Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Matt Harper


Festival Director


Matt is a dedicated volunteer that has been serving Pride St. Louis since 2010. He is thrilled to be back for his fifth 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 begin serving his second two year term as president in 2016. 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.

Ethan Barnett

Vice President

Festival Director


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



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.

Christopher Smith



Board of Directors

Todd Alan

Director of Corporate Sponsorship and VIP Experience

Ellen Vanscoy

Parade Director

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.

Marty Zuniga

Director of Entertainment

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

Director of Volunteers

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

Operational Director

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.

Jennifer Reiss

Director of Vendor Relations Vendor Phone- 314-349-4659

Leon Braxton

Director of Inclusion and Diversity

Leon has been active in the St. Louis LGBTQIA community for over 30-years, raising countless dollars and serving in many leadership capacities. Leon is excited to be returning to the Board of Pride St. Louis, Inc. as The Director of Scholarship and Community Outreach where he will be instrumental in fundraising, selecting and awarding scholarships to deserving LGBTQIA students. In addition to being on the board of Pride St. Louis, Leon has served on the boards of SAGE Metro St. Louis, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, St. Louis AIDS Foundation, Out, Proud and Healthy, was a master Guardian with Project Ark, is the Vice President of The Official Black Pride St. Louis and is the founder of the I CARE! Campaign and Intersex St. Louis. He brings with him a successful background in finance and is also known in entertainment and fundraising circles for his illusion of the incomparable Dieta Pepsi. As Dieta, Leon has used his talents to raise money for several of our LGBTQIA organizations including Doorways, Food Outreach, Metro East Pride, Power of One, Bethany’s Place, and The Trans Visibility Project. Leon is currently on the Grove CID Marketing Committee and owns and operates Miss Leon’s, a new Fried Chicken Restaurant located in The Grove.

Jesse Doggendorf


Jesse Doggendorf is happy to join the board of Pride St. Louis this year after working with the LGBTQIA+ St. Louis community through opportunities in his undergraduate and graduate school organizations. Jesse hopes to continue this work on the board, while also bringing a diverse perspective to the Pride St. Louis organization. Jesse graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014 with a major in Political Science, receiving Magna Cum Laude Honors. At SLU, Jesse served as a Diversity Leadership Cabinet Representative, the Publicity Director of the Honor’s Student Association, and was an active member in the Rainbow Alliance. Jesse is currently a second year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Jesse serves as the treasurer of the school’s OUTLaw organization. Jesse will continue to work for a more diverse and welcoming community for the LGBTQIA+ community in the place he calls home.

Marti Mccanless


Landon Brownfield

Director of PR and Marketing

Kevin Hirsch

Director of IT and Social Media