LGBTQ Center

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Center

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Jeremy Bishop, Class of 2000

Jeremy is a Senior Legislative Assistant and the Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Serving as political appointee for President Barack Obama, Jeremy oversees congressional and intergovernmental affairs work in a number of policy arenas, including, LGBT issues, tribal nations and tribal affairs, disability policy, data collection, paid leave, and federal contracting. Previously, Jeremy served for six years in DOL’s Office of Public Engagement where he completed the Department’s tribal consultation policy and managed LGBT community engagement for the Department. Before joining the Obama Administration, Jeremy served as Executive Director for Pride At Work, AFL-CIO, the constituency group for LGBT people within the organized labor movement. Jeremy graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 with a degree in Politics and Religion. In 2008, Jeremy completed the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

Jen Braeden Loughridge, Class of 2002

Jen (aka Jennie) is a television writer living in Los Angeles. She has been a writer on Underemployed, Awkward, Super Fun Night, and Finding Carter. Born in Philly, raised on the eastern shore of Maryland, graduated with a BA in Communications from Wake in ’02, attended grad school for screenwriting at Chapman University in Orange, CA (’05). She’s much better at writing TV than 3rd person bios about herself.

Christy M. Buchanan, Associate Dean, Academic Advising and Professor of Psychology

Christy M. Buchanan is a Professor of Psychology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising at Wake Forest University.  She received her BA from Seattle Pacific University and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.  Her research addresses adolescent development in the family, examining how adolescent-parent relationships, parenting practices, and adolescents’ well-being are influenced by factors such as family structure, parents’ and children’s beliefs and expectations about adolescence, culture, and ethnicity.  As Associate Dean, she leads the Office of Academic Advising and is responsible for many programs addressing the orientation of new students and academic support for undergraduates.

Christopher T. Copeland, Class of 1991 and Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality, Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Christopher T. Copeland is an ordained minister, spiritual director, Enneagram teacher, labyrinth facilitator, and InterPlay leader. Chris studied at Wake Forest University, Candler School of Theology, Emory Law School, and San Francisco Theological Seminary earning degrees in mathematics, theology, law, and spiritual direction. Chris is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  As the Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Chris provides guidance and resources for students as they discern and express their vocations. By teaching and leading retreats, workshops, worship, and courses in spirituality, Chris offers opportunities for students to nurture and deepen their spiritual lives. Before returning to his alma mater in 2011, Chris served as a pastor at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia and a minister for the denominational association, the Alliance of Baptists, in Washington, D.C. A native of North Carolina, Chris lives in Winston-Salem with his husband, Bernie Newton.

Courtney Cuff, Class of 1994

Courtney Cuff joined the Gill Foundation as President and CEO in October 2013. In this role, Courtney leads the foundation’s funding strategy to advance equal treatment for all LGBT Americans and build a more prosperous Colorado.  A respected leader with a strong record of accomplishment over her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector, her extensive experience driving policy change in the states and federally, and relentless approach to fundraising made Courtney a perfect fit to lead the Gill Foundation at this dynamic time for the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.  A native of Georgia, Courtney graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Courtney currently lives in Denver with her wife, Jessica Newman, and their son Jasper.

Mary Dalton, Class of 1983 and Professor of Communication, Film Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Mary M. Dalton is Professor of Communication, Film Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University.  Her scholarly publications include articles, book chapters, and the books The Hollywood Curriculum:  Teachers in the Movies, Teacher TV:  Sixty Years of Teachers on Television, and the co-edited volume The Sitcom Reader:  America Viewed and Skewed.  One of her essays included in the anthology Motherhood Misconceived:  Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films deals with transgender identity and parenthood.  Her documentaries have been screened at various festivals, museums, galleries, and libraries. Living in the Overlap has screened at a number of major festivals on the LGBT circuit in 2014, including Inside Out Toronto where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Reeling38 in Chicago where it won the Golden Reel jury award for Best Documentary Short, and ReelQ in Pittsburgh where it won audience award for Favorite Documentary Short Film.  It was also on the short list for the Iris Prize in Cardiff, Wales, and screened at WorldPride 2014.  Her current film project, completed in 2015, is a documentary short titled Queer Knitter in the Queen City.  Professor Dalton frequently comments on intersectionality and media on her blog Mary Dalton on Media, which is hosted on the WFDD-FM site, and during occasional commentaries aired on the station.

