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.
Michael Dunbar-Rodney started volunteering with the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network in the fall of 2018. He earned his Masters in Information Studies specializing in archives from the University of Texas at Austin iSchool. With an interest in LGBTQ history and the power of archives as storehouses of historical narratives, he is assisting LGBTQ-RAN with creating an exhibit showcasing the Rolling the Stone Away Conference.
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.