About Campus Pride

Board of Directors

Chairperson

johnJohn Witherington

John Witherington is a Director in the fixed income sales and trading division of Wells Fargo Securities, where he has been employed since 2003. Based in Charlotte, NC, John trades residential mortgage-backed securities. A native of Memphis, TN, John is a 2003 graduate from Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Economics. John serves as one of three Diversity Champions for Wells Fargo Securities as a founding member of the Development and Engagement Council. In addition to LGBT initiatives at work, John’s leadership includes campus recruiting, employee engagement, and mentorship.

John is currently the national board chair of Campus Pride, which is the nation’s leading non-profit focused on creating safe and LGBT inclusive university campuses. A strong supporter of the arts, John has served on the executive committee of the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s Young Donor Society, and he was chairman and founding board member of the NODA School of Arts, a Charlotte-based non-profit that provides arts education to underserved youth. John has also served as the president of Charlotte Succession, a highly-selective organization committed to community outreach and leadership development for its 65 members.

Vice Chairperson/Treasurer

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Frank Wrenn

Frank Wrenn is a graduate of Duke University where he was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. After graduation, he worked as Director of Communications for Pi Kappa Phi as well as Director of Educational Development. After receiving his MBA at Yale in Strategy, he began a career in the corporate sector in Customer Insights & Marketing Communications. An airline and travel enthusiast, he worked for Delta Air Lines for over a decade, and started Delta’s corporate sponsorships of GLAAD in his role as Delta’s manager of Community Affairs and Vice President of Operations of the Delta Air Lines Foundation. Today, he serves as Corporate Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity International.

From 2012-2014 Frank served on the national board of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He currently also serves on the Atlanta Leadership Council of GLAAD and the Advisory Board of CHRIS Kids.

Secretary

nikitaNikita Burks

Nikita Burks, a native of Savannah, GA, first became involved with Campus Pride in the summer of 2008 attending Camp Pride summer leadership camp as a student participant. She later went on to serve as a Pride Leader and currently holds the titles of Camp Faculty and Logisitcs Coordinator. Outside of Camp, Nikita has always assisted with the LGBT-friendly college fairs as well as many other various conferences. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with Teacher Certification. After graduation Nikita continued to work with Campus Pride in addition to accepting a position in Residence Life at Columbia College and served as the Assistant Chair to the Diversity Committee. While at her alma mater, Nikita opened the campus’s first Diversity Resource Center, assisted with the revamp of the campus Open Door (diversity training) program and served as the Advisor for the campus gay-straight alliance organization, “Spectrum.” She has served on the Campus Pride Board of Directors since Fall 2011.


katieKatie Barnes

Katherine (Katie) Barnes is a graduate student at Miami University (OH) in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education and a  recent graduate from St. Olaf College, where they were an LGBT student leader on campus and in statewide coalitions, campaigns, and conferences. Additionally, they recently wrapped up their term as a board member for Campus Pride in Faith. Their work during their undergraduate career earned them St. Olaf’s Distinguished Senior in Leadership Award as well as a 2013 Campus Pride Voice & Action Award. Originally from Indiana, Katie is passionate about outreach and expanding resources to those who do not have easy access.

jamesJ. Seldric Blocker

J. Seldric Blocker is vice president and the Campus Talent Diversity Manager for Bank of America located in New York. In his role as Campus Talent Diversity Manager, Seldric oversees the diversity recruiting, strategy and external partnership management for the firm’s campus US programs, excluding Global Banking and Markets. Prior to his current role, Seldric was a Campus Recruiter and Intern Program Manager where his role included managing the undergraduate and Masters/MBA campus recruiting process and summer internship programs. Seldric joined Bank of America in 2005 and prior to Bank of America, Seldric spent time working in the HR Divisions of Lowe’s Companies and Wachovia Bank. Seldric is a 2001 graduate of Clemson University, an Inroads Internship Alum, a Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is the immediate past Chairperson for the Alpha Beautillion program in Charlotte, NC. Seldric is an avid Pianist, loves to travel, and spend time with family and friends.

