Photo courtesy of Lawrence Magazine
Brandon Eisman is no stranger to the stage. In 2005 Deja was crowned Kansas City Pride Queen, and has gone on to compete for the title of Miss Gay America. Deja had the honor of competing for Miss Gay Missouri America, winning Miss Gay Tri-States America in 2009, and receiving 1st Alt. at Miss Gay Western States America. Deja looks forward to returning to the pageant world in the near future, ultimately achieving the dream of becoming Miss Gay America!
Brandon has been involved with several charitable organizations, such as Daisy Bucket's Kansas City AIDS Walk Calendar (2012, 2013, 2014) and the Douglas County AIDS Project, where he served on the board of directors, chaired the 2013 AIDS Walk and co-chaired the Red Ribbon Art Auction. One of Brandon's biggest accomplishments benefiting the community is that of Transformations, the unique Charity Gala. Transformations Charity Gala is now in its 5th year and under the principal of Deja Brooks Presents. This event has raised nearly $40,000.00 in the last 4 years, benefiting local charities.
One of Brandon’s goals is to continue to educate and open the mind of his beautiful son Kian in the diversity of what makes the Lawrence community so supportive of ALL people and the opportunities the city provides.
Brandon would like to encourage each of the contestants and future contestants to pull out their inner queen and shine as the true STARS they are.
Tasha Foster has been with Transformations since it's debut in 2012. She has worked in the capacity of Brandon's right hand woman doing everything from applicant review and ticket sales to stage management. Tasha has also worked in the capacity of dresser for Team Deja (Deja Brooks) during a multitude of pageants, including Miss Gay Tri-States America, Northwest Missouri, Heart of America, Miss Gay Missouri and at the National level of Miss Gay America.
Tasha served as a board member on the DCAP Board of Directors, assisting with DCAP's move to collaborate with Heartland Healthcare and Douglas County Health Dept. and the eventual dissolution of DCAP.
In the work-a-day world, Tasha is an Area Director for a not-for-profit agency providing residential and day supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a proud mother to her handsome young son, Kian, who has bravely welcomed the audience to the last two Transformations Charity Galas.
One note for anyone unfamiliar with Transformations - it is a charity event like none other in Lawrence - one that welcomes and celebrates the great diversity of Lawrence/Douglas County, all the while raising awareness and funds for some FABULOUS local charities. I can't imagine anyone attending and not enjoying themselves during this amazing event!