S. D. a self-proclaimed Southern gentleman with feminist roots is owner and founder of Uncaged Souls LLC, whose mission is to be a healing hub to create a safe place for meeting the health and wellness needs for his beloved communities. S. D. is a native of Gainesville, Florida where he obtained a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida. S. D. migrated to Atlanta, GA in 2009 to pursue a federal sector career where some of his most rewarding professional contributions include serving as Local Accessibility Coordinator, assisting employees with disabilities in navigating technology and access concerns, and co-founding/co-leading a peer support group for employees with vision disabilities. Additionally, he worked tirelessly with human resources to develop and implement trans inclusive policies for best practices in the workplace and advocated for the end of trans healthcare exclusions in federal employee health insurance plans.
Active in his community, S. D. is a member of Trans(forming) and Southerners on New Ground; Atlanta based trans and queer led community building organizations that promote trans inclusion, racial, economic, and social justice in the QTPOC community. A member of several marginalized groups, at these intersections, S. D. considers himself a warrior for justice with a fierce passion to advocate for equal treatment and access for his communities. S. D. believes intersections provide opportunities to align with others traveling similar paths through life’s journey….by sharing, exchanging, and combining positive energy we can transform this world to be better and more inclusive for all.
His term on the Board expires June 13, 2024.