Gabriella Blanchard, Interim Director/Coordinator of Education & Outreach
pronouns: she/her/hers, Femme
Gabriella is the Interim Director and Coordinator of Education and Outreach at the University of Utah’s LGBT Resource Center. She has a passion for social justice, social healing, trauma-informed community building, and getting away with whatever she can. She is an idealist committed to justice work. Gabriella has also gone by the name Bri(anne) in the past, and will likely change her name again in the future. She answers to many names. Ella is available to meet with students, faculty and staff who have questions or concerns. To set up an appointment with Ella, please email the Executive Secretary, Bree Peacock, at email@example.com.
Bree Peacock, Executive Secretary
Bree is the Executive Secretary here at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in studio art with concentrations in photography and graphic design. She is passionate about LGBTQ activism, hiking, traveling, and doing photography whenever she can.
RAY TAYLOR, Coordinator of Education and Outreach
Ray is the Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center. He recently graduated from the U with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy (Student Affairs). He received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in Women’s & Gender Studies and New Media & Digital Culture from Coastal Carolina University in 2016. He is passionate about social justice education and identity development from an intersectional queer framework. In his spare time, Ray likes to buy more books than he can read, play the beautiful sport of quidditch, and go to the theatre for a good movie, musical, or play.
Lenny Liechty, Student Staff
Lenny is a pre-med student in Middle Eastern Studies. He loves learning new languages, watching emotionally wracking movies, and traveling around on his trusty scooter. Lenny believes in the realization of equity through Social Justice, queer and trans activism, and embracing cultural identities.
Andrew Hayes, Student Staff
Andrew is a 3rd year student studying philosophy. His social justice work is guided by his deep held belief in the radical power—and potential—of queer forms of life. Outside of school, Andrew spends his time exploring Utah’s great outdoors, watching wacky movies, and attending as many concerts as he can.
Bethany Runsten, Graduate Assistant
Bethany will return as the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center for the 2018-19 school year in August, and is very excited to be starting her second year as a Student Affairs graduate student at that time. She earned her B.A. in Global Studies from University of the Pacific in California in 2017, and enjoys superheroes, pilates, learning about different countries, and considering the connections between gender, sexuality, and culture.
SAMANTHA CANDLAND, Social work practicum intern
Samantha is the part-time intern for the LGBT RC during the 2018 summer and fall semesters. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Social Work degree here at the U, and anticipates completing all of the BSW requirements by the end of the year. From there, Samantha expects to push forward with graduate school in social work or a related field where she can focus on research and modifying the systemic idiosyncrasies that lead to both individual and collective trauma.