Meet Our Team
LGBTQ+ Resources Staff
Josh Kinchen (he/him/his)
Associate Director, LGBTQ+ Resources
Josh is the Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Resources. He leads the LGBTQ+ Resources team. Josh’s portfolio includes overall management and strategic direction of LGBTQ+ Resources, liaison 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+ Resources liaison group, and consulting with university entities around LGBTQ+ inclusion. In addition to his role with LGBTQ+ Resources, he is also a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Program at Mason.
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 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! They usually can be found ordering delivery food, watching streaming media, and doing lots of puzzles!
Contact Josh at 703-993-5202 or email@example.com
LuLu Géza Kelemen (they/them/theirs)
Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Resources
LuLu is the Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Resources. LuLu’s portfolio includes coordinating Safe Zone, coordination the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, 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 LGBTQ Resources and played rugby for Mason and Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Football Club.
Contact LuLu at 703-993-2702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Cho (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant, LGBTQ+ Resources
Anna is the Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ+ Resources. Anna’s portfolio includes coordinating the new LGBTQ+ Mentor Program, advising the Queer Student Leadership Council, and other responsibilities.
Anna is an MA student in Mason’s Higher Education and Student Development Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Spanish from James Madison University. She worked in the Office of Residence Life at JMU as an RA and Hall Director for three years, which led to her current pursuit of a degree in student affairs. One of Anna’s goals is to make higher education institutions across the nation safe and inclusive spaces for students to be the most authentic version of themselves.
Anna is a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, bubble tea, and Netflix. She also loves Starbucks and can often be found in the JC on a coffee run!
Contact Anna at: email@example.com
Emerson Birrell (they/he)
Bachelor of Social Work Intern, LGBTQ+ Resources
Emerson is the Bachelor of Social Work Intern for LGBTQ+ Resources. They will graduate in May 2021 and continue to GMU’s Accelerated Master of Social Work program with a clinical focus. They are a Mindfulness Educator for the Non-Profit Evolving Minds, and co-facilitate therapy groups for Transgender, Non-binary, and Questioning youth with Kirby Creative Clinical Solutions. They continue to do freelance work with Our Minds Matter, a mental health initiative for high school students. Their favorite ways they have been able to give back to others have been being a Junior Counselor at Odyssey Teen Camp, an exceptionally accepting summer camp, and being a Mindfulness Facilitator at Potomac Pathways, a DBT-based therapy center.
Emerson is passionate about continuing his schooling to become a therapist, where he will focus on supporting LGBTQ+ young people through their journey with being themselves. He is excited to offer all marginalized populations a safe place to exist in his professional, volunteer, and academic ventures.
You can find Emerson at farmer’s markets, on walks in Old Town Alexandria, riding their bike to cafes, meditating, and going to human rights protests. They love to cook, hang out with people, and play with pets. After the pandemic, they will continue to travel the world.
Contact Emerson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE)
Dr. Van Bailey (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)
Assistant Dean & Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Bailey is the Assistant Dean & Director for Diversity & Inclusion.
Dr. Bailey is a student affairs educator, international speaker and diversity consultant. With over thirteen years of experience in higher education and nonprofits, Van’s speeches and workshops relate to LGBTQ+ student leadership, pedagogical practice, and intersectionality. In 2014, he was included in the Trans 100 and in 2015 he was also included in the 100 to Watch LBGTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders lists noting his work in higher education. Currently, he is the co-chair for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Dr. Bailey is a Lambda Literary award finalist and his published work has been featured on NPR, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Feminist Wire, and Buzzfeed. As a diversity specialist, Van has worked with constituents internationality in addressing equity and inclusion on college campuses.
Dr. Bailey was the inaugural Director of the LGBTQ Student Center at the University of Miami. He has also served as the inaugural Director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College. In both roles, he established a college-wide resource center for LGBTQ+ students. Before Harvard College, he was the Assistant Director for Education at the University of California, San Diego from 2010-2012. Additionally, he worked at California State University, Northridge, for three years, first as Community Director and then as Senior Community Director in Residence Life and Housing. Dr. Bailey was awarded an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University-Northridge, a MA from Ohio State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a BA in black studies and English from Denison University.
LGBTQ+ Virtual Learning Community (VLC) team
Sara Clifton (she/her/hers)
VLC Instructor & Success Coach, Mason Care Network
Sara is an instructor for the LGBTQ+ VLC University 150 class. She is also a Success Coach within the Mason Care Network at George Mason University. In this role, she directly serves students in the Volgenau School of Engineering and DREAM US students.
Sara got her Bachelor’s Degree at Western Kentucky University in Sport Management and Communications and spent a year with the Red Cross before getting her Masters in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. In her free time, she likes to watch sports, play cards, travel, and hang out with friends and family.
Taylor Mallory (she/her/hers)
VLC Instructor & Graduate Professional Assistant, Student Involvement/Housing & Residence Life
Taylor is an Instructor for the LGBQT+ VLC University 150 class. She also serves as a Graduate Professional Assistant for Housing and Residence Life and Student Involvement at Mason. In this role, she serves as a Graduate Advisor for the programming board, Patriot Activities Council (PAC).
Taylor is currently pursuing a M.A. in the Higher Education and Student Development Program. She received a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in Sociology, Communications, and Philosophy from Virginia Tech. She is passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and seeks to learn more about creating inclusive communities within higher education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, videography, Netflix, and board games.
