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Staff & Volunteers

The Gender Expansion Project is a volunteer run and operated organization. Our work is made possible solely through the hard work and devotion of  dedicated community activists, organizers and professionals. Founded in 2008, the Gender Expansion Project, originally known as MontanaTDOR, set out with a goal of providing better education around those of gender diversity to help facilitate a positive movement forward for the transgender community of Montana.

Since its founding, the Gender Expansion Project has expanded its outreach through the creation of the Montana Gender Alliance, the GEP Trans* Resource Guide, GEP Legal Name Change Guide, GEP Resource Program, GEP Referral Program, the GEP GenderSpectrum, formerly known as the Transgender Day of Recognition and our newest addition, the Gender Expansion Project Trans* Health Conference.

Today, t he Gender Expansion Project’s mission is to promote gender inclusive education and awareness surrounding transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people through evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public and private policy and respect in transgender health and wellbeing.

We, as an organization, envision the future of the project bringing together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies and programs throughout Montana which promote health, research, education, respect, dignity and equality for transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people of Montana and beyond.

Meet Our Staff


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Bree Stephany Sutherland 

Executive Director, Gender Expansion Project

Bree Sutherland is a Montana native who attended the University of Montana for a degree in Social Work and Psychology, with an emphasis in LGBT studies and gender variance. She was responsible in the co-founding of MontanaTDOR, now known as the Gender Expansion Project, is heavily involved in working with the transgender community throughout the State of Montana, co-chair of the Western Montana Community Center and currently co-facilitates the Montana Gender Alliance Missoula Chapter, all in an effort toward a better tomorrow for the entire LGBTQQI Community.

Bree Sutherland has worked alongside organizations like  the Montana State University Queer Straight Alliance, the University of Montana Lambda Alliance, TransMSU, among other organizations.

Contact Bree Sutherland

bree.sutherland@genderexpansionproject.org

406-848-1220

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Shayna Chupein 

Programs Director, Gender Expansion Project

Shayna is a graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelors of Social Work and is currently a MSW candidate through the University of New England. She brings social work values of empowerment, cultural competency, and individual dignity and worth to her practice at GEP.
Shayna has a background in crisis work, mental health, and advocacy to the programs within GEP. She has a passion for education and community outreach and works closely with individuals and organizations in the hope to create a supportive, inclusive environment for all gender expansive individuals and their families.
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Contact Shayna Chupein

shayna.chupein@genderexpansionproject.org 

406-451-4129

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Programs Intern, Gender Expansion Project

Chloe Meltzer is a Master of Public Health student in Health Behavior/Health Promotion at the University of Arizona.  She graduated Cum Laude with her BS in Public Health from the University of Arizona in 2013.  Her focus is on sexual and reproductive health, social justice, minority health, and LGBT health access issues.  She was born in Portland, Oregon and still considers herself a Oregonian.  She will be spending her summer in Missoula, Montana in order to work on the Gender Expansion Project.  She is an avid runner and loves being outside (except during summers in Arizona).

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Contact Chloe Meltzer

chloe.meltzer@genderexpansionproject.org

 

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Marcus Ordane

Programs Intern & Social Work Advisor, Gender Expansion Project

Marcus Ordane is working toward his bachelors degree in psychology and will be seeking a master’s degree in forensic and legal psychology with a second degree in clinical mental health counseling. Marcus graduated high school in Great Falls, MT and began becoming involved in gender activism after moving to Missoula.

 

 

 

 

Contact Marcus Ordane

marcus.ordane@genderexpansionproject.org

 

photoTristyn Kellner 

Program Coordinator, Montana Gender Alliance

Tristyn Kellner serves as the lead program coordinator and group facilitator for the Montana Gender Alliance, a support and discussion group for individuals of gender diversity, their allies and supportive family members. Tristyn played a crucial role in the redevelopment and expansion of the Montana Gender Alliance and continues to serve as one of our lead facilitators for the Missoula Chapter of the Montana Gender Alliance.

Tristyn Kellner is a graduate of the University of Montana, where he received a degree in psychology with honors. During college, Tristyn studied LGBTQQI studies related to his field, as well as studied topics surround gender diversity. He knowledge and outgoingness have made him an excellent team leader for the Montana Gender Allinace and as a member of the Gender Expansion Project.

Contact Tristyn Kellner

tristyn.kellner@genderexpansionproject.org

 

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Bobbie Zenker

Group Facilitator, Montana Gender Alliance Helena Chapter

Born and raised in Ohio, Bobbie Zenker has lived in Montana for thirty years. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in 1980 with a BA in Photography and Fine Arts, and minors in English and Religious Studies. She came to Montana as a Jesuit Volunteer, and worked as the Director of a Residential Youth Treatment program for Native American Youth in Eastern Montana until attending law school at the University of Montana, graduating in 1992.

In nearly twenty years of public service law, She has served as a prosecutor, county attorney, and an appellate defender. She has submitted numerous briefs to the Montana Supreme Court, and currently am a disability and civil rights lawyer.

Contact Bobbie Zenker 

bobbie.zenker@genderexpansionproject.org

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Group Facilitator, Montana Gender Alliance Helena Chapter

Born in Puerto Rico, Marty Lived in Florida and earned her undergraduate degree from Florida Christian College in 2006 and moved to Billings Montana in 2009. Currently she is at the latter part of her Masters in Clinical & Counseling Psychology through Capella University. Upon graduation she will pursue licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and plans to specialize in LGBT clients. She currently serves on the board or the Montana Human Rights Network, Not In Our Town, and The L’Amare Foundation as well as facilitating the Montana Gender Alliance Billings Chapter and working to strengthen the GEP’s satellite work in Billings; additionally she is an active member of the Billings Unitarian Universalist and an LGBT Activist.

Contact Marty Ortiz  

marty.ortiz@genderexpansionproject.org
(406)272-2253

 

Volunteers & Interns


The Gender Expansion Project is a volunteer run and operated organization. Our work is made possible solely through the hard work and devotion of  dedicated community activists, organizers and professionals. Founded in 2008, the Gender Expansion Project, originally known as MontanaTDOR, set out with a goal of providing better education around those of gender diversity to help facilitate a positive movement forward for the transgender community of Montana.

The Gender Expansion Project is currently seeking dedicated volunteers and interns in the Missoula and outlying areas to help with the implementation and operations of the GEP Resource Program, GEP Referral Program, GEP GenderSpectrum, the planning and implementation of the Gender Expansion Project Trans* Health Conference and with bi-monthly operations and facilitation of the Montana Gender Alliance.

We are currently seeking interns to fill several crucial operational and management roles within the Gender Expansion Project, as well as a program intern for the Montana Gender Alliance.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or intern for the Gender Expansion Project? 

Please fill out our volunteer application or our intern application.

Questions about volunteering or becoming an intern? Please contact us at volunteers@genderexpansionproject.org