Our Board of Directors


Steve Geishecker   Past President
Sara Mindel 
Fran Toler 
Signey Olson   Vice President
Julie Morris
Beth Parker   Secretary
Rafat (Rani) Abbasi (bio to follow)
Christine Lane  President
Eddie Suarez
Rosemary Kim  Treasurer

CHRISTINE LANE

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.

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Signey Olson

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.  

Pronouns: She/Her

ROSEMARY KIM

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.


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Beth Parker

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.

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Sara Mindel

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. 

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Fran Toler

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.

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JULIE MORRIS

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.

 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

EDDIE SUAREZ

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.

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Steve Geishecker  

Steve Geishecker joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2015. He served as Vice President and President of the Board for four years.   He now serves in a Past President role, assisting the Board of Directors, and helping ensure continuity and transition. 

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.  

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