Julie Walsh, MSW, LSW
Founder, Executive Director
Julie Walsh is an educator, advocate, and community organizer who has served as an LGBT+ consultant and trainer throughout the U.S., Kenya, and South Africa. She is the founder and executive director of GenderNexus, an organization for the gender diverse community in Indianapolis. She received a bachelor’s degree in all-area music education from Butler University, a master of social work degree with a dual concentration in leadership and mental health/addictions from Indiana University (IU), and is completing her doctoral dissertation in social work with a certificate in nonprofit management from IU. Her research interests focus on the intersection of gender diversity, sexuality, and alternative relationship structures as well as organizational culture in nonprofit organizations. Her publications also include social policy frameworks and analysis, social work education, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and spirituality.
Julie facilitates graduate classes as associate faculty and field instructor for IU, serves on the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, the Board of Directors of the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association, Secretary in the Graduate and Professional Student Government at IU, and is a member of numerous professional associations including the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the Association for Community Organization & Social Administration (ACOSA), the Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), Influencing Social Policy, Inc. (ISP), the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44), the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and Phi Alpha Honor Society.
Meli Barber, MSW, MA
Meli Barber earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. She currently works with foster youth and serves as a board member for the Westside Community Development Corporation and IndyCAN. She spent eight years working with children’s religious education and youth and young adult ministry.
She is passionate about empowering youth and adolescents and particularly interested in the intersection between sexuality, gender, and spirituality.
Marea Kinney, MSW
Marea Kinney is a PhD student at Indiana University, Indianapolis, focusing on leadership development in social work education. Marea received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies from Purdue University and a master’s degree in social work with a leadership concentration from Indiana University.
Their experience includes serving as the Chairperson of the IU Student Outreach Clinic and Web Administrator for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. They are also a Co-Founder of the Macro Social Work Student Network at the school and a member of the Indiana University School of Social Work Diversity Committee.
Grambi served in the United States Army for four years and was an Automated Logistics Specialist. After his military service, he worked as a Security Officer for Professional Security Consultants. Grambi then moved to Bloomington, Indiana to continue his education at Indiana University. As a student at IU, Grambi volunteered for a special Transgender Healthcare Project and has spoken on discussion panels covering this topic. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in general studies with concentrations in English and psychology.
Grambi is currently employed for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis. He is compassionate and driven to help others through volunteering and community outreach. He is very happy to be a part of GenderNexus.
Brent Walsh, MDiv
Brent was raised in a conservative Christian family in central Illinois. He attended Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin, then later, Bryan College in Dayton, Tennesee. Brent identified as lesbian throughout most of his life and for years struggled with the religious ramifications that came with being gay in a faith tradition that considers homosexuality a sin. After several failed attempts to “go straight,” he did some deep soul-searching and realized that sexuality need not conflict with faith.
In 1998, Brent began writing essays explaining why being gay and Christian are not mutually exclusive. Eventually he acknowledged that he had always identified as male, even if not always on a conscious level, and in 2005 underwent his transition from female to male. Since that time he has helped others find confidence in their own decision to transition. This includes travel to several African countries where he had the opportunity to share his story.
Brent received his master of divinity Degree at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. He is a prolific writer and is sought-after to preach about transgender issues at churches nationwide, to serve as a guest speaker and panelist in discussion forums, and to offer advice and support to gender diverse individuals around the globe.
Jeremy Algate, BA
Jeremy is an MSW student in the leadership concentration at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Butler University. His previous experience includes work with refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar. Jeremy currently works in healthcare as a pharmacy technician.
Rae Andresen, BA
Rae earned his BA from IUPUI with a concentration in social work and sociology. He will soon begin working toward his LCSW at the IU School of Social Work with a mental health/addictions concentration. Rae comes with experience in HIV care coordination, trans health case management, and individual counseling for sexual health. Much of his work focuses on addressing the intersections of trans and ability, chronic illness, multi-partner relationships, and the BDSM/kink communities.