Ryan lives in Nashville with Chris his partner of 10 years and their 5 rescue dogs. Ryan is the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. Ryan has worked as an advocate for older Tennesseans and those with disabilities for the past 12 years.
...In the same year, Phil launched BAM! Social Business, a boutique social media and digital marketing agency. His agency has grown over the past five years and has thrived thanks to the creative culture and entrepreneur drive seen throughout Nashville. BAM! was one of the first companies in Nashville to become a National LGBT Certified Business Enterprise through the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce....
Active in the local political arena and passionate about civic engagement, Matia serves as president for Tennessee Young Democrats (TNYD) and Vice-President of Political Planning for the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee (WPCTN). Prior to her roles with TNYD and WPCTN, Matia served as Treasurer for Tennessee Equality Project.
Jack Davis manages Good Neighbor Festivals who annually produces several large festivals in the Nashville area. Jack has been managing and executing large events for over 15 years. Prior to starting the event company Jack managed large events at the University of Michigan, Southeast Missouri State, and Vanderbilt University. Jack graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in Public Relations.
With extensive experience in the nonprofit and private sector including founding Hands on Nashville, The Youth Opportunity Center, The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, and Zeumo, his latest technology company, as well as serving as CEO of Oasis Center from 2001–2011, Hal currently serves as CEO of Thistle Farms. Hal is known for his servant-style leadership and is equally compelled to chart new growth for any organization he serves.
As one of the last natives still in Nashville, Eric is a mix of community connector and executor. With a passion for children’s rights advocacy with the Children’s Defense Fund, restorative justice when volunteering at Riverbend Prisons, to socially conscious ministries at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, he believes service is the rent we pay in being grateful for the life we live.
Pam joined Jewish Family Service in 2010 as Executive Director. The fit has been perfect for the agency, where she has combined her business background with a “social worker heart” to grow the agency in many ways including new programming, grant writing, fundraising, marketing and board development. Pam currently serves on the board of Congregation Sherith Israel, The Council on Aging’s Leadership Council, and the local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
As a volunteer, Paula was actively involved in fundraising efforts for the NYC Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center as chair of multiple event planning committees receiving the Heart of The Center award in 1997. After receiving her Master’s degree in social work, Paula began working in the field of HIV/AIDS, continuing this work after moving to Nashville in 2001 as the Director of Emotional & Practical Support for Nashville CARES, Tennessee’s leading provider of community based social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. She has also served as a Co-chair of the Ryan White Part A Planning Council for the Metro-Nashville Transitional Grant Area, providing input regarding the funding of services to the HIV/AIDS service community.
A Los Angeles native, Christiane Davis didn't just venture South for college—she attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. There, she received a B.S. in economics and a crash course in Southern living. After college, she moved to DC, then to San Francisco, but ultimately returned to Tennessee to share it with her California-born husband, Jeremiah.
Michael has a Bachelors in Computer Science from Western Kentucky University and is currently a Senior Software Engineer for a local Mortgage Company. Over the past 8 years he has been active and involved in the LGBTQ community with countless community and volunteer events.
Having love and a passion for all people, Ekko has rooted himself in the community as an activist, educator and “barrier breaker”. He has dedicated his time and aspirations of helping homeless LGBTQI youth by joining the board of Nashville Launchpad for a “street free initiative”.
Greg Cason is a Regional Supplier Performance Manager at Nissan North America in the Purchasing department and the owner of Inspired Concepts and Events. He also serves as the Community Engagement Director of Nissan’s Business Synergy Team “GSAN” which stands for Gay Straight Alliance at Nissan, Treasurer of Nissan’s Multi Cultural Business Synergy Team and a board member of Common Ground Cooperative which is a non-profit organization supporting children with learning disabilities.
Kenny jumped into the fires of activism as a community volunteer and leader (way back) in 1984. Chairing the Founding Board of Amethyst Project, Inc., in (very) rural Georgia, he became an advocate for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families regardless of orientation. Leading community forums and workshops, he faced fear-driven homophobia along with other various “isms” of not just a small town, but in general and worked to dispel ignorance and fear.
Jason is a Nashville contractor and owner of Jason Hildabrand Interiors. He founded his business as a college sophomore in 1998. Jason has lived in Nashville since 2015. Jason is formerly of Bowling Green, KY where he was active in the historic community and served as president of the Landmark Association and the Upper East Main Historic District Association.