Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ Families in the DMV
LaTia joined the Rainbow Families board in 2017. She and her wife, Katia, are lifelong residents of the DC area, and live in Takoma Park with their 2-year old daughter, Kaia.
LaTia attended Howard University and earned a degree in Vocal Performance, and has served as a paid soloist at various churches in the DC Metro Area, as well as a private voice teacher. Once she and her wife decided to start a family, LaTia discovered her passion for all things pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and is now a birth and postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, a babywearing educator, and a guest blogger and speaker for several parenting brands. She is committed to focusing specifically on LGBT families and enjoys journeying with families on their path to parenthood, whatever that looks like for them.
LaTia and Katia have been committed to each other for over 10 years, and legally married since 2012. LaTia is beyond excited to begin furthering the work of Rainbow Families, and helping to create a strong community here in the DC area.
Steve Geishecker joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2015. He served as Vice President in 2016 and now serves as President for 2017-2018. Steve and his husband Kevin created their family through open adoption in 2012 and are raising their daughter in Silver Spring. They have a great relationship with their daughter’s birthmother, with whom they have regular contact.
Steve holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Steve worked at Whitman-Walker Health for 17 years. Whitman-Walker specializes in providing health and supportive services to the GLBT community. He served as the Director of Behavioral Health for 8 years until he left that position in February 2015 to expand his psychotherapy and consulting practice.
Tony Hynes joined the Board of Rainbow Families in April 2016. Tony is the author of "The Son With Two Moms" a memoir about his experiences growing up with his two white, lesbian moms during the early 90s. Tony received his Masters in the Field of Applied Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2013. Hynes wrote his thesis on "The Psychological Well Being of the Child Within the Same Sex Household." He currently teaches children with autism at James E. Duckworth, a school for children with special needs in Prince Georges County.
Sara joined the board in the spring of 2016. She lives in DC with her amazing 7 year old son and fabulous pup. She is a single mom who is a Washington native and has been active in the LGBT community for over 15 years. Professionally she is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice but has held positions at The lambda Center, Whitman Walker Health and SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League). She has also held previous board positions in the community on boards and working groups such as DC Concerned Providers, Show Me Love Working Group, an initiative geared at addressing LGBTQ intimate partner violence, the Mountain Meadows Summer Camp, a camp for children of LGBT adults, and Youth Pride Day.
Sara looks forward to being part of the Rainbow Families community and is passionately committed to seeing all families and children celebrated and supported.
Signey Olson joined the Board of Rainbow Families in summer 2017. Originally from Wisconsin, she currently lives in DC with her two partners, several chosen family members and assorted fur babies.
Signey earned her BA in Community Development and her BS in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota, followed by her graduate schooling through Frontier University and clinical training at George Washington University which culminated in a Master’s degree in Midwifery and Post-Master’s certification in Women’s Health.
She practices as a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife at Columbia Fertility Associates, specializing in providing inclusive GYN and fertility care for the LGBTQ+ community. In particular, much of her clinical work focuses on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals as well as providing trauma-informed care.
Beth Parker and her wife live in Takoma Park with their two boys, 6 year old Henry and 18 month old Ian. Prior to joining the Board in summer 2017, Beth volunteered as a facilitator for the Conception Support Group and for the Maybe Baby Group.
Beth is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington DC. She has worked as a therapist at Whitman Walker Health, at Washington Hospital Center, and at a family shelter. Beth has previously served as a science advisor and developed educational programming for a grassroots patient advocacy organization. Beth has worked as an Adjunct Professor in the Education Department at American University. She has a Master's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Social Work.
Debbi joined the board in June 2012 and serves as Treasurer. She has over twenty years of experience assisting small non-profits and for-profits businesses with their accounting and management needs.
She moved to the DC from New York in 1987. Her love of activism and volunteerism began with involvement with the Second National March on Washington. Debbi has been active in many organizations and has served on the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Mautner Project.
Debbi and her partner live in Washington, DC and are the proud parents of twins.
Fran Toler joined the Rainbow Families Board in 2017 after several years of supporting the organization as a sponsor at the bi-annual Conference. She lives in Riverdale MD, in close proximity to her two adult children whom she raised with her now ex-partner. She is bisexual, and has a long history of supporting LGBTQ, racial justice, environmental and health care issues.
She began her after-college work with the Women’s Community Bakery where she learned accounting and business management in a collective environment. Then she spent 15 years in health care as a midwife in private practice and at the Washington Free Clinic (with a short stint at Whitman-Walker). In 2001 she changed careers to become a financial advisor, and today runs her own firm in Silver Spring MD that focuses on holistic financial planning and sustainable investing.
Her current volunteer work centers around her small organization Friends of Dueling Creek, as well as several other local organizations involved in racial justice and environmental issues. She loves outdoor activities like camping, hiking and bird-watching.
Kelly Vielmo lives with his husband, Jack, and their three adopted children on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The children (Cardel, Raine and Ravyn) all attend their local DC public elementary school. Kelly is finishing his third year on the elementary school's PTA Board. Kelly and Jack adopted the sibling group from DC Foster Care in July 2012.
Kelly currently works at PwC, the global consulting and auditing firm. He's currently serving as the project manager for a global effort to roll out Google tools among the global PwC network of firms. Previously he's worked at the World Bank helping countries implement Corporate Social Responsibility training; Booz Allen Hamilton providing support to the U.S. Federal Government; as well as PRTM Management Consultants where he helped optimize Dept. of Defense supply chains.
Kelly graduated with dual BS degrees in International Business Management and German from Central College (Pella, Iowa) in 1999. He attained an MBA in Supply Chain Management and an MS in Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, in 2006.
Kelly's excited to be on the Rainbow Families Board and give back to the community!
Yojana joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2017. She lives in Springfield, VA with her wife, Elaine, and their twin daughters, Kalo and Kai. Yojana has many years of experience working for non-profit organizations and is excited to be a part of the Board and is looking forward to what the future holds.
Yojana has a Bachelor's of Architect from Notre Dame and a Master's in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Currently, she is enjoying being a stay at home mom making sure her 3 year old twins don't burn the house down.