Board Members

De Sube

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De Sube 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 10 years ago and is one of the founders of the  Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia. She serves as Treasurer to the Board of Directors and is a member of the homeless emergency response team.

Jay Corprew

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 Jay Corprew is a community advocate, activist and organizer. He’s lived in Virginia for 5 years.   "I know what it's like to be Trans and homeless, denied help because of being trans and have nowhere to go. Having zero knowledge of where is safe for me and when my next meal will be. I was homeless 3 times in my life over the course of 7 years. I survived that time of my life, and this is my way of giving back and helping my community. Thank you for knowing me and supporting me."  He serves as Director of Trans Visibilty.

Melissa Arehart

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 Melissa Arehart 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 TAPVA."

Melissa lives in Portsmouth with her partner Barbara and enjoys photography in her free time.

Kat Dunleavy

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Katherine Dunleavy is a Norfolk resident and community activist, with a focus on trans', women's and prisoner's rights. They are an original founding board member of TAPVA. In their spare time they make art, takes photos, and volunteers with local groups. She serves as Board Secretary and Director of Digital Communications.

Sarah Hustead

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 Sarah Hustead is a Hampton Roads, Virginia native. They are a Senior at Old Dominion University studying Poli Sci with a double minor in Human Services and Addiction Treatment and Prevention. They are also the President of ODU’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance,  and a graduate of Campus Pride’s LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy.  They serve as Director of Trans Organizing and Director of Volunteers.

Martina Jonas

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 Martina was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area. They are an ODU alum, and they currently teach at Hampton University.  In addition to their dedication to helping the trans homeless community and being vocal about trans rights, Martina is an advocate of trans POC visibility, and their passions include showcasing and giving voice to trans POC artists. Martina is a musician and bird enthusiast, and they currently reside in Portsmouth with their husband, dog, and finches 

Jeannie Neil Bale

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Jeannie Neil Bale 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. 

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