Mainstage Allies

Chuck Pearson and Velva Hampson are friends who met through the Visalia Players at the Ice House Theater.  They have a lot in common, including their love and involvement in performing arts, their unrepentant nerdiness, and their identity as inclusive Christians who support the LGBTQ+ community.

Chuck is a high school English teacher by profession.  A Bay Area native, he relocated to Visalia in 2017 and taught for 2 years at Lindsay High School where he helped to start and advise a GSA.  He currently teaches English and Journalism at Washington Union High School in Fresno County.  Chuck has previously served on the Board on Directors for the Visalia Players, has sung with the Sequoia Chamber Chorale, been a member of Lindsay Rotary, participates with Tulare-Kings County PFLAG, and volunteers on occasion for the Source.  He attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Visalia and is involved with several aspects of their ministry.  You can also find him at local Comic Cons in Sci-Fi Cosplay.  Chuck has a strong passion for the education of youth, advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, supporting the arts, and volunteer service which focuses on inclusion, acceptance, and human rights for all.  He hopes that his participation with Velva in Over the Edge this year will help to raise awareness for issues centering around the LGBTQ+ community and to support the Source in their ongoing good works in Tulare and Kings Counties.  

Velva has been living in Visalia for just over 10 years, having finally settled here after a lifetime of moving around. She is a Senior Librarian for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which means that she tells great stories at cocktail parties. An avid social dancer, Velva is proficient in West Coast Swing and Salsa, as well as several other dances. She participates in both Care Ministry programs and Worship Arts at the Visalia United Methodist Church, where she has been a member since shortly after she moved here. She has been seen on stage with both the Visalia Players and the Lindsay Community Theater, and she was recently elected to the board of the Visalia Players. Other hobbies include reading, collecting comic books and baking.  She has tried to be a supportive ally to her LGBTQ+ friends and family for over 30 years, however this is her first time working on something with the Source. Fun fact: Velva is terrified of heights, however she has decided this year that it is important to do this one thing that terrifies her in order to help the Source continue to make the world less terrifying for LGBTQ+ people who are seeking support and community.

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