Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center Staff

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Director - DL McKinney (they/them/theirs)

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!

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Assistant Director - D. Hollowell (they/them/theirs)

D. is dreaming of a better world where collective liberation is realized. A GVSU alum, and former student worker at the LGBT Resource Center, they are thrilled to be joining a dynamic team of thinkers, creatives, and fierce advocates. With a desire to amplify the voices of the marginalized, and dedication of translating theory into practice, they look forward to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community at GVSU, and all people seeking to live out their truths. They hope you know you matter.

Joey Hulst

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].

Finn Marcks

Graduate 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! 

Taylor

Graduate Intern - Taylor Wieringa (they/them/theirs)

Taylor is a current graduate student at GVSU in the College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) program. They hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Asian Studies. Prior to graduate school, Taylor lived in Japan for two years working as an English Language Instructor in Akihabara, Tokyo. They enjoy a handful of niche interests like Japanese Local Heroes, customizing Gundam models, and analyzing media. They are also passionate about engaging conversations around gender expression, gender affirmation, and gender non-conformity within the LGBTQ+ community.

Front Desk Student Workers

Abigail

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.

Casey

Casey Classen (he/they)

Casey is a senior studying Psychology with hopes of becoming a therapist with queer and neurodivergent people! In their spare time, Casey paints cartoon characters and reads in their hammock! Casey also co-facilitates T2.

Celia

Celia McClure-Sikkema (they/them/theirs)

Celia is a second year student at Grand Valley majoring in Social Work and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. In the future, they hope to work with foster care systems, incarcerated people, and queer youth. In between work, school, and hiding in the woods, they like to write poetry, read, and spend time with friends. They were recently featured in ‘Proud to Be- A Pride Poetry Collection’, published by Red Penguin Books. 

Joi

Joi Mays (she/her/hers)

Joi is a junior who is currently majoring in Writing at GVSU. In her free time, Joi likes to watch anime, study fandom culture, and cook. She is passionate about intersectional advocacy and empowering other students to find their voice. Joi also co-facilitates Ace of Clubs and Colors of Pride, so feel free to ask her about them if you’re interested!

Rowan

Rowan Armour (they/them/theirs)

Rowan is a junior majoring in English Language and Literature. In their spare time, they like to read, bake, and find thrift stores to visit. They’re passionate about mental health, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Rowan is also the co-facilitator of Bi-Furious and T2.

Student Facilitators

Alanna

Alanna Smith (she/they)

Alanna is a second year student and a co-facilitator for First-year Queer Alliance (FQA), majoring in management with a minor in marketing. In her free time she likes to paint, visit crystal shops, and shop online. They love listening to music and sitting outside to be with nature. 

Elena

Elena Chiu (she/they)

Elena is a co-facilitator of Ace of Clubs. She is a second year student majoring in Film and Video Production and minoring in Sociology. They enjoy drawing, crocheting, and making short films with their friends. 

Rowan

Sara Blease (she/her/hers)

Sara is a second-year student at Grand Valley who is so excited to co-facilitate Bi-Furious. She is majoring in elementary education and is looking forward to having her own classroom in the future. In her free time she loves to read, write, and put on one woman Broadway shows in her bedroom. 

Rowan

S'Niyah Tate (she/her/hers)

S’Niyah is a sophomore majoring in psychology who will be co-facilitating First-year Queer Alliance (FQA) this year. She enjoys traveling, photography, LGBT advocacy, talking about gay stuff, and building her city on Minecraft. She also loves bragging about having the gayest room on campus for 1 year! 

Tay

Tay McMiller (they/he)

Tay is a fourth-year student who will be co-facilitating Colors of Pride. They are currently majoring in Music - Performance with a minor in applied statistics with hopes of one day singing in the opera. In their free time they like to listen to and compose music, visit museums, and bake. You also may find them long-boarding around campus if it's warm enough.



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