Buck Smith, President
Buck is an original Charlottesville
Buck lives in Keswick with his husband of 4 years, Wayne (+16 years), with his two dogs. In his free time, he loves to read, dance, and enjoy a good cocktail.
Elena Michaels, Vice President,
Communications & Event Coordinator
Elena has lived in Charlottesville for 18 years and works for a private school in town. In her teen years, she was a principal member of ROSMY Blue Ride, now named Side by Side, and became a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ students in public schools. Elena served as Cville Pride’s first summer intern in 2016, helping to run social media, promote events, and keep the board members sane.
Elena now lives near Downtown Charlottesville with her little black cat. She spends her weekends pouring at a local winery and re-watching the Great British Bake Off.
Want to publicize an event on social media? Want to help plan an event? Email Elena.
Jenny Mead, Interim Treasurer & Sponsorship Chair
Jenny returned to her native Charlottesville several years ago after living in Los Angeles where she worked in the film industry. Her involvement with Pride started as a festival volunteer then board member.
In addition to Cville Pride, Jenny has volunteered locally for the SPCA, Women Build of Habitat for Humanity, the Building Goodness Foundation, and Live Arts. She writes about business ethics at the University of Virginia, and is a produced short story writer and playwright in her “spare” time. Jenny lives with her partner Chris and their rescue mutt, Charlie.
Sponsorship or fundraising questions? Email Jenny.
Charley Burton, Secretary & Trans Community Outreach
Charley Burton is a native of Charlottesville. He serves on the board of PFLAG of the Blue Ridge and he’s a founding board member and the National Program Director of Black Transmen, Inc. Charley works for WorkSource, a non-profit that works with people with disabilities, and he facilitates the local PFLAG Trans support group. Charley‘s hope is that he can help with getting more trans people of color involved in the Charlottesville community. In 2021, Charley was appointed by Governor Northam to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and was a recipient of the Outstanding Virginian Award by Equality VA and the Community Root Award by Black Pride RVA. He spends most of his free time being of service to people in the community and is a great support to a 12 step program that enhances his recovery.
Charley’s signature dish is his killer southern-style sweet potato pie.
Questions about resources and events for trans people of color? Email Charley.