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.
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.
Nikita Burks-Hale, 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 Logistics Coordinator. Outside of Camp, Nikita has always assisted with the LGBTQ-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
R. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Romeo Jackson is a black, queer, non-binary, feminist who is dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. They are currently a senior attending Northern Illinois University pursuing a specialized degree in Intersectionality and Social Justice. They have been a fellow with: Campus Pride, the Arcus Foundation, and Young People 4; and has interned with: NIU’s Community Standards & Student Conduct, The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore in DC., and is currently interning with NIU’s Career Services. Romeo also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Recently named one of the 100 Black and LGBT-SGL leaders to watch, Romeo is dedicated to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color.
Kristina Agbebiyi is a student activist enrolled in her junior year at Kennesaw State University. She is majoring in Human Services with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management. As a Community Leader, Orientation Leader, and Peer Leader, Kristina educated her fellow classmates on intersectionality and how to create more inclusive on-campus environments. At Georgia Southern, she was also an active member of GSU’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and Queer People of Color group. In 2014, Kristina was chosen to participate in the 2014-2015 cohort of Young People For, a fellowship for young progressive leaders sponsored by People For The American Way. She currently serves as one of the Georgia state representatives for GetEQUAL, a national non-profit dedicated to empowering members of the LGBTQIA community.
Gina Ali is currently a 4th year senior at California State University Northridge majoring is religious studies with a focus on LGBT issues and dismantling Islamic fundamentalism. She works directly with Muslims for Progressive Values as the LGBT Director where she facilitates the LGBT Muslim monthly support group. She is proud to call herself an activist, fashion blogger, basketball player, and a Queer woman of color who is unapologetic and refuses to remain silent.
Jay Alston is a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Marketing and Management with a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies. He represented the university at Camp Pride in the summer of 2014 and returned in 2015 as the pride leader for the Advisor Academy. On campus, he is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Haven, UD’s only LGBTQ student organization. Jay represents the undergraduate LGBTQ community at UD on the Student Health Advisory Council, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee, the LGBT Campus Advisory Board, and the LGBT Staff & Faculty Caucus.
Pat Cordova-Goff is an 18-year-old grassroots activist from Azusa, CA. As a non-binary radical trans-feminist of color, her work beats at the intersections of class inequality, gender identity and race. Currently at Citrus College. While grassroots activism is where she started her work, Pat aspires to continue her movement work into public office as a state or local representative, continuously working toward the Oval Office.
Deidre Dumpson is a Graduate Student at the University at Albany studying Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. She recently graduated in Spring 2015 with her Bachelor’s in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She served as the Director of Gender and Sexuality Concerns for her University’s Student Association.
English Fields is an activist: Black activist in some cases, LGBTQ in others. She likes to call herself an activist at advocating for peace whatever that is, or more so an understanding. English is a Political Science major at Rust College where she is in the E.A. Smith Honors Society. She was selected as an HBCU All-Star ambassador for Rust College for the White House Initiative for the academic school year of 2015-2016.
Keyonna Fowler is going into her 2nd year of involvement with Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp. Starting out as a camper and then serving her first year as a Pride Leader. Keyonna attends North Carolina Central University, a Historical Black College/University, in North Carolina with a Major in Recreation Administration as well as a concentration in Recreational Therapist. Keyonna is currently working within the Non Profit Organization Triangle Empowerment as the new Women’s/Transgender Outreach Coordinator. She is also the founder of L.O.T.T (Ladies of the T).
Yovanna (Vanna) Garcia
Yovanna (Vanna) Garcia is a poor, first generation Mexican-American and first generation queer college woman studying Journalism and Sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As the Queer Peer Services Coordinator, she serves as a liaison between students and the administration and works to implement intentional campus-wide programs that focus on issues of gender equity, racial justice, intersectionality and identity politics. Vanna is working to heighten the visibility of Hispanic-Latino/a issues in the LGBTQ+ community such as immigration/deportation, poverty, discrimination, nativism, homelessness, and family acceptance.
Amy Gutierrez is a Master of Public Policy graduate student focused in Environmental and Energy Policy at George Washington University. Amy currently works at the DC Department of Energy and Environment assisting in the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program to increase outreach to vulnerable communities and community participation.
Lauren Neidigh is the Director of Social Media for GO! Athletes and a writer for SwimSwam News. She was a Division I NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and is now swimming and playing water polo at Florida State University while in school for her masters degree in criminology.
Calvin Ridley is a senior at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts where they are studying Painting with minors in Art History and Diversity Studies. As the Chair for the Gender and Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee in FSU’s Student Government Association, Calvin played a major role in advocating for the creation of Gender Neutral restrooms, Gender Inclusive Housing and a Preferred Name Policy at FSU in 2014-2015. They spent much of their summer of 2015 as a Camp Counselor at Camp Aranu’tiq of Harbor Camps in New Hampshire and California working with transgender and gender non-conforming children and teens. On their college campus, Calvin is active in FSU’s Pride Alliance and also conducts campus wide Brave Space trainings for student groups, staff and faculty where they aim to educate their peers on LGBTQ+ issues. Calvin is passionate about building queer communities and combining art and activism.
Nhawndie Smith (They, Them, And Theirs) was first introduced to Campus Pride through the Camp Pride leadership camp. Nhawndie is a junior political science at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Being at a historically black university, Nhawndie knows the importance of having spaces that feel safe and promote growth. As a board member of their school’s LGBTQ group P.R.O.U.D., Nhawndie is intentional in their actions to elevate understanding and inclusion of LGBTQ people on-campus and beyond. Their presence as a queer person of color, has been vital in communication and growth on their campus and in the community.