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Team

LGBTQ-RAN is now accepting applications for a Fall 2021 intern to work on multi-media content development.  More information available at this link.   Application deadline is August 20, 2021.  

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. 

Public Historian

Vanesa Evers (she/they, vanesa@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is the Reference, Archives, and Electronic Theses & Dissertation Librarian at Holy Spirit Library, Cabrini University. Vanesa received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Science in Library & Information Science (MSLIS) at Drexel University. Having worked in a variety of creative and professional organizations, Vanesa is passionate and dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. With a background in creative writing and English, Vanesa also writes poetry with the importance of intersectionality in mind, exploring topics such as the experience of being a Black woman, sexual orientation and gender identity, and religion. 

Research Assistants

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.  

Gabrielle Garcia (they/he/she, gabrielle@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is an undergraduate with a B.A. in Media Studies and two minors in Art and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies who will be applying to Masters of Library and Information Science programs this winter. He is a Cuban Jewish non-binary butch lesbian with class and educational privilege and abolitionist left politics. They are an artist, designer, and aspiring archivist. She is interested in the intersections of art, media, film, publishing, archives, and the LGBTQ community (especially butch lesbians).

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.

Ve'Amber D. Miller (she/her, veamber@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago earning her M.A. in Public History in May 2021. She graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in both Archaeology and English & Creative Writing (Creative Writing Concentration) in May of 2015. She has a strong interest in working with African American history and the Digital Humanities. She also writes fiction and creative non-fiction.  

Joshua S. Smith (he/him, josh@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program of Religion at Boston University under the direction of Dr. Anthony Petro. His research interests include American religious history, queer theory, Mormonism, and religious identity. Josh is currently working on a project studying the history of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families, and Friends and the relationship between religious and queer identities

Website

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.