Here are the results of Pride Lafayette’s 2017 board elections!!!
The 2017 board includes (*indicates returning board members):
Nicki* A. – President Elect
Troy* B.- VP
Dom D. – Treasurer
Chris R. – Secretary
Board meetings are open to the public and are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at 640 Main St. in Lafayette, IN
Bio Coming Soon!
Co-Vice President / Host Coordinator: Nicki A.
A native of Sacramento, California, Nicki has lived in Lafayette for the last 5 years. She has a unique understanding of the needs of the gay community; in 1979 her former mother-in-law kidnapped her 1 year old son and disappeared with him for 5 years because she didn’t believe a lesbian could be a good mother. In California, she was active in the community working for gay rights and with AIDS patients providing meals and homecare. She has volunteered with Pride Lafayette since moving here, starting with the decorating committee for OUTfest ’09. She volunteered as a Center Host last year and has since moved into the role of Host Coordinator for the Community Center.
Co-Vice President: Margy D.
A life-long resident of Lafayette/West Lafayette, Margy is a planner/project manager for the City of Lafayette’s Economic Development Department. An incurable volunteer, Margy agreed to be co-vice president and co-chair of OUTfest in 2016; is a long time member of PFLAG, and works with local youth through PRYSM Gay/Straight Youth Alliance since its inception. Margy has three grown children, one grandson, four dogs, four cats and a very understanding husband. The dogs, cats, Margy and Jerry live at Black Rock in Warren County. Favorite saying; “Eee gads Maude! I’ve been stabbed by a donut!” … it was her dad’s so naturally now it’s one of hers.
Treasurer: Emily T.
Emily has grown up in the area and has a passion for community. She studied zoology and chemistry at Miami University with the original intent of being a plastic surgeon. As her life journey pointed her in new directions she graduate with her MBA and has worked in many different industries within the Greater Lafayette area. She currently works at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation as the Chief Operating Officer where she specializes in nonprofit operations and accounting. She is also involved with Read to Succeed, sits on the HomesteadCS events committee, and the Tippeconnect Young Professionals membership committee. She is passionate about the outdoors and likes to travel and camp with her new wife and rescued dogs. Emily is currently working on her Masters in Accounting with the intent of continuing to help the local nonprofit sector.
Secretary: Skye K.
Skye is a social justice activist, a queer and trans community organizer, and an artist. After moving from Texas to Indiana in 2012, they became the lead facilitator and Director of Programming at Trans Lafayette, a local trans support and anti-oppression organization based out of Lafayette, IN. Skylar also contributes to intersectional LGBTQ+ focused violence prevention efforts state wide as the Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) program and volunteers to serves on the board of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (www.ptoweb.org/). In their free time, Skye writes and performs spoken word poetry, creates abstract and social change-themed visual art (www.etsy.com/shop/FaerieBearArt), and enjoys spending time with their partner and dogs. As a self proclaimed unicorn, Skye welcomes being referred to with any (respectful) gender pronouns.
Director: Troy B.
“Troy came out as bisexual rather late in life, he was almost 40 before was comfortable being honest with himself and others. After a few years of being out and encountering biphobia from many different sources he approached Pride Lafayette about starting a bisexual support group to help others bisexuals in the Lafayette area. Troy hopes to continue to serve the entire LGBT+ community as a member of the Pride Lafayette Board.”
Director: Amy C.
Bio Coming Soon!
Director: Joyce S.
Joyce grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Having been agnostic, she became a Christian in 1976, just before attending university. As she became involved in Christian ministry, it quickly became obvious that being a lesbian was something to hide. Trusting the teachings of the people she loved and respected, that her orientation was a sinful temptation, she committed herself to God and waited on Him to heal her. She married and raised two beautiful children. In 2012, she met a new coworker who was both a wonderful human being and lesbian. She quickly realized she could no longer stay hidden and ashamed – or continue to be a party to the discrimination and rejection of gays in her church. In coming out, she lost virtually all of her family and friends of a lifetime. The Pride Center and community were essential to her emotional survival at that time. Joyce looks forward to serving on the Pride board and the needs of the LGBTQ community however possible.
Director: Jeffrey B.
Co-VP of Pride Lafayette, Inc. (2011 – 2015); Entertainment Chair for OUTfest (2009 – Present). Though raised most of my life outside of the Greater Lafayette area, I have always considered Lafayette/West Lafayette my “hometown”. My travels to new areas began at a young age when my Father’s work moved us to a new location every 3 years or so. Ending up with high school in Southern California, I attended UC Berkeley for my Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 1993. Returning to this area in late 1993 I began work with Macaw Enterprises, Inc in the Hospitality/Bar & Nightclub industry, managing the creation and opening of 3 different venues in West Lafayette from 1994 to 1996. In late summer of 1996 I moved with my partner to Massachusetts where he was attending a program for his PhD. I then spent the next 6 years in between Boston & New York City working on the production side of the fashion industry, until my move again back to this area in May of 2002, returning to the Hospitality industry again as Manager of Promotions & Advertising for the Neon Cactus, as well as a leasing manager for Cochran Apartments. My work within these companies has allowed me to be in touch with community members, students and other business owners throughout the last 10 years, and joining in volunteering and then becoming an Officer at Pride have expanded that even more. I thoroughly enjoy the creativity, hard work and community spirit I see in the Officers, Board and all the volunteers in my last 4 years of involvement with Pride, and expect it to continue in the years to come.
Director: Michele N.
Michele has spent nearly all of her life in the Tippecanoe area. The exception being when she served in the Army in Virginia. She came out as a lesbian at age 15 and has enjoyed the support and love of her entire family. She has always had a passion for social justice issues, learning at an early age to stand up for what is right from her father and grandfather. She considers herself a lifelong activist. Michele graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Technology for Organizational Leadership and Supervision. She also has a minor in LGBT Studies, becoming the first to graduate with the minor at Purdue. She participated in numerous panels at Purdue discussing LGBT issues with students and staff. She enjoys volunteering, stepping in to help those in need, attending rally’s, and initiating discussions regarding numerous issues facing not only the LGBT community, but issues involving gender, race, religion, etc. Michele is most well known for her love of animals and rescuing those who are mistreated. Michele is looking forward to not only giving her input to make a difference, but also to learning as much as possible from others at the Pride Center. She is excited to work with others in the community to make a positive difference.