QC Pride Board of Directors

Tee LeShoure | President

Tee LeShoure acquired a bachelors degree in Law Enforcment and Justice Administration while minoring in Psychology/Sociology. She is currently completing graduate studies at Western Illinois University. She has worked for Rock Island School District #41 for 19 years and is currently employed at Family Resources. 

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. 

Michelle Royal | Vice President & Unity Pride Parade Committee

Michelle Royal is a transgender female who Is an activist and supporter of LGBT rights, and also 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.   

Michelle also manages two Facebook Social pages, Quad Cities Transgender Resource and Information, along with a Trans Motivation and Positivity page to help support the trans gender community.  

Michelle has been an entrepreneur in the District of Rock Island for the last 25 years with such businesses as CO-OP Records, Copia Martini and Hickey Brothers Cigars which just celebrated 20 years of business. Michelle is a performer who has the last 2 years hosted Lip Sync Royale, and is regular in Laugh hard open mic comedy show.

Cody Hootman | Treasurer & Director of Development

Cody Hootman is currently the Banquet and Catering Coordinator at Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport, IA and lives in Bettendorf, IA.  He is proud to bring many years of event planning and fundraising experience to QC Pride from working at Thunder Bay Grille, The Figge Art Museum and his years at Augustana College. In College, Cody was the Co-Director of Logistics and Entertainment for AC Dance Marathon, raising funds for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. He  also was the Fundraising Chair and Vice President of Augustana's Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Chapter. 

James Blue | Secretary

Andrew Arnold | Director of Communications

Andrew Arnold (B.A. Morehead State University) is the owner of Quad City Solar, a board member of MidCoast Fine Arts and QC Pride Inc, and a continual civil advocate for social progress in the Quad Cities.  

Andrew ran for Scott County Board of Supervisors in 2016, 3rd Ward Davenport Alderman in a 2017 special election, and for Davenport Alderman At Large in 2017.  

Andrew is also an Air Force Veteran, serving from 1997-2001.

Rich Hendricks | Parliamentarian

Rev. Rich Hendricks (B.A. Drake University; JD University of Virginia School of Law; M.Div. Emory University) has worked for equality as pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa for the past thirteen years. He wears unmatched shoes to spark conversations around being different.

Rich is the co-founder of QC Pride, Inc., and of One Human Family QCA. Rich

seeks a more just society also through his work with Quad Cities Interfaith. He is a trained Climate Reality Leadership Project speaker, and is the Co-Chair of

Creation Care for the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

Ashley Gomez | Director of Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator

Ashley's long-held passion for helping others has inspired her to pursue a career in social work and become a social justice advocate. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement & Justice Administration, Psychology, and Business Management from Western Illinois University - Quad Cities. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.