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ABOUT THE GLO CENTER

The GLO Center Today

The GLO Center Serves the LGBTQIA community in the Ozarks through support, resources, education, and advocacy, to create a more inclusive and welcoming community where all can thrive. With the help of our allies, GLO strives to make a positive impact on the community at large.

The GLO Center is a place to be yourself, a place to meet others in the community, and a place to find information about the community at large. In essence, the GLO Center is YOUR place for LGBTQIA+ community in the Springfield and the Ozarks region in Missouri.

Become a member today to help sustain Missouri's longest-running LGBTQIA+ community center!

Springfield LGBTQIA+ community history

History of The GLO Center

A group of local leaders recognized a need to establish a safe place for the entire LGBTQIA+ community to meet, receive support, and share resources; together they founded GLO in 1996. GLO is now the oldest operating LGBTQIA+ center in Missouri and is the only LGBTQIA+ center in southwest Missouri. GLO is staffed by volunteers and is open weekly to offer support groups, events, and a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ population. The GLO Center is governed by a Board of Directors, whose 13 members are elected to three-year terms and may serve for three consecutive terms. Volunteers are organized into committees, where they can hone leadership skills and meld their passions with the mission of GLO.

Our Staff

Aaron
Schekorra

Executive Director
aaron@glocenter.org
Aaron joined GLO as its first full-time Executive Director at the beginning of 2024. His time as an LGBTQ+ advocate led to serving on the board of PFLAG Springfield/SWMO for several years, including two years as president. Professionally, before accepting this role, Aaron served the community in several roles at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and was the development director for FosterAdopt Connect. His goal is simple, to make southwest Missouri a better, safer place for all LGBTQ+ people. Aaron is also a small business owner, an award winning mead maker, and a foster parent.

Aaron Schekorra

Executive Director | he/him

Collins
Chetwin

Program Coordinator
collins@glocenter.org
Collins, who has been a dedicated volunteer at GLO since 2015, began working with the organization's youth group that same year and transitioned into a full-time position in 2024. In their career as a queer rights advocate they have worked on campaigns, testified in hearings at the capitol, served on local boards, and organized projects and events, including GLO’s first Queer Artist Showcase. GLO matters to Collins because it provides them with a sense of belonging and opportunities to build community. When they’re not at GLO, Collins invests in queer joy by playing Dungeons and Dragons and by playing ukulele in their trans folk band.

Collins Chetwin

Program Coordinator | they/them

Torin R.
Bowen

Intern
Torin is a disabled nonbinary, queer Arikara and Creek person. They are a parent, activist, artist, and hobby gamer. They enjoy time in nature, tarot, being with friends and loved ones, and learning new perspectives. They work with local organizations to facilitate support groups and events for queer and trans folks, as well as advocating for disabled and indigenous communities.

Torin R. Bowen

Intern | they/he

Matt
Brown

Intern
Matt Brown is an Arkansas native who joined the GLO community in 2023 after graduating from MSU. As an illustrator, he enjoys drawing florals to represent his ongoing transitioning journey (or simply because flowers are gorgeous). With a BFA in graphic design and a minor in advertising, he wants to use his skills to support fellow queer small businesses and contribute to the welcoming environment GLO has given him.

Matt Brown

Intern | he/him

Brendan P
Twenter

Intern
Brendan looks forward to serving the LGBTQ+ community in Springfield and everyone who comes through the doors of The GLO Center! He enjoys weightlifting, comic books, and going to the movies. Brendan is a graduate student at Missouri State earning a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Project Management. He loves meeting and engaging with new people, and can’t wait to meet all of you!

Brendan P Twenter

Intern | he/him

Sawyer Ray
Wampler

Intern
Sawyer is an incoming senior at Missouri State University, double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. When school is in session, Sawyer enjoys being heavily involved on campus in organizations like Student Government Association and American Association of University Women. This past year, they helped co-found the Taylor Swift Society (Missouri State's Version). Outside of their studies, Sawyer loves listening to Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Chappell Roan while playing board games with friends. Their experience interning for State Rep. Keri Ingle will help foster a politically educated community and support the GLO Center's mission and vision.

Sawyer Ray Wampler

Intern | they/she

Our Board

Megan
Baldridge

Ozarks Pridefest Chair
president@glocenter.org
GLO is extremely important to Megan because it provides essential resources for the LGBTQIA+ population, specifically locally. Safety is crucial; she has learned through her own past career as a teacher that it is incredibly difficult for people to grow and flourish without safe spaces to do so. Megan knows GLO provides that safe space for many. A fun fact about Megan is she has never lost at 90’s music trivia or Pac-Man. (Bring it on )

Megan Baldridge

President | she/her

Dr. Caitlin
Davies

Programming Chair
caitlin@glocenter.org
Caitlin was born in England but grew up in the southernmost part of New Zealand. In 2015 she moved to Long Island, New York to complete their PhD in Political Science. In 2020 she moved to Springfield to be a Professor at Missouri State University. She is the current Vice-President of the MSU Faculty and Staff LGBTQIA+ group. She enjoys combining their passions for sports and travel by attending various events including the recent FIFA Women's World Cup in New Zealand and the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa where she got to meet one of her LGBTQIA+ hero's Caster Semenya.

