MY Voice Bios

MOASH’s MY Voice 2017-2018 Members! Learn more about MY Voice here.



Xander Bailey is a senior at Seaholm High School with plans for completing a pre-med track and becoming an endocrinologist. He is heavily involved with education professionals by speaking to groups, like Leadership Oakland and the Deerfield elementary Child Care Staff, on how to be more accommodating and responsive to trans youth. He became involved with MOASH in 2017. Along with advocacy his interests include public speaking, reading cooking, and science. He can be reached at BaileyA944@gmail.com



Janaea Kent (she/her) is mixed with black, white, and Native American. She got involved with MY Voice through the Stepping Up Together Program a program for teen Parents. She was recommended for the program because of her passion and these topics are very important to her. Her dreams for the future are to become a hair stylist. Her hobbies are taking her daughters to Jumping Jacks, shopping, and doing hair.


Mia Kivel (Sparta) is an 18 year old freshman at Kendall College of Art and Design, where she is currently majoring in fashion design and plans to minor in metals and jewelry. This is her first year on the MY Voice board, which she got involved with through a desire to help young transgender people, especially in regards to medical and legal transition. In the future, she plans to open a boutique and eventually to create and license her own clothing line. Mia is also an avid curler who has participated in national competitions, as well as a practitioner of Omori-ryu iaido. She can be contacted at mkivel17@gmail.com.

Katrina Marek (Kalamazoo/Tecumseh) (she/her) is enrolled in the secondary education program at Western Michigan University. This is Katrina’s first year in MY Voice and she is especially committed to LGBT youth education and projection as well as positive and informative sexual health education in schools. When she’s not working with MY Voice, Katina marches clarinet in the Bronco Marching Band, is a birth of the Band Service Fraternity Kappy Kappa Psi, sings in Western’s only non-male a cappella group, Mane Attraction. Katrina can be reached at Katrina.r.marek@umich.edu

Ileanna Phillips (Ann Arbor) is a 16 year old high school student in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is very passionate about sexual and reproductive health because she feels that people across the United States could greatly utilize an educational resource to learn about socially prevelant issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and advocacy for sex-positive education in Michigan schools. Ileanna aspires to become a nurse at the University of Michigan and utilize her knowledge of sexual health to continue working with women and youth to motivate positive change in her community, and communities she’s a part of in the future. She became involved with MY Voice in order to participate in hands-on advocacy projects statewide as well as to educate her community about topics that she finds important. You can contact her at (734)-474-2498 or at ileannajphillips@gmail.com.

Aiden Ramirez-Tatum is 19 year old community educator and nonbinary activist who attends the University of Michigan, and is studying Linguistics with the intent of pursuing her MSW. Aiden works at UM’s Spectrum Center, where she serves as the Student Lead of Training and Education, coordinating the center’s panelist bureau in addition to contributing to workshop development surrounding LGBTQ+ identity and intra-community dialogue, with the desire to introduce linguistics-based research into social justice activism. Aiden’s work focuses significantly on the intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and LGBTQ+ identity within the queer community, in addition to creating a pedagogy for addressing unvoiced concerns surrounding healthy intimate relationships for marginalized people. Aiden spends their spare time exploring their new interest in country music and listening to podcasts with her girlfriend.

Shane Shananaquet  is a 15 year old Native American, transgender, gay male, living in a rural area of Southern Michigan. Shane lives in a single parent, low income home and is a junior this year. He carries a 3.9 GPA while participating in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. His intersectioning identities aside, he is a regular teenager; he enjoys music, hanging out with his friends, and participates in choir and his school’s GSA. But his passion lies in advocacy for LGBT+ rights, especially in the area of LGBT+ Youth. He hopes to provide a voice for the voiceless and make a long lasting change. He hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to major in mechanical engineering and minor in political science.


Micaela Stevenson (she/her/hers)  is a 20 year old Biochemistry and Women’s Studies major at Eastern Michigan University with a minor in Health and Illness Interdisciplinary Studies. Micaela has served on the MY Voice Board for 2 years  and hopes to become an obstetrician gynecologist in underserved urban communities the future. In her free time, Micaela loves to read and bake cookies.




Ariana Thorton (Grand Rapids) is a Culinary Arts major at Grand Rapids Community College with plans to finish her Culinary Arts degree and go into Culinary Medicine. This is her first year on the MY Voice board, which she got involved with because of her passion for a better sexual education and support system for younger people, including younger LGBT+ people and people of color. Her plans for the future include finishing her Culinary Medicine degree and working in a hospital creating menus and meals for those with restricted diets or special dietary needs.  In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing fanfiction as well as creating her own bath bombs and other DIY creations. If you’re interested in talking to her, she can be contacted at thornton.ariana@gmail.com.


Kayla Young (Lansing) is currently in her senior year of high school at Everett High School and Wilson Talent Centers New Media Program where she studies photography. She got involved with MY Voice through the Stepping Up Together Program. She’s interested in sexual and reproductive health because she had a daughter young and thinks people shouldn’t shame teen parents but should help and prevent it more. Her dream is to go to LCC and eventually become a photographer for Times magazine or National Geographic. She loves are and volleyball. You can reach Kayla at kjyoungphotography@gmail.com