Mike Fornelli

Executive Director

Mike joined Phoenix Pride as the Executive Director in January of 2018 and has been a 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. His experience includes an extensive background in financial management, staff leadership, community engagement and event production. He has served with Phoenix Pride in the past as the Community Stage Manager, the Pride Pageant Director and a Phoenix Pride Board Director.

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 entertainers or exploring the city with his Pug, Buddy.

Clayton Scherf

Director of Development

Clayton joined the Phoenix Pride team as the Director of Development in June 2015. Clayton 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.

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