More than 30 parents, adult transgender mentors, and medical/mental health professionals run our peer support meetings. Our parent co-facilitators are critical to the success of the group, however, they have chosen maintain their family’s privacy by not appearing on this page.
Trusted advisors have guided us and volunteered their time since the group’s founding in 2006.
Nick Adams works at the GLAAD, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ people are fairly and accurately represented in the media. Nick is a transgender man who transitioned in 1997, and began working at GLAAD in 1998. Nick works with journalists and entertainment industry professionals who are writing stories about transgender people. Nick has volunteered with Transforming Family since 2009.
Susan Landon, MFCT
Susan Landon is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist with 25 years of professional experience counseling children and their families. As Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center, she provides a safe and supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity. She offers in-service trainings on gender variance for parents, teachers, and school administrators. She assists physicians and their staff in developing sensitive environments for their gender diverse patients. In addition to her work with the Los Angeles Gender Center, she has a private practice counseling individuals, couples, and families in Santa Monica, California.
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW currently works as an associate clinical social worker at the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides clinical care and therapy for trans youth, adults and their families. He is extremely passionate about supporting parents and family members of gender non-conforming and transgender youth and adults. Using personal anecdotes about his own experience as a transgender man coupled with his knowledge and experience as a mental health professional, Aydin invites others to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming identities.
Jo Olson-Kennedy, M.D.
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of youth with gender identity disorder, HIV, and chronic pain. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson is the Medical Director for The Trans Youth Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 in 2007 and The Dr. Phil Show in 2008 to educate audiences about the needs of transgender youth.
See some of her informative videos here.