Amy Sarah Marshall, President
Amy Sarah, a recent appointee to the Governor’s Task Force on LGBT Tourism and a member of the Human Rights Commission in Charlottesville, found a passion for LGBTQ rights and education at age 16, when she participated in the ROSMY youth support group and performed outreach to area high schools. 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. Email Lisa.
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.