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InterPride is governed by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors with up to three representatives from each of the 20 geographical regions of the world. Member organizations from each region elect their own Regional Directors (please see below). The members of the organization then elect an Executive Committee of ten officers.


The Executive Committee consists of:
Co-Presidents, Female and Male Identified

Vice President of Member Services
Vice President of Operations, Female Identified
Vice President of Operations, Female Identified, Non-US
Vice President of Operations, Male Identified
Vice President of Operations, Male Identified, Non-US

Vice President of Operations, Trans* Identified


For more information about these positions, please refer to Article V of the Bylaws approved the Membership on October 6th, 2018:


Bylaws as of 6 October 2018 


Executive Committee:





Linda DeMarco - is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Boston Pride. Linda joined Boston Pride in 1998 as a festival coordinator, and brings expertise in business and finance to the Board. She was President of Boston Pride from 2000 to 2013. Professionally, Linda is a successful entrepreneur and has been the owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery Inc. for over 18 years. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Faneuil Hall Merchants Association and the Small Merchants Association of Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Linda was elected as Co-President of InterPride at the 2017 AGM & World Conference in Indianapolis, IN, USA. 











J. Andrew Baker - is an educator, administrator, artist, counsellor, and activist from Simcoe County, Ontario. For the past 20 years, Andrew focused his career and volunteer work within Indigenous and LGBT communities. He worked as the Rainbow Health Ontario Community Outreach Worker for the North Simcoe Muskoka Region from 2008 to 2014. He is a founding member of the Simcoe County LGBTQ Network. He is the Vice President of Governance for Fierté Canada Pride, the President of Fierté Simcoe Pride, the LGBT representative on the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council, and the faculty advisor for Georgian Pride at Georgian College. Andrew was elected Co-President in October, 2018.







Vice President / Operations:


Frank Van Dalen - is Vice President of Operations, Male Identified, non-US. He is former chair of the Dutch LGBTI organisation COC Netherlands and Gay Pride in Amsterdam. For many years he has visited, and advocated for, numerous Prides in hostile environments (e.g. Warsaw 2007, Moldova 2008, Belgrade 2010 and Uganda 2013) and in pressured environments (e.g. Hong Kong 2014, Cuba 2014, Sofia 2015 and Belgrade 2015). Frank is now chair of the global operating LGBTI Human Rights workgroup of Liberal International and chair of PrideUnited. PrideUnited specializes in programs based on high profile politics - combining advocacy, visibility and mass events. Human Rights and strategizing LGBTI policies are his speciality. Frank is global representative for Copenhagen Pride.






Marsha H. Levine - is the Vice President of Operations, Female Identified - U.S. A Pride organizing veteran for almost 40 years, she is currently San Francisco Pride's Community Relations Manager. Previously their Parade Manager for 17 years, and a Board member/Executive Committee member for the organization, she was also a member of Boston Pride for five years, three of which she served consecutively as President. Marsha has the distinction of being the Founder of InterPride, and a co-founder of CAPI, Inc. (originally California, now the Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc.) - two organizations conceived to share information and network with Pride organizations, as well as mentoring. An activist since she was 16, she has always been a strong and vocal advocate for human and civil rights. During her tenure with InterPride, Marsha has served on several functional committees, including co-chairing the Governance Committee - key to on-boarding new Board members, mediating grievances, and vetting candidates for the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.  She was one of the initial Restructuring Workgroup co-chairs, helping facilitate creating the future of InterPride.




Chrissy Taylor - Vice President of Operations, Trans* Identified - is a white, genderqueer, queer, settler and uses they/them pronouns. They originate from Northern Ireland but have been living on Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsiell Wauthuth Territories (Vancouver, BC, Canada) for the past 10 years. Over the past 5 years they have been involved in Vancouver Pride society volunteering as Vice President. They recently finished their second term as Regional Director for Region 7 with InterPride. In Chrissy’s professional life they have worked in non-profits and health research working with sex workers and women and trans folks living with HIV. They are currently pursuing a Masters in Counselling. Chrissy is passionate about hearing peoples’ stories, increasing accessibility, social and health justice, anti-oppressive, anti-racist and anti-colonial practices and believes that these passions are crucial to the international pride community.








Emmanuel Temores - is Vice President of Operations at Large (elected in 2018). Since 2015, Emmanuel is member of the executive board of Guadalajara Pride, focused on creating strategies and alliances. He served as Regional Director of South America in InterPride for two years. In 2007 Emmanuel started to collaborate as journalist on LGBTI culture for independent newspapers, blogs and magazines. From 2009 to 2014 he worked as Editor in Chief in Urbana Revista, an LGBTI publication distributed in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. He has participated in lobbies and campaigns to promote awareness of HIV and gay marriage in Mexico. Professionally, Emmanuel is a freelance Digital Advertising Professional, he develops successful campaigns for small, medium, large businesses and startups.







Vice President / Member Services:


James Hermansen-Parker - is a former Board Member and President of Hampton Roads Pride, serving from October of 2007 until August of 2013. James also served as the Membership Chair and Treasurer of the Hampton Roads Business OutReach, Virginia’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce. James moved to the Hampton Roads (Norfolk, Virginia) area in June of 2001 while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate onboard the USS Montpelier. He was discharged honorably under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and decided to make the region his new home. James is now a Registered Nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he coordinates education and quality improvement projects, as well the orientation of new nurses and the creation of policies used by nursing staff and serves on a system-wide committee on LGBT issues. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree specializing in nursing education, with plans on obtaining a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the future. He currently works with an interfaith group based in Norfolk, Virginia who plans and coordinates the annual InterFaith service for Pride week. James is a former Regional Director for Region 5, Prides of the SouthEast, with InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers. James serves as co-chair of the Member Services and Methods & Standards committees and has helped formulate and constitute the bylaws amendments for the last five years. James and his husband Josh were married in October 2010 in Washington, D.C. and currently reside in Norfolk, Virginia.






