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 6 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 Vice President of Community Partnerships 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 manager of the public relations team.
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.
This is Dennis’ second year on the Board and he serves as Board Development Director. Dennis was born and raised in St. Louis and has proudly volunteered and served with many other orgainzations including The American Red Cross, Fair St. Louis, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Hand Across America, Special Olympics, and PAWS. Nationally, he was on the Board for the Millennium March of Washington for Equality massing over 800,000 people on the Mall in Washington DC in 2000. He received the City' of St. Louis Developer of The Year Award in 2010 and has a served as a City Commissioner. He owns an events management company; Integrated Marketing Solutions, Inc. that assembles well know events such as Halloween in The Central West End, Midtown Taste and Art Fair, Farm Aid, and The Democratic National Convention. He also owns retail businesses in the area including Coffee Cartel in the Central West End, Tahaa's Twisted Tiki, and West End Tan. He can be heard weekly on his own radio show the "Dennis George Show" on KTRS radio.
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.
Wolf Smith is excited to join the board this year, after serving as the Pride St. Louis intern previously. Wolf works passionately to bring a fresh and diverse perspective to all of his activism efforts, and hopes to promote a diversity of opinions within Pride St. Louis.
Wolf recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in both Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, receiving Summa Cum Laude Honors. At Wash U, Wolf served as the Pride Alliance President and Social Activism Chair, and helped found Transcending Gender, a gender non-conformity support and activism group. He currently works at Project ARK, a local HIV-Prevention non-profit, with M-Cubed, a social group for gay and bi guys and trans*folk under 30.
He constantly works to building a safe and inclusive LGBTQIA+ community in St. Louis.
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.
This is Mitch's first year on the pride board, but Mitch has worked with pride for the past 6 years. Most recently, Mitch worked exclusively with board member Dennis Gorg to create and run the commissary program which celebrated its inaugural festival last year.
Mitch is currently working on the new Friday night festivities for the festival. As the festival has never extended into Friday before, Mitch will be working with a blank canvas to add a whole new dimension to the pride celebration.
Outside of pride, Mitch was born and raised in the St. Louis area, attended Chaminade College Prep, attained a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Sewanee: The University of the South, and Master's in Computer Science from Webster University.
Mitch currently lives in Jefferson County, with his husband Sam, and currently works for USPS IT and Integrated Marketing Solutions.
Mitch is an avid member of Team St. Louis sporting organization and organizes an outdoor volleyball league for the organization.