LGBT Center Staff

Picture of Liz Roccoforte Liz Roccoforte, LGBT Center Director, 216.368.1237
Liz grew up in San Diego, California and earned her B.A. with honors from the University of California, Irvine before completing her MA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Liz seeks to advocate and support all LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff and alumni by providing them with resources, connections and information. She also provides the Safe Zone workshops to campus constituents every semester, with almost 700 individuals having completed the workshop since the program’s inception in March 2010. Her office is located in the LGBT Center on the east end of the new Tinkham Veale University Center, and she welcomes all visitors either by appointment or drop-in. In her spare time Liz attempts to perfect her butterfly swim stroke, make copious amounts of her signature guacamole and hang out with her partner and close friends.

Picture of Tyler Srail Tyler Srail, Senior Student Program Assistant
Tyler is a senior BS/MS student from Avon Lake, Ohio currently studying biomedical engineering. Tyler leads the Safe Zone program for students, and manages the LGBT Center's website. He enjoys listening to country music and reading horror stories in his spare time. This is Tyler's third year working at the LGBT Center.

Picture of Mike Siberski Mike Siberski, Senior Student Program Assistant
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mike, originally from metro Detroit, is a 4th year pursuing a BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in French. He enjoys attending Cleveland Orchestra concerts, cooking, and spending time with friends at various Cleveland hotspots. This is his third year at the LGBT Center, and he looks forward to facilitating conversation groups and organizing events for the campus community.

Picture of Nate Lombard Poirot Nate Lombard Poirot, Graduate Student Program Assistant
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Nate is a BS/MS graduate student currently pursing a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad, he majored in Aerospace & Mechanical engineering, so he enjoys discussing rockets, helicopters, airplanes and pretty much anything else that flies. Hailing from the small state of Connecticut, Nate attended Northwest Catholic high school where he discovered his fascination with the sciences. He loves learning about how the world works and ultimately wants to have an impact in advances in human space travel. If you're ever near the center, feel free to stop in and say hi!

Picture of Sue Westrell Sue Westrell, Student Program Assistant
Monday: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sue is from Fort Worth, Texas and makes a lot of jokes about it. She is a sophomore majoring in Marketing and minoring in approximately four other things, among them, Arabic. She runs a fashion blog and plays lots of board and video games in her free time.

Picture of Jeremy Hirschler Jeremy Hirschler, Student Program Assistant
Tuesday: 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Jeremy is originally from Long Island, New York. He is currently studying his second year of chemical engineering. He likes horror movies, dolphins, and horror movies about dolphins. He enjoys a good conversation and helping people out, so be sure to stop by to chat!

Picture of Rya Lally Rya Lally, Student Program Assistant
Rya is majoring in Communication Sciences, Psychology, and English. She is a long-standing member of Spectrum's executive board, VP new member educator for AXO, and a SMARRT presentor on sexual assault support and prevention. After falling in love with her extra curricular involvement, she plans to pursue a career in nonprofit administration.

Picture of Carolyn Oatis Carolyn Oatis, Student Program Assistant
Carolyn is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She is currently in her second year at the Weatherhead School of Business, studying accounting. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, golf, and being with friends. So stop by in the new LGBT Center to talk!

Picture of Sweta Naik Sweta Naik, Student Program Assistant
Sweta Naik is a junior pre-medical student studying sociology and is from West Bloomfield, Michigan. Her academic interests include health disparities, womens' rights, and biology. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, and just reached her goal of benching 20 pounds! Sweta is also dedicated to learning and teaching about the history and activism of queer women.

Picture of Vincenzo Volpe Vincenzo Volpe, Student Program Assistant
Monday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Vincenzo is a sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio double majoring in music performance for flute and biology on the pre-dental track. If that isn't crazy enough, he is also an active member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, secretary of the Pre-Dental Society, and a student leader of Newman Campus Ministry. He loves to make new friends, so stop by the LGBT Center and say hello this year!

Picture of M.C. Perrin M.C. Perrin, Student Program Assistant
M. C. is a third-year Theater and Psychology student from Michigan. They are committed to providing a safe space for all trans, gender nonconforming people and allies who need support.