Tré Easton,  Class of 2013

Tré Easton currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Since joining the Department in 2014, Tré has worked to help further President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to the nation’s energy agenda with Congress, governors, mayors, tribes and other stakeholders. A key component of his job is engaging with the DOE LGBTQ employee affinity group—known as GLOBE—to identify resources, mechanisms of remedy, and internal necessary policy reforms to make the Department’s workplace more hospitable for all. Prior to his service in President Obama’s Administration, he worked at a start-up PR firm where he oversaw the establishment of the firm’s public affairs portfolio. There he also sought to increase outreach to notable LGBTQ publications such as Out, The Advocate, and Metro Weekly. A political science major, Tré was very active in university theatre and Student Government—the culmination of the latter seeing his election as Wake’s first openly gay Student Body President. He is a resident of Washington, D.C. and enjoys the multiple piano bars and open-mic nights available in our nation’s capital. He’s also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Mary Gerardy,  MBA ’92, Associate VP for Campus Life and Director of Global Engagement, Pro Humanitate Institute

Dr. Mary T. Gerardy is the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and the Director of Global Engagement for the Pro Humanitate Institute.  She holds a BA in religion from Hiram College, an M.Ed. in higher education administration from Kent State University, an MBA from Wake Forest, and an MA and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.  She has traveled internationally with students 17 times since 1998.  Her first such experience with students was as a member of the City of Joy Scholars program in Calcutta, India.  Since that time, she has developed and implemented service and service learning programs for students in Vietnam and other countries.  She also worked with GSSA for many years, which remains a cherished part of her work at Wake Forest.

Shannon Gilreath, JD  Class of 2002, Professor of Law and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Shannon Gilreath (J.D. WFU ’02) is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. His books include Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today (2006) and The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (2011) (Cambridge University Press).  His innovative casebook, Sexual Identity Law in Context: Cases and Materials, published by Thomson-West (2007) (2nd ed. with Lydia Lavelle, 2011) is designed to put the law concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into a social context. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law , Freedom of Religion, and Gender and the Law  in the law school, as well as various other topical seminars in the law school  and in the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, where he enjoys an appointment as core faculty.  He is an active speaker for gay rights causes, frequently consults on cases, and has drafted LGBT-friendly legislation for states and municipalities across the country.

Christopher Gonzalez La Corte,  Class of 2014

Christopher Gonzalez La Corte (’14) is the Artistic Director of “Explore Theatre & Dance Co.”, as well as an instructor for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL. His work has been seen at American College Dance Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Fringe Festival, The Association for Theatre In Higher Education, Arena Stage and numerous conventions and conferences. An artist who is focused primarily on education and arts for social change, his company holds open rehearsals once a month in order to invite all community members to join in the collaborative process to develop a piece that is relevant and representative of issues facing the demographic in the community where they are in residency. Throughout his time at Wake Forest, he developed curriculum to workshop on Shakespeare Day through the Theatre Department, developed interdisciplinary pieces between theatre and dance, choreographed for WFU Dance Co. as well as Momentum Crew, and presented an independent work entitled “(ID)entity” with assistance from IPlace, which explored LGBTQ issues on Wake Forest’s campus at the time.

J. Robby Gregg, Jr., Class of 1983

J. Robby Gregg, Jr. is a nationally recognized diversity expert with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising and partnership development, human resources, and diversity and inclusion management. He has held key positions at various companies including, True Blue Inclusion, Cook Ross, Inc., PFLAG, AOL-Time Warner, and Adecco Employment Services, Inc. As a consistently sought-after panelist and speaker on diversity issues, Robby has received numerous accolades for his work as a diversity practitioner. He is a strong advocate and spokesperson for the National Dignity and Respect Campaign. Robby is a staunch advocate for equality and social justice. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s President’s Advisory Committee and the Maya Angelou Public Charter School Board of Directors. In addition, Robby is currently serving as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity Council. With a B.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University, Robby is among an exclusive group of students schooled under the tutelage of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Fahim Gulamali , Class of 2014

Fahim Gulamali is the Assistant Director of Programming and Student Engagement at the Pro Humanitate Insitute (PHI) at Wake Forest University, where he supports civic engagement programming and PHI initiatives. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University, where he studied Religion, Anthropology, and Spanish. After graduating, Fahim was the Program Coordinator for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a national organization that prepares college women for leadership in the public policy arena through seminars in Washington, DC. Fahim currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC. He can be contacted at gulamafa@nullwfu.edu.

