Our Team

Quist has been a volunteer-led effort from the start. Today, two groups make the daily Quist magic happen. The Board of Directors oversees the vision and mission of the organization, while the Quistory Committee carries out those visions.

In addition to these teams, a list of all volunteers can be found on the Credits page and all donors can be found on the Supporters page.

 

Staff

Founder
Executive Director
Wallingford, CT

Sarah Prager

Photo credit: Tagg Magazine

Sarah’s writing has been published in The Advocate’s website, The Social Media Monthly magazine, Huffington Post, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, It Gets Better Project’s blog, Hartford Courant, Gay Life newspaper, and various blogs. She has been a guest on HuffPost Live, the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Progress Radio, and The List on ABC2.

GO Magazine named her one of the 13 Red Hot Entrepreneurs of 2013. In 2014 she worked with Apple and Google to make their tech policies more inclusive of bisexual terms. She was also invited to the White House to contribute on LGBTQ tech issues that year. She has been featured by media outlets including a profile for Daily Xtra, Women You Should Meet for Tagg Magazine, and How I Work for Technical.ly Baltimore.

She lives with her wife, Liz, in Connecticut.

 

Quistory Committee

Underrepresented Communities Chair, Quistory Committee
Boston, MA

Desiree AlanizDesiree is a Los Angeles native currently residing in Boston, where she is pursuing a dual master’s in Library Science and History at Simmons College. Desiree is deeply interested in the intersection of archives with underrepresented communities and social justice work.

Desiree’s passion for intersectional social justice work and archives first began as an undergraduate at UC Davis. As a bisexual, biracial student, Desiree pursued research as a means of contextualizing her frustrations and struggles as a marginalized student in socio-political terms. This research led her to her first contact with archives and the importance of diversity in the historical record for marginalized populations. After completing her thesis on the development of gay and lesbian civil rights organizations from 1945-1960, Desiree graduated with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies.

Although Desiree continued to pursue social justice work while working in undergraduate STEM education at UCLA, it was volunteering with the ONE Archives at USC that reified the connections between her own identity and the importance of historical records for the preservation of community history and revolutionary social movement.

As an archivist-in-training, Desiree is excited to bring queer and intersectional feminist perspectives to her work both inside and outside of academics.

Member-at-Large, Quistory Committee
Cleveland, OH

Maria CampbellRia Campbell is a teacher and artist living in Ohio, about to get her master’s degree in art history with a specialization in illustration and animation at Kent State University. Her particular interest lies in art history as it pertains to the representation of marginalized communities. Art history is full of queer history and other underrepresented communities and it is time to bring attention to what has been buried. She hopes to bring this interest to Quist and help our understanding of history become richer by learning the truth of the diversity of the figures we revere. In her spare time, Ria enjoys animated films of all kinds, graphic novels, and expanding her knowledge as much as possible.

Historical Research Chair, Quistory Committee
Lambertville, NJ

Christianne GaddChristianne Anastasia Gadd is an instructor of American Studies, U.S. history, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She received a doctorate in 20th Century U.S. cultural History, a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and an M.A. in American Studies, from Lehigh University, and previously graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently serves as the co-chair of HAVEN, a group for LGBTQIA youth in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, and regularly writes, publishes, and presents on LGBTQ topics in addition to volunteering with other LGBTQ community organizations.

Visual Content Chair, Quistory Committee
Member, Board of Directors

Oxford, MS

Terrius HarrisTerrius Harris is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi main campus, triple majoring in Marketing & Corporate Relations, International Studies, and French with a minor in Environmental Studies.

His current campus involvement includes: Director of Student Life for the Associated Student Body, Secretary of the Black Student Union, State President of MS Collegiate DECA, Secretary of Pi Kappa Phi Alpha Lambda Chapter, Stockard Community Assistant, Member of the Columns Society, Member of the Pride Network, and much more.

Throughout his lifetime Terrius has always had a passion to serve, because it is his belief that if we do not help our fellow man today, then what hope do we have for the survival of humanity. However, it was not until the experiences he encountered throughout his collegiate tenure that he was able to form his life passions into three words: Inclusion, Sustainability, and Philanthropy.

