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Learn more about the people who work for TENI.
Broden Giambrone (Chief Executive)
Broden has been involved in community organising, research and capacity building in trans communities for over fourteen years. In his current role, Broden leads TENI’s advocacy and public awareness campaigns. He is also an experienced public speaker and has delivered presentations across Europe and Canada.
Broden holds a Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto, which focused on Community Development and Policy development in the field of trans health. Broden has been published in numerous academic journals such as BMC Family Practice, Journal of Community Psychology, Action Research Journal and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. He has also written opinion editorials for the Irish Times, Irish Sun and GCN.
Vanessa Lacey (Health & Education Manager)
Vanessa has worked with TENI for nearly 6 years, currently as Health & Education Manager. She delivers training to and consults with health care professionals throughout Ireland. She founded the family support group TransParenCI in 2011, which now supports over 100 families. Vanessa also works with primary and secondary schools, and the Gardai. One of her main objectives is to develop a holistic service for transgender people and their families.
In 2012 she attained a BA (Hon) Psychology and is currently undertaking a MA in research in the loss and grief department of Limerick Institute of Technology. She also facilitates tutorials in Social Psychology as part of her role in LIT. Vanessa is a committee member of the HSE led Transgender Health Working Group, Chairperson of TransParenCI and is also a proud parent.
Gordon Grehan (Office Manager)
Gordon worked in several administrative roles prior to joining TENI, for organisations such as the Social Welfare Appeals Office, BeLonG To Youth Services, Alcohol Forum and GAZE International LGBT Film Festival. He also worked for American Airlines for ten years, mostly in the areas of manpower planning and training. He sometimes runs events such as film screenings and club nights.
Catherine Cross (Family Support & Education Officer)
Catherine has been involved with the parental support group TransParenCI for the past three years, initially accessing support as a parent herself and then in a voluntary capacity as secretary of the steering group committee. She's the first point of contact for parents of children, adolescents and adults who are trans or questioning. She has been self-employed for most of her adult working life, but recently trained in Intellectual Disability Practice and obtained a BA HON Degree in Social Policy and Economics from Maynooth University.
Toryn Glavin (Administrative Officer)
Toryn has been involved with the trans community for the last 3 years. She will graduate with her B.Sc in Event Management this coming May. During her time in university Toryn has been a leading member of the Irish Trans Student Alliance (ITSA) and an organiser with the group since its inception in November 2013. She took a leadership role in the trans training event that was held in 2014. Toryn has since completed a year and a half as Chairperson of DIT LGBT Society and has established the Irish Trans Girls support group.
Sam Blanckensee (National Development Officer)
Sam has been active in the trans community for the past four years. They have been involved in a large number of community groups such as Trans Guys Ireland and the Irish Trans Student Alliance. They were a founding member of Trans Greystones and has been facilitating the group since 2014. Sam has just completed their degree in Veterinary Nursing in UCD. While in UCD they were a member of the committee of UCD LGBTQ+ and the LGBTQ+ coordinator for the UCD Students’ Union. They won the UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities for their work in trans rights in UCD and nationally. They love singing with Treble Brewing. Sam is also a scout leader.