Lynsey David, J.D.

Lynsey is an attorney with the firm Lewis Wagner, LLP in Indianapolis. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University, and J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. After graduating law school, Lynsey moved to Indiana, and is a proud implant Hoosier.

She is involved with a variety of diversity initiatives in the legal community, including the Diversity Committee for the Indiana Bar Association where she serves as Secretary, and the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Diversity Job Fair Committee, for which she plans the Fair’s Student Workshop. Lynsey is thrilled be a part of the GenderNexus Board, and to help serve the gender diverse community of Indiana.

AJ Young, PhD
Vice President

Andrew “AJ” Young is the Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. A recent transplant to Indianapolis, he received his PhD in Sociology from Temple University, with a focus on gender and sexuality. AJ also has more than ten years of experience in university student services, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion and civic engagement, and is committed to asset-based community development and fostering institutional cultures grounded in the principles of equity and social justice. AJ identifies as a white, queer, transgender man and shares a home with his husband, their two dogs, and an angora rabbit. AJ is honored to serve on the GenderNexus board and is looking forward to being an active member of the Indianapolis LGBTQ+ community.

Megan McNeal

Megan McNeal

Megan is a quality and compliance director at a non-profit outpatient social and behavioral health facility with over 10 years’ experience in the helping professions. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Kokomo and her master’s degree in health administration from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Megan has had a lifelong passion to serve others, specifically those struggling with mental health and addictions issues. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental health and addictions services while increasing access for minority groups through education, advocacy, and community outreach. Megan believes strongly that we, as a community, have an obligation to support those struggling individuals.

Megan is excited to join the GenderNexus Board to put her passion to good use in the Indianapolis community.

Tyne Parlett

An Indiana native, Tyne has been living in the Indianapolis area for the greater part of a decade. Tyne is a proud parent of a teenage child as well as an enthusiastic animal rescuer.

Tyne is the Housing and Food Pantry Program Manager at The Damien Center where they assist some of the city’s most vulnerable LGBTQ+ community members. Tyne is also an ACLU IN-TEAP volunteering in advocacy, as well as a lead organizer for Trans Glam and Indy Pride events that occur yearly. They focus much of their community efforts on outreach and advocacy as well as strengthening community partnerships.

Tyne’s background in social services began as a Program Coordinator and then Director serving adults and children with developmental disabilities. Their work now extends to the LGBTQ community and where that intersects with other aspects of their personal life including parenthood, outreach to the youth population, harm reduction as healthcare, event planning, and advocacy. In their spare time, Tyne enjoys hiking, kayaking, art and museums, family time, and trying to find the perfect gluten free bread. Tyne is a trans, femme non-binary human who hopes to serve their community in finding access to resources, barrier reduction, and increasing quality of life through love and compassion.

Erica Cox, B.S.

Originally from California, Erica has lived in Indianapolis since 1991. She is currently completing her master of social work degree from Indiana University with a focus on mental health/addictions while working full-time as a care coordinator at The Damien Center. Prior to that, she worked within the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and pulmonology. In her spare time, Erica volunteers with several LGBTQ+ focused organizations and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with her two children.

Genese Parker, MSW, LSW

Genese Parker is a social justice advocate, community organizer, and diversity and racial reconciliation consultant. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in leadership from Indiana University.

Genese worked as a Campus Minister and the Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Specialist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of Indiana University. She has also served children with special needs and mentored at-risk youth as they pursued college readiness. Genese is currently serving on the Board of Directors at LifeJourney Church in Indianapolis.

Genese believes that her life’s purpose is to pursue justice and to advocate for those whose voices are too often silenced in the world. She hopes to leave the world just a little bit better than it was when she found it.

Addison Smith
She/Her, They/Them

Addison Smith, or simply Addi, has been a classroom, library, and consulting educator for nearly 20 years. They hold two master’s degrees – in music composition and digital storytelling, volunteers their time with several LGBTQ+ focused organization, and provides awareness and sensitivity training in their self-titled business, Addison’s Agenda. They are an award-winning writer, published author, and proud member of Mensa. In their spare time, Addi enjoys biking, reading, working in the yard, watching good TV and bad movies, and creating new art projects.

Julie Stanley

Julie is founder of J.D. Stanley & Associates, where she provides nonprofits the tools they need to build capacity, create sustainability, and maximize their impact in the communities they serve. She is a Certified Nonprofit Executive Director through Nonprofit Web Advisor and has a B.S. in Public Affairs Management, Master of Public Management, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate, and Certificate in Fund Raising Managing, all from Indiana University. Julie is a yogi, baker, gardener, hiker and avant garde cook who especially enjoys her time with her husband and their five children.

Ann Chen, JD

Ann Chen, J.D.

Ann is an attorney at Eli Lilly and Company. Ann received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor Degree from Vanderbilt University. Ann’s legal career started in New York City but later moved to Asia and worked in Shanghai (China) and Kobe (Japan) for almost ten years before relocating to Indiana in 2017. Ann is involved in a number of diversity and inclusion efforts at Lilly and is the operations chair for the Lilly Pride Employee Resource Group. When not working, Ann enjoys spending time with family and travel. Ann is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community.