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Tee has acquired a Master's as well as a Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration while minoring in Psychology/Sociology recently completing graduate studies at Western Illinois University. After working 20 years for the Rock Island School District #41, she is now employed at Family Resources as the Homicide Other Violent Crimes Supervisor offering support for victims all over the Quad Cities region.
Tee is also the founder and President of A.L.P.H.A.S. (African-American Lesbian Professionals Having A Say) organization providing advocacy, resources and education for local/surrounding areas for the LGBT community. She is a member of the Equality Illinois Community Advisory Group that consists of 35 LGBTQ individuals and allies from across the state to engage with Equality Illinois in the policy development and agenda building necessary to secure and advance LGBTQ equality, social justice, and intersectional action in Illinois.
Tee is, also, the Founder of Tee It Up Movements. An organization originated for the purpose of moving from being stuck or complacent in trauma, grief, bad experiences, failures, self-doubt or self-sabotage to a place of empowerment and vision. The plan is to build up individuals, communities, and businesses so that thriving in their most authentic form becomes innate. Tee It Up’s mission is to empower individuals, communities, and businesses to view life and other experiences through an inspired lens.
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Manda is a full-time suspension performer and piercer. She and her husband proudly own Tooth & Nail Tattoo & Piercing in Davenport, Iowa. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and French Bulldogs. Excited to get involved with pride, Manda is amped to be an advocate for human rights- the rights she belielves we all deserve.
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Mona is an experienced drummer, singer, artist, poet, and photographer. She is an activist who advocates for survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and LGBTQ+ Individuals. Mona is the owner and operator of Mona Mochas. She loves to fish, camping, good music and last but not least she loves to dance.
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Viminda Shafer has been connected to the field of education for nearly 20 years. She spent the bulk of that time working with middle and high school students experiencing emotional and behavioral disorders as well as those with specific learning disabilities. Viminda was a fierce advocate for her students and their families as they navigated the k-12 educational system.
In her current role as The Project of the Quad Cities' fundraising and community relations coordinator, Viminda’s passion for education and social justice work comes together and allows for her to meet with folks and share the important work TPQC is doing in the Quad Cities while pushing for equity and equality and providing the community access to resources.
Viminda serves as the secretary for the Associate Board of Gilda's Club, raising money to support services provided to those impacted by cancer.
Viminda is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and resided in a small country town in Illinois with her wife and daughter.
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Wezz has history working for Family Resources as a Shelter Advocate helping survivors who have experienced Domestic Violence and with The Project of the Quad Cities as an Outreach Coordinator educating and testing clients for STI's.
He proudly owns Wezz De La Rosa Photography -- specializing in headshots, family photography, videography and events. You can catch him photographing at a wide range of local events in the Quad Cities such as at the Red Ribbon Gala, Quad Cities Marathon and Girls on the Run.
On the side he is the lead photographer for two local Quad Cities magazines: Stroll Crow Valley and The Real Mainstream.
Wezz is, also, the founder of QC LGBT Project. This is a photo documentary project with the purpose of uplifting and educating the Quad Cities Metro area in our local community. The entire month of June they will be posting participant's stories.
Wezz is a member of the Trans community. He finds it important to be as authentic as possible and does what he can to uplift those in need. His goal as a board member of QC Unity Pride is to provide a safe and exciting space for the LGBTQ+ and our alley's.