ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Pride St. Louis, Inc. (PSL), organizers of the annual PrideFest, approved three new directors to serve on its 2016-2017 Board during elections for new members held Monday night at the Pride offices near the Grove. Several applicants were on hand to introduce themselves and field any questions from the Board. 

PSL's Board Development Committee held previous interviews with this year's applicants to fill the three available seats on the 15 member Board and made its recommendation to the full Board last night. The Board voted as recommended. 

The new directors elected are Adam Ruppert, Co-Director of Operations; Dennis Gorg, Director of Compliance; and Christa Cunningham, Director at Large. The Board also nominated the following applicants for non-voting coordinator positions: Jimmy Hawkins, Commissary Coordinator; Holden Johnson, Beverage Coordinator; Andrew Bennett, Youth Coordinator; and Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator.

PSL2016BoardnewApplicants were required to be nominated by a sitting member of the Board and encouraged to have one year of experience working or volunteering with the organization. According to PSL, nine applications were submitted following a public call for new members. Further, there were no voice nominations for new members by sitting directors on Monday, which is allowed under the organization's bylaws.

Also held were officer elections for the following positions: Ethan Barnett was re-elected as director and as vice president, Landon Brownfield was re-elected as director and elected as secretary and Jason Johnson was elected as treasurer. Kevin Hirsch and Wolf Smith were also re-elected as directors. Both the PSL Board of Directors and its officers serve staggered two year terms.

The mission of Pride St. Louis, Inc. is “To foster an understanding of and equality for the LGBT community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events ultimately leading up to the annual PrideFest in St. Louis."



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