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Justine Hollingshead, Director

Justine Hollingshead HeadshotMs. Justine Hollingshead was hired as the Director of the GLBT Center in January 2008 and is responsible for the overall operation. Her background includes over twenty years of success working as an administrator in Higher Education on three different college campuses across the country. She offers particular expertise in training, supervision, programming, and administration, with an in-depth working knowledge and passion of the issues facing the GLBT community.

As a professional in Higher Education Justine had the opportunity to develop training programs, advise student organizations, participate in assessment endeavors, and facilitate community outreach programs.  Ms. Hollingshead earned her Bachelors degree from Slippery Rock University in Communication, her Masters degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and has completed a ten-week comprehensive business training program with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in North Carolina.

Justine is actively involved in the local community serving on the Board of Trustees for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and is a member of the Raleigh Business and Professional Network.  As a paramedic in the state of North Carolina she has done medical service work in Haiti, was deployed to Mississippi area after Hurricane Katrina and to eastern NC after Hurricane Floyd.  Justine has been an active volunteer with Cary Area EMS for over 15 years serving as a Captain and Coordinator of Special Events for the agency.  In May of 2012 Justine and her partner Debbie were married and live together in their home in Morrisville NC with their cat and dog, Little Man and Tillie.


Natalie Nguyen, Assistant Director

NatalieNatalie Nguyen is originally from Kansas City but has been working and living in the Jacksonville, FL community for the past nine years. He has served on several LGBT organizations as a board member, has been a certified HIV tester/counselor and county health department counselor, and has spoken at the city council for an inclusive human rights ordinance.

Natalie has an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and BS in Communications, Public Relations, both from the University of North Florida (UNF), as well as a BA in Music Theory from the University of Kansas. He has worked as a Ryan White HIV Medical Case Manager for the Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN), as interim director/coordinator for the UNF LGBT Resource Center, and as a Resource Development Coordinator for the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN, Inc.)

Additionally, he served as People of Color Co-Chair, Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals; Young Leadership Council Chair, OASIS, the GLBT Resource Center of Northeast Florida; Secretary, Organizations United Together (OUT), Jacksonville; and Duval County Health Department intake volunteer for STI screenings. He has played in various bands and spent 9 years as a music teacher for students ages 4-60 in piano, guitar, bass guitar, and beginning percussion. He also has experience as a web designer.

Julius Perkins, Program Assistant

Julius E. Perkins, a proud alumnus of Elizabeth City State University, received his Bachelor of Arts in the fall of 2010 in Music Performance, with a concentration in voice.  As an ambassador for the university, Julius served as the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) 2007- 2008 state secretary; as the premiere vocalist for the inaugural 105 National Voices of History Historically Black Colleges & Universities Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and as an annual recruiter among the United States of America during spring tours.  His efforts as student supervisor of the Kennis Wilkins Call Center at ECSU, established the “Class of 2008” giving campaign with contributions reaching the remarkable financial goal of $26,000.00.

In February of 2011, Julius traveled to PyeongnaeHopyeong, South Korea where he served as the primary foreign English teacher at Jangnae Elementary School for grades two through six.  His unique teaching method and technique produced an enormous growth in grammatical structure, reading comprehension, and casual dialogue expression with over 900 students.  Beyond the classroom, his involvement with the inclusive outreach ministry Open Door Community Church created avenues for GLBT-Q HIV testing, strategic planning for transgender equality, and various resources and social outlets for the “unnoticed” community.  In addition to his proven success as an innovator, Julius was selected to facilitate the first English cooking workshop at the Star Light Resort English Camp, and was named Director of Children’s Choir at Pyeongnae Presbyterian Church.

Julius, a native of Greenville, North Carolina is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Julius R. Perkins.  In his spare time he enjoys time shared with six siblings, traveling abroad, and singing.


Adam Ward, Graduate Advisor

Adam _ GLBT Center PhotoAdam Ward is a M.Sc. student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program at North Carolina State University, with a concentration in cell biology. His research focus is on cell cycle regulation and molecular oncology. Adam obtained his B.Sc. in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University, where he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. During undergraduate Adam also conducted research at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, and in the department of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. Additionally, Adam served on the program committee for the GLBT CommUnity Alliance student organization.

Adam is currently the Graduate Assistant to the GLBT Center, and the Graduate Advisor to the GLBT CommUnity Alliance. In this role he advises and trains students and student leaders; assists with GLBT-CA programming and weekly meetings; provides support services to undergraduate and graduate students; conducts educational trainings for faculty, staff, and students; helps to plan, advertise, and oversee GLBT Center programs and events; serves on University committees, including acting as the GLBT liaison to the Student Health Center; and works with Residence Hall staff to facilitate safe and inclusive living environments.

Adam is also actively involved in several community organizations, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network, a local LGBT and Ally business group. You can occasionally catch his alter-ego, Lily Diva-ine, performing on-campus or at local clubs. He will graduate in May 2014, and is pursuing medical school following graduation. He hopes to continually be involved in the LGBT rights movement, and is particularly interested in HIV/AIDS research as a career path.


Samuel Byrd, Counselor Education Intern

Sam ByrdSamuel Byrd is an M.Ed student in the College Counseling and Student Development program at North Carolina State University, specializing in Student Affairs Practice. His research focus is in multicultural student affairs, particularly in issues surrounding the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender campus community.  Samuel also has an active interest in university residential education and the spiritual development of college students. Prior to attending North Carolina State University, Samuel obtained his B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Appalachian State University.

As a graduate student on campus, Samuel currently serves in many roles.  Since 2011, Samuel has worked as a Residence Director for University Housing.  He currently supervises the programming and education of approximately 1000 students and 12 staff of six residence halls within the Wolf Village Apartments community.  Within his role, Samuel has also had the opportunity to serve on campus committees, develop training programs, implement large and small campus programs, develop marketing campaigns, advise student organizations, adjudicate student conduct policy violations, instruct undergraduate classes, and lead diversity, leadership, and service learning trips.

As part of his National Counseling Certification and CACREP licensure requirements, Samuel will also be serving as a GLBT Life Coach at the GLBT Center this academic year.  As an intern at the center, Samuel will be responsible for meeting with students individually to discuss topics related to Academic Success, Career Development, Student Leadership Development, or Identity Development.  In addition to this, Samuel will assist in the GLBT Center programming, training, and outreach.  Samuel hopes to improve the overall campus climate and increase multicultural humility among NC State students.

In addition to all of his professional obligations Samuel is an accomplished entertainer and character impersonator, active swimmer, and proud brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.


Jem Williams, Student Assistant

Jem is a first year student majoring in Agriculture Sciences and is one of our GLBT-CommUnity Alliance Executive Board members. He is also a part of the Chancellor’s First Year Leadership Program at NC State.


Advisory Board Members

Dr. Bill Swallow, Chairperson
Ms. Justine Hollingshead, GLBT Center Director

Deb Luckadoo
, OIED – Staff Diversity
Jose Picart, DASA – Vice Provost Academic Programs and Services
Natalie Nguyen, GLBT Center – Assistant Director
Adam Ward
, GLBT Center – Graduate Assistant
Sam Byrd, Graduate Student – Counselor Education and Residence Director
Dan Solomon, College of Sciences – Dean
Richard Tyler, Counseling Center – Staff Counselor
Ken Johnson, Scholars Program – Assistant Director
Madeline Goss, Community Member – Alumni
Tony Caravano, Community Member – Alumni
Dani Lechner, Undergraduate Student – SCBOD Representative
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