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.

Melanie Goulish has an M.L.S. with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts. She is particularly interested in participatory and post-custodial archives, theological librarianship, and digital humanities projects. Her research gravitates toward the intersection of church history with LGBTQ community culture and activist movements.

Sam Strain earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in 2018, where she acted as Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach. While in Boston, she interned at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Book Festival, worked on an archives project at GLAD, and volunteered with the History Project, Boston's LGBTQ Community Archive. She is especially interested in cultural heritage informatics, community engagement, and the transformative potential of digital collections. She currently works as Fellow for Outreach & Special Projects at the US DOT's Digital Library.


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.