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meet our team.

QEDU is a currently a volunteer only organization and we are proud of our team! Our services are made possible by their hard work and on-going support. We have gathered a team of passionate individuals who work tirelessly to help deliver quality presentations and training materials to our communities. If you are interested in becoming a part of QEDU and contributing to the success of our mission, please contact a representative at info@myqedu.org

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Dominic V. Le Fort is the founder and Executive Director of QEDU. Mr. Le Fort is a training and development professional with over eight years of experience in corporate education, program management, and instructional design. He coordinates on-going queer education programs in high schools, universities, and police academies across Southern California to promote awareness and understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience. Dominic is a Mexican-American immigrant residing in Los Angeles, California.

executive director

Dominic V. Le Fort

Bernadette Lopez

Bernadette Lopez earned her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2017. Being raised by two mothers, Bernadette has always had a passion for combating LGBTQ+ prejudice and promoting acceptance. She has worked intently with disadvantaged youth for over two years, providing mentorship on gender stereotypes and the roles of women in the media. Bernadette pursues her activism with Leadership Lab at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and continues to work closely with our local communities.

outreach coordinator

Bernadette Lopez

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Ryan Maganini received his B.A.​​ in Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he worked with the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County to implement the Safe Schools Project. He is an advocate and mentor who ​​is committed to empowering the queer and trans communities. Currently, he works as an Outreach Specialist for the STOP Domestic Violence Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

content developer

Ryan Maganini

Ryan Maganini received his B.A.​​ in Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he worked with the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County to implement the Safe Schools Project. He is an advocate and mentor who ​​is committed to empowering the queer and trans communities. Currently, he works as an Outreach Specialist for the STOP Domestic Violence Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

researcher and speaker

Gabie Castleberry Gordon

Patrick Sales earned his B.S. in Child Development from California State University, Fullerton and is expecting to graduate with his M.S. in Special Education by the end of this year, also from CSUF. He currently works as a teacher to students with mild/moderate disabilities. Additionally, he runs after-school programs throughout the community bringing the art of musical theatre into the lives of his students. Patrick is an openly gay educator and strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. His classroom is a safe space for all.

curriculum advisor

Patrick Sales

Michelle Deeb received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley. As the mother of a gay son, she has dedicated her professional career to social welfare and justice. She has participated in a number of research initiatives designed to promote understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience and explore the negative consequences of internalized homophobia/transphobia.  She currently resides in Albany, CA.

community engagment manager

Michelle Le Fort

meet the board of directors

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