joeJoe Davis

Joe Davis is a local activist, volunteer and leader in the Charlotte NC community serving non-profit organizations in various roles since 2008.  Some of his recent accomplishments include Co-founder/Owner of Unity Charlotte 2012, the organization that welcomed over 1200 LGBT and LGBT friendly Delegates and affiliates from across the nation to Charlotte by hosting the ‘Unity Charlotte 2012’ LGBT Welcome event during the Democratic National Convention.In 2013, Joe led fundraising effort for Charlotte Pride as the Chair of Development.  Charlotte Pride had the most successful year ever, sailing past  goals in attendance, sponsorships and funds raised for the organization.  He has been a long time supporter of the Human Rights Campaign,  most recently serving as Chair of Sponsorships for the 2014 HRC North Carolina Gala and also serves on the Board of Twirl To the World and Farewell to Summer Organizations.Joe’s most recent project is the Hearts Beat As One Foundation which he is currently launching along with several leaders in the Charlotte community.  Hearts Beat as One will promote diversity, inclusion and awareness through event planning and fundraising for worthwhile causes and organization in the Charlotte Community.
By day, Joe is a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Wells Fargo Bank.  He enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time with family and friends in his spare time.

sethSeth Fornea

Seth Fornea was born and raised in Angie, Louisiana, an hour north of New Orleans. During Seth’s teen years, he and his family traveled to New Orleans frequently to race their thoroughbreds at Jefferson Downs and the Fair Grounds. Seth attended undergrad studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and studied Chemistry. Seth later obtained a masters in Chemistry from Clemson University in South Carolina and then went on to work for the USDA in Raleigh NC as a food chemist. In 2010, Seth began his professional career in modeling and entertainment. Today, Seth and his partner Jared Bradford Leblanc, travel worldwide modeling and as professional entertainers.  Seth calls Raleigh, North Carolina home.

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Brielle “Brie” Harrison

Brielle “Brie” Harrison is a software engineer that has worked for many major companies such as Google, SmugMug, Netflix and now Facebook. Her technical background stems around her 15 years of professional engineering experience. She came out as transgender publicly in late 2013 at the age of 36. She worked on and became the face of the custom gender options offered by Facebook in 2014. Since the launch she has continued to advocate for trans and gender non-conforming rights and equality.

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Romeo Jackson

Romeo Jackson is a senior at Northern Illinois University studying Intersectionality and Social Justice. They served as a member of the executive board at NIU for the Women’s Rights Alliance, and as the president of NIU’s Prism (an LGBTQA student group). Romeo is was recently named to the 2014 Young People For (YP4) fellowship class, and spent time in Washington DC serving as a Victory Congressional Intern in the House of Representatives for Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Romeo is passionate about intersectional justice, empowerment of queer and trans people of color, and cross-movement coalition building.

MikeMazzaMike Mazza

Mike Mazza was born in Langhorne, PA, only 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. During his last year of high school he started working at Starbucks Coffee Company. In 2009 Mike moved to Seattle and spent 4 years work at Starbucks headquarters. Currently Mike is a regional director with Starbucks supporting North and South Carolina. Mike specifically works with the division of Starbucks where the brand is licensed out to other organizations such as Harris Teeter, Target, and many college and university locations. Mike attended the University of Phoenix later in his career and obtained an associates degree with a focus in business. Mike and his partner Matthew are very active within the local community of Charlotte and love to travel throughout the country!

owensR. Sylvester Owens

R. Sylvester Owens is the Senior Associate Director, Alumni Relations for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. With nearly a decade of university development experience, Sylvester plans, markets, and directs alumni programs across the country for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Additionally, he solicits gifts in support of programming and scholarships essential to the growth of the School. Sylvester received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and with a heart for non-profit organizations, he is an active member of several boards and organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

brianBrian Sims

Brian Sims is Pennsylvania’s first openly elected LGBT state legislator. He has distinguished himself as an attorney and civil rights advocate in Philadelphia and served as the Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and just recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as the Chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Sims served as a member of the National Campaign Board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund until August 2011. He made history in 2000 by coming out to his college football team. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree in International & Comparative Law from Michigan State University College of Law.

