Matthew B. Murphy, Founder and President
Matthew is the founder and president of FedQ, an all volunteer organizations developed by and for government employees. In both his personal and professional life, Matthew has acted as a vocal advocate for equality, working towards the goal of creating a workplace where individuals have the opportunity to be assessed on their merits. He has persistently and effectively worked to ensure that the LGBT+ community is included in discussions regarding diversity and inclusion and has worked with many agencies to assist with their efforts to create a positive and inclusive environment for the LGBT+ community. Mr. Murphy is also a strong beleiver in the idea that true diversity is intersectional. Mr. Murphy was also a founding member and prior member of the Board of Directors of Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDs). Mr. Murphy worked tirelessly to help get this organization formed. As he did for FedQ, he drafted FEDs Bylaws, completed and filed their paperwork to secure FEDs’ status as a 501(c)(3) and connected them with leaders of other organizations and facilitated their successful admission into the National Coalition of Equity in Public Service (NCEPS). He did all this while, at the time, working 50-60 hours a week as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at a federal agency where he now serves as a senior attorney and National Strategic Partner Liaison. Mr. Murphy is a frequent speaker at conferences on topics such as LGBT Cultural Competency, the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA Amendments Act, and Best Practices for Avoiding EEO Complaints. Mr. Murphy also co-chaired three National Training Programs that provided training on LGBT+ Cultural Competency, Transgender Cultural Competency, Leadership and Employee Development. These programs featured key government leaders including the Chair of the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Veronica Lynn Pickell, Vice President
Veronica started her career in 1985 as a Correctional Officer with the Indiana Department of Corrections. In 1988, she accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During her time with the BOP she worked at 6 prison facilities throughout the United States where she has held a variety of positions including Lieutenant, Investigative Lieutenant, Special Operations Response Team Leader (Lieutenant), Intelligence Officer, Special Investigative Agent conducting investigations for the Office of Internal Affairs.In April 2002, following the events of 9/11, Veronica accept a law enforcement position within the FAA. Later the position was moved to TSA/OLE (Office of Law Enforcement). In April 2004 Veronica came out as the first transwoman in her agency and since then has been an advocate for LGBT rights and training.She is currently an adjunct instructor for TSA/OLE and holds a certification in Defensive Measures and a certification in Instructor Development from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.She has conducted Workshops for LGBT Law Enforcement professionals on transgender issues at two international conferences and has participated in panels for St. Thomas University, Florida International University, and South Florida Safe Schools. In February 2013, she conducted a workshop for the Transgender Community on “Self Awareness” at the Pride Center, Fort Lauderdale. In June 2012, Veronica was elected as Vice President of Florida L.E.G.A.L. (Law Enforcement Gays and Lesbians). This is an organization that promotes diversity, acceptance, and non-discrimination of all classes of persons in our communities and within the criminal justice profession through education, solidarity, and professionalism.Veronica had been married to her wife for 29 years and has one daughter Hollie currently finishing up college in Florida.
Meryland Cuevas, Board Member – Communications
With some help from our President, is responsible for our social media management, keeping this website, Facebook page and Twitter account up-to-date. Meryland is the Office Manager of the Voice of America (VOA) New York News Bureau, part of the Broadcasting Board of Governors agency. She worked for the FDA in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was the Co-Chair of FDA Globe. In FDA, San Juan she was actively involved in the diversity committee and worked hard to gain recognition and inclusion for the LGBTT employees in the district, she also started a diversity newsletter that was published quarterly for over 2 years. Her work was recognized with the Diversity in Action Honor Award by the Office of Regulatory Affairs in DC. Meryland has been a very active advocate and activist in Puerto Rico for the LGBTT community. She was part of the Board of Directors of the first and only LGBTT Community Center in Puerto Rico, where she also started a support group for Lesbian Mothers. She was the assistant coordinator of the 4th LGBTT Educational Congress that took place in the PR Convention Center in 2010 with the assistance of hundreds of visitors and high profile panelists such as the Secretary of the Justice Department and the Police Department Superintendent among others. She represented FDA Globe in two consecutive years during the 1st and 2nd LGBTT Health Summit in Puerto Rico, being this the first time ever the FDA, PR office participated in this kind of event. She has been involved with many advocacy groups, organizations and events in Puerto Rico towards Equality, she actively participated in the landmark hearings taking place at the Puerto Rico Senate about the Domestic Violence and Workplace Discrimination amendments to the law which were finally passed in May 2013, granting protections to the LGBTT community against Domestic Violence and Discrimination in the Workplace. She is also a very well-known writer, columnist, radio personality, poet and activist, as well as motivational speaker. She now lives in New Jersey with her son and her partner and works in Manhattan. She publish her own blog in Spanish, is a regular columnist for other publications and co-host an online radio talk show, discussing different issues affecting the LGBTT community among other topics.
Anne Cecila Vonhof, Vice President
Anne retired from the Federal Government on April 1, 2013. Anne was with the Federal government for 30 years, including 4 ½ years on active duty as a staff judge advocate with the Air Force in Wyoming and Holland. Prior to retirement, she was the Diversity Program Manager within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director’s office since May 2011, and was responsible for working with the LGBT civil service population. She drafted policy on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and worked directly with LGBT employees who needed assistance from OPM. She wrote much of the recent government-wide OPM guidance on transgender employees, including drafting the guidance on employment published on May 27, 2011 (http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/diversity-and-inclusion/reference-materials/gender-identity-guidance/) and is heavily involved in gender identity, sexual orientation, and domestic partner issues. Before taking over as the LGBT Program Manager in May 2011, she worked for the OPM Director’s office on detail on gender identity policy and domestic partner policy. Prior to that, worked in OPM’s Pay and Leave Administration writing policy as the senior leave advisor. Most of her career was spent in the Department of Defense (up until 2008), as a senior headquarters attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Denver. She transitioned from male to female in December 2001 in that job. During that time, she spent 15 years as the legal advisor to the Department of Defense Civilian Pay System and to the DFAS ePayroll initiative. She also overlapped with 15 years as a personnel lawyer for DoD, advising human resources personnel, the EEO office, and management on personnel matters, and litigating for the Government in personnel appeals. Anne was an Air Force JAG for 20 years (4 ½ on active duty, and another 15 ½ on Reserve duty), mostly in Wyoming, The Netherlands, South Dakota, and the Pentagon. Then retired as a Reserve major in 1999. She has three years private practice experience, in Minneapolis, and is admitted to the Bar in Minnesota and Colorado. She is counsel to a small web development business in Boulder, Colorado. She has played violin in a local Denver/Aurora metro area orchestra since 1988, currently studying early modern English history as a PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and hoping to start doing some self-publishing in history (lots more unsuspecting victims – I mean well-informed readers – on the web). She is looking for ways to continue her LGBT advocacy. Also volunteers with the Colorado GLBT Center and will be talking with the Transgender Law Center. She also have ties with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the legal offices at GLAAD, the NGLTF, and the ACLU.
Jessica Pinter, Treasurer
Jessica is an attorney at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. She is a strong advocate for equality and inclusion and, as a strong LGBT+ ally herself, truly exemplifies the role allies play in our struggle for equality.