Stonewall Detroit | Board of Directors

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Beth Gardiner

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Lives in: Royal Oak
Job: Senior Learning Experience Consultant, Trinity Health

Beth has been on the board since 2019 and strives to make Stonewall Sports Detroit an environment where anyone can show up as their authentic selves and feel welcomed and included. Beth spends most of her time with her wife and daughter, traveling, working on her garden or going for bike rides. Beth received her Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. 

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Rian Brooks

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Huntington Woods

Job: Manager of Talent Acquisition, Michigan Medicine

Rian is thrilled to be part of the board for Stonewall Sports, however if you would have asked him 5 years ago if he would be helping to lead a community sports organization he would have thought you were bananas. Through playing kickball in a league in California, Rian realized how wonderful team sports can be for building and strengthening individual and community bonds with the folks in your area. After playing for many seasons in California, Rian is excited about helping to lead and grow an intramural sports organization that focuses on bringing together the LGBTQ community in Metro Detroit.

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Ben Rubinstein

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Huntington Woods
Job: ...​

Ben had never played team sports until a few years ago, so he was hesitant when a friend asked him to join a queer kickball league. That was about 12 seasons ago; needless to say, he's hooked! He grew up in Lake Orion, but spent his adult life in New York and Long Beach before recently moving back to his home state. When not on the kickball field, he's usually geeking it up playing board or video games, reading science fiction, or drinking wine.

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Treasurer/Financial Director

detroit.treasurer@stonewallsports.org

DiJuaun Shelton

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Troy
Job: Accountant

What motivated DiJuaun into joining the board was the opportunity to blend his professional skills with community engagement. He is a Detroit native who has lived and worked in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Sevilla, Spain. When he’s not working he enjoys all things food related, travel, spending time with family and friends along with physical activities.

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John Dembinski

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Detroit (Woodbridge)
Job: Operations Manager, Division of Facilities, Planning and Management, Wayne State University

John had not played any sports in ages! But the Stonewall Bowling League gave him a chance to get out there and have fun with other players. Soon after, he also joined the Kickball League- and then the Board. In his spare time, John loves spending time with friends and playing with his beloved orange tabby cat, Rex.

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Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

detroit.divesrity@stonewallsports.org

Anthony Dunkley

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Sterling Heights
Job: Mortgage Specialist​

Anthony has been on the board since the founding of Stonewall Detroit in 2019. He has always been apart of organized sports since the age of 2 with his father being his soccer coach until the age of 14, but his father never stopped "coaching" him no matter what sport he played. "When I came out at 12 years old as a trans man, I've made it my top priority to promote representation for the transgender community in sports!" says Anthony. When Anthony is not being an activist he enjoys relaxing at home with his husband and dog, Luna.

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Brandon Shamoun

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Detroit (Downtown)
Job: Coordinator of Student Engagement, 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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Greg Sikora

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Detroit (Boston-Edison)
Job: Owner + Lead Refinisher, Door Hustle​

Greg was never one to do the sports things but wanted to join an organization focused on community building and advocacy and the sports just came with it! Turns out, sports are pretty fun when surrounded by an amazing group of people! Greg spends most of his time working on restoring his historic home in Boston-Edison, Detroit, refinishing historic doors through his business, Door Hustle, out on a run for marathon training, or playing with his dog, Sadie. Greg has been on the board since 2021.

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Community Outreach Director

detroit.outreach@stonewallsports.org

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

John Casupang

Pronouns: TBD
Lives in: TBD
Job: TBD

Bio coming soon...

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Cate Desjardins

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Lives in: Huntington Woods

Job: Clinical Social Worker, Authentic Self Psychotherapy & Consulting

 

Cate joined Stonewall for Kickball in 2021 and discovered a previously unknown affinity for physical activity. Now they do kickball, bowling, billiards, and whatever fun activity we come up with next. When not at Stonewall events, Cate can be found finishing their dissertation, reading queer rom-com novels, and running around the streets of Metro Detroit while listening to showtunes. Cate lives with their spouse, their kiddo, and their four cats.

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Shane Dunbar

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Lives in: Canton
Job: Senior Talent Acquisition

Shane is an avid volleyball player, and lover of most sports. He is a father to two amazing bulldogs and 2 cats. He got married November of 2019 right before COVID shut the world down. He sings in the local Prism Men's chorus, and really enjoys meeting new people. Shane is very excited to join Stonewall Detroit and help make a difference in the community he loves. Side note, he will never say no to a shot of fireball.

Stonewall Detroit |  Division Leads

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Rian Brooks

Interested in joining the Stonewall Detroit Board of Directors as our next Billiards Lead? Contact our Commissioner, Beth Gardiner, at detroit.commissioner@stonewallsports.org for more information.

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Nachelle Armstrong

Bio coming soon...

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Ben Rubinstein

Interested in joining the Stonewall Detroit Board of Directors as our next Kickball Lead? Contact our Commissioner, Beth Gardiner, at detroit.commissioner@stonewallsports.org for more information.

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Avery Green

Bio coming soon...

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Jason Armbruster

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lives in: Ferndale

Job: Residential Landscape Sales and Design

 

Jason has played on several volleyball leagues including indoor and outdoor and enjoys the fast-paced thrill of it! He grew up in a farming town called Pigeon, MI but he has become a city boy and has been in the metro Detroit area for over 20 years now. He owns two cats and has been playing adult recreational sports for over 15 years. Hobbies include: Sports, Travelling, Board and Video Games, Bars, Concerts, Bike Riding, Gym and Gardening. He has no filter and his sense of humor is either welcomed or strong eye rolled… you’ve been warned! Jason holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Horticulture and Landscape Architect.