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Dr. Wayne M. Maines is first and foremost the proud father of identical twins, one boy (Jonas Maines) and one girl (Nicole Maines). Wayne and his amazing wife Kelly have worked extremely hard to raise their children in an environment that was not ready for a new generation of transgender children.
His family’s story is feature in Becoming Nicole is a New York Times Notable Book, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by People magazine, one of the Best Books of the Year by Men’s Journal, is a Stonewall/Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor book, and a 2015 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist/Non-Fiction. The Washington Post describes it as “the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.”
Wayne has been a safety professional and nationally known emergency management expert for the past twenty plus years. Wayne is an Air Force veteran, an outdoorsman and basket maker who also has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and Doctor of Education from West Virginia University. He has been a keynote speaker, instructor and workshop leader at the national and state level in his chosen field of work. Now he has turned his attention to using those same skills to introduce the world to transgender children and transgender rights.
His entire career has focused on motivating people to be safe and change in Corporate America and Higher Education. His goal has been to improve quality of life for everyone by developing and implementing management systems that have a positive for people and impact of their organizations bottom-line.
The same skills and the management tools that he has uses at work are now being retooled and honed to support a new mission. A mission that “provides a safe environment for transgender children to grow, to learn, to be safe and to become productive members of our society.”