JoAnne Keatley received a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Beginning at UCSF in 1999, she was the founding Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. JoAnne was Co-Principal Investigator of the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS)-Transgender Evaluation and Technical Assistance (TETAC) Project. JoAnne has worked diligently to enhance transgender care services in California, the nation and the world. In partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), she co-authored the PAHO document “Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care to Transgender and Transsexual persons and their communities in Latin America and the Caribbean” that impacted the quality of transgender care throughout the region.
In 2015 she was co-chair of the development committee responsible for the TRANSIT, a UNDP, USAID and WHO sponsored guideline for working with transgender people. In 2016 she was a guest editor of the JIAS special issue HIV Epidemics among Transgender Populations. JoAnne has directed multiple federally funded research and HIV prevention projects and has consulted on transgender health at the World Health Organization, the NIH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA and at the White House.
JoAnne has received numerous awards and recognition including, in 2001, being the first staff recipient of the UCSF Chancellor's Award for LGBT Leadership, in 2009 the UCSF Martin Luther King Jr. Chancellor’s Award for advancing cultural diversity and social justice on campus, and in 2015 was recognized by the State of California for LGBT leadership. JoAnne was one of the original members and co-chairs of the IRGT while the organization was still a reference group. As IRGT evolved into a stand alone non profit she has worked with the IRGT executive committee to oversee it's incorporation and was honored in 2017 to be elected the organizations first Chair of the Board .
Vice Chair for Organizational Development
Leigh Ann van der Merwe
Vice Chair for External Communications/Social Media
Jana Villayzan Aguilar
Jana Villayzan Aguilar is a trans woman activist focused on Human Rights for trans women in Peru and Latin America and founder of RED TRANS PERU. Villayzan has a masters in public health focused on gender, sexuality, and reproductive health from the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia.
She has collaborated with different research projects working with trans women in Peru. She has participated in social and epidemiological research on HIV and human rights issues.
Villayzan has over 16 years of experience and is the founder of the trans movement in Peru and is the Executive Director of Red Nacional por los Derechos de las Personas Travesties, Trangeneno y Transexual in Peru (RED Trans Peru).
My name is Joseph Abdallah Dalidali,I was born in 1994 April of 22,I finished my primary level in 2009 at certain school called Academic international school, In 2012 I graduated my secondary education....And I joined college (Institute of Accounts Arusha) I took my certificate of Accounts in 2016.
Currently I’m working with organization called HEAT....(House of Empowerment and Awareness Tanzania) it deals with bringing of awareness especially for trans.
Devanand Milton is a Transgender who is actively involved in the planning, implementation and oversight of HIV and AIDS in Guyana. I am Vice Chair and Transgender representative on the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Global Fund in Guyana.
I have obtained formal education from Stewartville Secondary School and Nations University. At these institutions I obtained General Cambridge Certificates in the area of Science and a Diploma in Business Management and Finance from Cambridge University.
I am entrusted with the responsibility to share HIV prevention messages, encourages early HIV Counseling and Testing, referral for sexual health services, distribution of condoms and water base lubricants and distribution of Biological Behavior Communication materials. I also conduct Support Group Meetings with HIV+ and Key Population (KP) who was not tested in more than six months. I gave psychosocial support counseling to peers. I also prepare monthly reports for review on HIV prevention progress.
I am also responsible to supervise and support grass roots individuals from the Key Population, in programmes relating to Stigma and Discrimination, Gender Base Violence, Counseling and Testing (HCT), Care and Treatment as well as programme monitoring and reporting - Technical and Financial. These two distant roles create an opportunity for me to understand HIV implementation both at programme and implementation level. I am able to understand the unique needs of Key Population while promoting interventions at programme level to meet these needs.
I am a NGO Delegation Member on UNAIDS PCB representing Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This current portfolio also entails networking with both National and International Stakeholders so as to advance the cause and needs of Transgender individuals and members of the Key Population.