"Somewhere along the line I developed coping skills that turned me into a happy and proud transgender adult instead of a scared, insecure trans adolescent. These are things I’m hoping to share with the youth that decide to be a part of our program. I always knew that my greater purpose in life was to help others. … It was my recent time volunteering at a summer camp for transgender youth that I realized where I want to focus my efforts."
Christina Guiriba (She/ Her) established Transcending Adolescence in 2019, providing a resource for trans youth that was unavailable during her teen years.
Read more about Christina and her vision in this article from The Florida Times-Union, and contact her at email@example.com.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Larry Green, PhD, LMFT (He/ Him)
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Larry works at the Gainesville Community Counseling Center and specializes in family therapy using emotionally focused therapy. He works with adolescents and adults on issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger management concerns, recovering from sexual assault/sexual abuse, and for exploring issues of sexual identity or sexuality issues. He works with local groups such as the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County, the Human Rights Council and the PRIDE Center to help make the community a safe place for all people.
Lexi Green (She/ Her)
Vice President/Camp Director
Lexi is a Camp and Retreat professional actively Managing a Nature & Retreat Center in North Central Florida. With a degree from the University of Florida, Lexi prides herself on meeting people where they are and actively seeking to create an environment and programs within the Camp atmosphere that promotes a safe and welcoming space for all people to learn, grow, and experience nature. Lexi is a LGBTQ+ ally and excited to use her skills and knowledge to help create one of a kind camps with Transcending Adolescence! When not working with onsite groups and campers or planning with TA Lexi enjoys spending time with family, playing with her 3 dogs and attempting (strong emphasis on attempting) new DIY projects around her house.
Nate Quinn (He/ They)
Nate is currently in training to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the University of North Florida Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate program. He currently works as an intern at Keep Evolving Beyond Therapy in Orange Park. His passion for mental health stems from his background as a transgender activist. As an activist, he founded the Nate’s List Campaign, which was successful in gaining substantive progress for transgender rights in Sarasota County Public Schools. Additionally, he has led LGBTQ+ organizations such as Pride Student Union at the University of Florida. As the treasurer for Transcending Adolescence, Nathan hopes to raise awareness for mental health and social justice issues alongside fundraising efforts.
Stephanie Bartolo (She/ Her)
Since childhood, Stephanie has been an advocate and an ally, fighting for equality for all. Stephanie hopes to bring positive change and growth to others’ lives through her involvement with Transcending Adolescence. As a mother to three daughters, Stephanie knows the importance of helping youth realize their goals and know their worth. She draws on her own mental health struggles to empathize with others and to nurture a greater sense of acceptance and understanding in her role in camp life.
Haiden (he/they) has been out as trans masculine for almost 10 years and medically transitioning for 8. Haiden went through struggles with his mental health before coming out and this propelled him to get a license in clinical social work (LCSW) and dedicate his time to working with the queer community. In his post graduate life thus far he has worked with the UNF LGBTQ Center and JASMYN towards bettering the community and state of Florida for queer young adults. If you don’t find him at JASMYN he’s likely somewhere else reading or playing Pokémon Go.