BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-President, Male -, Trans -, Nonbinary - Identified
Palm Springs Pride
Ron deHarte - serves as the President & CEO of Greater Palm Springs Pride and has been a Pride volunteer since 2003. He's held officer positions with Consolidated Associaton of Pride (CAPI) and InterPride including serving three terms as the InterPride Region 1 Regional Director. He currently serves as a chairperson for the City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission and as a member of the Palm Springs Police Chief’s LGBTQ advisory board. He’s been the President of Palm Springs Pride since 2010 and previously served as Executive Director of San Diego Pride. He is the founder and Chair of the Cesar Chavez Breakfast Celebration and the Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Coalition and served on the inaugural San Diego Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee. Ron has been recognized for his community service including CAPI’s 2019 Person of the Year, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce 2019 Community Spirit Award, Safe Schools Desert Cities Champion of Youth 2018, Human Rights Campaign Advocate for Equality 2017 as well as 2015 Outstanding Community Service Leader by the Palm Springs Desert Business Association, he served as International Grand Marshal of the Tijuana Pride parade in 2007 and 2017 and as the International Friend of the Year 2012. When he’s not advocating for equal rights, Ron's decades-long background in planning, operations, management, and large-scale event production is put to good use on other civic events. He’s a father of two boys and lives with his partner of twenty-two years.
Co-President, Female - Identified
San Francisco Pride
Marsha H. Levine has been a Pride-organizing veteran since 1980, first serving on the Boston Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee, and then joining the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration Committee, Inc., immediately upon moving there in 1985.
Marsha currently serves as one of four of InterPride’s Vice Presidents of Global Outreach and Partnership Management, as well as the Co-President of USAP (United States Association of Prides). She has the distinction of being recognized as the Founder of InterPride and a co-founder of CAPI, Inc. (Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc.).
For 18 years, she was San Francisco Pride’s Parade Manager, on top of a similar period as a volunteer for the organization in a variety of roles, including President and Vice President on their Board of Directors. Now she serves as the Community Relations Manager for SF Pride, responsible for coordinating community partners, volunteers, politicians, VIPs, and Grand Marshals. Marsha has been a strong advocate for human and civil rights since she was 16.
Motor City Pride
I am interested in serving as Secretary for United States Association of Prides. I have selected Secretary because I have already coordinated the formation of our bylaws, submitted the corporate documents for us to form as an organization, and the processing of our 501c3 IRS application. Continuing as Secretary will allow me to see the process through to the final formation of the Association. This role will also be aided by serving on the InterPride Board, as a member of both boards I will be in a position to bridge both organizations during this formation process. I also selected the secretary position because it is the shorter two year
position, this will allow me to help with the formation and then pass the position on for another person to become involved.
Serving as secretary will also allow me the opportunity to provide input into the first conference for USAP. As USAP plans its first conference, we will need to take a close look at the best time to hold the conference so that it is not held too close to InterPride, our existing regional conferences, and when most of our Prides take place. This will need to be a careful balancing act to schedule the conference when there will be the fewest conflicts and when it will allow for the greatest participation from our member Prides. My conference planning experience will also help to offer a program that will also serve the needs of the attendees and our member Prides.
I began my involvement with the pride movement in 2004 when I first volunteered for a ‘shift’ at Motor City Pride. That four-hour shift lead to my serving various roles, and now as the chairperson of the Motor City Pride. With my event planning and advocacy experience, we have been able to grow MCP from an afternoon street fair attracting 10,000 people into a regional weekend festival that attracts over 55,000 participants each year.
In addition to Motor City Pride, I served eight years on the board for Equality Michigan: Michigan’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. At a national level, I have been a member of the National LGBT Task Force Creating Change Conference’s Management Team.
I am employed as Executive Director of three career and technical student organizations: DECA, SkillsUSA, and FCCLA, which annually provides leadership and career development conferences for over 14,000 Michigan high school students.
