Committed to success.

 

Executive Board

 
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Acting President
Christopher H. Morris

Christopher has been a resident of Champaign since 2013, by way of North Carolina. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2016, and has served as Acting President since January 2017.
 

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Treasurer
Vacant Position

The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing The UP Center's finances - from accounting to budgeting to cash handling.

 
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Vice President
Vacant

The Vice President is responsible for assisting the President in managing the overall success of The UP Center. This role coordinates support group facilitators and Center volunteers, and assists in public engagement.

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Youth Seat
Dylan Holt

Dylan Holt was born in Pesotum, Illinois, a small town south of Champaign-Urbana 18 years ago. As of January 2018, he hopes to graduate from Unity High School and pursue a musical theatre major at a four-year college. He joined the Board of Directors in March 2017 and currently sits as the Youth Seat, a voice for LGBTQ+ youth on the board.

Email: dylan@unitingpride.org

 

 
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Secretary
Jasmine Routon

Jasmine has been a resident of Champaign since 2015. She moved to the area from Kentucky to pursue a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on rural LGBTQ+ individuals and families and their experiences of poverty, housing instability, and other social inequalities.  Jasmine joined the board of directors early 2016 and is currently serving as the Board Secretary.

email: jasmine@unitingpride.org

 

Members at Large

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Nathan Alexander

Nathan is originally from Carbondale, IL and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Although new to Champaign-Urbana, he's interested in helping create a strong community and provide resources to the LGBTQ+ community. Nathan joined the board in January 2018 and is excited to see the center's growth and development. Feel free to contact at nathan@unitingpride.org

 

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Sheridan Kelsey Sullivan

I am a Uniting Pride member at large.  I joined this organization after hearing Jasmine Routon speak at the Women's March. I am a lesbian that prefers she/her pronouns. I joined UP to feel more in touch with the gay community here. Out of the available options, I loved that UP was working with all ages. The fact that they have both kids groups and parents groups, encouraging the idea of the queer family is why I am with UP now.

Email: kelsey@unitingpride.org

 

 
Sara Alvis Sara has lived in Champaign County since she was six years old. She comes from a long line of civil rights advocates and activists who were passionate about equality, so it’s in her blood to be an ally and supporter of people who are underrepresented and/or under-served. “While attending UP Center’s Pride Fest one year, I was especially inspired by the energy of the youth who were involved in the event, and I knew that this is an organization I want to be involved with.” Sara has two adult daughters and a grandson, who live in the area. Sara joined the board as a Member at Large in November 2016. Email: sara@unitingpride.org  

Sara Alvis

Sara has lived in Champaign County since she was six years old. She comes from a long line of civil rights advocates and activists who were passionate about equality, so it’s in her blood to be an ally and supporter of people who are underrepresented and/or under-served. “While attending UP Center’s Pride Fest one year, I was especially inspired by the energy of the youth who were involved in the event, and I knew that this is an organization I want to be involved with.” Sara has two adult daughters and a grandson, who live in the area. Sara joined the board as a Member at Large in November 2016.

Email: sara@unitingpride.org  

 
 

Staff

Children, Youth, and Family Coordinator Jacob Goffnett, MSW Jacob became the Youth Coordinator at the UP Center in June 2017. He has worked with youth in residential and community settings for seven years. Jacob is also a Ph.D. student in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research looks at the contribution emotions make to health outcomes and disparities for sexual and gender minority adolescents. email: jacob@unitingpride.org

Children, Youth, and Family Coordinator

Jacob Goffnett, MSW

Jacob became the Youth Coordinator at the UP Center in June 2017. He has worked with youth in residential and community settings for seven years. Jacob is also a Ph.D. student in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research looks at the contribution emotions make to health outcomes and disparities for sexual and gender minority adolescents.

email: jacob@unitingpride.org

 
Office Coordinator Lydia Rose Lydia Rose is the Office Coordinator of The UP Center - joining The UP Center in June of 2017. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Music: Vocal Performance; however, she is hoping to make a decision on Graduate School later this year - possibly taking a different route.

Office Coordinator

Lydia Rose

Lydia Rose is the Office Coordinator of The UP Center - joining The UP Center in June of 2017. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Music: Vocal Performance; however, she is hoping to make a decision on Graduate School later this year - possibly taking a different route.