Anthony Aragon is a Community Engagement Specialist with the Denver Department of Transportation &
Infrastructure. In this role, he works directly with community providing updates on various transportation
projects and programs. Anthony previously served as a Mayoral appointee in the office of Mayor Michael B.
Hancock for the past eight years. Anthony is a Denver native and has been a proud member of Denver’s
LGBTQ+ community for over 30 years. Some of Anthony’s civic and community engagement includes serving
as a Commissioner on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, was a founding board member of One Colorado
and President of the Board of Directors for Equal Rights Colorado. Anthony also organized Denver’s annual
PrideFest parade for 19 years. He lives with his husband of 24 years, David Westman & their Spanish Water
Dog Arriba in Central Park.
Kambria Callantine, MA
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A native of Montana and an avid outdoors person, Kambria has been committed to improving the behavioral
health needs of all people for most of her adult life. With a BS in Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling
from Rogers State University and a MA Counseling from Capella University, Kambria has worked as a
substance use recovery counselor for Transformations Treatment Center as well as a case manager for North
Care Counseling Services. Kambria lives with her husband and two English Crème Golden Retrievers in Denver
Ed Cannon, Ph.D., LPC
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Ed is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where he coordinates the clinical mental
health track for the MA in Counseling. He has taught graduate courses in Research Methods and Statistics,
Addictions Counseling, Group Counseling, and Gender & Sexual Orientation, among others. He has presented at numerous national and state conferences. His research interests include examining climate issues for
LGBTQ clients in treatment, as well as mental health resiliency factors for LGBTQ youth. He worked as a
community and addictions counselor prior to obtaining his Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary. Dr.
Cannon currently serves on the board of Colorado Youth for a Change, which is committed to solving the
youth dropout crisis in Colorado. He has also served on the Board of Licensed Professional Counselor
Examiners, where he was appointed by former Governor/Senator-elect John Hickenlooper.
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Thelma retired as Project Administrator for the HIV Care and Treatment Programs at the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment after 30 years in the public health sector as a Health Educator, Disease
Control Specialist, Research/Analyst, and Contract Monitor. She has more than 25 years of experience serving
in community organizations as Health Educator/ Public Speaker. She was also the Program Manager for CDC
REACH Cooperative Agreement. Thelma is one of the founders of and currently the Chairman of the Board of
Directors for the Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC). She currently manages the “Tackling Menthol in the Black Community” Grant.
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Jerry is the President and Co-founder of Envision:You. He is a graduate of Regis University with degrees in
Business Management, as well as Marketing, Sociology & Economics. A native to Colorado, Jerry Cunningham
is President of Colorado’s LGBTQ media, OUT FRONT, one of the longest running LGBTQ+ media companies in the United States–45 years and counting. He is also the founder of the National Equality Media Association, which is an industry trade organization advocating for and connecting all independent LGBTQ+ media across the nation.
Steven Haden, MBA, CPRP
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Steven is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Colorado-based Envision:You. As a mental health and
social justice advocate, Steven focuses on the disproportionate burden behavioral health concerns have on
marginalized communities, especially those that identify as LGBTQ+. At Envision:You, Steven leads a team
committed to addressing the mental health and well-being of individuals from the queer community. The
organization is focused on promoting awareness and understanding around mental health to reduce stigma
and increase access to care, while ensuring providers receive comprehensive training to meet the unique
needs of LGBTQ+ folks. Steven received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of
Business Administration from New York University. He will receive his Master of Social Work degree from
Simmons University in 2021.
Quána Madison, MA
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Quána is an artist, consultant, mindfulness teacher and arts-based wellness instructor. Expressive arts revived
her soul after enduring cancer previvor treatments and developing disruptive life-changing chronic illnesses.
She is the author of the memoir, Losing Strength & Dexterity, a journey of pain, suffering, creative coping and searching for inner peace told through letters, poetry, and reflections. As a mindfulness teacher and arts-
based wellness instructor, she combines inner wellness practices with expressive arts to promote physical,
emotional, mental, and energetic well-being. A graduate of New York University and Colorado College, Quána
holds a MA in Education and a BA in Philosophy.
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Tanaka is originally from Byhalia, MS. She relocated to Denver, CO seven-years ago to pursue a career in the
non-profit sector and in that time she has been active in the community, working with local organizations such
as the Leadership Foundation of Colorado, Annual Juneteenth Music Festival, 100 Men Who Cook Black Tie
Gala and most recently participating in The Denver Metro Chamber's Impact Denver Leader Foundation
Program. Tanaka received her BA in Sociology from Jackson State University (JSU). While at JSU she was
selected as the first student to study abroad in Taiwan after spending the previous summer in Beijing, China as
a part of the first faculty-led study abroad program. Tanaka is also the proud co-founder of Denver's first
African American women's philanthropic giving circle, Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs, SPIN. In
this short time SPIN has donated/given back over $30,000 into Denver’s non-profit sector, with a true focus on
small non-profits who serve primarily African American women and girls specifically.
Syah Taylor, MA
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Born and raised in Little Rock, Syah has always had a dedication to educating and empowering others. Syah
facilitated his first training for his high school faculty as a student in 2013 and has continued to change the
culture in every setting he's touched. From leading critical conversations with peers at University of Memphis,
to training various departments at University of Denver, Syah has kept a long-lasting commitment to positive
social change. In his current role at The Center on Colfax, Syah manages a youth program focused on
connecting and empowering LGBTQ+ youth. Still, Syah works with teachers, school counselors and
psychologists, and other youth serving adults to improve the way they serve marginalized youth and
community members. Syah believes it is not enough to change policy and increase representation. True
change must be cultural.