Who are we?

We’re a coalition of graduate and medical students, health care professionals, and volunteers dedicated to improving LGBTQIA+ health in the Lansing community. Want to learn more about the group, volunteering, or attending one of our meetings? Reach out!

Below are some of the nearly 20 members that comprise Queering Medicine, including the founding members!

Mauricio “Jimmy” Franco (he/him/his)

Mauricio is affiliated with MSU College of Human Medicine & also LGBTQIA+ CHM. Originally from Los Angeles, he now calls Lansing home. Aside from his daily responsibilities as a medical student, Mauricio finds balance in spending time with his husband and their furbaby Gizmo (who is 14 years old!). He also enjoys writing and being an amateur photographer. His decision to be part of Queering Medicine is to act as a bridge between CHM/ medical institutions and queer communities in the surrounding area. He is passionate about narrative medicine, social justice in medicine and working to make healthcare more queer friendly. He also finds it incredibly important for him to create and support community driven work whenever he can. In his free time, Mauricio loves trying new foods and spending time in the sun.

Zoe Russick Steinfield (she/her/hers)

Zoe is a Lansing-born and Lansing-based clinical social worker and a certified addiction professional, providing therapy to youth through Child and Family Charities. She is interested in expanding and improving general health care and transition-related care for trans people in the Greater Lansing Area, as well as forming connections to other trans-competent providers in the area so that she can offer a range of options when making referrals. In her free time, Zoe loves listening to and making music, swing dancing, playing D&D, traveling solo or with family or friends, and watching shows while snuggling her dog.

Wyatt Boothby-Shoemaker (he/him/his)

Originally from Paw Paw, Michigan, Wyatt is currently pursuing a dual degree MSU as a student of both the College of Human Medicine (CHM) and the Broad MBA program. He is also affiliated with the American Medical Association, Mental Health & Wellness at CHM, and CHM Alumni Board. Wyatt conducts research with Dr. Jamie Bernard in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Department as well. His primary interests in joining Queering Medicine are community outreach and improving the LGBTQI+ health services and their accessibility to folks in the Lansing area. In his free time, Wyatt plays on an IM volleyball team, which has been a lot of fun. He loves dogs & cheese, and spending time with friends and family is very important to him.

Cyn Brown (they/them/theirs)

Cyn Brown is a third-year MSU undergraduate majoring in Psychology with minors in Cognitive Neuroscience & Spanish. Cyn is active in both MSU’s Breedlove-Jordan Lab & Transilience Lab. Though not originally from the city, they now call Lansing home and are glad to serve in an array of community organizations. Their background lends itself to a jack of all trades skill set and network, so they hope to bring unique perspective to all groups in which they serve. Their primary interests in working with Queering Medicine presently center on community outreach and standardization of competent queer and trans healthcare. In their free time, Cyn enjoys spending time with their delightful partner, appreciating and creating art, direct action, ballroom dancing, adventuring, and lusting after menswear they can’t afford.

Vanessa Burnett (she/her/hers)

Vanessa lives in Lansing and recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at MSU. She works as a community health associate at the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) working primarily on the Michigan Child Death Review Program, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death case registry, and facilitating health equity trainings. Vanessa’s focus is health equity and social justice. Her primary interests with Queering Medicine are community outreach and queer-friendly healthcare spaces. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys traveling, reading, seeking out delicious food, dancing, and spending time with her significant other, family and friends!

Antonio Flores (he/him/his)

Antonio is a medical student in MSU College of Human Medicine hailing from Los Angeles, California. His primary interest in working with Queering Medicine is general community outreach. In his free time, Antonio loves getting fresh air or having a movie night with friends.

Daniel Wheeler-Pfau (they/them/their)

Daniel is a recent PhD graduate of MSU affiliated with MSU NatSci Council for Diversity and Community. Their primary interest in working with Queering Medicine is furthering community outreach. In their free time, Daniel enjoys gardening, cooking, and biking.

Linden Brown-Wren (they/them/their)

Linden lives in East Lansing & spends their time as a proud stay at home Mapa to 3 kids. They are affiliated with the Salus Center, where they act as Admin Coordinator. Their primary interests in working with Queering Medicine include LGBTQ Families and general community access and outreach.


Wilfredo Flores (he/him/his)

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Wilfredo is currently a first-year writing instructor at MSU and a third-year PhD student in The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He also acts as Treasurer for the Michigan Indígena/Chicanx Community Alliance & Ambassador for Foster Academics, Mentoring Success in the School of Social Work. His primary interests in working with Queering Medicine include community outreach, health communication, sexual health, and accessibility. In his free time, Wilfredo likes going to the gym, reading, and playing/streaming video games.