Who We Are

Our Staff

Shannon McKay, Executive Director

Shannon McKay – she/her
Executive Director

In 2012, Shannon co-founded He She Ze and We as a peer to peer support group during her own search for a better understanding of gender diversity, specifically in youth.

“As an educator, speaker, and advocate, I am passionate about spreading awareness of the complexities of gender identity, believing that education leads to understanding and acceptance,” said Shannon. ​​​​​​​“I feel beyond privileged to be working with the families that find their way to He She Ze and We.”​​​​​​​

Beyond program support, Shannon brings valuable expertise to education, resources and community partnerships.

Our Board of Directors

Meredith Hertzler – she/her
Board Chair

Meredith is a native Richmonder with hands in both non-profit and political orgs. She lives in Henrico with her husband, 2 teenage boys, 3 cats, an elderly chihuahua and a frog named Cletus.

Lisa R – she/her
Board Vice-Chair

Katherine Zarfas – she/her

Michelle B. – she/they
Board Member

Rachel Leyco – she/her
Board Member

Rachel Leyco is an event designer and singer-songwriter. An ally of the trans and non-binary community she looks forward to helping He She Ze and We develop a fundraising strategy and events. She lives in Midlothian, VA with her wife, Jenn and her two sons, Elijah and Lucas.

Ashley Hawkins – she/her

Ashley is the co-founder and Executive Director of Studio Two Three. She believes deeply in the power of art to elevate voices, agitate for change, and connect communities. Ashley is mom to Max and Zoey, two young and awesome human beings. Studiotwothree.org

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