Board of Directors

Executive Chair Shawn Creveling

Executive Chair

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. 

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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.

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Executive Treasurer

Brady Lee Hodge

Brady was born in MO, Raised in NE and WI.  Moved to NYC in 2009 from Nebraska and was there for 8+ years.  He moved back to MN in 2017.

He became a Realtor in 2018 and has been with Redfin Real Estate for 3 years.

Brady has been involved in the ICS system since the early 90s and has served in the NE and NYC courts before getting involved with ICOM. He did drag as Miss Trina Tabloid for several decades. He was a Miss HGRA, but doesn’t remember the year. Miss Tabloid has not performed in MN as a resident, yet. 

Brady is a doggie dad to a 16-year-old 4.5lb. Chihuahua named Sweet Pea, who only loves him and his ex.  In his spare time, he can be found walking the dog (weather willing), watching too much television, and hanging out with friends. When he can, he likes doing woodworking projects. He is not a car nerd but has had over 35 different cars in my lifetime! 

Executive Secretary Ben Pollack

Executive Secretary

Ben Pollack

Ben is currently serving his second year of a 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.

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

Events Coordinator

Tee Whitney

Tee is excited to join the Board of Directors serving his first term as Events Chair. He has a strong connection to the Pageantry world as he is the Owner/Promoter for Minnesota All American Goddess Pageantry. He hopes to strengthen the relationship between the Court and the Pageant world. His drag family, the Whitneys, have a strong history with both worlds. He can frequently be found judging most local pageants, as well as traveling across the country to judge other prelims and bar titles. His passions outside of the lgbtqia+ community lie in kickball, concert band, and just a touch of geeky activities. He currently lives in St Louis Park with his Fiancé Bill, cat Bubbles, terrier mix Lucifer, and corgi Toth.

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)