Knox Pride’s 2019 Board
A Florida native, Jen relocated to Knoxville in 2015 to join Mortgage Investors Group. While attending the University of South Florida to obtain her B.A in Music, she was actively involved and lead their PRIDE Alliance. During her tenure at Bank of America, Jen attended several Out & Equal conferences and chaired the Tampa Bay region PRIDE ERG. In addition, she was also a member of Out & Equal Tampa Bay as a representative for Bank of America as well as a certified trainer. Jen also is a member of the Knoxville Choral Society and previously volunteered with the Knoxville based Friends of Literacy program.
Vice President, Beverage Chair
Victoria has been a member of the Knox Pride Board for 5 years and very much enjoys serving the Knoxville LGBTQ+ community. Having been born into a military family, she moved a few times before settling in Kingsport, TN for the majority of her childhood. She came to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee in 2003 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Political Science. She has been employed by PepsiCo for 8 years and is currently a Production Supervisor. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling to new and exciting places. Her hobbies include listening to music of all varieties, drinking craft cocktails and beers, and trying all manner of delicious foods. She also appreciates the outdoors and likes to spend time in the beautiful mountains through camping, hiking, kayaking and whitewater rafting. She is looking forward helping grow Knox Pride’s events and community involvement year round!
Always remember those that have come before us and honor their sacrifice by living your life to the fullest! Happy Pride!
Vice President, PrideFest Chair
Sarah Michelle Miller is originally from the cold state of Wisconsin but moved here in 2011. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Whitewater, she now works for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the State of Tennessee. Though she was raised in WI, she has never felt so at home than she does in her home of Knoxville Tennessee. Here she met her husband of a little over a year, Josh, and they now own a home together and raise two adorable (and spoiled) pups, Ella Ray and Mulligan Theodore. She has experience in leading multiple nonprofit and community service organizations, event and party planning, and catering and looks forward to using her expertise as a strong ally, assisting every way she can to help Pride continue to grow.
As a born and raised Knoxville native, Stephanie is accustom to all that Knox Vegas has to offer. As a manger in a retail pharmaceutical company she is used to providing care and empathy to those she meets. As a new member of the pride board she is excited to be a part of the vast diversity and unity that pride offers. In combination with others on the board she hopes to bring her warm-hearted and welcoming attitude to all the fantastic pride events to come!
Originally from Monroe, North Carolina, Rusty served two years in AmeriCorps in 2011 and 2012, where he developed a passion for community building and service. In November 2013, he moved to Knoxville, and spent two more years serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, continuing to develop a passion for service and activism. Knox Pride was the first organization that he volunteered for in Knoxville. He currently works as the administrator for Tyson House Student Foundation, the Lutheran and Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In his spare time, Rusty is a huge video game nerd, loves anything outdoors, especially running, reads a lot, and spends a lot of time with his cat, Max.
Board Member, Art Out and Marketing Chair
Morgan is a Knoxville native who is thrilled to be serving her third year for the Knox Pride Board. She grew up in South Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is currently a Staff Accountant for TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
After being a volunteer for PrideFest in 2016, she decided she wanted to become a more active member in the community. This is her third year serving as Art Out Chair and first year as Marketing Chair. She is excited to be providing a lot of new ideas for Marketing, including video production, so if you see her with her camera in hand, wave because you are probably being filmed! She hopes her service will help Knox Pride and the LGBTQ+ community continue to grow.
Adam is a native of Knoxville and grew up in the Karns community where he graduated in 2005. He joined the Knox Pride Board in 2016 after having been a volunteer for several years assisting with a multitude of events and fundraisers. Adam loves all things technology and has worked for Apple for 5 years where he plans to run the company and retire! Currently, Adam is the Executive Producer of the Next2Nothing Fashion Show, a long running fundraiser for KnoxPride. He is excited for what KnoxPride is becoming and hopes to spread our community involvement throughout the southeast!
