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RI Queer PAC Team

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kimika ross

She/They

Co-Director

Why RI Queer PAC? - I consider myself a Black, Queer, Feminist dedicated to advancing racial and reproductive justice. As a passionate HR professional, community and political organizer, I believe we can reimagine our governing practices and institutions to center and address the lived experiences of our communities. Through embodying and living out our values we can achieve justice for communities everywhere.

 

Interests - spending obscene amounts of time drinking coffee, reading, playing with their fur babies

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Tina Kane

She/Her

Treasurer

Why RI Queer PAC?- I joined the QPAC during its inception because I want to be the change in the world. I like to share a famous quote by an unknown author that states my personal political agenda and that is “We do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children.”

Interests - Camping, crocheting, enjoying cultures, traveling, watching movies, writing. I love my family, friends, and celebrating life. Life is a beautiful journey with all of its highs and lows and rejoicing in our daily lives is where I find my happy place.

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Ben Martin 

He/Him

Director Of Communications

Why RI Queer PAC? - I believe in the power of education and community. I joined the QPAC because it amplifies the power of living authentically and leverages our collective strengths shaping a brighter tomorrow.

Interests - Art, board games, cooking, drawing, fashion, Pokemon, reading, volleyball, yoga 

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Kelly Doern

She/Her

Volunteer Recruiter

Why RI Queer PAC? - My number one goal is equality for all and I am passionate about events, canvassing, and raising awareness.

Interests - Art, running, sailing, ski racing

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Madeline Morningstar 

She/Her

Civic Education Outreach Lead

Why RI Queer PAC? - I found the QPAC through Providence’s Pridefest. I am particularly motivated by issues of access and agency. I believe in bringing people together to learn about things that are not always readily available and sharing information and resources in concise ways. Additionally, I wanted to find queer community for myself. 

Interests - Dinosaurs, musical theater, roller skating

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Ash Lee-Ann

They /Them

 Graphic Designer

Why RI Queer PAC? - I want to make Rhode Island better for trans and queer people, both now and in the future.

Interests - art, cosplay, kalimba, gaming, fashion

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Julia Arcisz

She/Her

Executive Support

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Ryan Vigneau

He/Him

Co-Director

Why RI Queer PAC? - I became a founding member of the QPAC because the national political climate seemed foreboding and these issues came close to home. I'm a native Rhode Islander and I want to dedicate my time to making my home more accepting, caring, and progressive. I wish to make our state a place we are proud to call home and safe for everyone to exist authentically. Although not the only way, I believe having more queer progressive representation in office is a path to create that better future.

Interests - Outside of politics, I’m also the Chair of Options Magazine, a Rhode Island LGBTQIA+ advocacy magazine. I also ballroom dance, play video games and board games, and have a dog named Teyo and a cat named Caesar.

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Jacob Hunnicut

He/Him

Director Of Civic Engagement

Why RI Queer PAC? - I am involved in the QPAC because I deeply believe in the power of the people, especially the young and the marginalized, to build a future that treats everyone with dignity and provides them freedom.

Interests - Film analysis, running, amatuer  printmaking, and listening to Mika

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Ashley Cabrita

She/Her

Volunteer Coordinator

Why RI Queer PAC? - I joined the QPAC because not only is the mission close to my heart but also I believe in the team behind it.

Interests - Accessible adventuring, advocating for the disabled community, baking, cooking, drawing

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L.A. Busteed

She/They/He

Email Marketing Specialist

Why RI Queer PAC? - I am passionate about ensuring that Rhode Island is a safe and inclusive community for all.

Interests - theater, volunteering in other capacities in the community, working out

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Vashti (v)

She/Her

Civic Education Team Member

Why RI Queer PAC - I joined PAC because  I wanted to get socially and politically involved again in my community after having my daughter in 2022. I care about our project because after being an educator for over 15 years I know that an educated population can defeat fascism.

Interests - walks with my daughter tracking the local Ospreys, Middle Eastern cooking, anthropology, dying my hair

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Claire (Rena) 

She/Her

Social Media Specialist

 Why RI Queer PAC? - I want to be a part of something that aims to help push for equality.

Interests - Playing video games, watching movies

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