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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 featured in Becoming Nicole which 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 is an Air Force veteran, a parent, an avid outdoorsman and basket maker who also has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and Doctor of Education degree from West Virginia University. Wayne is the Vice President of Safety and Operations at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, helping support 70,000 students and staff create a climate for success. He also provides the leadership for the Police Department (90 + Officers), Buildings and Maintenance, Risk Management, Custodial Services, Parking and Transportation, Quality Control, Safety and Emergency Management.
His entire career has focused on motivating people to be safe and change in Corporate America and Higher Education. He has conducted trainings for the FBI, the Department of Justice, Harvard Medical School, the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission and Colleges and Businesses across the nation. His goal has been to improve quality of life for everyone by developing skills and implementing systems that have a positive impact for people and the organizations they serve.