Meet The Team

Princess Mocha

President & Co-Founder
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Princess Mocha has always been a strong advocate for the LGBT+ community. Even upon graduating high school she has spent her time devoted as a drag queen entertaining and promoting the welfare of the LGBT+ community with each performance. She has mentored many aspiring adults and children over the years in the culture and art form of drag and in her efforts raised over $7000+ for Upstate Pride during her reign as Ms. Upstate Pride 2016. Princess Mocha is a Co-founder of the Rainbow Support Group - SC and helps facilitate various operations to better the community, aid in LGBT+ morale and promote the best reputation for all LGBT+ community members

Kim Williams

Vice President & Co-Founder
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Kim Williams has been an LGBTQIA activist in the upstate of South Carolina for the last 20 years. She believes in the view that together we can change the world and is working towards this goal in the upstate. She has experience in the LGBTQIA community as an leader and has been a mentor to many in the Upstate. She has been a volunteer for Meals On Wheels, volunteered and held board positions in Upstate Pride, as well as held board positions in the Greenville and Spartanburg chapters of PFLAG. Kim is a co-founder of the Rainbow Support Group. Kim has always supported encouraged the LGBTQIA community and is available 24/7 for all LGBTQIA persons and our allies.

Calli Bieler

Charleston Chapter Director
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Calli Bieler was born in a small town in Kansas, who later became a resident of the upstate and currently resides in Charleston SC. From a background in the arts to a career in corporate administration she brings both creativity and organization to anything she puts her hands on. Taking on roles in various community organizations and events has become a passionate calling. Not only taking part in actavism, Calli plays a part in education and resource management for those needing it most. As mother of two children she stays active in the schools and helps educators navigate through issues involving our youth. Calli has long been involved with note worthy organizations fighting for the rights and care of those who have been victims of sexual assault or other types of domestic violence. Giving loud voice in our community to those who have been silenced by the inability to be recognized. Calli is excited to continue to give back more to the LGBTQ community that she has been a proud member of as well as help bridge the gap for accessible resources from city to city within our State.

David Poteat

Communications Director
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David has long been a vocal supporter, activist, and champion of lgbtq+ rights.  David comes from a conservative Southern background, his Father was a Southern Baptist Minister.  At the age of 18 he began living his truth as an openly gay man.  David is an avid opponent to the dangers of conversion therapy.  In 2012 David received his credentials for ministry.  He served on the board of directors of Upstate Pride SC for several years, his work focusing on festival organization, grassroots fundraising, and entertainment.  David has volunteered his time over the years with several worthy organizations throughout the upstate.  He has an ever-growing social media presence and hopes to use that platform for greater social change.  He is always ready to step up to be an educator for the community on issues that affect LGBTQ+ persons in the south.  David is available to the LGBTQ+ community and the general public 24 hours a day.  David studied mass communications and has experience in television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, and sound engineering.  He has recently begun recording and producing his own podcast series and hopes that it can help to highlight some of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community in the deep south. David has been a proud member of Rainbow Support Group SC for several years and now currently serves as their Communications Director.  He hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Rainbow Support Group SC's online and social media presence. It is his hope that serving as Communications Director that Rainbow Support Group's Message of Love, Affirmation, & Hope can be spread more widely than ever before.

Zachary Crago

Treasurer
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Zachary was born and raised in Spartanburg. He has a career in Finance and Tax preparation. He also has experience in Management, factory work, and some medical experience. He has been apart of the rainbow support group for 5 years. Zachary helps out more on a one on one basis with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, suicidal situations, and self harm. He is very helpful with finding resources and information to those who need it concerning these issues. He gives a more private setting for those who may feel uncomfortable with speaking in a group setting due to social anxiety or insecurities. He always tries to help out in any way possible or will help in finding someone who can do so.

Cora Bright

Secretary
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Cora Bright has been a member of the Rainbow Support Group actively for 2 years. She is the Secretary of the Rainbow Support Group. She has a passion for healthcare and the LGBTQIA+. She volunteered for the Community Emergency Response Team for 11 years before turning her attention to RSGSC. Homeschooled, Autistic, & Dyslexic, She’s had to overcome social anxiety and low self esteem. At 15 she came out to her parents about her bisexuality, and became the first in her family to mark the path for her siblings to take, should they choose. Since then she has actively engaged the conversation with preaching love and acceptance towards all. 

She stands for female empowerment & equality in all things, protests conversion therapy and always tries to look at the humor life presents. 

“Together we can change the world” was the phase that took her on the path to actively try to make the world a better place, the Rainbow Support Group was the safe place she needed to give her the ability to do so.

Tessa Jade Knight

MTF Trans Coordinator
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Tessa Jade is is one of our MTF Trans Coordinators.  She is wanting to help spread awareness for the trans community and is committed to not only teaching others but also learning. Her time spent in foster care as a kid and being homeless gives her a special ability to connect with those that are classified as out cast. Living as her true self has given her the courage and bravery to speak up for those who can't for themselves. She hopes to make stronger connections and help pave the road to equality for the trans community.

Kylara Ann Bagwell

MTF Trans Coordinator
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Hi my name is Kylara but most people call me Kae. I am a Transgender woman. I have known I was different than the way others around me have seen me since I was little. Throughout my life, I have been struggling to let myself out as I see myself. I tried many times but would get pushed back because of others around me not accepting me for who I am. Throughout my life until many years ago I was trapped into being what others thought my gender was from birth. Now I have a loving person in my life and am able to be ME! I have love from my Rainbow family as well that loves me for me and I am so thankful for that. There are still people that do still only see me as I was born but I am hoping in time they will see me for who I am. 

I am a MTF Transgender Coordinator for the Rainbow Support Group. I am here to help in any way that I can. 

Kyson Ackley

FTM Trans Coordinator
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Kyson Ackley has been a part of the Rainbow Support Group for 7 years. He is one of the FTM Trans Coordinators in the RSG. He was raised Roman Catholic and wasn't allowed to explore his identity until after he graduated high school. Since he came to terms with his identity, he is the happiest he's ever been and wants to help anyone out who may be going through anything similar. He is strong minded and is always willing to find a way to help others in any way he can.

Lee King

FTM Trans Coordinator
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My name is Lee King, I am trans FTM. I have been trans for a few years didn’t start hormones until 9 months ago.I have 2 degrees 1 in electronics the other in criminal justice with an undergraduate certificate in cybercrime. I want to be able to spread positivity, decency, and happiness to our community.I want future generations to be able to have the freedom they deserve to live their truth.I would like to become a member of the rainbow support group board so I can help more on the front lines as well as in the back. To show people that it’s never to late to start living your true self. I want to inspire people not just their minds I want to inspire their souls as well. Forgiveness is for you not for them.

Mackenzie Hines

Member-at-Large
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Mackenzie Hines has been a member of the Rainbow Support Group since its founding in 2013 and will be serving as  Member-at-Large. He has extensive experience in volunteer work and loves giving back to the community, having served on the Board of Directors of Upstate Pride as the Events coordinator from 2013 to 2014. He is driven by the desire to help the younger generations of LGBTQ+ individuals realize their worth and potential, and is always willing to listen and offer advice when needed. 

Jason Law

Member-at-Large
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A proud Colorado resident for the past decade, Jason Law hails from the Upstate and is a true son of the south. He understands firsthand the southern gay experience and has a true passion for being the person he needed when he was younger. Jason believes in the power and absolute necessity of community. Using his ability to connect and engage with others and support his hometown community are the driving forces behind his desire to serve the Rainbow Support Group SC.
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