Alton Pride is a charitable & educational organization established to bring awareness, understanding, and advocacy to the LGBTQ+ community with an emphasis on the specific needs of the youth within the community.
Meet the Board
Dawn Strickland – Director of Social Media and Youth Director
Dawn is a long-time resident of Alton, graduated from Alton High School and identifies as pansexual. She has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication (Public Relations) and a Master of Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Dawn was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and spent a year as President of the Public Relations Student Society of America, in addition to three years as a general member. Dawn previously served three years as a Troop Leader for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. She currently works as a Human Services Caseworker with the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Chloe Rardin – Jr. Member
Chloe is a Freshman at Alton High School and is a member of the Alton Marching 100 Color Guard and Winter Guard. They were a member of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for three years. They are gender-fluid and identify as a lesbian. They enjoy swimming and watching cooking shows with their mother. They look forward to creating a place for LGBTQ+ youth to go where they can be true to themselves.
Michael Collman – Jr. Member
Mikey is a Freshman at Alton High School and is a member of the Alton Marching 100 Color Guard and Winter Guard. He identifies as gay. He enjoys watching all versions of Drag Race and hosting rushes on Instagram. He recently started exploring sewing and design. He looks forward to helping grow the organization and making a safe space for other youth.
Vice President – Jason Heeren
Director of Sponsorship – OPEN
Director of Advertising & Media Relations – Levi Kamp
Director of Fundraising – Brandon Benton