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She joined the Army in 1998, during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, as a radar repairer, and is currently an active duty Chief Warrant Officer specializing in Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance. She has been a member of and contributor to several LGBT organizations, and has served in a variety of roles, from chapter leader to advisory board member. Tania’s passion for LGBT equality is only outdone by her desire to empower everyone to be active and engaged within their communities. She has an Associate’s Degree in Counter Terrorism, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. Tania and her wife, Deborah, currently live in North Carolina. Jeremy K. Johnson CoChair and Membership Director: Jeremy is a veteran of the U.S. Navy (active duty, ‘96’07) who was discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell after serving 10 years as a journalist and public affairs specialist. In September of 2011, two days after full repeal of the law was implemented, he returned to uniformed service in the Navy as a reservist out of Baltimore, Md. During the gap in military service, Jeremy began volunteering with The 6th Branch, a veteran led nonprofit community service organization in Baltimore. He immediately became the Public Relations Director and was voted onto the board in 2011. The 6th Branch has since received local, national and international attention for its work to revitalize the neighborhood of Oliver, once infamous for serving as an exterior location for HBO’s “The Wire” and for its record of violent crimes. In 2012, Jeremy was elected by the members of OutServe’s National Capital Region chapter to serve as colead. He filled the role for a year while also serving on SLDN’s Military Advisory Council and as OutServe Magazine’s Blog Editor. In addition to his 15 years of experience in internal and external communications, Jeremy recently completed his sociology degree with University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He currently works as a communications specialist with The Palm Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching issues related to sexual minorities in the military. Mark Mazzone Board Secretary and Communications Director: Mark was born in Detroit, Michigan. Born to a Marine and his wife, Mark was exposure to many different types of people, growing up in California and North Carolina. He joined the U.S. Army in 2000 after graduating high school. Serving five years on active duty, he deployed with the first Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis, Washington. Shortly after, he left active duty and joined the NC Army National Guard, remaining a Signal Support Systems Specialist, where he served as an infantry company communications NCO, electronic warfare NCO and is now the battalion communications chief for the 1/120th Combined Arms Battalion. His work with the LGBT community started after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and took on a few different forms, from working as the Chief of Staff for the OutServe NC chapter to Executive Director of a small local nonprofit focused on being a clearinghouse for resources for the LGBT community both military and civilian. He is a graduate of the University of NC at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and currently works for a local software company as a technical writer and
software trainer. Mark lives in North Carolina with his husband Derrick, a Navy Reservist. Carl Able Board Treasurer and Director of Development: Carl is an actively serving Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. A California native, he joined the Marine Corps in December 2004 and spent his first two enlistments serving under the restrictions of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Soon after, he began work in LGBT advocacy following the repeal of DADT in 2011. After being elected by members of OutServe’s National Capital Region chapter in 2012, he organized and led the first contingent of openlyserving service members in the Capital Pride parade. He also worked with students at Frederick Community College to coordinate and chair a panel discussion on the impacts of DADT on the LGBT service member both pre and postrepeal. Jules Sohn Communications Director: Jules is a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq as the 5th Civil Affairs Group Public Affairs Officer. She was discharged from the Marines as a Captain in 2008 under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy. She has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Science in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jules served as a Public Information Officer at the Los Angeles Police Department and currently works for the Department of Justice. She has extensive public affairs, crisis communication, and journalism experience. A polished advocate and speaker, she has spoken to numerous audiences around the nation about the negative consequences of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy on both troop welfare and national security. She also contributed to “The End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Impact in Studies and Personal Essays”, Marine Corps University Press, April 2012, and has written for and edited various law enforcement and military related publications. Jules has extensive experience working with social justice, veteran, and LGBT nonprofit organizations. Tanya Domi Legal Director: Tanya served in the U.S. Army 19741990, enlisting as an E1 Private and rising to commissioned officer, achieving the rank of Captain before leaving honorably. Domi was investigated for being a lesbian on numerous occasions and became a national military activist in the effort to lift the gay ban in the early 1990s as the director of the Military Freedom Initiative at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She has been a LGBT activist for nearly 25 years. Jase Daniels Technology Director: Jase is an active duty linguist in the US Navy. He is known for having been discharged twice under the former law known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and one of the first service members to return to active duty after the law was repealed late 2011. Jase made national headlines when he was profiled on the front cover of Stars and Stripes newspaper about being an openly gay sailor stationed overseas while in the same article rebuking statements from the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding his disapproval of 'gays in the military'. He is a Middle Eastern language specialist with knowledge in Hebrew and PersianFarsi. Jase is currently stationed in Georgia and is accompanied by his husband.
Christopher Hooper Technology Director: Chris was born in San Diego, California in 1984, where began his life growing up around the United States Navy. Graduating with honors in 2003 from Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he joined the Navy. He was active in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” movement as former member of Servicemembers United and then shortly after joining OutServeSLDN where he was the Virginia Chapter Leader for three years. Christopher appeared in the HBO documentary “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as one of the servicemembers telling his story of living behind the discriminatory law. In 2010, he received his Associate’s Degree from Coastline Community College in Computer Networking with a concentration in CISCO networking. He is currently serving on active duty in the US Navy. Christopher currently resides in Newport News with his partner Josh. Brynn Tannehill Trans* Issues and Advocacy: Brynn is originally from Phoenix, Ariz. She graduated from the Naval Academy with a B.S. in computer science in 1997. She earned her Naval Aviator wings in 1999 and flew SH60B helicopters and P3C maritime patrol aircraft during three deployments between 2000 and 2004. She served as a campaign analyst while deployed overseas to 5th Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain from 2005 to 2006. In 2008 Brynn earned a M.S. in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and transferred from active duty to the Naval Reserves. In 2008 Brynn began working as a senior defense research scientist in private industry. She left the drilling reserves and began transition in 2010. Since then she has written for the Huffington Post, OutServe magazine and Queer Mental Health as a blogger and featured columnist, and been a speaker and panelist for PFLAG, Netroots Nation, National Organization for Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals, and other venues. Brynn and her partner Janis currently live in Ohio with their three children. Beth Schissel Legal Director: Beth Schissel, M.D., is an emergency pediatric physician in Atlanta, GA. Schissel graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1989. While serving as an Air Force officer, Schissel was threatened with discharge under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and became a client of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). She was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve Medical Corps in 2001, and worked actively with SLDN and other organizations to advocate for the repeal of DADT.
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