The Campus Pride Board of Directors are comprised of individuals who wholeheartedly believe in the mission and purpose of the organization and it’s support of LGBTQ youth. Campus Pride takes great care in selecting individuals for the Board of Directors who can help with building relationships, strategic planning, fundraising and managing fiscal affairs. Anyone may submit their information to be considered for the Board of Directors by completing this online interest form.
Christian Wiggins – Chairperson
Christian Wiggins serves as the chief operating officer of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a college men’s fraternity headquartered in Charlotte, NC. In his role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of strategy for more than 12,000 students and 100,000 living alumni, including direction of chapter services, expansion, education, standards and accountability, volunteers, communications and technology initiatives. Prior to his current role with Pi Kappa Phi, he was employed by Harrah’s Entertainment in hotel operations management and customer loyalty. Christian received his bachelors degree in business administration and political science from Elon University in 2003. He stays involved in other non-profits, including serving his alma mater for five years on the Young Alumni Council, serving as president 2010-2011, and is closing a three year term on the Elon Alumni Board, having served as president from 2014-2015. He also serves on the board of directors for the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference and is the treasurer for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation board of directors. Christian has been recognized with several awards including a “Top 40 under 40” by Connect, “Top Ten under Ten” by Elon University, and most recently with a Community Enrichment Award from his alma mater for his work in the LGBTQIA movement.
Frank Wrenn – Vice Chairperson
Frank Wrenn is a graduate of Duke University where he was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. After graduation, he worked as Director of Communications for Pi Kappa Phi as well as Director of Educational Development. After receiving his MBA at Yale in Strategy, he began a career in the corporate sector in Customer Insights & Marketing Communications. An airline and travel enthusiast, he worked for Delta Air Lines for over a decade, and started Delta’s corporate sponsorships of GLAAD in his role as Delta’s manager of Community Affairs and Vice President of Operations of the Delta Air Lines Foundation. Today, he serves as Corporate Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity International.
From 2012-2014 Frank served on the national board of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He currently serves on the the Advisory Board of CHRIS Kids.
Amy Donde – Secretary/Treasurer
Amy Donde is an auditor that has worked for various accounting firm and Banks in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. After 4 years in public account with PricewaterHouseCoopers, working on various financial and regulatory engagements, she moved to Ally Financial, where she has been for the past 2 years. Her current role includes defining testing approaches, and leading various teams to complete regulatory related engagements to ensure compliance. Amy has her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and International Business from Elon University, located in Elon, North Carolina.
Jay Alston is a graduate of the University of Delaware majoring in Marketing and Management with a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies. He represented the university at Camp Pride in the summer of 2014 and returned in 2015 as the pride leader for the Advisor Academy. On campus, he is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Haven, UD’s only LGBTQ student organization. Jay represents the undergraduate LGBTQ community at UD on the Student Health Advisory Council, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee, the LGBT Campus Advisory Board, and the LGBT Staff & Faculty Caucus.
Michael received his B.A. in broadcast communications from Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina. Upon graduation, Michael was appointed to the Elon board of trustees as a youth trustee. Michael graduated with an M.Ed. in higher education administration at North Carolina State University, where he also served as a resident director for two years.
Michael has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics of diversity and inclusion, professional development and advancement, identity development, and alumni giving and engagement. Michael is active in professional associations and nonprofits in higher education, serving as chair-elect of the Coalition for LGBT Awareness in ACPA, 2016 Next Gen conference committee member, chapter advisor for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Depaul University colony, and is on the board of directors at Campus Pride.
Joe Davis is a local activist, volunteer and leader in the Charlotte NC community serving non-profit organizations in various roles since 2008. Some of his recent accomplishments include Co-founder/Owner of Unity Charlotte 2012, the organization that welcomed over 1200 LGBT and LGBT-friendly Delegates and affiliates from across the nation to Charlotte by hosting the ‘Unity Charlotte 2012’ LGBT Welcome event during the Democratic National Convention. In 2013, Joe led fundraising efforts for Charlotte Pride as the Chair of Development. Charlotte Pride had the most successful year ever, sailing past goals in attendance, sponsorships and funds raised for the organization. He has been a long time supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, most recently serving as Chair of Sponsorships for the 2014 HRC North Carolina Gala and also serves on the Board of Twirl To the World and Farewell to Summer Organizations.Joe’s most recent project is the Hearts Beat As One Foundation which he is currently launching along with several leaders in the Charlotte community. Hearts Beat as One will promote diversity, inclusion, and awareness through event planning and fundraising for worthwhile causes and organization in the Charlotte Community.
Keyonna Fowler is going into her 3rd year of involvement with Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp. Starting out as a camper and then serving her first year as a Pride Leader. Keyonna attends North Carolina Central University, a Historical Black College/University, in North Carolina with a Major in Recreation Administration as well as a concentration in Recreational Therapist. Keyonna is currently working within the Non Profit Organization Triangle Empowerment as the new Women’s/Transgender Outreach Coordinator. She is also the founder of L.O.T.T (Ladies of the T).
Yovanna (Vanna) Garcia
Yovanna (Vanna) Garcia is a poor, first generation Mexican-American and first generation queer college woman studying Journalism and Sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As the Queer Peer Services Coordinator, she serves as a liaison between students and the administration and works to implement intentional campus-wide programs that focus on issues of gender equity, racial justice, intersectionality and identity politics. Vanna is working to heighten the visibility of Hispanic-Latino/a issues in the LGBTQ+ community such as immigration/deportation, poverty, discrimination, nativism, homelessness, and family acceptance.
