Matt is a dedicated volunteer that has been serving Pride St. Louis since 2010. He is thrilled to be back for his third year on the Board of Directors of Pride St. Louis. Matt was elected as a board member at large in 2012. He then was elected to serve at the secretary on the officers committee. He is excited to start his two year term as president in 2014. Matt is thrilled at the opportunity to lead Pride St. Louis to great things in the future.
Matt is a St. Louis metro native. Growing up in Belleville, IL Matt attended Belleville East High School. Matt went on attend Southwestern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University where he studied vocal music and recreational sciences. While attending college is where Matt’s passion and drive for planning events and working with non-profits started. Serving on the Student Activities Council Matt got to plan all the social events on campus. Matt is currently a bartender at the Soulard Bastille. He is also a part time staff member of the Belleville East High School music department.
2014 is going to be a phenomenal year not only for Pride St. Louis but the city of St. Louis as well. Pride will be celebrating its 35thanniversary and the St. Louis will be celebrating its 250 anniversary. Can you imagine the great events that will be taking place? The energy is just in the air! Matt has a great vision of what Pride can accomplish in the years to come. He is even more excited to be a part of the team making it happen.
Ethan Barnett has served on the Pride St. Louis Board of Directors for the previous four years as a Director and was the President of Pride St. Louis in 2012. He has also been a liaison to Team St. Louis and helped oversee the planning and implementation of Athletes Village to PrideFest, along with the Pride 5K and Pride Ride.
Ethan has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Webster University and currently serves as the Sponsorship and Media Specialist for Amazing Pet Expos. He specializes in media buying and trading, strategic partnerships and sponsorship sales to established national clients. In addition, he is a member of the public relations team and is responsible for securing interviews and planning cross-promotional opportunities with various media outlets. He also serves as an event coordinator for various national pet events.
Jason Morgan is a passionate volunteer and has been dedicated to Pride for three years now. Previously serving as the Director of Volunteers. He studied Business Management and is currently employed at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the office of Patient and Family Affairs.
Jason has a strong background in the hospitality industry as well as customer relations. Jason enjoys being social and is excited about bringing culture and diversity to our community. He has high hopes and dreams for what we can accomplish in St. Louis.
In her 10th year of overall involvement with Pride St. Louis and 7th year serving on the Board of Directors as the Parade Director, Ellen is currently one of the longest serving Board Members in the history of the organization. Ellen brings a wealth of varied professional experience to the Board with over 20 years in sales, management, event planning, promotional products, merchandising and fund raising. In addition to planning and executing the parade in 2013, Ellen helped to plan and implement a larger and more exciting Children’s Area than ever before and looks forward to expanding this area even more in 2014.
Ellen has also performed as a Drag King for almost 9 years and in this capacity has performed and/or planned many benefit shows for various community organizations. Through her years as an entertainer as well as through her position with Pride St. Louis, she has gained respect and developed working relationships within the St. Louis LGBT community and beyond.
Ellen truly believes that educating the community is crucial to the entire concept of what Pride is all about and that to celebrate Pride and where we are today, you must first understand where we have been and the plight of those who came before.
Dennis Gorg proudly joined the Board this year and is the Board Development Director.
He has served on various other Boards and organizations including the Millennium March on Washington and St. Louis Effort For AIDS. He owns Integrated Marketing Solutions, and other retail businesses in the area including Coffee Cartel.
As the Community Relations Manager for Missouri Lottery, Mary has been responsible for planning, coordinating, budgeting and executing various events, activities and sponsorships for the Lottery since August 2010. These events include the Missouri State Fair, the St. Louis Black Expo., the Working Women’s Survival Show, Taste of St. Louis and more.
In 2006 Marty received a Bachelor of Science degree in business, with a minor in political science from Webster University. The 31-year old St. Louis native is currently active in the Young Democrats of America, St. Louis Ambassadors and the Gateway Classic Foundation. He is also a member of the St. Louis University Sports Board Commission.
Audrey Pearson received her degree in Psychology with a certificate in Women’s Studies from the Univ. of Missouri St. Louis and current social worker. She has historically worked with under privilege youth, low income urban and minority families and is currently working with adults with severe mental illness.
In the past, she has served as a board member of St. Louis Black Pride and served as the 2nd female President. She has served on several boards and committees, and is currently a member of the Young Professionals of Independence Center. She has co-chaired and hosted several fundraisers to increase awareness and support for the mental health and homeless community, former co-host of SistahSpeak, a poetry venue that provided a welcoming platform and voice for grassroots poets and spoken word artist within the LGBT and ally community; and is a member of Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity, Incorporated. Audrey believes in community and empowering the voices of minorities, women’s issues, social justice and those under represented within the community. She is a proud member of Liberation Christian Church and loves her church family.
Audrey is the founder of InTheLyfe St. Louis, a community based organization committed to helping homeless families while providing other educational and enriching programs that promote unity, positivity and change. She believes that community action through volunteerism can empower communities and encourage healthier life choices.
As a lifelong St. Louisan, Chris is very proud of his place in the St. Louis arts scene. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1979, with honors from Webster University in 1985, and is a 2007 graduate of the Regional Arts Commission’s CAT Institute. By virtue of the CAT job description, this makes Chris an arts warrior. Drawing upon his background in film studies, mass media, and public-event coordination, he has been an integral part of many important changes to the growth and artistic directions of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and the growing number of annual film- related events produced by CSL, including the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, SLIFF/ Kids, the Classic French Film Festival, 48 Hour Film Project, and an LGBT-themed film festival called QFest. This is a dream job for Chris and he plans to keep it indefinitely by living forever. So far, so good. In June of 2011 however he was diagnosed with Stage 1E Mantle Cell Lymphoma in his throat. This was deemed unacceptable and he has recently completed and won a two-year fight against cancer. His current good health is attributed to fierce determination, a relatively healthy lifestyle, swimming a mile or more five times a week, and facing each and every day with a goofy grin and fearless gusto. Chris loves to perform standup comedy and is very proud to have recently joined the board of directors of Pride St. Louis. He and his partner of nine+ years, plus two spoiled and feisty dogs, live happily in Maplewood, MO.
Steve Zeiger is a dedicated volunteer, when the opportunity presented itself to serve on the Pride Board, he, without hesitation stepped up. This past Pride he created the military wreath laying component and organized the walk in the Pride parade with the military. Steve was the President of the Gate District, a neighborhood in the city, for four years, serving more than 700 homes in this district. November 2007, the City of St. Louis, Board of Alderman, recognized him with a Resolution.
Steve’s first career is the Air Force; he is a retired Master Sergeant, proudly serving his country. He finished his career as a Career Advisor (mentor) to over 250 personnel both Officer and Enlisted.
He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications, Television and Radio Broadcasting, with a Minor in the German language and culture.