Jason is a Public Health Care Consultant/Activist. He serves on the Board of Directors for Grace House, MS Center for Justice's HIV Council, MS HIV Planning Council, Pearl Community Theatre, the Co-Founder of MS Positive Network and was the first openly gay candidate for the MS Legislature.
Stacey is the Director of Programs for Grace House. She has been a champion in MS nonprofits with 23 years in Substance Abuse Counseling, 21 years as a program developer, and has served 6 years on the CoC Board of Directos
Merry is currently the Associate Curator of School and Teen Programs at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She has taught middle school Art is JPS for 9 years, and is devoting her life to support expanding Art Programs and ways to build a better and more united Mississippi.
Tyler is a Jackson native and a graduate from Mississippi College. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and is currently a Remote Software Engineer at Hexagon in Madison, AL. Tyler is passionate to serve the LGBTQ+ and ally community with his skills and excited to help plan Jackson, Mississippi's first annual pride event.
Ashlee is an educator currently working with Teach for America in Jackson. When she thinks of Capital City Pride, she is most excited about the opportunity to celebrate diversity and togetherness in the community
With an Architecture Degree from Mississippi State University, Lucas is the current Project Coordinator at WBA Architecture in Fondren. He is passionate about creative place-making and community organization, and is excited to use his energy to help strengthen the LGBTQ+ community.
Sherry is a Jackson Musician/ Songwriter who currently works at a Software company in Ridgeland. As well as playing music and promoting bands, she is a founding member of Unity Mississippi. As a longtime LGBTQ+ activist, her passion for the community and its celebration is infectious
Kim is a social justice, access to health for all policy supporter and advocate currently working with the Mississippi Center for Justice. A Cajun/Creole Country transplant, Kim moved to the Jackson Metro area 22 years ago. She is thrilled to work with Capital City Pride and to be leaned on as a thought leader who gets to work on building cool events that offer true community inclusion – where every single person attending can be exactly who they are openly and without fear of judgment or shame. Kim wants her daughters and nieces to look at this body of work and say, "my mom/nanny is doing this for me too".
Fabian Nelson is a native of Yazoo City, MS and 16 year resident of Jackson, MS. Fabian is the owner and Managing Broker of Mississippi United Realty. Having worked in the community for the past 11 years, Fabian has found his passion in first-time homebuyer education, access to affordable housing advocacy and parity in housing ownership for low-income populations. Fabian is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Central Mississippi Association of Realtors where he serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee and within the Mississippi Association of Realtors, Nelson acts as a member of the Professional Standards Committee
Loan Assistant by day, and passionate photographer off the clock, Wiley believes in living life to the fullest and capturing beautiful memories and inspiring snapshots for his clients. He's engaged to the love of his life, Aaron, and is the proud doggie dad of Zara, Tucker, and Khaleesi. Originally from Florence, MS, and now living in Brandon, the South has always been his home and he is committed to working towards a more inclusive and loving environment for all of the LGBTQ+ and ally community.
Marissa Maatallah is a current senior at Madison Central High School. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the Fall as a student of the Honors College. She is also co-founder and president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Madison Central. Additionally, she is a proud board member for the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, which recently held the first state-wide GSA convention. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the firs non-profit that’s creating an annual MS Pride Event. For her, this is an amazing opportunity, and she can’t wait to connect all LGBTQ+ citizens and allies across Mississippi.
Evan Sanders is an accounting major at Mississippi College. He is from Natchez, Mississippi. He enjoys running, gym time, and time with friends