Meet Our Team

LGBTQ+ Resources Center Staff

Note: some members of our team may not be comfortable being listed publicly, so this list does not fully reflect our entire staff.

Josh Kinchen (he/him) 

Director, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Josh is the Director for the LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Josh’s portfolio includes overall management and strategic direction of the Center, co-advising the Queer Student Leadership Council, co-chairing the Chosen Name & Pronouns Policy steering committee, liaisoning with the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance, serving as the external contact with other LGBTQ+ Resource Centers across the country,  leading assessment and benchmarking for LGBTQ+ institutional support, convening the LGBTQ+ departmental liaison group,  and consulting with university entities around LGBTQ+ inclusion.

He previously worked at Florida State University as a Program Coordinator in the department of Student Governance & Advocacy, working directly with the Allies & Safe Zones program and the Pride Student Union (a student-fee funded, student-directed, staff-advised LGBTQ+ cultural center). During his time there, he also served as the Staff Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Network. He graduated twice from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with an M.Ed. in Higher Education and a B.A. in Communication Studies. A proud first-generation college graduate, he also holds an Associate’s degree from Cape Fear Community College. While he was a UNCW Seahawk, he worked in the LGBTQIA Resource Office, serving in multiple roles from undergraduate intern to Graduate Assistant.

Prior to his career in higher education, Josh served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist. Informed by this experience, his Master’s thesis was focused on the experiences of LGB military veterans in their undergraduate college experience. This research was published in the Journal of Veterans Studies, to help inform the intersections of support for LGBTQ students, military veterans, and LGBTQ military veterans on college campuses. Josh is currently engaging in ongoing research as a practitioner-scholar about LGBTQ+ student veterans, with Dr. Amanda Mollet from the University of Kansas.

Josh originally hails from Slidell, LA, in the greater  New Orleans area, but also considers the Port City of Wilmington, NC as a second hometown. Josh is an avid comic collector of nearly 30 years! He enjoys spending time with his partner Denise and their two cats Dingy and Monkey!

Contact Josh at  jkinchen@gmu.edu


LuLu Géza Kelemen (they/them)

Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

LuLu is the Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. LuLu’s portfolio includes coordinating Safe Zone, coordinating the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, coordinating the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program, among other projects.

LuLu is a double-graduate of George Mason University, earning their Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies and minors of Women & Gender Studies with an LGBTQ Focus and African & African American Studies in 2011, and their Master of Arts in Sociology in 2015. LuLu’s thesis focused on the intersections of athletic and gender identity and expression at the university level. During LuLu’s time as a student, they worked three years as Graduate Assistant in the LGBTQ+ Resources Center and played rugby for Mason and Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Football Club.

Contact LuLu at  ckelemen@gmu.edu

 

 

 

 


Sonia Furuya  (she/her)

Business Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (University Life)

Sonia is the Business Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion units in University Life, including the LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Sonia’s portfolio includes overall fiscal, human, and administrative management for three departments, comprised of 13 professional staff members and multiple graduate assistants, student coordinators, interns, and practicum students.

Sonia joined University Life in November 2012. She received her undergraduate education in her native city, Lima, Peru. Sonia moved to the United States in 1998 to further her education and build her English language skills in Boston, MA. She later moved to Northern Virginia where she started a family and established her career.

Her professional experience began at Northern Virginia Community College in the Department of Work Force Development. One of her passions is to share her culture and her native language, Spanish. She is a certified Command Spanish teacher (Inova training) and Fairfax County Public School flex program elementary school teacher, where she shares her knowledge with children and other adults.

Contact Sonia at: sfuruya@gmu.edu 

 

 

 


Dan Kingsley (he/him)

Graduate Assistant, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Dan is the Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Dan’s portfolio includes staffing the Center space, engaging students for the Trans Clothing Closet resource, coordinating Identity Nights, co-coordinating the LGBTQ+ Mentor Program, co-advising the Queer Student Leadership Council, and other responsibilities.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCo). While at UNCo he worked at UNCo’s Asian and Pacific American Student Center. He also was involved as a teaching assistant and peer mentor for UNCo’s Honors Program. Dan has lived the majority of his life in Colorado before moving to Virginia in Fall 2021.

Dan is currently in George Mason’s Psychology Master’s program, concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He’s passionate about Autistic research, by Autistic people for Autistic people!

Dan’s hobbies include (but are not limited to!) tending to his succulents, sewing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, playing lighthearted video games, yoga, and bothering his cat, Roxie. (If you ask for photos of his cat he will always supply them!)

Contact Dan at: lgbtq@gmu.edu

 

 


Lauren Dodd (she/her)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Lauren is an MSW Intern for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Lauren’s portfolio includes staffing the Center space, engaging students for the Trans Clothing Closet resource, and working with the Chosen Name & Pronouns Policy steering committee.

Lauren has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University (2002) and a Master’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2005). Her service background is as a hospice volunteer both in Florida and Virginia. Her current research on the MSW Diversity and Social Justice Committee focuses on ways of making classrooms more inclusive (from a disability lens).

Lauren has a yellow Lab named Charlie!

Contact Lauren at: lgbtq@gmu.edu

 

 

 

 


Casey Klemmer (he/him)

Student Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Resources Center

Casey is a student coordinator for LGBTQ+ Resources Center. Casey’s portfolio includes staffing the Center space, social media content creation, event logistics, and other responsibilities.

He is currently a BAM student with his undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies and his graduate degree in Social Justice and Human Rights. Casey was also one of the first to declare the LGBTQ+ minor, so feel free to ask him questions about that! Casey is also a Center Mentor at the Women and Gender Studies center, and a member of the Honors College. His master’s project research focuses on the experiences of transgender refugees and asylum seekers in international support apparatuses.

Casey’s hobbies include knitting, spending time with his dog (her name is Jasper, after the Steven Universe character), and travelling. He hopes to move to Europe after graduation!

Contact Casey at: lgbtq@gmu.edu