Jersey Gay Pride Committee


DeAnn M. Cox, Director and Founder

 Getting a genuine education was impossible and a higher education seemed like a world away. My parents never insisted or even indicated that they wanted me to continue my education after high-school. There was no money saved for college and the only mention of my future was, “Don’t have sex” and “Don’t get pregnant.” They insisted that I should concentrate on being a Jehovah’s Witness and becoming a local ministering pioneer. My teachers and classmates spoke of college and what they wanted to be when they grew-up; I was not able to place myself among their dreams.

After a rough start getting amalgamated to high school - going to nerd to Ms. Popular - I spent my eleventh and twelfth grade years studying hard, making the honor roll, joining professional student organizations, and even volunteering. In my senior year one of my teachers, Ms. Brockington, approached me about a cooperative opportunity a small law firm. She said I had been doing very well and wanted me to go on an interview. She had chosen me and one other student to attend. I was caught off guard because Ms. Brockington and I never saw eye to eye, especially during my troubled years. The day before the interview Ms. Brockington pulled me to the side and told me to wear a skirt, not pants, to the interview because the owners were old-fashioned. I know in my heart Ms. Brockington’s advice is what got me that job. Ms. Brockington gave me the chance I needed. I began working at the firm and they hired me full-time after graduation and my journey as a professional woman began.

Today, I enjoy owning and operating own company & pride's biggest sponsor, Cox Consultant and Management Firm, Inc. Each of my companies allows me to travel the world, make  great friends, awesome networking, and plenty of business opportunities. 

I am also the founder of, a website dedicated to acknowledging, celebrating, and honoring Black celebrities.


Terri Maloney, Director of Engagement

Terri has been actively working in the community as a local meetup organizer and event coordinator since 2009. She has volunteered her time and event organization skills as the Development Coordinator at the Mary Ann Mazanec Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Terri has effectively planned, organized, and implemented various events over the years and is excited about her role as Director of Community Engagement for Southern New Jersey LGBTQA Pride. 


Rochelle L. Johnson, Director of Entertainment and Outreach

African-descent Drag King, hails from East Orange, New Jersey, now residing in the Philadelphia area. He has taken PA by storm winning Mr. Philadelphia Drag King 2011, Mr. Philadelphia Gay Pride 2011, Voted Philadelphia Gay News 1st Best Drag King 2011, Mr. Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 1st Runner-Up 2012, Pittsburgh's The Aggressive-One 1st Runner-Up 2012, D.D.I's Mr. Divo International M.I. King 2013-2014, Mr. Pennsylvania Ultimate King, 2013-2014, Drag 411's first official winner of The Most Popular M.I. in the WORLD, Mr. Queens Empire City M.I. King 2014-2015, Mr. Gay Pennsylvania United States M.I. 2014-2015 1st Alternate, Mr. Gay Capital City United States M.I. (2015), Mr. Pennsylvania Renaissance Newcomer MI, South Jersey Gay Pride King and now dubbed King Daddio, the Forever King is also a member of the Elegance Family and the Snow Family and has established The Rasta Boi Punany Organization (2013). Rasta Boi Punany is also a sponsor/vendor and performer for Philadelphia's Annual Women of Color Family Day Picnic, Philadelphia's Annual Kwanzaa event, Philadelphia's Trans-Gender Annual Conference, South Jersey's LGBTQ Annual event, becoming the 1st King of this event, Atlantic City's Annual Coming Out Day and a volunteer for Philly Pride's Annual Gay Parade, Philly Dyke March and Lehigh Valley Pride. Rasta Boi Punany also had the 1st King's float in the history of the Philly Pride Parade (2013). He has traveled to perform shows in New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, NYC, Brooklyn, D.C., Wisconsin, Maryland, Atlanta and Denver (so far).

There is NO ONE like Rasta Boi Punany. 


Damon Potochar-Strothers, Director of Development

Damon A. Potochar-Strothers was born in Philadelphia, PA and has lived most of his life in and around his hometown of Willingboro, NJ. He graduated Willingboro High School with honors and went on to Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte, NC where he studied Music Education with an emphasis on Piano and Voice in Opera and Classical genres of music. Since then, Damon has gone on to become a Social Worker for a private company in NJ that assisted citizens with developmental disabilities, a Customer Service Representative for AT&T Communications, a Radio-Nuclear Pharmaceutical Technologist. Damon has a passion for helping his community and has a wealth of ideas to help the LLCW propel even higher. 


Ron Strothers-Potochar, Director of Operations and Logistics

Ron brings over 19 years of corporate experience to the organization.  He currently works as the Quality Manager for Toll Compaction Group in Neptune, NJ.  Ron displays a commitment to helping others.  His encouraging and generous heart has a positive impact on the LLCW’s clients and volunteers.  He is family oriented and believes that healthy families create healthy communities.

Ron resides in Freehold, NJ.  He is an honors graduate from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  As a result of his academic excellence, he was awarded the Presidential Honors Scholarship, the NASA/Morgan Engineering Scholarship and induction into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.  Ron has received his Masters Certification in Lean Six Sigma - Black Belt from Villanova University.



Carl Max as Whitney Houston, Queen Mother

Carl Max New York - born Is a Female Impersonator, CEO and Founder of Diamond Entertainment Management Co. Carl Max, (born September 8th, 1969), who was a self-described “humbled in every way,” elevating female impersonation from its dubious history as a glam drag act into a elegant and sophisticated lip-sync entertainment. He began acting as a boy and continued to perform while trying to survive on his own going to school and working. When working as a Loss Prevention Investigator he performed in drag revues until he was given a larger part in Female Impersonation shows threw out the United States. Thereafter, his career took off, with stints on television and in revues, pantomimes, and nightclubs, including his own, "House Of Legends" currently running in New Hope, PA. CarlMax—who always insisted that he was an actor portraying a woman—used glamorous dresses, elaborate wigs, and cheerful double entendres while impersonating famous female celebrities like Whitney Houston and Diana Ross as well as creating his own unique character CeCe Sapphire. He also appeared on the legitimate stage, in parades and many other professional outlets. Carl received many theatrical honours and was made EOY in 2014-15. 


Ginger Alley, Ms. SNJGayPride 2016-18

Ginger Alley a 6ft 3 larger than life fashion Diva Vixen. Born in Runnemede, NJ with duel residency in Collingswood, NJ and Southampton, PA. Ginger has a preternatural understanding of style and concepts of fashion. One cannot bound Ginger Alley with any stylistic stereotypes. Ginger never fails to surprise & delight with her personality, looks, and her high standards of work. Ginger drag career started in 1991 in New Hope, PA . After studying and learning the art she quickly blossomed into a fixture of the Philadelphia drag scene. She holds a few titles, the latest Miss Philadelphia 2014 and is a monthly cast member of the longest running drag show in Philadelphia at Bob n Barbara's. Ginger has been invited to perform in numerous locations including CT, NYC, DE, NJ, New Orleans and all over the state of  Florida and the Keys. Ginger's work encapsulates the boundless nature of drag as the seemingly simple act of a man putting on a dress is transferred into fine art. Follow her career to experience her creative vision.