Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd

Daroneshia Duncan is African American trans woman born and raised in Birmingham ,Alabama. Daroneshia has experienced sexual assault, sex work, workplace and housing discrimination, and substance abuse.  In the past four years she has brought attention to the transgender population in Birmingham, especially trans women of color.  She created a peer support group which meets twice a month to help trans women of color identify and overcome barriers that they face here in Birmingham.  In addition to her personally identifying as a trans woman of color, she is very knowledgeable about LGBTQIA issues and has a lot of experience dealing with the discrimination and oppression that members of her community face in day to day life.  Her life experiences fuel her passion for helping other trans women of color.  

Tommy Williams


Tommy Williams is resident and native of Birmingham, AL and LGBTQ+ community member and advocate. He serves in the position of Linkage and Retention at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 1917 Clinic. Tommy also promotes research awareness through part-time recruitment efforts with the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic at UAB. Mr. Williams has been serving communities for more than 15 years with trust and integrity. He supports LGBTQ+ justice and all health and human services which address the holistic needs of underserved communities.

Kristy Gardner

Vice President

Kristy Gardner is a trans woman of color who is an active advocate for trans rights in the Birmingham community. Kristy spends much of her time volunteering for various organizations around Birmingham. One of her many volunteer roles is helping grieving families by volunteering to provide make-up services for the deceased. Kristy is excited about the opportunities she will have to help the community as Vice President of TAKE.

Kalani Shields


Kalani, a cosmetologist, is an active volunteer in the community. She enjoys working with singing groups around Birmingham. As a trans woman of color, Kalani is passionate about the TAKE mission. She believes that her faith is an important part of her work in helping others.

Chenoia Bryant

Board Member

Chenoia Bryant is a full-time professor at the University of Alabama.  She is a Sparkman Center for Global Health Fellow and has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Chenoia is also one of the winners of the B-Metro Fusion Awards honoring people who want to "see similarities and not differences, and opportunities, not barriers". Her interests are many and include  gender, sexuality, and health, as well as health disparities and social determinants of health in minority and sexually marginalized populations.

Morissa Ladinsky

Board Member

Morissa Ladinsky, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UAB/Children’s of Alabama.  Having relocated from Cincinnati, OH just under 2 years ago, she loves her new state, city and it’s amazing youth and people.  At Children’s, she cares for local youth and teens in Primary Care Clinic, former premature infants statewide in a specialized clinic for NICU graduates, and co-leads a team providing medical and mental health care for transgender and gender expansive youth throughout the Deep South.  Her professional passion is improving health outcomes for children with chronic conditions, LGBTQ identified youth and teaching the next generation of physicians while addressing health care disparities and equal access for all.  When away from work, Dr. Ladinsky enjoys finding new hiking trails, eateries, and hidden gems in Alabama, working with local advocacy groups, and overseeing her five “mostly grown” young adult children.

Candy Knox

Board Member

Candy is a trans woman of color from Anniston, Alabama who spends her time volunteering in the LGBTQ+ community and building a powerful sisterhood for black and brown transwomen. She enjoys performing female illusions and holding benefits for the community.

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