Meet Our

Board Members

Rhys Pugatschew

Chairman of the Board

Rhys (he/him) is a trans individual wielding a Bachelor of Arts in English and a strong drive to help the LGBT2QIA+ community in Red Deer grow. He strongly believes that we must all stand together.

Rhys will be returning to school to pursue a degree in social work, which he plans on using to help counsel youth in schools and within RDQCA.

Alex Pugatschew


Alex (they/she) is a genderqueer individual with a background in cultural anthropology and early childhood education. They are a staunch advocate for intersectionality and inclusiveness in all parts of the queer community.


Since the beginning, Alex has worked hard to make RDQCA a safe place for the community which has so warmly welcomed them into the fold. 


Sarah Maetche


Sarah Maetche (she/her) was born and raised in Red Deer. She works as the Communications Specialist at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. Outside of work, she is passionate about supporting and amplifying diverse voices in the community.


Her volunteer experience includes working with the Red Deer Food Bank and serving on various community-based boards.
Serving as the Secretary, she is so excited to assist RDQCA to grow its organizational capacity so that it can serve the growing community.

Fredrick Coates-Radziwon


Fredrick (he/him) was born in Drumheller but grew up in Edmonton. While in Edmonton, Fredrick sat on the board of directors in the Edmonton pride community council for 4 years. He also holds a bachelor's of business management from MacEwan University. 


Fredrick moved back to Drumheller with his partner of 12 years in the fall of 2009 and became the first same-sex couple to get married there in 50 years during the summer of 2015.

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Tara Bentley

Communications Coordinator

Tara (she/her) is our ever-hardworking voice of reason. Although she does not interact much outside of our boardroom, we would be lost without her measured understanding of how humans work and communicate. 


Tara shares the Communication coordinator position with our committee member Sinead O'Brien (she/her). 

Ava Lelond 

Youth Advocate

This is Ava (they/them) and they are nonbinary. Ava writes for and is the youth advocate for the RDQCA.


Later this year, Ava will be attending the University of Kings College for a BA in political science and journalism.


They are currently awaiting next pride celebration in hopes to spend it with their friends and family.