These three words are the foundation of the work that Terrius hopes to accomplish during his lifetime. Consequently, in order to get firsthand experience in these interests he has been granted the amazing opportunity to serve as a 2015 Reproductive Rights Activists Service Corps Intern at Tewa Women United in Espanola, New Mexico, through the Civil Liberties & Public Policy national organization. Here he will be working with the Indigenous Pueblo and Navajo natives in their efforts of Reproductive Rights, Environmental Justice, Youth Involvement, and Sexual Violence and Trauma Response.

Terrius’ favorite quote is by F. Scott Fitzgerald which states, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” Consequently, through this app he hopes that you are able to gain a sense of pride of your identity, and for whatever reason if in the past you chose not to be your true self, he hopes you have the courage to start all over again, share your story through the process, and become a part of the history which is Quistory.

External Communications Chair, Quistory Committee
Member, Board of Directors
Ellensburg, WA

Mariah RockerMariah is currently attending Central Washington University, earning a Bachelors in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. Although she has focused mainly on PR and communications within her academic experience at CWU, her extracurricular activities have focused on her passion for the LGBTQA movement and social justice. For almost two years, she worked as a Safe Space facilitator and program coordinator through the Center for Diversity & Social Justice (CDSJ). The Safe Space Program started as a two-hour training to create better allies to the LGBTQA community. During her time at the CDSJ, she helped brand Safe Space, as well as develop it into to a five-hour workshop. She has also dedicated the last three years to the student organization EQuAl (Equality through Queers and Allies), where she served as the Public Relations Coordinator (2013-2014) as well as the Vice President (2014-2015).

Data Chair, Quistory Committee
Lexington, KY

Adriana SiskoAdriana is currently attending the University of Kentucky as a second-year Women’s and Gender Studies PhD candidate. Her growing specialization is in the history of sexuality, particularly same-sex sexuality during 18th century France. Her passions are queer history, French Revolutionaries, and her two pet guinea pigs Maxime and Antoine. In my spare time she also runs a queer history blog.

International Chair, Quistory Committee
Chicago, IL

Avery YuanAvery Yuan is a current undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, majoring in Economics. She grew up in Shanghai, China, and has a strong passion for the city. Her hobbies are fantasy movies, reading, traveling, and of course, Asian food. She is also obsessed with all kinds of animals. She always hopes to help eliminate bias and inspire LGBTQIA individuals worldwide.

 

Board of Directors

Member, Board of Directors
London, UK

Bisi AlimiBisi Alimi is an internationally renowned researcher, public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit, campaigner and community builder with expertise in sexual health and human rights, focusing on HIV prevention, treatment, and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. He is a lecturer at the Politic Science department at Freie University Berlin.

Alimi was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television in 2004 and this led to threats to his life and his resulting move to the United Kingdom where he was a refugee until December 2014 when he was granted British citizenship. He has engaged with the media for social change ever since, including the following:

  • Interviews: He has appeared on many international television stations as a social and political pundit, including, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CCTV, and he has been profiled by outlets like NPR and the Washington Post.
  • Speaking: His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim” has been listed as one of the 14 most inspiring queer TEDtalk of all time. He won the first London Moth slam, was a storyteller at the London Moth MainStage and his talk at the Aspen Ideas festival left the audience asking for more. Alimi gave the closing speech at a Daily Beast event hosted at the New York Public Library titled, “I am Bisi Alimi and I am not a victim.”
  • Writing:The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article that was translated into over 15 languages globally. In May 2014, to mark 10 years of his HIV diagnosis, Alimi wrote a moving piece for the Huffington Post “My 10 Years of Living With HIV” He has also written many article including his Daily Beast piece to mark World AIDS day 2014 and his second Project Syndicate campaign for a more proactive policy on PrEP for gay men in homophobic countries.

Alimi has many laurels for his work globally. He is a consultant with the World Bank on the Economic impact of Homophobia and serves on the World Bank advisory board on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He was a 2014 New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has been listed four years in a row on the UK LGBT list and was named 77 on the World Pride Power List 2014.

