Soulforce Board of Directors

The 6 members of the Soulforce Board of Directors make up the volunteer leadership of the organization. As part of our commitment to LGBTQ equality that meets at the intersections of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other points of privilege and oppression, Soulforce intentionally seeks out individuals for leadership that represent diverse backgrounds, identities, and constituencies.

 

Christopher Carr, Board Chair

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Christopher Carr is a policy wonk in the areas of defense, science and technology. His unwavering support in the work of intersectional justice has allowed him to trek a path in the difficult areas of equality in the military, nuclear non-proliferation, and diverse representation in STEM fields. With a background in international and security studies, he takes his ethical stances into conversations around tough issues to make sure all voices are included.

In his professional life, he is a program manager with the American Society for Engineering Education where his main projects are with the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. In this position he travels around the country and abroad monitoring programs and projects in multiple areas of defense and science policy. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of political science in the Greater DC area.

Previously, Christopher has served as a board member with the National Conference for Community and Justice, Public Achievement, and Kansas City Harmony. He also currently sits on the Alumni Board of the DC Chapter of Pepperdine University. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the City of Liberty, Missouri and has received the Bridge Builder Award from the Greater Kansas City Area Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast.

He holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and History from William Jewell College, a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University, and a graduate certificate in Arabic from the Arab Academy in Cairo. A Missouri man through and through, Christopher was born in Kansas City, MO and was raised in the rural town of Peculiar, MO. He is currently settled in our nations capital of Washington, D.C.

 

Karen Ball

 

Karen is a leader and project manager in the public, private and non-profit sectors, assisting clients in achieving their strategic and operational objectives.

The last 15 years have been focused on Information Technology, directing complex projects, delivering training, identifying and documenting business processes, and negotiating.

She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an attorney licensed to practice law in Ohio with specialized mediation and collaboration training.

 

Ellen Chademana

Ellen Chademana came to Soulforce’s board through a harrowing struggle as an activist in her home country of Zimbabwe that she came to be in the United States.

Ellen was an employee of GALZ, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, in the capital city of Harare. The LGBT community support center is under constant surveillance and harassment from the regime of Robert Mugabe, the 88 year-old authoritarian president of the southern African country.  Mugabe has famously, and repeatedly, called gays and lesbians “worse than pigs and dogs” in various public forums and in the state-controlled media. Because of this official government sanction of hatred of LGBT people, homophobia is rampant in the state and local media and among influential religious leaders in the country.

In May 2010, Ellen and another colleague were arrested at work and were sent to the notorious Harare Central Remand Prison, a rotting jail built to house black prisoners during the country’s days as minority white-governed Rhodesia. There Ellen endured unimaginable abuse at the hands of the local police forces as they tried to force her to reveal names of LGBT clients that GALZ served. Read an account of her living nightmare in the colonial prison >>

Ellen is now working at The Attic, an LGBTQ youth center in Philadelphia. She continues her non-violence work through War Resisters International. Soulforce is proud to have Ellen Chademana as a board member, and as a witness to principles of relentless nonviolent resistance to oppression in the face of brutality and humiliation that most of us in America cannot even imagine.

 

Kevin Trimell Jones

Kevin Trimell Jones is a public health advocate who combines his passions for history, urban communities and social justice to promote dialogue and change. For the past ten years, he has organized around community and public health issues, and has worked with various individuals, communities and organizations locally and abroad.

Professionally, he serves as a behavioral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division where he designs recruitment and retention strategies for clinical HIV vaccine trials. Additionally, Kevin is a national trainer with the Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academy, a co-founder of the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council and the founder of the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia, an organization that strives to provide opportunities for creating, documenting, preserving and exhibiting Philadelphia’s Black LGBT history.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and Masters-level graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts — Amherst and the University of Pennsylvania. Kevin was born in Saginaw, MI, grew up in Detroit, MI and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Judy Osborne

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Judy Osborne is a transgender woman who has been active in the transgender community for more than thirty years. She is past president of The Emerald City in Seattle, a social/support organization for newly-out transgender people, serving on its board for a total of 12 years while promoting the organization’s political outreach. She also served on the board of Seattle’s Ingersoll Gender Center, which provides facilitated support groups for transgender people and works to connect transgender people and issues with the wider world beyond. Judy wrote a monthly letter acquainting 220 psychologists and educators with transgender issues and people, and for five years during the late 90′s she wrote a monthly column on political issues for Transgender Forum, a national web magazine. Currently, she speaks to various groups and students interested in transgender issues, and volunteers with a northwest HMO hospice helping people to die well. In her career, Judy was a television broadcasting executive and later owned and operated a popular Seattle sports-themed restaurant. She has been deeply involved with Soulforce since its beginning.

 

Christopher Ramos

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Christopher Ramos recently graduated from the New York University School of Law as an AnBryce and McKay Scholar. At NYU, Chris served as an articles editor on the NYU Law Review. He is also a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Professionally, Chris will serve as a 2013-2014 law clerk to the Honorable Margo K. Brodie of the Eastern District of New York. Previously, Chris was a 2011 and 2012 summer associate at Davis, Polk, and Wardwell in New York City. Before law school, he worked as a research associate at The Williams Institute, an LGBT law & policy think-tank based out of the UCLA School of Law.

Chris has published reports on socio-economic factors in the LGBT community, as well as articles on racial residential segregation, and the First Amendment.
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