Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center Staff

Marla

Director - Marla Wick (she/her/hers)

Marla Wick (she/her) has worked in various aspects of higher education since 1998. She taught college-level courses for 10 years at three universities before transitioning into student support and advocacy work. In her subsequent roles, she has developed and implemented programs, services, and educational opportunities to create greater equity and inclusion on campuses. While working as an academic counselor in San Francisco, she developed a guide to LGBTQ community resources to help students access health care and other critical services. She also volunteered for a community literacy program and worked with incarcerated students through the Prison University Project at San Quentin. Most recently, she volunteered in support of Fair & Equal Michigan's ballot initiative to expand civil rights protections to the LGBTQIA+ community. She is also a member of the Grand Rapids LGBTQ Health Consortium. 

Marla draws on her pedagogical training, teaching experience, and training in restorative practices and mediation to create educational spaces and experiences that empower participants to shift cultures and systems toward equity, inclusion, and justice.  

Marla earned a BA from Montana State University, an MA from Ohio University, and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Finn Marcks

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! 

Anthony

Graduate Assistant - Anthony Ruegsegger (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)

Anthony (or Tony) is currently pursuing his M.Ed in Higher Education in GVSU's College Student Affairs Leadership program. He holds a BS in Information Security and Intelligence and a certificate in Leadership and Supervision from Ferris State University. Tony enjoys working with students and previously spent time working as a Resident Advisor and Senior Staff Advisor in Housing and Residence Life at Ferris. He is particularly passionate about creating greater inclusion and equity for marginalized communities on college and university campuses, especially in regard to accessible and inclusive housing facilities. In his free time, Anthony enjoys learning about new subjects and has academically dabbled in subjects such as mechanical engineering, dental hygiene, web design, and Russian language. He also enjoys making pottery, painting, training service dogs, and spending time with his partner. 

Student Workers

Waverly

Waverly Eubank (she/her/hers)

Waverly Eubank is a first-year grad student pursuing her Master's in Public Administration. She graduated from GVSU in 2021 with a B.A. in Political Science. She is interested in social justice education, and can often be found presenting on issues relating to intersectionality. Outside of her busy school and work schedule, Waverly enjoys crafting, playing video games, and reading. 

Hailey

Hailey Classen (they/them/theirs)

Hailey is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. In their spare time, they paint, play the ukulele, and hike in the ravines. In the future, they hope to either become a medical illustrator or work in healthcare with marginalized groups.

Alonda

Alonda Smith (she/her/hers)

Alonda will be a senior this year at Grand Valley. She is studying psychology and sociology in hopes of becoming a therapist for underprivileged youth. This year she will be facilitating both colors of pride and bi furious. She is excited to be more active in the center this year!

Mel

Mel Godwin (they/them/theirs, she/her/hers)

Mel is a senior majoring in social work. They are a co-facilitator for First Year Queer Alliance, and intern at AYA Youth Collective in Grand Rapids. They are super into writing and cartoons, and love to make friends. Say hi to them sometime!

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.