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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. He was also one of the original members of the National Religious Leaders Roundtable.

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.

Research Assistant

Lynsey Crantz Allie (she/her, lynsey@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) 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, stephen@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) 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.

Brandon Luepkes (he/him, brandon@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is pursuing a Masters in Library Science at Clarion University, where he has specialized in reference services and book history. He received his B.A. degree from Thomas Edison State University where he concentrated on world history. His research interests focus on exhibition design, ancient religions and specialty archives. 

Cody Scercy (he/him, cody@lgtqreligiousarchives.org) is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Religious Studies with a concentration in nonprofit management. He has served on UNCG’s Intercultural Leadership Council as a representative of UNCG Hillel, and as a Jewish voice on UNCG’s LGBTQ Religious Roundtable panel discussing the intersection of religion and queer identity. Cody is a Fall 2019 McNair Scholar, with a research focus on the racialization of Jews in America and its contribution to the development and appeal of new religious movements among Jews.  

Alysia Van Looy (she/her, alysia@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is pursuing a Masters in Library Science from Clarion University. She received her BA in English Education from The University of Delaware. Alysia is a Young Adult Services Librarian in Maryland where she organizes a variety of programs at the library for local teens and helps manage the Young Adult Collection.

Social Media Associate

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. 

Web

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.