BarbaraBarbara Verde

Barbara Verde is Director of IT Program Management and IT Governance at Delhaize America. She leads the group responsible for managing large system projects and the overall IT Project Portfolio, including prioritization and budget management. She has extensive experience in IT project delivery and process development. Verde is a native of Philadelphia, PA who loves being a part of all kinds of change. This has led to her and her family moving multiple times in the last 15 years, starting with a move to AZ in 1999. They then moved to NJ in 2006 and she and her husband now live in Mount Ulla, NC. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for 27 years and has a daughter, Cecelia who is a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She has a Bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and her Masters from Drexel University, both schools located in Philadelphia.

jwashRev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 29 years. He’s served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs;  an Instructor in Sociology, American Studies and Education, and an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).   A native Philadelphian, Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Music from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington in Higher Education Administration and Counseling, with a concentration in Human Sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington also holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity with a concentration on Pastoral Care and Christian Social Ethics.

christianChristian Wiggins

Christian Wiggins serves as the chief operating officer of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a college men’s fraternity headquartered in Charlotte, NC. In his role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of strategy for more than 9,000 students and 90,000 living alumni, including direction of chapter services, expansion, education, volunteers, communications and technology initiatives. Prior to his current role with Pi Kappa Phi, he was employed by Harrah’s Entertainment in hotel operations management and customer loyalty. Christian received his bachelors degree in business administration and political science from Elon University in 2003. He recently completed a five-year term on the Elon University Young Alumni Council, serving as president 2010-2011 and in September 2012 began service on the Elon Alumni Board.


alisonEx-Officio – Alison Doerfler

StandUp Foundation, Strategic Partner

As the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, the StandUp Foundation raises funds to support those doing real-world work to stop it. Alison Doerfler was named as Executive Director to lead the organization’s mission and vision by building a highly collaborative organization funded by social business models that help connect communities and create a world of understanding and kindness. Prior to joining the StandUp Foundation, Alison was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Points of Light, a national nonprofit based in Atlanta that is the leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan presidential legacy. After a short time in marketing and events management for a restaurant company in Chicago, Alison built her career in the nonprofit sector, working for organizations like Chicago Cares, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Notebaert Nature Museum. Alison earned a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Chicago.

tommyEx-Officio — Thomas A. Feldman

Vice President/Senior Art Director, Tyvola Design

Thomas Feldman is Vice President and Senior Art Director for Tyvola Design. He started the company in September 2001 based in Charlotte, NC. Clients range from retail, healthcare, telecommunications, construction, grocery and motor sports. Feldman is active in many local organizations as a volunteer including the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and has been central in the founding and development of Campus Pride since 2001.

Ex-Officio — Rebby Kern

rebbyMedia, Communications & Programs Manager, Campus Pride

Rebby Kern first became involved with Campus Pride in 2012 as a camper at Camp Pride summer leadership camp. After camp, Rebby was the Social Media Intern for Campus Pride while finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications: Public Relations in 2013 from La Sierra University. Her minor studies includes Drama and Art. With the help of her campus community and supporting faculty Rebby was able to establish and preside over the first student led LGBT and ally organization, Prism, at La Sierra University. After graduation Rebby returned to Camp Pride as a Pride Leader and then continued on to joining Campus Pride as Staff in August 2013. She currently serves as the Director of Youth Interests for SDA Kinship International. Rebby previously served as Secretary of the Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, IAGC, and an Outset Film Fellow through Outfest in Los Angeles.

 

shaneEx-Officio — Shane L. Windmeyer

Executive Director/Founder, Campus Pride

Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.

 


Advisory Board

President

katieKatherine Barnes

Katherine (Katie) Barnes is a graduate student at Miami University (OH) in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education and a  recent graduate from St. Olaf College, where they were an LGBT student leader on campus and in statewide coalitions, campaigns, and conferences. Additionally, they recently wrapped up their term as a board member for Campus Pride in Faith. Their work during their undergraduate career earned them St. Olaf’s Distinguished Senior in Leadership Award as well as a 2013 Campus Pride Voice & Action Award. Originally from Indiana, Katie is passionate about outreach and expanding resources to those who do not have easy access.

Vice President

romeoRomeo Jackson

Romeo Jackson is a senior at Northern Illinois University studying Intersectionality and Social Justice. They has served as a member of the executive board at NIU for the Women’s Rights Alliance, and as the president of NIU’s Prism (a LGBTQA student group). Romeo is was recently named to the 2014 Young People For (YP4) fellowship class, and spent some time in Washington DC serving as a Victory Congressional Intern in the House of Representatives for Congresswoman Gwen Moore. . Romeo is passionate about intersectional justice, empowerment of queer and trans people of color, and cross-movement coalition building.

