To create a world where all voices are valued, where we connect based on our authentic selves and the essential humanity that binds us together and where we look to those with whom we disagree as potential teachers whose perspectives, though different from ours, are their right to hold so long as they do not use their identity, experiences, or beliefs to harm others.
Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA, Transcend Charlotte co-founder and executive director, is a transgender man and social worker who is passionate about supporting individuals who are struggling because of their identity, experiences, or beliefs. In addition to his work at Transcend, he provides mental health treatment through Time Out Youth as well as through his private practice. He received his MSW from UNC Charlotte with a focus of study on the LGBTQ community and trauma-informed care. 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.
Co-Founder, Event Coordinator, Support Group Facilitator
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.
President, TransCloset Committee Chair
Native New Yorker, Cole Monroe, studied Music Business at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and identifies as a two-spirit transman. He has a long history of passionately wanting to helping others and operates an independent record label/music publishing company, where a percentage of profits is donated to small charitable organizations. In addition to serving as Transcend Charlotte’s President, he is also the TransCloset Committee Chair, runs our social media accounts, and manages website operations.
Vice President, Programs Committee Chair, 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.
Claire Alessi, MTS, MSW, LCSWA
Secretary, Fundraising Committee Chair
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.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Partner & Family Support Group Facilitator
Silvia Chavez is a Supervisor at the Duke Energy Customer Service Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from California State University, San Bernardino. Silvia is the proud wife of Adrian Chavez, a transgender man. In their journey of transitioning Silvia found that there was a need in the community for support for partners and families of transgender individuals. She joined Transcend Charlotte with the intent to lead a support group for partners and families. She brings to the table a firsthand understanding of the nuances associated with the gender transition of a loved one, and is available to help navigate the challenging and often overwhelming road to transition. Her hope is to provide love and support to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities and their families to allow people to live as their authentic selves.
Board Member, Director of TransCloset, Support Group Facilitator
Jessica Shaw is a transgender woman and stylist at JCPenny Salon in Carolina Mall. Jessica joined Transcend Charlotte with the intent to provide consultation and coaching on dress, style, and aesthetic goals that individuals are trying to achieve. As the Director of the TransCloset she is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for individuals, across the gender identification spectrum, wherever they are on their transition journey. She and other volunteers provide one on one appointments to clients in a relaxing, judgement free area to explore clothing options that mesh with their gender identity. Jessica facilitates support group meetings, and social outings to help clients grow in confidence and feel at ease in public spaces.
Kristen Scarlett Greene, MSW, LCSWA
Board Member, Partners & Families Support Group Facilitator
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.
Minister Cassandra Jones first heard of Transcend Charlotte by way of the TransCloset program, where she began volunteering her time. She is a woman of transgender experience and has 19+ years of board experience, working with organizations that provide services to the LGBTQIA community and is proud to be a part of Transcend Charlotte. 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!
Nicole Madonna, LCSW
Nicole Madonna 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 she did 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 is currently the Director of Counseling Services at Johnson and Wales Charlotte campus.
Beverly "Mecca" Moss, MA, LPC
Beverly’s 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 by assisting in maximizing their fullest potential. She specializes in working with the children with mental health deficits and the LGBTQ population. Moss 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 member for the Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ), a member of the Charlotte Transgender Health Care Group (CTHCG), a member of the NC Board of Professional Counselors (NCLPC), and a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare (WPATH). She has been operating her private practice in Charlotte since 2010 and is a strong advocate for her clients. She collaborates with local entities in order to get the basic needs met of the individuals that she serves so that they may be healthy, well, and 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 marginalized communities.
Biography coming soon!