About Campus Pride

Board of Directors

Chairperson

John 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. Prior to trading, John worked a year in ABF origination, specializing in esoteric asset securitization. native of Memphis, TN, John is a 2003 graduate from Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa 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. A strong supporter of the arts, John serves on the executive committee of the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s Young Donor Society. He formerly served as 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

Christian 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.

Secretary

Nikita 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.

Sarah McBride

Sarah McBride currently works at the Center for American Progress on LGBT issues.  Sarah joined the Center for American Progress after completing her undergraduate degree at American University. During her time at American University, Sarah served as student body president and helped to expand opportunities and enhance policies for LGBT students, women, students of color, people with disabilities, and students of varying economic backgrounds. At the end of her term, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender in the student newspaper. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBT-advocacy and -educational organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead and served as the primary spokesperson for the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws during the 2013 legislative session. In 2008 she served as a field organizer for Gov. Jack Markell’s (D-DE) campaign and in 2010 as field director for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s re-election effort.  Prior to her work at American Progress, Sarah interned for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and the White House.

Brian 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.

Patrick Washburn

Patrick Washburn is a senior systems analyst for the retail store systems team at Delhaize America. He provides support, system design and project management for retail systems in Delhaize America’s various banners including Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Reids, Hannaford and Sweetbay. He also serves as a co-chair of Delhaize America’s Friends LGBTA business resource group. A native of Shelby, North Carolina, Patrick currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Gardner Webb University.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is writing a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2000. Enszer is the author of the poetry collections Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011); Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She is also the editor of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and serves on the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom. Enszer also serves on the board of directors of the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Fund and the DC Center for the LGBT Community. You can learn more about her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.

Rev. 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. is 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.

Katie 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 she was a LGBT student leader on campus and in statewide coalitions, campaigns, and conferences. Additionally, she recently wrapped up her term as a board member for Campus Pride in Faith. Her work during her undergraduate career earned her 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.

J. 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.

Jess McDonald

Jess McDonald is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Social Justice Education. As an undergraduate at Elon University in North Carolina, Jess worked to revitalize LGBTQ campus life and create a Gender and LGBTQ Center on campus. Jess attended Camp Pride as a student in 2010 before returning as part of the teaching team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Jess served as Campus Pride’s Media, Communications & Programs Manager from August 2012 to July 2013.

Seth 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.

Joe 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.

Ex-Officio — Rebby Kern

Media, 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 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. Rebby also serves as Secretary of the Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, IAGC, as well as becoming an Outset Film Fellow through Outfest in Los Angeles.

Ex-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.

Ex-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.

Ex-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.

Advisory Board

President

Jess McDonald is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Social Justice Education. As an undergraduate at Elon University in North Carolina, Jess worked to revitalize LGBTQ campus life and create a Gender and LGBTQ Center on campus. Jess attended Camp Pride as a student in 2010 before returning as part of the teaching team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Jess served as Campus Pride’s Media, Communications & Programs Manager from August 2012 to July 2013.

Vice President

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 she was a LGBT student leader on campus and in statewide coalitions, campaigns, and conferences. Additionally, she recently wrapped up her term as a board member for Campus Pride in Faith. Her work during her undergraduate career earned her 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.

Gonzalo Agudelo is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gonzalo has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with minors in Earth Science and Mathematics. Gonzalo aspires to make a difference in the LGBTQ community, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. During his time as an undergraduate at UNC Charlotte, Gonzalo served as president for the PRIDE organization and president of the Student Organization of Meteorology (STORM). Gonzalo served as a founding member and Vice President of the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) student chapter at UNC Charlotte. Currently Gonzalo is working as a 2013 Summer fellow and has plans to return to school next fall in hopes of pursuing a masters degree in Atmospheric Science.

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.

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.

Russell Cornelius is 22 years old and graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in May 2012. He will begin his Masters in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri in Fall 2013. His involvement in Emporia State included 2.5 years with PRIDE, and he plans to continue his involvement with the LGBTQ student organization at UCM.

Ryan Fecteau was born in Biddeford, Maine on September 18, 1992. He will be a graduate of The Catholic University of America’s (CUA) Class of 2014. Ryan studied political science and minored in theology and religious studies. Ryan was elected to the City Charter Commission in 2011 and Chairmanship of the Biddeford Democratic Committee in 2012. He is currently a candidate for State House of Representatives. In April 2012, he became the first openly gay speaker of CUA’s student government.

Lindsay Ferguson is from Louisville, KY and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies. She first became involved with Campus Pride in 2010 when she attended Camp Pride. As an undergraduate, Lindsay became actively involved with the queer and trans* community on her campus, which sparked her interest in working with queer and trans* college students.  She currently attends Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY for her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

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.

Caden Gillespie is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, and a brother of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a certificate in International Studies and expected to graduate by 2015. He currently holds the positions of Chairman of the Judicial Board of the Chi Beta chapter of his Fraternity and President of the Multicultural Greek Council. His long-term goals include providing a safe environment for members of the LGBTQ community on academic campuses and within student organizations.

Tyler Hargis is a student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He is heavily involved with the LGBT community on his campus through programming, speaking panels, advocacy, and mentoring. He has held positions in various organizations and departments and is an advocate for the Transgender community on campus. Tyler is also a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Theta, volunteers as a medical advocate, and enjoys the outdoors whenever he gets the chance. He plans on getting his Masters in Student Affairs in hopes of working as a director for a LGBT center at a university.

Romeo Jackson was born on the southside of Chicago and later moved to Waukegan, Illinois. He is currently in undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University majoring in Theater Technology and Design with a minor in Women’s Studies. Romeo is currently a 2013 summer fellow with Campus pride. Romeo also serves as a student representative on the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as well as being the Vice President of Programming for his LGBT student group, NIU prism. Lastly, Romeo also serves has the Coordinator of NIU’s  Straight Talk Speakers Bureau and does educational programming as part of his job at his school Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.

Alaine Jolicoeur is a rising senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she is currently majoring in Philosophy with a double minor in French and Women Studies. Alaine is from Ojus, FL, a suburb of Miami. Her favorite color is turquoise and she loves spending time with my friends and family. One of my two favorite hobbies are shopping and traveling; she is always excited about doing these two passions whenever the opportunity arises. Alaine is a Trans Activist fighting for positive visibility in every aspect of our society. She is delighted and looking forward in being a member of the advisory board for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Stephanie Rodriguez, originally from Riverside, CA, is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is an active member of the Gamma Rho chapter of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, an executive board member for Rainbow Alliance for H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Perceive Equality), a peer mentor the the University Studies Program, and Homecoming Royalty Director. This last year, she was asked to be a speaker at her university’s annual Ally March and is a 2012 Camp Pride alumna.

Paul Sira is a 2012 Camp Pride alum. After growing up in a small town in NY, he now attends college at RIT, pursuing an Industrial Engineering degree. On campus he serves as President of one of the many queer organizations; working to promote a healthy community and space for queer individuals. His goals for his time at RIT are concentrated on fostering more inclusion between the queer organizations, both on a executive level, and through membership. He hopes to bring his strong teamwork and leadership skills to the Campus Pride Advisory Board.

Matthew Stewart was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida with a focus on Higher Education Administration. He earned a M.A. in Theology from St. Vincent de Paul, M.A. Religious Studies from USF and B.A. Philosophy from St. John Vianney. Matthew is currently employed as an HR Analyst for Pinellas County Government and teaches in the Humanities Department at St. Petersburg College. Matthew’s current research examines the overall college experiences of GLBT students at a large public university in the south. He is interested in diversity, student retention and persistence and the experiences of GLBT faculty.