Member, Board of Directors
San Francisco, CA

Darren ArqueroDarren Arquero is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, where he was the 2013 recipient of the Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship.Darren‘s research interests include transnational feminist and queer theories, cultural politics of gender and sexuality, Filipino American/diaspora studies, and religion. His academic work is informed by his activist background in queer religious organizing, coming from his participation with the 2010 Soulfource Equality Ride.

He is currently a Research Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) and an Associate Curator at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. Prior to joining HIFIS,Darren interned as a Network and Research Associate at Race Forward, working as the primary author for the report, “Better Together in the South: Building Movements across Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.” He is working with the Arcus Foundation for the summer of 2015.

Member, Board of Directors
San Francisco, CA
Matt ConnMatt Conn is best known for being the founder and CEO of MidBoss, the company that also puts on the GX game convention (formerly GaymerX) that seeks to create a safe space for LGBTQ identified gamers. He is also the producer for MidBoss’ upcoming cyberpunk story adventure Read Only Memories, which seeks to include queer characters in a positive way through the narrative of an interactive experience. Conn is a major leader of the fight for queer inclusion in video games and directs all MidBoss projects from San Francisco, where he lives.

Member, Board of Directors
Aptos, CA

Rob DarrowDr. Rob Darrow works as an educational consultant with a variety of colleges and K-12 school districts to implement blended and online learning. In addition, he is the co-founder of ForwarDirections, an online college and career planning service. He has also worked as an adjunct professor, online charter school principal, coordinator of school libraries, grant director, and K-12 teacher for over 30 years. His research interests include safe school environments for LGBT youth, blended and online learning, professional learning, creating a social presence in online courses, and school libraries. He is a native of Santa Cruz, California where he now lives and works with the Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County as the Director of Research.

Member, Board of Directors
Cambridge, MA
Ellen GallagherMotivated by a passion for racial justice and equity, Ms. Gallagher is an experienced non-profit manager, with expertise in the field of immigration, start-ups and social entrepreneurship. Ellen was founding staff person of Welcoming America, an innovative, award-winning national immigrant integration organization based in Georgia. Ellen is a queer parent with an interest in making our history known and more visible. She holds a bachelors degree in Sociology from Grinnell College and will be enrolled in Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Masters of Public Administration Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.Ellen lives in the Boston area with her wife, child and two cats.

 

Member, Board of Directors
Rockville, MD

Lucy GrinnellLucy Grinnell currently works as a part-time instructor of Latin American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and of Women’s and Gender Studies at Montgomery College. In 2015-6 she will participate in the Montgomery College Fellows Program at the Library of Congress where she will work on creating primary source activities for student use in Introduction to LGBT Studies. She holds a PhD in Latin American History and a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled “‘Lesbianas Presente:’ Lesbian Activism, Transnational Alliances, and the State in Mexico City, 1968-1991.” She has published prior articles on Mexican LGBTQ history in The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and in The Radical History Review.

Visual Content Chair, Quistory Committee
Member, Board of Directors

Oxford, MS

Terrius HarrisTerrius Harris is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi main campus, triple majoring in Marketing & Corporate Relations, International Studies, and French with a minor in Environmental Studies.

His current campus involvement includes: Director of Student Life for the Associated Student Body, Secretary of the Black Student Union, State President of MS Collegiate DECA, Secretary of Pi Kappa Phi Alpha Lambda Chapter, Stockard Community Assistant, Member of the Columns Society, Member of the Pride Network, and much more.

Throughout his lifetime Terrius has always had a passion to serve, because it is his belief that if we do not help our fellow man today, then what hope do we have for the survival of humanity. However, it was not until the experiences he encountered throughout his collegiate tenure that he was able to form his life passions into three words: Inclusion, Sustainability, and Philanthropy.

These three words are the foundation of the work that Terrius hopes to accomplish during his lifetime. Consequently, in order to get firsthand experience in these interests he has been granted the amazing opportunity to serve as a 2015 Reproductive Rights Activists Service Corps Intern at Tewa Women United in Espanola, New Mexico, through the Civil Liberties & Public Policy national organization. Here he will be working with the Indigenous Pueblo and Navajo natives in their efforts of Reproductive Rights, Environmental Justice, Youth Involvement, and Sexual Violence and Trauma Response.

