Whether you’re LGBTQ+ or know someone who is, come hear personal experiences of coming out and living openly gay on National Coming Out Day. The panel discussion will be held at Franklin College's Hamilton Auditorium.
About the Panel:
Rev. Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram, Moderator: Rev. Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram was born and raised in Johnson County, Indiana. She has an B.A. from Anderson University, an M.T.S. from Emory University, and a PhD from University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as the Director of Religious Life and Chaplain of Franklin College. She is the author of "The Myth of the Saving Power of Education" (2021).
Dr. John R. Shafer: Dr. John Shafer is the Behavioral Health Provider & Corporate Trainer for Cummins Engine. He retired as the Director of the Counseling Center and as a Professor after serving 38 years at Franklin College. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Shafer is active in the Franklin community as the President of the Franklin Police Merit Board, V.P. of the Franklin Parks Board and a member of the Franklin Elks Lodge. He volunteers his time at the USO at Camp Atterbury and plays the piano and sings at a variety of venues. Dr. Shafer and his family live in a 100-year-old Craftsman Bungalow on Walnut Street in historic Franklin.
Ray Niedbalski: Ray Niedbalski is the Evening and Weekend Editor at the Republic newspaper in Columbus. He is a 2020 Franklin College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing.
Katie Roush: Katie Roush is a Children's Librarian and earned her Master of Library Science in 2016 at Indiana University Bloomington. She loves local history, cooking, playing music, and wrangling her garden. In her free time you can find her exploring the museum, tackling her latest culinary adventure, or singing to children. She lives in Franklin with her girlfriend and two mischievous dogs.