Mike Fornelli

Executive Director

Mike joined Phoenix Pride January of 2018 and has been prominent Community Leader in the Metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ Community for the past 30 years. Since 1992, he has been the Owner and President of popular Scottsdale LGBTQ bar/nightclub BS West, since 1992. His experience includes an extensive background in financial management, staff leadership, community engagement and event production. He has served as a Festival Entertainment Manager and the Pageant Director for Phoenix Pride since 2013, and joined the Phoenix Pride Board of Directors in 2017.

In addition, he serves as Board Director and Chief of Staff for USofA Pageantry, and he previously held a three-year term on the Board of Directors of local LGBTQ youth support organization one•n•ten.

In Mike’s downtime, you can often find him taking in a show with some of Phoenix’s amazing Female Impersonators or exploring the city with his Pug, Buddy and Beagle, Scooby.

Clayton Scherf

Director of Development

Clayton joined the Phoenix Pride team as the Director of Development in June 2015. Although Clayton is new to Phoenix himself, he has several family members throughout the city and feels right at home. Clayton recently moved from Denver, Colorado where he spent the last 3 and half years working at The GLBT Community Center of Colorado. During his time at The Center of Colorado, Clayton assisted the Development team reach their end goal of $3.5 million, to close out their Capital Campaign in addition to spearheading his own fundraising campaign, their Stone Wall Garden. Clayton has extensive experience with supporting various programming departments in their fundraising efforts to help grow and cultivate strong relationships within the community. Most recently, Clayton was the Healthcare Program Manager and led a team of Enrollment Guides at multiple sites around the state focused on LGBT healthcare outreach, education, and enrollment. Focusing on the access to quality healthcare for so many of our uninsured community members, Clayton has found his passion for serving our community.

If Clayton has a free weekend, you most likely would find him enjoying the outdoor life, camping, hiking, water skiing, or just enjoying time barbecuing by the pool.

Katie Hobbs

Community Outreach and Support Services Manager

Katie joined the Phoenix Pride team as Community Outreach and Support Services Manager in November of 2016. Katie is also a Arizona State Senator representing central Phoenix and serving in her second term. She currently serves as the Minority Leader. Katie was just re-elected in 2016 to a third term as Senator and second term as Minority Leader. Prior to serving in the Senate, she served one term in the House of Representatives.

Katie, an Arizona native, graduated from Seton Catholic High School, got her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Prior to being elected, Katie spent her social work career working in behavioral health and with homeless individuals and victims of sexual and domestic violence. She spends a lot of her free time volunteering with LGBTQ youth at one-n-ten. When she’s not doing that she’s running races, doing triathlons, hiking around our beautiful state, or spending time with her amazing husband Pat and kids Sam (18) and Hannah (14).

Eva Steele

Program Manager

Eva started getting involved in the LGBTQ movement in Lansing MI in 2006, where she attended her first Pride Festival. From there she soon became involved with the Michigan Pride Organization and many local pride organizations throughout Michigan. She moved to Phoenix from Grand Rapids MI in the summer of 2015 to expand her career in Non-Profit and LGBTQ Services. Eva became a part of the Phoenix Pride team during the year she served as Miss Phoenix Pride in 2017, where she worked with the community to raise over $40,000 for the Phoenix Pride Scholarship. In September of that year, she was elected to the Board of Directors and served as the Audit Committee Chair as well as on the Education and Outreach Committee. In May of 2018 Eva officially became a staff member as our Program Manager. Eva as also served with other non-profit organization including Arizona’s own “Read Better Be Better”, where she mentored 7th graders to assist 3rd graders in literacy comprehension skills. She works hard for her community in hopes that one day our community won’t have to work so hard for their basic rights.

During Eva’s free time you can catch her performing and competing in Drag pageants as “Eva Angelica Stratton” and enjoying what our beautiful state has to offer her, her partner Jericho, family and friends.

Jason Temple

Festival Operations Manager

BUDDY the Pride Pug

Cuddle Ambassador