board & staff

NEO L. SANDJA

Founder

Neo was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and emigrated in the U.S. as a college student in 2004.
He’s a Transman who began his medical transition in 2011. In 2014, he created the first international organization for Trans bodybuilders. In its second year, it was featured on major networks like CNN and Al Jazeera America.

In 2016, Neo published his first book “Right Mind Wrong Body – The ultimate Trans guide to being complete and living a fulfilled life.” In his book, he not only shares his experience as an African Transman, but also the lessons he’s learned throughout his life from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective.

Neo is the recipient of the Gentleman of Service Award from the Gentlemen Foundation for his contributions in the Trans community through his former organization, the FTM Foundation. In 2017, he proposed an app to relieve Trans homeless at the headquarters of Airbnb in San Francisco, CA.

Neo is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner through the Association for Integrative Psychology and a member of various organizations that align with his Mission. He has used his skills along with his passion for Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.) to empower people as a business consultant, a life (mindset) coach, a public speaker and in all the roles that he plays on a daily basis.

As a Soul who is always transcending societal barriers, Neo calls himself an alignment catalyst; in a sense, he’s a modern mystic who helps people find the Healer, Divine Creator and Problem Solver within themselves.

Bucky Motter

Executive Director

Bucky Motter brings years of experience as a competitor, judge and organizer to the sports of bodybuilding and powerlifting. He is a gender-queer male who dreamed about being a bodybuilder since he was 19 years old. He finally decided to compete in his first contest at age 45, and then competed in the National Physique Committee (NPC) competitions for over four years. In 2006 he brought home a silver medal from the Gay Games VI in Chicago for the over-40 physique Category. He also won second place at the NPC Atlanta Bodybuilding Contest in 2005. 

Bucky was Head Judge for the Trans Bodybuilding Competition in 2014, at the first annual TransFitCon, an event created by Neo Sandja, founder of FTM Fitness World. In 2016, Neo won a grant that birthed IATB (The International Association of Trans Bodybuilders). IATB became official in 2017 and Bucky Motter became the Executive Director in 2018. In 2019, IATB became IATBP to include the existing powerlifting meets. Shawn Stinson, winner of the first two bodybuilding competitions, took over Head Judge responsibilities in 2018.

As Executive Director for IATBP, Bucky brings not only leadership skills and compassion, but an unusual ability to multi-task, organize and pay attention to every single detail when it comes to overseeing the IATBP organization. Bucky is also a performing songwriter and gifted teacher of guitar and voice.

NAT VEIGA

Digital Engagement Director and Assistant Executive Director

Nat Veiga is an amateur bodybuilder of over 6 years and has a nerd-like obsession with all of physical culture. Before bodybuilding, nat was an ITF-style taekwondo student of over seven years and an instructor for over five, earning the ranks of 3rd Degree Decided Black Belt and Level 4 Instructor.

nat has transitioned their obsession with learning about and teaching martial arts into a new dream of being a strength and physique coach, starting their online coaching business, Swol Boy Fitness, in late 2019. They hope to combine their Women & Gender Studies BA, their love of teaching movement practice, and their experiences being transmasculine non-binary in exercise spaces to change the way their clients experience strength training. nat’s goal is to empower people to not only become independent and educated lifters, but also turn lifting weights into a source of strength in all other areas of their lives.

nat had always assumed there was no space in bodybuilding for non-binary lifters until they discovered the IATBP and saw the potential there. They joined the board in 2019 with the explicit goal of ensuring there would be more space for non-binary lifters in the organization. nat is now on staff, first as the Social Media Director and now as the Assistant to the Executive Director. They continue working to spread the word to trans lifters everywhere that the organization exists as a space to compete while feeling respected and affirmed, and finding every way possible to best serve the community.

nat also has big dreams of pursuing a Masters in Communication & Advocacy and a Ph.D. in Physical Culture & Sports Studies. They also hope to one day open their own classic bodybuilding-style gym for queer and trans iron fanatics and physical culturists to lift in a space free of heteronormative expectations and toxic gym culture, that can also serve as a space for giving back to the community.

Outside of lifting, nat spends all their free time snacking, sleeping, and playing with spreadsheets.

BRANDON GRAY

Brandon Gray

Secretary

Brandon Gray, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HRPM, is a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional. He currently works as a Manager of People Technology at Colonial Pipeline, where he is responsible for supporting, maintaining, and optimizing the company’s HR systems to align with the strategic roadmap. He manages the design and implementation of innovative solutions, including a long-term support model, to provide value to the organization.

Brandon has been involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives since moving to Atlanta in November 2013. He joined the Atlanta Freedom Bands, Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ music ensemble consisting of a concert band, marching band, jazz band, and Colorguard. The Atlanta Freedom Bands is a member of the Pride Bands Alliance (formerly known as the Lesbian and Gay Association), which has member bands in cities across the world. After his first year of service, he began to take on leadership roles within the band to include Band Librarian, Member at Large, Vice-President, and President. During his time on the Executive Board, he led several initiatives to include an official AFB Member Handbook, new member orientation, new website, and Covid policy. He now serves as Co-Section Leader for the Flute Section.

Brandon has also served on the Board of Directors for the now Pride Bands Alliance (formerly known as The Lesbian and Gay Band Association) as the Director of Administration Committee. The administration committee was charged with handling mid-year planning, election/nominations, bylaw revisions (making language more gender neutral), and new board member orientation.

