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Donald Post

President (he/him)

Location: Orlando, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Psychology, 2007, Florida State University

Current Profession: 

Pride Network Role: President

My volunteer life started while living in Tampa. I was approached by Max Oligario and asked to join the local Tampa-Bay Seminole Club. I loved my time serving the club creating scholarships for deserving FSU students. A career change brought my partner and I back to our hometown of Orlando, and I reached out to serve on the Board of Directors for the Seminole Club of Greater Orlando. The club then elected me to serve as President-Elect in 2016. I had the honor and responsibility of carrying out the legacy of every Orlando Seminole that served before me. 


With incredible dedication, hard work and personal sacrifice of the club’s Board of Directors - and volunteers! - we increased undergraduate scholarships, grew our endowment fund, offered more community volunteer activities, and enhanced our Game Watching Party experiences.


After serving as President in Orlando for the last three years, I was offered the opportunity to become the Founding President for the national FSU Pride Alumni Network. I am humbled by the monumental importance of this opportunity. I know FSU - my former professors, advisors, deans and fellow students - have prepared me to serve you: our community. 

This alumni network is very near to my heart. My time at FSU gave me a sense of family, diversity, and inclusion; equally my FSU family gave me the courage to accept and love myself as a gay man. Together, we will pioneer a Pride Alumni Network that helps keep the family, diversity, and inclusion a main staple at Florida State for years to come! Be You, Be Prideful, Be FSU.

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Kyle Simon

Vice-President (he/him)

Location: Tampa, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Political Science 2007; M.S. Applied American Politics and Policy, 2010, Florida State University

Current Profession: Director of Government Affairs and Communications, Home Care Association of Florida

Pride Network Role: Vice President

As a Seminoles fan for as long as I can remember, it is a privilege to serve on the FSU Pride Alumni Network Board of Directors. I am thrilled that the LGBTQ+ alumni now have a network of our own that will serve to support our beloved alma mater, mentor current LGBTQ+ students, and (eventually) establish a scholarship fund that will support LGBTQ+ Seminoles for years to come.


When I am not doing my part to help build our fledgling organization, I am most likely binge-watching movies and TV shows, debating politics, reading, or playing trivia at my local watering hole.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve — we won’t let the FSU LGBTQ+ community down. Stay safe and go Noles!

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Tequeda Patterson

Secretary (she/her)

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Criminology, 2004; B.S. Political Science and Government, 2007, Florida State University; MBA, Business, 2011; M.S. Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management, Walden University

Current Profession: Government Operations Consultant II

Pride Network Role: Secretary

Tequeda Patterson developed her love for helping others and uplifting her community as a child. Mrs. Patterson currently works as a Government Operations Consultant with the Florida Division of Disability Determinations, reviewing administrative policies and procedures, evaluating the organizational impact, identifying potential problems and recommending appropriate actions and resolutions. 


She previously co-owned and operated Each 1 Teach 1 Rehabilitation Services, Inc., connecting individuals in the Big Bend area with criminal backgrounds with educational and job placement resources to re-establish themselves within the community. 


Mrs. Patterson obtained her first Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Criminology in 2004, a second Bachelor’s in Political Science (FSU) in 2007 and later a Masters' of Business Administration and Masters’ of Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management  (Walden University). She is also active in: SISTUHS, Inc., the Order of the Eastern Star, and Rescue Me Project Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors.


When she isn’t working to help others, she’s a very busy married mother raising three incredible children; Kaylen, Kaliah and David II.


The Pride Alumni Network has been a joy to work with. She loves effecting change for populations that are underserved or underprivileged. Her goal in working with the Pride Network is to make all FSU students feel welcomed and valued as a part of our University’s community, as students and alumni. She looks forward to the great strides that will be achieved towards a more diverse and inclusive Florida State University!

