Meet the Board & Leadership

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Elena Michaels, Acting President

Elena has lived in Charlottesville for 20 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.

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Buck Smith, Treasurer

Buck is an original Charlottesville townie and is lovingly known as our resident “Gay About Town”. When he and the other Pride founders wanted to throw a festival in 2011, he thought to himself, “Well, how hard can it be?” After 9 years, he’s a little wiser but still as hopeful and enthusiastic to see the Charlottesville LGBTQ+ community grow and thrive. He currently works for Albemarle County Services after 30+ years in retail. Buck helped to start the LGBTQ+ rights group within the Episcopal church, formally facilitated the Interfaith Gay Straight Alliance at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in town, and was a volunteer with THRIVE, Charlottesville’s AIDS service group.

Buck lives in Keswick with his husband of 4 years, Wayne (+18 years), with his two dogs. In his free time, he loves to read, dance, and enjoy a good cocktail.

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Stephanie Kim

Stephanie Kim, Newsletter Editor & Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie has volunteered for a number of nonprofits over the years, including the Virginia Film Festival and Cville Pride. She is excited to work on a range of programs this year to help with youth and diversity. A graduate of PVCC , Stephanie has lived in Cville for 6 years and enjoys ballroom dancing, fencing, LARP, and playing the ukulele.
Have a volunteer question or an event for our email newsletter? Email Stephanie.