Meet Our Staff
H.R. comes to South Bend from Indianapolis where he most recently was the Director of Marketing and Engagement for the Indiana Youth Group, a community center for LGBTQ youth. For two years he was the Festival Director for the Indianapolis Pride Festival and six years as the Parade Director for the Pride Parade. H.R. brings many years of volunteer and work experience in nonprofit and the LGBTQ community including Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, the Indiana AIDS Fund, Indy Pride, Pride of Indy Bands, and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus.
H.R. grew up in Tipton, IN and attended Butler University, where he studied Music Composition. He is an avid musician and loves playing and singing whenever the opportunity arises. He also enjoys cooking, biking, traveling, and spending time with his dog Arvo.
“I am excited to be here in South Bend and to be working with a fantastic team of staff, board, and volunteers.”
Since returning to his Midwest roots after 10 years in Manhattan, Lance has been an active member of the South Bend Queer community. He assisted in the planning of South Bend Pride in 2018 and served as a board member of the Center. In producing memorable events, drag shows, and fundraisers, Lance works to use what he learned from his experiences in New York and bring that back to the community he was raised in. He is honored to be in this role and is eager to make waves and impact his Queer family and their allies in a meaningful way.
“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton
Michael was hired as Program Assistant in August 2018. He graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in Music and Dance. During his time in school, Michael was President of the IU South Bend Queer Straight Alliance for two years. Michael is passionate about Queer activism, supporting local organizations, and being engaged in local community.
“I am excited to begin work at The LGBTQ Center, and look forward to help mobilize the Queer community here in South Bend and the surrounding Michiana area.”
Rev. Chip roush