Shane Harris, Class of 1998

Shane Harris is an author and journalist who has written extensively about intelligence and national security. His new book @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex explores the frontlines of America’s new cyber war. (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) Shane’s first book, The Watchers, tells the story of five men who played central roles in the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America (Penguin Press, 2010). The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Shane is currently a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, where he covers national security, intelligence, and cyber security. He is also a fellow at New America. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  Slate, TheAtlantic.com, National Journal, The Washington Post, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings. He has provided analysis and commentary for CNN, NPR, the BBC, The History Channel, National Geographic, several foreign media organizations and many local public radio stations.

William B. Hawk, Class of 1993

William holds an M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee; an M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University;and a B.A. in Religion from Wake Forest University. He has also completed extensive graduate coursework in education. William has more than 20 years of experience in information work supporting public and public charter education systems and related organization, having worked for Knox County Schools (Tennessee), the Baltimore City Public School System, Capital City Public Charter School, the Urban Teacher Center, the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Institute for Literacy and the Library of Congress. His hobbies include camping, hiking, gardening, travel, swimming, and vegan cooking.

Derek Hicks, Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, School of Divinity

Derek was appointed as Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture after serving as the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow in Theological Education at the School of Divinity for two years. His research considers the impact of religion on those engaged in social, cultural, and political struggle. Particularly, he is interested in issues related to religion and race in America, identity formation, religion’s role in social transformation, slave religion, religion and foodways, the body, and the intersection of religion and Hip-Hop culture. His first book, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) identifies religious practices that engage culture – in relation to bodily, political, spiritual, and social restoration – to recalibrate wounded human dignity. Hicks earned his Ph.D. from Rice University and has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Louisville Institute.  Prior to coming to Wake Forest, he was on the faculty at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

David Hopkins, Class of 2012

Born and raised in Winston Salem, David grew up in a family full of Demon Deacons as both of his parents graduated from Wake Forest. At the age of seven he started playing tennis and at the age of ten began playing competitively and traveling around the nation competing in tournaments. From there David received many tennis scholarship    opportunities from Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas and many others but decided on Wake Forest due to the small size, great tennis program, and obviously the great academics. He went to play on the Varsity Men’s Tennis team for 5 years as the team enjoyed an ample amount of success. Upon graduating, David began working with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in Atlanta, GA developing and promoting tennis to youth within the Southern     Region compromised of nine states. He is now the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Community Development, & Grants. He enjoys playing tennis still and spending time with my two nieces who are 4 years old and 4 months old.

 

Justin Lee, Class of 2000

Justin Lee is the founder and executive of The Gay Christian Network, an interdenominational nonprofit organization engaging Christians from differing theological perspectives to work together for a more loving, grace-filled church for all. Justin grew up as a conservative Southern Baptist, preaching against LGBT acceptance until questions about his own sexuality forced him to reconsider everything he thought he knew. Today, he works to help people on both sides understand and show grace to one another. Justin is the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, which has been widely cited for its role in shaping modern Christian attitudes toward LGBT people. He speaks frequently across the country and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, and a front page story in The New York Times. He writes about issues of faith and culture on his own blog, Crumbs from the Communion Table, JustinLee.co.

Carlos  Maza, Class of 2010

Carlos Maza has been as an LGBT researcher at Media Matters since 2011. In 2014, he became program director for Media Matters’ LGBT project, Equality Matters, where he began leading the organization’s efforts to improve media coverage of important LGBT stories. His work has focused on issues including marriage equality, non-discrimination protections, “religious freedom” laws, school anti-bullying efforts, and positive transgender representation. He graduated from Wake in 2010 and competed on the university’s debate team

Angela Mazaris, Director of the LGBTQ Center

Dr. Angela Mazaris is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where she also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. As LGBTQ Center Director, she provides education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. Dr. Mazaris serves as part of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team, and is committed to creating an institution that welcomes, supports, and engages everyone to his or her fullest potential. Dr. Mazaris has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she was honored to hold a Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Her teaching and research focus on LGBTQ history, queer theory, public history, and gender studies. At Brown she served as the first Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, and as Graduate Proctor at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. She was also a member of Brown’s Diversity Advisory Board, where she worked specifically on issues related to first-generation students and social class. While in Providence, she served on the board of the Equity Action Fund, Rhode Island’s fund for LGBTQ initiatives. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Mazaris served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service, where she developed agency-wide inclusion and diversity initiatives and prepared policy recommendations. At the IRS, Dr. Mazaris was in charge of a special emphasis program for LGBTQ issues – a first for the agency. Dr. Mazaris and her partner have three children, and are happy to now call Winston-Salem home.