Michele Irimia - is a life long advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. She is of Cuban decent. Michele has been involved in the pride movement for 20 years. She is a long time member of Heritage of Pride, Inc. (HOP), aka NYC Pride. She has served on the board of NYC Pride in many capacities including March Director, Co-Chair and most recently Development Director. Michele has also been a long time member of InterPride where she served as Regional Director for Region 6, North East Regional Prides (NERP). At InterPride, she currently serves as Board Secretary and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Ms. Irimia was one of the speakers at NYC Women’s March in January 2017 and has spoken publicly on LGBT rights around the world. Michele is both thrilled and eager to be part of Capital Pride Alliance.





Dave Wait - Dave began his involvement with the pride movement in 2004 when he first volunteered for a ‘shift’ at Motor City Pride.  That led to serving as Chairperson of the festival since 2009.  He began his involvement with InterPride in 2008 and became co-chair of the Conference Integrity and Structure Committee in 2014 and regional director in 2015.  In additional to Motor City Pride, Dave served eight years on the board for Equality Michigan:  Michigan’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, one year as treasurer, one as vice president and three as president.  On a national level, for the past eleven years, he has been a member of the National LGBT Task Force Creating Change Conference’s Management Team. When not volunteering, Dave is employed by Eastern Michigan University where he serves as the 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. 



Regional Directors:

A Regional Director is a member of the Board of Directors who represents a geographical region of the world. To find out which InterPride Region you and your country are in, please click the image below:



The term "Regional Director" does not mean that the person elected or appointed to the position is to lead and ‘direct’ the organizations in the region. The person in the position serves the organizations in the region and InterPride. InterPride’s Regional Directors have two basic functions:

1. to be a representative of InterPride within their geographic region as defined by InterPride, and

2. to represent their geographical region on the InterPride Board of Directors.


Current Regional Directors
Jorge Solorio Regional Director, Region 1                                    Regional Email
Larhonda Slaughter Regional Director, Region 1
Fernando Lopez Alternate Region Director, Region 1
Lo Roberts Regional Director, Region 3                                    Regional Email
Richard Brethour-Bell Regional Director, Region 3
Jaron Turnbow
Alternate Regional Director, Region 3
Dot Belstler Regional Director, Region 4                                    Regional Email
Jonathan Balash Regional Director, Region 4
Jason Gilmore Regional Director, Region 5                                    Regional Email

Luke Blankenship

Regional Director, Region 5
Alan Reiff Regional Director, Region 6                                    Regional Email
Marcy Carr Regional Director, Region 6                              
Tiffany Lyn Royster
Alternate Regional Director, Region 6
Sarah Elizabeth Ivens Regional Director, Region 7                                    Regional Email
Davy Sabourin Regional Director, Region 7
Francois Laberge
Alternate Regional Director, Region 7
Ruslana Panukhnyk 
Regional Director, Region 8                                    Regional Email
Tomasz Baczkowski 
Regional Director, Region 8
Andy Train Regional Director, Region 10                                  Regional Email
Debbie Brixey 
Regional Director, Region 10
JayJay E Potter-Peachey  
Alternate Regional Director, Region 10
Lars Henriksen Regional Director, Region 11                                  Regional Email
Stein Ostigaard Regional Director, Region 11
Britta Davidsohn 
Alternate Regional Director, Region 11
Uwe Hörner Regional Director, Region 12                                  Regional Email

David Staeglich

Regional Director, Region 12
Patrick Orth Alternate Regional Director, Region 12

Patrick van der Pas 

Regional Director, Region 13                                  Regional Email
Lucien Spee 
Regional Director, Region 13
Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero Regional Director, Region 14                                  Regional Email
Clayton Mercieca 
Regional Director, Region 14
Valerio Colomasi Battaglia 
Alternate Regional Director, Region 14
Goran Miletic  Regional Director, Region 15                                  Regional Email
Lilly Dragoeva 
Regional Director, Region 15
Anthanasios Vlachogiannis
Alternate Regional Director, Region 15
Welton Trindade Regional Director, Region 17                                  Regional Email
Deepak Kashyap Regional Director, Region 19                                  Regional Email
Paul Savage
Regional Director, Region 20                                  Regional Email
Non-Board Serving Co-Chairs Committee
Bianca Rey

Human Rights

Carlos Idibouo
Human Rights
Dana Marsh Methods & Standards
Darcie Baumann Methods & Standards
Hadi Damien CSIC
Jen LaBarbera Scholarship
Kevin Beaulieu WorldPride
Krystal Nieckar CSIC
Mark Monk Communications
Matthew Van As Scholarship
Miik Martorell Fund Development
Perin Hurewitz Alumni
Ron deHarte Scholarship
Sherri Rase Member Services
Sue Doster CSIC & Restructuring Working Group


Board Serving Co-Chairs Committee
Alan Reiff
World Pride
Alf Kjeller Governance
Britta Davidsohn
Human Rights
Chrissy Taylor
Dave Wait
CSIC and Finance
Emmanuel Temores Communications
Frank van Dalen
Human Rights
Jorge Solorio
Restructuring Work Group
Lars Henriksen
Restructuring Working Group
Lo Roberts Communications
Marcy Carr Fund Development
Marsha H. Levine Governance
Michele Irimia-Bernabe
Paul Savage Solidarity
Richard Brethour-Bell
Sarah Elizabeth Ivens WorldPride
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