EDUCATING, CONNECTING and SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES

   MEET OUR BOARD of DIRECTORS


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Our Board of Directors - 2019 / 2020

Executive Committee:

Christine Lane    President

Signey Olson    Vice President

Beth Parker    Secretary

Rosemary Kim Treasurer

Steve Geishecker Past President


CHRISTINE LANE

Christine joined the board in 2018, and in 2019 was elected as President of the Board.  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 serve as President of the Board, and help make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ families.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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/Hers

ROSEMARY KIM

Rosemary joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2018. Rosemary and her wife 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. 

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

  LIZ DEAN

Liz joined the Board of Rainbow Families in 2019. Prior to that, she served on the Boards of the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor, MI and the DC Center for the LGBT Community.  She has volunteered with Capital Pride, Point Foundation, and Women in Their Twenties & Thirties.

Liz has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree in Human-Centered Computing. She has served in several UX/IT management roles in non-profit, for-profit, higher education, and consulting spaces. Liz is currently a Senior Content Strategist for a technology provider in the DMV area.

Liz lives in Washington, DC, with her wife.  She is excited to be part of the Rainbow Families community and is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ families in the DC area.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  EDUARDO LABANCA

Eduardo is the Sr. Director of Account Management at Generali Global Assistance, with more than two decades of experience leading high performance operations centers, including customer facing departments as well as procurement and provider relationship areas. During his tenure, Eduardo also led the implementation and managed successfully global accounts of large scale clients in several different business lines.  Eduardo currently volunteers at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the neighborhood of Petworth in Washington DC and has had experience with nonprofit organizations supporting the elderly and children populations in his home country.

Native from Brazil, Eduardo lives in the District with his husband Nick, their two cats Liz and Valentino and their dog Xena.

Eduardo is thrilled to be part of Rainbow Families, to support LGBTQ+ families and their needs.

   Pronouns: He/Him/His


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.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sara Mindel

Sara joined the board in the spring of 2016.  She lives in DC with her amazing 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 is passionately committed to seeing all families and children celebrated and supported. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fran Toler

Fran Toler joined the Rainbow Families Board in 2017 after several years of supporting the organization as a sponsor at the 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.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.    Eddie is currently a realtor with Compass Realtors in Washington DC. 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

JESSICA KENT

Jessica lives with her child and girlfriend outside Frederick, MD.   Jessica went to undergrad for politics and gender studies. Her career started in the social work field working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and now serves as the Executive Director of The Birthing Circle, dedicated to improving birth outcomes and supporting pregnancy and postpartum.  Jessica is a doula and attends births all over the DMV, primarily serving marginalized communities and with a specialty in trauma informed care.

Jessica served on the Frederick County Commission for Women in 2018, and was the Event Chair of the 2019 Frederick Women’s March. Jessica is heavily involved in local grassroots activism and advocacy projects, focusing on LGBTQ and gender equality, reproductive and birth justice, and immigration. In all she does, Jessica works to build community and connection for all.

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers


RAFAT ABBASI

Rafat Abbasi, MD joined the Rainbow Families Board in 2018.  She is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist in practice at Columbia Fertility Associates with offices in DC, MD and VA.  She did her residency at University of Maryland Medical Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, MD and her fellowship at Georgetown University in DC and the National Institutes of Health.

Her son and family including three granddaughters live in Virginia. She loves to spend time traveling with them and enjoying adventures like zip lining and snorkeling with them. 

She has worked actively with the LGBTQ community in the DMV for over 15 years and enjoys her involvement with Rainbow Families.

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers


BETH WHEELER

Beth joined the board in 2019. Prior to that, she volunteered for many Maybe Baby groups about the realities of transracial adoption for queer families who are contemplating adopting across race. Beth has been actively involved in Rainbow Families for many years and has also worked at The Lambda Center and Whitman Walker Clinic.

Beth has a private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, gender, gender-Identity, sexuality, adoption, race and the intersectionality of identities. She consults with adoptive families raising children of color and works with white people to better understand white racial identity, white privilege and how to become better anti-racist advocates. Beth also works with organizations who want to address and have courageous conversations around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Beth has also appeared on radio shows and podcasts.

She lives in Silver Spring with her two domestically adopted African American boys. She parents her children with her ex-wife and is thrilled to be on the board of Rainbow Families.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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 as Past President, 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.  

Pronouns: He/Him/His


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