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The Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI) is both proud and honored to be able to direct the growth of this outstanding organization. Each of the non-compensated board members volunteers countless hours to help ensure a successful and enjoyable PRIDE Celebration for all. (See Board Qualification Guidelines)
Member Since 2012
Jorge Solorio is the current President of Las Vegas PRIDE and is proud to have been a very active volunteer, and able to donate countless hours to the Las Vegas community. He adores the city he’s considered home for the past 16 years. In the past three years that he’s had the honor of serving the parade committee as a volunteer, he has learned what it takes to be committed to Las Vegas’ largest LGBT non-profit. He has become very active with Las Vegas PRIDE, participating in almost every event for the past 4 years. He feels a great sense of accomplishment, personal growth and community pride with each and every event he was involved with.
Jorge has made it his personal goal to lead the PRIDE board in accomplishing the organization’s mission statement, which is “…to educate the community by invoking, promoting, and celebrating lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender pride.” He has challenged every board member to come up with creative ways to strive to follow the mission statement, to promote growth in the education committee and to do more outreach.
To show his commitment and dedication to this organization, Jorge has helped represent Las Vegas PRIDE in many other cities’ PRIDE festivals. He has been a great example of what an ideal committee member should be and what they represent. His actions both within and without the PRIDE organization show that he is dedicated to representing the LGBT community in a positive light.
Acting Vice President
Member Since 2015
Kawika (Aurora St. James) Oliveira-Aweau was born in Hawaii and raised in Hawaii and Alaska. With the help of the Transgender community he followed his dream of moving to the “Mainland” and in particular Las Vegas, Nevada back in 2001. Since then, Kawika has helped support the LGBTQ community and has always had a heart for volunteering. Being of Hawaiian decent it is customary to give to those who need it more and to protect what he feels is right. Back in 2007 Kawika met his wonderful partner Craig Oliveira and was honored with the privilege of getting married on national coming out day 2014.
Kawika feel it’s an honor to sit on the Board of Directors and is willing and able to support and represent the community to the best of his ability.
Member Since 2010
Brady McGill was born in Las Vegas and has always enjoyed giving back to his community. Brady spent much of his youth volunteering in community outreach with his family’s church and continued in his adolescence in The Boy Scouts of America. In High School, Brady was involved actively with The Future Business Leaders of America, for which he served as Chapter President. During his time with FBLA, Brady organized many fund raising and charitable events, most notably, a partnership with the March of Dimes. Brady began volunteer work with SNAPI in 2008 as a part of the LOVE program, promoting Las Vegas Pride. Brady now serves on the SNAPI Board of Directors to give back to our community and encourage the growth of our LGBT community.
Member Since 2012
Lucas is a born and raised Texan new to the Las Vegas area. After coming out at an early age of 16, he has surpassed the problems of a young gay man. During his teen years he was involved in the local youth LGBT program, OutAmarillo, here he was a mediator and a peer counselor. After graduating high school he enlisted in the US Navy, which he would leave 7 years later as a Navy Submarine Qualified Veteran. During his enlisted service and station in Bremerton, Wa he started Deejaying and volunteering with the Kitsap County AIDS/HIV Foundation. He would become great friends with the director, Michael G., and start planning and hosting the monthly event fundraiser, Red Star, which would grow exponentially each month. Lucas is also a member of the OutServe SLDN, working to bring equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
After serving in the Navy, Lucas moved back to his family and friends in Amarillo, Tx. In the summer of 2013 he decided to leave the Lone Star State and move to the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Las Vegas PRIDE season was in full swing and the events caught Lucas’ eye. Through the Las Vegas PRIDE website he became a LOVE program volunteer, for the Las Vegas Men’s Chorus. After volunteering for the 2012 Parade and Festival he wanted to do more and requested a seat on the board. Lucas was voted in as an Director on the board at the November 2012 public meeting.
Member Since 2014
A Las Vegas native, Hi-D Burgener has been a tireless champion for the LGBT communities in both Vegas and Los Angeles since coming out in 1994. With extensive experience in the music, food/beverage, and event promotion industries, Hi-D is also an active volunteer for a variety of LGBT organizations, including HRC and AFAN. Currently recognized as one of the premiere female nightclub and event promoters for the Vegas LGBT community, Hi-D oversaw the development of the weekly REVO Sunday event at the Mirage Hotel on the Strip, an event that has grown to be a staple of the LGBT nightclub scene in Vegas. As Host Manager for LightGroup LGBT, Hi-D has utilized her charismatic personality combined with her business savvy to reach out to the Las Vegas LGBT community and increase awareness and participation in local PRIDE events. As such, her involvement with the Board of Directors for Las Vegas PRIDE seemed to be a very natural progression, and she is very excited to be able to bring her exceptional enthusiasm and passion to this new role on behalf of the community she loves so much.
Member Since 2013
Julie was born and raised in Jackson, MI. At the age of 21, with the support of her family and friends in Michigan, she moved to Las Vegas by herself to begin the next chapter of her life. It was in Las Vegas that she went through a period of self-discovery, which led to her involvement in the LGBTQ community.
