ROC PRIDE 2018 E-Team

Each year, a team of dedicated, passionate community members help to make the magic of Roc Pride a reality. They’re known as the E-Team: the executive committee. In 2018, with a festival and week of events that promises to be bigger than ever, eight individuals representing a cross-section of our diverse, beautiful community make up the E-Team. Find out more about each person and what they are most excited for in Roc Pride 2018.

  Jazzelle Bonilla   Jazzelle works with the Rochester Victory Alliance on the Community Education & Outreach team. She is a member of BlackCrowned Entertainment, co-hosts the weekly live show “Spillin the Tea with Chasmar and Jazzelle”, and is a founder and owner of Sister’s Soul Food catering. Jazzelle is excited to be part of planning Roc Pride 2018 and continue to advocate for her community’s needs and recognition.

Jazzelle Bonilla

Jazzelle works with the Rochester Victory Alliance on the Community Education & Outreach team. She is a member of BlackCrowned Entertainment, co-hosts the weekly live show “Spillin the Tea with Chasmar and Jazzelle”, and is a founder and owner of Sister’s Soul Food catering. Jazzelle is excited to be part of planning Roc Pride 2018 and continue to advocate for her community’s needs and recognition.

  Christopher Coles   Christopher Coles goes about the world as an American thinker, Sign Language Interpreter, Civil rights activist and Spoken word poet.  “I had soo much to say about Roc Pride last year – and that’s why I joined this year’s E-Team. I don’t complain, I volunteer. *smiles*  I am excited for Pride 2018, its theme, and all of its upcoming surprises! Get ready for Pride 2018!!!”

Christopher Coles

Christopher Coles goes about the world as an American thinker, Sign Language Interpreter, Civil rights activist and Spoken word poet.

“I had soo much to say about Roc Pride last year – and that’s why I joined this year’s E-Team. I don’t complain, I volunteer. *smiles*

I am excited for Pride 2018, its theme, and all of its upcoming surprises! Get ready for Pride 2018!!!”

 
  Sam Brett   Sam Brett, who many may also know as Samantha Vega, is a professional volunteer, and as such has been volunteering with Roc Pride planning since 2012; first with the entertainment committee, and then as co-chair for Pride 2016 and 2017.Organizing Roc Pride to Sam means giving back to the community who nurtured him “as a young gay man back in my college days to the active community member I am today.” Sam is excited to continue growing pride (it has more than doubled in size in the past 3 years) and giving our community an accessible, affordable and inclusive Roc Pride experience.

Sam Brett

Sam Brett, who many may also know as Samantha Vega, is a professional volunteer, and as such has been volunteering with Roc Pride planning since 2012; first with the entertainment committee, and then as co-chair for Pride 2016 and 2017.Organizing Roc Pride to Sam means giving back to the community who nurtured him “as a young gay man back in my college days to the active community member I am today.” Sam is excited to continue growing pride (it has more than doubled in size in the past 3 years) and giving our community an accessible, affordable and inclusive Roc Pride experience.

  Mara Kouides   Mara Kouides is excited to be a part of the e-team and to [Celebrate Pride] in Color. Since returning to her hometown of Rochester two years ago, Mara has been volunteering with the Out Alliance. She currently works as an Education Coordinator with Lifespan’s Finger Lakes Caregiver Institute, facilitating caregiver support programs at the Out Alliance. Mara is looking forward to the new event, Stand OUT on the Town, and is looking forward to see how the community comes up with creative interpretations of the Stand OUT: [Live] in Color theme throughout the week.

Mara Kouides

Mara Kouides is excited to be a part of the e-team and to [Celebrate Pride] in Color. Since returning to her hometown of Rochester two years ago, Mara has been volunteering with the Out Alliance. She currently works as an Education Coordinator with Lifespan’s Finger Lakes Caregiver Institute, facilitating caregiver support programs at the Out Alliance. Mara is looking forward to the new event, Stand OUT on the Town, and is looking forward to see how the community comes up with creative interpretations of the Stand OUT: [Live] in Color theme throughout the week.

 
  Meg Lindsay   Originally from Wellsville, NY, Meg has a true passion for non profits and giving back to the community. She is the Events Manager at The Cause Collaborative here in Rochester, and is excited to serve on the Pride E Team for her first year. In her free time, Meg likes to adventure with her chocolate lab, Delilah, and visit local wineries and breweries, as well as restaurants, considering herself quite the “foodie". She is looking forward to an even bigger Roc Pride festival at Cobbs Hill Park this year!

Meg Lindsay

Originally from Wellsville, NY, Meg has a true passion for non profits and giving back to the community. She is the Events Manager at The Cause Collaborative here in Rochester, and is excited to serve on the Pride E Team for her first year. In her free time, Meg likes to adventure with her chocolate lab, Delilah, and visit local wineries and breweries, as well as restaurants, considering herself quite the “foodie". She is looking forward to an even bigger Roc Pride festival at Cobbs Hill Park this year!

  Luis Rosario-McCabe   Luis works as a practitioner in the Women’s Health Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center and holds a Doctorate in Nursing from UR School of Nursing. Luis is a member of the Out Alliance Board of Directors and, in his spare time, owns a farm in Churchville with his husband. He is excited to bring his perspectives to Roc Pride 2018 and see the ways our community comes together to celebrate and recognize progress and stand together.

Luis Rosario-McCabe

Luis works as a practitioner in the Women’s Health Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center and holds a Doctorate in Nursing from UR School of Nursing. Luis is a member of the Out Alliance Board of Directors and, in his spare time, owns a farm in Churchville with his husband. He is excited to bring his perspectives to Roc Pride 2018 and see the ways our community comes together to celebrate and recognize progress and stand together.

 
  Jeff Myers   Jeff is the interim Executive Director for the Out Alliance and serves on the E-Team as a bridge between the Alliance and Roc Pride. Jeff has been the Alliance’s Managing Director since 2016 and served as the volunteer Volunteer Coordinator before joining the staff. An Alabama native, Jeff has held careers in interior design and event planning as well as serving on multiple Boards. Jeff is most excited about the opportunities Roc Pride 2018 offers and the chance to collaborate with community members to make this year the best yet!

Jeff Myers

Jeff is the interim Executive Director for the Out Alliance and serves on the E-Team as a bridge between the Alliance and Roc Pride. Jeff has been the Alliance’s Managing Director since 2016 and served as the volunteer Volunteer Coordinator before joining the staff. An Alabama native, Jeff has held careers in interior design and event planning as well as serving on multiple Boards. Jeff is most excited about the opportunities Roc Pride 2018 offers and the chance to collaborate with community members to make this year the best yet!

  Barb Turner   Barb is a Prevention Educator for Hep C and HIV at Anthony Jordan Health Centers. She is a founding staff member of MOCHA and has been involved in the community for years. Barb is thrilled to bring her experience and history with Roc Pride to the 2018 festivities. She looks forward to the week of events and new, more inclusive approach to programs.

Barb Turner

Barb is a Prevention Educator for Hep C and HIV at Anthony Jordan Health Centers. She is a founding staff member of MOCHA and has been involved in the community for years. Barb is thrilled to bring her experience and history with Roc Pride to the 2018 festivities. She looks forward to the week of events and new, more inclusive approach to programs.