The Equality Caucus of Genesee County seeks to bring visibility to LGBTQ+ issues by influencing policy, supporting LGBTQ+ friendly leaders and educating the public through community outreach and collaboration within as well as outside the LGBTQ+ community in an open and honest manner.

Leadership

Nicole Derusha-Mackey, Chairperson

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Nicole Derusha-Mackey (she / her / hers) is the founder and current chairperson of the Equality Caucus of Genesee County. A lifelong resident of Genesee County, Nicole has worked on numerous political campaigns, ranging from local millage renewal to US Congressional campaign. She currently works as a legislative aide for State Representative Pam Faris, and serves as a vice-chair of the Genesee County Democratic Party. Nicole also serves on the Board of Directors for the Barth Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated finding a cure for Barth Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects her son. She lives in Swartz Creek with her wife, Sarah, and 12-year-old son, Devin.

Theresa Roach, Vice Chairperson

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Theresa Roach is the Vice Chair of the Equality Caucus. Theresa is a Flint native and lifelong resident of Genesee County with 5 years of experience in advocacy and policy work. Theresa earned a Bachelors of Ats in Journalism from Central Michigan University (2006) and a Masters in Communication and Digital Media Design from Saginaw Valley State University (2009). Theresa is a voracious reader, a retired derby girl and is determined to learn how to speak Spanish someday. She enjoys traveling, knitting, running, attending music festivals and spending time with friends and family.

Quentin “Q” Groce, Treasurer

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Quentin Groce, or Q as he is known, is the treasurer of the Equality Caucus of Genesee County. Born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan, Q moved to Genesee County to live with his partner Joshua and been here for 2 years. Q is a marketing strategist with the MLive Media Group and helps businesses and non-profits tell their story and connect with those they want to reach. Outside of the Caucus, Q enjoys being involved with the community serving as the Chair of the Flint/Genesee Young Professionals and as an Ambassador for the Flint/Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew Bristle, Secretary

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Andrew Bristle is the secretary of the Equality Caucus of Genesee County. raised in Davison, Andrew is a business development and analytics professional and has worked for Diplomat since 2013, where he is currently a senior program manager. He resides in downtown Flint where he enjoys learning about and promoting the history, culture, and renewal of Genesee County’s largest city.

Genevieve Field, Executive Member at Large

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Genevieve Field (she/her/hers) serves as an at-large executive committee member and the chair of the policy committee. She is a 1997 graduate of Kearsley High School and 2001 graduate of Mott Community College. A lifelong Gennesee County resident, Genevieve lives in Burton where she serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Ms. Field is a transwoman and has been married to her wife for over 15 years. Genevieve will lend her voice to any marginalized community, large or small, with particular focus to the LGBTQ+, homeless, and HIV/AIDS positive communities. She attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Flint.

Drew Marsh, Executive Member at Large

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Drew Marsh, a Davison native, is an at-large member of the executive committee. While majoring in Public Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint, Drew was active in student government and also served as a university orientation leader. Upon graduation, Drew joined Theta Chi Fraternity as a field executive, and later became a legislative assistant for State Representative Tim Sneller, a position he still holds. Drew currently serves as the Chair of the Genesee Young Democrats and as a Counselor & Financial Advisor for Theta Chi Fraternity.

Frank Burger, Executive Member at Large

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Frank Burger is an at-large member of the Equality Caucus Executive Committee. A lifelong resident of Genesee County, Frank has worked on several political campaigns, ranging from the Recall Paul Scott Campaign to local millage elections. Frank currently teaches Biology and Physical Science at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township. He also serves as the President of the Carman-Ainsworth Education Association, and Male Co-Chair of the NEA GLBT Caucus. Frank is active as a trainer for the NEA for their LGBTQ Training Program, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice Training Programs. He lives in Grand Blanc with his husband Michael, and their Toy Poodle Bandit.

Rebecca Jayne Veal, Executive Member at Large

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Flint resident Rebecca Jayne Veal (she / her / hers) is a 68 year old trans woman and Vietnam veteran. She’s dedicated most of her life to advocating for others, previously as a union rep and currently as president of Transgender Connect in Flint. A life long Democrat, Rebecca holds a BA in political science and a MBA, making her a great fit as an at-large member of the Equality Caucus executive committee.