LGBTQ-RAN is now accepting applications for a part-time Public Historian contract position.  More information available at this link.   Application deadline is June 1, 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.


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. 

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


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

William Garbutt (he/his/him, william@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org) is a native of Los Angeles, California, but spent his childhood in Belize. He has bookkeeping and accounting experience working in various fields, including non-profit, manufacturing, restaurants, real estate, and CPA firms.  He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting concentration. William is active in the Beth Chayam Chadashim synagogue in Los Angeles.