LGBTQ+ Student Services

Meet Our Staff

Kara Tellaisha

Kara Tellaisha (she/her/hers) 
LGBTQ+ Student Services Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs 
Phone: 216-687-2056 

Kara is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Cleveland State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management with a concentration in conflict resolution. Kara has experience in program management, working with diverse populations, and educational program development. Kara is passionate about LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion, working with students, and fostering community. In addition to overseeing LGBTQ+ Student Services at CSU, she is also a mediation trainer, an MBA student, and an Etsy shop owner. 

Marissa Stock
Marissa Stock (she/her/hers) 
Graduate Assistant

Marissa is a first-year doctoral student working on her PhD in Urban Education. She has a BA in Gender Studies from John Carroll University and an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from CSU. Marissa has experience working with diverse, under-served populations and is passionate about serving others. In her free time, Marissa loves spending time with her wife, Carly, their adorable pug Tina, and mischievous cat Walter.

Andrea Holcomb 
Andrea Holcomb (she/her/hers) 
Social Work Intern 

Andrea is a first-year Master of Social Work student working on her field placement at the LGBTQ+ Student Services Center. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology at Pittsburg State University in Kansas where she specialized in transgender policies and research. As a proud trans woman herself, Andrea understands the importance and benefits of mental health services, community outreach, and careful treatment research. In her free time, Andrea loves to cook, travel, write, uncover awful horror movies, and binge-listen to podcasts. 

Sam Miller
Sam Miller (she/they)
Social Work Intern 

Sam is a senior Bachelor of Social Work student working on her field placement at the LGBTQ+ Student Services Center. She has a deep passion for helping others, and is especially interested in working with the LGBTQ+ community. Sam is a member of the community herself and has experienced firsthand the struggles that come with being LGBTQ+ on both individual and systemic levels. She hopes to make a difference in her community by providing support, resources, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ individuals.In her free time, Sam loves to listen to music, read, create art, binge watch TV series, volunteer at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and care for her pet babies. Just a warning, Sam may have a different hair color every time you see her!

Connor Mahon
Connor Mahon (he/they)
Office Operations Manager

Connor is a senior double majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. He is planning to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology, and hopes to start a career making gender affirming voice training more accessible. Connor has extensive experience in student support, having worked as a resident assistant, orientation leader, campus tour guide, and tutor. Outside of CSU, Connor enjoys reading and exploring Cleveland.

​​​​​​​Eric SeitzEric Seitz
Graphic Design and Communications

Eric is a senior graphic design and journalism major, looking to work in the journalism industry, covering entertainment. In addition to working at LGBTQ+ Student Services, he is on the Campus Activities Board as the graphic designer, and is also editor-in-chief of The Vindicator magazine. Eric is passionate about celebrating the different avenues through which people express themselves, especially through art and writing. When he’s not up to his eyeballs in work, catch Eric playing his Nintendo Switch, listening to ABBA, or doing both simultaneously!