LGBTQ-RAN is offering a three-month (June – August 2019), part-time (10 hours a week), online internship to develop a long-term plan for the organization’s social media presence and outreach.  
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Project Coordinator

Mark Bowman has been involved in the development of LGBTQ-RAN since its founding in 2001. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. He first became active in Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in the late 1970s. He was instrumental in the formation of the Reconciling Congregation Program (United Methodist) and the magazine Open Hands and headed these programs for fifteen years. He played a key leadership role in initiating several cooperative ventures in the ecumenical "Welcoming Church" Movement, including the historic, massive Witness Our Welcome (WOW) Conference in 2000. He was also one of the original members of the National Religious Leaders Roundtable.


Doris Malkmus served as LGBTQ-RAN catalog collection archivist and oral historian from 2002 until 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Archival Science from the University of Michigan. Doris also conducted oral history projects at the Iowa Women's Archives and the Sisters of Loretto in Kentucky. She recently retired as archivist at Penn State and now directs the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Returning to LGBTQ-RAN gratifies her passion for helping individuals contribute their personal narratives to a broader social history.

Research Assistant

Lynsey Crantz Allie has a BA in History from Roanoke College and a Masters in Archival Studies from Clayton State University.  She is also the owner of Allie Archival Consulting and has worked with a number of museums to help with management and collections needs.  In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband and read.  

Stephen Colbrook is a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, where he is researching a dissertation on the interaction between HIV/AIDS and state policymaking. This work will focus on the political and policymaking side of the epidemic and will aim to compare the different contexts of individual states, such as California, Texas, and New Jersey. As part of this project, he is developing an oral history project focused on former LGBT policymakers involved in writing AIDS legislation.

Nicole McKnight is a seminarian at the Pacific School of Religion. Nicole is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University (BA) as well as Cascadia College (AA) and has a passion for theology, diversity of all sorts, and community. Nicole loves to learn and is always eager explore new cultures and religious/spiritual practices. She is extremely interested in LGBTQIA+ history and the intersection between LGBTQIA+ history and religion.


A web developer by day and a musician by night, Carl Foote has been with LGBTQ-RAN since the beginning. Carl has created websites and data-driven software for a wide range of clients, from corporations and national non-profits to neighborhood businesses and independent musicians.