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Michael Stephens

Treasurer

Location: Atlanta, GA

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Social Science, 1991, Florida State University

Current Profession: Director of Human Resources & Diversity

Pride Network Role: Treasurer

Michael Stephens is the Director of Human Resources & Diversity at Alston & Bird, an international law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers and employees in twelve offices. Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune Magazine on their annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For©" for the past 22 consecutive years. In his role, Michael manages all human resources operations, including supporting the firm’s award-winning culture that prioritizes trust, service, and inclusion.

In 2020, Michael completed his term as Chair for the Association of Legal Administrator’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, where he lectured and provided diversity and inclusion best practices to law firms across the country. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from FSU, class of 1991. During his time at Florida State University, he served as a member of the Marching Chiefs and was a Seminole Ambassador. He is passionate about FSU and is an annual donor to the School of Theatre, School of Social Science, Seminole Boosters, Marching Chiefs, and is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association.


He is dedicated to community involvement and public service. Michael has served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Year Up Greater Atlanta, and POSSE. Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Trustees for the Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation.


A native of Miami, Florida, Michael currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Collen Reedy. Together they are proud parents of two Boston Terriers, Jake and Hudson. In his spare time, he enjoys running half marathons, travelling internationally, and supporting the Florida State Seminoles.

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David Grimes

Parliamentarian (he/him)

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Political Science & Social Science, 2008; J.D., cum laude, 2011, Florida State University

Current Profession: Staff Director for the Democratic Office of the Florida House of Representatives

Pride Network Role: Parliamentarian

David presently serves as the Staff Director for the Florida House of Representatives, Minority Office, administering the office and advising the Democratic Caucus in the areas of appropriations, rules, redistricting, and the constitutional prerogatives of the House. Prior to that, while Deputy Staff Director, David was the chief advisor in the areas of finance, taxation, elections, and justice. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General specializing in civil rights and constitutional law defense with the Florida Office of the Attorney General. 


David received his bachelor's degree and J.D. from Florida State University, graduating law school cum laude. He currently serves on the Board of Legal Services of North Florida, the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, and the Florida State University Pride Alumni Network. David is a Governor of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar for the Second Judicial Circuit.

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Dr. Ramiz Kseri

Faculty Director (he/him)

Dr Kseri is a dually board-certified internist and pediatrician.


He earned his Medical Degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine and completed his residency training at Beaumont Health. While in residency, he held the position of Program Committee Chair for the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG). He worked on projects to place preferred pronouns and names in the Electronic Medical Records, provided a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ friendly providers, and secured sponsorship for all of the Pride events in the metro Detroit area.

He moved to Florida to be the Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine Residency program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare before being recruited by Florida State University, College Of Medicine. He is currently the Co-Director of Clinical Skills for the second year medical students at FSU College of Medicine, and practices LGBTQ+ inclusive primary at FSU PrimaryHealth in Tallahassee. 

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Dixie Daimwood-Westberry

Board Member (she/her)

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Criminology, 2005, Florida State University

Current Profession: Shareholder at Dunlap & Shipman, P.A. 

Pride Network Role: Board Member

I am a fierce advocate and supporter of Florida State University. At a young age, I dreamt of becoming a FSU Golden Girl, a dream that would later become a reality. Now, in my spare time, I enjoy cheering on the Seminoles with my wife and our three children. 


In my professional life, I am a Partner in Dunlap & Shipman, P.A.’s Tallahassee, Florida office where I handle a broad range of employment and labor, construction defect, and first-party residential and commercial property coverage matters. I represent clients in state, federal, administrative, and appeals courts throughout Florida. I am admitted to practice before the Northern, Middle, and Southern District Courts of Florida, as well as the New York and Florida State Courts. I am active in the local community having served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Inns of Court, Alpha Delta’s Pi’s Alumni Association, and Leadership Tallahassee.  


Go Noles and stay forever golden!

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Qaree Dreher

Board Member (he/him)

Qaree's bio coming soon.

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Joseph Garcia

Board Member

Joseph's bio coming soon.

