Richmond Pride Board of Directors
Chadwick H. (he/him) – Chair
Chadwick is the Executive Director of Richmond Pride. He has experience with involvement in national LGBTQIA+ organizations, along with those more localized to the cities he has resided in over the years (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Honolulu). These experiences give him a unique perspective and approach on localized issues within his hometown of Richmond. He was actively involved in the overturning of Proposition 8 in California, as well as the push for marriage equality in both Hawai`i and California before they were made legal by the Supreme Court decision.
His educational career led him from the public school system of Madison County, to graduating early from highschool in order for him to obtain a degree in both Evolutionary Biology and Computer Science from Stanford University in California. Chadwick is also a U.S. Navy veteran from the latter era of D.A.D.T. (Don't Ask, Don't Tell), having been enlisted for four years concurrently with his higher education. He has used both his education at Stanford University and experience in the U.S. Navy to found several businesses throughout the United States and to establish himself as a leader in technology and entrepreneurship.
He has been involved with several nonprofits over the years. These nonprofits range from a therapeutic program called the HIV Care Wellness Program at the Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, to the San Francisco Sexual Health Clinic that provided free testing and counseling to everyone in the community, but especially the LGBTQIA+ communities. He was also one of the first medical trial subjects of Project T(enofovir) through the San Francisco Health Department, which was the precursor study for the use of tenofovir as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (aka PrEP). He was involved with several nonprofit drag organizations throughout California and Hawai`i, personally raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to give back to his community.
Chadwick currently lives with his partner/fiance of 14 years, with their two bulldogs and farm of animals. He and his partner have been residing in Kentucky since 2018, when they moved back to take care of his mother who had terminal cancer. After her passing, he decided to stay around to help make his community into a more inclusive place. That led to his co-founding of Richmond Pride, along with Tommy and Christopher, in 2019.
Tommy H. (he/him) – Vice Chair/Event Director
Tommy Helmick is the Vice-Chairperson and the Events Coordinator for Richmond Pride. As a full time realtor in central Kentucky, Tommy works to help LGBTQIA+ community members receive equal and fair housing. Tommy is passionate about volunteering his time throughout the year in home and park restoration, Special Olympics and various other events that he’s part of through his real estate brokerage. When he’s not working, he enjoys gardening on the farm and spending time with his family and pets.
Tommy was born and raised in a military family and lived in Germany until the age of 9 when he moved to Elizabethtown, Kentucky. After graduating from community college, he moved to California where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Marketing from San Francisco State University. During his time, he worked with a gay travel company, hosting events around the U.S. to collect and provide safe travel destinations for the LGBTQ+ community. Networking across the nation helped him see the accomplishments and the struggles that we as a community continue to face.
After returning to Kentucky in 2018, he collaborated with other like minded individuals and local businesses to bring the first Pride to Richmond Kentucky in 2019. His goal is and continues to be to bring awareness and foster safe space for the community to be their authentic self.
Charley H. (He/Him) - Board Member
Charley was born and raised in Richmond and has been a lifelong resident of the community. His family roots go back several generations deep here.
He is the owner of Dreaming Creek Brewery in Richmond which hosted the first ever Pride Festival in Richmond in 2019 and the second one in 2022. He has made Dreaming Creek Brewery a welcoming place for everyone. Dreaming Creek hosts all kinds of events from Drag shows to Church groups, not to mention several fundraisers for various local charities and groups. Dreaming Creek Brewery also won the Chamber of Commerce, small business of the year for 2022. He is also the president of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers.
He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and sits on the Network Security bachelor’s degree committee there.
He owns a small farm where he and his wife Shawna have raised their two children, JC and Kennedy. They have six dogs, one cat, one guinea pig, six chickens and a turtle.
In his spare time, he is a private pilot who loves taking people up for a sightseeing flight around Madison County. He also loves brewery hopping in new locations to try the local beers.
He plans to walk the Camino de Santiago with his daughter Kennedy in June of 2023 which has been on his bucket list for years.
Jennifer P. (she/her) - Treasurer
Jennifer is an operations analyst for a global technology company and has over 20 years experience in the financial industry.
She was raised in Berea and has lived in Kentucky most of her life. She graduated from Madison Southern High School in 1997 and moved to Richmond to attend Eastern Kentucky University.
She moved to Lexington in 2000 where she began her career in financial services. It was here
that she fell in love with the community.
Her family picked up and moved to Knoxville, TN for a couple of years where she also found community and participated in the pride parade and festivals there. They moved back to
Richmond in 2019 and has lived there since.
In light of recent events going on in this country, and more importantly, our state, she feels our community needs more support now than it ever has.
Dylan B. (he/they) - Board Member
Dylan has lived in Richmond for the past 12+ years, but has lived in Kentucky all of his life. He has a BA in Political Science, and an MS in Recreation and Park Administration from EKU.
Over the past 6 years, Dylan has worked in higher education, helping to empower, grow, and educate students from a variety of backgrounds. During this time, he gained experience in event planning, community engagement initiatives, data collection, and marketing. He also had the opportunity to support LGBTQIA+
students through programming, advocacy, and services.
Promoting diversity and equity is something that is deeply important to him. He has attended many progressive demonstrations and trainings throughout the years to show solidarity to minoritized groups and causes. His goal is to build up his community, and make Richmond a welcoming place for all.
Outside of his work, Dylan enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with his pets, traveling, kayaking, enjoying board games, and working on classic
Lynn H. (sher/her/they/them) - Board Member
Lynn has been a long time advocate for the Community on the local, state, and national levels. They previously served as secretary and vice-chair of the Richmond
Human Rights Commission (HRC), working with the City Commission to advance local civil rights, regardless of race, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. While serving on the HRC, Lynn worked with community partners to establish the
Scottie Saltsman Award to acknowledge excellence in the field of activism within the city of
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lynn taught in the Women and Gender Studies
program, including courses in Trans and Intersex Medical Ethics, Queer Theory and Politics, and Introduction to WGS. While at EKU, Lynn assisted in the creation of the Alphabet Center and collaborated to organize Pride events on campus.
They have participated in multiple events at the Kentucky Capital, lobbying representatives for
medical and social changes in Trans and Intersex treatments, advancement of civil rights
protections, and parents’ rights in medical and social protections for Trans and Intersex youth.
As a part of mental health services, Lynn has worked with healthcare and mental health providers to serve youth and their families and provide natural and formal supports for youth in the Community to provide safe spaces for self expression of identity.
Lynn’s spare time is spent providing taxi services for a teenage daughter, volunteering case
management services for UP Initiative of Madison County, and fueling a love of all things
Abe S. (he/him) - Board Member
Abe is an insurance agent for a top 100 agency in Lexington and has over 10 years’ experience being an agent.
He was raised in Northern Kentucky called Dry Ridge. In 2017, he moved to Madison County to live with his partner, Dustin. After moving here, he fell in love with the community and has been looking for ways to make it better and to give back!
When Abe is not working or volunteering, you will find him spending time with his Partner and family! They spend most of their time camping, off-roading and cooking for friends and family.