Fabulous Faculty/Staff Award Winners



What is the Fabulous Faculty/Staff Award? 

Starting in 2010 and continuing on annually, the Rainbow Graduation planning committee recognizes a faculty or staff member who exemplifies the values of LGBTQA+ inclusivity and has made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQA+ and allied students. This award is given during the Rainbow Graduation convocation ceremony every Spring. 

Who has won the Fabulous Faculty/Staff Award?

2015: Martie Vandervoort
2014: Dr. Shannon Snapp
2013: Dr. Adam Geary
2012: Dr. Stephen Russell
2011: Dr. Liz Kennedy
2010: Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest

2015: Martie van der Voort, LPC

Image result for martie vand er voort arizonaMartie provides triage and counseling services at CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services). She works with all clients, especially those dealing with eating/body image issues, trauma (has Level II EMDR certification,) addictions and behavioral compulsions, gender and LBGT issues. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient and community mental health. She completed her Masters of Counseling at the University of Phoenix, has been licensed by the State of Arizona as a Professional Counselor, and has a private practice.


2014: Dr. Shannon Snapp

Shannon D. Snapp is a developmental psychologist with interests in health, well-being, sexuality, gender, and sociocultural contexts that support youth.

Snapp joined the Frances McClelland Institute of Children, Youth, and Families in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2011. She is on the leadership team of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation funded transdisciplinary research team that studies sexuality, health, and rights for youth. She is a blogger for the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and has served on emerging scholar boards for both SRA and the European Association for Research on Adolescence. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Psychology at Boston College and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Kansas.


2013: Dr. Adam Geary

Adam Geary's pictureAdam Geary is Associate Professor in Gender & Women's Studies and Affiliate Faculty of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies.  His research brings AIDS studies into critical conversations with black studies, Foucauldian studies, and queer studies.  His recent book, Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), examines the role of antiblack state violence in producing the social vulnerability and embodied susceptibility to HIV infection that have organized the US AIDS epidemic. Professor Geary received his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004.


2012: Dr. Stephen Russell

Dr. Stephen Russell thinks the teenage years are the most interesting phase of life. Learning who you are and what you want to be — how thrilling, for young people and for the adults that care about them! His research explores multiple aspects of development in adolescence, but with most of the focus on sexuality, schools and family relationships for vulnerable youth.

Much of his research is guided by an interest in creating social change to support healthy adolescent development. He is most proud of the research that's been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety (most directly in California), and his most rewarding work is with students: he works with an amazing group of graduate and undergraduate students, and he finds supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of his job.


2011: Dr. Liz Kennedy

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Cambridge University, England in 1972 based on her research about the Waunan of the Chocó province, Colombia. Kennedy was a founding member of Women's Studies at SUNY, Buffalo where she taught for twenty-eight years. She is author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of A Lesbian Community(Routledge, 1993), which received the Jesse Barnard Award for the best book on women in the field of Sociology in 1994, the Ruth Benedict Award for the best book on a gay/lesbian theme in Anthropology in 1994, and a Lambda Literary Award in 1993.

She has also written about the development of women's studies as a field, including the book Feminist Scholarship: Kindling in the Groves of Academe (University of Illinois Press 1983) (with Ellen DuBois et al). Her research/teaching interests include: lesbian and gay history, 20th century sexuality, comparative studies of sexual communities, development of the field of women's studies, feminist pedagogy, feminist research methods, ethnography and oral history.


2010: Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest

Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest is faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She sees transgender patients in her primary care clinic, and precepts family medicine residents and community-based providers in clinically informed, culturally responsive transgender care.

Her other clinical and research interests include HIV/AIDS primary care, adolescent health, sexual health education for health care providers, and development of social justice-based medical education curricula.

She has presented about transgender health issues at annual meetings of the Association of American Medical Colleges, International Foundation for Gender Education, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.