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 Johnson 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.
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.