Trainer Bios

Shane Scott, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a Connecticut native. Shane received his Master’s Degree from University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 2012. He believes that compassion, understanding, and fostering a holistic approach are an integral part of the healing process. As a dynamic and skilled social worker, Shane brings a vast array of experience beginning in 2005, where he began his career with working in with youth and families across the life span and in a variety of settings, including schools and communities. In addition, Shane has experience working with individuals that are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse conditions. Shane also has a strong passion and skill in working with individuals experiencing gender and sexual identity issues. Shane also has a talent with facilitating trainings, workshops, and coaching other professionals. Shane currently has a private practice in West Hartford, Connecticut. Shane also facilitates personal and professional development trainings for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Mel Cordner is True Colors’ Youth Activities Coordinator and manages all of their youth activities.  Mel started working for queer youth inclusion as a founding member of a GSA during freshman year in high school. From there, they spent five years on CCSU Pride’s e-board while simultaneously working as part of the One in Ten Committee to better campus. Through LOTS of advocacy and hard work, One in Ten managed to open an LGBT Center, start a Preferred Name Program and annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony, and ensure gender-neutral housing and bathroom options on campus. Since graduation, Mel has volunteered with a variety of organizations, and worked on their own to set up youth-led open mic events, which are now part of True Colors programming. Mel is a writer, cat fanatic, and avid rubber duck collector.

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the former Executive Director of True Colors, Inc.  She has co-authored two books and several articles on LGBTQ+ youth and is a nationally recognized thought leader. Robin is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 GLAD Award;  2016 CCSU Women of Influence Award, the 2014 HRC  Upstander Award, the 2011 UCONN Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; 2008 National Education Association’s Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (NASW, CT Chapter).  In 2017 she was named the Advocates’, 50 States; 50 Heroes for Connecticut.