Meet the Staff
Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed., Coordinator
Brian Edwards is the Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University. He earned his M.S.Ed. from the City University of New York (CUNY) at Bernard M. Baruch College and his B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College.
In his role as Coordinator, Brian manages the Center and its staff/volunteers, develops and implements educational, cultural and social programming to improve campus climate, creates and organizes leadership opportunities for LGBTQA students, and coordinates outreach and training efforts to bring awareness to LGBTQ issues on- and off-campus.
Prior to MSU, Brian held various positions in student and academic affairs at such unique and diverse institutions as The Institute of Audio Research, Baruch College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Additionally, Brian has experience developing and facilitating arts programs for vocational schools, colleges and universities, and middle/high schools, and is very involved in the LGBTQ Community. He has worked with organizations including OUT Professionals, The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, Marriage Equality New York/USA, and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Brian has been a member of The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals since 2009.
When not at MSU, Brian is blogging, speaking publicly on issues relating to social justice and marriage equality, or making art. His favorite things to do include traveling, reading, and spending time with his husband.
Anna C. Verdes-Montenegro, Graduate Program Assistant
Anna is a graduate student at Montclair State University focusing on Clinical Psychology with a Latino/a Psychology concentration. Ultimately, she would like to earn her PhD and become a sex researcher. While she enjoys working with all populations she is particularly interested in LGBTQ Latinos. She would also love to host a Sex Talk radio show some day. She became a LGBTQ Center Staff member after realizing it was a great way to be involved in making a positive difference for the LGBTQ community and all other MSU communities. She really enjoys educating the community about LGBTQ Issues. Anna is also interested in nutrition education, especially in the LGBTQ Community. In her free time Anna enjoys cooking, boating, and running.
David Chew, Graduate Program Assistant
David is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling in Student Affairs/Higher Education at Montclair State University. After graduation he hopes to work in student activities or residence life at an urban university. He is a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity and earned his undergraduate degree at NJIT. David is excited to work with the Center and support Montclair’s LGBTQ community. His hobbies include playing video games, spending time with friends, and watching Netflix.