Dr. Caitlin Davies

Vice President | she/her

Dany
Lacio

Ozarks Inclusion Project chair
secretary@glocenter.org
Dany is an Equality Organizer for PROMO Missouri, an organization fighting MO’s legislation. They are a dedicated advocate that continues to push himself & boundaries in the effort to create an environment where everyone feels like they belong & can thrive. Growing up Latinx, losing a parent to suicide, getting cancer & being trans, they have dealt with discrimination, hostility, & feeling unwelcome. Dany is an educator that oversees the Ozarks Inclusion Project & provides education workshops for those striving to make their places more inclusive of all lived identities. Dany enjoys crocheting, spending time with their wife & kids hiking, whitewater rafting, & even skydiving.

Dany Lacio

Secretary | they/he

Brittany
Dyer

Treasurer
treasurer@glocenter.org
Brittany, originally from just outside Springfield, came out during a challenging battle with cancer in her early twenties when she met her wife. Previously a silent advocate, Brittany's journey fueled her determination, prompting her active involvement in GLO. Now in remission, she's blessed with a supportive partner & a wonderful son. Graduating from PROMO's Path to Power Cohort empowered her to advocate for SPS students & testify at Capitol. Brittany aspires to amplify visibility & support for Springfield's LGBTQ+ community. Passionate about travel & the outdoors, her family has explored the Olympic trail, conquered CO's Sand Dunes, & hiked the Appalachian trail in TN.

Brittany Dyer

Treasurer | she/her

Linda
Leicht

Linda Leicht is a retired journalist who covered the GLO Center several times while working at the Springfield News-Leader. During her years as a journalist, Linda interviewed many famous people, from Jerry Falwell to Bill Maher, but her favorite encounters had nothing to do with the news. She personally met Elvis in 1972 (then turned down an offer to ride in his plane) and Del Shannon in 1961. She also worked with START and EMBRACE to help put on Trans Day of Visibility and Trans Day of Remembrance in honor of her granddaughter, Amanda, a beautiful young trans woman.

Linda Leicht

Member | she/her

Stephen
Bennett

Stephen, a gay man born during the tumultuous era of World War II, faced adversity not only from the war's impact but also his family's disapproval. Subjected to a decade of intense psychotherapy rooted in Freudian principles, he emerged resilient. He studied Eastern history & Philosophy at the University of Kansas & embarked on a transformative journey circling the globe on an old Dutch ship. Taught Shakespeare & Poetry in New South Wales & later worked as a Kangaroo hunter near the Darling River. Now he dedicates his time to breeding & selling rare dogs on an international scale & writing.

Stephen Bennett

Member | he/him

Courtney
Cook

Courtney is a biracial Black gay woman who grew up in a community that was not accepting of these things. Racism and homophobia have impacted her firsthand and those she loves the most. She wants to live in a world where folks can go to work, go to the grocery store, just be in their community and feel safe being their authentic self. There’s a lot of work to do to continue to cultivate that safety and she wants to do her part in pushing the needle in our community. A fun fact about her is that she can find Jesus in 7 clicks on Wikipedia with any word you give her! “Challenge me, I dare you!” She also loves card games, cooking, and cocktails.

Courtney Cook

Member | she/her

Madaline
Mudd

Madaline always has a passion for helping people and they are excited to channel that passion into the GLO Center! They first began their work with GLO back in February 2023 when they joined the Pride Planning Committee; after joining the Young Adult group, they found an environment that was so supportive and caring, that encouraged them to live as authentically as possible! They knew they wanted to give back to GLO and are excited to continue to move GLO forward. When not at GLO, they enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing with their 3 cats, and crocheting.

Madaline Mudd

Member | they/them

Jeremy
Dean

Jeremy was born and raised in Springfield and loves to call this city my home. He is engaged to his wonderful fiance, Zion, and they have two beautiful dogs, Bentley (Goldendoodle) and Josie (Catahoula). Jeremy works in Operations for a local non-profit that aims to engage, support, and transform our community so we can all thrive. His personal mission is to make the Ozarks a place that everyone can call "home", and that's why supporting the GLO Center in every way possible is important to him.

Jeremy Dean

Member | he/him

Holland
Wilson

Holland Wilson

Member | they/them

Upcoming Events

The GLO Market

What: Join us in supporting local queer-owned businesses and organizations! We will also be offering free chest binders and fittings.
When: Saturday, July 20, 10AM – 2PM
Where: The GLO Center

Rainbow Kids – Art Museum Outing

What: Join us at the Springfield Art Museum for a scavenger hunt, an art activity, and snacks. Then visit the museum with your family afterward! Ideal for families with children ages 6-11, though children of other ages are welcome as well.
When: Saturday, July 20, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Dr, Springfield, MO 65807

QTBIPOC Support Group

What: Join us for a game night with light refreshments! The QTBIPOC support group (Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) is open for people of color (including white-passing folks) and family/friends of QTBIPOC as well.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: The GLO Center

Volunteer Orientation

What: Interested in being a GLO Volunteer? This orientation will familiarize you with the GLO Center’s work and prepare you to be a GLO volunteer.
When: Saturday, August 3, 3 PM – 4 PM
Where: The GLO Center

GLO Banned Book Club

What: Join GLO at our Banned Book Club where we’ll be reading a series of books that have been or could be banned, followed by discussions on the books, novels, and writings. August Book: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
When: Sunday, August 4, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: The GLO Center