I have been involved in the Pride movement since 1995. I started as a volunteer with Atlanta Pride 24 years ago. During that time I was a volunteer, then on staff – holding the position of Assistant Director. I resigned in December of 2007 and came back as a volunteer and have been on the board since then.
2005 – 2012 – InterPride Board of Directors
2005 – 2007 – served as VP – US Female Identified for 2 years
2007 – 2011 - Served as Female Co-President – 4 years
2011 – 2012 – Served as Treasurer – 1 year
I am the treasurer for the Parent Teacher Organization at my son’s high school (final year) and Treasurer for my neighborhood pool – also final year. In my working life, I am the Director of Administration and one of my main jobs is accounting / bookkeeping. I have been employed with Childkind for 13 years.
Personal – I believe in the importance and value of Pride. I feel that Pride continues to have relevance in our world.
In October of 2019, I was elected to the board of the United States Association of Prides (USAP) and serve as Treasurer. It is an honor to serve as Treasurer for the United States Association of Prides.
I strongly believe that Pride serves an important role in our world and am proud to be a part.
Orange County Equality Coalition
Anna Barvir-Boone (she/her/hers) serves on the Board of Directors of Orange County Equality Coalition, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization formed in the wake of Proposition 8. She currently serves as the organization’s secretary and representative to the We Breath Advisory Committee, a statewide anti-tobacco initiative working to eliminate tobacco use disparities in the LGBTQ+ community. Before joining the OCEC Board, Anna served as a member of the organization's Legal and Pride Committees. And, in 2013, she would become a founding member and the first president of Orange County LGBT Pride. Anna remains on the OC Pride Board, now serving as the organization's secretary. Anna is a civil rights and constitutional law attorney practicing in Long Beach, CA. In her spare time, she leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, cheers on her wife’s tackle football team, and bakes special occasion cakes for her friends and neighbors.
San Diego Pride
Steven Herevia, he/him/his, is Vice President for OutSpokane, producers of Spokane Pride. Herevia is the Pathways and Inclusion Coordinator at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University. He has co-founded Wonderfully Made Spokane, a Spokane based non-profit charged with the inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ+ people in faith communities. Herevia writes, “I am beyond grateful to be included in the work of creating spaces for our LGBTQ+ community members to develop their identities, affirm their experiences, and express Pride in their identity.” To learn more about Steven, please visit stevenherevia.com or follow him on Instagram @stevenherevia.
Pacific Northwest Black Pride
Olivette Foster is a sixty- year old African-American, my pronouns are She/Her. She is a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional/Clinical Supervisor. She has worked exclusively with HIV clients for twenty years, and has served on Seattle’s Planning Council on AIDS and as a member of the Prioritization committee in charge of HIV/AIDS funds. She has managed a multitude of HIV prevention programs and I am a housing Case Manager for HIV/AIDS individuals as well as the General Public. She has helped with organizing PNW Black Pride for three years. She has a passion for service to the LGBTQ community and to others who are in need of Advocacy and support.
Lo Roberts considers herself a proud Houstonian and was honored to accept the role of Pride Houston president in 2017, as well as all the responsibility it entails. She serves as Pride Houston’s first woman of color to hold this title. Lo began volunteering with Pride nine seasons ago and has served on different production committees and in various leadership positions including Parade Committee co-chair, Volunteer Committee chair, special events director, member-at-large and Vice President on the Board of Directors.
She sees Houston’s diversity and its unique blend of cultures as an incredible resource and advantage and would like to see that diversity emphasized in Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the city and the world.
Growing up Lo always knew she wanted to help others. She had a love for medicine and at a young age started serving as officers in other professional organizations such as HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and NAP (National Association of Parliamentarians) on the National Levels.
One of her favorite quotes is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” With this as her daily mantra Lo not only fights for change locally through policy and reform; however, she also serves on the board of Pride’s International and National organizations (Interpride and United States Association of Prides).
