Committed to success.
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.
The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing The UP Center's finances - from accounting to budgeting to cash handling.
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.
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.
Members at Large
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.
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.
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.