2019 Bisexual Organizing Project Board of Directors
Leah Yoemans, Chair (she/her) Leah@bisexualorganizingproject.org Leah Yoemans is passionate about education, advocacy and creating community for bisexuals. Leah has been an activist and organizer in queer, non-monogamous, and bi+ communities for several years. Leah became involved with BOP first through community discussion groups and then started volunteering at various events such as PRIDE events around the state, assisted with the Bi+ Story Project, and volunteered with BECAUSE conferences. Leah enjoys playing Australian rules football, hiking, and spending time with her family. Leah lives in Minneapolis with her spouse, two daughters, and cats.
Emily Boyajian, Treasurer (she/her) email@example.com Emily Boyajian is the treasurer for BOP, and has also organized board game nights, movie nights, and hiking groups for BOP. She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Minneapolis in 2018, and loves it here! Emily also plays piano, writes classical music, and studied music theory before moving to Minneapolis. Emily is also passionate about mathematics and loves biking on the Midtown Greenway in the summer. Emily is also an undercover agent for the CIA and a double agent for the KGB, but you should keep this a secret as it is classified information.
Kimberly Malone J.D., Secretary (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org Kimberly Malone is a mother of two boys, a lawyer, and a passionate human rights activist. Kimberly began serving on BOP's board in 2019. She is excited to deliver trainings including Bi-Essentials and to work on events like Bi-Lesque, the Bi-Ball, and a float for PRIDE parades! Kimberly received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from St. Catherine University (St. Kate's) before getting her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. In addition to her work with BOP, Kimberly also serves on the board of Moisser working to ensure every LGBTQ person globally has a safe, dignified and living wage employment. Mossier has two main programs: A Minnesota-based consultancy that works with major corporations on recruiting and retaining LGBTQ talent; profits from this program are invested into Mossier’s second program which focuses on providing grants to LGBTQ-owned businesses in the 70 countries where homosexuality is illegal. Amy Banker, Director (she/her) email@example.com Amy is an advocate and activist for intersectional social justice causes. She is chronically ill, disabled, and uses a mobility aid. She has self-identified as bisexual since she was 12 and learned the word for her experience. Currently, she volunteers on the board of the Bisexual Organizing Project, as well as the board of Calliope Women’s Chorus. She loves reading, recommending books to others, journaling, painting, hanging out with her cats, and visiting parks. Amy lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their two rescue cats, Minnie and Pluto.
Jeff Burfeind, Director (they/them) firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff Burfeind is super excited to begin engaging in advocacy and working towards an ever broader Bi+ community. He loves hanging out with family and tearing around Bluff country on his motorcycle. He lives in Lake City with his cat, Herman.
Kate Kunkel Bailey, Director (she/her or they/them) email@example.com Kate Kunkel Bailey is a professional, performer, partner, and parent who loves queering all of those roles with the sheer sparkle power of her Bi+ identity. A long time serial board member for various other orgs, Kate hopes to use her questionable organizational skills to assist BOP in advancing the queer agenda. Kate once took a midnight train going anywhere.
Eliza Edwards, Director (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org Eliza Edwards spent her childhood hiding with friends underneath a playground pine tree they aptly named “The Closet” before discovering the existence of other bisexuals in early 2011. Since joining the BOP Board in 2018, Eliza has become adept at inserting bisexuwhale puns into as many conversations as possible. She currently works as an archives assistant at the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies.
Devin Malone, Director (he/him) email@example.com Devin Malone is joining the board of BOP with over ten years as a public school teacher serving Minnesota youth. Devin studied Theater and International Studies at the University of St. Thomas before going on to get his teaching licenses in Special Education and Theater/Dance. He studied abroad in China, Irish danced on Good Morning America on St. Patrick’s day, and once bumped into Gregory Hines at a dance competition and Gregory said, “keep tapping kid”. In addition, he is a talented choreographer, actor, singer, dancer, professional zombie, and axe throwing coach. His aspirations include developing awareness of LGBTQ issues in the K-12 community, championing social justice, and increasing the visibility of bisexual people and providing them support. He has a passion for educating others about queer issues and how to create inclusive spaces. This year he is eager to work on Bi-Lesque, the Bi-Ball, Bi-Scouts, and increasing BOP’s presence at various PRIDE events. He lives in Brooklyn Center with his wife, two young boys, and two dogs. Kristin Massmann, Director (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gen Meisner, Director (she/her) email@example.com Gen is a poet, podcaster, and purple fan. She loves educating and advocating for her communities. Gen first became involved with with BOP through volunteering at Because. She spends her free time volunteering with several organizations or at home with her spouse and two kids.
Shawna McNamara, Director (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org Shawna is a bisexual activist who’s passion lies in the focus of education, visibility, and awareness regarding the bi+ community. Her motto is to “be the role model you needed growing up”. As a talent agent, artist, and high femme fashionista - Shawna will bring her unique experience of the arts to the board, promoting theatrics to highlight BI VISIBILITY! She’s the board member you’ll see wearing heels... everywhere. One of her passion projects is the burlesque and variety show - Bi-Lesque - which exclusively features non-monosexual artists. Bi-Lesques’s mission is to feature intersectional and inclusive art that represents the bi+ community to create a safe space to celebrate while battling bi-erasure and bi-phobia. This event is a fundraiser for BOP, raising enough to be named one of the leading donors for the non-profit. Color to the world, spice up your life!
Sally Corbett, Admin (they/them) email@example.com Sally Corbett (they/them/theirs) is the Administrative Assistant of BOP and has been involved with BOP since September 2016. Sally was also a co-chair of BECAUSE 2017, “Coming Home: A Bi+ Past, Present, & Future”.Sally engages in education and outreach on BOP’s behalf by presenting workshops on various bi+ related topics to local, regional, and national audiences. Sally's activism career began in college with many leadership roles in student organizations, such as the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) Gay Straight Alliance, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) Women’s Advocacy Council, UWO Rainbow Alliance for HOPE (Helping Others Perceive Equality), the Wisconsin Bi/Pan Speaker’s Bureau, and as the Program Assistant of the UWO Diversity and Inclusion Department. Beyond being a professional bisexual, Sally is also the director of the public access television series Bi Cities, a Taekwondo black belt, cat dad, cellist, and amateur Astrology Gay™. Sally's dreams for the future include seeing My Chemical Romance on their imminent reunion tour and disappearing into a haunted bog forever.
Camille Holthaus, BECAUSE co-chair (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org Camille Holthaus is passionate about creating community for bisexuals and advocating for true bi+ inclusion in LGBTQ spaces. She has diverse experience with small non-profits and event organizing. Camille started her community organizing in 1990 as moderator of a sex positive discussion group. In 1993, she co-founded and moderated Bi Group at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The group continues today as The Grey Agenda. That work led her to host the bisexual discussion room at the 1994 6th (and final) North American Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies Conference: "In Queery, In Theory, In Deed." Camille became involved with BOP through presenting at the 2008 BECAUSE conference where many of the people she had met in 1994 were also attending and presenting. In August 2013, Camille joined the BOP Board and that fall she helped coordinate the retreat which wrote BOP's Strategic Plan 2014-2019. In January 2014 she was elected Chair of the Board of Directors and served a two year term. Camille became Secretary of the Board of Directors in January of 2016. Camille lives in Minneapolis with her two sons and two dogs. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Board and the Finance Committee at Theatre in the Round Players.