The Professional Transgender Resource Network (PTRN), an inter-disciplinary coalition of professionals, was established in the spring of 2009.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide education, advocate for individuals, and increase awareness in our communities surrounding transgender healthcare and individual needs in the Heartland.
This website has been established to help us provide information and resources that apply to transgender individuals’ lives and their healthcare experiences. We also hope to assist professionals working in the field of transgender care.
PTRN Coalition Members include:
Jean Amoura, MD, MSc – General Obstetrics & Gynecology, UNMC
Dr. Amoura is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has over ten years’ experience providing hormone therapy to transgender youth and adults. She also provides training on cultural sensitivity and best practices in transgender care for healthcare professional and students.
Amanda Duffy-Randall, PhD, LCSW – Director, Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Amanda Duffy Randall, PhD, LCSW, is the Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Dr. Randall maintains a private practice at Randall and Associates, working with LGBTQ adolescents, adults and families. She consults with academic , governmental, and commercial organizations regarding policies for transgender individuals, including the Department of Defense and military mental health providers.
Jay Irwin, PhD – Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Jay Irwin received his PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. Dr. Irwin’s research focuses on lesbian health, transgender health, mental health, transgender identity, and the social categories and social construction of sexual and gender identity. Dr. Irwin teaches in the Sociology & Anthropology department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and serves as a co-faculty sponsor of the UNO Queers & Allies student group. He is also an Associate Director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative (MSHRC) at UNMC.
Joan Watke Stacy, JD – Attorney at Law, Sena, Polk & Stacy, LLP
Joni Stacy is an Omaha attorney in private practice for nearly 20 years. She is a Board Member of PFLAG National. PFLAG is the oldest national organization of straight allies working with LGBTQ people to move equality forward. Joni’s practice specializes in family law and estate planning and she is passionate about civil rights.
Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC – Megan Smith Psychotherapy
Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been providing community-based services for eighteen years. Megan specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples who are part of the LGBTQ community. She receives and administers training both nationally and internationally in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity. She also provides training and assistance to workplaces and educational institutions to be more inclusive environments for LGBTQ individuals. Megan is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath (WPATH), the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) . Locally, she is the co-founder of the Professional Transgender Resource Network, Vice President for Ally Mentoring(LGBTQ youth mentoring), committee member for Gender Reel and committee member for the Nebraska LGBTQ Emerging Leader Summit.
Ryan K. Sallans, MA – Ryan Sallans Inc and Scout Publishing LLC
Ryan Sallans, MA is a public speaker, consultant, and author of the book Second Son. Ryan specializes in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the transgender community, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Over the past five years, Ryan has worked with companies around the nation who are seeking guidance and training on how to respect and support transgender employees. Some past clients include: Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, KPMG, Alcatel Lucent, Nokia, Express Scripts, Human Rights Campaign and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Ryan attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology, Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in educational psychology.