While our Executive Director, Chase Norris, was completing his Master’s in Counselor Education, he started an LGBT+ Youth group at his internship site. As time went on, Chase’s LGBT+ youth group was becoming more populated. Each week he worked with these young adults who were struggling with so much, but yet, so brave. As graduation was getting closer and Chase’s time with these kids was coming to end, he could not fathom the idea of “abandoning” them. In one of their remaining groups he asked the kids, “If you could have any resource available to you, what would you want?” In unison, they replied, “A safe place for us to go.”
At that next group meeting, Chase told the kids that he would try to open an LGBT+ Community Center and they spent the entire group talking about resources they would want offered at their center. Every idea, plan, event was suggested by one of these group kids. Chase graduated with his Master’s in December 2018, he moved his weekly group to a friend’s mental health private practice, which was now a free support group. This allowed him to keep his group going until he was able to provide these kids with a community center of their own.
December 26, 2018: Clock, Inc was officially Founded in the State of Illinois.
March 8, 2019: Chase and the Board of Directors opened the doors to Clock, Inc: LGBT+ Community Center in the Quad Cities.
May 9, 2019: Clock, Inc became an official 501c3 nonprofit organization.
June 10, 2019: Clock, Inc held one of the highest attending Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for overall attendance, youth attendance & some of the highest Representatives attendance.
MEET THE TEAM
Becky attended Augustana College and has been a part of the QC community for 12 years. She works in the IT/Project Management field. She has participated in drag shows and has been an avid supporter of the community for over 10 years. She openly identifies as a lesbian and is happily married with 3 children. She looks forward to helping LGBTQ+ youth through her experiences with similar struggles.
Abigayle (or Abbie) is a QCA boomerang. After receiving a BA in Accounting from St Ambrose in 2001 she skipped town for Chicago, and then moved back to the area in 2015. Abigayle joined Clock, Inc as another way of furthering her mission to foster a world where everyone can be their authentic selves all day every day without fear of being held back or cast aside. A married mother of three, Abigayle identifies as bisexual and enjoys challenging stereotypes, particularly about women and accountants.
ABIGAYLE HEINTZ ALLEN
Amy grew up in Eldridge, Iowa and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Iowa. She has worked as an advocate for mental health and disability services for most of her adult life. Her experience includes working extensively with people in the community; service planning, case management and long-term support services for mental health and disabilities. Amy was the founder and director of New Found Hope, Inc. from 2007 to 2018.
Paula has been a flight attendant since 1989 and have been proudly flying for American Airlines for 12 years of those years. In October 2018, Paula was crowned the first Miss Trans USA 2019 of the Mr. & Miss Trans USA Pageant System. During her Reign, she has come out to over 130,000 American Airline employee and has traveled extensively advocating for transgender rights. She accomplished a dream of hers by headlining at San Francisco Pride in June 2019.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR
With over 10 years of sales and account management experience, Jamie came to the team with the goal of further extending business partnerships Clock, Inc. She is excited to engage with the local business community on behalf of the mission to create more judgement free and supporting spaces. Local business support for Clock, Inc. will ultimately expand the diversity of services offered, increase community awareness and support educational awareness opportunities for local businesses and she is proud to lead that charge in her role.
MARKETING & CORPORATE CONNECTIONS CHAIR
Elise recently graduated from Augustana College with a degree in Theatre and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her background includes technical theatre and performance, film production and editing, event planning and management, and LGBTQ+ activism.
Jane is a lifelong QC resident. A graduate of Bettendorf High School, she worked at Deere & Co before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Eventually she started working at Augustana College as the Associate Director of International Study Abroad and International Student Advisor. She became a non-traditional student, graduating with a double major in history and religion and a minor in Women's Studies. Jane and her husband have been involved with QC Pride Festivals for several years.
Chase Norris grew up in a small town outside of Peoria, IL. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 2014 with his bachelor’s in psychology, he came out as female to male transgender and began taking hormones. In 2015, Chase accepted a position at Western Illinois University in Moline, IL as a counselor education graduate student. For his final independent study, he made a documentary of his transition from the perspective of his friends and family. He later started the very first LGBT+ group at his internship site.
