Allison "Alli" Montaie
Women's Leadership House Director Assistant Director, GVSU Women's Center
Alli Montaie is the Assistant Director of the GVSU Women's Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley in social welfare and her masters in social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Alli coordinates the Women's Center's service learning initiatives, including Activate and partnering with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the South Africa Study Abroad trip. Alli coordinates the Niara Mentor Program for women of color. Alli also directs the Women's Leadership House and oversees outreach and communication at the Women's Center. Alli believes in the importance of storytelling and founded Dear Sis, a community that collects and shares letters of radical self-love for women of color by women of color and is currently working on a collection of poems and stories called Dear Sis: Notes of Resilience, Authenticity, Healing, Vulnerability, and Love.
Women's Leadership House Faculty Fellow Associate Professor, Movement Science
Dr. Sally Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Movement Science and teaches in the sport leadership program. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a PhD in Recreation, Sport and Tourism in 2005. Prior to returning for her doctorate she worked in college athletics as an assistant athletic director overseeing student-athlete support services. Her research interests include gender and sport, media representations of athletes, and social responsibility of sport entities. A former college volleyball player, she now tries hard to not be a "crazy sport parent" so she can enjoy watching her daughter play volleyball and her son play baseball and basketball.
Women's Leadership House Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Studies
Dr. Ayana Weekley is an Assistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies program. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a doctorate in Feminist Studies in 2010. Dr. Weekley's areas of scholarly interest include: HIV/AIDS, black feminist theory, black queer studies, and the intersections of race, gender and sexualities. She previously served on the board of the Grand Rapids Red Project whose mission is improving health, preventing HIV, and reducing risk in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
For the past two years, I have been a member of the WLH & have been involved in the Women's Center & its volunteer events through Activate. I work at the University Counsel Office in Zumberge Hall as a receptionist. I am from a small town on the far east side of Michigan called St. Clair.