Board of Directors

Executive Secretary Ben Pollack

Executive Chair

Ben Pollack

Ben is excited to be serving as Board Chair after serving his two year term as Executive Secretary. He is also serving as the graphic designer and webmaster for the Court. Prior to working with ICOM, Ben worked in leadership for 8 years with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus as a section admin, Pride Committee Chair, and Production Committee lead. Ben is very excited for Reign 30. He plans to travel to quite a few coronations, attend many events, and continue to build “Unity in the Community” both at home and outside of ICOM.

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Executive Vice-Chair

John Bigger

John previously served ICOM as Prince Royale for Reign 20, Imperial Council Chair for Reign 21, Events Coordinator for Reigns 22 and 23, and Executive Board Chair in Reign 24.

Executive Chair Shawn Creveling

Interim Executive Treasurer

Shawn Creveling

Shawn has officially been with the Imperial Court of Minnesota since Reign 22. Since then, he has held a variety of positions including Prince Royale 23, Emperor 24, Coronation Coordinator and Executive Chair twice.

When not engaged in Court activities, Shawn can be found working with Wells Fargo (since 2004). He is currently a Senior L&D Facilitator specializing in mortgages. 

Imperial Council Chair Jeff Crump

Imperial Council Chair

Chris Bouvia

Chris joined the Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire Inc in 2010. He ran in his first pageant soon after as Crystal Weihn and won Miss Big, Bold, & Beautiful. Following that Empress 13 of that court which covers all of Southern Nevada, made Chris Imperial Crown Prince Royale 13 and he received the YG Award for Fundraising. The following year he reigned as Emperor 14. After that, he and his husband, Michael Weihn, moved to Phoenix and were members of the Imperial Court of Arizona. Then in 2015 they moved to Minnesota and joined the Imperial Court of Minnesota. He reigned as Emperor 17 from the Las Vegas court as they had regents that year and he was able to reign from Minnesota. He co-created the Ice Castle Pageant with his husband & subsequently received the President’s Award. He then became Executive Secretary and continued as a General Court member during his husband’s reign as Emperor 28/29 Cody Pendant. He also has changed his drag name to Velvet Pickle Back which was given by Empress Helen Back. At Coronation 30 he was given the Lifetime Title “The Wolfman” from his husband. Now he is proud to continue his support of the Imperial Court of Minnesota by stepping into the role of Imperial Council Chair for Reign 30.

Imperial Vice-Chair Julie Dafydd

Imperial Council Vice-Chair

Chris Nitti

Emperor 28 Cody Pendant

Emperor 28/29

Michael Weihn (Cody Pendant)

He started out performing and fundraising in 2010 in Las Vegas under his birth name Michael Weihn (pronounced wine) in Vegas he won his first pageant with his debut performance for the title king Midas also with the Las Vegas imperial court he was Imperial crown prince, imperial crown prince Royale three reigns, entertainer of the year, and won various awards such as court member of the year, humanitarian award, the YG award twice, and Presidents award. Since he moved to Minnesota five years ago he has continued his fundraising now with the imperial court of Minnesota. He was executive treasurer, won the presidents award, coproduced the ice castle pageant, and now with the alter ego Cody Pendant, he is the current emperor 28.

Empress 28 Leah Tyler

Empress 28/29

Richard Kopf (Leah Tyler)

The holder of the cherry on a spoon. The queen of pigs, and a connoisseur of VHS cleaners, the power bottom of the state of 10,000 lakes. The love child of Miss Piggy, and John Waters the filthiest person alive, the body beautiful bearded lady herself Leah Tyler Empress 28. They have been involved in non profits for over 4 years volunteering their talents performing, helping put together, gathering donations, and helping put on educational classes, for events within the leather, pup, drag, and court organizations all over the states, During the day the empress works as a hairstylist. In their spare time they love video games, cooking, baking amd spending time with their bio puppies Pua, and Pumbaa.

Princess Royale 28 Anastasia C. Principle

Emperor 30

L. Russell Waisanen (Russell “Giggles” Storm)


Empress 30 Anastasia C. Principle

Empress 30

Matt Hudson (Anastasia C. Principle)

Matt (aka ACP) is happy to once again the join the BOD for Reign 28. Matt works with U.S. Bank where he also has presided over their LGBTQ BRG; Spectrum. Matt’s passion for the community is evident through his volunteerism with the Imperial court, The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as Quorum. Matt recently completed his bachelors degree for Organizational Communications at Metro State with a minor in Project Management. Matt resides in North Minneapolis with his 2 St. Bernards Dolce Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. 

Princess Royale 28 Anastasia C. Principle

Princet Royale 30

John Schmitt (Bren Da’Rehab)


Princess Royale 28 Anastasia C. Principle

Princess Royale 30

Shane Kaess (Betty Bang)