A Knoxville native, Ben is very happy to be back for his second year as President. This event is such a great opportunity for our community to gather together and show our support for each other. Ben grew up in Clinton, TN then attended UTK, graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science, and is currently an Enterprise Architect for Clayton Homes in Maryville. He has previously served as the TEP Knox County Committee Chair and on the boards of Knoxville PFLAG and East TN GLSEN. He would like to thank the rest of the Knox Pride board, the committee chairs, the Coliseum Staff, the City Special Events Office, and all the volunteers who help make PrideFest a success
Vice-President, Beverage Chair, Pridefest Parade co-chair, Eat OUT w/Pride Co-chairChair
Mark is originally from a small town outside Louisville, KY. He attended the University of Louisville, served in the US Army and the Kentucky National Guard. Mark moved to East TN in 1997 where he now works as an account sales rep for a liquor wholesaler and he owns an alcohol server training company, TopShelf Express LLC. He is a member of HRC, Red & Green Committee and a Executive board member for Knox Pride Board. Mark enjoys spending time with his husband/partner of 15yrs, friends, family andtraveling.
Secretary, Graphic Designer,
Knoxville transplant, originally from NC, is an extremely talented and driven young designer. Recent Graduate from Appalachian State in Boone, NC, studying Industrial Design, he moved back to Knoxville eager to get to work. Chris has several years of experience in Graphic Design and has helped in making pride be colorful.
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.
Bill is a native of Knoxville who joined the Knox Pride Board in 2010. He returned to Knoxville from Vanderbilt to attend UT College of Law and practices law with Lewis, Thomason, King, Kreig & Waldrop, P.C. He hosts the Night Out With the Smokies and is looking forward to a great year of Pride events in 2016!
Board Member, Entertainment Chair
Victoria was born in Monterey, CA. Being a child in a military home, she moved a few times before settling in Kingsport, TN. She has lived in Knoxville for 13 years, and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in the field of Political Science from the University of Tennessee. While attending UT she served as the president of the Lambda Student Union for 2 years. As the President of Lambda she organized many social and political events for the LGBTQ community on campus. She has been employed by PepsiCo for 5 years. She is happily married to her wonderful wife Ashleigh Scott, and they have a beautiful young puppy named Oakely.
Treasurer, Festival Co-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.
Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel Siegel was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She graduated from Knoxville West High School and went on to attend and graduate the University of Tennessee with bachelors degree in Biology. Rachel enjoys working and volunteering in the community, as well as spending as much time outdoors as possible.
A Florida native, Jen relocated to Knoxville last year 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.
Jordan is a native Knoxvillian who joined the Knox Pride Board in 2016. He currently lives and works in Washington DC, but usually makes it back to Knoxville every month to visit his (cute) little brother and help with Pride. He loves to hike in his free time and enjoys discovering new places in the city. He loves to observe pride grow and become a major event in Knoxville.
Morgan is a Knoxville native who is excited to be a new member of 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 an Internal Auditor for Clayton Homes. After being a volunteer for PrideFest in 2016, she decided she wanted to become a more active member in the community. She is eager to serve as a Board member and cannot wait to see what this year’s PrideFest and Pride events bring.
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!
Rodney is a Knoxville native who loves to travel. He spends a lot of time with friends and family including niece and nephew. I enjoy hiking, video games, movies and LOVE rollercoasters. I love to volunteer and it's very important to me to give back to the community. I've been working with #KnoxPride in different capacities since 2012 and I'm looking forward to our continued growth.