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JUNE 24, 2005 13
Pride is a year-long job for
Pride Houston volunteers
Planning for the Houston Pride Parade
and Festival begins in August each year,
not too long after the last float rounds the
corner of Westheimer and Whitney at the
end of the parade. Pride Houston's board
of directors and a committee of volunteers work from August until Pride day to
plan the events.
On parade day, volunteers gather early
for a security briefing from representatives of the Houston Police Department
and for last-minute details regarding the
events of the day.
After the parade, volunteers stay up
and on the job until the last paper cup is
picked up along Westheimer and pitched
into a dumpster. The Pride Committee is
responsible for hanging of the Pride flags
along Westheimer in late May and taking
them down after the parade.
PRIDE HOUSTON 2005 OFFICERS
Nicolas J. Brines is in his third year as
president of Pride Houston after spending more than 10 years as a volunteer in
charge of corporate relations, fund raising and sponsorships. He works full-time
as senior corporate market director for
the American Heart Association.
Rusty Martin was named treasurer of
Pride Houston this year after previously
serving as assistant treasurer. Martin has
a degree in civil engineering from the
University of Missouri. For the past 20
years, he has worked as a consultant for
the energy industry
Dick Dickerson, secretary of Pride
Houston, has been involved with the
organization for four years. He began
helping with parade production in 2002.
He is the archivist at the University of
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Roberto Caballero is an attorney with the
law firm of Quan, Burdette & Perez, PC.
Merlin Cavallin is an accountant with
his own accounting and financial services firm.
Jerry W. Simoneaux, Jr. is a partner in
the law firm of Nechman, Simoneaux,
and Frye, PLLC, in which he practices
same-sex relationship planning and protection law.
Carol Wyatt authors Social Notes, the
weekly newsletter for the Houston lesbian community and serves as coordinator for the bi-monthly professional
women's happy hours at Meteor. She
sells software for the call center industry.
Ed Barnes, assistant treasurer for Pride
Houston, is a retired assistant director
for railroad labor relations.
Jack Valinski, executive director, was
among the founders of Pride Houston.
Lynn Sixkiller. Parade Chair
Rebecca Mahaffey & Yvonne Feece,
Sandy Warman, Volunteer Co-Chair
Jim Halloran, Events Co-Chair
Donna Junker, Events Co-Chair
Todd Amdor & Matthew Stone,
Troy Christensen, Web Chair
Dane Powell, Merchandise Chair
Jack Richardson, Marketing Chair
Ruth Ann Ethridge. Outreach Chair
Conrad Mones. Public Relations Chair
Jason Ayala, Office Chair
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