Julianna Napiecek (she/her/hers)
VLC Instructor & Graduate Professional Assistant, Student Involvement
Julianna Napiecek is an MA candidate in the Higher Education and Student Development Program at George Mason. She received her Bachelor of Science, in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Radford University. In addition to teaching the LGBTQ+ VLC UNIV 150 course, she serves as a Graduate Assistant in Student Involvement. She is passionate about helping students find community and get involved during their time at Mason.
Brandon Ford (he/him/his)
Community Director for Housing & Residence Life
Brandon is the Community Director for the LGBTQ+ VLC. He oversees both of the VLC Mentors as well as the residence hall, Potomac Heights here at Mason. In his role, he services as the point of contact for students within his building and the supervisor for student staff (CAs). With the help of CAs and VLC Mentors, he plans residential programming initiatives.
Brandon joins us all the way from the southern tip of Florida, where he calls home. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in History and received his Master’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Brandon’s areas of focus and research are within Fraternity and Sorority Life, Residence Life, and LGBTQ+. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys traveling the world with his partner and has made it his personal goal to visit a new country every year.
Corwin Matthews (he/him/they/them)
Corwin is a LGBTQIA+ VLC Mentor in Housing & Residence Life. Corwin’s position includes working with residential LGBTQ students and coordinating with LGBTQ Resources in creating, planning, and facilitating events for Mason students.
Corwin is a current junior in undergrad studying for a dual degree in Global Affairs and Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution. His student leadership experience at Mason extends to also being a Resident Assistant for Housing and a part of the Peer Advisors UNIV Courses and Programs, in which he facilitates a UNIV class setting for helping students transition into the university. He also is a part of George Mason’s Student Government Cabinet in which he represents as Secretary of Housing & Residence Life.
Delaney DJ Harrison (she/they/he)
DJ is a senior, and has taught as a PA since their second year at Mason. They are majoring in Communication, concentrating in Journalism, and minoring in Economics.
DJ also works as a TA, for the student newspaper Fourth Estate, and as an intern for Mason’s Communications Department. In their free time they draw, curate their heavy metal playlists, and hang out with the family pets.
Dr. Allie Minieri (she/her/hers)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Dr. Alexandra (Allie) Minieri serves as the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) liaison to LGBTQ+ resources. In this capacity, Allie supports CAPS programming in coordination with LGBTQ+ Resources, such as Pride Week, Trans Day of Remembrance, and Lavender Graduation. Allie is also a Safe Zone facilitator. Additional information about Allie can be found at this link: https://caps.gmu.edu/alexandra-allie-minieri-ph-d/.
Members of the campus community who would like to speak with Allie can reach her by calling 703-993-2380 or emailing her at email@example.com.
LT. Michael Guston
Department of Police and Public Safety
LT. Michael Guston of George Mason University’s Department of Police and Public Safety is the LGBTQ liaison officer. This position was established to enhance the relationship between Mason’s police department and the campus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community. Lt. Guston has been a Mason police officer since 2010, and a law enforcement office for a total of 30 years. He has worked a police officer in Arizona, California, and here in Virginia. In 1985, when Lt. Guston first began applying to be a police officer, he was denied employment due to him being gay; he was only able to find volunteer, or unpaid positions with police departments.
Members of the campus community needing to contact LT. Guston may do so via the police department’s dispatch number at 703-993-2810 or by calling LT. Guston’s office at (703)993-3414. He can also be reached by e-mail.
LGBTQ Minor Advisor
David Powers Corwin MA; MAIS (they/them/theirs)
Associate Director and Faculty, Women and Gender Studies
David holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan College and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies and an MA in English literature, both from Mason. They are also currently a doctoral student in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Mason, where their dissertation research looks at the integration of television and literature in the writing classroom as a vehicle for students to disclose marginalized identities and their traumatic pasts.
They began their role in Women and Gender Studies in 2013 where they served as the graduate assistant for the program. In addition to this role, they served in LGBTQ Resources from 2014-2015 and in 2016 was hired on full time as the program coordinator for Women and Gender Studies. Beginning in 2019, David accepted a full time faculty position in the program which includes being Associate Director for Academic Affairs. In their current role, they teach 5 courses a year, supervise all of the staff in the program, coordinate the course schedule and catalog revisions, keep the space open, and advise our undergraduate students. They also serve as our Living Learning Community Coordinator for our brand new Gender and Social Justice LLC. They have also taught composition courses at Northern Virginia Community College.
LGBTQ Minor Affiliate Faculty
Mark Helmsing, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor, College of Education & Human Development
Dr. Mark Helmsing is an assistant professor in School of Education’s Secondary Education (SEED) M.Ed. program; Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) M.Ed. program; and the Teaching and Teacher Education (TATE) Ph.D. program. Dr. Helmsing is also an affiliate faculty member with Mason’s Center for International Education (CIE), Mason’s Folklore Studies Program and Mason’s Department of History & Art History. Dr. Helmsing advises students across different graduate programs as well as undergraduate research through OSCAR and Mason’s B.I.S. program. As part of his work in teacher education, Dr. Helmsing serves as the university facilitator for clinical teaching experiences at Lake Braddock Secondary School, a partner school in Mason’s SEED program. As an educational researcher, Dr. Helmsing studies how people feel about the past and how the past makes people feel in different spaces, from schools and museums to memorials and heritage sites such as Stonewall and Gettysburg; from community festivals and oral history documentaries to ghost walks and thrift stores; from steampunk comics and Renaissance fairs to video games and movies. He is interested in working with on any aspects of LGBTQ history, broadly defined, as it plays out in schools, the media, and in public history spaces, such as archives, museums, and community histories.