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Dionte Gavin

Board Member (he/him)

Location: Tallahassee, Florida 

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. International Affairs and Finance 2007; MPA, 2014, Florida State University

Current Profession: Senior Operations Director

Pride Network Role: Board Member

Dionte Gavin is the Senior Operations Director at Visit Tallahassee (Leon County Division of Tourism) where he is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations, budget, and finance. Prior to his role at Visit Tallahassee, he spent 17.5 years with the Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office in Finance. With over 20 years of experience in local government, Dionte is adept in government finance and accounting, budget, public administration and policy, contract management and administration, information management, marketing and communication, and public relations.


Active in his local community, Dionte is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 38 and a member of various professional organizations such as the Florida Government Finance Officers Association where he is immediate Past-President of its Big Bend Chapter. He is also active in Equality Florida, having served on the Tallahassee Steering Committee.


Dionte is a two-time graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs with a concentration in finance and a Master of Public Administration. He also holds a certification in Public Management from The Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University.


With his passion for equality and justice for all coupled with his love for all things FSU and his innate social skills, Dionte is very excited to bring his perspective of growing up in a small town and overcoming obstacles to reach success to the Pride Alumni Network.


A native of north Florida, in his spare time Dionte enjoys travel, FSU sports, and quality time with friends.

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Ryan Hurst

Board Member (he/him)

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Science, 2009, Florida State University

Current Profession: Development Manager, National Black Justice Coalition

Pride Network Role: Board Member

Ryan Hurst is the Executive Director of Forward Florida Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build the power of everyday Floridians through voter registration and engagement. Before, Ryan was a Major Gifts Development Officer with the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. 


Ryan has worked in progressive politics for over a decade in the nonprofit sector. He began organizing as a student at FSU where he worked to register voters and advocate for LGBTQ marriage equality and other issues. 

Ryan is a graduate of the Florida State University. He’s an alumnus of People For the American Way Foundation’s Front Line Leaders Academy and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute’s Candidate and Campaign Training. 

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Jean-Carl Menelas

Board Member (he/him)

Location: Atlanta, GA

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. in Exercise Science, 1996, Florida State University

Current Profession: Personal Trainer/ Personal Stylist

Pride Network Role: Board Member

I am a self-employed Personal Trainer with over 20 years experience in the Atlanta area, and am certified through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. I partner with my clients on their health and well being in the studio, home and corporate setting. Also, I am also a Personal Stylist with the clothing brand J.Hilburn. I work with my clients to establish and curate their own personal style. 


When presented with the opportunity to serve on this board I was honored for the opportunity to give back to Florida State. While I came out to my friends as a student at FSU, I did not feel a sense of security or belonging with the LGBTQ+ community. This Network gives me a chance to serve the current students at Florida State to achieve the visibility and recognition which they deserve. 


While at Florida State, I was also an active member of the Black Student Union.

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Heath Story

Board Member (he/him)

Heath's bio coming soon.

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Abby Queale

Board Member (she/her/they/them)

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, 2004; M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, 2005; University of Florida. J.D., 2011, Florida State University

Current Profession: Chief Executive Officer, MagCorp

Pride Network Role: Board Member

Abby Queale is the Chief Executive Officer of MagCorp, a technology development partner of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. She is a registered patent attorney and is published in both the legal and engineering fields. 

Abby sought her passion for innovation by earning a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida but finally found a home at the Florida State University College of Law where she earned her J.D. in 2011. After graduation, she stayed at FSU working in technology transfer as Associate General Counsel and Senior Licensing Manager where she had the honor of working with FSU’s brilliant Faculty and Staff to bring their inventions and creative works to the marketplace. 

Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Abby left FSU to lead MagCorp in 2019 and developed a new model for technology development partnerships between the public and private sectors by successfully negotiating a partnership agreement with FSU in 2020.

Abby loves playing and watching sports. As a Disney Parks aficionado, when she’s not at EPCOT, she’s collecting Disneyana and helping her family and friends plan their Disney trips.

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Andrew Wilson

Board Member (he/him)

Location: Oakland, CA

Major & Graduation Year: B.S. Marketing, 2007, Florida State University; M.S. Advertising, 2011, Boston University

Current Profession: Account Executive at Google

Pride Network Role: Board Member