Nina Borders

Nina Borders

President/CEO

Nina's Bio

Nina Borders
President/CEO
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: nina.borders@pascopridefestival.com

Nina Borders is a Firefighter/Paramedic who moved from Orlando to New Port Richey with her wife in 2015. She is a Veteran of the Army National Guard, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. 

The Pulse Nightclub attack changed her. Pulse was a place she had attended several hundred times; she knew those injured and killed, she celebrated birthdays and holidays there. The tragedy launched Nina into a world of activism where she is constantly generating new ideas, forming new community contacts, and developing new creative strategies to serve the most vulnerable.

She has been proud to serve as the Pasco Pride President since 2018, and was recognized by Watermark Magazine as one of the Most Remarkable People of 2019.

Anthony Avila

Anthony (Ant) Avila

Vice President

Anthony's Bio

Ant Avila
Vice President
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Email: anthony.avila@pascopridefestival.com

Ant is a proud townie dedicated to the positive and sustainable growth of their community. A resident of West Pasco for the past two decades, Ant was born and spent some of their formative years on the west coast in Bremerton WA and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ant has deep and meaningful ties to the academic, small business, sociopolitical, non-profit, and governmental realms of central Florida and aims to bring those relationships to bear in a synergistic way. They studied Political Science, Sociology, and Organizational leadership, with a concentration in state and local government, and post-modern sociological thought.

Ant is excited to bring every resource, skill, and insight at their disposal to Pasco Pride. They strive to serve with integrity, lead with humility, and follow with loyalty.

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Diana Shanks

Director of Marketing and Social Media

Diana's Bio

Diana Shanks
Director of Communications and Marketing
Pronouns: they/them/theirs or she/her/hers
Email: diana.shanks@pascopridefestival.com

Diana Shanks is a Pasco native with a degree in Public Relations and Community Leadership. They grew up convinced they were the only queer person in New Port Richey, and are delighted to have been proven wrong.

They are passionate about intersectional grassroots activism and ending the criminalization of poverty. They organize with a myriad of activist and advocacy groups around issues of restorative justice, intersectional feminism, harm reduction and mutual aid.

You can find them frequenting local cafes, camping out in public libraries, and trying with variable levels of success to grow their own food.

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Charlie Russo

Secretary

Charlie's Bio

Charlie Russo
Treasurer
Pronouns: he/him/his
Email: charlie.russo@pascopridefestival.com

Charlie Russo has been a resident of Pasco County since July 2016 when he relocated with his husband to establish an open and affirming church in New Port Richey.

Charlie has been a volunteer and supporter of Pasco Pride since its beginning. He is excited to serve on the board as Pride continues to grow. Charlie has been involved with LGBTQ+ groups in the past by serving as a board member, and also Vice President of PFLAG Spartanburg before moving to Florida.

His professional background is in the banking industry where he’s been recognized for his contributions to serving the faith communities and LGBTQ+ community. He is dedicated to championing equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people of Pasco County FL.

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Heather St. Amand

Director of Community Outreach

Heather's Bio

Heather St Amand-Klein
Director of Community Outreach
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: heather.stamand@pascopridefestival.com

Outspoken LGBTQ Ally and advocate, and proud parent of a transgender teenage daughter.

Works in Tampa Bay and specifically Pasco county as a Community Organizer and activist. Her goal is to start a non-profit to help at-risk LGBTQ youth in the Pasco County area and beyond. 

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Jeremy Russo

Secratary

Jeremy's Bio

Jeremy Russo
Secretary
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Email: jeremy.russo@pascopridefestival.com