My name is Alex Huffman and I'm a senior at Kent State University working on my bachelor's degree in Applied Communication Studies with a minor in Organizational Communication Studies. I'm an administrative/communication intern at the Center. I was originally interested in interning at the Center due to having personal ties with the community. However, after I visited the Center and saw everything it has to offer, I wanted to be a part of the organization even more. This is because helping people and making a difference is very important to me.
I will complete my internship and graduate in May from KSU. After graduation, I intend to move to Asheville, North Carolina to continue gaining professional experience.
Eventually, I would like to start a non-profit organization that raises awareness, educates the public, and provides a safe place for trans-identifying people.
My name is Ryan Zymler. I earned my BA in Psychology from Ohio University. I am currently pursuing my Masters in social work from Case Western Reserve University.
At the Center, I will be a Program Intern transitioning into Counseling Intern. I'm interested in interning at the Center because it represents everything that I am passionate about - equality, advocacy, expanding knowledge, creating, implementing, & participating in programs and resources, and connecting our community.
After I graduate with my MSW and obtain my LSW, I want to work as a counselor, specializing in LGBT issues.
One day, I hope to expand and create more places like the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.
My name is Mariya Smith and I'm a senior at Notre Dame College of Ohio. I'm currently working on a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in philosophy and writing.
I'm a communication intern at the Center. My interest in working at the Center stems from a love for the LGBT community and a desire to make Cleveland (and the world) a more accepting place.
After I graduate from Notre Dame College, I plan to take a year to consider my professional options. I plan to attend graduate school to receive my MFA in creative writing so that I can tell the stories of my experiences as a part of the LGBT community in a way that both entertains and educates.
In the far future, I see myself continuing my passion for LGBT equality through writing and advocacy.