Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center Staff
Director - DL McKinney (they/them/their)
D.L. is a Detroit native turned GVSU “Laker for a Lifetime” Grand Rapids resident. With a work history that is everything but orthordox. D.L. boasts a hefty career in laboratory science, leadership, and social justice change. They have earned degrees in Business Administration Economics and a Masters in Public Administration and Health. They serve as support to QTPOC folks as a member of various West Michigan community committees focusing on wellness, homelessness, equity, and social change. D.L. continues to work from a lens of racial and social justice to support individuals and communities in building their capacity to challenge internal and external systems of oppression to create sustainable change. DL loves spending time with their semi-large family, and their favorite thing to do is ride their recumbent trike. Feel free to wave if you see them slowly stroll by!
Center Assistant - Joey Hulst (she/her/hers)
Joey is excited to work at the Center and is passionate about creating an equitable society for all LGBTQ+ people. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology from Calvin University. Her career experience has been in Refugee and Immigrant Services, where she worked as a volunteer coordinator connecting community members with refugee youth as mentors and tutors. In her free time, you can catch Joey reading, hiking, or trying to (kindly) keep rabbits out of her vegetable garden.
You can reach Joey via email at [email protected].
Program Assistant - Finn Marcks (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)
Finn is currently a Master's of Social Work student at Grand Valley State University. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), with Minors in Psychology and LGBT Studies. His passions lie in LGBTQ+ Advocacy, the Destigmatization of Mental Illness, and other issues of Inequity. Finn chose the “overenthusiastic cat dad” subclass, and serves as an Executive Board member for the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation. In his free time, Finn loves to draw, play video games, and swim!
Finn worked as a Student Worker for the Center during his time in undergrad, and is excited to be back!
Casey Classen (he/they)
Casey is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. In his spare time, he paints, plays the ukulele, and hikes in the ravines. In the future, they hope to either become a medical illustrator or work in healthcare with marginalized groups.
Abigail Liggett (she/her/hers)
Abigail is a fourth-year student at Grand Valley, majoring in art history with a minor in anthropology. In her free time, she likes to paint, bake cookies for her friends, and chase stray cats. She also loves exploring new queer media, including but not limited to music, art, and literature.