People

Liz Margolies

Founder and Executive Director

Liz Margolies, LCSW, founder and executive director, has served the LGBT community for 25 years as a psychotherapist, political activist and volunteer before becoming the executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network…Read More

Scout, MA PhD 

Deputy Director

Scout is the Deputy Director of the National LGBT Cancer Project and the principal investigator of the CDC-funded LGBTQ tobacco-related cancer disparity network. In this capacity he spends much of his time providing technical assistance for governmental tobacco and cancer focusing agencies expanding their reach and engagement with LGBTQ populations. He leads a team of specialists in the Rhode Island office who focus especially on building tools and sharing strategies across state departments of health. Scout is also an expert cultural competency trainer and sought after public speaker. He has a long history in health policy analysis and a particular interest in expanding LGBTQ surveillance and research. His work has won him recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, two state governments, and many city governments. Scout is an openly transgender father of three, a vegetarian, an avid hiker, and is currently training for a half marathon. His opinions are his own and do not reflect those of any funders.

Karen Naimool

Director of Operations

Karen is an Indo-Caribbean transplant, passionate about creating safe spaces for all. With over 20 years of experience working with children and families, she has used non-traditional teaching methods and recreation to teach coping skills to victims of trauma. As an educator and activist, Karen has facilitated workshops and trainings on healthy relationships, Cultural Competence, Institutional Racism, Domestic Violence, Healing from Trauma and Negotiating Consent in same-sex relationships. Karen is an outspoken advocate on issues affecting immigration, marriage equality, domestic violence, and human rights on local, national and international levels.

As Director of Operations of the National LGBT Cancer Network, Karen contributes to the creation of safer spaces by addressing the increased risk of cancer in the LGBT community and  providing training and information to healthcare providers to provide culturally competent and welcoming care.

Contact Karen at karen@cancer-network.org

Rej Joo, MPH

Evaluation Manager

Rej’s work for the National LGBT Cancer Network focuses on creating tools to evaluate the LGBTQ cultural competency training curriculum for health care providers in the state of New York. He has also been part of the team that created the core curriculum and continues to produce new modules. Among many things Rej does in the field of public health, he is passionate about building and providing culturally affirming trainings, grounded in cultural humility. He has over 13 years of experience working with marginalized communities, including at-risk & homeless youth, HIV/AIDS-affected, trans/GNC, mentally ill, LGBTQ APIs