Brandon brings a lot of administration and human resources knowledge to the board and we’re excited to have him!

POUL OLSON 

Board Member

Poul Olson, MSc, CFRE, is chief communications and development officer for GMHC (founded as Gay Men’s Health Crisis) in New York City.

As the world’s first HIV services organization, GMHC provides comprehensive psychosocial services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The agency is also one of the country’s leading LGBTQ+ organizations working to address discrimination and secure equal rights for a range of marginalized populations. In his role, Poul oversees a portfolio totaling more than $20-million in annual revenue. He also leads the agency’s communications function.

Poul has more than 25 years of communications and development experience in global health, public health, and higher education. Before joining GMHC, Poul was chief communications and development officer at the Atlanta-based Task Force for Global Health where he led a $13.6-million capital campaign and oversaw the organization’s successful nomination for the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest award of its kind at $2 million.

Poul holds a master’s of science degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and bachelor’s of arts in history from the University of Virginia. He also holds a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) credential.

IDA HOOD

Admisitrative Assistant to the Executive Director

A native Texan, Ida Hood holds a BS in Recreational Therapy and an MS in Science in Health Education with an emphasis on Pubic Health from Middle Tennessee State University, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Health Education & Promotion.

Ida is certified in Health EC–12, Physical Education EC–12, has coached for several years, is a personal trainer and has had the opportunity to teach on many levels. For the past eight years her teaching has centered on health, wellness, and career readiness. She has experience working with School Health Advisory Councils to bring more awareness and resources to the communities they serve, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in the youth empowerment division.

Ida says, “I look forward to helping inspire, empower, and support our youth as they are our future leaders.” “I want to continue helping create life-long learners to optimize their health.”

MARK ROSENBERG

Board Member

Mark L. Rosenberg is President Emeritus of the Task Force for Global Health. Rosenberg served as ​Assistant Surgeon General at the ​Center​s​ for Disease Control and Prevention​ (CDC) where he led its work in violence prevention and later became the founding director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Rosenberg is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine with training in infectious diseases and public policy.

He is on the faculty at Morehouse Medical School, Emory Medical School, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, chaired the advisory board for the Georgia State School of Public Health, and served on the visiting committee of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He also serves as vice-chair of the Georgia Global Health Alliance. He is a photographer and has authored more than 140 publications, and four books: Patients: The Experience of IllnessViolence in America: A Public Health Approach; Real Collaboration: What It Takes for Global Health to Succeed; and Howard Hiatt: How this Extraordinary Mentor Transformed Health with Science and Compassion

Rosenberg has received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal and the Outstanding, Meritorious, and Distinguished Service Medals of the Public Health Service. Rosenberg is a director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and served on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. He earned his undergraduate, doctor of medicine, and master of public policy degrees at Harvard University. He has been married to Jill Rosenberg for 43 years and is the father of Julie and Ben and the grandfather of Maddie and Henry.

LIAM CARSON TREMBLAY

Volunteer Coordinator

Liam Tremblay (he/him, they/them) is a Georgia native and Atlanta LGBTQIA+ community leader. He is an avid and outspoken Trans athlete advocate and competitor. A competitive softball player for more than 30 years, he is a member of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA), competing in multiple national level Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) tournaments and regional tournaments.

Recently his team placed 3rd of 72 in division in the 2019 Kansas City GSWS and 4th of 82 teams in the 2021 Columbus GSWS. NAGAAA has competitive leagues in 47 different cities across North America and Canada.

During regular season competition he is an active member of the Hotlanta Softball League (HSL) and the Southern Softpaw League (SSL). Both leagues are dedicated to providing sports avenues to LGBTQIA+ athletes and allies.

When not playing softball, Liam dedicates time to his passion for weightlifting as a CrossFit athlete, training 5x a week with his coach at CrossFit Iconz in Snellville, GA. As a newly minted USA Weightlifting (USAW) member and coach, Liam is looking forward to joining other advocates bringing awareness to trans/queer/non-binary athletes in the sports of Olympic lifting and CrossFit. Liam utilizes weight training and CrossFit to stay in shape for softball and vice versa.

He likes to say, “Softball will always be my first love, but lifting is my mistress.”

SKYLER JAY

Staff (Event Manager)

Skyler Jay is a Trans activist and influencer from Athens, Georgia. He is most notably known for both his appearance on season two of Netflix’s Emmy award-winning show, Queer Eye, as well as for his groundbreaking lawsuit against the University Systems of Georgia to remove the policy’s Transgender healthcare exclusions for over 160,000 state employees. Skyler has a passion for fitness, community building, and LGBTQIA+ community work/history.

He has a background of many years in event coordination and management, public speaking, and fundraising.

Skyler has been an event manager for Trans Bodybuilding Competitions since 2015, and his talents and efforts have helped many LGBTQIA+ organizations across the country.

For his many contributions to the community, Skyler won the 2019 Community Leader of the Year Award, at the Trans* Advocacy Awards; an honor in the past bestowed upon trailblazers such as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and actress Laverne Cox. In May of 2020, Skyler helped co-found Aadya Rising, an LGBTQIA+ run nonprofit that seeks to find and fill the gaps from within the LGBTQIA+ community through means of education, mentorship, support groups, and Trans surgery scholarships.

When not working for the LGBTQIA+ community, Skyler enjoys spending time with his friends and beloved cat Robot.