Side by Side Staff
Ted Lewis, Executive Director
Ted Lewis has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth mainly through working within higher education institutions including UNC Charlotte and the University of Richmond. They also served as the Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator for Campus Pride, a national organization focused on LGBTQ+ college student leaders. Ted is an active member of the Richmond community, collaborating with many local and regional organizations including serving on the Transgender Advisory Board at the Health Brigade as well as a member of SONG. Ted is a graduate of Mary Washington and the University of South Carolina and lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Charles Dyson, Associate Director
Charles Dyson is Associate Director of Side by Side and manages Side by Side's training programs offered to human service providers and school personnel on effectively working with LGBTQ+ youth. Charles holds a B.S. in Psychology, with a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech. His past experience includes working at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Equality Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Charles has also served on the board of Diversity Richmond and currently sits on the board of Safe Harbor.
Jessica Cook, Youth Programs Director
Jessica has been the Youth Programs Director at Side by Side since 2013, and previously served as the organization’s first seminary intern, in 2011 – 2012. A native of East Texas, Jess has a BFA in Studio Art from Baylor, an MFA in Photography from North Texas, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. Jess’s approach to youth programming is fairly straightforward: create a space where young people can safely articulate who they are, give them the opportunity to explore that identity, and celebrate the myriad of personalities that make a community unique. Every day the cinder-block building that houses the organization becomes a sacred space, where lives are transformed through conversations, that offer the youth something that many of them cannot find anywhere else: the opportunity to belong. Jess has ten years of experience working with young people and five years of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth.
Mary A. Sullivan, Charlottesville Youth Programs Coordinator
Mary A. Sullivan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia. She has provided education and counseling to adolescents, young adults, and those who care for and about them for over 25 years. Working with this population means advocating fiercely for them as well, and she has enormous respect for how youth and young adults handle the challenges they face. In addition to her Side by Side position, she is the adolescent advocacy and outreach program director at the UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center.
She is a very proud mother of three passionate and compassionate young adults: Lucy, 27; Jackson, 24; and Isabel, 21.
Lacette Cross, Program & Admin Coordinator
Lacette provides support to both the Associate Director and Youth Programs Director. She has nearly 20 years of youth development experience in faith based and community focused organizations. She has been involved with Side by Side as a volunteer facilitator and board member for the past 5 years. Lacette is a local pastor and active community leader. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology.
Micky Jordan, Richmond Youth Programs Coordinator
Micky is a Black queer and genderqueer activist born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but has called Richmond, VA, home for over 20 years. In addition to his role at Side by Side, Micky is a member leader and current fellow for Southerners on New Ground (SONG). Micky has spoken on panels at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and for different organizations about his experiences as a Black queer and trans organizer as well as racism, oppression and organizing in general. He has also created several workshops, individually and with SONG Richmond, to explore ideas around community care, revolutionary love, what it means to “pass” as a trans person, non-binary identities, and more. He is currently working with the LGBTQ+ Safety Advisory Group at Virginia Commonwealth University to create a series of trans-affirming police trainings. Micky loves graphic design and dreaming about building a safer, beautiful, more affirming world for trans and queer people of color to not just survive in, but thrive in.
Dr. Lisa Griffin, Clinician
Lisa Griffin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, specializes in gender identity in children and teens. She speaks nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to transgender care, particularly in the areas of children/youth, cultural competence, and ethics. She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and maintains a private practice in Richmond, VA. She is a long-time member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Chevelle Moss-Savage, Licensed Clinician
Chevelle has more than 20 years of experience working in mental health as a therapist, group facilitator, trainer/instructor, and case manager. She holds a Master's Degree in Human Services Clinical Counseling from Lincoln University and is a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner. Although she is a trained Mental Health Therapist, she is also versed in promotion diversity and multicultural awareness through intersectionality training with hopes of eradicating stigmas related to mental health, disabilities, faith traditions, or LGBTQ+ identities. Chevelle is also the founder of Helping Everyone Accept and Adapt to Life or HEAL, LLC.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Thorne-Begland, President
Stacey D. Lawson, Vice President
Lisa Halberstadt, Secretary
Robert Acosta-Lewis, Treasurer
Ryan J. Arey, LCSW
John T. Ashley
Sarah E. Cribbs
Rev. E. Weston Mathews
Sue Ann Messmer
Wanda S. Mitchel
Dalal Maria Salomon
P. Watson Seaman
Oliver Hill, Jr.
Rep. Donald McEachin
Andy Inge, Jr. Board President
Laura Wilson, Board Vice President
Michele Marie Eckert