About Us and Contacts


Lance Poston, Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His
     Email: lance.poston@uky.edu

Lance oversees inclusion and belonging focused initiatives across the University that support students, faculty, staff, and alumni. His daily work is informed by his graduate training as an interdisciplinary scholar of US gender, sexuality, and race. Before becoming a Wildcat, he was a faculty member in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University.  In addition to leading the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, Lance also directs the University's Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and supports strategic community outreach initiatives for the Vice President for Institutional Diversity. 


Rayne Parker, Assistant Director
Pronouns: They, Them, Their     Email: rayne.parker@uky.edu

Rayne works to support LGBTQ* student groups and leaders on campus, facilitate programming for the office’s major events and evaluate needs of the University to further the office’s impact. Rayne has a degree in Gender Studies from Transylvania University and brings a variety of experiences as an educator and advocate to their work at UK, including time as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Campus and Community Engagement Office at Transylvania. In their free time they enjoy writing spoken word poetry and fiction.​


Mel Lesch, Graduate Assistant
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers     Email: melesc2@uky.edu 

As the LGBTQ* Resources Graduate Assistant, Mel coordinates the Audre Lorde Living Learning Program and supports other inclusive housing and programming initiatives in the office. Mel holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree from UK and is a PhD student in UK Gender and Women's Studies. Her background is in Student Affairs and Residence Life and she enjoys working with students as a key part of the office team. 


Tammy Gross, Administrative Support Associate 

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
     Email: tammy.gross@uky.edu

Tammy is an integral part of both LGBTQ* Resources and the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives. She supports the Director and both staff teams as an office manager. Tammy has been a UK employee for over twelve years and earned her bachelors degree in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. She is located in the CGPDI Gillis Building Suite each afternoon and in the LGBTQ* Resources Dinkle-Mas Suite (Gatton Student Center) each morning. 


Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, Faculty Fellow
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers     Email: kristen.mark@uky.edu

Dr. Mark is an associate professor in UK's College of Education and is the inaugural Faculty Fellow in LGBTQ* Resources. In this capacity, she serves as a key advisor for office projects involving curriculum development and faculty engagement. Dr. Mark is also the faculty lead for the office's summer education abroad collaboration focused on comparisons of sexuality, gender, and sexual health in Kentucky and the Netherlands. She earned her PhD from Indiana University where she specialized in sexual desire, sexual well-being, and sexual health promotion at the Kinsey Institute.  

Contact Us

Phone: 859-323-3312

Visit: Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources, Bill Gatton Student Center (A-250)


Student Groups

As the Office of LGBTQ* Resources grows, one of our main goals is on promoting student leadership and collaboration through advising and supporting all student groups that have a core focus on gender and/or sexuality. We hope this section will give you a general idea of the LGBTQ* focused student organizations at the University of Kentucky.

  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • OUTLaw
  • UKHope
  • Queer Project