About Us

Meet the Transcend Charlotte team!
Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA

Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA

Co-Founder/Executive Director

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 trey.greene@transcendcharlotte.org

Cole Monroe

Cole Monroe

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 cole.monroe@transcendcharlotte.org

Adrian Chavez

Adrian Chavez

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 adrian.chavez@transcendcharlotte.org.

Claire Alessi, MTS, MSW, LCSWA

Claire Alessi, MTS, MSW, LCSWA

Secretary

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 claire.alessi@transcendcharlotte.org

Silvia Chavez

Silvia Chavez

Treasurer/Partner & Families Group Facilitator

Silvia Chavez is a Sr. Workforce Management Analyst with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. Silvia is the proud partner of Adrian Chavez, a trans male. In their journey of transitioning Silvia found that there was a need in the community for support groups for partners and families of transgender individuals. She joined Transcend to find support and with the hopes to lead a group for partners and families. She brings to the table an understanding of what the journey is like for a loved one to transition and is there to talk to anyone looking for support. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her partner, their dog, and friends and family. You may contact her at silvia.duran@transcendcharlotte.org
Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw

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 jessica.shaw@transcendcharlotte.org.

Scarlett Boling, MSW

Scarlett Boling, MSW

Partners & Families Support Group Facilitator/Board Member

Scarlett Boling is a professional social worker as well as a proud pansexual female 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 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 Program Specialist in the Office of Admissions for the School of Social Work. In her free time, Scarlett enjoys gardening, traveling, and playing with her two kittens, Kit and Kip. You may contact her at scarlett.boling@transcendcharlotte.org.

Cassandra Jones

Cassandra Jones

Board Member

Minister Cassandra Jones first heard about Transcend through the TransCloset, which provides clothing to those individuals that are in the process of living as their authentic selves. She then began volunteering with Jessica Shaw, the Director of the TransCloset. She is proud to be a part of Transcend Charlotte. She is a woman of transgender experience and has 19+ years of board experience working with organizations that provide services to the LGBTQIA community. She also has 18+ years of experience working in healthcare as a Prevention Specialist, Case Manager, Counselor, Lay Responder, and Health Instruction Trainer. She holds college degrees in Management Information Systems and Clinical Psychology. She was honored and blessed to be happily married for 20 years to her soulmate, a wonderful man who loved and respected her as her authentic self. They raised five children to see beyond the labels of the physical body and to honor and love individuals for who they are. As of March 2016, she is a widow. She is a proud founding member of the Unity Fellowship Church movement under Archbishop Carl Bean where they believe that God is Love and Love is for Everyone! You may contact her at cassandra.jones@transcendcharlotte.org.
Nicole Madonna

Nicole Madonna

Board Member

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 nicole.madonna-rosario@transcendcharlotte.org.

Beverly "Mecca" Moss, MA, LPC

Beverly "Mecca" Moss, MA, LPC

Board Member

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.

Che Busiek

Che Busiek

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 che.busiek@transcendcharlotte.org

More Bios Coming Soon!

Natalia Croomhill – Board Member