Paul Kelly is a technologist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and above all things a family man. Paul spent the past year serving as the Director-Elect for Charlotte Pride having held other Board positions within the organization previously. He stepped away from that role in September 2015 to re-focus his time to other projects and his career where he is a Director at Tanium, a cyber security company that helps large enterprises and governments manage and protect their assets. Paul continues to provide material and financial support to several LGBT organizations dear to him including Campus Pride. When Paul is not traveling the globe for work he spends his time with his husband Gary Carpenter-Kelly and their dog Gretchen.
Rebby Kern started with Campus Pride as a camper during Camp Pride 2012 representing her alma mater, La Sierra University. Following graduation, Rebby joined Campus Pride staff as the Media, Communications and Programs Manager where she served from 2013-2016. Rebby is a member of Class 6 for Community Builders Initiative’s Leaders Under 40 program, working with established leaders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to build awareness around real-time community issues. Rebby served two years with Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International as the Director of Youth Interests and is the co-founder of the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition (IAGC). Rebby is an alumna of OutSet, the LGBTQ youth filmmakers program of Outfest and LA Lifeworks, where she produced a short screened at over 45 festivals internationally.
Mike Mazza was born in Langhorne, PA, only 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. During his last year of high school he started working at Starbucks Coffee Company. In 2009 Mike moved to Seattle and spent 4 years work at Starbucks headquarters. Currently Mike is a regional director with Starbucks supporting North and South Carolina. Mike specifically works with the division of Starbucks where the brand is licensed out to other organizations such as Harris Teeter, Target, and many college and university locations. Mike attended the University of Phoenix later in his career and obtained an associates degree with a focus in business. Mike and his partner Matthew are very active within the local community of Charlotte and love to travel throughout the country.
Dr. Grant H. Sikes
Dr. Grant Sikes was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida. He was an athlete in various sports while growing up and was very active in his church youth group. After completing high school, he attended Palm Beach Atlantic University on a volleyball scholarship. His time at PBA was brief as after his freshman year he decided to transfer to Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. There he completed his B.S. in Health Promotion and Fitness Management with a desire to go on to Chiropractic School following graduation. After Auburn, Dr. Grant attended Life University Chiropractic school in Atlanta, GA. Since then he has had the privilege of working alongside some of the most distinguished and renowned Chiropractors in North America. He serves on the USA Sports Performance Council for various Team USA Athletes. He has received advanced certifications in spinal correction, nutrition, fitness, and detox. In addition to running a rapidly growing practice locally, Dr. Grant’s heart is for serving people throughout the community. He donates his time to help corporations, churches, and other non-profit organizations incorporate comprehensive wellness programs, teaching them laws of health and healing.
Dr. Grant found his passion for Chiropractic as a teenager. His mother was in poor health and constantly fighting respiratory illnesses. She tried traditional medicinal methods with no success. It wasn’t until she found a wellness based chiropractor that her immune system strength was restored and her body began to heal and function as it was designed. It was this personal experience that prompted him to ask the tough questions about health and how the human body works. While exploring options within chiropractic, and his own personal health battles, the principles taught at the Charlotte Health Center stood out from the rest: to find the cause of health problems, remove the interference, and maximize potential. Presently Dr. Grant practices and serves as Clinic Director of the Charlotte Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Barbara Verde is Director of IT Program Management and IT Governance at Delhaize America. She leads the group responsible for managing large system projects and the overall IT Project Portfolio, including prioritization and budget management. She has extensive experience in IT project delivery and process development. Verde is a native of Philadelphia, PA who loves being a part of all kinds of change. This has led to her and her family moving multiple times in the last 15 years, starting with a move to AZ in 1999. They then moved to NJ in 2006 and she and her husband now live in Mount Ulla, NC. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for 27 years and has a daughter, Cecelia who is a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She has a Bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and her Masters from Drexel University, both schools located in Philadelphia.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 29 years. He’s served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; an Instructor in Sociology, American Studies and Education, and an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). A native Philadelphian, Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Music from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington in Higher Education Administration and Counseling, with a concentration in Human Sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington also holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity with a concentration on Pastoral Care and Christian Social Ethics.
Ex-Officio — Shane L. Windmeyer
Executive Director/Founder, Campus Pride
Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.
Ex-Officio — John Witherington
John Witherington is a Director in the fixed income sales and trading division of Wells Fargo Securities, where he has been employed since 2003. Based in Charlotte, NC, John trades residential mortgage-backed securities. A native of Memphis, TN, John is a 2003 graduate from Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Economics. John serves as one of three Diversity Champions for Wells Fargo Securities as a founding member of the Development and Engagement Council. In addition to LGBT initiatives at work, John’s leadership includes campus recruiting, employee engagement, and mentorship.
John was previously the national board chair of Campus Pride, which is the nation’s leading non-profit focused on creating safe and LGBTQ inclusive university campuses. A strong supporter of the arts, John has served on the executive committee of the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s Young Donor Society, and he was chairman and founding board member of the NODA School of Arts, a Charlotte-based non-profit that provides arts education to underserved youth. John has also served as the president of Charlotte Succession, a highly-selective organization committed to community outreach and leadership development for its 65 members.