Pride Houston Announces First Advisory Committee

Houston, TX (August 18, 2021) – At a Board Briefing via Facebook Live, Pride Houston announced on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the organization has instituted the first oversight advisory committee in its over 40+ year history. The committee will be formally known as The Pride Houston Advisory Committee (“PHAC”).
“We [Pride Houston] want lasting change, transparency, accountability and an organizational structure that is within 501c3 best practices before adding to the Board of Directors.” says Thasia Madison Pride Houston President.

Although the PHAC will have no governing authority over the Pride Houston Board of Directors, it will have access to all organizational records acting as the community’s watchdog. The PHAC will have the authority to review all Pride Houston decisions, make recommendations, and ensure the Board of Directors is acting in the best interest of Pride Houston.

“A strong functioning Pride Houston is in the best interest of everyone, especially the LGBTQIA+ community of Houston.” says Huong Truong, Board Member-At-Large.

“We are excited and dedicated to bringing Pride Houston back to the community 24/7 365 and having one of the most transparent and ethical governing Boards in the organization’s history. We are a highly functioning team making major impacts and changes.” – Kendra Walker, Executive Vice President

To be eligible, advisory committee members had to have five (5) years Board Governance Experience or equivalent Management Experience; Seven (7) years of Volunteer Experience; be a member or Ally of the LGBTQIA+ community; have held at least one (1) Board, Leadership or Executive Position. Committee members cannot have served with Pride Houston Board of Directors or Volunteer Team within the last 7 years; nor have been a Pride Houston Grand Marshal within the last 3 years or a current service provider to Pride Houston to avoid any and all conflicts of interest.

Inaugural members of the committee are:

Wendy Taylor, musician, and business owner for 20 years in the greater Houston area who has dedicated much of her time to being a community fundraiser.

Hon. Jolanda Jones, Former City Council & School Board Member, and longtime community activist.

Cristina E. Martinez, community activist, volunteer, advocate, and business owner who has served in local, state, and national boards focusing on empowering the LGBTQIA+ community, bringing increased visibility, equality, and dignity to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals.

Krystle S. Lyons, a native Houstonian with a passion for the local community and a heart for expanding the outreach for educating, supporting, and fighting for LGBTQ+ equality and rights. Krystle has over 20 years of community involvement which includes board, leadership, and volunteer engagement with BOTB, PFLAG, KidsHope USA, and the Houston Food Bank.

Emmett Schelling, Executive Director, Transgender Education Network of Texas.

Toni Mascione, native Houstonian, mother of 3, Board Trustee Pos. 2 with the GLBT Political Caucus, who has honorably dedicated the last 12 years to serving the city of Houston as a Law Enforcement Officer and now holds the position of Public Relations Officer for Constable Alan Rosen’s Officer.

C. Patrick McIlvain, original member of Steering Committee Member – Town Hall 1 of 1978, a founding member of Montrose Sports Association 1980; Served on the Pride Committee from 1980-1989; Recipient of the first Pride Volunteer Award in 1990; Founding Director of The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston, 2010 and the 2021 Mayor’s Champion of Inclusion – Disability Advocate of the Year Award recipient.

Jack Berger, the president of EPAH – the Executive Professional Association of Houston for the past five (5) years; a past president of Bunnies on the Bayou for four years and has served on the boards of the Bayou City Performing Arts (Gay Men’s Chorus), OutReach United and the Lesbian Health Initiative.

Any questions or concerns regarding these recent developments should be directed to info@pridehouston.org. Due to the volume of inquiries there may be a slight delay in response. We respectfully request continued patience and cooperation during this transition.

Legal questions should be directed to our official Legal Representative LaToya Jarrett, Esq. of Jarrett Law Firm, PLLC at (832) 831-0833.

Media inquiries should be directed to our official PR Firm Representative Tatiauna Holland at (832) 328-7877 or info@tjhollandlaw.com.

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