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About Us

Colgay Pride is a project of the Debra Smith Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Georgia. Colgay Pride and the Debra Smith Wellness Center stand for pride, health and equality for LGBT people and allies in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley region. It has become a leading resource for youth and adults in this region, and works to be a guiding light for our communities.

Meet Our Board

Jeremy Scott Hobbs

Jeremy Scott Hobbs

President, CEO

Jeremy Hobbs (pronouns he/him) is an organizer and political consultant. He served as LGBT Liaison to the Columbus Georgia Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity under Mayors Teresa Tomlinson and Skip Henderson from 2014 to 2019. He established the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation (now the Debra Smith Wellness Center) in 2007, and organized the first Colgay Pride event in June 2014. A native and lifelong resident of Columbus, Jeremy received his Associates in Human Resources and Business Management from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 1994. He has been HIV positive since 2003, and has used his experience as a motivation for his community work.

Harry Underwood

Harry Underwood

Vice President of Communications and Political Awareness

Harry (pronouns he/they) is a web designer and political consultant

Matasha

Matasha

Vice President, Director of Entertainment and Transgender Affairs

Matasha (pronouns she/her) is a drag performer and native of Columbus, Georgia.

Bernard Postell

Bernard Postell

Vice President of Diversity

Bernard (pronouns he/him) is has served as a

Timothy Vance

Timothy Vance

Vice President of Gay Mens' Relations

Timothy (pronouns he/they) is a peer group facilitator.

Holly Brewer

Holly Brewer

Vice President of Lesbian Affairs

Garrett Vance

Garrett Vance

Board Member

Cheryl Ann Neal

Cheryl Ann Neal

Vice President, Transgender Affairs

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Staff Photographer

Starlet Kissam

Starlet Kissam

Secretary

Aaron Chandler

Aaron Chandler

Treasurer

Our Committees

  • Events Committee
    • Plans, budgets and executes the DSWC’s events throughout the year, handles invitations and guests, and aids with logistics
  • Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) Advisory Committee
    • Advises the board on issues and needs relevant to transgender and gender non-confirming persons, as well as opportunities to improve and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of TGNC people, including Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) in November and Trans Week of Visibility (TWOV) in March. 
  • Justice, Accessibility and Outreach Committee
    • helps to ensure that DSWC programs and Colgay Pride-branded Festivals are as accessible as possible for people with disabilities; Handles communications for the DSWC operations, including social media and relations with the press; helps to spread the word of the Center by speaking on our behalf. Ideal for people with a passion for LGBT justice and no fear of public speaking.
  • Financial and Fundraising Committee
    • handles fundraising through donor recruitment and retention, grant writing, and promoting the Center’s services.
  • Programs, Health and Wellness Committee
    • Helps to ensure the integrity of DSWC’s operations, including health, wellness, and trainings, as well as investigate opportunities for growth and improvement in those operations.