Board of Directors

 

Officers

President, Nick Vary (he/they)

Nick is an indigenous, intersex activist, who also happens to be non-binary, transgender and gay. He is a published author, who writes on the intricacies of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonization, and how they orchestrated today’s gender disaster.

Growing up in a variety of towns and states, Nick currently resides in Colorado. If forced to name one place as his home, he’d probably choose Narnia or Middle Earth. His published works can be found in Otherwise Christian (volumes 1, 2 and 3), as well as The Spectrum of Sex.

He is currently writing a series of “intersex survival guides” to help intersex folks and their parents navigate healthcare, travel, and other situations in today’s world.

Treasurer, Ravid Nash (she/they)

Currently managing a software development team, Ravid grew up in an environment where her family created spaces to have people’s stories told. She strives to bring her technical expertise to help InterConnect achieve its mission of creating a similar safe space for the intersex community.

Ravid has been a member for over two years. Finding InterConnect on the advice of a therapist, the moment she attended her first meeting, Ravid realized she had “found my people”. She believes that everyone needs a place to share their story and be seen.

Secretary, Adam Davies (they/them)

Adam Davies works in the intersex clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Wanting to use their experience in creating support groups for youth and improve youth programming, Adam lives in Chicago with their brother and a very fat orange and white cat, Colby Jack.

When first taking their job, they knew very few intersex adults and felt so isolated, but attending the InterConnect Conference showed that we aren’t alone. Adam wants others to have that experience too!

Members-At-Large

Jennifer Levine (she/her, they/them)

Jennifer specializes in clinical patient recruitment and community outreach for a biopharmaceutical company in New York City. Put simply, she helps research sites enroll clinical studies in order to find new treatments for diseases and conditions of the central nervous system, such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, fibromyalgia and narcolepsy. She’s also a Certified Meeting Planner, specializing in pharmaceutical/medical conferences as well as patient outreach events.

She has been a member of InterConnect since 2015, having that year decided to live her truth, speaking up against intersex erasure and surgery in all parts of her life, including via her YouTube and Instagram. She’s also a dog mom to a “super chihuahua” named Mochi, enjoys hip hop dancing and long-distance running and will not shut up if you talk to her about pretty much any TV show or movie from the last 45 years.

She can be reached on most social media as @jennlevine.

James Knudtson (they/them)

James lives a very intersectional life as intersex, autistic, and physically disabled.  They look forward to improving intersectionality in the organization’s fundamental identity as well as working in areas of fundraising, with a specific interest in creating collaborative opportunities for our community’s authors, artists, and makers.  James has experience working in, and with, nonprofits during most of their life.

InterConnect changed James’ life and has provided many meaningful relationships. With this new found home, they seek to give back to our community.

Elizabeth Chan (she/her)

By day she works at a college as an Associate Dean, but on afternoons and weekends Elizabeth assumes the proud roles of gym mom and dance mom to her two boys.  She wants to reach out to families with intersex children and provide them with support, education, and most importantly help them overcome their fears.

Elizabeth came to her first InterConnect Conference five years ago.  As an intersex person, she found the connections she made and the sense of belonging at that conference invaluable.

Liat Feller (she/they)

Liat is a college student, special educator, and intersex activist from Stamford, Connecticut.  As a queer, disabled, intersex Jewish woman, she is a passionate advocate for intersex inclusive, weight-neutral, gender-affirming practices in medical, spiritual, and educational settings.

At her first InterConnect conference, she felt the life-changing impact of intersex support, healing, and community.  That’s when Liat knew she wanted to be a part of the InterConnect team and help share that healing impact with other intersex individuals.

Ryan Burningham (he/him)

Ryan has a degree in International Studies and started his career in the non-profit space, with a special focus on disability and refugee work.  Now, as the CEO and Founder of the largest VR marketing agency, his company specializes in community growth, in-person events and digital marketing.

After being a part of many online communities for quite some time, Ryan appreciated attending the InterConnect conference in 2023.  As an intersex person, he found it wonderful to connect with others whose stories had so many commonalities with his own.

Staff

Communications and Support Coordinator, Marissa Adams (she/her)

Marissa is the Communications and Support Coordinator at InterConnect, a role she had since 2020.  In her role, she supports intersex adults, children, and their families, welcoming them into to a space where they feel celebrated and supported.

Marissa is also the liaison for InterConnect‘s board of directors and the Medical Advisory Board.  Marissa has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University and is also interested in research focused on behavioral health and trauma informed medical care.

Social Media and Peer Support Specialist, Sam Sharpe (they/them)

A PhD candidate in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, Sam received a BA in Biology from Carleton College. They completed a fellowship in science communication in 2016 and have given presentations at local and national conferences on plant evolutionary ecology, increasing inclusion in STEM education, and understanding biological variation in sex and gender.

Sam previously served as a member of the executive board of Gender Collective, a student organization that provides community, activism, and education on issues surrounding trans and gender non-conforming students.

Peer Support Specialist, Lace (no pronouns)

Before joining InterConnect, Lace has been a facilitator for other groups starting in 2001 such as Community Connections and The Whitman-Walker Clinic, both of of Washington, DC., and On Our Own of Montgomery County. At forty-seven years old, Lace lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with Gabby, a beautiful long haired tabby cat.

A member since 2014, Lace finds InterConnect means being supported and joining in partnership with people sharing the same issues. Lace enjoys facilitating groups and it’s been a major part of Lace’s life. The support we get from these groups is invaluable!

We’re in this together.

InterConnect is committed to building a community for all intersex people, their families, and allies. A space where you are heard, valued, and embraced regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background, ability, experience, or perspective. A community where you can bring your whole self. We’re in this together, join us.

Our Mission:

InterConnect is a compassionate and affirming community of intersex individuals, family members and allies, working together to promote a better quality of life through connection, support, education and awareness.

Our Vision:

A world in which intersex individuals are celebrated as a natural variation of human biology, and all intersex people feel safe, seen and supported.

Our Values:

We value the journey of intersex people, their families and allies, who support our right to self-determination, dignity, and purpose.

Be.SEEN

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