Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Current Board

Jessie Miller, President
Jessie Miller (she/her or he/him) has been the President of BQAC for the past two years and was on the board of Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) in Minnesota prior. Jessie is a social worker by day and President of BQAC by night. She is a firm believer in the prosperity of the bi+ community, which is why Jessie has advocated strongly for bi+ inclusive DV policies, health care practices, and racial justice during her tenure. In his free time (which is little), Jessie enjoys beatboxing, reading, & playing on his Nintendo Switch.

Pekky Marquez, Vice-President
Pekky Divya Marquez (She/Her/Hers) has been on the BQAC board, as a member at large since January 2015 and as a Vice President since 2020. Pekky works as a Social Worker assessing and making recommendations for DUI cases in the Illinois court system. Originally from Venezuela, she identifies as Bisexual, Queer and Humasexual, and as a Latina and a person in the autistic spectrum, she is bent on bringing cultural and neurological diversity (among others) to represent the group. Pekky hopes one day to travel the world and write stories and novels with bisexual characters as well as creating a place where sexuality, multiculturalism and mental health are discussed.

Julia Santiago, Treasurer
My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences & Disability and Human Development. I spend a lot of my free time playing video games, my favorite is Guild Wars 2, or trying out new baking recipes.

Allison Goldstein, Secretary
Allison Goldstein (she/her) has been on the BQAC Board since 2019. She is a writer and currently studies programming. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing puzzles, and watching musicals.

Liz Edwards, Director
Liz Edwards (she/her) joined the BQAC Board in 2020 after making friends at 2019 BQAC events. She has deeply appreciated the significance of having a supportive bisexual community throughout her coming out journey, and her goal is to continue providing a fun, safe environment for other queer people to make friends. In her free time, she enjoys watching Unsolved Mysteries and playing with her dog.

T H Johnson, Director
T H Johnson joined the board in January 2020 and brings a wealth of experience gained from coast to coast and trips to Europe ranging from two weeks to six months at a time. He’s worked in all aspects of business and organizational management, including human resources; training and professional development; operations; logistics; public relations; budget management; and strategic planning. In 2005, he moved to the Chicago area for a one-year temporary job as a government contractor, which was subsequently defunded six years later when the President and Congress couldn’t agree on the budget. He currently works full time as a ride-share driver. He makes his home in Waukegan and enjoys getting out to the lakes area as much as possible. He is an avid music enthusiast, and enjoys live theatre as much as possible. T H describes himself as “polyamorous before we knew that was what we were” and would like to organize some group events in Lake County.

Augusto Rodriguez, Director
Augusto “Auggie” Rodriguez (He/Him/His) is a Board Member at Large at BQAC since January 2020. Auggie by day is a Customer Service Representative within the Medical industry specifically dealing with Hospice Care. He is a firm believer in bringing diversity and inclusion and representation within the Bi+ Community being Latinx himself (Puerto Rican, Cuban and Spaniard). When he is not working, Auggie spends his time creating content under his production company AR FILMS CHICAGO, building with LEGO, and watching DVD special features.

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