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Paige Dula

Director of Media and Technology

Paige Dula has a BS in Computer Science from High Point University.  She is a professional woman who happens to have been assigned male at birth. Paige is active with the LGBT pride employee network at Bank of America where she is currently employed. Within that capacity, Paige facilitates Trans 101 training for Bank of America and works with human resources to provide support for fellow employees who have decided to transition at work.  She has participated in outreach and education on transgender issues for years. She is a former board member of Time Out Youth and the Freedom Center for Social Justice. 

Jennifer Watson Roberts is a former Mayor of Charlotte and a lifelong champion of issues related to education and equality. She is the first person to be elected to serve as both Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission and later as Mayor of Charlotte.  She currently works as the Director of the Path to Positive Communities program with ecoAmerica, a national non-profit working to build institutional leadership, public support and political will for climate action in the United States.

Roberts was instrumental in creating a public/private partnership to build a new shelter in Charlotte for survivors of domestic violence and spearheaded the creation of Charlotte NEXT, an initiative dedicated to improving after school programs for at-risk teens. During her tenure as Mayor, the City of Charlotte set a goal of funding 5,000 affordable housing units over 3 years and is currently on track to exceed that goal. 

Mayor Roberts also led the passage of a Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance that included the LGBTQ community. Though this NDA was later struck down by the NC General Assembly, this discriminatory action by the state led to national attention, boycotts, and eventual (partial) reversal of the law known as HB2. In addition, more transgender candidates than ever ran for office around the country in the year following, and many have been elected.

She has worked as a diplomat for the State Department, as an international banker, as an adjunct professor at UNC-Charlotte, and as a high school math teacher.  She currently serves on numerous community boards and commissions, including the Corporate Climate Alliance, NC Climate Solutions Coalition, Meck Ed and Mecklenburg Ministries.

Roberts is a proud recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead award, the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Public Policy Leader of the Year award, and Equality North Carolina’s Ally of the Year award.  She received her B.A. with highest honors in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters in European History from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. She and her husband Manley live in Charlotte, but can usually be found on the weekends hiking the NC mountains. They have two college aged children.


Jennifer Roberts


Jocie Sweeney (she/her) is a licensed psychologist specializing in providing affirming care for individuals processing matters related to gender and sexual diversity.  She is the owner of SweeneyPsych, PLLC and an active member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.  Jocie's downtime includes hanging out with her two amazing, funny, and wild young kids; traveling with her husband; cuddling the best dog ever; running to burn off steam; and attempting to tame the meanest cat ever.  Jocie thinks she's funny...don't burst her bubble too hard.

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Jocie Sweeney, PhD


My name is Neva Gary and I am an urban-southern bell.  I was born and raised in Harlem, New York but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2004 and have been a resident ever since.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio with a concentration in Administration.    In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Master Level Social Worker in North Carolina.

For most of my professional career I have worked with clients in poverty and homelessness.  I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction techniques with my clients.    Currently I assist chronically homeless adults obtain and maintain permanent supportive housing.  I have two part-time jobs as well, I provide individual and group counseling to adults on federal probation and am an adjunct professor.  In my free time I enjoy reading, playing with my mini poodle and traveling. 

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Neva Gary, MSW, CMSW, LCSW


Reia Chapman, MSW, LISW, LCSW-CP  is a professional social worker, activist, psychotherapist and nationally sought after speaker.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Social Work degree from Savannah State University. She has an extensive background as a professional organizer and activist across the intersections of Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice and Queer and Racial Justice movements.


Embodying both a calling and a commitment to collective liberation, justice and mental and emotional wellness, she founded the Center for Family & Maternal Wellness, an outpatient psychotherapy practice in 2016 and is the current Director of Clinical Services.   In 2016, Reia also founded the Charlotte Uprising Emotional Response Team, a delegation of over 100 clinicians and healers to provide free mental health support during the Charlotte Uprising and she continues to serve as an advisor to local and regional grassroots organizers to date.  Always centering the most marginalized in her endeavors, Reia continues to cultivate her commitment to her community through activism, education, service, and advocacy.  She is well versed in policies and legislation affecting Gender Diverse and Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities from children and adolescents and the growing aging population to the various forms of reproductive oppression and state sanctioned violence.  In 2018 she created Decolonizing Therapy,™ a culturally affirming series of workshops for community members and helping professionals designed to improve BIPOC self advocacy and teach appropriate relationship building and intervention strategies in BIPOC communities. 


Reia specializes in working with Black Women and Queer and Trans People of Color.  She is clinically trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  Reia works with couples to increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understanding between partners, keep conflict discussions calm and maintain improvements in the relationship. 


Reia is a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group (CTHCG), the North Carolina Black Women’s Roundtable, The Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPoCC), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and has been featured in various publications acoss the nation for her work in advancing the field of mental health in Social Work.

Community Outreach

Reia Chapman, MSW, LISW, LCSW-CP


Pete Wysong has a degree in accounting and has worked in the banking industry for over 25 years.  He has been an Ally for LGBT issues starting in Seattle in the 1990s, supporting people with HIV/AIDs, and after moving to Charlotte 20 years ago.  When his son came out as transgender in 2014, it was a wonderful gift that lifted a huge weight off his son’s shoulders.  Pete, his family members and friends have been supportive from the beginning, but they have also seen that all too often this is not the case.  As a result, Pete has became even more involved and is engaged as a Transgender Liaison in the LGBT+ Pride employee network at Bank of America where he is currently employed. In that capacity, Pete has helped organize events to help educate employees about transgender issues and he also works with human resources to provide support for fellow parents of transgender children.


Pete Wysong


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