Shepard Verbas joined The LOFT team in November 2015 as Program Manager for Silver Connections and Helpline. Since then, their title has grown to include The LOFT's Intimate Partner Violence program, as well as facilitation and oversight of many LOFT groups and volunteers. Shepard also works with LGBTQ youth through their role as Program Specialist with the organization Center Lane.
Graduating in 2014 with a B.S. in Special Education/Early Childhood Education, Shepard has over five years experience working with youth and adults in educational and therapeutic settings. For two years, Shepard co-chaired GLSEN Hudson Valley's LGBT youth outreach initiative, Shared Stories Open Minds, and was an active member of the chapter's board.
Shepard has an unrelenting passion for LGBT advocacy, and shares The LOFT’s commitment to Advocate, Educate, and Celebrate diversity wholeheartedly. They are particularly passionate about the transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary communities. Shepard presents at various trainings and forums about the importance of trans rights and visibility.