Meet the Staff


Meet the GSRC Staff

Elliot Ruggles, MSW, PhD


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. 


Fall 2015 Staff


Name: Ash Cornelius
Pronouns: They/Them/Thiers or He/Him/His
Year: Senior
Major: Secondary Education and Mathematics
Hours: Tuesday 1:30-4:30 and Friday 12:00-2:00

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
Pronouns: Her/Hers/She
Year: Junior
Major: Sociology Concentration: Pre-Professional                       
Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:30

This is my first semester volunteering for the GSRC. I'm a transfer Junior from Orange County. I am president of Sociology Club and I like to hike, bowl and play my piano. I have a younger sister and one dog. I don't like the heat and I wish it was sweater weather all year round.


Name: Judy Morales
Pronouns: She/hers/her
Year: Junior                                                                                                                                                   
Major: Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies
Hours: Mondays 5:00-8:00, Wednesdays 1:30-5:00 

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. 


Name: Erika Dockey
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-2:00 & Fridays 5:00-8:00

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: sociology and psychology & a minor in women and gender studies
Hours: Wednesday 4:00-8:00pm and Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Hello! My name is Hailey and I'm an intern this semester in the GSRC. I'm a senior and pretty much obsessed with Oneonta, so I'm in denial about graduation. I identify as straight and cisgender and I am an ally to the LGBT community. Some of the things I'm involved in on campus are I'm orientation leader and work in the schools registrar. Come by the GSRC whenever you're free to say hi, I love to talk!


Name: Zach Hitchcock 
Pronouns: He/him/his

Year: Senior 
Major: Music Industry 
Hours: Friday 2:30pm-5:00pm 

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.


Name: Dylan Negrin
Pronouns: He/him/his
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Women and Gender Studies
About myself: I identify as a transman, and I'm mostly open about it and willing to talk to anyone about it and answer any questions or listen to anyone’s stories. I've learned at lot here in the GSRC and since I know I still have a lot to learn I am open minded and willing to learn. I am a straight man though I sometimes like to use the word queer also. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. Whenever I'm at the office don't be afraid to talk to me!

Name: Emily McLaughlin
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies

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
Pronouns: She/Her
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Art
Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-2:00pm, Wednesdays 5:15-8:00pm, Thursdays 5:30-8:00pm
I just started working at the GSRC this Fall semester. I identify as queer. I really enjoy blogging; I guess you could call me a Tumblr addict. I watch too much TV and listen to too much music. I enjoy meeting new people; so stop in when you get the chance.


Description: C:\Users\Charlie\Pictures\11954808_1167761149904719_7977979902747201041_n.jpg Name: Charlie Rathka
Pronouns: They/them
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Hours: Thursdays 12:30-4:00pm

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
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology and Biology
Hours: Mondays 1:00-4:00pm and Fridays 11:00am-2:00pm

I have been working at the GSRC since the 2015 Spring semester. Everyday that I am at the GSRC I learn something new.  I like to spend time with friends, meet new people and I love cats! As a hobby I like to go to concerts or ride my bike :)


Name: John DiCorato
Pronouns: he/him/his
Year: Sophomore
Major: English

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. 


Paige Welch
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: English; minor in Women's and Gender Studies 
Class Year: Sophomore 
I identify as Asexual and this is my first semester volunteering here at the GSRC! I'm a member of many on campus clubs including Art and Scope, PSA (Poetry Slam Association) and the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance). I love reading and watching all of the TV shows on Netflix. You'll probably see me on campus wearing a large sweater and holding coffee. 



Name: Princeton Smith
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hours: Tuesdays 4:00pm-8:00pm

Heya! I'm Prince!!
I'm a sophomore psych major (though I'm probably planning to switch to fashion merchandising next semester), and I identify as a queer demiboy.

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 >:^)