About UsMeet the Transcend Charlotte team!
Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA
Trey Greene is a transgender man and social worker who is passionate about supporting individuals who are struggling because of their identity, experiences, or beliefs. He has spent several years working in mental health case management mainly serving adults struggling with mental illness and substance use. Along with specializing in issues related to gender, Trey is a clinician and educator on trauma prevention and recovery, with a special focus on trauma associated with sexual assault. He practices from a trauma informed, person-centered, and empowerment-based framework. Aside from his work at Transcend Charlotte, he also provides therapy through his priviate practice and at Time Out Youth. He is a proud introvert, hardcore gamer, and loves his evil cat, Gabriel. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
President/Support Group Facilitator
Native New Yorker Cole Monroe studied Music Business at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Cole has a long history of passionately wanting to help others dating back to age 11 when he approached a local animal shelter to fill out a volunteer application. Cole now owns a small record label and music publishing company, where a percentage of profits from album sales are donated to small non-profit organizations. When not working or playing music, Cole spends time hiking, cooking, and driving with the radio turned up to 30. Contact him at email@example.com
Vice President/Support Group Facilitator
Adrian Chavez served in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. He works as a nuclear operator at Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station, where he transitioned from female to male. His transition, being the first for Duke Energy, helped to establish the company’s gender transition policy. Adrian, along with board members for the LGBT employee resource group, helped to add transgender health coverage to the company’s existing health coverage policy. Adrian has participated in discussion panels for future and current health care and mental health providers to discuss the do’s and don’t’s of treating transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. He and his beautiful and loving wife, Silvia, have navigated transitioning and coming out, and joined Transcend Charlotte to help others on their journey to living authentically. Feel free to reach out to Adrian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claire Alessi, MTS, MSW, LCSWA
Claire Alessi is a therapist at Jewish Family Services, where she provides clinical and case management services. These interventions include assessing and implementing therapeutic treatment based on individual need, connecting clients to public and private resources available in Mecklenburg and its surrounding counties, and facilitating group programming throughout the Shalom Park community. Claire received her Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May of 2016 and Masters in Theological Studies from Duke University in 2014, where she conducted research on the intersection of liberation theologies and social services as they foster an adequate response to urban trauma. Claire hopes to advocate for all those who identify with the LGBTQIA population of Charlotte and do so intentionally at the junction of social work and theology. Contact her at email@example.com
Treasurer/Partner & Families Group Facilitator
Director of TransCloset/Support Group Facilitator
Jessica Shaw is a transgender female that works as a stylist in the area, with previous education in aesthetics and makeup artistry. Her focus is on becoming an image coach/consultant to assist individuals with skill sets that assist them with both becoming more marketable to employers and achieving a better sense of self expression. Her journey began with seven years of a non-hormonal and non-surgical transition in which she feels she has learned a great view point on enjoying the journey of her transition, not solely focusing on the desired outcome. Jessica is the Director of the TransCloset at Transcend, which is an all donations based clothing project. Jessica has taken charge with organizing and creating a welcoming environment here for individuals along the gender spectrum and at all points of their transition. Jessica is also one of the strong support group leaders at Transcend, utilizing her bright sense of humor to help bring everyone to ease. Jessica acts as an advocate in other manners as well, such as tabling events to represent Transcend Charlotte, to speaking on panels in the community to educate individuals about trans issues, to working to fight to repeal HB2 by heading up TurnOut NC’s Clubbing for Equality. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen Scarlett Greene, MSW, LCSWA
Partners & Families Support Group Facilitator/Board Member
Scarlett Greene is a professional social worker as well as a proud queer feminist and partner to a transgender male. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Neuroscience, from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015, having worked as a research assistant on a schizophrenia study for two years in the medical school there. She recently received her Masters of Social Work from UNC Charlotte in 2017, having led adolescent and adult individual and group therapy sessions at both the outpatient and inpatient behavioral health levels as a social work intern during her two years there. She also worked part-time during her two years at UNC Charlotte as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Director of Admissions for the School of Social Work. Upon graduation, Scarlett was promoted to Project Coordinator for two federally funded training grants within the School of Social Work. In her free time, Scarlett enjoys traveling and playing with her two kittens, Kit and Kip. You may contact her at email@example.com.
Nicole Madonna, LCSW Nicole received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Nicole has been working in the field of trauma and higher education for over 9 years. Prior to that she was involved with mobile crisis and sexual assault intervention services in Stamford, CT. She then spent six years in college mental health in the Bronx, NY before coming to UNC Charlotte to spearhead the university’s prevention and education efforts and survivor support. She serves as the Committee Chair for the Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education Committee which includes students, staff, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders. Nicole has spent most of her career serving individuals who are survivors of interpersonal violence in various capacities and has a passion and drive for the work on the UNC Charlotte campus. Nicole specializes in safety planning for survivors and enjoys teaching about interpersonal violence and sexual assault prevention by creating engaging and creative learning opportunities for students that will help guide them to help seeking for themselves or their friends. Nicole will soon be joining the team at Johnson and Wales Charlotte campus as Director of Counseling Services. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly "Mecca" Moss, MA, LPC
Her vision is to make the world a better place for children, adults and families by promoting wellness and resiliency. She provides support and empowerment to marginalized /underserved populations in order to assist them in maximizing their fullest potential. She specializes in working with the children with mental health deficits and the LGBTQ population. She has been a key player in working specifically with at risk individuals, families and LGBTQ individuals in the local community. She is a founding Board members for the Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) , is a member of the Charlotte Transgender Health Care Group (CTHCG) , is a member of the NC Board of professional counselors (NCLPC) and a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare (WPATH) . She is operating a private practice in Charlotte North Caroling since 2010 and is a strong advocate for the individuals she serves. She collaborates with local entities to serve the individuals she services in order to get their basic needs met, so they can be healthy and have wellness to be productive in society. Moss is the founder of the A.S.P.I.R.E Inc. organization and is a key person in creating change within the marginalized communities.
Co-Founder/Board of Advisors
Che Busiek is currently working on his Masters in Clinical Mental Health. With an undergraduate degree in Theatre/English, Che teaches music and acting to students ages 2-16 and bartends/waits tables at Brixx Pizza. Che spent a year working as a police officer for CMPD, and then returned to school with the hopes that he could help the Charlotte community with a more one-on-one approach. Che currently resides in Dilworth and loves making up songs on his guitar and drinking coffee like it’s his job. Contact him at email@example.com
More Bios Coming Soon!
Natalia Croomhill – Board Member