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August Stockwell, BCBA-D, Director of Research and Programs

August is a teacher, researcher, and coach with a passion for transgender health and well-being and powerful, accessible mental health interventions.  Their research has focused on topics including gender, sexual behavior, communication in relationships, BDSM, polyamory, mindfulness, and effective skill-building strategies.  As a queer, nonbinary trans person, August has a vision of using precise measurement and an individualized approach to support and strengthen the LGBTQIA community. In their spare time, August enjoys sleeping, trying new things, and eating breakfast foods with frien


Worner Leland, BCBA, Director of Development and Promotion

Worner is the Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates, and they also serve as a sex educator with a focus on a behavior analytic framework of sexuality. They are passionate about research and education around intimacy, social, and interpersonal health that centers affirmation of all identities and relationship styles. Worner is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice Special Interest Group. In their free time, Worner enjoys arm wrestling, and putting googley eyes on cacti.

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Lee Dewey, Treasurer

Lee is an organizer, activist, and advocate, focused upon the trans/gender nonconforming, queer, and HIV Positive communities, all of which they are a part. Their activism is centered on anti-racism, anti-bigotry, the abolition of systems of oppression, and positive radical change. They are the Accountant & Administrative Coordinator for The Recyclery Collective, the Lead Organizer for CommunityCave Chicago, a Community Advisory Board Member for AIDS Foundation Chicago, and actively engaged in myriad hustles at any given time. They are a passionate, year round commuter cyclist, a fair weather artist, enamoured with the outdoors, and always in search of their next dance floor.

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Erica Aten, PsyD, Secretary

Erica is a licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member with a background in research and program development. For her day job, Erica works with youth experiencing mental health crises in a partial hospitalization program, where she recently co-created the Identity and Gender Development Track. Through her work, Erica aims to empower LGBTQIA youth and address disparities in access to affirming care. Erica also seeks to educate mental health providers and educators by providing case consultation and trainings. In her spare time, Erica enjoys checking out new breweries and coffee shops, reading, and going to park play dates with her rescue pup.


Maia Everett

Maia is an employee at LEEDA Services of Illinois. She has over eight years of experience in working with adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities as a Personal Support Worker, Activity Coordinator, and Service Facilitator. Currently, she is focused on leading, growing, and strengthening LEEDA's Individuality Support Group, an LGBTQ-focused support group for disabled individuals. She is passionate about empowering and advocating for LGBTQ and disabled individuals as well as educating people and breaking down misconceptions about the LGBTQ community. As someone who is tri-racial, non-binary, transgender, and panromatic, she loves celebrating and championing diversity.


Don Togade, BCBA

Don is a passionate behavior analyst who dedicates himself to lifelong learning. His experience working directly with school-aged children and adolescents with Autism has shaped his life's mission in continuing to provide evidence-based, behavior analytic services to individuals with Autism. Prioritizing diversity and social issues, Don is committed to supporting work in the area of human sexuality in the LGBTQ community. Don sincerely believes in employing behavior analysis as a technological tool in order to create a more inclusive, accepting, and fair society for individuals who are underrepresented and marginalized. Don is currently completing his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he also works as an Adjunct Professor. In his spare time, Don likes to work out, practice yoga, and, drink wine with cheese!


Jason Best, LCSW

Jason is a therapist specializing in working with Gender and Sexually Diverse clients in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. He worked for 10 years at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital as and has an extensive background in treating depression, anxiety, and bipolar issues. Jason is excited to be a part of Upswing Advocates and is committed to helping it grow into the future. In his free time, Jason enjoys gaming, and wishing he was The Batman.

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Anna Jensen

By day, Anna is Director of Executive Success at Guerrero Howe Custom Media & Publishing.  By night, she is the producer and co-host of the podcast Babes Watch Buffy, an intersectional feminist discussion of the cult classic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Anna is excited to bring 10 years of business development experience to Upswing Advocates and help guide the fundraising and event planning efforts that will fuel Upswing's research and coaching goals.  As a queer pansexual and polyamorous human, she is passionate about strengthening the LGBTQIA community by empowering individuals.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, comic books, and bawdy supernatural romance media.

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Courtney Bilbrey, LCSW