Suzanne Baugh, CEO, Q&A Events
Suzanne works with clients to define top-level event parameters from creative direction and operational requirements to desired outcomes and metrics. She provides leadership in both planning and operations. Suzanne applies diverse career experience to prepare and execute events that optimize participant experiences and event value for clients.
Suzanne has been working in the entertainment and event field for 30 years. She produced and promoted her first solo event at the age of 17. After graduating from Belmont University, Suzanne was one of the founding members of their Entertainment Marketing and Production division of Warner/TBA (a Time Warner venture), currently known as TBA Global Entertainment. Suzanne became Vice-President of Events where she was in charge of overseeing all event programs, special event production and new Time Warner initiatives.
In 1999 Suzanne moved to Atlanta and founded Q&A Events, a professional event production and management company. Over the past 20 years she has built a competitive business by providing clients with exceptional service, unique and creative options and reliable operational capabilities. Q&A Events is an award winning agency whose clients/events have included the likes of The National LGBT Chamber, Coca-Cola, Hope Global Forums, Atlanta Pride Festival, Daytona International Speedway, Disability:IN and many more.
Karimah Dillard, LMSW, MA, RDT/BCT
Director of Policy and Community Engagement with the GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Karimah is a local activist and organizer in the Atlanta area with a passion for housing and racial justice. Karimah is an allied member of Southerners On New Ground and on the Board of the Housing Justice League. In her work as the Director of Policy and Community Engagement with the GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Karimah develops strategic partnerships with allied organizations and supports policies that address the emerging, intersectional needs of survivors of intimate partner violence. Karimah is one of two drama therapists in the state of Georgia and facilitates trainings on ethics, and capacity building with organizations around intimate partner violence and how to be culturally responsive to the LGBTQIA+ community. Karimah lives in Atlanta with her wife and lots of Plants!
Trans Human Rights Advocate and author Tracee McDaniel is motivated by a strong desire to ensure that all Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people receive equity, justice, civil and human rights protections. In 2007, Tracee was the first Trans person to deliver a key-note speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration march and rally. Tracee then marched on to Washington, DC and lobbied the US Congress in 2007 to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and increased HIV/AIDS funding. In 2015 she briefed the White House “Trans Women of Color Women History Month Briefing'' on Employment and Economic Equity and how those inequities affect Trans Women of Color.
Her personal motto “Show Up and Participate for Equality” attributed to her becoming the Founder and Executive Director of Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Incorporated which is an advocacy, consulting and social services referral organization designed to empower the non-monolithic Trans and Gender Non-Conforming community.
In 2013 Tracee published “Transitions-Memoirs of a Transsexual Woman”, which chronicled her unordinary life growing up Trans in the South and then eventually in 1990 escaping to Los Angeles, CA from a domestically violent intimate partner relationship.
Tracee is currently serving on Trans Housing Atlanta Program’s Board of Directors, Center for Civil and Human Rights TLGB Advisory Board and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s TLGBQI Advisory Council.
Da Weon Song (Cindy), LMSW
A Georgia State Alum, who’s passion for helping people turned into a career. As a recently out and proud Korean-American, I am super excited to be a part of a board that is advising on research that is so relevant and pertinent.
Obtaining my master’s in social work granted the opportunity to work with the Georgia Health Policy Center as a graduate research assistant, mainly working on the APEX project, a school based mental health program. Additionally, I was able to collaborate with organizations like Southerners on New Ground, working on needs assessments and data- driven research on bail bonds. After graduating, I continued working on smaller projects pertaining to trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences whilst working towards my social work licensure. Although I am just stepping into the professional workforce, I hope that my prior studies and work experience will help guide me through this opportunity.
Andre Vasi, School of Public Health, Georgia State University
Andre Vasi (they/them/theirs) is a graduate student at Georgia State University (GSU) pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. They have over two years of collective research experience in research as a previous intern at the CDC while as an undergraduate public health student at Agnes Scott College and graduate student assistant with the School of Public Health at GSU and now with the Georgia Health Policy Center. Andre has a passion for health equity, especially for marginalized communities, and takes a social justice approach to public health. They are also presently a community leader for a peer-led group called Non-binary and Genderqueer Atlanta and are invested in the health and safety of their community.