Join us at our next meeting.
Board meetings are held at Twin Cities Pride’s office, located at 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 402 in Minneapolis. A block of time is set aside at the beginning of the meeting to hear from any visitors who would like to speak with the Board of Directors. If you have business to conduct with the Board, please contact the Board Chair Darcie Baumann (firstname.lastname@example.org). Those wishing to observe the meeting or looking to get more involved in Twin Cities Pride are very welcome to join us. Visit the calendar to see the date of our next meeting.
Darcie joined Twin Cities Pride in September 2008. During her time with Pride, Darcie has worked in the areas of Sponsorship, Social Media, Events, and VIP. Darcie was excited to take the next step in serving Pride by joining the Board in September 2013. Professionally, Darcie works in Configuration Management. She has a Certificate in Technical Communication and is currently working on her B.S. in Technical Communication with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Personally, Darcie is a wife and mother, and proud to show her children that although life can be busy, it is important to volunteer and give back to the community.
Kurt joined Twin Cities Pride in February 2015. Kurt works as the Coordinator of Volunteers and Interns for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a part of Allina Health. He is a committee member on the University of St. Thomas’ Forum on Workplace Inclusion, the leading conference fostering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the US and was 2014 recipient of the Friend of the Forum award. He is co-founder and past board member of the MN Spinal Cord Injury Association and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He is described as being a ceaseless advocate, having a willing spirit, can do attitude and limitless commitment.
Eric joined Twin Cities Pride in 2009 as a festival volunteer and became a year-round volunteer staff member in 2010. He joined the Board of Directors in May of 2016. Eric has been providing outsource business management, helping companies manage their books, since 2004. In his previous life he was a landscape contractor and in his future life he hopes to become a unicorn. He has a degree in trial by fire. He enjoys his coffee club at home with his two cats and his dog (Mocha, Java and Kona respectively).
Lys Akerman-Frank is a native Brazilian who has been living in the United States for the past 19 years, becoming a proud American citizen a few years ago. She graduated of St. Kate’s University (St. Paul, MN), with a BA in Graphic Design. Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Degree from Mount Ida College (Boston, MA). Industrial Design Degree from Faculdade de Belas Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil). After working in the Corporate World for over 10 years managing the print production of large-scale launch marketing materials, also being a liaison between the Creative and Marketing worlds. She opened her own business Art & Frames, llc to balance her work life with her family life, but also making time to work on her art. In her business she custom designs company Awards; provide professional custom framing, and sells Art from local and International Artists. Art & Frames, llc was named the 2015 Best Framer in St Paul. Lys also designs and sells professional custom hand made puppets, and teaches puppet design classes. At the same time Lys is working on a new business endeavor, Puppetry. Her goal is to launch Puppetry in Motion and create a space for Puppet building, teaching, performance, and sales of all puppet related things.
Bridget joined Twin Cities Pride in 2016. Originally from Iowa, Bridget moved to Minnesota to get an undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and a masters degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Bridget is a healthcare consultant and actively participates in several Twin Cities organizations. Currently she is the Chair of the Alumni Athletic Committee at St. Catherine Univeristy, where she utilizes her leadership capabilities to empower young women to reach their goals. Bridget joined the Pride board of directors to help grow the mission and better facilitate local LGBT organizations in their service to the community.
Samantha is a longtime resident and fan of Minneapolis. She attended the University of Minnesota for both her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Health Policy and Administration (matriculating May 2017) with interests in healthcare brand marketing, policy, and systems reform. Her intentions are to join a healthcare consulting firm in the future and become a research consultant. However, she chose to join the board of Twin Cities PRIDE because of a strong desire to practice servant-leadership while learning more about non-profit management. Her previous experience working with the LGBT Community includes briefly acting as an HIV Educator and providing supportive services for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland.
Felix joined Twin Cities Pride in December 2016. Felix works as a freelance consultant specializing in writing and editing. He is a lifelong Saint Paul resident and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He also serves as a board member and committee chair for Arcata Press and is an active member of the Twin Cities video game community with IDGA and GlitchMN. Despite his love for the Cities, he spends as much time as possible out west in Seattle.