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Pride has been celebrated for decades in Fort Wayne, but the celebration we know and love today began in 1998 at Freimann Square. From there venues changed from Foellinger Theater to Lawton Park to the West Side of Headwaters to our current home of the East Side festival plaza. Throughout the years our crowds have grown from 100 to over 13,000 during the two day event. One thing has remained the same and that is Pride's commitment to bringing safe, fun events to the LGBT community and our straight allies. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for our volunteer Board of Directors. FW Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about LGBTQ issues and addressing needs that arise within our community. Pride also gives back to the community in various ways including supporting other nonprofits, providing assistance to low-income LGBT families, and awarding scholarships to LGBT people pursuing higher education. All donations are tax-deductible. 
Meet the Board of Directors
Director- Nikki Fultz- This is Nikki's 19th year on the board of directors. She enjoys putting together LGBTQ-positive events for our community. Nikki and her wife are both teachers and have three 23 year old daughters, Katelynn, Keela, & Indira as well as a six year old son, Tegan and 1 year old daughter Riley. Nikki obtained her Masters in Nonprofit Management & Leadership to help further the growth of Pride. She has worked with several local nonprofits in the past, but Pride remains the one she is most passionate about. She enjoys teaching 3rd grade at Waynedale Elementary & spending time with family and friends! nikki@fwpride.org

Treasurer; Vendor Coordinator- Arin Spiller- Arin joined the board eight years ago to become more active in the community. She lives in Fort Wayne with her wife, Amanda, and 19 year old son Hank. She has her bachelors in Business Management and works for Heritage Parts. She is excited to continue working as a vendor coordinator. vendor@fwpride.org

Secretary; Volunteer Coordinator- Kristy Lindeman- This is Kristy's fifth year on the board. Kristy is a social worker and completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership. She has always enjoyed Pride and is excited to work behind the scenes with the committee this year to make Pride 2019 the best yet! volunteer@fwpride.org

Beer Tent Coordinator- Kara Fultz- This is Kara's 14th festival to help organize. She and her wife have four daughters, Keela, Katelynn, Indira, and Riley and a son, Tegan.  She is a teacher at South Side in Fort Wayne and the GSA supervising teacher. She is a member of the Fort Wayne Women's Rugby team and also plays softball at Turners. Kara is excited about the continued growth of the beer tent. 

Drag Coordinator- Amanda Spiller- Amanda joined the board of directors eight years ago. She has been a drag performer (Barry Chrisp) for fourteen years. She and her wife have an 19 year old son. She joined Pride to be involved in the community and enjoys seeing Pride evolve each year. 

Volunteer Coordinator- Jenn Ferguson- Jenn joined the board of directors five years ago to become active in the LGBT community. She is an Occupational Therapist at a local hospital. She is working with Kristy as a volunteer coordinator. She and her partner, Michele, live in Fort Wayne with Michele's two daughters.

KidSpace Coordinator- Lori Larko-Wilch- This is Lori's sixth non-consecutive year on the board. She and her wife have four children. Lori volunteers with Stonewall Democrats. 

KidSpace Coordinator- Jay Larko-Wilch- This is Jay's fifth year on the board. She joined the board to help Pride grow in Fort Wayne. Jay is working with her wife Lori as a KidSpace coordinator. They live in New Haven and have four children. 

Beer Tent Coordinator- Carmella O'Neal- This is Carmella's fourth year on the board. She enjoyed volunteering so much that she decided to get more involved. She is a mother to three year old Sophia. Carmella is a licensed marriage and family therapist and currently works as a therapist at Oaktree Guidance & Wellness Center. 

Alec Palmer- This is Alec's third year on the board of directors. A long time volunteer, Alec wanted to get more involved to help the LGBTQ community, specifically youth, find their place in our area. He is passionate about trans rights and hopes to organize the trans community. Alec can be seen performing locally under the name Lil D Licious & is the current reigning Mr. Gay Indiana. 

Janelle Bailey- This is Janelle's second year on our board, but has helped with Baltimore Pride in years past. Janelle and her wife are parents to four children and run a local counseling and wellness firm. Janelle is excited to see the expansion of Pride. 

​Christina Schimmel- This is Christina's second year on the committee. She has volunteered at Pride and was looking for a way to be more involved in supporting the event and the overall community. She is looking forward to participating in more events and meeting more of the community as well. Christina also serves on the Board of Directors for Insight Mediation Fort Wayne. 

Blaine Hall-  Being new to the Fort Wayne area, Blaine was thrilled to find the Fort Wayne Pride organization. While not new to volunteering at pride events, he is new to Fort Wayne. He loves being part of an organization that provides a safe place where our community can come together to celebrate our diversity. "We are stronger together and our diversity makes us powerful. Love each other." This is Blaine's second year on the board.

Penny Aker- ​After volunteering for a couple years as a paramedic for Pride, Penny decided she wanted to become more involved in the LGBTQ community and help in any way she can. She's been happily married to her husband Michael who has been a firefighter for 12 years. They have two sons who are 21 and 18. She sincerely looks forward to helping the LGBTQ community. 

Christian Albertson- This is Christian's second year on the board of directors. He is excited to help Arin with vendors this year. He is excited to move forward with his careers and push past his boundaries in helping the community. The inspiration of being true to himself moves him to help others be who they are instead of hiding from the world. Christian is extremely excited to help again this year and many more years to come!

Tracey Wilkinson - This is Tracey's first year as a committee member. Tracey has volunteered as a medic for the last 2 years for Pride Fest and wanted to become more involved within the community and the production of great events that promote diversity. Tracey has been a professional firefighter/EMT in Fort Wayne for nearly 23 years. She is happily married to her wife Jenna. She is also a mother to a 1 year old daughter Elliott and 23 year old son Andrew. Tracey will continue to work as a medic and ensure that FW Pride events are staffed with people to provide great EMS care, with safety being a top priority.

Wendy Strayer- After volunteering at Pride last year, Wendy is eager and honored to be a member of the FW Pride committee & looks forward to being more involved in the growth of the LGBTQ community. She works at Micropulse, Inc. as a Process Engineer. She and her fiancée, Bailey, have been together for 10 years and have 2 children, Jackson age 6, and Avery age 2. She has been a drag performer (Teagan Kennedy) since 2004. She also enjoys spending her time with friends and family, working in the garden, watching sports, and helping with her sons t-ball team. #GoCubsGo