Our Board and Committee is made up entirely of volunteers who dedicate their after work and weekend hours to serving the LGBTQA and 2S+ community of the Sioux Falls area.
Board of Directors
Matt Neufeld | President | Elected 2018
My name is Matt Neufeld, and my pronouns are he/him.
I have been part of Sioux Falls Pride since the fall of 2018. My vision for the organization is to advocate for the understanding and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit community in all aspects of life in the Sioux Falls and surrounding area.
Jimmy Diaz | Vice President | Elected Fall 2019
My pronouns are he/him/his. I currently manage the Service Department for all Montgomery's locations in Eastern South Dakota and also sit as Vice President for Sioux Empire Pride Sports Association. I also have a child who is accepting and involved in LGBTQIA and 2-Spirit events throughout the community. I joined Sioux Falls Pride in 2019 to become more involved in the community as someone who came out later in life. I strive to bring new and exciting ideas, events, and activities to Sioux Falls Pride and our community.
Cody Ingle | Board Secretary/Treasurer | Elected Fall 2019
I have lived in Sioux Falls for 7 years now, and I work at the Center for Family Medicine as an Application Support Specialist. I'm very interested in healthcare equity within the LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirited Community. I also bartender in downtown Sioux Falls at Lucky's. I am passionate about advocacy work for the community and being involved in the political process as a way to help perpetuate change in the state. I work to bring diversity, equity, and inclusion education to businesses in the Sioux Falls community. I live with my partner, Josh, on the Southeast side of Sioux Falls.
Board Members at Large
Mike Merkel | Board Member | Elected 2018
Rachel Polan | Marketing Director | Elected Spring 2019
I’m nonbinary, and use they/them pronouns.
I joined the Sioux Falls Pride team in 2018 after working for the organization as an intern for my Spring semester in the Journalism program at Augustana University. I find the most joy working with local businesses and other organizations to keep Sioux Falls Pride engaged in our community and intersectional in our advocacy for the LGBTQA+ and Two-Spirit Community.
Felicia Rabine | Board Member | Elected Fall 2019
I have been an ally to the LGBTQIA+ since I can remember. I’ve always been the person to love someone for who they are, and support everyone in their lives. I’ve been on the Pride committee since 2018, and on the Sioux Falls Pride Board since 2019. What can I say I also am a sucker for a rainbow and some glitter.
Brian Borden | Board Member | Elected Fall 2021
Erica Johnson | Board Member | Elected Fall 2021
My pronouns are she/they. I grew up in a small conservative town in SW MN and moved to Sioux Falls as soon as I turned 18 for a more accepting environment. Now I've been here for about 6 years and work as a banker, bartender, and for a local haunted house - Terror 29, during Halloween time. I've been involved with Sioux Falls Pride since I moved here. Starting with attending events, eventually joining the committee, and now on the board of directors. I joined the board because even though I found an accepting place to call home in Sioux Falls, not everyone has. There's still a lot of work to be done and improvements to be made to make our city and state a more welcoming and safe place for the LGBTQIA+ 2 Spirit community. I don't want to see anymore 18 year olds move away like I did, the first chance they get to find acceptance. I want to bring that acceptance here.
Bobbi Jo Horsted | Board Member | Elected Fall 2021
I am a therapist, farmer, and venue owner. I own a small farm called Nom Nom Gardens south of Sioux Falls with my husband, and our little one. I love working with Sioux Falls Pride, and having the opportunity to create safe, welcoming spaces for those within our community, as well as working on education, and advocacy around issues that affect those within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Jp McLaren | Board Member | Elected Fall 2021
If pronouns are necessary, mine are He/Him/His. I currently have a Political and Business Consulting firm in Sioux Falls and work part-time as a Manager at Crooked Pint Ale House. I have known my own sexual orientation since I was 9 or 10 and battled the demons of being a gay man in a conservative city and State, and the discrimination that drove me out of South Dakota. I returned to South Dakota after 25 years in Texas and 20+ years in Florida working with THE PRIDE CENTER of Fort Lauderdale on the Committee that planned Community Outreach, Fundraising and support for our large LGBTQ+ Community. I joined Sioux Falls Pride to help open more doors and opportunities to LGBTQ & TS+ persons and help them face the Demons, Discrimination and Walls that remain. I am now an open book to the world and live by, “Accept Me or Move Out of My Way”.
Want to join the SuFu Pride Planning Committee? Request to join our committee Facebook group, found here. All we ask is that you attend our meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month.