Our Leadership Team

WE ARE A COLLECTIVE OF lgbtQ+ humans & Allies looking to build a more inclusive and welcoming Northern Michigan.

We come from several walks of life. Near and far. Our aim with every event is to educate, celebrate and advocate. From humble beginnings to the largest Pride March in Michigan, we’ve been fortunate to find great people to take leadership roles and embrace the Up North Pride mission.

 
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Jonny cameron | they/them

Chair & Founder

In 2014, Jonny and their partner, Elon, gathered a group of community members to discuss the need to represent and celebrate the queer community in Northern Michigan. In the 5 years since the original march, Up North Pride has grown to be the largest participant-driven LGBT Pride March in Michigan as well as a leader in Northern Michigan’s LGBT advocacy. Jonny’s lifelong interest in being an observer of human behavior attitudes and beliefs allows them to drive meaningful marketing and communication strategies. Jonny is often accused of getting a little too “spread-sheety” at dinner parties.

Email Jonny at jenn@upnorthpride.com.

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NICK VIOX | HE/HIM

Vice chair & Programming/ Events Chair

Nick Viox is the perfect combination of civil servant, networker extraordinaire, and on-stage diva bringing passion and energy to everything he touches. A Northern Michigan local, Nick has invested his life creating a home for others in the LGBT community - bringing together businesses, the arts, and individuals. When he's not charming a crowd and perfectly executing logistics, he's running lines for his next performance or enjoying laughs with his friends. He's Projects and Communication Coordinator for the Traverse City DDA and is our fearless Vice Chair and Programming/Events Chair. 

Email Nick at programming@upnorthpride.com.

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beth milligan | SHE/HER

Secretary & marketing chair

Beth Milligan is a journalist and head writer for the Traverse City Ticker in Traverse City, Mich. She brings 15 years of writing, PR/marketing, nonprofit, and event planning experience to the Up North Pride board, having held leadership roles at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, National Writers Series, and Porterhouse Productions. Beth is a passionate advocate for social justice issues and believes in actively working to dismantle systemic discrimination and amplify the voices of all groups in our communities.

Email Beth at community@upnorthpride.com.

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Brian beckwith | he/his

treasurer & finance chair

Brian Beckwith is an accountant & attorney who has worked in public accounting (both tax & audit) in the legal field, in house as a CFO, and most recently runs a small business consulting firm where he specializes in assisting businesses with accounting, tax, finance, and legal issues. He’s a TC native who has lived in northern Michigan his entire life. He and his wife, Bridgett, have 2 children, 2 dogs, and 1 cat and can often be found outside, hiking, kayaking, or camping.

Email Brian at brian@currentconsultingtc.com.

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Pam AMundsen | sHE/Her

Development co-chair

A native Orlandoan, Pam relocated to Traverse City to be a part of the work the Community Foundation is doing throughout the region. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Auburn University, Pam aims to promote initiatives worth following by coming alongside people working for change. She has 6 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working previously for an organization that focused on collective impact, community engagement, and asset-based community development. In the wake of the Pulse nightclub hate crime, Pam committed to using her privilege to become a better ally to the LGBT community. She and her husband, Roger, live in a little house downtown where they try to be good neighbors and good humans.

Email Pam at development@upnorthpride.com.

kate rose | sHE/Her

development co-chair

Kate Rose is a communication strategist and freelance writer with an insatiable curiosity for how stories move people towards doing good things in the world. She draws on 10 years of experience working for Google, Nickelodeon and YouTube to serve social impact organizations. Kate is grateful to be serving on the Up North Pride Board, where she can be part of creating the LGBT visibility she needed as a kid growing up in Michigan. Kate lives at Interlochen Center for the Arts with her wife, Julie, and their elderly tabby, Luna.

Email Kate at development@upnorthpride.com.