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Vision
QCE is a non-profit, charitable organization working towards eliminating prejudice and discrimination primarily for those individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, et al (LGBTQ) by providing training and consultation services to non-profit and for-profit organizations in an effort to create affirming and inclusive organizational climates for all.

What we offer. . .
We offer a number of customized consulting options including workshops, presentations, and curriculum development to assist organizations in building and assessing Safe Space programming.  These services are important in a time of rapidly-changing legal rights and responsibilities that impact the LGBTQ community broadly, as well as within organizations.

Additionally, we offer communication consulting services to assess and improve internal and external communication.  

Staff

Kim Myers, M.A.
Executive Director
Kim earned her M.A. in Communication from Purdue University, primarily focusing on queer theory and mass media theory and criticism.  She has taught courses in communication and sociology at private and public four-year institutions in Indiana since 2005 and has served as a student affairs professional in public and private post-secondary institutions since 2008.  Prior to her experience in higher education, Kim worked for six years in domestic violence case management, education, prevention and outreach services. 

M. Elizabeth Sutton, M.A.
Assistant Director
M. Elizabeth received her M.A. in Professional Communication from Purdue University, primarily focusing on cyber-bullying, online relationships and persona. She taught communication studies at private and public four-year institutions in Indiana for eight years. M. Elizabeth now works closely with youth groups and religious organizations as well as consulting with social media and content development. 

Board of Directors

Chris Douse
Chris Douse is the Director of the Academic Outreach Office at Indiana Tech. He is responsible for the following functional areas, k-12 partnerships, academic coaching, first-year experience programming, sophomore year experience programming, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, testing and Student Support Services. Douse joined Indiana Tech in 2013 as the First Year Experience Coordinator, where he was responsible for the implementation and assessment of First Year Initiatives and New Student Orientation. Previously, he served as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) for twelve years. At IPFW, He was responsible for implementing the Carl D. Perkins Grant, retention and early access programs as well as cultural programming for students. Douse supervised the Center for Women and Returning Adults, and the Twenty-first Century Scholars Student Success Program. 

Mr. Douse graduated in 1997 from IPFW with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Indiana State University studying Higher Education Administration in the Evan Bayh School of Education. He a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Theta Upsilon Lambda Graduate Chapter and he serves on several community committees. Douse is also a motivational speaker and diversity consultant.

Thad Gerardot
Thad Gerardot is born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN, attended Bishop Dwenger High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from IPFW majoring in psychology. He has been active in organizing for the LGBT community for 5 years. He has volunteered for Indiana Equality Action to further protections for gender identity, founded the Fort Wayne Equality project and recently completed working for Freedom Indiana, the campaign that opposed adding discriminatory language to the Indiana's constitution. In 2014, he ran for State Representative and was the first candidate to identify as LGBT in Indiana's history. During his campaign he networked with several political, business and community leaders to promote a more open and inclusive environment. He currently resides in Fort Wayne and is a registered representative at Lincoln Financial Group. 

Aja Michael-Keller
Aja has experience in non-profit racial justice education, domestic violence prevention, community engagement, and higher education marketing in the Fort Wayne area. She currently works as  the community engagement and special events coordinator at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast where she manages the college’s community relationships and major events. She holds a B.A. in secondary education from Manchester University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Indiana Tech. She is passionate about working with young people, connecting community resources, and creating change.

Terri Noone
Terri has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years in various capacities including direct service and administrative roles. Terri has served on several local and state committees that address issues related to domestic violence. She is currently contracted with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide technical assistance and support for Peer Review, Rules Reduction, and Batterer’s Intervention. In addition to her work, Terri was a long term volunteer ESL and Citizenship tutor for Burmese refugees. From her volunteer work, she was asked to assist the Burmese Advocacy Center and Somali Bantu Community Group of Fort Wayne to successfully obtain their 501c3 status.