Pride has been celebrated for decades in Fort Wayne, but the celebration we know and love today began in 1997 at Friemann Square. From there venues changed from Follinger Theater to Lawton Park to the West Side of Headwater's to our current home of the East Side festival plaza. Throughout the years our crowds have grown from 100 to over 10,000 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. All donations are tax-deductible. 
Fort Wayne Pride
Board of  Directors text.
Director- Nikki Fultz- This is Nikki's 17th Pride to put together. She enjoys the entertainment as well as the continued growth of the festival each year. Nikki and her wife are both teachers and have three 22 year old daughters, Katelynn, Keela, & Indira as well as a five year old son, Tegan. They have a baby girl due in August. Nikki obtained her Masters in Nonprofit Management & Leadership to help further the growth of Pride.

Treasurer; Vendor Coordinator- Arin Spiller- Arin joined the board six years ago to become more active in the community. She lives in Fort Wayne with her wife, Amanda, and 18 year old son Hank. She recently earned her bachelors in Business Management and works for Heritage Parts. She is excited to continue working as a vendor coordinator. 

Secretary; Volunteer Coordinator- Kristy Lindeman- This is Kristy's third year on the board. Kristy is a social worker and recently 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 2017 the best yet!

Beer Tent Coordinator- Kara Fultz- This is Kara's 12th festival to work on. She and her wife have three daughters, Keela, Katelynn, and Indira and a son, Tegan. She is due in August with their fifth child, a daughter. She is a teacher in Fort Wayne. Kara is excited about the continued growth of the beer tent. 

Drag Coordinator- Amanda Spiller- This is Amanda's fifth year on the board. She has been a drag performer for twelve years. She and her wife have an 18 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 a few years ago to become active in the LGBT community. She recently moved to Fort Wayne after finishing her Occupational Therapy degree and works 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- Jay Larko-Wilch- This is Jay's third year on the board. She has volunteered for several years and decided she was ready to commit more to helping Pride grow in Fort Wayne. Jay will be working with Lori on putting together the KidSpace. 

Carmella O'Neal- This is Carmella's second year on the board. She enjoyed volunteering so much that she decided to get more involved. Carmella is a licensed marriage and family therapist and currently works as a therapist at Oaktree Guidance & Wellness Center. She and her wife, Leah, have been married for a few years. They enjoy traveling and make it a priority to regularly experience new cultures and ways of life.

Leah O'Neal- Leah joined the board last year after previously volunteering to get more involved in the community. She works at Lincoln Financial as a business analyst. Leah is looking forward to networking and experiencing many events with the community. She's always up for new adventures with her wife Carmella as they love to travel.

Alec Palmer- This is Alec's first year on the committee. He joined after volunteering for several years. He works for the IN Dept of Corrections. 

Shánda Haught – This is Shánda’s first year on the committee. She has previously volunteered with Pride and is looking forward to working harder as a committee member. She and her husband, Drew, are proud straight allies. They have been married for almost 3 years and have 5 pups they love to spoil.

Drew Haught- This is Drew’s first year on the committee. He has volunteered at Pride before and decided to join the committee to get more involved. He and his wife, Shánda, are proud straight allies. Drew enjoys doing small projects to help people whenever he can.