Meet Our Staff
& Board Members

At Zepp Wellness, our staff and board look like you; your needs are our priority- focusing on safe housing, trauma recovery & management, stress & harm reduction, and various holistic healing services.

Tabytha Gonzalez

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Tabytha is a TGNB community educator, public policy advocate, activist, outreach coordinator, office manager and mom in New York. Tabytha attends Hostos Community College-seeking her LMSW. She is also fluent in American Sign Language.

Director of Black Trans Services

Chanel Lopez

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Chanel is a trans woman of color who is an activist and advocate for the trans/TGNC and non-binary community. Chanel is currently the transgender community liaison at the city commision on human rights in her city.

Run Me My Coin Facilitator

Kisha

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Run Me My Coin Facilitator

Kisha is a Black Trans woman from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently employed by the City of New York as a Residential Aid in a homeless shelter. Kisha is passionate about her community and serves as a Rent Relief Coordinator for Zepp Wellness Center's 'Run Me My Coin' fund for Trans women navigating s-x work.

Mercy

Kelly

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Mercy is a Brooklyn-based Black trans visual artist, model, and advocate who isn’t here to be your teachable moment. Mercy is a founding member and artist in residence at Public Assistants, a mutual aid network, design lab, and resistance hub where she focuses on the beauty of fat, femme body performance as liberation. Mercy is passionate about expanding narratives and understandings of what it means to be trans, moving towards re-idealizing the notion of what it means to have a body. Mercy is interested in the ways we map desire, paying particular attention to how hue, color, size, and shape form our deepest longings.

Art Class Instructor

Marie Baptiste

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Marie is a recent graduate of Florida International University where she received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Marie is the firstborn child of Haitian immigrant parents and is hoping to work with immigrants in the future, especially helping them work through whatever traumas that they may have experienced during their migration and subsequent journey in the so-called United States.

Therapist

Raquel

Savage

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Raquel is a Therapist, Sex Educator and Sex Worker. She is trained as a counselor, specifically in Marriage and Family Therapy. She facilitates coaching, in-person sessions for residents of Florida, and online sessions for non-Florida residents. Additionally Raquel facilitates our online support group for femme-identified Sex Workers in collaboration with the Equitable Care Certification. Raquel took the tools taught in white supremacist, cisheteropatriarchal, capitalist graduate programs and uses them to heal the community she serves from a decolonized perspective.

Founder, Therapist

Leah

Santos

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Leah is the founder of Ashe Vibes, a holistic self-care brand dedicated to women’s wellness. She is currently pursuing a masters in oriental medicine and is projected to begin practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine in 2022. Leah is both a student and teacher of Taoist energy work and specializes in qigong & neigong. It is through this work that she hopes to enhance the vitality and longevity of womxn everywhere.

Trauma Informed Energy Work

Norma

Uriostegui

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Norma Uriostegui (she/hers) is a yoga instructor and forever a yoga student, having practiced for over 8 years and always learning different ways of embodying this practice, on and off the mat. She is a community organizer with a firm belief in personal liberation and transformation for the sake of collective liberation and transformation - that one cannot exist without the other and both need to be practiced simultaneously in order to truly get free.

Yoga Instructor

Mel

Diane

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Mel is a first generation Mexican-American woman raised on Wichita, Kansa, Sioux, Osage Land (SE Kansas). Melissa’s passion for this work comes from lived experience as a bisexual non-black person of color, survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and a sexual assault survivor (SAS) maneuvering through this world. As a child of immigrant parents, she has seen the constant violence toward immigrant communities first hand. Their internal fire fuels their desire to create and be of service to liberation. Melissa believes creativity is required to imagine a world free of oppressive systems.

Communications Director

Meagan

Jain

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Meagan is a Brooklyn-based painter, muralist, and empowerment educator. For over a decade, Meagan has taught and inspired thousands of people ages 7-107 how to engage with creativity and find empowerment through painting. Meagan’s focus is to break down barriers of ageism, sexism, and fatphobia by giving people artful tools to amplify new ideas of self-love, confidence, and acceptance.

Art Class Instructor

ANGIE

GUNN

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Angie Gunn LCSW CST, is an unapologetic badass seeking to effectively navigate & dismantle systems of oppression at every level. As a queer, kinky, non-monogamous abuse survivor and sex worker, she’s experienced the daily fight to balance personal and professional fulfillment and sexual expression. Through mediation, workshop facilitation and one on one support, her goal is personal integration with all the parts of herself, to provide transformation for all the parts of each of you, your relationships, and your communities.

Clinical Director

Board Members

TS CANDII

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TS Candii is a leader in the social justice movement for Black and Brown Trans Civil Rights. As a former sex worker, TS Candii uses her first hand experience with racial and transgender profiling, as well as employment and housing discrimination, to expose the roots of transphobia and white supremacy. In 2020 TS Candii founded Black Trans Nation (BTN) and & Black Trans Nation NY (BTNNY), organizations which seek to uplift black and brown trans people and GNCP through advocacy for policy changes and helping get trans people elected to public office. She has been a leader in the movement to ban the policing practice of arresting trans women for soliciting prostitution, also known as “Walking While Trans." Her work, along with many others, saw the law officially repealed and expunged on February 2, 2021

News & Media

MICAH

HOBBES

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Micah Hobbes Frazier is a Black queer mixed-gendered facilitator, somatic coach/healer, and magic maker. Micah facilitates spaces for individuals and organizations engaged in transformative work to address conflict and harm/violence, work through trauma and grief/loss, and create sustainable culture and practices that are aligned with their principles, mission, and vision. His work identifies and names the long term impacts of trauma and oppression, increases compassion for the different ways in which people survive/heal, and creates effective strategies for working with and transforming trauma.

Accountability Squad

NATALIE

PIERRE-LOUIS

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Natalie Pierre-Louis is a licensed attorney and business formation specialist. She helps creatives and entrepreneurs navigate the legal steps during the startup phase of business. She is passionate about making business and legal education as accessible to everyone as possible as she truly believes that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to improve one's life circumstances. She teaches through a combination of one-on-one coaching, digital products and a live show on social media where she teaches business concepts using pop culture and celebrity news.

Legal

GRETCHEN

ROHR

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Gretchen manages Open Society Foundation’s US grantmaking on community accountability for violence, harm reduction and diversion resources to end arrests for drug involvement, sex work and street economies. Gretchen most enjoys working on a participatory fund alongside healers and field activists, developing infrastructure for a transformative justice movement led by survivors failed by policing, imprisonment and state surveillance. In her free time, Gretchen serves on the Board of Directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and serves as an associate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

Fundraising & Programs

LEILA

RAVEN

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Leila Raven is a Caribbean queer mama and community organizer. She worked on the campaigns against the criminalization of sex work in New York and Washington, DC, and she was a creator of the 8 to Abolition platform for building safer communities without prisons or policing. She loves cats, books, and dance cardio.

Fundraising & Finances

CARMEN

SANTOS

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Carmen has been an active entertainer for the past 9 years and is ready to share all her industry knowledge with you. She has spent the last decade researching communication, sales, and psychology while applying it to her dancing career. Along the way, she has had the pleasure of meeting and learning from some very talented, generous, ambitious, and empathetic entertainers. Racks to Riches- builds educational tools for strippers and digital sex workers with a focus on sales training, personal financial management, and community building.

Fundraising & Finances

PAM

ZAPPARDINO

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Coming Soon.

Co-Chair