New Executive Director & Leadership

We are thrilled to share that our organizational founder, Merrique Jenson, has accepted the role to guide our organization and our new regional focus forward.

Merrique has over 20+ years of experience organizing, training, and building inclusive programming for regional and national organizations. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant on DEI issues. We embrace her leadership in our organization's movements for racial equity, trans-affirming care, and supporting trans and nonbinary young people.

We also have expanded our Board Chair positions to have two community leaders guiding our oversight and governance, JD Bezares & Hailee Bland-Walsh. They will be focused on our ongoing sustainability & success and we will be actively bringing on new board members to provide expertise and leadership early next year to help us build communities across our three-state region.

Kelly Nou will remain as our Vice-Chair of the Board. She has been living her truth for over 20+ years as a transgender woman. She is honored to have nurtured and mentored many transgender girls in the Kansas City community to start their journey and is dedicated to uplifting her trans sisters of color.