I have an extensive history with non-profits. I have worked for them, developed a couple, engaged and held positions on boards, committees, and volunteering events, as well as participating in and organizing fund raising and membership events. I am an experienced policy developer and understand the importance of “doing what you say you are going to do.” I find that most jobs, no matter how trivial or difficult they may seem, tend to be a lot more fun if you are surrounded by a great bunch of people.
Scott Mead VP of the Big O Bears Originally from Omaha, Scott returned to Omaha with his partner Adam in 2006 to work as an educator in the Omaha area schools. Scott joined the BO!B in 2013 as a member, attending meetings and events. Eventually Scott was elected to the At Large Position on the Bear Council and eventually to his current VP position. Scott enjoys the arts, theater, the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, skiing, cooking, all things Star Wars (Go Mando!), Superheroes and a good murder mystery series on Netflix, HBO Max or one of those other streaming platforms.
I’m originally from Georgia, but moved to Nebraska due to my dad being in the military and I’ve been here ever since. Omaha is home for me and most days I’d say I’m pretty proud of that. I’ve been with the Big O Bears since the creation of the group. From starting off as 6 guys hanging at the bar talking about creating a gentlemen’s club if you will to now being a full-fledged nonprofit organization. Part of what has kept me in the group so long is the relationships I’ve established and satisfaction of giving back to the community.
I have lots of interests so I try to incorporate them into some of the events we host; from video games, to outdoors with my pup (actual dog), to working out, to cooking. I love it all. I’m always looking to challenge myself in some what shape or fashion so that’s what drives me most days. In the summer I’m found with the top down on my Jeep driving somewhere and in the winter I’m inside with a glass of scotch and a Playstation controller.
I’ve learned a lot being a part of something so huge. Patience is key, nothing is developed overnight whether it be a building, and event, or someone’s character. Communication is key, no one is a mind reader and it’s crazy to expect such. Be open, honest, and direct…I’m not a politician. Treat everyone with respect. These are the fundamentals of what I strive to achieve every day. I’m Tre and I’m happy to be your secretary for the Big O Bears.
Hi, my name is Drew (Pup Z). I have been with Bear organizations since 2005 and served on the board and as the Treasurer for two Bear groups now. I have a wide variety of interests including gardening, home improvement, reading, games, and cooking. I can usually be found at the Bear Coffee gatherings and the Bear/Gear Nights at different bars around Omaha. Please feel free to come up and ask me about the Big O! Bears.
Member at large
Robert Estes currently serves as one of our At-Large members. He originally hails from Brooklyn, New York, but has called Omaha his home for the past eight years. He serves on both Heartland Pride’s and River City SEARCH’s boards as well. He currently works as a consultant for nonprofits in the Omaha metro area. In his down time, he loves going to community events and can often be found spending time with friends supporting local venues and the arts. One of his main goals is to provide a welcoming community for everyone, ensuring that people know they belong.
Member at large
Grant “Ox” Culver, born and raised in Omaha, is one of our At-Large members. And while relatively new to the LGBT community as a whole only joining the fun in 2017, he dove in as best he could. Becoming a member and board member in 2018, and is happy to pitch in and do his best for our favorite woodland critters or anyone who wants to join in the fun we have. He is also Mr. Nebraska Leather 2020, a busy leather bear cub, he likes to promote safe and healthy kink and that ever so satisfying scent of leather. Also Ox has recently joined the board of River City SEARCH in the pursuit of learning from and helping the community in more ways. You can find Ox in one of Omaha’s many great venues hanging out with friends, getting into mischief, or even performing on stage every so often. Very grateful for what the community has done for him in such a short time he hopes to pay forward and help welcome more and more folk who wish to join in the fun.a