Board Member, Entertainment Coordinator
Kerissa (Keri) King is a seventh generation East Tennesseean; born in Knoxville raised in neighboring Sevier County. She is an alumnus if the University of Tennessee, where she studied Music Education and Vocal Performance. While she has focused on a more traditional career as a project manager, her love of the arts has sustained her. She has managed to combine her business skills and performance arts talents to create several fringe arts ventures including Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue, the Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Academy, The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, and Clam Slam Drag Collective. In 2018 she combined forces with her producing partners Dustin and John Camp to create Camp King Productions, specializing in LGBT+ and alternative subculture entertainment.
Board Member, Community Out Reach Chair
Nathan was born in Maryville, TN. He has lived in the area for most of his life. He is an avid outdoorsman, progressive politics, hobby mechanic, hiker, and yoga fan. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded L'Espace, Inc., which has become a diverse conglomerate. He earned a degree in Spanish at Maryville College, an MBA at The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He is a researcher and speaker on LGBTQ discrimination, behavior, and code-switching in the workplace.
Board Member, Graphic Design Committee Chair
Born and raised in middle Tennessee, Oren first moved to Knoxville in 2006 to attend school at the University of Tennessee. While at school Oren met his partner, Mark Marlow, and they have been together for 12 years and were married in 2017. Oren is a licensed architect, amateur historian, and political nerd that loves to meet new people and hold long conversations. When he is not travelling, Oren can likely be found hanging out with friends at one of downtown's many restaurants, rooftops, or bars.
Fun Fact: Oren has a twin sister named Casey.
Board Member, Merchandiser
Originally from Louisiana, Willis has lived in Knoxville for 16 years. While living here, he has been involved with the Knoxville Gay Softball League, serving as their Parliamentarian for 3 years. He is an avid traveler, always looking for a new adventure. During his down time, he enjoys cooking, video games, and finding new and unknown music.
Board Member, Dine Out, Adventures with Pride and Pride Picnic Committee Chair
Having grown up in the small town of Spring City, TN, Josh Harris made Knoxville his home in 2017. He was a volunteer for the 2017 and 2018 Knox Pride Fests, as well as helping out with other Knox Pride events. This will be his first year of service on the board and he looks forward to lending a hand to helping the LGBTQ+ community.
Board Member, Special Event Coordinator
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Board Member, Volunteer Committee Chair
Heather immigrated to Knoxville from Canada 5 years ago and has felt at home here since day one. Heather is an artist, a maker, and is the founder and curator of the Knox Mini Art Galleries. Heather is an aerialist and performs on the trapeze with Knoxville Aerial Arts. In her spare time, you can usually find her making soup, folding paper cranes, or binging sitcoms on the couch with her wife.
2019 Knox Pride Committee Members
Volunteer, Graphic Designer Committee, Marketing Committee
While in Knoxville after graduating from Appalachian State, Christopher made his mark and continues to volunteer from Seattle. He was the only graphic designer for 3 years, launched the adventures with pride events, rebranded the organization to Knox Pride and started the marketing committee. Christopher continues to volunteer as an advisor to the new members that are taking on the amazing roles he helped create to make Knox Pride one of the best prides of the south.
Volunteer, Graphic Design Committee, Marketing Committee
Raised in Farragut, TN, Nick has been involved in creative arts his whole life. He attends school in Knoxville as a Graphic Design major, but has pursued other fields in the art industry such as photography, visual art, and poetry. In his free time, Nick enjoys doing portrait photography, writing poetry, playing video games, traveling, and hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Volunteer, Pride Picnic Committee
Sandy is originally from a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. She started her career 30 years ago working with individuals that have disabilities. Currently, she works for The State of TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Living in Knoxville for 18 years; she is the proud parent of two wonderful children, Katie and Seth.
Volunteer, Graphic Design Committee, Marketing Committee
Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Maddie has always been an artist at heart. She is currently majoring in Graphic Design and also enjoys photography and painting whenever she can. Outside of doing work in the art industry, Maddie enjoys traveling, going to see live music, and spending quality time with those she loves most.
*Board or Volunteer positions are all volunteer, non-paid roles open to the LGBTQ+ community and our Allies.