Our Team

The Yakima Pride Team

Yakima Pride fulfills its mission primarily through a volunteer team serving on the Board of Directors, the Production Team, or one of over 30 on-site volunteers with support from a small staff.

"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it's now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are."

TAMMY BALDWIN // FIRST OPENLY GAY U.S. SENATOR

Providing governance and leadership.

Board of Directors

Yakima Pride is comprised of an all-volunteer group of community members who give of their time and talent to ensure Pride has diverse representation and good governance.

Founders

A group of volunteers comprised of community leaders from throughout the Yakima Valley — is the governing body for the organization. Its members determine Yakima Pride's mission and purposes, and they sustain the organization's vision.

The Yakima Pride Board of Directors has the ultimate authority over the organization's actions, including fiscal management and budget approval. Board members also establish the official policies that direct Yakima pride.

CRISTINA ORTEGA

(She, Her, Hers) - President

Email: cristina@yakimapride.org

JOSHUA HASTINGS

(He, Him, His) - Vice President

Email: joshua@yakimapride.org

ANDREW PENEKU

(He, Him, His) - Secretary

Email: andrew@yakimapride.org

KYLE CURTIS

(He, Him, His) - Treasurer

Kyle Curtis grew up in White Swan, WA on the Yakama Indian Reservation. He later graduated from The University of Washington with a degree in Finance and American Indian Studies. Upon completing his education in Seattle, he spent three more years working for Liberty Mutual Insurance, located in Downtown Seattle, where he helped kick-off an employee resource group called Pride@Liberty.

Kyle always knew he wanted to return home to the Yakima Valley and did so in 2017. He continues to be engaged with the community and is a member of the Yakima Downtown Rotary Club. Kyle believes the Yakima Valley is a diverse place, with many different walks of life, and Yakima Pride helps to bring the community together. In Kyle’s free time, he enjoys traveling, drinks with friends, and playing with his miniature dachshund, Pickles.

Email: kyle@yakimapride.org

Leadership

Yakima Pride's board members are a unique and diverse group of courageous, hardworking and talented people who combine strong professional skills with a passion for equality and justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. No higher caliber of committed volunteers exists. Yakima Pride's boards make policy, manage finances and coordinate volunteer involvement for the organization. They sustain Yakima Pride's vision and raise awareness about the mission of Yakima Pride.

Production Team

Our experienced Production Team consists of a core group of volunteers and a small staff that is skilled and passionate about the work of Yakima Pride, in support of the LGBTQ+ community. They commit their time, year-round, to ensure the programs, events and activities are produced successfully and professionally.

Coming soon!

Emeritus

ANDY WITHROW

(He, Him, His)

Vice President

2018-2019

ROXANNE MARIE

(She, Her, Hers)

Director of Entertainment

2018-2019

NICK TAKAHASHI

(They, Them, Theirs)

Director of Events & Entertainment

2019

FELIPE FLORES

(He, Him, His)

Director of Philanthropy

2019

NOEMI SANCHEZ

(They, Them, Theirs) - Director of Outreach, Board Member

2019