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Team

Executive Director

Mark Bowman (he/him) 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.

Archivist

Doris Malkmus (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (he/him) 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.

Zebulon Hurst (he/they) is a graduate student at Pacific School of Religion pursuing a Masters of Divinity with a certificate in Sexuality and Religion. He received his BA in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a former Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar participant, he conducted research on intersections of Black and Ashkenazi nation-building in the 20th century and is interested in complex, active solidarity in the wake of inherited trauma. He is also a poet.

Social Media Associate

Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus (they/them or he/him) is a graduate student at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities where they are pursuing an MA with a concentration in Theology and the Arts and where they also work as Digital Content and Events Producer. Max received their BA from Beloit College in Theatre, Classical Civilizations, with a minor in Critical Identity Studies. Max is a performer, poet, and playwright in the Twin Cities, is the co-founder of the House of Larva Drag Co-operative, whose art and scholarship focus on theopoetics, queer theology, movement, memory, and trauma, and lgbtq history.

Interns

October Kamara (she/her) is a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University where she is pursuing a Masters in Public History. She received her BA in History and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interest is in museum education, community history, and collective memory. In line with this interest, she is curating educational resources for LGBTG-RAN online exhibits.

Noah Prince (he/him)  is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University, where he is studying Public History. He received his BA in History and Religious Studies from GSU. As a queer Jew living in the Deep South, he understands the importance of diversifying histories highlighted in museums and historic sites. Most of his work revolves around teaching erased histories of marginalized groups such as Black Americans, LGBTQ+ citizens, and religious minorities.

Kristen Whitson (she/her) is a recent MLIS graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison's Information School. She and her wife live in Oregon, Wisconsin with their 2 teenage children, 9 chickens, and 1 spoiled cat. Kristen's archival research and advocacy focus on community archives, particularly LGBTQ archives and Indigenous archives, and how digital archiving and digital preservation principles increase access to marginalized voices.

Web

A web developer by day and a musician by night, Carl Foote (he/him) 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.