2019 – 2020
Mickey Heller, Co-Chair
Mickey Heller, a Native New Yorker originally from the Bronx, has spent the last three decades 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 since 2016.
Jamie Farnam, Co-Chair
Jamie Farnam is a Jersey girl transplanted to Brooklyn over 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 over 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.
Ariel Sanders, Secretary
This Brooklyn native is super honored to be a part of Brooklyn Pride for a few years now! 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! On a side note, Ariel was the first recipient of the VOTY (Volunteer of the Year) Award for her amazing dedication and service to Brooklyn Pride!
Jess Kelly, Treasurer
Jessica, a recent Brooklyn transplant, grew up in a volunteer-friendly family. From spending Christmas serving at a soup kitchen to tutoring at an orphanage, she was raised to believe you give back to communities you’re a part of and believe it. When she landed in Brooklyn a few years ago without knowing a soul, she immediately started searching for organizationsshe supported and could give a helpig hand. Brooklyn Pride took her in with open arms and granted her the opportunity to help bring the LGBTQIA+ Community together.
Tyler Evertsen, Communications Director
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. Recently, he has resurrected his alter-ego, Tyler Alyxander, and has taken the path of entertainment and is currently comprising an itinerary of venues in which she can be seen!
Mohammad Hamad, Diversity and Inclusion Director
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.
Cam Moore, Outreach Director
Cam migrated to new York form Florida. Since being in New York, she participated in several groups that focused on planning events within the Lesbian Community. Cam is currently the PR Director for the S.W.A.G. Enterprises meetup organization, where they host community events in NY and around the world. She also has a background in the theater and spent many years working for Universal Studios Florida. This love for theater brought her to volunteer with Brooklyn Pride as a stage manager in 2016. As of 2018, she accepted an invitation to join from the Brooklyn Pride Board and she will work on supporting many events with the Brooklyn Pride team.