Meet the Bard Members

QC Pride Tee LeShoure President

Tee LeShoure | President | (563) 484-4218

Tee acquired a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration while minoring in Psychology/Sociology. She is currently completing graduate studies at Western Illinois University. After working 19 years for the Rock Island School District #41, she is now employed at Family Resources 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.

QC Pride Michelle Royal Vice President

Michelle Royal | Vice President

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Michelle is a transgender female and activist and supporter of LGBT rights. 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. 

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.

Mona Ritemon - Secretary

Mona is an expressive individual who enjoys drumming, singing, artistic creation, poetry, and photography. A proud QC native, she has dedicated herself to helping others in the area as an educator and business owner. 

Her journey encompasses the founding of QC Clothes, which benefits the Homeless, and the ownership of Mona Mochas. Furthermore, she is the founder and owner of Drum and its Rhythms, an education program. To top it off, she's an active member of ALPHAS.  

She is happy to serve QC Pride as Secretary and hopes to continue making a positive impact on the community. 

QC Pride Tim Groover

Timothy Groover | Treasurer | (760) 223-5428

Timothy came to the Quad Cities from California two years ago.  He  has his master’s degree in accounting, his bachelor’s degree in business finance, and a certification in event management.  He is  currently volunteering as a victim advocate at Family Resources  providing support for victims in Iowa He is going to be completing his certification to be able to provide support throughout the Quad Cities. He also volunteers at Riverbend Food Bank. 

Timothy has extensive experience working in the Non-Profit sector.  He started his own non-profit in San Diego, CA. for HIV/AIDS people.  His organization  provided an outlet for them to get out into the community and enjoy the  things they used to do.  He also was on the board of directors for his church, and for seven years he was on the board of directors for San Diego  Pride Festival.

Rich Hendricks | Parliamentarian  

Rev. Rich (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.

Andrew Arnold | Director of Communications

Andrew (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.

Chad Rose

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QC Pride Ashley Gomez

Ashley Gomez | Volunteer Coordinator

Ashley's long-held passion for helping others has inspired her to get involved in QC Pride. As an avid learner, she continually seeks out new knowledge through education, people, and experiences. She has a Bachelor's of General Studies degree from Western Illinois University, is certified in Mental Health First Aid in Illinois, and mindful of the needs of others (having interest in anthropology, humanitarianism, and ethics).