Amanda Miller, Attended 2000-2003

Army Sergeant First Class Amanda Miller attended Wake Forest University from 2000 to 2003, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies.  She was active in Wake’s former Gay-Straight Student Alliance and served on its board for two years.   She enlisted in the United States Army in 2004 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cytotechnology at The George Washington University.  Amanda has served at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, Seoul, South Korea, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, and deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.  Throughout her 11 years of service she has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Achievement Medals, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.  Amanda is currently stationed at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina where she trains new Soldiers as a Drill Sergeant.  She also serves as an Equal Opportunity Leader, educating Soldiers about diversity and enforcing Department of Defense directives regarding inclusion and tolerance.

Toni Newman, Class of 1985

Toni Newman is the author of the memoir  I Rise The Transformation of Toni Newman. The memoir  I Rise was nominated in 2012 in 2 categories for the Lambda Literary Awards. British director Keith Holland and writer/producer Alton Demore have adapted the memoir into the feature film  Heart of a WomanThe Advocate, the  Huffington Post, and  Ebony magazine have featured Toni Newman and  I Rise. Toni is the Community Editor for  Proud to Be Out digital magazine and a blogger for [ Huffington Post’s Gay Voices], which features the leaders of transgender advocacy groups in the United States. Wake Forest University LGBT center honored Toni as Outstanding Face of Courage in 2012.  In 2015 Toni was nominated for the Trans 100 honoring transgender people in the USA.  Her day-to-day position is the Development Manager for Maitri  (the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California focusing on the underserved community of those dying of or severely debilitated by AIDS).  She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a B.A. degree and currently a law school student pursuing a JD degree with a desire to fight for transgender minorities. www.tonidnewman.com

Katina Parker,  Class of 1996

Katina Parker is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, graphic designer, cultural curator, and communications consultant. Through her work, she speaks to the multi-dynamic possibilities of technology and media to spark social and cultural change for voices who have been traditionally underrepresented in media. She teaches social media and film through the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. Parker’s 2015 releases include Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory (Fusion TV/ABC-Disney) and Amnesty International’s 25-part video series Voices from Ferguson on Police Accountability. In August PBS featured Parker in their series on civil rights photographers.

Susan E. Parker , Master of Divinity 2002

Susan’s connections to Wake Forest are many. She first came to the campus in 1995 as a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, which holds services in Wait Chapel. She then became part of the inaugural class of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 1999. After graduation, and a pastoral appointment in Greensboro, she returned to the church as a minister, where she worked until 2014. During the latter part of her time on the pastoral staff, she also worked with divinity students in the Art of Ministry program. Susan’s “ministry” has now taken the form of social work, and she coordinates the Relatives as Parents Program through Forsyth County’s Department of Social Services. She is married to Elinor Wilburn, and they share their home with their daughter and two wonderful grandchildren.

Perry L. Patterson, Professor of Economics and Lecturer in Russian, 1986-2013, Associate Dean for Academic Advising, 2009-2012

Professor emeritus Perry Patterson taught international, comparative and diversity-focused coursework for hundreds of WFU undergraduates.  He served for many years as the first faculty adviser to the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, and co-led efforts to modernize WFU inclusivity statements and to allow equal benefits for same-sex partners who could not marry under North Carolina law.  He chaired the Committee on Orientation and Lower Division Advising and, as Associate Dean for Academic Advising, founded the Office of Academic Advising, located in Reynolda Hall and serving as a resource dedicated to the success of all Wake Forest students.

Nehemiah Rolle, Class of 2015, Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost

Though born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Nehemiah calls Atlanta, Georgia home. While attending Wake Forest, Nehemiah was able to construct an academic path that consisted of classes in Anthropology, Religion, History, Music, and Dance, all the while majoring in Politics and International Affairs. This path led him to develop a nuanced, and ever deepening, understanding of social and political thought, particularly citizenship, civic engagement, community building as it relates to his intersectional identity as a queer, black male. These conceptual tools were complemented by a similarly rich co-curricular life with opportunities for praxis. He gained extensive experience in strategic planning, policy analysis, and advocacy as the President of the Wake Forest Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a network of campus chapters dedicated to equipping Millennials with the tools to affect policy change in their communities, and the national organization. He also served as an intern in the newly created Pro Humanitate Institute, during which he was able to elevate and address campus-wide policy inequities and issues of engaging across difference. He continues this work as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost.

