Project Coordinator

(photo)Mark Bowman has been involved in the development of LGBT-RAN since its founding in 2001. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. He first became active in Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in the late 1970s. He was instrumental in the formation of the Reconciling Congregation Program (United Methodist) and the magazine Open Hands and headed these programs for fifteen years. He played a key leadership role in initiating several cooperative ventures in the ecumenical "Welcoming Church" Movement, including the historic, massive Witness Our Welcome (WOW) Conference in 2000. He was also one of the original members of the National Religious Leaders Roundtable.


(photo)Doris Malkmus served as LGBTRAN catalog collection archivist and oral historian from 2002 until 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Archival Science from the University of Michigan. Doris also conducted oral history projects at the Iowa Women's Archives and the Sisters of Loretto in Kentucky. She recently retired as archivist at Penn State and now directs the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Returning to LGBTRAN gratifies her passion for helping individuals contribute their personal narratives to a broader social history.


(photo)Elizabeth Wittrig is a graduate student at the University of Illinois. She is studying library science with a concentration in archives. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Bible & Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies from Goshen College. Elizabeth is working with LGBT-RAN this summer to update and expand the Collections Catalog.

(photo)Sarah Pawlicki just finished the first year of coursework in the History Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota. She will be working on updating and restructuring the LGBT-RAN's Shower of Stoles online exhibit over this summer. She is an enthusiastic aspiring public historian with a fondness for creating and sharing historic narratives via digital platforms. She is a firm believer in the significance of archives-centered social justice activism, and is thus extremely excited to be working with the LGBT-RAN.

Education Outreach

(photo)Frances Yates is library director at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN. She earned her BA in Education at Purdue, and Masters and Specialist degrees in Library and Information Science at IU Bloomington. Her research areas include interfaith women and their actions for social justice, and the history of religion in the United States. Frances volunteers to post social media content at the LGBTQ-RAN website and will be working on high school and college curriculum using LGBTQ-RAN resources.


(photo)A web developer by day and a musician by night, Carl Foote has been with LGBT-RAN since the beginning. Carl has created websites and data-driven software for a wide range of clients, from corporations and national non-profits to neighborhood businesses and independant musicians.