Antioch and The Southern California Counseling Center. He served on the AAMFT-CA Board for 6 years where he created Certification Programs in Substance Use Disorders and LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy. He worked closely with the LA Gender Center on their contribution to the LGBT curriculum and was very pleased to be asked to join the Board to continue the collaboration. Ralph has been recognized by the American Association For Marriage and Family therapy for his contributions to the field.
Debi Jackson lives with her husband and two children in Kansas City, Missouri. She became an advocate for transgender rights in 2014 when her speech about her daughter's transition at the age of 4 went viral. The self-described "conservative Southern Baptist Republican from Alabama" now speaks on behalf of transgender children and their families around the world. In 2016, she was awarded the NEA LGBTQ Caucus Role Model Award for her contributions to education about the LGBTQ+ community. She trains schools across the US on creating trans-inclusive policies and how to best support students through their transitions.