Staff Bios

Marlene Melendez
CEO/President - A&R Director
Marlene oversees the day-to-day operations of QCR, she manages artist relations, and keeps an eye on the big picture at all times. A musician herself, Marlene helped to dream QCR into existence, as one of the label’s original founders. She is the one and only full-time Queer Controller – that’s right, she is crazy enough to do this 24/7. Why, you say? Because there is someone else out there who is just as crazy and loves QCR just as much that they are willing to sport a QCR shirt in the Bible Belt… God Bless the Queers! Can’t live without QCR in your life? Marlene’s to blame, and she’s damn proud of it.
Benjamin Charlick
The resident "Van Wilder," Benjamin (fondly known as "Skip") is a serial degree collector that keeps his nose in the books and fingers on the pulse of academia. Currently having received his Juris Doctor and studying for the Bar exam, he spends his extra time collaborating with Marlene to make sure that the business and behind-the-scenes operations of QCR are running smoothly. Skip also helps to manage and maintain artist relations, and is always on the hunt for new talent to bring into the QCR fold. Skip, being one of the original founders of QCR with Marlene, is in continuous communication with her to continue building on program development, marketing, research, and helping QCR to grow and flourish.
Jeremy Alva
The magical Jer-Bear has been a longtime cheerleader for the queercore scene. He helped run the now-defunct and also briefly fronted the Washington-based band Apropos. Having written for various queer outlets, he's covered topics from queer punk, to queers of color, and queers in geek culture. He doesn't believe in the outright sexualization of media, but rather the incorporation thereof, to represent the world’s true demographics. He is a leo-rat, wears size eleven-and-a-half shoes, and offers his writing and design skills to QCR all the way from his current digs in the Portland, OR.