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About The Staff

Stay tuned! New staff descriptions for 2014-2015 academic year are in progress.

Craig Leets Jr.,
Coordinator

Greetings! I am so excited to be joining Portland State University and the Queer Resource Center as the Coordinator for Queer Student Services! I have been doing queer advocacy work on college campuses since 2006, and I feel so fortunate to be able to join this great institution. I am most recently coming from Penn State University (the other PSU), where I was the Assistant Director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center. Before my role at Penn State, I was a Resident Director at the University of Maryland, College Park. Also, I completed my Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel while at UMD. Before moving to Maryland, I attended Chapman University in Orange, CA, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies. I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, and am so excited to be coming back to the west after four years on the east coast.

 

Kirsten Keith,
Assistant Coordinator

Kirsten Keith has been working within queer communities for five years and is proud that the past three years have been with Portland State's Queer Resource Center. After graduating in 2012, Kirsten feels blessed to work with the engaging student population on campus as the Assistant Coordinator for the QRC. When not at work Kirsten spends their time with their partner and two dogs.

Maria Bonacci,
Transgender & Interpersonal Violence Resources Coordinator

Maria Bonacci is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at PSU. She has lived and worked in queer and trans communities in Portland for 12 years. She is psyched to join the QRC staff as the Trans and Interpersonal Violence Resources Coordinator.

 

Melanie Altaras,
DeskCore Staff Member

A native Northwesterner, Melanie became involved in queer community work in 2004 with the No On 36 campaign, and soon after was trained in inclusive, comprehensive sexuality education with Planned Parenthood's Teen Council. She was elected as a Youth Board Member for Salem Rainbow Youth in 2005, and continues involvement there as a Group Facilitator and Board Member. Other affiliations have included Outside in, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Just Out, Oregon Students Equal Rights Alliance (a division of the Oregon Student Association), and Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

Melanie focuses on Communications and Media Studies at Portland State University and occasionally finds time for her favorite activities: brunch-eating and taking her dog on outdoor adventures. She strives to apply theories of social justice directly to the work she does, to empower youth, and to allow each person to be an expert on their own experience.

 

Kevin Holden,
DeskCore Staff Member

As a member of the Deskcore team, I am responsible for maintaining the front desk of the Queer Resource Center and representing the QRC for students, staff, faculty, and community members.  In addition, I am working on developing a Queer and Trans* Students of Color group at PSU as well as collaborating on the Queer Students of Color Conference.  I am pursuing to bring my efforts and interests into fields of education and/or non-profit work.