Mac Newman completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and is currently working as a substance abuse clinician at The Brattleboro Retreat and an outreach clinician at a local homeless shelter. Prior to seeking his Master’s degree, he worked in the personal growth field, giving private sessions and classes in body/mind/spirit therapy, meditation, Reiki, tarot, and conscious communication. He was part of founding, building, and living in a 28-unit cohousing community. He was a single parent. As a gay transman, he has been part of the Faerie Camp Destiny community since 2001, volunteered with AIDS prevention, and cofounded a monthly trans potluck in the Brattleboro VT area.