michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their constituents.
Program and Policy Director
Loree Cook-Daniels is the Policy and Program Director for FORGE, a Milwaukee-based national transgender and SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) organization. Cook-Daniels has been a policy analyst and advocate for LGBT issues for more than 40 years, and began working on anti-violence issues in the 1980s. With degrees in Women’s Studies and Conflict Management and a Certificate in Trauma Counseling, Cook-Daniels provides training, technical assistance, and/or services to transgender sexual violence survivors and the professionals who serve them under grants from the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women.
Community Organizer and Project Coordinator
Ashley Altadonna is a transgender filmmaker, author, and activist living in Milwaukee, WI. She has been an advocate for the trans/gender non-conforming community for over a decade. In 2008, she formed her own film/video production company, Tall Lady Pictures LLC. Her films have been used to educate individuals about trans issues both nationally and internationally though festivals, high schools, universities, and various organizations. In addition to film, Altadonna also spent over eight years as a health and sexuality educator at the Tool Shed Erotic Boutique. She is also contributor to several local online magazines as well as being featured in Morty Diamond’s anthology “Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary”.