Amy-Sarah Marshall, President
Amy-Sarah Marshall, founding president of the Charlottesville Pride Community Network, has guided the organization through six successful festivals and dozens of initiatives benefitting the LGBTQ community. In her role with Cville Pride, she’s provided safe-space trainings, presented at panels and conferences, developed a robust social media presence, and led business, fundraising, and public relations efforts. A 2016 recipient of the Q Award, given by the Business Women’s Roundtable of the local Chamber of Commerce, Marshall’s served on the UVA Health Transgender Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Task Force on LGBT Tourism, and the Charlottesville Human Rights Commission. With an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry and over 15 years’ experience writing, editing, and teaching web writing and promotion, Marshall has worked on the UVA Health web team for over seven years, performing SEO, analytics research, blog writing, and online content strategy. She lives in Charlottesville with her wife, two children, and two dogs and strives to leverage her creative and communications skills to advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Looking for a speaker at your next event? Need anything else?
Buck Smith, Vice President, Parade Papa, & ‘Gay About Town’
Want info on how to participate in a parade? Curious about Rainbow Bowling?
Jenny Mead, Secretary & Sponsorship Chair
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.
Sponsorship or fundraising questions?
Deborah Winslow, Treasurer, Vendor Coordinator, & Senior Outreach
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.
Festival vendor inquiry? Finance-related questions?
Lisa Green, Festival Director
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.
Pride festival questions?
Defines Fineout, Tech Guru
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.
Elena Michaels, Social Media & Communications, & Event Coordinator
Elena has lived in Charlottesville for 18 years and works for the UVA Health System. In her teen years, she was a principal member of ROSMY Blue Ride, now named Side to 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. After graduating from Lynchburg College, Elena returned to her hometown to share her passion, enthusiasm, and mean pasta-making with her friends, family and community.
Growing Facebook fans, promoting events, setting up email templates, finding raffle donations – Elena has done it all. A force to be reckoned with and a voice for change, Elena’s initiative and input has been a welcome addition to the team.
Want to publicize an event on social media?
Kristen Dillehunt, Entertainment Director
Kristen has been involved in community theatre and dance for over 20 years. In 2008, she co-produced the first-ever student run dance production at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). Her recent stage credits include playing the kind hearted Hannah in Four County Player’s Little Women (2014), and tap dancing groupie Columbia in PVCC’s The Rocky Horror Show (2015). Kristen was Dinner Theatre Chair for the Albemarle High School Drama Department from 2016-2019. Her previous involvement with Cville Pride includes stage managing and producing two festivals, as well as serving as an event coordinator for Unprom and other events.
Interested in performing or helping with the Pride stage?
Stephanie Kim, Email Editor & Volunteer Coordinator