Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ+ Families in the DMV
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.
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 has lived in the DC area for seven years and currently resides in Takoma Park with her partner Katie and their dog Linus.
Signy 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.
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!
LaToya joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2018. She and her partner currently live in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC.
LaToya is a true northern Californian who loves all things outdoor and healthy yummy foods. LaToya graduated from Howard University with a BS in Psychology & a minor in Spanish. She completed her graduate studies in Clinical Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently a research administrator at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
LaToya has been a member of Rainbow Families for many years and looks forward to working with the board.
Julie Morris joined the Rainbow Families Board in the summer 2018. Raised in Arizona, Julie moved to the Washington DC area in 2006 where she resides with her wife.
Julie has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Management Information Systems, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Minerva Engineering, a defense contractor located in Hanover, Maryland.
She has over 18 years of experience working in finance and operations within the defense industry.
When not working, she enjoys coaching and playing volleyball and volunteering for several local non-profit organizations.
Eddie joined the Rainbow Families Board in 2018 after attending several events and conferences. Eddie and his husband Mehl attended the 2012 Rainbow Families Conference which helped them launch their official search to extend their family, resulting in two adoptions in Washington, D.C.
Eddie was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in South America. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a graduate of the International Business School of University of Lima, Peru. Eddie brings to Rainbow Families a vast background in customer service and business; he was a corporate sales executive for Compaq Computers, Hewlett-Packard, and Software AG representing the Latin America region. In 2016 Eddie joined TTR Sothebys International Realty as a Trilingual Associate of the Thrive Team in Washington DC after spending two years as a Realtor with Long and Foster/Christies International in Chevy Chase.
He lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC with Mehl, kids Ariel and Sebastian, and their English pointer, Oscar.
Christine joined the board in 2018. She lives in Columbia, Maryland with her daughter and son, ages two and five. Christine has been active in the LGBTQ+ community for many years.
Professionally, she is a Partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP where she advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactional tax matters. Christine devotes a significant portion of her time to pro bono and citizenship efforts.
Christine is excited to be part of the Rainbow Families community and help make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ families.
Rosemary joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2018. Rosemary and her partner currently live in Washington DC with their cat, August.
Rosemary graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Accounting and Marketing. She is currently an assurance professional at Raffa, a regional public accounting firm and works with many nationally known non-profit organizations.
Previously, she worked at Ernst and Young, focusing for-profit audits and consulting. She is an official auditor for Miss DC USA pageant and a part-time beauty pageant judge.
Rosemary is very excited to be part of the Rainbow Families Board.