Meet the Experts
Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW
Gary Bailey is president of the International Federation of Social Workers, a professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work, and a past president of the National Association of Social Workers. Bailey is a leading expert on social work and LGBT issues and has authored chapters on social work practice with people who are LGBT in several publications. He has also written about LGBT issues for Huffington Post.
David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW
David Fawcett is an expert on stigma and mental health and substance abuse problems in the LGBT community in Florida. Separate from his clinical practice, he presents workshops on chronic illness, substance abuse and mental health in the LGBT community.
Paula Foster, MSW, LCSW
Paula Foster, who serves on the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors, has developed extensive educational workshops to train social workers in Tennessee to serve people living with HIV/AIDS. As a therapist Foster has also worked with young LGBT clients.
Forrest Hong, PhD, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Forrest Hong is vice president of Your Care Manager, a Los Angeles company that advises clients on long-term care options and other services that are available to keep their elderly parents in a safe environment. He also advises Baby Boomers caught between caring for their children and elderly parents. Hong is an expert on issues affecting elderly members of the LGBT community.
Ellen Kahn, MSW
Ellen Kahn is director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families Program. Kahn provides national leadership and expertise in public education and advocacy to achieve full equality for LGBT families. She also serves as president of the board of directors of Rainbow Families DC, a support and education organization for LGBT families in the Washington, D.C. area.
Zander Keig, LCSW, MS
Keig serves on the NASW National Committee for LGBT Issues and NASW California Chapter Diversity Committee. He also serves on the California Mental Health America Reducing Disparities Transgender Advisory Group and the Veterans Affairs National Transgender Education Workgroup. Keig is co-editor of the 2011 Lambda Literary Transgender Non-fiction Finalist
Letters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (Wilgefortis, 2011); co-editor of the 2015 Lambda Literary Transgender Nonfiction Nominee Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves (Transgress Press, 2014); and is featured in the 2014 award-winning illustrated documentary Zanderology.
Dimas Moncada Jr., LCSW
Dimas Moncada is based in California and is an expert on HIV/AIDS care and prevention, cancer patient care, learning disabilities among youth, child/family dysfunction, trauma, and aging issues in the Latino LGBT Community.
Noel Ramirez, MSW
Noel Ramirez is a gay rights activist who specializes in health and empowerment among LGBT youth and transgender issues in Philadelphia. He is a 2008-09 Schweitzer Fellow and Penn Social Policy & Practice alum who now works as a case manager at the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.
Michael Ian Rothenberg, PhD, LCSW
Michael Ian Rothenberg, PhD, LCSW is an internationally recognized specialist in human sexuality, sexual behavior and LGBT mental health. As an expert in sexuality, he has been an invited lecturer at The University of Oxford, Yale University and Peking University (Beijing, China). He is both a clinician in private practice and a faculty member at the University of Central Florida School of Social Work where he teaches clinical graduate courses including Human Sexuality and The Gay and Lesbian Experience in American Society.
Caitlin Ryan, MSW, ACSW
Caitlin Ryan is a family counseling expert, working with members struggling to accept and support children who are LGBT. She heads up the Family Acceptance Project, an organization that monitors and evaluates progress made on this subject.
Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW
Evelyn Tomaszewski is NASW senior policy associate in the Human Rights and Social Justice Department and directs the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project. She is staff to the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and she can address the impact of policy, programs, and laws on LGBT individuals and families. Her work focuses on building capacity to address LGBT human rights, violence prevention and early intervention, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW
Former NASW President, Darrell Wheeler, is dean of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and an expert on HIV/AIDS in the African American community. His work has shown understanding of social work practice methods combined with data and evidence to develop and implement innovative programs and policies. A renowned educator and medical and psychiatric researcher, Wheeler can address an array of LGBT issues.