Nurse Lo, as her tiny patients call her, is a pediatric nurse and Health Specialist for a non-profit organization. When she is not tending to the health of other children, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, and crafting.
Dot Belstler has been Executive Director of Twin Cities Pride since 2010. She is passionate about connecting people and programs. She says she comes to work each day "for that kid who finds family at Pride and finally knows they are not alone." Belstler has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master's in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University.
Matt Comer (he/him/his) joined Charlotte Pride in 2008 and has served in several volunteer and board roles, primarily overseeing the organization’s media and marketing efforts. In November 2017, Matt transitioned from his role as a board member to become the organization’s Communications Director. Originally from Winston-Salem, N.C., Matt has nearly two decades of experience in local LGBTQ community advocacy, community organizing, journalism and media/marketing work. Matt attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has worked or volunteered with several LGBTQ organizations regionally and nationally. From 2007 to 2015, Matt worked as editor of QNotes, the Charlotte-based LGBTQ community newspaper of North Carolina. His writing has appeared in a variety of local and national news outlets. Matt’s advocacy work and reporting has been widely cited by community and mainstream news-media, as well as several academic writers.
Central Arkansas Pride
Zack (he/him/his) currently serves as the Executive Director for Central Arkansas Pride where he was a founding board member He got involved through his efforts with the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality in 2013. From that time, he has helped lead the organization through a period growth that includes adding an LGBTQ+ film festival. Growing up in the south, Zack knows what pride means to small towns and the importance of creating welcoming communities. Zack holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UA Little Rock where he helped implement the schools first Safe Zone Program. He is excited to work with USAP in creating resources to help prides fulfill their missions.
Heritage of Pride
Alan Reiff has been a volunteer with Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) for over 30 years. In numerous capacities such as: Secretary, Community Relations Director, Pridefest Director, and Co-Chair. Alan is a current member of the following committees: The March, Community Relations, Stonewall 50, and Development. Alan was a member of the Executive Board of Queens Pride. He held the positions of Festival Director, Co-Chair, NERP 2015 Programming Director, and Secretary. He is also a member of OUTAstoria, and a founding member of OUTBronx.
Alan has been very active with InterPride for the past 20 years. He was on the first WorldPride committee in 2000 and worked in Rome on that event. He was then elected to be the first WorldPride committee chairperson for InterPride. He was Interpride’s Executive Board Secretary, the Solidarity Committee Co-Chair and is also a member of InterPride’s Human Rights Committee.
On a professional academic level, Alan works for the NYC Department of Education as the ENL Coordinator at a middle school in the South Bronx. He is multi-lingual which he credits for his ability to be able to function in any situation. Prior to teaching full time, he worked for EL AL Israel Airlines based in NYC where he was fortunate enough to experience the world first hand.
This unique combination of his Pride experiences and history, and his professional academic credits, have made him a valuable member of the International Pride Activist movement. He is very honored to currently be one of the Regional Directors for Region 6 NERP, where he hopes to bring all of his skills to good use.
Pride Center of Staten Island
In January of 2015 Marcy started as a master’s level mental health intern at the Pride Center of Staten Island. It was through her subsequent employment at the center that she became connected with InterPride and NERP. In addition to managing Special Events & Facilities at the Pride Center of Staten Island, she also oversees the Pride Center’s newly designed volunteer program. When not advocating for LGBTQ rights, Marcy creates her own jewelry and can spend hours in the clearance section of AC Moore.
Tiffany Lyn Royster
Capital Pride Alliance
Tiffany Lyn Royster has been volunteering with Capital Pride Alliance for several years. Starting off as a general volunteer and now in the Chair position for the Parade. She is a professional actress and singer in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. As a native to the area, she has performed at Studio Theatre, Harmony Hall, Anacostia Arts Center and Silver Spring stage. When she is not performing, she works as an Enrollment Specialist at Prince George’s Community College.