Transgender Policy Conference

Transgender Policy Conference

Tilton School, Tilton, NH

Friday, June 16


Join your ISANNE colleagues, Tilton School leaders and distinguished speakers at this special one-day conference focused on all areas of transgender/ gender non-conforming policy. Speakers include Linda Johnson of McLane Middleton, Author and Speaker Alex Myers, New Hampshire State Representative Caroletta Alicea and Student Activist Sarah Huckman.  Come prepared to share your progress and questions and evaluate the current landscape of transgender/ gender non conforming policies for private schools.  

Non-ISANNE members are welcome! 


9:00am- 10:00am: Registration/ Check in / Refreshments in Skinner Tower

10:00am- 12:00pm: Panel Discussion with Linda Johnson, McLane Middleton, Author and Speaker Alex Myers, NH State Representative Caroletta Alicea, and Student and Activist Sarah Huckman 

12:00pm- 1:00pm: Lunch in Beaumont Hall

1:00pm- 1:45pm: Breakout Session 

1:50pm- 2:35pm: Breakout Session 

2:40pm- 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm- 3:45pm: Breakout Session

3:45pm- 4:00pm: Recap and Close



Alex Myers

Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard, he was the first openly transgender student at both institutions.  He teaches English at Phillips Exeter and is the author of Revolutionary (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a novel that tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.  Alex runs workshops and speaks at schools across the country on the topic of gender identity and supporting transgender students.


Sarah Huckman

Sarah is like most of her classmates: When she’s not studying, she enjoys spending time with her friends and participating on her high school’s track, Nordic skiing, and cross country teams. Sarah also dedicates a great deal of her time advocating for the rights of transgender Granite Staters like herself. She and her parents have been featured in state and national press, and are often invited to speak about the importance of protecting transgender youth from discrimination. 

Sarah officially came out as transgender in the 7th grade. Since then, the Huckman’s have worked with school officials to ensure she can use the restroom that matches her gender identity. They have also fought against policies that prohibited transgender students, including Sarah, from participating in the sports that match her gender identity. Most recently. the Huckmans spent time advocating for the passage of legislation that would explicitly extend New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public services to transgender people.

Caroletta Alicea

Representative Alicea is a member of the NH House of Representatives representing Merrimack District 8 and serves as the Assistant Democratic Floor Leader. 

First elected to the Chamber in 2012, Representative Alicea serves as the Clerk of the Family and Children Law Committee which considers matters pertaining to children and youth. Representative Alicea also serves on the NH Commission for Suicide Prevention.

Representative Alicea served on the Merrimack Valley School Board for 17 years. In 2001, she was nominated to the NH Board of Hearing Care Providers and served two terms. Her professional experience includes founding and serving as CEO of Granite Bay Connections, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also co-founder and CEO of Granite Bay Care, Inc.

Linda Johnson

Attorney Linda Johnson is a Director with the law firm of McLane Middleton, Professional Association.  She is  co-chair of the firm’s Education Law Group, and focuses her practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent and boarding schools.  Linda is recognized as a national authority on student and campus safety issues, risk management, crisis response, boundary awareness, employment law and independent school law issues. She has authored numerous articles including the NAIS Guidelines for Working With and Supporting Transgender Students, the NAIS Guidelines for Dealing with Educator Sexual Misconduct, the NAIS Independent School Guide to Hiring, the NAIS Bullying Prevention Guide:  From Law to Policies to Action; How a Head Effectively Handles a Crisis, and many others. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest rating for legal ethics and services.  She is listed in Woodward's Best Lawyers in America for both employment and education law, in New England SuperLawyers, and in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers in Business. 





Fri, 06/16/2017


Tilton School
30 School Street
Tilton, NH 03276


Transgender Policy Conference ISANNE member

Conference fee includes lunch and materials.

Non-ISANNE members are welcome! Please use the drop-down menu to register.