Our Capital City Pride 2015 team:
Anna Schlecht: Pride Co-Chair
Anna Schlecht has been involved with Pride since the beginning, serving as everything from Chair to head recycling/garbage collector. Believing deeply in the value of small town Pride, Schlecht has worked tirelessly with others to create one of the most vibrant Pride festivals in the NW. Out at age three, Schlecht has been a LGBTQ activist through many eras. Notable accomplishments include the 1997 Olympia Employee of the Year; 1995 YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award and many other awards for Activism on many fronts. Schlecht worked to pass 24 local LGBTQ rights laws along with numerous state laws. Schlecht holds a Masters in Public Administration degree and serves as the City of Olympia's Housing Program Manager.
Christina White: Treasurer
A Washington native, Christina works for Christensen Consulting LLC, an Olympia-based financial planning and accounting firm and she is pursuing an accounting degree. Christina went to her first Capital City Pride festival in 2007 with a friend and fell in love with the community! After a year back home, she returned to Olympia in 2010, and rediscovered the natural beauty of the area. She also met a variety of colorful characters that would soon become longtime friends. Over the years she had helped the community in small ways from joining multiple Olympia Clean Team's in 2014 to taking food to Occupy Olympia supporters. Christina is excited to become part of the Pride 25 team!
Lucas Miller: Secretary
Lucas Miller has been involved with Capital City Pride for over 5 years serving as our board secretary, but helping in every other possible way to make pride a success. Lucas was our 2013 Pride Day award winner for his work with Olympia PFLAG. Lucas is also active with Pizza Klatch, Transgender Advocacy Group, and many other LGBTQ organizations.
Jake Powell: Fundraising Manager
Jake Powell brings a potent blend of performance artistry and customer service skill to Pride. Professionally, Jake has worked in customer service for the past 20 years. In California, Jake has performed in music videos, television, movies as well as stages all along the west coast. Jake has worked with a variety of drag productions in Olympia and Tacoma since 2011. In his third year with Pride, Jake has served in a variety of leadership roles, including two years as Community Outreach and three years as Fundraising Manager. He has been recognized as Mr. Gay Olympia, 2013 and Pride Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Jake's motto: "Dance like no one is watching, but perform like they are."
Matthew Shrader: Booth Manager
Matthew Shrader has been involved with Capital City Pride (CCP) since 2011. In 2012 Matthew served as Co-Chair and every other year has been involved as Booth Coordinator. As Booth Coordinator, Matthew strives to bring organization and structure to make all things booths go smoothly for vendors, festival participants, and CCP staff & volunteers. Currently he lives in Seattle and is a very proud Olympia native.
Gina Thompson: Parade Manager
Gina Thompson has resided in Olympia Washington since 2003. She graduated from the Evergreen State College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. She was drawn to this town by its unique culture and supportive environment and is determined to give back. Gina is service focused with a strong commitment to attending the needs of her community. She is dedicated to her work in Olympia, supporting and advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. For the past 5 years, Gina has served as the director of New Horizons, an overnight week long camp for young adults who are developmentally and or physically disabled. When not volunteering with Amahoro House, a local non profit that provides palliative care to the homeless of Thurston County, Gina can be found spoiling her adorable nephew or dancing the night away with her Jazzercise friends.
Robert Brown: Beer Garden Manager
Bobby Brown is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Four and current state employee. He has a wife, two adult children, a baby girl, two cats and two pugs. In his spare time, he enjoys performing in both plays and burlesque shows. He has been working as a volunteer with Capitol City Pride since 2007 and is honored to run the most fabulous outdoor bar in town for one weekend a year.
Brandon Humphries: Website Administrator
Brandon Humphries is the Program Coordinator for the STARS Adult Daycare program, based out of Senior Services for South Sound (also known as the non-profit that runs the Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers). He also serves as Technology Coordinator for the company. He loves working in an industry where he can be of service to those in need. In his spare time he loves to cook, eat breakfast food, and tinker with the latest in gadgetry. There are only two things he hates and those are liars and skim milk (which is water that is lying about being milk).
Justin Taylor: Graphic Identity Manager
Justin Taylor has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life and began volunteering for Capital City Pride in 2009. Currently, Justin is board chair of Mpowerment Washington, a GSM wellness and HIV prevention non-profit here in Olympia.
Mo Tabor: Volunteer Coordinator
Mo Tabor moved to Olympia in 2014 and quickly got involved in Oly Pride. The grassroots strength of Capital City Pride resonated with her personal values. Mo became the Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. Mo deeply values collaboration and working from a strengths based process. Mo has a graduate degree in Psychology and a long background in social service work. She currently collaborates with teams that support adults with disabilities to achieve their goals and dreams. In her spare time Mo loves being vegan, enjoying the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and volunteering at several community organizations.