In December of 2007, she graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Since then she has worked in Hospitals, Schools, Prisons, and Mental Health.
In 2013, she made a personal commitment to become even more involved in the LGBTQ community. And what better way than to join the Las Vegas Pride Board of Directors, to lend her many skills and talents to improving the Pride experience for the community. She believes in the Las Vegas Pride Board’s ability to contribute to the cohesiveness of the Las Vegas LGBTQ community as a whole.
Member Since 2012
Frankie is a southern gentleman direct from Texas. He recently graduated with a double major in Broadcasting Production and Advertising/Public Relations from West Texas A&M University. Frankie also represented the school and community on numerous executive boards and held the title of Mr. West Texas. Aside from juggling school, work, social life and a photography business of his own, he is always willing to help out the community or individuals as a mentor in any way he can.
Frankie moved to Vegas in June of 2012 to pursue jobs in Production and Marketing. After a short search, he came across a contact who needed a Stage/Production Manager for shows at theaters, conventions and cruise ships around the world. Frankie is excited to sit on the board and help with the committees he sits on in preparation for Las Vegas PRIDE.
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Member Since 2014
Clair Koetitz and Lyndon Marquez have been together for 21 years and just recently relocated to Las Vegas. Their lives have been intertwined so it is difficult to write two biographies. They began volunteering for Pride with the Parade as script writers and check-in duties and with the Center for community engaging events in 2008 when Clair decided he wanted to retire to Las Vegas.
During their years in Boise, Idaho they were involved as Ambassadors and a Docents for the Boise Art Museum, American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Boise River Festival. They both continue to support The Festival of Trees event which benefits the Saint Alphonsus Hospital and Foundation.
Before their move to Idaho they lived in Midland, Texas. There they both were involved in numerous board positions for the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association and Gallery 1114. They spent numerous hours on the Texas Leadership Summit Task Force and raising monies with Round Up, a Cattle Baron Ball for the American Cancer Society.
They will continue supporting our community in any way possible. Las Vegas has many great LGBT organizations that can support numerous events on a united front.
Aloha my name is Ernie (Eleneki Owai Kano Akua Alika Kalani Yuen) most people call me “Pineapple” since I am from Hawaii. I currently serve as the Executive Director of Las Vegas PRIDE. It has been a wonderful experience being part of the Las Vegas LGBT community. With the help of the Las Vegas PRIDE board members, we have raised thousands and thousands of dollars for our community, help built strong relationships between many other nonprofit organizations. My mother always told me “if you’re going to bitch about the problem you better be part of the solution”. For those for you that knew my mother, she was a very small but wise lady that carried a very large stick! LOL! I would like to encourage other people in our community to get involved, be part of this wonderful organization.
Many of my friends have challenged me to come up with some creative ideas for new events here in Las Vegas, “to bring Las Vegas PRIDE out of the bars and back in our community”. I have made it my personal goal to lead this year’s board to follow our mission statement, which is “…to educate the community by invoking, promoting, and celebrating lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender pride.” I have challenged every board member to come up with creative ways to strive to follow our mission’s statement, to promote growth in our education committee, to do more outreach. I promise you, many new events and great outreach programs that will educate and touch many people in the LGBT community. It is going to be a lot of work to create and manage many of these new events, but I feel our community is worth it!
I have been part of this Las Vegas community since 1998, I have seen many things come and go, The one thing that I have not seen change is the sense of dignity and PRIDE this community has. I have met a lot of people, made some good friends and become “family” to many others. I love this community, I love this city, yes Hawaii will always be my home, but Las Vegas is an awesome place to be. Now it is time to show my PRIDE, care to join me?
Board Members In Memorium
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii in a little town called Ewa Beach. After graduating from James Campbell High School, Tracy worked in the Hawaii tourist industry, and made it his career for 15 years, he loved working with the tourists and promoting Hawaii, but it was not enough.
In 2002, Tracy decided to move to Las Vegas, to try something new and look for better opportunities, this was a very big move. After taking a year off, on March of 2003 Tracy was hired at NYNY Hotel and casino. Tracy had a great time, made many new friends and worked there for the next 7 years. Starting off as a guest room attendant for 2 years and then moving on to the role of house person, Tracy worked in the picking station, linen department and then was promoted to supervisor, it was quite an experience. Due to health reasons Tracy was forced to leave his employment.
Tracy then got involved with SNAPI during the reign of Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2009 JewDi Vine. He joined the parade committee, helped make costumes, performed at benefit shows and soon joined the parade committee on PRIDE road trips. Tracy was then asked to take a seat on the Las Vegas PRIDE board and joined the volunteer committee. He was with Las Vegas PRIDE from that day on, through the royalty reign of 2010 (Diva DeLafuentes and Andy Dubois), 2011 (Diana Prince and KC Golightly) and 2012 (Keyska Diva and Freddie Mcgriff).
Tracy joined the board to make a difference. He wanted to help teach and do outreach for the younger generation, especially if they are HIV POSITIVE, as he was since 1994. He says that he is “not here to preach, and not so much teach… but to share my experiences and how they can come over any negatives; how to be yourself and still live a fabulous life.”
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