Julie Walsh, MSW, LSW
Founder, Executive Director
She/Her

Julie Walsh is the Founder and Executive Director of GenderNexus, the only organization in Indiana dedicated solely to transgender and nonbinary communities. She experienced the AIDS crisis firsthand, having grown up within the home of a gay, activist parent. In her lifelong work as an international consultant and trainer, Julie has been committed to advancing social justice by dismantling cis-, het-, and mono-normative narratives. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Butler University, a master’s degree in social work with a dual concentration in leadership and mental health/addictions from Indiana University (IU), and is completing her PhD in social work with a focus in nonprofit management from IU. Her research interests center on trans and queer communities in multi-partner relationships, generational gender cohorts, and nonprofit language and culture, with publications also venturing into social work education within a political context, social policy analysis frameworks, and embryo disposition following in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

In addition to her work at GenderNexus, Julie is a field instructor and on the associate faculty at Indiana University. She also serves on the board of directors for the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association; the advisory committee for Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Central Indiana Community Foundation; the LGBTQIA task force for the Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans; the sexual orientation and gender identity committee for the National Association of Social Workers; and maintains active membership in numerous professional associations including the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the International Association for Relationship Research, the Society for Social Work and Research, the Network for Social Work Management, the Association for Community Organization & Social Administration, and Influencing Social Policy, Inc.

Clearly, Julie is a professional plate spinner, living and working within queer community. In her “spare” time, Julie is an active musician in local and national Pride bands, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and the Indiana Wind Symphony. She also enjoys sampling clever titles for her doctoral dissertation.


Marissa Heinz
Care Coordination Director
She/Her, They/Them

Marissa earned their bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College and their master of social work degree with a concentration in children, youth, and families from Indiana University. Their background includes supporting children and families experiencing homelessness. They are especially interested in exploring how to best foster agency and resiliency in young people, so they are excited to work with clients along every part of their gender journey. Marissa’s goal is to create safe spaces that are inclusive for all members of the community and to support individuals in thriving as their most authentic selves.


Alexander Schina

Alexander Schina
Group Facilitator
He/Him

Alex is an art student with the Indianapolis Art Centre. He has a passion for writing, music, and art, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. He believes the arts are a strong way to bring all types of people together and wants to provide a creative space to encourage community members to work on and share their creations.


Jaime Alaniz
Group Facilitator
He/Him

Jaime is a trans man who has been working with nonprofit LGBTQ+ organizations across the nation for over 10 years. He is a fierce advocate for transgender and nonbinary folx, along side his wife who is also transgender. Together, they have devoted their time and energy to care for community every place they have lived. A proud, first-generation Mexican-American, Jaime moved to Indiana five years ago from New Mexico to build bridges throughout the state and to uplift community.


Lane Banister
Group Facilitator

They/Them


Evren Elliott
Yoga/Wellness Facilitator
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Evren is an instructor and manager at The Hot Room in downtown Indy and volunteers as a yoga instructor out of a love for their community, awareness about how healing yoga practice can be, and how much it can aid in self-discovery. They believe that yoga is much more than a posture or alignment, but a daily practice of living while seeking the meaning of being wholly your Self. They love theatre, politics, academia, their pets, and fighting for their community. They were recently awarded a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to further their work in the trans community through the Theatre of the Oppressed.


Jessie Miles
Group Facilitator
She/Her

Jessie is a multi-talented educator who has taught subjects ranging from art to digital design to business since 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Herron School of Art, teaching license from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and a master’s degree in Secondary Education and Technology from IUPUI. She is the mother of a transgender daughter and step-mother to two sons, a daughter, and a non-binary child. She and her wife, Maddie (who also happens to be transgender), live in Indianapolis with their younger children, cats, chickens, and a dog.


Amy MacNeil, She/Her
Neil MacNeil, He/Him
Parent Group Facilitator

Amy and Neil are parents to a transgender daughter who is a student at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Amy is originally from Indianapolis, but the MacNeils have spent most of the last 25+ years living around the world until Neil retired from his career as a Security Specialist with the State Department in 2012. Amy has had a varied career after earning a BA from DePauw and an MA from Johns Hopkins but is currently employed at the Glendale branch library.


Brent Walsh, MDiv
Religion and Spirituality Consultant
He/Him

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.