Contact I'll Be Your Rock for rural LGBTQ+ youth support.
Christine Terpening, Founder & President
Text 517-231-3740 and I will call you ASAP
Christine's story is often the spotlight of I'll Be Your Rock, but she knew that for this life changing, life saving organization to reach every rural LGBTQ+ youth possible, she would need a team of dedicated, passionate, qualified people to help with this mission. Though we have a community full of such people, it is the board that are the gears of I'll Be Your Rock. Though she would like to take credit for building this dream team, they gravitated to IBYR with shared intention...Ending survival stories and creating happy coming out stories for queer youth. Christine's dream of bringing queer resources to rural communities and changing the narrative for our LGBTQ+ youth is quickly coming true!
Stacey Filak, Treasurer & Founding Member
Stacey, noted author of The Queen Underneath, is the mother of four and a passionate advocate for human rights, especially our LGBTQ+ youth. She is an expert in messaging, political monitoring and advocating. Stacey is a founding member of I'll Be Your Rock and is the secret to IBYR's successful growth.
Cassey Tien, Secretary & Founding Member
Cassey, a teacher of the year, is our expert in education and in-school advocacy. As a teacher and mother of two, Cassey is invaluable in communication, public relations and queer youth needs. Cassey was a Rock to her LGBTQ+ youth students long before IBYR began. Her skills are only surpassed by her bright personality that draws kids to open up about the hard things they experience and is crucial in finding solutions for them.
Kallie Strouse--Vice President & Founding Member
Long before I'll Be Your Rock, Kallie, mother of two, was a staunch, outspoken ally. She used her profession and her social media platform to bring the story of her brave and out son to the forefront to change the way some small town residents think about queer people. Kallie goes to bat for LGBTQ+ rights fiercely. We love Kallie. We don't mess with Kallie.
Ethan Oslund, Founding Board Member
Ethan, a diesel mechanic, showed up to I'll Be Your Rock as a father to one queer child and quickly took on that role for every child in need of a fatherly presence. His presence is crucial to our youth. Ethan interacts with the kids with shared interests, a loving heart and a kind demeanor. His love and acceptance is everything too many of our kids are missing at home.
CONTACT US FOR SUPPORT...
If you are having an emergency, thoughts of suicide or self harm please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 to reach a counselor, 24/7. To reach I'll Be Your Rock, fill out the form below. We will respond as quickly as possible.
If you are having an emergency, thoughts of suicide or self harm please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 to reach a counselor, 24/7. To reach I'll Be Your Rock, TEXT Christine at 517-231-3740. She will respond as quickly as possible.