Stephen T. Russell, Class of 1988

Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty in Human Development in Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 2015. Dr. Russell received his BA in sociology from Wake Forest University, and MA in sociology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, before attending Duke University to complete his doctorate work in sociology with a concentration in life course studies and demography. After a post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill he was on faculty at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, the University of California Davis, and most recently at the University of Arizona for more than 10 years, where he served as the Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair in Family and Consumer Sciences and Director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families.

He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. Overall he is most proud of his research that has been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety, and his most rewarding work is with trainees: “I work with an amazing group of postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and I find supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of my job.”

Dr. Russell has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations throughout his career, including as Human Relations Commissioner in several cities (Durham, NC; Davis, CA; Tuscson, AZ). He is currently the chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), was an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008) and full member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and is Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Kelly Smith, Class of 1986

Kelly Smith is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Replacements, Ltd. in Greensboro, NC, where he has been employed for more than 20 years. There, he has responsibility for all finance functions, human resources, inventory control, and facilities, as well as various administrative and company-wide efforts including employee benefits leadership, space planning and seasonal resource planning. In 2009 he was named the Triad Business Journal’s CFO of the Year (large company division) in its inaugural competition. He is a 1986 graduate of Wake Forest University’s School of Business with a BS in Accountancy. Kelly actively volunteers his time and energies in his community, having served as Treasurer of New Garden Friends School from 2008 to 2014, and Treasurer of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro from 2003 to 2007.  Kelly enjoys singing and is currently the lead vocalist with the NC Revelers Big Band and Likewise Jazz trio. He lives in Jamestown, NC with his partner of nearly 28 years, Jeff Poteat, and their sons, Jonathan (18) and Jordan (15).

Christina Tsoules Soriano, Associate Professor of Dance

Christina Tsoules Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University where she teaches a wide spectrum of courses in the dance program from technique, to improvisation, to composition, to a first year seminar about dance and film, and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular. Choreographic or teaching residencies include the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amherst College, Trinity College (CT), Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College and Providence College.  Christina has also premiered new work at the Carolina Summer Music Festival since 2013.  Christina regularly teaches a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in two scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help their mobility and balance.  She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation to hold improvisational dance workshops for professionals who work with patients in the NC Parkinson community and is about to embark on a Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – funded study that will test improvisational dance methods as a way to improve cognition and balance for those living with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Theatre Journal, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

David Styers, Class of 1992

David Styers is manager of program and business development at the Presidio Institute, a Presidio Trust initiative in San Francisco. He has an extensive background working on the forefront of nonprofit and civic engagement in volunteer and leadership development. Bringing more than two decades of organizational effectiveness experience, David is responsible for developing, marketing, and implementing programs that further the Presidio Institute’s mission to provide transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make positive impact in their communities. A Certified Governance Trainer, Civic Change Leadership Trainer, and Youth Leadership Trainer, he has spent the past 7 years directing education and consulting programs and serving as a Senior Board Governance Consultant for BoardSource and, from 2012-2014, for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. From 2000-2007, David served as Senior Director in a number of capacities at the Points of Light Foundation, providing technical assistance and network building to strengthen national and international partnerships and local affiliate Volunteer Centers and Corporate Volunteer Councils. He has trained and consulted throughout the United States and internationally in Australia, Canada, England, India, Mexico, Oman, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. David began his career in symphony orchestra management and oversaw training and educational programs for the American Symphony Orchestra League from 1992-1999, and he continues his passion for the arts as a singer in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Active on boards, David is secretary of Discovery Community, immediate past treasurer of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), immediate past chair of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), and past president of Volunteer Alexandria. He holds a degree in English and religion from Wake Forest University.

Hu Womack, Class of 1990, MBA Class of 2000, Outreach and Instruction Librarian

Hubert David Womack is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art. Hu received his MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest in 2000 and completed his MLIS degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. He is a member of Research, Instruction Services team, offering research instruction to faculty and students. He is currently the liaison for the departments of Sociology and Communication, and serves on the Orientation and Lower Division Advising Committee. He was the adviser for GSSA from 2002-2003.