Side by Side Staff

Ted Lewis, Executive Director
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
ted.lewis@sidebysideva.org

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.   

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John Taylor, Associate Director
Pronouns: He/His/Him
john.taylor@sidebysideva.org

John is an active member of the Greater Richmond community where the primary focus of his work has been on racial equity and reconciliation initiatives, as well as facilitated community dialogues. He is currently serving on the board of the Richmond Peace Education Center, One Common Unity based in Washington D.C. and an advisory committee for the Chrysalis Institute where he teaches Mindfulness.  John's work has primarily been in the non-profit sector where he served for many years at the National office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as a Program Officer for the Bonner Foundation.  John has also been a food security activist who initiated urban farming programs in Newark, New Jersey.  John is a graduate of the College of Wooster and lives in North Chesterfield, VA with his wife, three children (and three dogs).   

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Emma Yackso, Director of Youth Programs & Services
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
emma.yackso@sidebysideva.org

Emma is a clinical social worker who has been working with LGBTQ+ youth since 2010, and previously served at Side by Side as a social work intern, volunteer facilitator, and parent group facilitator. She has worked in LGBTQ+ policy advocacy, youth development, and with friends and family allies through PFLAG. A native of Charlottesville, VA, Emma has a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about fostering a safe space at Side by Side that gives youth the opportunity to explore, engage, celebrate and belong, as well as creating space for our community to grow and thrive through conversation, action and advocacy.

Mary A. Sullivan, Charlottesville Youth Programs Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
mary.sullivan@sidebysideva.org

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, Petersburg Youth Programs Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
lacette.cross@sidebysideva.org

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
Pronouns: He/Him/His
micky.jordan@sidebysideva.org

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.

 

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Dr. Lisa Griffin, Licensed Clinician

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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
Stacey D. Lawson, President
Dalal Maria Salomon, Vice President

Lisa Halberstadt, Secretary
Robert Acosta-Lewis, Treasurer
Ryan J. Arey, LCSW
John T. Ashley
Ron Brown

Melissa Burroughs
Wirt Confroy

Sarah E. Cribbs
The Rev. Judy Davis
Lee Dyer

Cameron McPherson
Sue Ann Messmer
Cynthia Neff

Trudy Salmon-Akande
P. Watson Seaman
Michael Thorne-Begland

 

ADVISORY BOARD
Katherine Busser
Alan Cohn
Marge Connelly
Oliver Hill, Jr.
Jeffrey Lacker
Rep. Donald McEachin
John Sherman
Kristen Szakos
Allison Weinstein

JUNIOR BOARD
Andy Inge, Jr. Board President
Laura Wilson, Board Vice President
Corey Boone
Frances Dobbins

Mayme Donohue
Michele Marie Eckert

Sarah Eisenman
Evan Fowler
Austin Higgs
Dan Halloran

Kuong Lam
Kyle M.

Kat Milberger
Leiah Morgan

Ryan Scarbrough
Sarah Slotnick

Lamar Townsend
Lindsay Yowell