Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance

MN Campus Alliance Trainers

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Lauren Beach

Lauren is a dual degree student simultaneously pursuing a law degree and a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Minnesota. She works as a Graduate Research Fellow in Dr. Louis Mansky's lab, where she studies the innate immune response to HIV. In addition to being a trainer and a board member of the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance, Lauren serves as Chairperson of the Bisexual Organizing Project, President of the China AIDS Orphan Fund, and Student Health Advisory Committee Representative for the Queer Student Cultural Center. Lauren was selected as both a Point Foundation and a PFund scholar in 2009.

Michael Grewe

Michael is the Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Orientation and Coordinator for LGBTQIA Services at Augsburg College. He served as the Education Coordinator for the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance from 2008 to 2010. Michael has performed GLBTA-specific trainings at over twenty-five colleges and universities in the region, and volunteers his time with a variety of GLBTA community and grassroots organizations in Minnesota. He is a founding Board member of the MN Campus Alliance and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Cheyenne Johnson

Cheyenne is a 2011 graduate from the University of Minnesota working to bring a broader understanding of trans and genderqueer to the world. A board member of Minnesota Trans Health Coalition since 2009, she has been an advocate, student leader, and organizer in Southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Cheyenne is a trainer and the Education Coordinator.

Anne Hodson

Anne was born male bodied at birth; however, at an early age realized she should have been born female. After years of struggling with her internal issues, she began to explore her own identity and successfully transitioned from male to female. Anne avidly studies gender identity, gender roles and gender formation as both innate and culturally defined. She has presented to groups at colleges/universities, high schools, government, business, churches and conferences around the country. Anne is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in GLBT Studies.

Jamie Ann Meyers, Ph.D.

Jamie Ann is a transexual woman activist with the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Lutherans Concerned in North America, and the MN Campus Alliance. She is an advocate for social justice and serves as a trainer focusing on Ally, Transgender and Bisexual issues. Jamie Ann retired in 2010 as Professor Emerita of Geoscience at Winona State University, and is now using her 39 years of classroom experience to do education on GLBTQIA issues in secular and faith communities. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is a 30-year resident of Winona, MN, has been married to her wife for 43 years, and has two adult children and three grandchildren. She joined the MN Campus Alliance in 2010 and is looking forward to many years of service to the GLBTQIA community.

Ross Neely

Ross has been doing social justice work and facilitating trainings and dialogues around gender, sexuality and race for eight years. Ross works for the GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota, co-coordinates the Transgender Commission, was a founding board member of the MN Campus Alliance, and serves on the board of an LGBT People of Color organizing project called Color CoordiNATION. Ross is a graduate student studying social justice and struggling to reframe ally identity for himself and his work.

Jen Parshley

Jen has a Master's Degree in Gender and Ethnicity Studies from Utrecht, University, Netherlands and earned her undergraduate degrees at the University of Minnesota. Committed to her journey as an ally for social justice, Jen joined the Minnesotoa GLBTA Campus Alliance in August 2010 and currently is a trainer and chair.

Anne Phibbs, Ph.D.

Anne worked for 11 years as GLBT Student Services Director at Metropolitan State University and currently directs the GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and teaches as adjunct faculty at both the U of M and Metropolitan State. Anne has over 15 years experience developing and implementing trianings on GLBTA issues, and served as Education Coordinator for the MN Campus Alliance.

Becky Saltzman

Becky is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities whose involvement with GLBT activism and education spans several years. Becky previously co-chaired the Queer Student Cultural Center as well as the MN Campus Alliance. Becky has trained at institutions across the state and is involved in several holistic social justice non-profits in the Twin Cities. She also served as co-chair for the 2010 Bisexuality Empowerment Conference (BECAUSE). She was the 2011-2012 Interim Chair for the MN Campus Alliance.

Monica Saralampi

Monica has been active in education, the arts and GLBT activism for over 10 years. She currently works at Normandale Community College helping students with civic engagement, advising the Gay, Straight Student Alliance, and increasing awareness of transgender issues in the context of educational institutions. Monica serves on the Education Committee of the MN Campus Alliance.