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Wilmoth, Sonya
Name
Sonya Wilmoth
Director
She, Her, Hers
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
Bio

Sonya began her work with Penn State as Assistant Director at the LGBTQA Student Resource Center in January of 2013. A Maryland native, Wilmoth received her Bachelor of Arts in English from La Salle University and a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Sports and Athletics Administration in 1995 from West Chester University. She completed a second Master's in Higher Education with a concentration in administration from Penn State World Campus in 2018. 

Prior to her work in student affairs, Wilmoth enjoyed a successful career in athletics at West Chester University and The University of North Florida as head softball coach at both institutions.  She served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University in their sports administration program. In her free time Sonya enjoys reading, time at a beach. She enjoys spending time with her daughter Dylan. 

Specialties/Interests
  • Programming/Speakers
  • Student Fee Funding
  • BBH 251 Instructor
  • Scholarships
  • Educational Programs/Peer Education
  • Coalition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-Campus LGBTQ Support
  • Commission on LGBTQ Equity
  • Penn State Leadership Institute
Duran, Eric
Name
Eric Duran
Assistant Director
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
BIO

Born and raised in Texas, Eric is an alumnus of the University of North Texas, where he studied Political Science and Gender Studies. Eric then spent two years in DC to complete a Master’s program at the George Washington University in Public Policy with a concentration in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. On both campuses he was involved with many aspects of LGBTQ student life, including researching ways to utilize university resources to better impact LGBTQ students. Further interests include LGBTQ identities within the Latinx community and Chicana feminism. On his free time, Eric enjoys going to the movies with his husband and going to the park with their dogs.

Whitesell, Stephanie
Name
Stephanie Whitesell
Office Coordinator
She, Her, Hers
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
Bio

Stephanie is an alumni of Penn State's College of Health and Human Development (2004) where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Children, Youth and Family Services. After 11 years in the private, non-profit sector, providing services to under-served and low income families, Stephanie's path led her back to Penn State. She has been at Penn State serving in Administrative Support roles since 2015 and at the Center since November 2017. Stephanie currently decided to return to school to obtain her Masters degree in the College of the Liberal Arts Public Policy program from which she will graduate in Summer 2024. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her partner, Ben and their two cats, Suki and Kiwi. She has two adult children, Kaitlyn and Milo/Nova, who have flown the nest but with whom she enjoys spending time playing Mario Kart or D&D online and visiting them when she can. She also enjoys reading, cooking/baking, being outdoors, running, dancing, and shopping. Stephanie feels privileged to provide support for the Center and oversees the operations of their Clothing Transit and student staff programs. She loves being a part of the team at the CSGD as they continue to be a leader in providing services and support to the LGBTQ community at Penn State.

Strohl, Ryan
Name
Ryan Strohl
Program Coordinator
He, Him, His
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
BIO

Ryan Strohl is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Masters Program at Penn State. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs, an individualized, interdisciplinary program from Elizabethtown College. On his undergraduate campus he was very involved with queer student support as well as the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Title IX. Ryan's interests now with the center involve the support and advocacy for gender diverse students and the representation of queer identities in literature.

Undergraduate Staff

Muggs Leone (he/him/his) is in his second year at Penn State studying Psychology on the premed track (with minors in Neuroscience and Sexuality&Gender). At the Center, Muggs manages our social media accounts and aids in promoting the Center and its programs within the community. Outside of the CSGD, Muggs is an active member of performance groups on campus in addition to advocating for diversity and inclusion in healthcare. He is also a research assistant for a behavioral endocrinology lab where he investigates how dopamine receptors impact sexuality.

Percy Rose (he/him/his) is a fourth-year Digital Art and Media Design major. He is originally from Harrisburg, PA. As a CSGD employee, Percy helps manage the Center’s social media accounts and assists in advertising their events. Being a transgender individual himself, he is excited to support the resources the Center offers to trans and gender non-conforming students. Outside of the Center, he is a co-president of the Penn State Student Lion PRIDE.

Graduate Staff

Sophie Kandler (she/her/hers) is a third year PhD student in Continuing Learning and Adult Education, with a minor in Gender Studies, as well as a professional writer whose work has been published in international magazines and the New York Times. She is a Transgender Activist, speaker, and a former English teacher. Her award-winning blog "A Woman Called Sophie" is frequently updated and has many followers. Sophie has been living her Truth publicly for eight years. Sophie helps to facilitate the Center’s  Safer People Safer Places Transgender Inclusion workshops, is a Peer educator and Graduate Student support.

Dylan Miller (he/him) is a second-year master's student studying Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities. He is a graduate student staff member of the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity as well as a member of CSI. He is an active advocate for change for historically marginalized groups and is especially involved with the LGBTQIA+ community. He is passionate about working with students from all walks of life and looks forward to providing whatever support he can. He is very excited to be working with everyone this year and is looking forward to a wonderful academic year! Dylan helps to plan, schedule and execute the Center’ s Graduate student engagement programs.

Penn State Student Affairs
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location

LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
lgbtq@psu.edu