Hanna is a graduate from Davenport West High School, where she founded the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance and acted as its President for three years. She has been an out and vocal member of the LGBT+ community since she was fifteen and acted as the Co-President of Clock’s Youth Advisory Board during her senior year. As an intern and the Youth Advisory Board Coordinator, Hanna works to provide services and opportunities for the LGBT+ youth in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.
Eric is the morning and midday Meteorologist for ABC WQAD News 8 in Quad Cities IL/IA. He reports that coming out as gay was still the hardest thing he has ever done in his life, and he cries thinking of the people who feel that they can’t. Eric joined Clock, Inc’s board of directors to support the mission of Clock, Inc and to provide a safe place for LGBT+ youth that he was not fortunate to have himself growing up.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Megan has been in the childcare profession for over a decade. Currently, she is the supervisor as CBCAC in Davenport and in the past has been a live-in nanny as well as worked for the Nonprofit Friendly House. Megan has been an active influence in the LGBT+ community for the past 5 years. She has planned, promoted and managed drag shows and fundraisers in the QC area. In addition to that, she is a Board Member for Queens for a Cause.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About Clock, Inc
What is Clock, Inc?
What is the reasoning behind the name 'Clock'?
It is TIME FOR CHANGE! LGBT+ individuals deserve a safe and non-judgemental environment to embrace their truth without fear or isolation. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, which began June 28, 1969. We have incorporated where LGBT+ history began and where we are at in today’s society moving forward. You will notice that on Clock, Inc’s logo and every clock inside our center, the hands of time are always set to 6:28!
Is Clock, Inc a 501c3 nonprofit?
Yes! May 9, 2019 we received our determination, claiming that Clock, Inc is an official 501c3 nonprofit.
Where is Clock, Inc located?
Our address is 321 24th St. Rock Island, IL 61201. We are located at right before the Arsenal ramp in Rock Island, just down from the corner of 24th st & 4th Ave.
What are the different groups offered?
We currently offer groups: LGBT+ Middle School, LGBT+ High School, Transgender/Nonbinary, Parents & Allies, LGBT+ Young Adults, and Coming Out Later in Life.
What if I am interested in a group that you do not offer?
You’re in luck! The purpose of Clock, Inc is that, this is YOUR center, so if we do not offer a group that you are interested in, our job is to make that resource happen! Contact us today to suggest a group/resource!
What ages do you serve?
Clock, Inc is for all ages! There are certain groups that are targeted for specific ages, but we serve all individuals who are interested in our services regardless of age!
What resources do you offer to educate about the LGBT+ community?
Clock, Inc strives to advance the community and advocate on the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, (LGBTQ+) individuals in the Quad City area. Clock, Inc provides educational trainings to help strengthen the knowledge about the individuals identifying in this community. Our trainings are intended to be judgment free and supportive spaces. Clock, Inc’s LGBT+ Training and Transgender Focused allows individuals who are interested in learning more about the LGBT+ population whether that be parents, school educators, or mental health professionals. Our mission is to promote LGBT+ awareness to others, and do not have a set fee established, we ask you to consider a SUGGESTED DONATION to allow Clock, Inc to continue offering services to the Quad Cities area.
Do I need to be in the LGBT+ community to get involved with Clock?
No! Clock, Inc is for everyone who is interested in our services! We have several Allies who attend groups, counseling, events, and drop in hours!
Can I just show up to a group?
Yes! There is no registration or prior check in before groups! If you are experiencing anxious symptoms about attending a group, CONTACT US today to set up a time to meet with someone on our staff to learn more about the group before hand to lessen those symptoms.
Can I be a volunteer at Clock, Inc?
Yes! We are always looking for individuals/groups to get involved in helping us continue our mission! You can drop the center and pick up a volunteer application or visit the “get involved” portion on our website and download your application today!
How do I know what pronouns someone prefers?
Never assume someone’s pronouns! In a respectful manner, simply ask someone what their pronouns are.