New Location Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Delmarva Pride Center is pleased to announce that it has opened a physical location to support the LGBTQ+ community and its allies! The Board is thrilled to achieve this goal after two years of successful programs and Pride events throughout the region.
Thanks to the unwavering and continued support from volunteers and partners, Delmarva Pride Center has opened the doors to a space where people of all orientations and expressions can gather together. Examples of activities include hosting events and meetings, support groups, educational opportunities, and regular open hours with access to a mini-library of books and games.
Mission: The Delmarva Pride Center is a community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We support, educate, connect, organize, and provide outreach to the Delmarva LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
Vision: All people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are embraced as full members of the Delmarva community. Through Delmarva Pride Center’s efforts, the Delmarva Peninsula will be a safe community where everyone lives authentically with access to all services and supports required to live fully.
Respect - We believe all people have the right to dignity and respect.
Privacy - We value all Delmarva Pride Center participant's right to privacy.
Safety - We will assure a safe environment for all participants of DPC.
Equality - We treat all people equally and strive for equality in all that we do.
Community - We will connect members and create a community of support for adults, family, and youth.
Action - We organize and engage the queer community, their allies, and the public.
Advocacy - We advocate for legislation that protects, supports, and empowers the queer community.
Meet the Board of Directors
In service of our community
Kyle O'Donnell (he/him)
Kyle started hosting monthly LGBT+ socials to encourage people to come out and feel a sense a belonging and community in public. Through encouragement, these socials grew into Delmarva Pride Center and Delmarva Pride Festival. O'Donnell loves the outdoors, waterfowl, and feels at home in rural America. During the work week, he manages a finance team and 26-million-dollar budget for 100+ coworkers across five counties on the Eastern Shore. In his spare time, he enjoys classic cinema and being with family.
Concetta Gibson (she/they)
Concetta brings a background in not-for-profit work, science education, and volunteer engagement in the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. She is a disabled person and strives to make accessible, intentional spaces for people with all kinds of lived experiences through her work. They are the founder and owner of Leaf & Bed, a garden coaching and consulting small business believes gardening can be accessible to anyone, anywhere. Concetta enjoys being outdoors, rescuing and fostering pets, playing in community music ensembles, and getting out to explore and support their communities.
Tina Jones (she/her)
Tina Jones is the co-founder and inaugural chair of Delmarva Pride Center. In addition, she is the founder and facilitator of Delmarva Gender Expression Movement, the first group on the Eastern Shore of Maryland dedicated to supporting those who identify as transgender, nonbinary, agender, or gender queer. Tina also serves on the boards of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Maryland’s LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization FreeState Justice, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton.
A native of the Eastern Shore, Tina has spent her career in leadership roles at organizations located throughout the Mid Shore area. She is proud to currently serve as theController at For All Seasons, Inc. the largest Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Rape Crisis Center on the Shore. Previously, she served as DeputyExecutive Director at FreeState Justice, Vice President of Administrative Services at Chesapeake College, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sotera Defense Solutions, and Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, now known as Qlarant. A proponent of communityservice, Tina served as Chair of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, Chair of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Talbot County Public Works Advisory Board and the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board. She has also served inan advisory or board capacity for many other local, statewide, and national organizations.
Tina received her BS in Economics and MBA at Virginia Tech. In addition, she has completed postgraduate coursework in organizational leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of Chicago.
Tina currently resides outside of Cordova with her wife and theirthree rescue dogs. She is the proudparent of two adult children, an artist and an engineer. Tina was also the foster parent of a nonbinary foster child, whom she misses deeply. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and travel.
Sarah Christine Stallings (she/her)
Director At Large
Recently retired from the City of Annapolis Public Works Department in the Field of Engineering as a Facilities Maintenance Engineer.
Sarah is a US Army Veteran serving with the 101st Airborne Division and was deployed around the world as part of the rapid deployment force. She attained the rank of Sargent.
Stallings is excited for the community, working together, and knowing we can make a difference. Sarah wants to bring resources and a sense of community where LGBTQ people are integrated, and everyone is treated with love, dignity, and respect. Looking forward to changing the world with equality for all.
Iván Colón (he/him)
Director At Large
Iván has been very supportive of DPC and comes to us from Dorchester County. Iván started as a volunteer and active member of the 2023 Delmarva Pride Festival planning committee leading planning efforts for the Sunday Brunch in Cambridge. Iván brings a background in event planning, operational excellence, continuous improvement, and project management.
Professionally he is employed as a Transformation Manager. In that role, he manages and leads improvement efforts and lean transformation for a manufacturing company full time while working event planning part time.
In his spare time, you can find him doing CrossFit, enjoying the outdoors, at the beach, traveling, on a road trip, cooking, enjoying music and/or movie/tv at home if not volunteering for a local organization.
His friends and family will describe him as kind, independent, adventurer, caring, and thoughtful.