Director : Austin Mariasy
Hi everyone! So glad to see you all! I am a transplant to Indiana from Ohio having recently graduating from Kent State University with a degree in photojournalism. I have a passion for the LGBTQ Community (yes, I capitalized that word on purpose) and sports. I have photographed dozens of sporting events for university clients at national championships, regular season games and so much more.
When I am not on the sideline or behind my camera, I am probably spending time walking my super energetic dog, on the phone with my mom or helping my indecisive fiancé decide on a movie to watch.
I promise I will never bite if you reach out. I am busy so please give me some time to get back to you but again, always feel comfortable reaching out.
Assistant Director : Dorian Sibray
Hi friends! My name is Dorian Sibray and I have been a Kokomo Pride Youth Group volunteer since 2018. I have four children, Phoebe, Ruthie, Amos, and Asher.
I use she/her pronouns and identify as bisexual, a realization that I did not discover until later in life due to the purity culture and shame promoted in the fundamentalist religion I was raised in.
I am passionate about creating welcoming spaces where everyone is welcomed exactly as they are. If you visit my home, I will want to make your favorite meal and listen to you tell your life story, as well as sharing my own.
Director of Education: Karisa Vandeventer
Hello! My name is Karisa Vandeventer and I have been a Kokomo Pride Youth Group volunteer since Fall of 2017 and began serving Kokomo Pride as a Board Member in 2020.
I use she/her pronouns, identify as a cisgender female with a sexual orientation of bisexual. I am dedicated to allocating emotionally safe environments where people can learn freely without fear of judgement or bias.
Professionally, I work as a therapist and educator here in Kokomo. Personally, I love dance parties, laughing, learning, making new friends, reading, concerts, serving my community and MORE DANCE PARTIES!
Director of Youth Outreach: Christine Black Benson
I am Christine Black Benson, known as Chris to my family and Starr to my friends, I answer to a variety of names. I have two amazing kids, both grown now and though I have not yet been blessed with grands, my Bestie shares hers with me.
I am a cisgendered tomboy at heart. I am asexual and in a fulfilling monogamous marriage to a cisgendered Bisexual male.
I am pagan and follow a Norse path with druidic leanings.
My door is always open and I’m used to sleeping with my phone next to me in case one of my kids needs me and fair warning, I’m super likely to adopt you as one of my kids within hours of meeting you (no matter what your age).
I am excited to be filling the role as Youth Outreach Director and to getting to know you all!
Director of Adult Outreach:
Hello! My name is Ashley Hatfield and my preferred pronouns are she/her. As a relatively new resident of Kokomo, I’m so excited to be more involved in the community and meet new people in our city. Along with serving on the Board of Directors for Howard County CASA, in my free time I love to shop, read, take way too many pictures of my cats, and be crafty and creative!
I have a passion for normalizing mental health, inclusivity, personal freedom, and building healthy relationships. I look forward to sharing these passions with other members of the LGBTQIA+ Community and learning from and supporting each other.