President: As a writer, Frank Perez authored two books: In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar (with Jeffrey Palmquist) and Treasures of the Vieux Carre: Ten Self-Guided Walking Tours of the French Quarter. Currently he writes a column on gay New Orleans history for Ambush Magazine. His publications include a number of scholarly articles in academic journals, and a number of poems and short stories in various literary journals. In addition to writing, Perez owns a small business and is a licensed New Orleans tour guide. He earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1991 and an M.A. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1997. A former Associate Professor of English, Perez now lives in the French Quarter.
Vice President: A New Orleans native, Daniel Morvant is currently employed by a local bank and working in the Commercial Banking industry for 34 years. A member of the Krewe of Orpheus since 2000, Morvant is currently the head of the riding lieutenants. Daniel participates on the volunteer committee for Krewes for Kops, an annual fundraiser that supports the New Orleans Police Department. In 2013 he served as chair of the host lounge at Halloween New Orleans. For several years, Morvant volunteered at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco where he initiated and secured initial funding for the museum’s audio tour. Morvant earned a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Currently, he resides in the Marigny with husband, Jon Taylor.
Secretary: Grey Sweeney Perkins works as an attorney, licensed tour guide, writer, and speaker. Her 25 year legal career included over a decade as General Counsel for a major academic medical center, several years as in-house counsel for an urgent care corporation, and consulting work designing professional liability self-insurance programs and compliance programs. An award winning volunteer and Board member of the Friends of the Cabildo, (volunteer arm of the Louisiana State Museum), Grey is the Lead Instructor for the FOC’s annual Walking Tour Guide Class. Grey’s interest in LGBT issues began early in life, when her best friend came out in high school and faced severe hostility and discrimination. Her work with the Archives Project is an intersection of her lifelong LGBT rights advocacy and her love of history.
Treasurer: A Louisiana native, Jessica Troske is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Newcomb College Institute. Troske has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English Literature from Northwestern State University and is pursuing a Master‘s in Literature from her alma mater. While at Northwestern State University, she was an advocate for the LGBT community and was instrumental in starting Northwestern’s first LGBT organization, Lambda. Her current research project explores southern writer William Faulkner’s novels and the social construction of gender and race relations. For the last ten years, Troske has worked within non-profit and educational sectors. Prior to joining Newcomb College Institute, Troske worked as the Assistant General Manager for School of Rock in Denver, CO, as Logistics Manager for New Orleans based non-profit organization, marketumbrella.org, and the Administrative Assistant to the Curator for New Orleans art’s organization, the Contemporary Arts Center. Her close friendships within the LGBT community and beyond motivated her to join the LGBT+ Archives Project. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to ensure that their stories are accessible, heard, and properly preserved.
Stewart Butler was born in 1930 in Mobile, AL and lived in New Orleans from 1932 until 1942. During the next 22 years he lived in Carville, LA, attended LSU, became a 1st Lt. in the Army, lived ten years in Alaska and a year in San Francisco before finally concluding that he was gay and returned to New Orleans at the very end of 1964. In early 1973, he and Alfred Doolittle found each other in Lafitte’s. During the ensuing 35 years their relationship evolved into that of soul mates. Doolittle left this portion of his life in 2008. By 1980 Doolittle was fully supporting Butler financially, thus enabling him to become a full time LGBT+ activist, during the course of which he accumulated an attic of LGBT+ archival material. This is what, in turn, inspired him to become active with the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.
Mark Gonzalez lives in the Bywater where he has lived for over 25 years and works as an attorney in private practice. Gonzalez’s initial involvement in the gay community was as a founding member/organizer of Gay Fest New Orleans where he was an officer for two years. He was also a very active member and organizer with ACTUP, an AIDS advocacy group, in New Orleans for many years. Additionally, Gonzalez is one of the organizing/founding members of AIDSLAW of Louisiana. Also an active neighborhood organizer, Gonzalez works especially around park issues and off-leash dog areas. He was on the board of the Louisiana SPCA for two years. As well, he is a member of Neighbors First for Bywater and the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. He hopes to work more on the LGBT Legacy Project.
Leon C. Miller (Lee) is head of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. LaRC preserves almost four linear miles of books, maps, and archives about Louisiana and has been collecting and preserving the history and heritage of the state’s LGBTQ community for more than twenty years. In the past, Miller acted as president and past regent of the Academy of Certified Archivists, a past council member and Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists, and a past president of the Greater New Orleans Archivists. Miller has received Distinguished Service Awards from all four organizations and has received two awards for historical writing. As well, he has presented professional papers with a special emphasis on ethics, intellectual freedom, mentoring, and outreach.
Wayne Phillips has served as the Curator of Costumes & Textiles and Curator of Carnival Collections at the Louisiana State Museum since 1998. Wayne is responsible for a collection of over 25,000 artifacts, including historic and contemporary clothing, accessories, and textiles of all kinds, and an encyclopedic collection of artifacts documenting all aspects of Louisiana Carnival celebrations statewide. Wayne works attempting to expand the State Museum’s holdings documenting the LGBT community in Louisiana with particular interest in gay Carnival krewes. Wayne served on the Steering Committee of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana and will chair the Membership Committee.
Jim Meadows, LMSW, currently serves as Executive Director for New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE). He received his Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University in 2007, and has worked extensively in the healthcare field. He is a volunteer for several New Orleans area LGBT+ nonprofit organizations. Passionate about LGBT+ advocacy and activism, Meadows feels particularly strongly about working on behalf of the elderly, and in honoring and preserving the memory of those who fought for the liberation of the LGBT+ community in Louisiana.
Samantha Bruner works as an archivist at Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, where her studies focused on archives and digital preservation, with a special interest in documenting and preserving queer communities and their history. Samantha also served on the board of UT Austin’s chapter of the Society of American Archivists, helped organize Archives Week, monthly repository tours, and other events. In 2010, she graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Arts in English Literature. Samantha’s scholarly interests include literary studies, New Orleans history, LGBT history, gender studies and community archives.