Our Leadership Team

WE ARE A COLLECTIVE OF lgbt humans 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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NICK VIOX | HE/HIM

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING & EVENTS

Nick Viox is the perfect combination of civil servant, network 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 Director of Programming & Events. 

Email Nick for all Up North Pride Programming & Eventst needs: programing@upnorthpride.com

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MARTA TURNBULL | SHE/HER

CO-FOUNDER | DIRECTOR, MARKETING

Marta has been volunteering, fundraising and working with non-profits for 25 years. In 2014, Marta with 2 friends created Up North Pride, now Michigan's largest Pride March and Northern Michigan's flagship LGBT+ celebration. As a queer woman, Marta is passionate about human rights, building strong communities and organizing the behind the scenes logistics needed to power a movement. She currently works as the Director of Marketing and Developer Relations at MacUpdate and holds a board position for Pour for More.

Email Marta for all Up North Pride Marketing and general inquiry needs: marta@upnorthpride.com

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CHASE CARTER | HE/HIM

DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT

Chase Carter is a community mobilizer with over seven years of experience building successful corporate-nonprofit partnerships. As a member of the LGBT community, he is passionate about supporting human rights and celebrating the inclusion of diverse communities. Originally from Alaska, via the Pacific Northwest, you can spot Chase on the VASA trails in the winter or the Beach in the summer. He current runs marketing strategy for Chemical Bank in Northern Michigan and earned a B.A. in International Studies at the University of Idaho.

Email Chase for all Up North Pride Community and Volunteer Engagement needs: community@upnorthpride.com

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CINDY MILOCK | SHE/HER

DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Cindy is an explosion of love and warm energy. She has a heart for caring for the people and world around her, and is passionate about making her community a more welcoming, inclusive and safe place for everyone. Strategic board member to grassroots volunteer and everything in between, Cindy has spent decades working in the non-profit space. She brings a fresh energy and deep experience to the Up North Pride leadership committee. When she’s not behind the scenes of the social justice movement, she’s promoting the arts, whipping up something amazing in the kitchen or just loving on her friends and family.

Email Cindy for all Up North Pride Partnership and Fundraising needs: development@upnorthpride.com