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Stonewall Detroit | Board of Directors

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Commissioner

detroit.commissioner@stonewallsports.org

Term: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025

Brandon Shamoun

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Detroit (Downtown)
Job: Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement, Activities and Organizations, Wayne State University

Brandon has been on the board since 2019. Although originally an avid non-sport enthusiast, he now enjoys organizing and leading a team of friends each league season. Additionally, he enjoys being on the board planning social events for Stonewall. Brandon grew up in Sterling Heights, and has lived and worked in Seville, Spain, Grand Rapids, MI, and Santa Barbara, CA. When he’s not pretending to know how to play sports, Brandon loves to bike ride and explore Detroit with friends.

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Associate Commissioner

detroit.associate@stonewallsports.org

Term: July 17, 2023 - July 17, 2025

John Casupang

Pronouns: He/They

Lives in: Hazel Park
Job: Attorney​

John joined Stonewall Kickball in 2021 and joined the Board shortly after. Before becoming an attorney, John worked as an athletic trainer providing sports medicine coverage at the collegiate and high school levels. John enjoys being a part of the Board because of the opportunity to advocate for and build LGBTQ+ community through sports. In addition to sports, John is a foodie who enjoys spending time outdoors in nature and with his dog, Lili’uokalani. Chances are that you can catch Kalani rooting for John at kickball or pickleball.

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Sports Director

detroit.sportsdirector@stonewallsports.org

Term: August 21, 2023 - August 21, 2025

Asher Considine

Pronouns: They/She/He
Lives in: Grosse Pointe Woods
Job: Consumer Marketing

Asher (or Ash for the friendliest of folks) joined the board in August of 2023 and is an avid sporty spice, from their longtime competitive participation in volleyball growing up, to her love of everything NWSL. You will find Asher on the court or sitting fieldside or courtside whenever they get the chance. When she’s not at a DCFC game or renovating at home, you will find Asher with their two most important four-legged roommates: Teddy and Jax.

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Treasurer/Financial Director

detroit.treasurer@stonewallsports.org

Term: February 5, 2024 - February 5, 2026

Ryann Ferguson

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Lives in: Waterford
Job: FedEx Ground, Maintenance Administrator

Ryann joined Stonewall in 2023 when she joined the bowling league with a friend. She is currently pursuing a degree in software engineering with a focus on web applications and game design. When not working or in class, Ryann enjoys reading, hanging out with her two cats, playing video games, and hiking. She is always seeking to acquire new skills and knowledge. Ryann is very excited to make new friends and give back to the community through Stonewall!

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Sponsorship Director

detroit.sponsor@stonewallsports.org

Term: March 6, 2024 - March 6, 2026

Chloe Coppersmith

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lives in: Belleville

Job: Senior Human Resources Consultant

Chloe joined Stonewall in 2023, captaining multiple billiards, bowling, and kickball teams prior to joining the board as the Sponsorship Director. Chloe grew up a competitive athlete, starting at a young age with gymnastics and growing into other sports such as basketball, soccer, and track. Currently, she competes in CrossFit and weightlifting competitions, alongside being a personal trainer/CrossFit coach. Stonewall has provided Chloe with some of her closest friends and consistently expresses the importance of the organization in her life. She enjoys being able to make an impact in the community and create more inclusive environments for all. While Chloe is quite social and loves building relationships with others, she is an introvert by nature, typically spending time recharging at home with her cat, Drake.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director

detroit.diversity@stonewallsports.org

Term: December 4, 2023 - December 4, 2025

LaMar Thompson-Hightower

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Lives in: Detroit

Job: University of Michigan College of Engineering

LaMar joined Stonewall in the summer of 2022 to play kickball to meet new people and move their body. Although LaMar wouldn't consider themselves sporty, they are competitive and loves game strategy. They grew up watching sports with their mom, an avid sports watcher and player. LaMar is a transplant from NYC (Brooklyn) and moved to the Mitten for graduate school at the University of Michigan (Go BLUE). They currently work in the Office of Culture, Community, and Equity at the U-M College of Engineering and the Michigan Engineering Zone. For fun, LaMar enjoys political strategy, portrait photography, and watching Big Brother. Catch them at your local techno party dancing the night away, teaching the next generation of engineers, or on the lookout for good food and drinks.