Terrius’ favorite quote is by F. Scott Fitzgerald which states, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” Consequently, through this app he hopes that you are able to gain a sense of pride of your identity, and for whatever reason if in the past you chose not to be your true self, he hopes you have the courage to start all over again, share your story through the process, and become a part of the history which is Quistory.

Member, Board of Directors
Charlotte, NC

Matt HirschyMatt works for Equality NC as the Director of Advancement. Matt runs the day to day operations of many of Equality NC’s strategic initiatives, including working with the Business Equality Council to increase statewide workplace protection policies while also directing their fundraising and development work. He is tasked with advancing the mission of the organization, and often strategizes “where to play, and how to win”, in addition to being one of the Equality NC’s key spokespersons. Before joining Equality NC, Matt worked in various roles as a consultant in Executive Search, Business Development, Marketing, Special Events and Fundraising.

He has helped to raise over a quarter of a million dollars for a variety of causes and issues. In addition to serving on the board for Quist, Matt also serves on the Guilford Green Foundation board of directors and plays adult kickball for charity. He’s a fierce competitor who enjoys sports of all kinds, the outdoors and hosting friends at the home he shares with his partner, Justin for dinners and parties.

Member, Board of Directors
New York, NY

Jake MartinezJake Martinez joined the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as its Education & Youth Programs Assistant in March 2014. His current role includes collaborating with the Director of Education & Youth Programs to strategically design, implement, and manage several GLSEN campaigns and programs that advocate for safer schools for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Martinez is also the lead staff person responsible for spearheading No Name-Calling Week, a GLSEN campaign that focuses on ending bullying, harassment and name-calling in K-12 schools.

Martinez has an extensive background in community organizing, social justice and project management. Prior to joining GLSEN, Martinez worked at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties as the Special Projects Associate where he was responsible for major event planning, collaborating with San Diego LGBT community partners and being the lead staff liaison to the ACLU of California leadership team. He also has a breadth of experience in youth development and engagement, working as the Arts and Technology Instructor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley in Tempe, Arizona.

Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sociology and Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently working toward a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Family and Human Development with an emphasis on LGBT youth development.

Member, Board of Directors
Chicago, IL

Carly KocurekCarly A. Kocurek is a cultural historian and game designer interested in the intersections of technology, gender, and play. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies and Director of Digital Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in game studies and digital culture. Over the past decade, she has spoken at or had her work featured in numerous conferences and events, including SXSW Interactive, Different Games, Geek Girl Con, and the Games Learning Society Showcase. She is a Regional Director for the Learning Games Initiative, and co-founded and co-edits the Influential Game Designers book series for Bloomsbury Academic.

Member, Board of Directors
Connecticut, USA

Fleurette KingFleurette King offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in diversity, inclusion and social justice in higher education. Flo has demonstrated innovation and achievement in diversity and inclusion policies, education & training since 1993. King continues to present best practices and award-winning models at regional and national conferences namely affiliated with the Amnesty International-Midwest, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Creating Change Conference, White Privilege Conference (WPC), the True Colors Conference and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).

King’s career journey included full-time appointments at Loras College (Dubuque, IA), DePaul University (Chicago, IL),  Princeton University (Princeton, NJ),  and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Currently, King serves as the Director of the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT).  King has completed a M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio).  Flo enjoys short walks on the beach, racquetball, social movement history and documentaries.

 

Member, Board of Directors
Washington, D.C.

Allyson RobinsonA nationally respected, award winning social entrepreneur and movement strategist, Allyson Robinson has built a career advising and leading organizations on the vanguard of social change. She is founder and principal of Warrior Poet Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm advising select clients in organizational design, diversity and inclusion, and social and civic entrepreneurship. Previously, she led internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign and was the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She’s also served as an Army officer and Baptist pastor, studied at West Point, Arizona State, and Oxford University, and earned degrees in physics and theology.

