The Heartland Pride Board of Directors is made up of community members who volunteer their time and effort to bring about Heartland Pride’s vision statement that “We believe in a day that the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender community is recognized for it’s contributions, globally integrated and where equality and civil rights have been achieved for all.”

Since 2010, we have valued the participation and involvement in the greater Omaha area, we are excited each year that our Pride Parade is hosted in beautiful and welcoming Council Bluffs.  And since, 2011, Stinson Park has been home to the Pride Festival.  It demonstrates our strength, our cooperation, and the resolve of our community to work together to produce such a diverse event each year.

 

The Board of Directors

Christina Arellano
Christina ArellanoPresident
Christina has been out in the Omaha community since 1992 and has been a Pride volunteer for 8 of the past 10 years.

She was the Kid’s Corner chairperson for Rainbow Celebrations from 2007 to 2009. She became involved with Heartland Pride as the Art Fair chairperson in 2012 & 2013, then became a board member in 2013.

Christina works full time in the Medical Revenue Cycle industry, and is a part-time student. She has been married to her wife Jennifer since 2013. Together they are raising 2 amazing children, 2 dogs, and they both volunteer for other organizations in the community.

Christina has invested many years helping this organization grow. She looks forward to being a part of this organizations future growth.

David Kerr
David KerrVice President
David Kerr is a small business owner based in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Scotland where he attended Gray’s School of Art for his Bachelor of Arts degree.

David financed his time at university by working in restaurants and bars and soon developed a passion for hospitality while refining his managerial skills along the way.

After graduation, he relocated to London and worked the next several years in marketing for an international private healthcare company with a presence in 190 countries.

When life brought him to the U.S. in 2013, David decided to combine his creative skills as a marketeer, his love for hospitality and his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He started his own LLC, and purchased the Old Market Tavern. He redesigned and rebranded the space with a more contemporary feel, stronger product offering and elevated service. The Tavern employs a strong team of seven in busy Downtown Omaha.

David believes that every good business should give back to their community and have a philanthropic vision. He worked extensively with The Albert Kennedy Trust in London, a non-profit that supports LGBTQ homeless young people in crisis.

Since being in the U.S. his business has been involved in fundraising efforts for a number of charities including United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, Heartland Family Services and the Nebraska Aids Project. In 2016, he became a fellow of New Leaders Council (NLC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. David is thrilled to bring his knowledge and experience as Vice President of Heartland Pride.

Theresa Mathison
Theresa MathisonTreasurer
Theresa Mathison has worked the past 15 years in various accounting and finance roles in the Omaha area since graduating from UNO with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Accounting.

Currently she works at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center as a Sr. Financial Analyst and recently joined Heartland Pride in the role of Treasurer.

When she isn’t working, Theresa enjoys time with her family, playing with her four dogs, music, and travel. Although she and her husband are recently “empty-nesters” they both come from large families and all together they have 10 nieces and nephews to keep them busy (no grandchildren, yet…thank goodness).

Royal Carleton
Royal CarletonSecretary
Royal began his services with Heartland Pride in 2010, as the founding President. Today, he serves as the board secretary. Royal is a Chaplain at the Inclusive Life Center based here in Omaha.

Royal graduated high school at Omaha North, and continued studies to earn a degree in Business Administration, and also attended seminary studies.

Royal remains active in the community with Transgender Day of Remembrance, Iris Phoenix Scholarship, Community Thanksgiving Meal, Blessing Bag Day, Clothing Drive, Kiva International Mico-Loans, Monthly Boxed Lunches, Suicide Prevention Coalition, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, and the Homeless Youth Task Force. He serves serves as co-chair of the Human Rights and Relations Board for the City of Omaha.

Royal and Husband Jonathan, love to grill out, prepare meals, walk, camp, travel, and attend sporting events.

Drew King
Drew KingBoard Member-Rules and By Laws
Drew King, a veteran member of Heartland Pride is originally from a small town Southeast Missouri, now lives with her wife and family in Omaha.

When she is not with her family, she is a passionate supporter of LGBTQIA community, a graduate of Metropolitan community college, and is a member of Countryside Community Church.

She is an avid hiker, completing a 500-mile journey on the Camino de Santiago and is currently in customer service while completing her degree in Graphic Design.

Kylee Wilson Kemp
Kylee Wilson KempBoard Member-Grants and Sponsorship
Kylee was born and raised in Omaha, NE, and returned back to the great city of Omaha after spending twelve years on the east coast in New York and New Jersey and three years in North Dakota.

Before returning to Omaha Kylee was the Head Women’s Basketball and Softball Coach at Bismarck State College from 2010 to 2013. Prior to moving to North Dakota, Kylee spent three years at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Softball Coach and spent one year at Drew University in Madison, NJ as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

With a B.A. in Graphic Design and a M.A. in Studio Art from Adelphi University located in Garden City, NY, Kylee was able to use her degrees for a brief moment as a photographer in New York before pursuing coaching.

Kylee currently works as an Account Manager for Aureus Medical and is married to wife Beth Kemp.

Doreen Edmonson
Doreen EdmonsonBoard Member-Community Outreach
Doreen Edmonson, a former United State Army Operating Room Technician, joined the Heartland Pride Board in 2016 as Community Outreach Board Member.

She was born and raised in South Omaha and still lives there. She spends her time with her partner, 2 teen-aged kids, and 3 rescue dogs.

She is currently working on her business degree from Metro and works full-time for Methodist Health System with the Supply Chain system.

Committee Chairs

Joshua MalfoyEntertainment Chair
Joshua returns again to help programming for our Heartland Pride Entertainment for 2017!
Tena HahnEntertainment Co-Chair
Tena joins the Entertainment team, new for 2017!
Jennifer Arellano First Aid Chair
Jennifer and her team returns year after year to take care of volunteers, vendors, and all those attending Heartland Pride!
Nikkie Trahan Logistics Chair
This is Nikkie’s first year in this role, and we are looking for a person to serve with her as co-chair. Can you help?
(HELP NEEDED)Logistics Co-Chair
James MalfoyPageant and Royalty Chair
This is Jame’s first year leading our Pride Royalty (Mr., Miss., and Pride MI)
Helen Broadway-Savage Parade Chair
Helen has been a part of Heartland Pride since the first year! She returns for 2017 as the Parade Chair.
Tim FairmanPR and Marketing Chair
Tim’s experience is being put to good work in this capacity!
Natalie Buessing Volunteer Coordinator
Natalie is helping us coordinate our volunteers for 2017, if you want to help, this is the person to connect with!
Dominique Morgan Youth Pride Chair
Dom has given many year of service to Heartland Pride. For 2017 he is shoring up plans for Youth Pride!
(HELP NEEDED)Strategic Planning Chair
This will be a person who heads up long term planning for Heartland Pride. Not working on year-to-year Pride, but long term 5-10-15 year plans.
(HELP NEEDED)Fundraising Committee Chair
The Fundraising Committee Chair would help develop relationships and donations, many in-kind from local organizations, groups, and businesses.