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.
Michael Bumbry, Ph.D. – Chairperson
Michael is an Associate Director of Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Michael joined the board of directors in 2016 and currently serves as Chair. Michael has worked in higher education for 11 years, serving at North Carolina State University, Temple University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Chicago.
Michael received his B.A. in broadcast communications from Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina, M.Ed. in higher education administration from North Carolina State University, and Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago. .
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, including CASE and ACPA.
Christian Wiggins – Vice 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.
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 5 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 May 2017 graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Marketing and Sexuality & 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. He is the founder of speQtrum at the University of Delaware, an award-winning programming, activism, and advocacy group for queer and trans people of color. In May 2017, Jay was awarded the Delaware Triangle Award for LGBTQ Advocacy for his work in organizing queer students of color. Currently, he works as the Events Coordinator for Technology and Data at Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, PA, the largest LGBTQ health and wellness organization in the area. Jay is passionate about restorative justice, community building, and collective liberation.
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.
Kristine M. Diaz
Kristine M. Diaz is a program manager with the National Capital Region Medical Directorate. She is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Her career in academic medicine began during her health psychology postdoctoral fellowship, the Consortium for Advanced Psychological Training at Michigan State University-Flint Area Medical Education’s campus. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Diaz worked in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Working with underserved, diverse patient populations contributed to focus in the study of diversity education and training in academic medicine. Dr. Diaz is currently serving as chair of Campus Pride’s Advisory Committee to implement academic medicine’s first institutional assessment tool to address LGBT policies and inclusion efforts. Her demonstrated work in academic medicine in LGBT health education and institutional inclusion led to a position on the Association of American Medical College’s Axis Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development. Dr. Diaz’s service work for the Society of Health Psychology (Division 38) has been recognized on two occasions with Presidential Citations. She is the recipient of a 2015 Impact Award by the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine’s Forum of Behavioral Science Conference. Lastly, Dr. Diaz has clinical experience in a variety of settings: primary care, community mental health, hospital, VA, and corrections setting.
Jessica Soukup is an activist, writer and passionate advocate for intersectional feminism and equal rights for transgender and gender diverse people. For 9 years at Texas State University, she has worked as a system’s analyst for the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Campus Recreation. She is currently President of Alliance, the LGBTQIA faculty and staff organization and she is co-advisor for Transcend, the student organization for Transgender and Non-binary students. She co-facilitates workshops for Professional Development including “Supporting Transgender people in higher education” and “LGBTQIA Allies Training.” She frequently speaks individually or as part of a panel for classes on campus. In her private life, she is on the board of Campus Pride, a national organization devoted to empowering LGBTQ youth and the board of Pantsuit Republic, a statewide organization of intersectional feminists. She also serves on the Admin team for Pantsuit Austin, a group of 20,000 feminists in the Austin Area where in addition to her regular admin duties, she works to educate and advocate on behalf of LGBTQIA People. Ms. Soukup facilitates training and seminars in the Austin Area at the YWCA as well as various corporations working on their HRS Equality Index and is a frequent speaker at political rallys including the 2017 LGBTQ Human Rights Rally, 2017 Queerbomb, and the 2018 Women’s March/Roe V Wade Rally. In 2017, she published the book He/She/They – Us: Essential information, vocabulary, and concepts to help you become a better ally to the transgender and gender diverse people in your life.
Dian Squire, Ph.D.
Dian Squire, Ph.D. is a visiting assistant professor in the student affairs program. Prior to starting at Iowa State University, Dian was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Denver’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE). Dian’s research focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in higher education. He particularly focuses on access to graduate education and the experiences of diverse graduate students. He utilizes organizational perspectives to help explain individual behavior and experience in order to transform organizational structures to support equity and justice. He also writes on student activism, racial justice, campus institutional change, and critical praxis in student affairs.
He has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and periodical pieces. He was the co-founder and first Editor in Chief of the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs housed at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dian was the Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Maryland College Park. During that time, he created a national award-winning first-year experience program for LGBTQA students called The One Project. He has served on the board of directors for NODA- Association for Orientation, Retention, and Transition in Higher Education and held numerous positions in ACPA-College Student Educators International including on the Governing Board.
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.
Khorey Baker serves as the Director of Student Life at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a passionate higher education administrator with several years of experience working in student development. A native of the great state of Florida; he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Florida and his Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Memphis. An active member of his professional community Khorey has served in leadership roles with his the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). His work experience has allowed him to work at institutions including Rhodes College, The Florida State University and George Mason University.
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.
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.