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Kandice LaCute

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Lives in: Novi
Job: Automotive Engineer

Known as the "Cruise Director" amongst her friends, Kandice found Stonewall by way of our kickball league. Playing soccer since the age of 5, she found that the particular type of ball that she was kicking didn't matter. She has always loved to participate in sports of all kinds, both for fitness and the camaraderie that comes with being a part of a team. Kandice lives in Novi with her wife, and their full house of twin baby boys, two dogs, and a cat. When Kandice isn't carrying a burp cloth, she can be found tufting custom rugs, at the movies, or playing video games! She is looking forward to bringing more depth to the community by hosting different events throughout her term.

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Derek Queen

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Troy
Job: Graphic Designer, Detroit Police Department

Derek joined the Stonewall board in 2023 after captaining in several volleyball leagues, a kickball league, and joining a billiards team. He's no sports pro but loves being a part of Stonewall and making new friends in each new league. Derek grew up in Auburn Hills and studied graphic design at Oakland University. He works in the Media Relations Unit of the Detroit Police Department and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pontiac Creative Arts Center. In his free time, Derek is producing his podcast, getting outdoors, and training to be a Pokémon master. He also has one of the largest Scooby-Doo memorabilia collections in the world!

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Community Outreach Director

detroit.outreach@stonewallsports.org

Term: April 2022 - April 2024

Lloyd Allen

Pronouns: He/Him/King
Lives in: Detroit
Job: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Lloyd joined Stonewall Sports Detroit in 2022 for two reasons: to build community, and to provide physical support and encouragement to those who are playing. Though not an active sports player, Lloyd enjoys watching sports, more specifically college basketball. For fun, Lloyd enjoys hiking and being outdoors, going to the beach, road trips, exploring random parts of Detroit, and playing the clarinet.

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Policy & Advocacy Director

detroit.advocacy@stonewallsports.org

Term: August 21, 2023 - August 21, 2025

Maggi Prigge

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lives in: Detroit (Mexicantown)
Job: Macro Social Worker

Maggi joined Stonewall's kickball league on a whim in the Summer of 2021. It very quickly became her favorite part of the week. She met new friends that quickly turned into her family in a few short months. Maggi grew up in Minnesota and moved to Michigan for graduate school in 2017 (GO BLUE). When not at kickball, volleyball, or pickleball, she is at home with her two cats: Minni Ginsburg and CoCo Knowles.

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Detroit Chapter Representative

detroit.memberatlarge@stonewallsports.org

Term: December 4, 2023 - December 4, 2025

Mikehl E. Hafner

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Detroit
Job: Architectural Designer

Mikehl has found new breath in Detroit's LBGTQ+ scene through Stonewall Sports after joining in the summer of 2022 and is excited to further facilitate community building as a board member. As a native Detroiter, he grew up playing with Eagle Sports on the East Side and, in adulthood, was elated to find an organization like Stonewall that fosters fun athletic engagement for people like him. Mikehl has worked in Metro Detroit, Chicago, New York and has studied in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy. You can find him reading, practicing piano, or giving a diatribe against automotive dependence to his cat Sheridan - or to anyone who'll listen!

Stonewall Detroit |  Sports Leads

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Jake Cooper

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Hazel Park

Job: Graduate Student in Social Work

Jake recently joined Stonewall with his first season of pick-up basketball. He was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives with his husband in Hazel Park. Jake grew up playing a variety of sports and loves to do anything that gets him out of the house.  He also enjoys singing with the Prism Gay Men's choir, yoga, and is a practicing Wiccan.  He enjoys traveling to places where he can get a good hike and connect with nature.  He doesn't drink so feel free to invite him out for a soda after a day of working hard on and off the court.

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Matt Woodson

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Oak Park

Job: Algorithm Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Matt grew up in Metro Detroit and has lived in Detroit and 7 different suburbs in the last decade. The child of 2 engineers, he loves wrenching on cars, nerding out on tech, and almost any game that involves strategy or problem-solving. Despite the engineer roots, he's also in touch with his sensitive side and enjoys conversations involving oversharing and trauma dumping. Billiards is (narrowly) his favorite Stonewall league after participating for 3 seasons and he is eager to see the league continue strong.

