Ingersoll is a volunteer driven organiztion. We could not do all of the work we do without our amazing Board of Directors and volunteers. Take a look down below at some of the fantastic folks who make the work at Ingersoll possible and if you're interested in learning more about Ingersoll or getting involved you can sign up for our email list here or shoot us an email at Info@ingersollgendercenter.org.
Marsha Botzer ♦ Founder and Co-Chair
Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 35 years. Marsha founded Ingersoll Gender Center and continues to serve the organization.
Marsha was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding member of Equality Washington, and served as a board member for Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, and Seattle Counseling Service. Marsha was a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and co-chair of the Seattle City LBGT Commission.
Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2005-6 and again in 2009-10. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, and served on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors during development of the Version 7 Standards of Care. In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington DC, speaking at the Capitol Rally. Since 2011 she has been a Faculty member of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Community Center’s Emerging Leader’s Project, focusing on work with China.
Marsha received the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education, and in 2006 Lambda Legal selected Marsha to receive its Civil Rights Hero Award. In 2007 she was given The Task Force Leadership Award and in 2009 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. In 2011 Marsha received the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award for Community Service, and in 2013 the Inaugural U.S. Edition Trans 100 List selected Marsha for membership.
Heather Villanueva ♦ Board Member ♦ On Hiatus until 2016
Heather Villanueva is the Community Strength Organizer at SEIU Healthcare 775NW, the largest union in Washington. Villanueva focuses on advancing immigrant, refugee and LGBTQ rights, anti-poverty issues, racial equity and civic engagement. She currently coordinates the award-winning Racial Equity Team, a group of lobbyists working with legislators and community leaders towards racial justice in the Washington legislature.
Villanueva has served as the chair of the King County Civil Rights Commission and as a board member of the International Examiner, an API (Asian Pacific Islander) focused community newspaper. Prior to her union work, Villanueva worked at the Minority Executive Directors Coalition (MEDC) of King County and for then-State Senator Claudia Kauffman.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Washington and grew up in Tumwater, Washington.
Brandon Chun ♦ Board Member
Biography coming soon!
Karter Booher ♦ Board Member
Karter Booher originally hails from the last frontier up north, Alaska. He made his way to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University. He is a proud Pride Foundation Scholar and volunteer. While at PLU he lead a movement to bring gender neutral housing to campus. Karter currently works at the Washington Bus where he advocates for progressive polices and helps young people from across Washington build power and skills to become community organizers. Karter is excited to be serving the transgender community as a Board Member at Ingersoll.
The Lady B ♦ Board Member, Special Event Chair
Atom Lesiak ♦ Board Member, Support Services Chair