Dr. Regina Duggins
Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York, Regina Duggins moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2010. Regina currently received her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 education and policies. Regina serves on the District 20 Constituent School Board, Founder of Charleston Black Pride, Founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, Education Director for the League of Women Voters of Charleston, SC, Parent Advocate for Charleston Rise, and is a Reading Interventionist for CCSD. Regina is also a local poet and self-published author of two poetry books. Raising five children and being a grandmother is also among her biggest achievements. Her mission for starting Charleston Black Pride is to highlight and bring awareness, inclusivity, and acceptance of LBGTQ+ individuals of Color who are multifaceted, talented, educated, cultured, and artistic within our community.
Brandon E. Maybank
Brandon E. Maybank is a native of Pineville, South Carolina, currently residing in the Hanahan area. Brandon graduated from Timberland High school in Saint Stephen South Carolina. Home of the Wolves. Brandon Started his career in Transportation and Education with Berkeley County District. Brandon held multiple positions such as Bus Driver Trainer, Office Administrator, and Summer School Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Assistant. In 2017 Brandon relocated to the Charleston area where he began working at Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) as an Operation Supervisor. Brandon is an active volunteer community service member on a local and national level with different organizations such as the local Relay for Life groups, South Carolina American Lung Association, American Red Cross and National Youth Pride Service. Brandon has a strong passion in making a difference within the LGBTQ+ community as a mentor and supporter in our society. Brandon and his grandmother came up with a phrase for when times get hard. They use the word FROG however the acronym stands for Fully Rely On God.
Kandace S. Tisdale
Kandace is a native of Charleston, S.C. where she resides with her son Cebastian “Bash”. She is a proud graduate of Burke High class of 1998. After graduating from the best high school in the land, she continued her education at Morris College in Sumter, S.C. where she graduated in 2002 with a Dual Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology and Journalism. During her time there she was the 1st attendant to Ms. Morris College, Vice President of the Sociology Club, and Ms. Black & Gold. Throughout her years of attending school, Kandace has done countless community service work with American Red Cross, helped with tutoring at the Morris College daycare, cleaning up the surrounding neighborhoods, and Adopt A Grandparent.
Upon graduation, Kandace moved to Savannah Georgia where she did community work with the beautiful rainbow community. In 2008, she moved back to her hometown and began working with different organizations such as: The Heart Walk, Susan G. Coleman, The Walk for Water Mission, as well as community services within the HIV/AIDS community. She has a strong passion for helping and encouraging others. Her goal is to make sure that everyone knows that she lives by these quotes everyday and continues to walk in her truth. “Delayed, but never denied,” “Each one teach one,” and “There is a cause and effect in everything that we do in Life!”
Director of Outreach
Jermaine Blake is a proud member on the board of Charleston Black Pride as Director of Outreach where he is responsible for helping to organize local events and fundraisers to better serve the LGBTQ+ community for people of color. Jermaine was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Also known as Lady J, Jermaine is a well known Socialite. He is a Burke High School graduate and also graduated from the Academy of Cosmetology. Following those major accomplishments, Jermaine is a current member of the House Beigen, reigning Charleston House Mother and very active in the ballroom scene. Changing the face of the LGBTQ+ community has always been the main focus for him. Charleston Black Pride is where outreach and activism will continue for Jermaine.
Director of Events
Breyron Cusack was born and raised in St. George, South Carolina. He graduated from Woodland High School and attended Benedict College where he majored in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and advertising. Breyron is a legendary Promoter, Host and Event Planner. He has over 10 years of experience working with celebrities such as Cardi B, Rasheeda & Kirt of Love & Hip-Hip Atlanta, TS Madison, Lloyd, and a long list of others including local entertainers. He has dedicated 5 of those years to throwing some of the hottest LGBTQ+ events in the city. Outside of entertainment, Breyron is known for mentoring LGBTQ+ youth about equality, discrimination, employment and many other knowledgeable topics highly effecting the lifestyles of the community. Breyron is a proud board member of Charleston Black Pride as the Director of Events.
Director of Talent & Programming
Maurice is a native of Walterboro, South Carolina. Although he was raised in a small rural town, Maurice spent most of his time in Charleston peddling between the hottest clubs (i.e., Déjà Vu II, Pantheon, and Patrick's) around the city. Graduating high school in 2009 he had big dreams and large aspirations. Maurice started in the ballroom scene the same year of his graduation and has walked ballroom categories throughout the east coast. With the love that he has for Charleston and for the ballroom scene, he has thrown successful balls as well as promoted several ballroom centered events. Support for his community is something Maurice stands strongly for because if it had not been for the community in the beginning he probably wouldn’t be here today. As a graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is humbled to sit on the Board of Charleston Black Pride and is ready to help serve. Maurice adds “with this seat I will lead for Mary and Cashmere. They made me fall in love with Charleston."
As a native to Charleston, South Carolina, Lakresha Pressley's passion for serving her community prompted her interest in joining the board of Charleston Black Pride as Youth Director. Lakresha is the proud mother of 5 wonderful children and 1 grandchild. She is a North Charleston High School alumi, and worked in healthcare for over 10 years. Lakresha has also worked in food service for 21 years and is currently employed by DD2 school district doing so. She loves cooking, reading and community outreach. Coming from a background with no support, Lakresha always had a calling for helping others. She strongly feels her expriences and skills will hopefully help provide a voice and support that is missing with LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. Charleston Black Pride is the organiztion she feels suits her best to extend her passion for outreach.