President

Mark Leeper

Workforce Analyst
GoDaddy

Mark Leeper is employed with GoDaddy, as part of the Global Workforce Management team and helped to establish the LGBT employee resource group. Leeper spends quite a bit of his spare time volunteering with organizations, near and dear to his heart, including Phoenix Pride, where he has been a volunteer since 2005. Mark spent much of his childhood in the AZ State foster care system and has worked for years to improve the policies in place to ensure the children growing up in care have a better experience than he did. Leeper is married to his husband and together they have two dogs, with plans to foster children in the near future. Mark Leeper graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science.
Vice President

Ryan Starzyk, DBA

CEO
BlueFire Group

Ryan A. Starzyk is a proven business and community leader with a substantial background in management, analysis, research, and strategic planning. From 2003-2007, Ryan served honorably in the United States Air Force and was decorated with the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award with Valor while on deployment in Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his military service, Ryan transitioned to a successful business leadership career, serving as a legal analyst, researcher, and compliance advisor for large-scale corporations. No stranger to community service, Ryan currently serves as the Vice President on the board of directors of Phoenix Pride, and he is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ & Women's rights. He has been a vocal supporter of repealing laws that seek to further stigmatize already marginalized communities and a proponent of strong policies that seek to ensure that all individuals' rights and equity are protected at the local, state, and federal level. Ryan resides in Central Phoenix with his partner of over 13 years and is active in his local neighborhood and community. Ryan is dedicated to growing our local communities through grassroots organizing and volunteering.
Director At Large

Landen C.L. Smith

Store Manager
Banana Republic

Treasurer

Philip Sirois

Accountant
Tech-i Logic

Accountant
Tech-i Logic
Secretary

Theresa Hernandez

Senior Claims Analyst
Bank Of America | Merrill Lynch

Director

Daniel Eckstrom

Executive Administrator
Arizona State University

Director

Juan Carlos Vega BSN, RN

Intensive Care Manager
Major insurance company

Intensive Care Manager
Major insurance company
Director

Stacy Louis

Owner
Stacy's @ Melrose

Owner
Stacy's @ Melrose
Director

Tait Moline

Realtor
Keller Williams Realty

Originally from Mason City, Iowa, Tait Moline settled in Phoenix, Arizona, to be with his husband, Craig, and enjoy the temperate winter climate while also enduring the (dry!) summer heat. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Tait has performed with Rosie O’Donnell, John O’Hurley, and Colin Powell, worked extensively for the Walt Disney Company, Busch Gardens, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and appeared in television and film with Tiger Woods, Amanda Bynes, Wayne Brady, and Hulk Hogan. Currently encouraging high school students to live their best lives by teaching English Language Arts for the Deer Valley Unified School District, Tait graduated from Millikin University and enjoys skiing, theater, and copious amounts of pizza. He is proud to serve our diverse Community as a member of the Phoenix Pride Board as well as serving as the the Immediate Past President of Melrose Toastmasters, Arizona’s first LGBTQ+ and friends Toastmasters club.
Director

Garry Hedgcoth

Triwest Healthcare
Alliance
Phoenix Embedded
Staff VAMC

Triwest Healthcare
Alliance
Phoenix Embedded
Staff VAMC
Director

Alejandro Perez

Attorney
Jaburg Wilk

Attorney
Jaburg Wilk
Director

Michael Bedrick

Zone Retail Specialist
Michelin

Zone Retail Specialist
Michelin
Director

C.A. Larson

Psychotherapist
Owner of C.A. Larson Counseling

Psychotherapist
Owner of C.A. Larson Counseling