Meet the Center Staff

Director

Colette Seguin Beighley
beighlec@gvsu.edu

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.

Seguin Beighley holds an M.S. in Counseling and Mental Health and is 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. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board for "Expanding the Circle: LGBTQ Studies and Services in Higher Education."

In 2008, Seguin Beighley received the West Michigan Pride ACE Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of the LGBT community. In 2012, the GVSU Women's Commission presented her with the Maxine Swanson Award for leadership in support of the rights of women at Grand Valley State University.

 

Program Coordinator

Carrie Simmons
simmocar@gvsu.edu

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.

 

Grant Coordinator

Emily West
westem@gvsu.edu

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. 

 

Graduate Assistant

Lindsay Greyerbiehl
Greyerli@gvsu.edu

Lindsay Greyerbiehl graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Family Studies and Women’s Studies.  Lindsay is second 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. 

 

Student Workers

Rachael Blansett

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. 

Errin Fornicola

Errin is a second year student from Sault Ste Marie, MI. She is a student of the Frederick Meijer Honors college and is seeking a BFA in Sociology, with minors in Criminal Justice and Gender Studies. Errin is passionate about feminism and general social justice. In her free time she enjoys reading, archery, video games, and travelling.

Deva Hull

 

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.

 

Kayla Martin

Kayla a second year student at GVSU. Kayla's a proud member of Loud and Queer, an LGBT student group on campus. Kayla's also the Junior captain of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, the First Class Ladies. 

 

Tyler Stringer

Tyler is a second year student who is dual majoring in psychology and German. He was a member of the First Year Queer Alliance and the LGBT resource center programming committee. In his free time he enjoys running, swimming, and reading.

 

Founding Director
 

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 February 26, 2014