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Team

Executive Director

Mark Bowman (he/him, mark@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) 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.

Archivist

Doris Malkmus (she/her, doris@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) 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.

Communications Coordinator

AhSa-Ti Tyehimba-Ford (she/her/they/them, ahsati@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is an internationally known multi-disciplinary artist, sound engineer, producer and activist. AhSa-Ti Nu’s work centers on the integrity and social context of communities of color, showing how music, poetry and activism can act as modes of resistance and empowerment for the marginalized. Her work seeks to provide a platform for underrepresented communities and to create a space for voices and experiences to be heard and seen. 

Communications Assistant

Riot Mueller (any pronoun with a positive intention, riot@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a M. Div. student studying theology and pastoral ministry at Union Theological Seminary and a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. Before returning to this call, Riot hosted The Moth Story Slam in New Orleans and currently performs with LAVA Brooklyn (a feminist acrobatic dance company), creating images with other queer feminist bodies. Riot’s joy and work centers on site-specific ensemble theater productions and liturgy production.  

Research Assistants

Nicole Malte Collins (she/her, nicole@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School, where she studies transgender religiosity in the United States, in particular the relationship between gender transition and religious conversion. She is currently working on a project mapping and chronicling the history of queer religion in Boston.

Charlie Feuerman (charlie@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a third-year student in the dual B.A. program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in both Sustainable Development and Jewish Texts. He spent this past summer working in the Colorado mountains doing wildfire mitigation with AmeriCorps and has a passion for sustainable forestry and clean energy advocacy. In his spare time, you can find him cooking, painting, or reading for pleasure.

Elizabeth Herrick (elizabeth@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org she/they) received their M.A. in Religion from Syracuse University and B.A. degrees in Religious Studies and History from West Virginia University. Her research investigates "indigenizing" religious movements for Filipino Americans, particularly with the decolonial and queer re-imaginations of the babaylan tradition. They currently teach at Nazareth University and enjoy introducing young students to the study of religion.  

Thomas Schwartz (he/him, thomas@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) received a Master of Arts in History from Yale University where he specialized in researching social movements during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. His experiences as a middle school educator and a collaborator on public history projects has inspired him to continue formulating accessible histories for varied audiences. His research interests include queer history, U.S. empire and activism in the mid to late-twentieth century.

Technical Coordinator

A web developer by day and a musician by night, Carl Foote (he/him, carl@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) 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 artists.

Financial Assistant

Penny Junco (she/her, penny@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) spent 40-plus years as a degreed accountant in the corporate worlds of the banking, food, gas & oil, and allied packaging industries. Her career success came from being able to work with all levels of a business, from President to CFO to Accounting Clerk, to help develop financial information that they understand and educates and links everyone in the importance of their performance to the financial success of the business. During what spare time she had in her career work and in retirement, she has shared her business and accounting knowledge and business system savvy with non/not-for-profit organizations, helping educate them on their financial structure and reporting to enhance decisions-making that favorably impacts their operations and finances.