Mickey Heller, Co-Chair
Mickey Heller, a Native New Yorker originally from the Bronx, has spent the last 32 years in Brooklyn. A graduate of the HS of Music & Art, Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School, Mickey has been practicing law for approximately 25 years and says that he will continue to practice until he gets it right! A founding board member of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Mickey has done volunteer work for a number of non-profit organizations, and will be the Park Slope Santa for the 5th Avenue BID again this year, but says he is proudest of his work with Brooklyn Pride, Inc. He became involved with Brooklyn Pride, Inc. by driving former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’ parade float in 2007 & 2008. That led to volunteering in 2009 on the parade and 5K Run, and in 2010 he became, and currently serves, as the Parade Coordinator. Mickey became Co-Chair of Brooklyn Pride in 2012, Chair from 2013-2015 and is thrilled to be working with Jamie Farnam as Co-Chairs in 2016 and again for 2017.
Jamie Farnam, Co-Chair
Jamie Farnam is a Jersey girl transplanted to Brooklyn ten years ago. She currently resides in Park Slope and loves how eclectic the borough’s neighborhoods are. She is a non-profit professional dedicated to LGBTQIA+ causes, and is so excited to have been able to merge these two passions by working with Brooklyn Pride for the past five years.
She is incredibly energized by the growth of this organization over the last five years, and plans to continue the efforts to increase events across the borough, to increase visibility, reach and connect more individuals to the organizations doing amazing work and fighting for equality for our community.
Tyler Evertsen, Secretary
Tyler has led a very adventurous and eclectic life, and the road that has brought him to Brooklyn has been fraught with both highs and lows. However, at this time, as he pursues his Ph.D., teaches at two colleges in New York, and seeks a few precious moments to venture into the community, he is content with contributing his time and energy to keeping Brooklyn Pride a success. The artist formerly known as Tyler Alyxander, he has discharged the heels and dresses and is currently honing his skills in comedy. Only time will tell where the new paths that are presently being tackled will lead.
Mohammad Hamad has been a board member of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. since 2015 and served as Secretary for one year. He moved to New York City from Boston to pursue graduate studies in Sociology at The New School. Currently, he lectures at numerous colleges within the CUNY system and serves as an administrator at Parsons, The New School for Design. When he is not in the classroom, he contributes his time to numerous human rights initiatives, including developing workshops on microaggressions in the workplace and serves as an organizer in the global movement for justice and equality in Palestine. In the future, he hopes to scale up his social justice efforts through public policy and by serving in the United Nations through some capacity.
This Brooklyn native is super honored to be a part of Brooklyn Pride for a 3rd year in a row. Being raised by her parents to always be warm, friendly and helpful, coupled with strong community service values instilled by the Quaker High School education she received, Ariel could not be more excited to be volunteering for an organization that represents 2 of her biggest loves – Pride and Brooklyn!