Planning Committee

OUTstanding 2015 Executive Committee


Kristen Godfrey

kristen profile picKristen is currently a student in the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Tennessee. She is from Arizona and attended the University of Arizona to receive her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history. At UT, she is a graduate assistant at the OUTreach center and she is president of the Masters of Social Work Organization. Kristen is particularly passionate about social justice, foster care and the importance of racial conciliation and intersectionality. Kristen hopes to create a non-profit that works to create safe living spaces for LGBTQ+ adolescents and allies                                                                              in foster care.                                                                                                                                                                                

Mackenzie Cartin

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Originally from San Diego, Mackenzie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Colorado State University. While studying in Colorado, she found that many of her peers and friends were unaware of the realities of the issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces, usually due to a lack of exposure. To this day, Mackenzie enjoys exposing others (and herself) to different perspectives and to all types of folks who fall under the LGBTQ+ acronym.

Mackenzie is currently a second year graduate student in the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee. Although her primary concentration is on a career in the developing field of Veterinary Social Work, she is still pursuing her passion of education and activism on behalf of LGBTQ+ peoples. During the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, she will serve on the Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People. As a member of this committee, she will provide advice on campus LGBTQ+ issues that will have an effect on management, leadership, and policymaking. Through her focus on education, she hopes to create a better world for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Lauren Green

IMG_0762Lauren is currently a second year student in the University of Tennessee’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She earned her Bachelor’s in Humanities from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin. After teaching high school English for a year in Florida, Lauren decided to pursue the counseling field as a means to help serve youth. She hopes to one day work in psychiatric rehabilitation or juvenile detention facilities. With a history of working in faith-based organizations, Lauren is especially passionate about helping to build bridges between LGBTQ+ youth and conservative, faith-based communities.                                                                                                                                        lgreen16@vols.utk.ed

Nancy Thacker

nancy profile picNancy is seeking her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UT and will graduate in 2016. She is originally from Max Meadows, VA and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Carolina University in 2014. As a current counseling intern at Maryville College, she is passionate about college students’ adjustment, development, and overall well-being, particularly LGBTQ+ students. Nancy hopes to work in a College Counseling Center after graduation and focus on providing care for LGBTQ+ students. 

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