2017 Out In West Texas Symposium
List of Presenters:
Colton Keo-Meier, PhD (Psychology firstname.lastname@example.org, Medicine email@example.com) is currently a Medical Student in the MD Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. He obtained an M.A. in Clinical Psychology 12/2009 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 5/2013 from the University of Houston, TX.
Claire Bow is a transgender attorney living in Austin, Texas. She earned her J.D. from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1983, and served as an Assistant Attorney General in Texas for 11 years as a litigator and an Administrative Law Judge.
Ms. Bow is a frequent speaker on Transgender issues and is a 2016 Recipient of the “Excellence in Public Interest Law” award given by the Texas Law Fellowship and the 2017 “Contribution to Minority Community” award given by the Travis County Women Lawyers Association.
In 2017 Ms. Bow became a full voting member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Kelly Bennett, M.D.is from Cleburne, Texas (just south of Ft. Worth). Dr. Bennett attended Abilene Christian University graduating with a BS in Biology in 1991. She attended Texas A&M College of Medicine in College Station and Temple Texas graduating with MD in 1995. Went to Texas Tech University Health Science Center from 1995-1998 receiving training in family medicine. In 1998 Dr. Bennett began to work at Texas Tech as an attending physician at the University Undergrad campus and was the Medical Director there from 1999-2016 where she began to work in helping with gender transitioning in college students. Transferred to the Family Medicine department on the HSC main campus in the fall of 2016 where she was able to work with transitioning individuals of all age groups.
Dr. María Dolores Avalos is originally from Seguin, Texas. A first generation college student, she holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and a masters degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University. She currently serves as the Program Head and CACREP Liaison for both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling Programs at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Her research interests include resilience, emotional effects of language brokering, ethics and the impact of personal values on counselor effectiveness.
Erin Stone is a multimedia journalist and a freelance researcher for National Geographic Magazine. Her work tends to focus on trauma, addiction, economic and social disparities, and human rights. Her work has taken her from a rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, TX, to a roomful of surgeons performing a liver transplant in Rio de Janeiro, to an old bar in Revere Beach, MA, where she documented the lives of Vietnam veterans, cocaine dealers and Revere natives who frequented the place. Prior to that she was a reporter for the Midland Reporter-Telegram, where her articles led to the paper receiving a statewide award for compelling coverage of mental health issues. She is currently pursuing her Master's at UC Berkeley School of Journalism.
Dr. Samantha Klassen is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-TX) and assistant professor of counseling and clinical coordinator at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She has a PhD in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a Master’s degree in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Angelo State University. Her research interests and clinical expertise lie in working with children and adolescents, mindfulness, disordered eating, body image, and gender identity. She is a member of the Texas counseling Association, the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.
Patrick is a LPC-Supervisor (Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor) with 11 years experience in both the education and mental health fields. After completing the requirements for his Counseling degree from the University of North Texas, he sought licensure in Texas and began seeing clients for couples counseling, anxiety and depression, and those that sought a LGBTQ-friendly therapist. He began working toward certification in sex therapy, and has received both education and training in working with an umbrella of sexual issues, as well as those that the public tends to put under the sexuality, including working with gender identity. He is also very interested in ego and how reaching a certain level of ego management can decrease depression and anxiety and enhance relational satisfaction.
Rev. Emily Wright-Magoon is a fellowshipped and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has been serving the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church here in Midland since 2015. Emily was raised in Midland, TX, attended The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and then received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2007. Before being called to the UU church in Midland, she was the Multifaith Chaplain at Bates College in Maine, where she served for 8 years. Emily has been married 6 years to her husband, Ethan, who has his own web design/branding company; their daughter Cora is three.
The Rev. Rick Lopez is a native of Midland. He has been involved in ministry since the year 2000. His ministry has taken him to many places from East to West coast as well as Zambia, Mexico, and Bolivia. While having been ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, today, Rick is a member of the Ecumenical Order of Charity and is discerning his call as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Throughout his ministry and because of it, Rick understands that when everything is boiled down to its elemental base, it is about love and the simple message that no matter who one is or where one has been, You are beautiful and You are loved! Currently, Rick serves as a witness of love in his ministry and is an active member of the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He is also working with the Wicked Nuns of the West, an aspiring house of the Sisters in Midland.
Stella Darling is a tell it like it is, no holds barred brutally honest transgender woman who doesn’t take less than she deserves from anyone. She is an author, a cook, a pioneer career woman in a cis gender male dominated workforce. She is a host for many different events and somebody you want in your corner. Her door is always open and her kitchen is always full. So sit on down for a slice of truth with a side of wisdom!