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.


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.

Public Historian

Leo Seyij Allen (they/he, leoseyij@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a Baptist minister working at the intersection of faith and justice. They are an outspoken activist and spiritual leader for people living under oppressive systems. Their work and scholarship are rooted in the teachings of prophets like Jesus, Buddha, and Audre Lorde. Leo Seyij serves on the board of Transmission Ministry Collective, an online community of transgender Christians and allies. They are currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. When not studying, Leo Seyij enjoys bingeing documentaries and political commentary on YouTube.

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

Lynsey Crantz Allie (she/her, lynsey@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) has a B.A. 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.  

Allison Avery (she/her, allison@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) has spent the first three years of her career as an elementary teacher; she has transitioned to museum education to support K-12 educators to bring history to life. She achieved a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and is working towards an Ed.D. in K-12 Leadership.

Thomas Schwartz (he/him thomas@lgbtqreligiousarchivesnetwork.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.   


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.