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TAVA VP Promotion & New Board Members

Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is pleased to announce our new national Vice President and national board additions. Our long serving VP Gene Silvestri has retired after years of tireless outstanding service.

TAVA’s newly elected Vice President is Zander Keig. Zander brings years of selfless service to helping transgender veterans. He has served on the TAVA Board for five years and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Newly appointed Board members of TAVA are Ann Murdoch, Alice Ashton, Landon Marchant, and Jordan Blisk.

To learn more about Zander and all our new board members, visit

President Evan Young states, “I’m so excited that TAVA is expanding with such talent and experience. Our Board carries many combined years of military service, and it shows in the leadership and enthusiasm of all our Board Members. Zander Keig, our new Vice-President, is an amazing person and will bring needed direction to our programs. Additionally, I am grateful for the volunteers that have stepped forward to serve on our Board. Every one of them are top of the line leaders and will make a huge difference in advocating for transgender veterans’.

In January our national board team was expanded to enhance our knowledge base and resources to serve America’s transgender veterans and service members. The Transgender American Veterans Association is dedicated to advocating the benefits, rights, and needs of America’s transgender veterans and service members.

Evan Young

Evan Young

Evan Young is originally from Little Rock, Ark. He graduated basic training in 1989, transitioned from a sergeant to lieutenant in 1998, and rose to the rank of Major before retiring. In 1998, Evan graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English. From there, he continued his studies while on Active Duty and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a M.S. in Management Information Systems. He earned his public affairs credentials in 2004 and broadcasting management credentials in 2007. He served in the Reserves, Guard, and Active Duty. He was the Hawaii National Guard as a Public Affairs officer and a Media Officer at NORAD and US NORTHCOM. Evan began transition in 2011. He retired from the Army as a Major in 2013. Since then he began his own web development company, EF Young, has written for OutServe magazine as a blogger, is the former president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, and currently serves as the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Evan currently lives in Dover, AR. with his two children.

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