Amy-Sarah Marshall, President
Amy-Sarah, an appointee to the Governor’s Task Force on LGBT Tourism and a former member of the Human Rights Commission in Charlottesville, has been advocating for LGBTQ rights since age 16. A 2016 recipient of the Q Award, given by the Business Women’s Roundtable of the local Chamber of Commerce, she’s promoted the LGBTQ community as a moderator of Virginia Festival of the Book panels, a lady arm wrestler with CLAW, and as speaker at numerous events and rallies. Since then, she has served as a ROSMY facilitator, conducted sexual education outreach, and has been organizing LGBTQ community events and forums in the Charlottesville area for over four years. With an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry, expertise in online content strategies and public relations, and several years of professional experience building effective web content for nonprofit and educational organizations, Amy Sarah brings an enthusiastic and creative vision to the Cville Pride project.
Julie Weed, Vice-President
Julia Weed has a passion for helping people feel connected in their community. She led the organization of the successful Q-munity Fairs in 2006 and 2007, showcasing over 40 services and businesses that support the LGBTQ community. Julia is a middle-school teacher who provides support at school to her queer and questioning students by being open and proud, and by being involved in anti-bullying initiatives. She is a certified Olweus trainer and has been a leader in the anti-bullying education within her school for over 8 years. In 2010, Julia became a volunteer facilitator for ROSMY Blue Ridge, which is a support group in Charlottesville for LGBTQ youth, and was 2011-12’s volunteer of the year. In 2012, Julia helped to organize Charlottesville’s first, and very successful, Pride Festival.
Jenny Mead, Secretary
Jenny returned to her native Charlottesville several years ago after living on both the Right Coast (Boston) and the Left Coast (Los Angeles and San Francisco). She is a writer both in her day job at UVa and in her secret after-dark life. 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.
Deborah Winslow, Treasurer
I have been a RN for over 40 years. In my 30s I combined my love of numbers with healthcare and transitioned to management and finance. I am now retired and spend my time volunteering and traveling with an occasional short term job. I have always been politically active and believed all people deserve to be respected and treated equally.
Lisa Green, Festival Director, Business Alliance Coordinator
Lisa has contributed to several community initiatives in the Charlottesville area over the past 11 years. A planning commissioner for the City of Charlottesville, she serves on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Committee, the Bicycle / Pedestrian Safety Committee, and the Community Development Block Grant Task Force. These community connections and her passionate civic engagement proved invaluable to the success of the Charlottesville’s first-ever Pride Festival, as well as the ones after, which Lisa directed in her role as Cville Pride’s vice-president. Recently brought onto the board of the new Virginia Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce, Lisa looks to build the LGBT business community into a robust network with a reach throughout the state and beyond.
Frances Taylor, Board Member Emeritus
Siri, is pretty unfortunate at doing bios…but she loves to volunteer. A recent addition to the Charlottesville area, she has greatly enjoyed getting know this community alongside her husband and son. Siri could fill this space with more information, but she considers herself a work in progress-stay tuned.
A Virginia native, and a graduate of the University, Matthew joined Cville Pride as a volunteer at the first annual Charlottesville Pride Festival in 2012. Five years later he continues to serve the organization as a board member, representing Cville Pride on social media and at community events across the area. Matthew works in the Virginia wine industry and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in wine. When he’s not cramming for his next exam, Matthew finds time to enjoy good food and wine with friends.
Zackeya, a native of the tidewater region, graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2012 with a B. A. in Psychology. She has worked with Virginia Department of Social Services for five years and is currently serving the Charlottesville community as an Employment Counselor. She loves traveling and good food! “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Defines is a software architect at Silverchair Information Systems in downtown Charlottesville. After studying computer engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, he moved to Staunton in 2013 and later to Charlottesville in 2015 with his wife, Meghan. He is passionate about community outreach and education, and as a non-binary transperson, an advocate for transgender issues.
Norm Holland, Volunteer Coordinator
Devin Underhill is from Fairfield, CT and earned his BA in Socioeconomic Status from the University of Virginia. After graduation, he joined AmeriCorps and served as a college adviser in rural, southwest Virginia. He then returned to U.Va. as an international admission counselor focusing on Central & South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Devin joined Cville Pride through the Board Fellows program at the Darden School of Business. At Darden, he is also involved with the Education Club, Pride at Darden, and Community Consultants of Darden. Having lived in Charlottesville for eight years, he’s also become an expert at pairing gorgeous hikes with awesome local breweries and wineries.