Meet the Center Staff
Colette Seguin Beighley
Colette Seguin Beighley became director of the Grand Valley State University LGBT Resource Center in 2010 after holding the assistant director position for two years. Prior to her work at GVSU, Seguin Beighley was director of communications for Triangle Foundation – Michigan’s anti-violence and advocacy organization serving the LGBT communities. Her work at Triangle Foundation began as West Michigan field organizer where she opened their first field office which was located in Grand Rapids. Seguin Beighley served as Michigan Safe Schools Coordinator for PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) prior to her work with the statewide organization.
After receiving an M.S. in Counseling and Mental Health from California State University, Hayward, Seguin Beighley became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Michigan. In clinical practice, she has worked with individuals and families. Her clinical experience includes both substance abuse and sexual assault treatment as well as work with adolescent status offenders in a youth diversion setting.
Seguin Beighley has served as co-chair of the Great Lakes region of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and as co-chair for the Michigan Higher Education Consortium for Equality – an organization which serves existing as well as burgeoning campus LGBT Resource Centers in Michigan. She has also served on the board of Equality Michigan. Seguin Beighley is a recipient of the West Michigan Pride ACE Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of the LGBT community.
Carrie serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center. Prior to this she worked for GVSU Housing and Residence Life. She holds a Master's Degree in College Student Affairs and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.
Emily West graduated from Hope College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women's Studies. At Hope, Emily was involved in extensive campus organizing. She completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids, working in the Youth Services Department. Most recently, Emily has worked as a field organizer for both Holland is Ready and Unity Michigan. Emily's work with Unity Michigan focused on amending Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 to be inclusive of perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Additionally, Emily has participated in both our social justice training series: Change U 1.0 and Change U 2.0.
Lindsay Greyerbiehl graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Family Studies and Women’s Studies. She is excited to be a first-year student in the Master’s of Education College Student Affairs Leadership program at GVSU. Lindsay is passionate about feminism and enjoys reading, backpacking, and cooking.
Joe is a senior studying Sport Leadership and Business. He is interested in athletic administration and student affairs leadership. Joe enjoys watching sports, movies, playing soccer and basketball, being with friends, drinking craft beer and being outdoors
Deva is a third year student from Eastpointe, MI majoring in Sociology and minoring in English. She's interested in social justice and enjoys cooking, listening to music, playing video games and being around friends and open minded people.
Rachael is a second year student from Warren, MI, majoring in Journalism and Russian Studies. She was a member of the Freshmen Queer Alliance and participated in the Change U program that focuses on social justices issues throughout society. She is currently involved with English Society and helping to run The New Left (formerly known as the Nouveaux Socialistes). For her leisurely pleasure, Rachael enjoys activism, singing, reading, and making people laugh.
Dr. Milt Ford
Beloved professor Milt Ford served as Founding Director of the LGBT Resource Center. His vision and dedication was instrumental in the formation of the Center. In April 2010, Milt returned to his full-time faculty position in Liberal Studies where he has served for nearly forty years.
Page last modified April 30, 2013