Staff

Gerardo Contreras

Gerardo Contreras Administrative Assistant & Graphic Designer
Gerardo is an artist who grew up drawing, painting, and indulging his appetite for creativity. He decided to focus his career in visual communications. With an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design and Multimedia from Westwood College of Technology, Gerardo has been able to cultivate his artistic skills in a more professional and digital setting. He also attended audio/video and digital multimedia classes at Harold Washington College. To stay relevant, Gerardo is self-taught in modern software and trends.

Gerardo is driven by his love of learning and the need to prevail in graphic design and multimedia. He is always looking for new ways to visually communicate the "big idea". He finds inspiration in magazines, books, art shows, cultural events, and by simply paying attention to his surroundings.

His passion for creativity and visual appeal is expressed in many other forms. He dabbled in video, photography, print, repurposing things, installation art, and customizing things to his liking. Every chance Gerardo gets at being creative, he exerts his skills to do the best he can.

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Interests:
Motorcycles, movies, novelties, comedy, chocolate, learning, laughing, traveling, history, meeting people, technology, museums, and of course art.

TeQuilla S. Cooper

TeQuilla S. Cooper Administrative Assistant
TeQuilla, pronounced like the Mexican drink, is a social entrepreneur that uses media and technology to advance her mission of developing more sustainable African-American communities. She studied Organizational Leadership & Management at Roosevelt University and is a die-hard humanitarian and social justice advocate. Prior to committing full-time to her goals, she worked full-time as an Advertising Sales Executive with the Tribune Media Group and has spent most of her professional career in the media industry.

When she is not engaging in community or serving as a mentor to a growing number of teens and college students, she is working as manager for her twenty-year old daughter, a budding musician and model; and college junior studying Art History.

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Interests:
Writing creatively, music with great lyrics and rhythm, attending galleries, wine tastings, tea, dancing, swimming, reading history & self-help books, watching documentaries, thrillers and horror, sucking up knowledge and of course being a tourist in her favorite city, Chicago, where she was born and raised.

Victoria Schweiger

Victoria Schweiger Administrative Assistant & Docket Clerk
Victoria joined Patents+TMS in December 2014 as a docket clerk following several years working in both nonprofits and the restaurant industry. She grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and studied Psychology at the University of Iowa.

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Interests:
Sewing, thrifting, political activism and running.