Alyss Swanson is a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Alyss is one of the first transgender folks to be ordained into the United Methodist Church. She is currently appointed to serve as a pastoral psychotherapist at Process Therapy Institute (PTI), a non-profit mental health agency in Campbell. Alyss also works as El Camino and Valley Medical hospitals as a volunteer chaplain as well as DreamPower Horsemanship in Gilroy where she provides Equine and Animal Assisted Therapies. Alyss is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at Claremont School of Theology where she is directed towards the advancement of reconciliation within the church and the LGBTQ+ community. Prior to entering the mental health field some 8 years ago Alyss worked as an software/systems engineer at various semiconductor equipment companies in the Bay Area. Alyss is a Viet Nam era Navy veteran.
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