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Cody Lamek

Chair

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It is important that we create safer spaces for the LGBTQ+ Community to foster connection and growth. I believe that we can accomplish this by using each of our unique skills together and understand that we each bring a different perspective and life experiences to the table.

I have volunteered with St. Cloud Pride since 2019. I am the Chair of CentraCare’s LGBTQ+ Ally employee resource group where we work to create safer spaces for both LGBTQ+ patients and employees.  I am a part of the team that worked to achieve the Leader HEI (Health Equity Index) with HRC (Human Rights Campaign) for St. Cloud Hospital. I lead the SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) task force who has worked to include tools in CentraCare’s electronic medical record to document patient’s Gender Identity, Pronouns, Legal Sex and Sex Assigned at birth.  Along with continued enhancements to provide a safer patient experience for LGBTQ+ patients. I was recently nominated for CentraCare's Deb McCarl Diversity Award.

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Mandy Spiczka

Vice Chair

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I believe that we are all connected and doing our best with the knowledge, challenges, and circumstances that we have. From a space of love and curiosity, I hope to share and acquire knowledge, support others in their challenges and be supported in mine, and honor the circumstances that make each individual's experience extraordinary.

I have worked with children and youth my entire career. In early 2020, I started a unique tutoring service called SHINE Together, which empowers children to trust their natural brilliance by providing a holistic, interest-driven educational environment. My program supports homeschooling families as well as those looking for a full-time private K-12 alternative to conventional school and offers a space for one-of-a-kind individuals to find true community.

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Kristen Petersen

Treasurer

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Molly Lou Pintok

Secretary

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I am a proud professional, parent of four, and partner to my amazing husband. Together, my family and I enjoy going to Pride events and spending time outdoors. I am an avid backpacker and hiker who enjoys promoting outdoors spaces for EVERYONE. When I am not spending time outside, you can find me cuddled up with The Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings, or another book from Tolkien's Middle Earth.

I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent with the St. Cloud Pride organization thus far. Volunteering with STC Pride has provided me and my family with meaningful work and has connected us to our local community—I could not ask to be a part of a better organization!

In my early thirties I attended SCSU as a 'nontraditional' student (a kind way to say I was older than average when I went 'back' to college) and proudly graduated Summa Cum Laude with a M.S. in Geography/G.I.S. Upon graduation, I was honored to receive the 2018 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award for my research titled "If This Land Could Talk: Reevaluating Historical Representations of Dakhóta Oyáte in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota." To this day, I am incredibly proud of my academic accomplishments.

Since graduation, I have been employed with Johnson Outdoors Inc. as a Senior GIS Analyst. My job title is just a fancy way to say I make maps of lakes and oceans for a living—which I will admit, is pretty cool.

I am also a Board Member with the Superior Hiking Trail Association—an organization that oversees the 310 mile long public hiking trail that follows the rugged and rocky North Shore of Lake Superior here in Minnesota. I am hoping my work with St. Cloud Pride and SHTA will foster inclusive outdoor recreation for ALL Minnesotans.

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Dusty Bolstad

Board Member

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I have volunteered with numerous organizations over the years but St. Cloud Pride is near and dear to my heart. I can't wait to plan more events to bring the community together.

Working with the St. Cloud Pride board has been a wonderful journey. This is a great organization and I can't wait to grow more within the community.

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Andrew Kaehler

Board Member

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Andrew grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota and received his bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. Andrew has been volunteering and working in the field of sexual violence for six years and currently holds a position at Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center as a Direct Service Provider, providing services to all individuals effected by sexual violence within a four-county service area. Andrew has a passion for social justice and has worked to increase services and awareness of sexual violence for LGBTQIA+ identifying community members. In his venture of creating resources and alliances; Andrew started volunteering as a community member for the St. Cloud Pride Board. Through this, Andrew eventually applied and now serves on the Board of Directors as a Board Member. Andrew has found his engagement with St. Cloud Pride to be extremely rewarding. He loves planning events and being able to provide the community of Central Minnesota with such a positive and supportive environment for all members to feel safe and included. He also enjoys learning from the other board members and community member he communicates with through his engagement with St. Cloud Pride. In his personal life Andrew enjoys spending time with his partner and their dog Milo. Together, they enjoy spending time collecting and caring for plants, going for hikes, and spending time with friends and family.

Throughout Andrews life education has always been important. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work was a huge accomplishment. Through his career working as a Direct Services Provider at Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC); Andrew has been given many amazing opportunities to gain experience and grow professionally. An accomplishment that Andrew is proud of while working at CMSAC is successfully writing and obtaining grant funding to provide a position to create/provide resources and services specifically for victims/survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQIA+ and male. Another accomplishment in Andrew’s career was participate on the Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group. Andrew participated in five subcommittees: Consent, Age, Professionals/Occupation, Force/Coercion, and Capacity. These meetings involve a close examination of statutory language with debate on particular words and phrasing, as well as discussion of legal history and application of the language pertaining to criminal sexual conduct status in the state of Minnesota.

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Julian Castellano

Board Member

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Julian has been a St. Cloud Pride Member since November 2020. Julian got involved with Pride with the hopes of building community and professional relationships, and that is exactly what he found with St. Cloud Pride and more. From Willmar Minnesota and being new to the St. Cloud area, Julian took it upon himself to build his confidence and passion of being a positive role model for youth and community members. Julian believes strongly in Mental Health and it has always been a passion of his to serve those of equal thinking, as he has battled mental health himself and becoming self-aware and building resilience while being an ethnic and sexual minority. He wishes to impact the LGBTQIA+ community by working with his great team of board members to create safe spaces and open the doors to positive change and foster healthy relationships, while fighting the stigma and discrimination our community experiences. Julian has been in the Healthcare for 7 years and currently holds the position of an Individualized Home Specialist, providing services to community members and helping them build their independence in their everyday lives, from creating service plans, assessment’s and working with a great support team.

Being part of the Latino community and being Gay himself, while facing adversity. Julian feels one of his biggest accomplishments was being able to turn his life around and becoming better than what he thought he could be and not what society wanted him to be. Having amazing role models, mentors and peers played a big role in his adolescence. He too wishes to have the same effect for others. Julian also knows being able to impact the lives of his nieces and nephews when they say “we are proud of you” is the most meaningful accomplishment of them all, none compare. In healing comes growth and the power to make a difference.

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Angel Hight

Board Member

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Goals: To serve our LGBTQ+ population with gratitude and purpose, so that they may feel supported and cared for. I appreciate my chosen family and our beautiful, adventurous life together. One of my favorite quotes is" The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have"- Vince Lombardi.

I am a registered Nurse with 22+ years experience, who is Board Certified in Gerontological Nursing. I have been a Director of Nursing for Long Term Care previously, however my current role is Community Health and Wellness.

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Alex Pfannenstein

Board Member

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Ben Evans

Board Member

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My goal is to get people to just be okay with people. Except everyone for who they are! I am a lover and a fighter, lol.

After being out of the work world for many many years, I am back into a lead position. I create a safe environment for everyone in my buildings. I was a licensed cosmetologist and focused on the LGBTQ+ community and kids. Looking to get that back!

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Parker Brancato

Board Member

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I value teamwork and cooperation, and creating environments that are safe for everyone.

Have been a CMA for about 5 years and graduated with honors from college.