Meet the GSRC Staff
Elliot Ruggles has a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, is a transman and a social worker. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, and spent seven years in Philadelphia before coming to SUNY Oneonta. He began studying human sexuality as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college. Through an environment that emphasized feminist values, he noticed this was also a place where many of his fellow classmates felt freedom to express their gender and sexuality in ways that challenged norms. During his senior year there, he completed a qualitative research study entitled, “Mount Holyoke College: Definitions of Self within a Queer Community.” Since studying at Widener University, he has focused on the diverse ways people express sexuality that don’t always follow the norms set out by Western patriarchal understandings of sexuality. His dissertation, “Queer Sexual Development: A Phenomenological Life History Study of People who Fall Outside Gender and Sexuality Norms” is a culmination of that research. As a social worker, Elliot has experience in providing counseling and support services to diverse populations in Philadelphia, including sexual abuse survivors, people in recovery from addiction, and adolescent parents.
Name: Ash Cornelius
I have been working at the GSRC for the past three years. I have learned a lot about my own identity by working here. I identify as transgender and queer. In my free time enjoy playing basketball and guitar. I have two cute guinea pigs that I love. I also work in the Hulbert dining hall most nights of the week. I love talking with and meeting new people.
Name: Mariela Bellido
Name: Judy Morales
I began working at the GSRC my freshman year as a volunteer. I loved it so much, I asked for a job! I've learned more about gender and sexuality and feminism here than my whole 18 years prior to college. I identify as a queer cis-female. I'd love to help anyone who needs it, or just have a friendly conversation about what it is to be queer.
This is my first semester working as an intern for the GSRC and it's interesting what you learn only from a few weeks of working! I'm an aromantic. When I'm not in class or working a shift, I'm usually in my room studying for upcoming tests, playing computer games, or at the Dragon's Lair playing video games. Feel free to come up and chat, especially if you want to see tons of kitty pictures~
Name: Hailey Mancini
Name: Zach Hitchcock
Hello! I’ve been working for the GSRC for a little over a year! I am the SUNY Pride Lead Coordinator for the 2015 conference hosted by the GSRC and GSA! I am involved in many different music and music industry clubs and shows held on campus. I play and sing in a rock band on campus and love to perform! I'm very open about talking from the little things to the Huge Universe so if you want to stop in during my hours, I'd Love to talk.
This semester I'm interning at the GSRC and I'm vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. I transferred into SUNY Oneonta last Fall and I've continuously discovered more about myself and my identities and still continue to. I identify as pansexual and queer. I love watching Grey's Anatomy, Portlandia, and Transparent so talk to me about them at any time. I'm also co-leading the Fabulous Oneonta Feminists this year!
Name: Kara Church
I’m Charlie! I’m agender and demisexual/demiromantic. I am relatively new to the GSRC, but I am learning new things every day. I am vegan and love all animals. Science, nature, and music are my passions. I love rats, and have a tattoo of one! My goal in life is to educate others, and make a positive change in the world.
Name: Polina Kandova
Name: John DiCorato
I just began working at the GSRC this semester and I'm looking forward to getting involved and helping to make a difference. In my free time I love to read and take long drives. I also love pop culture and discovering new music, as well as meeting new people and getting to know them.
Major: English; minor in Women's and Gender Studies
Name: Princeton Smith
Heya! I'm Prince!!
I don't think I have any interests that are consistent enough to call "hobbies"?? but I'm in the Poetry Slam Association, and I read my stuff at pretty much every slam held on campus. Most people know me through that, actually!
I really really love meeting new people, so please feel free to start a conversation with me if you see me around! If you yell my name across the quad I'll probably yell back and we can get a call-and-response thing going >:^)