Board of Directors
Eric Edward Schell
President - Creator & Sole Photographer
"One of the things I find important about Pride Portraits is not only for people outside of the LGBTQI community to learn and educate themselves about us as humans, but also for people within our community to continually be reminded that there are others outside of our respective bubbles. For example as a gay man when my community won marriage equality, I thought the fight was over. I quickly learned that it's not.
Becoming personally involved with the trans community through my work with the TransVisible Project and Pride Portraits, I learned firsthand the struggles of trans and gender expansive individuals. This has helped me become a strong and more outspoken advocate and activist for trans rights and equality. The way I see it, trans people from the beginning, starting with stonewall, have stood up and led the way towards full equality for all of us. So why wouldn't we as gay men not fight with all our powers, be it our voices, our connections or economic support, for them."
Andrea Nicolette Segovia
"Being a proud bisexual Latinx woman is something I hold near to my heart. I put those identities in every part of my work in our community. To help some of the most marginalized communities use their voice and see the importance of their individual power is something I can say with pride that I do each and every day. I am a native Texan and while this state and the leaders of it might not share my same beliefs I love and cherish so many of the people I get to work alongside with. That among many reasons is why I am so happy to be a part of the pride portraits team."
Rick Schell is a senior lecturer in management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Leadership Communication and Consultative Selling. He is also director of the Undergraduate Business Minor program, where he teaches Business Communications. Prior to joining the Jones School, he spent 30 years in the Information Technology industry, working in sales, marketing, and education for IBM, the Amdahl Corporation, and Fujitsu Ltd. His business career included executive assignments in field sales, strategic and industry marketing, media and analyst relations, sales education, and global business development. He also served as chief of staff to his company’s president and CEO, where he developed and delivered strategic communications to all internal and external audiences. His interests and competencies include cross-cultural communication, crisis communication and gender communication.
MLK said, “the arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We will know that America has met the promise of justice for all when we celebrate difference rather than merely tolerate it; when we fight bigotry rather than merely condemn it; and when we offer no safe haven for haters and their supporters.
Director of Operations
Crimson Jordan is an activist fighting for LGBTQIA+ equality. He is also a published author and graphic novelist. He currently holds a staff writer position with Spectrum South. He became involved with Pride Portraits as a volunteer. After almost a year of volunteer work he is thrilled to officially join the team.
"I am the product of support and love from various people and places and have grown into a better person because of it. The community that I've become a part of has essentially become a part of me. I've experienced so much love from people I've just met and makes me optimistic about our future, despite troubling current events. It goes to show that what we put into our people, our youth, our elders - all comes back around and builds our community."