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A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness

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Board Members

De Sube

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De Sube (she/her) has been a transgender advocate and activist for 25 years. She is happily retired, which gives her ample to time to follow her passion -  the transgender community. She founded the Gender Expression Movement support group almost 12 years ago and is one of the founding members of the  Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia. She serves as Chairperson, Director of Client Services & Treasurer.

Jay Corprew

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Jay Corprew (he/him) is a poet, mentor and local artist, who dedicates his time to advocacy, education and activism in the community. Jay became homeless on three different occasions in his life. “I know what it’s like being homeless and denied help because I was transgender, not knowing any resources for us even existed, that’s why I joined TAP VA, because it’s lifesaving.” Jay facilitates the Queer People of Color peer support group, and co-facilitates the Trans-masculine peer support group at the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk, Virginia. He joined the Equality Virginia Trans Speakers Bureau in 2019. He currently resides in Virginia Beach with his wife. Jay serves as Director of Organizing. 

Melissa Arehart

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 Melissa Arehart (she/her) has lived in the Hampton Roads area for 30+ years. She transitioned later in life, and  decided early on in her transition that it was important to use her life experiences and knowledge to be of service to the trans community.

"When I came out a few years ago, I realized that I wasn't alone. This is a very important message for all trans people. The trans community has support from people who truly care about their well being. There is help out there for those who need it. This is why I chose to be a director of TAP VA."

Melissa lives in Portsmouth with her partner Barbara and enjoys photography in her free time. She serves as the Director of Resources.

Katherine Kaywinnet

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Katherine Kaywinnet (she/her) is a Norfolk resident and community activist, with a focus on transgender rights and community-building. She is also an artist who can often be found cross-stitching nerdy and political art at local hangouts throughout Hampton Roads.  Katherine is a founding board member of TAP Virginia and serves as Director of Marketing.

Sarah Hustead

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 Sarah Hustead (they/them/theirs) is a community activist and non-profit professional who has been working with TAP Virginia since the beginning of 2018. Starting as a volunteer and eventually becoming a Director, Sarah is responsible for our development as an organization. They work on community partnerships, grants, event-planning, and fundraising. Sarah holds a B.S. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and works at a local non-profit doing community engagement and marketing work. Sarah enjoys hanging out with their partner, running, and watching Masterchef Junior in their free time. 

Martina Armand Fortin-Jonas

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Armand (they/he) was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area, and they currently teach at Hampton University.  In addition to their dedication to helping the transgender homeless community and being vocal about trans rights, Armand advocates for trans POC visibility, and they are passionate about promoting trans POC artists. In 2019, they became a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Speakers Bureau.  Armand is a musician and bird enthusiast, and he currently resides in Norfolk.  They serve as Director of Volunteers.

Jeannie Neil Bale

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Jeannie Neil Bale (she/her) is a small business owner on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Transgender activist.  She’s passionate about Trans rights and educating others.  She’s a strong advocate of fostering change through education and awareness as well as creating safe and open venues for all in the LGBTQ community. She serves as Director of Capacity Building.

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