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LaMar Thompson-Hightower

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Lives in: Detroit

Job: University of Michigan College of Engineering

LaMar joined Stonewall in the summer of 2022 to play kickball to meet new people and move their body. Although LaMar wouldn't consider themselves sporty, they are competitive and loves game strategy. They grew up watching sports with their mom, an avid sports watcher and player. LaMar is a transplant from NYC (Brooklyn) and moved to the Mitten for graduate school at the University of Michigan (Go BLUE). They currently work in the Office of Culture, Community, and Equity at the U-M College of Engineering and the Michigan Engineering Zone. For fun, LaMar enjoys political strategy, portrait photography, and watching Big Brother. Catch them at your local techno party dancing the night away, teaching the next generation of engineers, or on the lookout for good food and drinks.

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Lindsey Matson

Pronouns: They/She

Lives in: Detroit

Job: Social Worker and Community Organizer, Deputy Director of Youth Organizing at 482Forward

Lindsey moved to Detroit from Portland, OR in 2016 and loves this city so much (hit them up for food and drink recommendations). However, they missed their queer community a lot! In summer 2021, Lindsey put together a small team of friends to join Stonewall kickball, and the league has been a large part of her life ever since! Lindsey hopes to make bowling a lifelong sport, so they decided to use their community organizing and event planning skills to co-lead bowling for Stonewall! When Lindsey's not Stonewall-ing, she is probably playing pinball, watching wrestling, or hanging out with a cat somewhere. 

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Doug Furgason

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Clawson

Job: Supplier Diversity/Procurement at Rocket Companies

Doug has participated in several seasons of Stonewall volleyball, kickball, and a season of bowling but his true athletic prowess is on display in tailgating games stemming from years of experience of hosting tailgates at his alma mater, Michigan State University. Doug has a great passion to bring together community, business, and advocacy which is demonstrated by his involvement as a board member of the Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce, a committee member and long-time supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center, Vice President of the Rocket Companies' LGBTQ+ Team Member Resource Network, Perspective, and now the greatest honor of them all, Stonewall Detroit's Cornhole Lead. If you don't find Doug at his home in Clawson cuddled on his couch with his pitbull, Ruth, he is likely throwing dollars at a drag show, crying at a musical, playing board games with friends, or thumbing through vinyl at local record stores. Doug hopes cornhole brings together a light-hearted season of camaraderie amongst friends new and old.  

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Dalton Bender

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Allen Park

Job: Nurse at Henry Ford HIV Clinic

After hearing about Stonewall from friends, Dalton joined volleyball in 2024 and loved his first season! Outside of Stonewall, Dalton is graduating with his Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Degree in May 2024 from U-M and will continue working at the HIV clinic. He currently lives in Allen Park with his partner Erik along with their dog, Sophie, and cat, Pajamas.

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Paul Johnson IV

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Madison Heights

Job: Accounting - Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union

Paul has followed Stonewall Sports ever since he missed the sign up for volleyball in 2020, only for the season to be cut short and the world to shut down. Paul joined kickball in 2021 as a gateway for volleyball, but fell in love with his team and new friends and has played in every volleyball and kickball season since! Outside of Stonewall, Paul sings with City Lights, a competitive men's chorus out of Northville, as well as PRISM, a community gay men and allies chorus out of Royal Oak. Paul has also been playing D&D with the same group in Lansing for 10+ years, and if he has a free night during the week he'll be at home watching TV or playing games with friends online. 

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Anthony Dunkley

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Sterling Heights

Job: Actor

Anthony is one of the original board members of the Stonewall Sports Detroit chapter and is excited to be back as the Pickleball Lead! As a trans athlete, Anthony is an advocate for the community pushing for inclusion in the sports world. He's also a martial artist (projected to receive his black belt in 2025) and wants to teach self-defense to people in the LGBTQ+ community in the future. Anthony looks forward to meeting Stonewallers and seeing old friends.

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Erin Breen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lives in: Detroit

Job: Sr Project Manager, Business Analyst 

 

Erin's love for volleyball was reignited after joining her first Stonewall league. Since, she's played every season with Stonewall and has sought opportunities to play volleyball with other groups as well. She lives in Detroit with her partner and their two rescue dogs, Thanos and Nebula. She works at a digital marketing company as a technical project manager, enjoys gardening and cooking, and will go all out for a costume party any time of year. 

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