Secretary

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Roze Brooks

Roze Brooks is a graduate student at the University of Kansas (KU) studying Higher Education- Administration. As part of their master’s program, they serve as the Graduate Assistant in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center working with The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. They recently graduated from the University of Missouri- Kansas City with a B.A. in Journalism and Creative Writing. During undergrad, they served as secretary of Pride Alliance, a student representative on UMKC’s LGBTQIA Partnership Committee and Editor-In-Chief of the University News. They also worked as the 2014 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender

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James Blackburn II

James Blackburn II, as an openly bisexual male, grew up in Atlanta Georgia after coming out in High school he found himself more active in the LBGTQAA community from there he continued his activism at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he helped found the campuses first official LGBT organization P.R,O.U.D (People recognizing, Our ,Underlying, Differences). There he is studying for a degree in Agricultural Business and Applied Economics with a minor in Sociology.

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Rikki Bower

Rikki Bower is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying to be a Social Worker. He is originally from the Philippines and lived in San Diego, California until very recently. Now, he lives in the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an activist at heart and definitely enjoys being part of the queer movement. Rikki is always willing to learn, think and expand his understanding. He got involved with Campus Pride through Delta Lambda Phi. Three words to describe him are: Refreshing, Resourceful and Resilient.

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Russell Cornelius

Russell Cornelius is originally from LaCygne, KS and graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2012. Russell is now a second year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program at the University of Central Missouri where he serves as the LGBTQ Graduate Assistant. In this role, he advocates for LGBTQ students as well as works to make the campus more inclusive through policy and action. Russell first got involved with Campus Pride when he served on the Advisory Board for the 2013-2014 term

jonathangreenJonathan Green

Jonathan Green (They, Them, And Theirs) is a communication major at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Jonathan is devoted to campus peer education, outreach, and advocacy regarding issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and social justice. Jonathan is also a passionate advocate in the fight to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. Jonathan is a public speaker who has advocated for issues such as LGBT homelessness drawing on both involvement and personal experience. Jonathan hopes to be a support for those struggling with their identities and constantly create a safe space for all to feel welcome and accepted. At The University of North Carolina-Greensboro Jonathan is the Vice President of the LGBT organization UNCGPride. They also plan on founding a LGBTQAI resource center and has already  begun planning and mapping out the creation of this resource.

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Timothy J. Fisher

Timothy J. “TJ” Fisher is a sophomore at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he is a history and theatre major and a museum studies minor. TJ was first involved with Campus Pride as a 2012 Camp Pride participant. At W&L he currently serves as President of the GLBT Equality Initiative and is a peer counselor in the GLBQ Confidential program.  TJ is also Vice President of Member Development for W&L’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter and is involved in several other activities in and out of school.

jess Jess McDonald

Jess McDonald is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying Social Justice Education and an Elon University ’12 alum. As an undergraduate, Jess was the president of the campus queer student group and played an important role in bringing the first ever Gender and LGBTQ Center to campus. Additionally, they organized on campus around (dis)ability issues and anti-queer state legislation known as Amendment One. Jess also wrote an undergraduate Honors thesis on the history of queer life at two nearby universities, collecting archival materials and interviewing queer alumni. Jess attended Camp Pride summer leadership camp as a student in 2010 before returning as part of the teaching team in 2011-2014. They served as Campus Pride’s Media, Communications & Programs Manager from August 2012 to July 2013.

DAndrewD. Andrew Porter

D. Andrew attended Camp Pride in 2013 as camper, served as a planning team member for the 2014 Out & Greek conference, was a 2014 Summer Fellow for Campus Pride, and also returned to camp in 2014 as Pride Leader. Outside of currently serving as the Development Chair for the Advisory Board, they are also the current Lambda 10/ Out & Greek intern for Campus Pride and serves on the Lambda 10 Steering Committee. D. Andrew is passionate about organizational sustainability, grassroot social movements, southern queer organizing, and youth mentorship within the queer community.