Our Capital City Pride 2017 team:
Gina Thompson: Pride Chair
Gina was born in the District of Columbia but has been a resident of Washington State for nearly three decades. She moved to Olympia in 2003 and graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. She was drawn to Olympia by its unique culture and small town charm. For the past 6 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. Gina is employed by DSHS and works for the Behavioral Health Administration. In the evenings she ca be found dancing the night away with her Jazzercise crew. Gina is service focused with a strong commitment to attending the needs of her community.
Lucas Miller: Pride Co-Chair
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.
Kai Abrahamson: Secretary
Kai Abrahamson, is happy to be apart of capitol city pride this year, as a newer member of this community most recently moved here from a small town in northern MN,he is excited to get to know more about Olympia. He has a passion for most things outdoors so if he is not volunteering for Pizza Klatch or working with a few other non profits he will most likely be found in one of the many great PNW trails.
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!
Rosalinda Noriega: Fundraising Manager
Rosalinda Noriega joined the Capital City Pride 2017 team to lead fundraising efforts. She is a long time social justice advocate working to promote the voices of marginalized groups including the homeless, LGBTQ and victims of violence. Rosalinda co-founded Partners in Prevention Education, a first-of-its-kind Crime Victim Service Center serving homeless and LGBTQ youth & young adults in Thurston County. She is also a two-time business owner including the Rose Garden Daycare and Rosie’s Joint mobile BBQ. In 2016, Rosalinda was honored as the Grand Marshal in the Capital City Pride Parade.
Tiffany Casman: Volunteer Coordinator
Tiffany Casman joins the Capital City Pride team in 2017 as the volunteer coordinator. Originally from California's Central Valley, she made the Pacific Northwest her home after serving in the US Navy, working on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz as a hydraulics technician. Since her discharge in 2012, Tiffany has been coaching for Emerald City Softball Association and the PNW Force Fastpitch club while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Clover Park Technical College. There's never a dull moment raising three kids either. She looks forward to serving the Olympia and LGBTQ communities in this new role.
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.
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 currently a Case Manager at the Lewis, Mason, Thurston Area Agency on Aging. 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). He also loves sitcoms!
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.