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

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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Jenn cameron | they/their

Chair & Founder

In 2014, Jenn 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. Jenn’s lifelong interest in being an observer of human behavior attitudes and beliefs allows them to drive meaningful marketing and communication strategies. Jenn is often accused of getting a little too “spread-sheety” at dinner parties.

Email Jenn at jenn@upnorthpride.com.

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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.

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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 positions for organizations including the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, National Writers Series, and Porterhouse Productions. She was the youngest person ever named to the Traverse City Business News “40 Under 40” list in 2008 and 2009. 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.