Mission Statement

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

Nicci Kincer – President
I was born and raised in Granite City IL and graduated from Granite City Senior High School in 1992. I came out at 14 and was one of the first members of Growing American Youth, (when it was still meeting in the basement of MCC in St.Louis). I have always loved the LGBT+ community. Like many other gay youth the men and women of the community became my family in a time when my blood family couldn’t be there for me. Now I have the opportunity and privilege to give back to my community. I look forward to working on community building projects that Alton Pride has coming in the future.
Anne McCoy – Secretary
Anne has lived in the Alton/Jerseyville area most of her life. She attended Alton High School and has an Associated Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Regis University. Anne volunteered with Pride St. Louis for four years, serving as Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Vendor Relations, and Web-Site Administrator. She also serves as secretary on the administrative board, and was formerly on the finance committee of St. John’s UCC in Brighton, IL. St. John’s is an “Open and Affirming” congregation, which reaches out to and ministers to the LGBTQ+ community.
Anne currently resides near Brighton, IL with her wife of 18 years LuAnn.

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