Board of Directors
PRIDE Staff Members
Associate Board
Board In Memorium

Board of Directors

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 and Board Code of Conduct)

Brady McGill

President
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.

Jorge Solorio

Vice President
Member Since 2012

Jorge Solorio 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 over 20 years. He’s had the honor of serving on every committee and 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 decade. 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 also been a great a great representative with both CAPI and InterPride, even becoming a Regional Director. His actions within the PRIDE movement shows that he is dedicated to representing the LGBT community in a positive light all over the world.

Kawika Oliveira

Secretary
Member Since 2016

Kawika was born in Hawaii and was 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 out in 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 one feels is right.  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 has been a part of PRIDE since 2012 & has since moved to Tucson where he just can’t stop loving and caring for his Las Vegas Community. Kawika feels that “even if I’m many of miles away my volunteer work with Las Vegas Pride is not done yet.” In 2016 alone Kawika and his lovely partner Craig helped represent Las Vegas PRIDE in, Phoenix AZ, Long Beach CA, & San Diego CA. ” The joy I get when volunteering to a community that I LOVE will always be a great deal for myself.”  Kawika feel it’s an honor to sit on the Board of Directors and is willing and able to support and represent the Las Vegas community to the best of his ability.

Lucas Rangel

Parliamentarian
Member Since 2018

Lucas Rangel

Coming soon!

Allie Goard

Treasurer
Member Since 2018

Allie Goard

Coming soon!

Clair Koetitz &
Lyndon Marquez

Directors
Member Since 2014

Lyndon and Clair

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.

Craig Oliveira

Director
Member Since 2017

Craig Oliveira

Craig Oliveira began volunteering at a young age and has taken part in different events and functions through school, church and the community in Hawai’i. He was introduced to SNAPI through his husband Kawika Oliveira and has been a volunteer with SNAPI since 2015 and receives a feeling of exuberance in being able to give back to the melting pot that is the Las Vegas Community. Craig has had the chance to represent Las Vegas Pride in other Pride events in the west coast and is proud to serve as an ambassador for a city he loves dearly. He now sits on the Board of Directors and invites his fellow neighbors to join Las Vegas Pride in celebrating the diversity in our city.

Michael Mahavong

Director
Member Since 2018

Michael Mahavong

Coming soon!

Steven Mitchell

Director
Member Since 2018

Steve Mitchell

Steve was born in Connecticut and moved to Phoenix, AZ, at a young age.  He moved to Las Vegas in November 2014 but had been a frequent visitor to Vegas (many times as often as weekly) to perform with his band, Sin City KISS, for many years.  During the day, Steve works for a global bank and has been in banking for close to 30 years. He started the first Diversity & Inclusion group at the Henderson site that he works at with 30 people.  That group has grown to over 300 people in just 3 years.  Steve is now Sr. National Co-Chair of his companies’ LGBT+ Diversity group, a speaker at the annual Out & Equal Summits and a member of one of Out & Equal’s Advisory Committees.  He always is a staff writer for Las Vegas PRIDE magazine.  Steve’s passion is for all people to live life fully and authentically without fear.  He is an outspoken LGBT influencer at work and in the community.

Kathryn Aull

Director
Member Since 2018

Lyndon and Clair

Coming soon!

Jean Carlos Lopez

Director
Member Since 2018

Coming soon!

Las Vegas PRIDE Staff

Ernie Yuen

Executive Director

Ernie Yuen

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?

Associate Board

Lyndon and Clair

Tim Evans

Member Since 2016

Lyndon and Clair

Phillip Pineda

Member Since 2017

Lyndon and Clair

Christian Gonzalez

Member Since 2016

Lyndon and Clair

Bill Lickiss

Member Since 2016

Lyndon and Clair

Bill Cheek

Member Since 2017

Lyndon and Clair

Trish Davis

Member Since 2018

Lyndon and Clair

Calvi Marquez

Member Since 2016

Lyndon and Clair

Selena Nagaoka Finnell

Member Since 2018

Frankie Sanchez

Member Since 2018

Steven

Member Since 2017

Chris Andersen

Member Since 2018

Luis Guzman

Member Since 2018

Brian Martin

Member Since 2018

Richard Brethour-Bell

Member Since 2018

Freddy Lopez

Member Since 2018

Chris Davin

Member Since 2018

Katherine Rosenberger

Member Since 2018

Chrissy Lee

Member Since 2018

Ashlee Harris

Member Since 2018

Rachel Marsh

Member Since 2018

Dan De Leon

Member Since 2018

Board Members In Memorium

Kalani “Tracy” Quiocho

Director
Member 2011-2012

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.”

Finance Forms

The following Finance Committee forms are available for Director & Committee Member Requests & Reporting: