Planning for the 25th anniversary of Nashville Pride Festival is already under way with a new board slate announced and, for the first time, a paid festival director. The new board slate was approved at the group’s Sept. 9 board meeting and introduces four new members to the seasoned board.
Returning to the executive board with more than 15-combined years of service to Pride are: Past-President Randall Roop, President Allan Gonce, President-Elect Joseph Woodson, Treasurer Christy Ikner and Marketing Director Joey Leslie. New board member Claudia Huskey rounds out the slate as secretary.
New additions to the at-large board are Pastor Greg Bullard, Heather Thompson and Metro Councilman Peter Westerholm who join returning members: Aaron Campbell, Joseph Conner, Lisa Howe, MAC, Brent Meredith and Milton White.
“We’re celebrating 25 years of Nashville Pride in 2013, so this is a big year for us,” Gonce said. “Our organization is tapped-in to the community and listening to what Middle Tennessee’s LGBT citizens want in their celebration and we’re looking forward to the road to 25.”
Gonce said Pride’s organizers are focused on strength, structure and continuity at a pivotal time when the organization is at its strongest. Jack Davis, a four-year board member whose term ended this month, has been named festival director which, for the first time, will be a part-time paid position. Gonce said this is the first step toward the organization’s long-term goal of hiring an executive director as the organization and festival continue to grow.
The 25th Annual Nashville Pride Festival will be held at Riverfront Park in June 2013. For more information about each board member, visit the About section at www.nashvillepride.org. If you’re interested in getting involved, visit http://nashvillepride.org/festival/volunteer.