is a Transgender Social Justice Educator and writer from Lexington, Kentucky who is the founder and Director of www.TransEducator.org. She is the first male to female transsexual to serve as Director of a Women’s Resource Center and the first open transgender individual to be Director of a Multi-Cultural Center. J’Lissabeth began her career in higher education over 15 years ago at Illinois Wesleyan University and she has worked at a variety of institutions including University of California Berkeley, University of Missouri, University of Alabama Birmingham and Sacramento State University. Her breadth of experience includes residence life, retention assessment, judicial affairs, student leadership, diversity and inclusion, and as a deputy Title IX Investigator.
J’Lissabeth received her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication & Theatre with a minor in Dance from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her graduate degree is in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice from Iowa State University.
In 2009 University of California Berkeley named her a “Vagina Warrior” and she has been nominated, and received a variety of accolades for her work including ACPA’s (College Student Educators International) Emerging Scholar Award, Diversity Action Award from the Southeast Association of College and University Housing Officers, Faculty/Staff of the year, and back to back nominations for American University’s Richard L. Schnegal Emerging Activist Award, for her work with LGBTQ homeless youth and inclusion of transgender students in college athletics.
In 2017, J’Lissabeth received a grant from the National Society of Arts and Letters (Kentucky Chapter). She is a member of the Author’s Academy at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. Her most recent work is a personal narrative on Intersex identity which was published in Out: An Anthology of LGBTQIA in Kentucky.
A dynamic and engaging speaker, she uses humor, research and her own personal anecdotes in her workshops, trainings and keynotes.