Elle Lusina (pronouns she/her) is a native of Charlotte, a transgender woman, and an Information Technology professional with over 30 years of experience. She holds degrees in Electronic Systems and Information Technology and studies traditional Chinese martial arts (kung fu). She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force including a tour in the Persian Gulf War, with a distinguished career as a noncommissioned officer despite decades of untreated gender dysphoria. Elle is thrilled to be able to give back to the community as a group facilitator and on the board because Transcend made her feel much less lonely in her struggle to be her authentic self. She is the proud parent of her two adult sons, two cats, and many dead plants.