External Communications Chair, Quistory Committee
Member, Board of Directors
Ellensburg, WA

Mariah RockerMariah is currently attending Central Washington University, earning a Bachelors in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. Although she has focused mainly on PR and communications within her academic experience at CWU, her extracurricular activities have focused on her passion for the LGBTQA movement and social justice. For almost two years, she worked as a Safe Space facilitator and program coordinator through the Center for Diversity & Social Justice (CDSJ). The Safe Space Program started as a two-hour training to create better allies to the LGBTQA community. During her time at the CDSJ, she helped brand Safe Space, as well as develop it into to a five-hour workshop. She has also dedicated the last three years to the student organization EQuAl (Equality through Queers and Allies), where she served as the Public Relations Coordinator (2013-2014) as well as the Vice President (2014-2015).

Member, Board of Directors
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mariano RuizMariano is an enthusiastic 28-year-old activist. As an International foreign policy student, he has been working with one of the most influential LGBT organizations (FALGBT) in the country for the last six years, being part of equal marriage and gender identity bills campaign. In January 2014 he joined the IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) team year to mainstream the momentum for action on May 17th in all the Latin America and Caribbean region to secure equal rights and freedom of expression for all LGBT people in the region.

In his position as a member of the IDAHO Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean he is constantly in contact with activists from the region, advising, guiding and supporting each of their campaigns and projects for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Since he joined the international team, they managed to visualize all activities carried out in the region, from Argentina to Peru, from Mexico to Cuba. For last May 17th as a representative for the IDAHO Committee in the region, he was able to facilitate the strengthening of partnerships with the Latin American LGBT Youth Coalition (CLAC-JO), UNAIDS Latin America and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. With UNAIDS Latin America specifically the team developed infographics with the most recent statistics about LGBT right in the region and HIV related to trans and MSM populations.

Member, Board of Directors
Ypsilanti, MI
Michael TewMichael A. Tew, Ph.D. is professor of Communication at Eastern Michigan University. He studied at Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Wayne State Universities. Dr. Tew teaches subjects ranging from Communication Ethics and Public Advocacy to LGBT community. Additionally, Dr. Tew teaches graduate courses in Community Communication, Advocacy and Change, and Communication Inquiry.  Dr. Tew is the Director of the Equality Research Center and  is actively involved in conducting, promoting, and reviewing academic research, curricular innovation, and community action projects focused on LGBT equality. In this capacity he directs the Center’s equality Research to Action conference, the Equality Knowledge Project, and Equality Leadership series. He is the central contributor and editor of the Equality Ingishts blog.

Member, Board of Directors
Mexico City, Mexico
Enrique Torre MolinaEnrique Torre Molina came out at age 19 while studying International Relations at Universidad de las Americas Puebla. He joined his university’s LGBT student association, started writing a weekly column in the student newspaper and co-hosting at the school’s radio station. He was born in Merida and has lived in New York City and Lyon. Now he is based in Mexico City.

His current work as a consultant and communicator specialized in LGBT issues & stories has allowed him to collaborate with government agencies, companies, schools and civil society organizations like the British Council, Dow Chemical, GLAAD, Guimel, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, JP Morgan, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Embassy, and universities throughout the country. He leads workshops, speaks, builds networks, assesses and coordinates projects that promote information and respect for LGBT people through communications, education, culture, and business. He is a frequent collaborator with national and international media.

Member, Board of Directors
Nairobi, Kenya

Melissa WainanaMelissa Wainaina is the Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Communications at CREA a feminist human rights organization that works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. She is also women is a feminist, social media human rights activist, writer and photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She previously ran a hotline called ‘Ask Aunty Jane’ that promotes and increases the access to holistic sexual health and rights, ensuring that more women and girls have the information they need to make healthier choices.
She has authored work using pen names Sikiliza and Kamanzi Wainaina. She co-authored ‘Crisis Philanthropy’ a report by Ufadhili Trust that highlighted Kenyan giving during the Post Election Crisis in 2007-2008. She further wrote ‘Building Bridges’ – A report by UHAI Eashri and was Kenya correspondent for Behind the Mask, an online LGBTI Pan-African magazine between May 2011 and 2012. Her photographic work has been featured in several exhibitions including “Curving The Visual” at Alliance Française Nairobi 2011 and in the International Museum of Women 2011 “Mama” Global Online Exhibition.

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